Brilio.net - When we talk about comics, cartoon and pop art, we usually refer to the ones in Japan or United States. But do you know that Indonesia also has a pool of emerging artists whose artworks are as good as the ones from abroad. Hundreds of artists gathered at last weekend's Popcon 2017 in Jakarta. Here are some of them.
Dinan Hadyan is one of rising fanart artists. Fanart can be defined as a piece of art created by individual, in which the image resembles or refers to a certain or preexisting character from comics, movies or video games.
Dinan exhibited the work she made by picking the unusual side of her fanart in which she focused on K-Pop as its theme. Particularly, the affinity between idols and fans as well as the unexposed side of the stars. For her, fanart is not just a mere illustration, but a visual embodiment of a fan on idols.
Dinan Hadyan (right). (Photo: Popcon 2017)
One of her most particular work is turning EXO's Sehun into her muse with "Artificial Lover" as its theme. By applying watercolor and unique collage portrait media, Dinan imagined her idol in two sides; one for Sehun of Exo and one for Oh Sehun.
Drawing illustrations is not only Dinan's expertise as she is currently busied with projects, including a collaboration with other artists for the 'Respective Perspective' exhibition and workshop, also a cover designing for a novel "Assallamualaikum Oppa."
"Of all projects, conducting a workshop is the most memorable one. There is a pleasure to know many people who shared similar interest and were keen to learn together," said Dinan when interviewed on 2017 Popcon.
Dinan however is not alone as Dini Hadyan, her sister, was also participating in the event by providing a watercolor-based artwork parenting along with Dessy Safira, Tri Asrie Khalidya, and Adinda Maya.
Born in Salatiga, Central Java, little Tito Sigilipoe had too much love for animals and his hobby of drawing. The alumnus of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Gadjah Mada University was a key animator and freelance inbetweener in one animation studio in Yogyakarta. Creating column comic strips is also his finery as he used to contribute some of his works in faculty's magazine. His experience in raising animals and his drawing skill blend in a book titled ‘Dog Lovers Book’ he made to inspire people.
The book started from his anxiety seeing the growing number of abandoned animals. He then dedicated himself to make a book that provides every 'how-to' in treating dogs.
Tito Sigilipoe (left). (Photo: Popcon 2017)
Tito Sigilipoe in Popcon 2017 displayed a series of affordable stickers to raise public awareness to adopt abandoned animals rather than having to buy them.
Tito has been making his own comic in his blog. It took quite some time to convince his family that he wants to be a comic artist, but he was determined to prove that the profession is capable of helping people to understand the surrounding life and environment better.
"We can contribute in preserving the environment, and [become] sensitive to animals around. Perhaps, many people think it's difficult to take care of those animals due to the expensive cost, but taking care of the environment will later be good for animals around," said Tito.
He has been using his own website and Facebook fan page to launch the campaign all this time. In the future, he is determined to create more comics that can reach more people through digital media like Instagram.
Doodle could be translated as graffiti, thus Doodle art could be defined as a drawing style that includes of both meaningful and nonessential lines.
The imminent desire to introduce and change the general perception on doodle art was started from a mere small chat when the Full Of Doodle Art Indonesia (FODA) community only consisted of a few artists in Surabaya. Established on January 13, 2012, FODA now has bases in Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang, Malang, Bandung, Jakarta and Palembang.
FODA (Photo: Popcon 2017)
FODA has become a vessel for artist to share tips, techniques, tutorials, favorite tools, also idea and passion. Membership is not binding and open to public as people could join and immediately participate in FODA's activities.
"Hopefully, our friends in the community can continue to develop, especially when we already had connected with the community in Southeast Asia. So, we hope there'll be an opportunity to have exhibitions outside Indonesia," said Doodle artist and FODA public relations Shabrina at Popcon 2017.
This community also often collaborates with other communities for an event.
Johanes Park and Jessica Leman
Couple Johanes Park and Jessica Leman probably only need only a reason to return to Indonesia for publishing their own comic, Gula Komik.
The couple first met when both were involved in a college project as both are bachelor of Digital Animation in Kyungsung University, South Korea. The project led to the creation of Gula Comic that narrates the story a pink-haired candy-like girl and her wizard friend who lives in Indonesia.
Johanes Park and Jessica Leman (Photo: Popcon 2017)
While in Korea, the two got their opportunity to observe and compare both Korean and Indonesian comics. The devotion to create Indonesian characters that has more diverse background, however had made them decided to go back to their origin.
