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Jakarta Post

BookWORM; Hikmat Darmawan: Comic Books as Literature

  • Adil Akbar

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, July 25 2016   /  09:52 am

Comic books are perhaps one of the most misunderstood forms of cultural entertainment that humans have ever produced. Even compared to newer forms of media such as television and film, comics are considered by the general public to be uneducational and childish.

Hikmat Darmawan, newly appointed film committee head of the Jakarta Arts Council, knows this just as much as anyone else.

“Comics are often misunderstood as either a disturbance or a phase of reading that is more primitive than reading ‘literature’,” he said.

Fortunately, Hikmat was exposed to comics within Bobo’s children magazine, which he felt did not differentiate between reading texts with pictures and reading prose. To him, comics offered a different, if not necessarily easier reading experience when compared to prose.

“What’s interesting with comics is that there is a different wa...