Quick Komik Queries with: Beng Rahadian

Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2003
By: John Weeks - Silver Bullet Roving Reporter

Cover of Quick Komik Queries with: Beng Rahadian

Foreground: Beng and snack cakes.

John Weeks: You've just moved back to Yogya [Yogyakarta, Indonesia] from Malaysia, bringing lots of comics. When did you come back?

Beng Rahadian: Three weeks ago.

JW: You were doing art and design in Malaysia?

BR: I was an animator. I made one page comics in the magazine ' Aku Dan Sesuatu '. ['Mys elf and Nobody']

JW: I noticed you selling that at the convention. That's a newsstand magazine?

BR: 2 magazines a month.

JW: Is it a comics magazine? Or comics and culture?

BR: I think comic magazine, maybe one page culture.

JW: What kind of animation were you doing?

BR: I worked in corporate animation, we make for TV film.

JW: It wasn't the 'Lat ' animation, was it?

BR: (Laughs) No. It was for local television.

JW: Now you're selling some of your comics at the convention. [PKAN 4] They take place in Yogya. You have Muka Belai, Mindak Terbang, and Salamat Pagi, Urbaz.

BR: Urbaz is from 'urban'. I say because Yogyakarta is mainly urban.

JW: Could you tell us a little about each one? Muko Belai?

BR: 'Trunk Face', it's a dream story. It could take place anywhere.

JW: Mindak Terbang [Flying Objects] is next, there is a mystery.

BR: It is inspired from social conflict in Indonesia, about politics. The true conflict is about politics. They talk something about mystic, mystical happen.

JW: ...but is really politics.

BR: Troublemaker magician - but actually the people are political activists.

JW: This happens in many countries in Southeast Asia I think. Black magic and politics.

Salamat Pagi Urbaz [Good Morning Urban People] is your newest one. It takes place in Yogya 2003, with a Jakarta person visiting. You see the city with her.

BR: And in the end, the visitor gives a question to this guy.
'I must go.'
'Because school is very expensive.'
I have one [similar] idea with Agung [Komikaze].

JW: That's interesting, I can recognize a lot of sights from Yogya, the different things on the street. And you have lots of details, like the pollution.

BR: [Pointing at comic] Pornography. This guy wants to buy a pornographic magazine, [they say] 'we sell script to graduate' - paper to graduate for examination.

JW: Oh - cheating! So they can use the paper for their school.

BR: 'I sell to them.'

Selamat Pagi Urbaz

JW: And why is this person crying here?

BR: She feels ashamed. She tells to everyone 'There is pornography here.' Very taboo, in Indonesia.

JW: Now there is an explosion of pornography, with the opening of the press [after Suharto]. It's a different publishing environment. Do you hope to print these short stories?

BR: Yes, if one publisher want to publish this comic is OK but the content is not changed.

JW: So you create this first, then you will submit. What is in the future? Will you do more cartoon stories like this?

BR: Yes, I enjoy to make like this.

JW: I notice it's also a very animation oriented style. Things change according to people's feelings. Sometimes realistic, sometimes surreal.

BR: I am influenced by Japanese cartoons, European too. And this [page] is influence from film, 'The Shaolin Soccers '.
I saw the actress, she walks across the football field, very quiet, like the hero, and she brushes the goalkeeper and suddenly faces the goal, very surprised.
Selamat Pagi Urbaz

JW: So it comes from many influences.

BR: Dwi Koendoro is maybe my dominant influence.

JW: So more comics like this in the future.

BR: For this comic one publisher in Indonesia want to publish.

JW: Congratulations.

BR: If you want to publish this, don't change anything inside.

JW: Next year, you are thinking of an independent comics convention?

BR: Independent comics festival or convention - not yet.

JW: And this will maybe be some of the participants from PKAN 4 convention?

BR: I think the participants will have a real thinking about indie comics, independent comics.

JW: So maybe 2004?

BR: Maybe...

Beng Rahadian tehjaheSTOP-@-SPAMhotmail.com

Beng Profilehttp://titikberat.com/titik_kosong.htm

Online Comics
Mindak Terbang http://titikberat.com/titik_terang.htm
Salamat Pagi Urbazhttp://titikberat.com/spu_1_beng.htm

Indonesian Independent Comics (English Article)http://komikazemedia.tripod.com/arsip/02-02-24-komikindie2.htm
Jokja Komik Scene http://komikazemedia.tripod.com/haramjadah/edisi003/jogjacomicscene.htm
Selamat Pagi Jokja http://komikazemedia.tripod.com/haramjadah/edisi004/pagijokja.htm

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