Hello from Manga Planet! We are here to introduce another overseas anime and manga event, Comic Frontier in Indonesia!
What is Comic Frontier?
Founded in 2012 by university friends, Comic Frontier aka Comifuro is an event that showcases fanworks from Indonesian artists. Inspired by the Japanese Comiket, Comifuro is a doujinshi (self-published works) event that is held twice a year and brings thousands of pop culture fans together in a two-day event. It was originally a part of Gelar Jepang, a Japanese cultural event hosted by the Japanese Language Study Centre of the University of Indonesia, and became an independent event in 2012.
Comifuro is best known for hosting a doujin marketplace that hosts dozens of doujinshi circles. These circles carry a variety of contents, ranging from fan comics based on manga/anime, western pop media, to K-pop-related media. Besides doujinshi, fans can buy other fan merchandise like art prints, badges t-shirts, and even plushies. While the event’s main demographic is Indonesian, there are some circles offering content translated into English.
The cosplay show is another popular feature of Comifuro. The cosplay show has been known to feature both local and international cosplayers, such as Chinese cosplayers Nemesia, who is well-known for cosplaying cool beauties, and Aliga, who is popular for cosplaying kawaii characters.
As a doujinshi event, Comifuro is an event that attracts a lot of aspiring content creators and it caters to these fans by hosting several talks by experts in the local creative (eg: comics and animation) industry. Local publishers such as reON and CIAYO have booths in the convention where hopeful writers can submit their manuscripts. These publishers also hold a portfolio review session where submitters can get their works critiqued by industry veterans.
Music enthusiasts can also get their fix as Comifuro’s main stage shows various music-related activities. There is a karaoke session where guests get to belt out their favorite tunes in front of a live audience. There is also an anisong stage for fans of anime and game melodies. During Comifuro X, anisong DJ artists OtaGroove wowed their audience with their eclectic beats.
For people who want a deeper look into Indonesian fandom at large, Comifuro is an event worth visiting. Comifuro offers a peek into Indonesian culture through the lens of pop culture fandom.
Comic Frontier 14 Details
|Dates||February 22-23, 2020|
|Place||Balai Kartini Kartika Expo Centre (Jl. Gatot Subroto No.Kav. 37, RT.6/RW.3, Kuningan, Kuningan Tim., Kecamatan Setiabudi, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12950)|
|Regular Ticket (1 day pass) for IDR35.000
Limited Bundle Package (1 day pass + official gift bag + official poster + floormap) for IDR70.000
Next week, we will be publishing our interview with Nikolas Sudwi Karyadi, one of the founders of Comic Frontier!
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