The development of Gula Comic had received a lot of positive welcome, especially from children in Indonesia. Even in near future, the characters they create will soon get the patent.
As is known, the copyright for fictional character has been turning essential in making every further expansion optimal in the current growing local creative industry.
Now, Johanes and Jessica are facing the lack of connection in Indonesia, making it difficult for them to publish and collaborate their work. The couple is also known to have been participating in webtoon challenge as their promotional media.
What do you have in mind when you hear the words “North Korea”? Probably not much.
Or maybe what you will have in mind is about how ‘private’ they are and how their government always keeps their eyes on the people.
But do you know there is an Indonesian living for quite long time there?
Meet Jaka Parker, an Indonesian who lives in North Korea. Through his social media account @jakaparker, he gives us a glimpse of how life is in the secluded country.
Here are some pictures, fresh from North Korea!
1. Jaka claimed to have been living in Pyongyang since 2012 due to his job
2. Here are some university students in North Korea wearing special uniform
3. They also have policewomen whose job is to control the traffic
4. The road in Pyongyang is pretty quiet and has wide sidewalk
5. Workers in Pyongyang. Many of them have identical hairstyle
6. Pyongyang also has skyscrapers!
7. One of markets in Pyongyang. People sell various things starting from meat to clothes; and mostly the sellers are women
8. Young army members in North Korea
9. In a barbershop, Pyongyang
10. Some North Koreans also become stock farmers
11. Giant mural of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il in the corner of Pyongyang
12. A village in Sonchon County. According to Jaka, this village is around 160 kilometers from Pyongyang
13. A minimarket. Jaka mentioned that the freedom of foreigners in North Korea is very limited. Not all things can be bought and there are special racks with more expensive price
14. North Koreans standing in front of giant statues of North Korean leaders
15. A clean river in North Korea
Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil or Kang Emil (Brother Emil in Sundanese) is a star for not only the people in West Java's Capital, but also to Indonesian people. He has won millions of hearts with how he runs the city, moreover his finesse on social media plays a big role in making him the loved mayor that he is.
Among his fans, Imam Maliki Ralibi might be the most popular one. Dubbed as Kang Emil lookalike, the winner of celebrities' clone show Asal — Asli Apa Palsu (Real or Fake) — has begun to make his own move to build a new brand of himself, the "Ridwan Kamil doppelganger".
We talked to the man to hear his story.
How did everything start? How did you end up as Ridwan Kamil’s doppelganger?
It was my nephew who first told me that I look like the Bandung Mayor. It just went on and on from that. But, the climax was around February 2016. Kang Emil went for a pilgrimage (umra) in Mecca on Feb. 16. I also went for umra, but on Feb. 14. It’s common for Kang Emil to post his activities on Instagram and this let people know about what he's going to do. So, by the time I arrived at the airport, Medina and Mecca, people chased me and asked for a picture. They though that I was him! People who studied in Mecca also asked me to talk at a motivational seminar at the Indonesian Consulate General.
Then, around two years since my nephew told me that I look like Ridwan Kamil, I somehow entered the lookalike competition and I won. It just got bigger from there.
What do you do for a living?
I've been spending years working in education field. I used to be the head of a vocational school, junior high school, elementary school and even kindergarten. I now teach in Muhammadiyah University of Jakarta. I have also published a book. It’s a book about fun teaching. Besides that, I’m a trainer and consultant too.
So how was life before you’re the Bandung Mayor’s doppelganger?
Like I said before, I provide attractive consultation, fun teaching trainings and sermons in several cities. That's that. I stood no chance to make myself appear in TV. The late Ustad Jefri Al-Bukhori had been already under the spotlight if I dedicated myself to become a preacher, and so was Mario Teguh if I wanted to be a motivator. The odds were against me.
Then, there was Asal, the lookalike competition. The attempt to captivate audience can be done in many ways. Like mimicking the way a person talks or dresses. So, I got in, because I thought, although the name was Asal (random/whatever in Bahasa Indonesia), if everything is done professionally, it could bring optimum result.
Why and how do you always show up in almost every Kang Emil's occasion?
There was a commotion in Ridwan Kamil's clone community, actually. They wondered why it was only me who's always contacted by the original one.
Well, it appears that the real one felt intimidated with my presence as he was afraid that I would be dangerous if I ever borrow his identity and stain his name. That anxiety made Kang Emil find out who I was, digging out my profile through my Facebook and Instagram. But, soon after he discovered my background he became interested.
