Saturday, June 28, 2008

Arabian Invasion

It was supposed to illustrate the more and more arabians eager to invest in Indonesia. I thought I had to draw the arabian riders behind as well, but I had no time to do that, you know deadline things. I must confirm that I didn't mean any totum pro parte here at all.

Smiling General

Just a late old smiling general sketch for the sake of archive


A never published Raul. I prepared the cartoon, proposed to the editor, and sometimes they have no room to publish it. But here, I have plenty of room to show.

The Shooting of Horta

This is probably an old news. But I am not talking about the incident. I sometimes want to ask myself, if not to make myself sure: what do I enjoy most, infographics or drawing? Honestly, I love both. Well, actually I am a kind of man who love challanges. I never consider myself a talented illustrator or problem solver. I only enjoy what I am doing. That's why I am a very happy illustrator.

Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana

I simply drew Sutan with a pencil, and the layout is managed by my boss, Yuyun Nurachman whose sense of art I always admire.

And on the right is a version he disliked.


Peeling every single layer of lies out of our life only to find out that even our only earthly presence here is a lie, too.


Are we always trying to reach something in life? Can't we just have enough with what we are now? Can we have no more desire to have anything without being a dead or a buddhist at all?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Justice Rat

What can I say. I love Indonesia, love all the scars of it.


Sometimes I am tempted to draw an almost realistic, cartoonal and stylized drawing at the same time. This one is based on a short story, Peranggi Poison, for Koran Tempo daily where I work for. As all illustrations, it doesn't want to pretend to explain the story. It's perhaps just a visual temptation to go on reading the story fully. Beautiful women with vaginal diseases in the story were described as some kind of deadly poisons to take down some Sultan. Well, even without diseases, I can be easily poisoned by beauty:)

Playing Policeman

When a man or institution tries to control what belief one has to hold, which religious view is correct or wrong, he's playing policeman.

Integrating disqus into blogger

Today I integrated my blogspot comment system with disqus. What the hehehe is it? To let them explain themselves in a single line: Disqus makes your comments more interactive for readers and easier to manage for you — all while connecting your community with other blogs.

Here are the steps I have done to make it work:
1. Go to
2. Register as usual, create you account there
3. Get started
4. Add your blog to Disqus by filling your blog url, blogname and a subdomain on disqus.
5. You'll be led to Integrate comment system with blog and select your platform whether it is a wordpress, blogger, typepad, movable type, tumblr or simply use the Javascript code snippet for a custom integration when you have your own self hosted blog.
6. In my case now, I chose blogger. You have to log into your blogger account:

  1. From your Blogger account, go to Template > Edit HTML and select "Download Full Template".
  2. Then upload that file into disqus, it's in .xml format when downloaded, using the provided submission form right below the instruction for your new Disqus-integrated template.
7. Now that your blogger template is uploaded and integrated into your disqus, you have your new template and are given the following:
  1. On the same Blogger page, make sure Expand Widget Templates is checked, and paste your newly integrated template in the Edit Template area. Save the template.

  2. Go to Settings > Comments and change the Comments Default for Posts to New Posts Do Not Have Comments if you chose to only allow the future comments are given the disqus system before. When all is fine, there is "Settings Were Saved Successfully" message after hitting the Save Settings button.

Ok, let's see how good the disqus system is integrated with blogger now. If you have any other platform you'd like to integrate, such as a wordpress account, typepad, etc., just follow the instructions after chosing the correct platform to integrate. If you have a self hosted and custom CMS, a provided Javascript code snippet will be just as easy when you know how. If you have a self-hosted drupal CMS, the you might try the module by Rob Loach here.

Well, are you going for web 2.0? Give disqus a try and create as many platforms as you have, and check your dashboard to manage the comments from all your blog systems in a single page! And tell me if you love the new comment system.

Check out the new typical interface comment system yourself below.