The Jakarta Post
The 'Sri Asih: Celestial Goddess' comic on LINE Webtoon is presented by Devita Krisanti and Archie the RedCat. (Courtesy of/LINE Webtoon/Bumilangit)
To commemorate Kosasih Day 2020, a new Sri Asih comic is available on global digital comic platform LINE Webtoon.
Yang dinanti sudah tiba nih, gaes! Sekarang bisa jadi semakin #tetapserudirumah karena kamu bisa membaca kisah titisan dewi keadilan, Sri Asih, dalam webtoon berjudul Sri Asih Celestial Goddess di aplikasi dan web LINE Webtoon! Komik yang diangkat dari karya Pak R.A. Kosasih ini rilis bertepatan di #KosasihDay2020 yang jatuh pada hari ini, tanggal 4 April 2020! Yuk, baca di bit.ly/WebtoonSriAsih ! . #bumilangit #jagoanindonesia
Kosasih Day occurs every April 4 to honor the birth of the late Raden Ahmad Kosasih, or RA Kosasih, who is widely recognized as the father of Indonesian comics. Sri Asih was RA Kosasih’s first superhero creation, as well as the first female superhero to appear in Madjalah Komik (Comic Magazine), on Jan. 1, 1954. She inspired the creation of other female superheroes in the Indonesian comic world.
Titled Sri Asih: Celestial Goddess, the comic is the newest creation of entertainment company Bumilangit. It tells the story of how young Sri Asih (Alana) obtains her superhero powers and saves the world from evil. Archie the RedCat wrote the story with artist Devita Krisanti. New issues will be released weekly.
“The webcomic Sri Asih: Celestial Goddess comes at a special moment: the 101st anniversary of the Indonesian comic maestro, RA Kosasih,” said Is Yuniarto, general manager of Bumilangit Comic Media, in a statement. “The comic was created by two of the best talents from Indonesia and features Sri Asih in a modern world. Along the way, she has to learn to juggle schoolwork, flying lessons and facing creatures of the dark.”
“Drawing Sri Asih is like drawing an Indonesian woman who is also a role model. She’s strong, clever, has a heart of gold and is beautiful and elegant,” said Devita.
Archie added, “Sri Asih is an iconic hero. We hope that, through this comic, a new generation can meet other great heroes from the father of Indonesian comics.”
In movies, the character first appeared in Gundala, a 2019 hit superhero film by Joko Anwar. Sri Asih will have her own movie, which is currently in the pre-production phase, with lead actress Pevita Pearce and director Upi.
Last year, state-owned postal company PT Pos Indonesia marked Kosasih Day by releasing special edition stamps featuring superheroes of his creation, such as Sri Asih, Si Buta dari Gua Hantu and Gundala Putra Petir. The special edition stamps are the outcome of a collaboration between the Indonesian Comic Association (AKSI) and the Communications and Information Ministry, which manages the postal company. (wng)