He said to one TV station that he felt relieved and indeed, he even invited me to Bandung City Hall during a halal bi halal gathering to be a guest speaker. His motive at that time was to show the state apparatus that he has a twin or backup, jokingly said that no one won't be allowed to mess around as long as I watched them work whenever Kang Emil wasn't around. He called me a free promotional medium, a walking advertisement.
Whenever he can't deliver his explanation about his program, there would be me. A symbiosis where I'm also benefited from borrowing his identity. Sometimes, he invited me to certain events or I sometimes just happen to come to the same event. Of course, he's pleased to see me because I came voluntarily, so he didn't have to pay me. As simple as that. Our conversation happened in Instagram message. I gave him information and one or two days later, he replied my message. Once he say 'yes', his aide will call me to set the date and place. I have no courage to ask his number. I respect his position after all.
What are the good things of being Kang Emil lookalike?
The good thing of being Kang Emil's lookalike is that I have my class ‘leveled up’. I met the regents and mayors, greet them like they're my own buddy. Although at first they thought I was the real one, but even after they know who I am, we got along. I can meet anyone I want, not to mention those military generals. I went to a firing practice with a Collaboration of Armed Forces Strategic Command (Pangkostrad). But the best, probably the worst, that I got to enter a boarding room once without a ticket because they thought I was Kang Emil.
The downside is, every time I attend a wedding reception, it was always ended with looking for a restaurant. Because I got no time for enjoying the food and drink. Men, women, kids, old men, they come to me and ask for a selfie. I can't enjoy the food.
You began to appear in television lately, do you have any intention of becoming ‘somebody’?
I've been on my planning. I let people know me from entertainment. So, by going into the entertainment world, I can make myself appear in some shows and that's when I thought that becoming an actor was not a bad idea. Indeed, I was called to play in a TV soap opera. Thus, I think when I later perform well, there might be an opportunity for me to be called for TV advertisement. That doesn't stop there since I think I still can pave my way to become a host, a way more established profession than being a guest star or extra in a film.
Yet, I also want to go back to my basic as a motivator. After becoming a host, I expect myself to learn how to interact with people and get used to camera. Finally, there's an opening to become a preacher in TV where I think it's a bit impossible for current me to do so. Simply put, I want to surprise people by doing the most unexpected thing people can expect from me. Even now, I'm doing my music album with my nephew.
Do you have your own aspiration in politics?
So, I myself was almost desperate with the politics. It's always like buying a pig in a poke. But, after I know Kang Emil, I see that there's a hope. He's a good example of young people engaging in politics. He’s got a broad insight and is young and religious. He shows his best of what he can do, moreover he ran as an independent when he got elected as Bandung Mayor. Thus, I began to think that it's better for me to explore myself. I'm doing it and I do not rule out the possibility of being proposed by certain political party.
Brilio.net - Every April, Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day. It’s the birth date of Raden Ajeng Kartini (Lady Kartini), who was born on 21 April, 1879.
She was the daugther of a Javanese aristocrat and an iconic women's rights advocate, who is remembered for her efforts to fight for gender equality and education during her short life.
The pioneer for women's rights in Indonesia died at 25.
A local 19-year-old boy has risen to fame lately. No, he was not another Instagram celebrity or an actor in one of the countless soap operas playing on tv. He was one of the police’s recent arrestees.
Sultan Haikal was arrested on Mar. 30 at his parents’ house in South Tangerang, Banten by the National Police’s cyber crime division for hacking thousands of websites. If proven guilty on trial, he could be charged with Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law on cyber crime.
But his crime isn’t what the public has their eyes fixated upon. People are more interested in the person. How come an untrained 19-year-old boy from South Tangerang hack websites of some of the most influential institutes in Indonesia?
In case you’re also intrigued by this person, we have some facts about him that you might want to know.
Sultan Haikal. Photo: Facebook
1. Haikal is a high school dropout.
Unlike most hackers, Haikal never had the chance to formally study coding or technology in school. He didn’t even finish high school. He said he learned how to hack from the internet. His specialty is using defacement technique that can change a site’s visual appearance.
Haikal did not work alone. He has three accomplices, MKU (19), AI (20) and NTM (27) — all are high school graduates who learned their skills from the internet.
2. Haikal has broken into thousands of websites.
According to the police, Haikal has hacked up to 4,600 sites including sites belonging to the National Police, the central government and several local governments, tycoon Aburizal Bakrie, Garuda Indonesia, an online ojek company and travel company tiket.com.
