CIAYO Comics to Involve 1,000 Indonesia's Comic Creators at ComiConnect Tour 2018

Closing event will feature top creator Faza Meonk and Marchella F.P to share intellectual property success stories.

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CIAYO Comics, the first locally established and developed digital comic platform in Indonesia, will wrap up its largest and first-ever roadshow for comic creators in Indonesia, ComiConnect Tour 2018. To complete the 11th cities' roadshow, ComiConnect Tour 2018 will make stop in Jakarta on November 24, 2018, proclaiming to be the biggest and most-anticipated Indonesia's offline comic creators' roadshow throughout the year. The closing event, ComiConnect Tour 2018 Jakarta, will take place in COCOWORK Filateli Coworking Space, Jakarta, featuring sharing sessions about "How to Manage and Develop Intellectual Property" by Marchella F.P, founder of Generasi 90an, and Faza Meonk, creator of top local comic, Si Juki. Special performance by rising singer Vadi Akbar and a YouTuber, Moneva, will conclude the event, aiming to attract hundreds of comic enthusiasts to join the hype in Jakarta.

Sharing session with comic enthusiasts at ComiConnect Tour 2018.
Sharing session with comic enthusiasts at ComiConnect Tour 2018.

Being held for 8 consecutive months since March 2018, the event drew together over 1,000 comic creators from across cities in Indonesia, as well as Indonesia's top local comic communities, including Lumpia Komik, Forum Komik Jogja and Komikin Ajah. Thousands of comic creators were chosen on the basis of their appealing visual creativities and stories, from 10 cities in Indonesia, such as Bandung, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Bali, Makassar, Medan, Banda Aceh, Batam, and Tegal.

"We've gone to the forefront of the new pop culture movement, as digital comics now continue to evolve. It surely has a broad appeal to young generation, thus through this event, we aim to attract more local comic creators to get their ideas translated into most attractive story-driven visuals for their audiences," said Borton Liew, CEO of CIAYO Comics. During the roadshow, four selected top comic creators, Sweta Kartika, Yoga Danu, Is Yuniarto and Arief Digidoy, have successfully published their story-driven works to CIAYO Comic digital platform, reaching over 100,000 subscribers.

To increase awareness of digitizing comics, CIAYO Comics have also collaborated with over 300 local comic creators, now adding the numbers to grow over 1,000 through roadshow and face-to-face engagement with community. "This will help us to capture new creative talents from all around Indonesia. Moreover, over half of Indonesia's comic creators were not coming from a big city in Indonesia," said Khrisnawan Adhie, Head of Business Development of CIAYO Corp. 

With a total population of more than 260 million, Indonesia is now experiencing a rapid internet penetration growth. In 2017, there were nearly 105 million of people accessing the internet in Indonesia and this figure is projected to grow to up to around 130 million in 2021, according to a research by Statista. "We see new emerging markets for digital comics to grow. In particular, we look our audience, that are now younger, more diverse, and more creative. They penetrate new technology way faster and higher, hence they will access stories from a much wider range of channels than we typically assume of for a comic," added Khrisnawan Adhie.

Since its founding in 2016, CIAYO Comics' platform has popularized numerous local creators with outstanding talents, such as Ivone, an author behind the horror comic with more than 5 million readers, The Librarian; and a North Sumatran's author, Gaby, an author of over 100,000 comic's subscribers, Hana & Mr Arrogant. Up until now, CIAYO Comics had over 800,000 downloads and more than 95,000 active users per day, targeting to reach 5 million downloads by 2019. In the near future, CIAYO Comics will launch new comic namely Dread Out Comics, based on Indonesia's popular horror game, and the movie will be released in 2019.

About CIAYO Corp:

CIAYO Corp started an intellectual property development business with digital comic application CIAYO Comics in 2016. CIAYO Comics became the first national digital comic platform in Indonesia. CIAYO Corp also runs a game development studio, CIAYO Games under its umbrella, and collaborating with prominent animation studio and game studio, respectively Kumata Studio and Agate Studio. CIAYO Games launched the mobile arcade game "CHIPS: Monster Tap!" which was nominated in Indonesia Game Contest by Google Play and The Best Mobile Game of The Year by Popcon Asia 2017. Operating as a media, CIAYO Corp runs CIAYO Blog to publish contemporary pop culture issues that reaches more than 100,000 readers every month.

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