Comic is one evidence of among the many written cultures. It represents countless stories about living in various times. It tells the way people live and interact with each other; about their lifestyles, their environment and even the animals living around them. Comic is generally known as a printed matter, but nowadays we can see lots of comic that are presented in other medias, even in Internet. This fact shows that comic can not be separated with the new culture, which spreads very fast among us.

Indonesian comic has been created since the ancient time. It was used to guide or teach the youngsters about the experiences of their ancestors. We can find these ancient comics as reliefs at temples such as Borobudur (which sometimes is called The Middle-age Cathedral). The Borobudur "comic" has about 1460 scenes, which shows manners of praying for mankind. After that, as we know by now, comic is grown by printed media, such as the newspaper. In Indonesia, an old influential newspaper named De Java Bode (1938) showed Clinge Doorenbosí comic titled Flippie Flink. Flippie Flink was aimed for children. Then there was De Orient, a weekly newspaper, which presented an adventure comic called Flash Gordon. Beside in these Dutch newspapers, comic was also found in Chinese and Malay newspapers. An example is Sin Po, a Chinese newspaper that presented Put On, created by a young comic artist Kho Wang Gie. Indonesian comic has a long story line and is influenced by many cultures. Their combination results in a new way of telling the story.

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[1] Petruk Gareng by (?)
[2] Put On by Kho Wang Gie

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