Money wasn’t his only reason to hack those sites. Like many teenagers, Haikal loves to show off and bragging about his accomplishment in breaching those sites was his favorite pastime. He often posted his work on a Facebook group called ‘Gantengers Crew’.
3. His hacking activities has resulted in billions of rupiah loss.
Travel company tiket.com lost Rp 4 billion when Haikal hacked their website, took and sold their ticketing allotments to Citilink Indonesia. Meanwhile, Citilink suffered a Rp 1.9 billion loss when a number of people who bought the tickets from the hackers cancelled their purchase and asked for refund.
Haikal was estimated to earn up to Rp 4.1 billion from this crime alone. He spent the money to pay for his lavish lifestyle and a Ducati bike.
Junior Rorimpandey, or Chef Juna, is Indonesia’s most famous chef.
The 41-year-old rose to fame when he hosted Indonesian Masterchef in 2011 and 2012. At the same time, he was the executive chef at one of Jakarta’s top restaurants, Jack Rabbit. Now, Juna heads his own restaurant - Correlate in South Jakarta.
But his journey hasn’t always been smooth. He shares his troubled beginning and his pathway to success with Brilio.
Brilio: Tell us your story. How did you end up being a chef?
Juna: Well, I moved to the US in 1997 just to escape my life because I was a ‘bad kid’ before. Then I enlisted myself in a pilot training but unfortunately, the money that I had was not enough. So, I had to scramble for work illegally after six months of the visa expired. In early 1998, Indonesia had an economic crisis so at that point I made up my mind not to get back home ever. You know... and just try to survive in the States.
So [I was] still scrambling, looking for job or do some work, labor work, whatever I could get my hands into because I was illegal but then finally I became a waiter in a Japanese restaurant. And then, after two weeks the sushi master asked me if I want to be trained by him. So, I accepted that and everything took off from there. Apparently, the drive of being scared because I was illegal and now I have a good job by working under the roof and stuff like that and not hard labor pushed me to become, you know, I have to be better every day. Because it was so hard for me to find a good job since I was illegal.
Apparently, I was doing great and the owner of the restaurant sponsored me to get a green card [to be] US permanent resident. So, we did that procedure and five years later, I was an American resident. I have a green card.
Brilio: What do you think about what is going on now?
Juna: With America?
Juna: It’s hard.
Brilio: Would you worry about your status?
Juna: About my status? I wouldn’t, because I am green card holder. A permanent resident. I am already inside the States if I were there. But right now, if I want to get back there, I feel a little worry. I don’t know what is going to happen in the airport. In the immigration locket. Even before that, if you spend too much time overseas as a green card holder, they’ll always give you hard time to go in.
Brilio: When did you get back to Indonesia and when did you realize that you have made it?
Juna: I went back to Indonesia in 2010 because of a job at a restaurant here in Kuningan called Jack Rabbit at that time. We were very successful. One of the biggest restaurants in the city at that moment. But if you asked me when did I realize I have become someone, I am still not. I have not. Of course, I am better than one year or two years before but then, to answer your question, I haven’t [made it].
Brilio: Can you tell me more about Correlate?
Juna: Correlate is something exactly I really want. If you are a chef, a real chef, your end goal is always that you want to run your own restaurant. So, Correlate is my restaurant. Of course, I have a partner behind me, but then I call all the shots and all that stuff. So, this is my dream restaurant. So, that’s why it took years to be able to finally have the guts to open it in a right way with the right preparation and so on.
Brilio: Do you have a message for youth out there who are struggling with their career right now?
Juna: I know it’s different for everyone. So, I can only say, for me, what I had been through is one, I just keep my head down, I just keep working, I let my hands do the the talking. Somewhere down the line, somebody is gonna watch and they are gonna appreciate that and your career is gonna take off. That’s all.
Long before jumping into politics, President Joko Widodo was a student studying forestry in Jogjakarta's Gadjah Mada University from 1980 to 1985.
Recently, an internet user found the president's old thesis in the university's library and shared some pictures of it.
The thesis was titled "A Study of Plywood Consumption Pattern As End Product In Surakarta". His reseach predicted the consumption of plywood in the coming years using calculation of population and per capita income in Surakarta —also called Solo- at that time.
photos from hairicipta.com
The issues of forestry and wood has always been close to Jokowi as he grew up in a family that ran furniture business. His grandfather owned a furniture factory that later was ran by Jokowi's father. Jokowi later set up an even more successfull furniture business in Surakarata.
photo from hairicipta.com