The Jakarta Post
The country's proud geek universe continues to expand with Indonesia Comic Con this weekend.
After what has felt like an endless stream of similarly themed conventions over the past few years, the organizer of Indonesia Comic Con (ICC 2015) promises to hold what is hoped to be the premier annual hobbyist convention for comic, movie and toy lovers nationwide.
Taking place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Central Jakarta, ICC 2015 will run from Nov. 14 to 15.
While the organizer is aiming for the event to stand out among the rest, it acknowledges through the event's press release that considering the number of other hobbyist conventions, it needs to bring out the big guns ' which it plans to do with 140 exhibitors from six countries.
The exhibitors include what the organizer ' ReedPOP from Reed Panorama Exhibitions (RPE) ' dub as the 'giants from here and abroad', including major names from the hobby industry such as Sanrio, Piero, Funko, Royal Selangor, Re:On and Glitch.
'All of [these names] will be ready to host visitors at this year's best popular culture experience,' said RPE general manager James Boey.
'Indonesia is a potential and enthusiastic market for popular culture. That is why we ' the exhibitors ' as well icons of pop culture will ensure ICC 2015's visitors have the best pop culture experience ever. Better than other similar ones.'
This year alone, Indonesia has hosted more than five similarly themed events, including last September's Jakarta Comic Con
James said ICC 2015 would feature a one-of-a-kind 'Collector's Hunting Ground' and 'Collector's Private Showcase', which is where younger collectors will be able to, not only tour the collections of the country's most respected collectors of comics and toys but purchase a few that will be on sale.
With inspiration from Japan's kawaii (cute) culture, there will also be a 'Comic Food Street', which apart from being a food court, will feature themed stalls such as the 'Maid & Butler Cafe', where costumed servants will assist in satiating visitor's gastronomical needs.
Not surprisingly, as the latest Star Wars installment looms near, there will be a 'Star Wars Painting Showcase' curated by the internationally recognized local Star Wars community, the 501st Legion.
Apart from paintings, the community will display its collection of self-made life-size costume replicas of the many getups found in the Star Wars universe, including stormtroopers, sith lords, clone troppers, and bounty hunters.
There will also be a live 'Chroma Depth' painting session by Mochtar Sarman, Disney Indonesia's country director. The painting will be sold to one visitor ' including the 3-D glasses needed to view it ' for US$2,500.
ICC 2015 will also feature musical performances from Japanese DJs Yuyoyuppe and sasakureUK, both of whom have graced the world stage and produced records by names such as BABYMETAL, the metal group that has been making a name for itself with its cute-yet-brutal music.
Guest appearances will be made by a host of local and international illustrators and comic writers, including names such as David Mack, who is famous for his work on the Daredevil comics as well as his creation, Kabuki, on the much-respected Image Comics.
Japanese pop-culture obsessed Indonesians will also have a chance to celebrate their betamax-aided childhood with the appearance of Kenji Ohba, who graced 1980s kids' lives with his role as the 'galactic space ranger' Gavan, who dressed up in a robot-like costume and fought evil beings.
Commercial illustration fans will delight in meeting Simone Legno, the cofounder and creative director of Tokidoki, the Italian-based design company whose influential works have been included in campaigns for global brands including Toyota, Benq, Renolt, MTV and Volkswagen.
While it remains to be seen if ICC 2015 will be able to stand out from its respectable peers, its 'Comic Con' tag will certainly provide both an edge and added pressure.
' Photos by Courtesy of Indonesia Comic Con
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