The Last Three Hostages

The Last Three Hostages (Tiga Sandera Terakhir)

  • Title: Tiga Sandera Terakhir (a novel)
  • Subtitle: Terinspirasi dari konflik berdarah di timur Indonesia
  • Genre: Military thriller
  • Language: Indonesian
  • ISBN: 978-602-0989-47-1
  • Author: Brahmanto Anindito
  • Editor: Hermawan Aksan & Miranda Harlan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimension: 14 cm x 21 cm
  • Thick: 309 + xiv pages
  • Weight: 280 g
  • Publisher: Noura Books 2015

Indonesia is in tumult due to a brutal hostage-taking. Five tourists from France, Indonesia and Australia are captured. As it occurs in Papua, the forefingers suddenly point to OPM, a militant organization of West Papua liberation. But surprisingly, OPM denies that. They say, “It’s not us! Taking of hostages won’t bring any good for OPM’s image. Why would we do that?” Continue Reading →

Garuda Riders, It’s Not Only a Digital Comic

Garuda Rider ComicLet’s join Naradja and his exhilarating adventure in Varadwipa Earth. It was about 10 centuries after Ramayana era. Naradja wanted to be a garuda rider so bad. But his father tried to stop him. Because he knew somehow that this would have an enormous impact on the Varadwipa’s future. A bad impact!

This is the premise of Garuda Riders. Not just a comic book, Garuda Riders is an interactive digital comic, specially designed for tablets and smartphones. Here you can see animations, hear the original sound tracks, Balinese traditional music, also play the mini games. An entertaining way to spend your time! Download it through the links below:

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Garuda Riders tampaknya telah mengubah definisi konvensional dari sebuah media komik. Jika Anda membayangkan komik yang tergambar di atas kertas atau, kalaupun didigitalkan, berformat .JPEG, .PDF, .html atau sebangsa itu, Anda salah. Sebab, inilah komik yang menggabungkan unsur-unsur dasar komik (menurut Scott McCloud), sound effect, visual effects, dan interaktivitas mini games. Penasaran? Download seri-serinya di sini:

  1. Runaway (23 MB). Via Google Play (free), iTunes (free, berbahasa Jepang dan khusus untuk wilayah Jepang), atau Telkomstore (free).
  2. The Chosen One (35 MB). Via Google Play (1.12 USD) atau Telkomstore (Rp 10.000).
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Kelima seri komik ini diadaptasi dari novel pertama trilogi The Adventure of Wanara yang berjudul Garuda Riders (terbitan Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2013). Berbeda dengan novelnya yang menyajikan cerita lengkap, di komiknya, hanya ada resume alur-alur penting dari kisah tentang wanara remaja ini. Tapi, pembaca tidak dibiarkan hanya pasif menikmati cerita.

Jika Anda penyandang gadget dengan OS android, minimal Froyo (versi 2.0), cobalah install Runaway yang gratis. Sapukan jari dari kanan ke kiri untuk membukai halaman-halamannya. Pembaca komik digital ini akan diajak ke suasana hutan. Musik bernuansa Bali diiringi kicau burung sayup-sayup menyapa. Mengantarkan Anda ke suasana misteri.

Lalu terdengar derap kuda, lengkap dengan gambar beberapa penunggang turagga (tunggangan seperti kuda) dan Balasena Raksasaghna (pasukan elite pembantai ras asura) yang bergerak-gerak. Tempo musik pun meningkat.

Kemudian, ini yang tidak mungkin ada dalam komik konvensional, Anda harus memainkan mini game dan menghindari tusukan-tusukan Keris Ulogeni dari komandan Raksasaghna, Katunara. Kalau sampai terkena sabetan keris panjang itu, Anda akan mati dan harus mengulang membaca lagi dari awal 🙂

Ada beberapa gimmick menarik semacam itu di seri-seri komik ini, laiknya sebuah game. Besutan Mechanimotion Entertainment yang dibantu Elven Games, dua perusahaan kreatif asal Surabaya.

Maju terus dunia kreatif Indonesia!

Raden Ahmad Kosasih in Obituary

Some of R. A. Kosasih comics I have

On July 24, 2012, Indonesia lost one of its comic artists, R. A. Kosasih, at the age of 93. He is considered as the father of Indonesian comics. Some of his masterpieces are Sri Asih (a comic with a superhero like Wonder Woman), Rama and Sinta, and Mahabharata. His books were inspired by Hindu and Indonesian traditional literature such as wayang (puppet). But in fact, his books span many genres too, such as children, romance, martial arts and superhero comics. Farewell, Mr. Kosasih! Continue Reading →