Comic Workshop guided by Sascha Hommer & Mawil
Supported by Goethe-Institut Indonesien and ISI Yogyakarta
Dialog Komik Antar Negara
Uniting The Comics Scenes Of Germany, Indonesia and Beyond
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Comiconnexions – Indonesian Comics in Germany!
Comic-Salon Erlangen 7-10 June 2012
One of our first major activities under the roof of "Comiconnexions" was the trip to Comic-Salon Erlangen (link) in Germany in June 2012.
Five comic artists from Indonesia (Is Yuniarto, Ariela Kristantina, Aziza Noor, Galang Tirtakusuma, and Vbi Djenggotten) were invited to present their works at Germany's largest comic festival.
With the exhibition "Comics from Indonesia" the Comic-Salon audience in Germany got the rare chance to take a peek into what's going on in the Indonesian comic scene today. And "our" artists got the valuable opportunity to meet fellow comic artists, fans and publishers from all around the world. Which comics were presented in the exhibition? Have a look at the catalogue: Comic from Indonesien (PDF, 12 MB) Comic-Salon Erlangen 7.-10. Juni 2012.
The artists were accompanied and supported by Comiconnexions curators Surjorimba Suroto and Imansyah Lubis , as well as Veriana Devi from Goethe-Insitut Indonesia throughout their trip.
Here you can read an excerpt of Surjorimba "Surjo" Suroto's travel-diary. His entire documentation (Indonesian) can be accessed via our facebook page:
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To let more artists take part and learn from the Erlangen experience, we conducted a sharing session at Goethe-Institut Jakarta afterwards, and one in Bandung. Beng also spoke about his experience traveling to Angoulême, the biggest comic festival in France. Sharing is caring! Here are some photos:
Comiconnexions – Comic-Workshop under the guidance of Sascha Hommer
Comic-Workshop under the guidance of Sascha Hommer
In a two-day Comic-Workshop organized by the Goethe-Institut Indonesia at the STDI (Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bandung) in Bandung, Sascha Hommer guided a comic workshop with young Indonesian comic artist.
The participants were encouraged to think up stories with urban area setting, which have a personal touch, or an autobiographical background. The various attempts—from love stories, action-packed pulp narratives, to thoughtful observations of everyday life—were poured into paper in a short period of time and shown in a final presentation, and even some were still revised after the end of the workshop.
Stylistically, Manga-influences are recognizable in almost all of the works. Unlike in Germany, where mangaka (Manga camic aartist) and other comic artist protagonists are in separate fields and where overlapping is the exception, those styles are flowing into one another in Indonesia.