The Jakarta Post
The first ever Indonesia Comic Con brought thousands of visitors closer to their childhood heroes and today's hottest comic figures on its opening day.
The pop culture convention, staged by joint venture Reed Panorama Exhibitions (REP), is taking place at Hall B of the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan this weekend.
Visitors can browse booths offering exclusive Star Wars figurines and Indonesian comic books, Hello Kitty's photo corner and a fan meeting with David Mack, comic artist of Marvel Comics' Daredevil.
Japanese edutainment artist Hitomi Okada teaches children how to make sushi miniatures from clay while not far from her booth, toy collectors can exhibit and sell their valuable figurines at the Collector's Showcase.
Rapper and Star Wars fan, Saykoji, proudly came to the venue with his 8-year-old son clad in a storm trooper costume.
Saykoji spent months making the costume exclusively for the event.
'It is a cool event. I am excited. This event satisfies fans of action heroes, costumes, sci-fi and comics like me,' he said.
Figurines firms, Royal Selangor and Funko, notebook producer Hewlett Packard and shoe brand Piero all launched their Star Wars special edition products.
It was a trip down memory lane when Kenji Ohba, the suit actor behind the 1980s Space Sheriff Gavan took the main stage, talking about his action-fueled job and showing off Gavan's signature moves.
'You all love joking,' 60-year-old Ohba chuckled when visitors complimented him on his good looks and how well he had aged.
'I'm a grandpa now,' he added.
The main stage showcased various events until evening, from panel discussions on comics with RE:ON to the debut performances of Hongkong cosplay trio V-Project.
Mack, famed toy designer TOUMA, graphic designer and cofounder of tokidoki Simone Legno and Indonesia's pioneer cosplayer Pinky Lu Xun greeted their fans at the Walk of Fame and Photo Booth corners.
RPE general manager James Boey said he was overwhelmed by the large number of comic and toy lovers coming to ICC.
'We are excited and overwhelmed. Every corner of the exhibition is completely filled with people,' he said.
James said that he had lost count of the number of tickets sold by pre-order through various channels, but he noted that within two hours of the exhibition, they had sold 3,000 tickets priced at Rp 90,000 (US$6.60) on the spot.As many as 160 exhibitors from six countries are taking part in the two-day event.
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