Holy Sh*t, I Just Met Boba Fett — Highlights from Daniel Logan: Spotlight Panel on Indonesia Comic Con 2017

Disclaimer: This article is written based on memory and no recorded material, hence all the verbatim you read is a result of paraphrasing. Daniel, if you’re reading this, feel free to contact us and have us change it if you so wish.

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Boba Fett came to Indonesia Comic Con this year. Yes, Daniel Logan, who portrayed Fett’s younger incarnation in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, is one of the guests invited to the convention this year after being called from his shoot in the Philippines (on a movie with Jason David Frank, no less). Earlier today, Daniel Logan shared his stories about his life during and after Star Wars in his panel.

Auditioning for the role of Boba Fett at the age of thirteen—Fett, in the story, is eight—Daniel had to lie in the audition process. “I was with my mother and grandmother,” he said, “but they were like, ‘You can’t come in.’ So I went into the lobby and the audition alone.

“They didn’t have a script for us back then. I had no lines to say, so I pretty much had to sell myself to them.”

They asked him, Daniel said, if he had any special talents. “There was this spear-like thing in New Zealand called a taiaha, used in—this.” He proceeded to demonstrate his version of a New Zealandish haka, drawing laughter from the audience as he added, “Yeah, that’s us New Zealanders. We’re crazy.”

He told the story of how he proceeded to pretend like he knew what it was all about after asking (and knowing, gleefully) that he wouldn’t get “a stick or a broom” in exchange for the taiaha. “It was a fancy hotel. They don’t just hand you those when you ask.”

That was the first lie. Then, they asked him what he would do with a lightsaber. Daniel, who had never seen any Star Wars film when he’d auditioned, did what he’d done before—pretend and imagine and act, like the excited boy he was.

Listening to Daniel tell all these stories (driving a golf cart with Ewan McGregor in full Jedi robes at five in the morning? Why not), it wasn’t hard to imagine how he was as a young boy on the set on Star Wars. He still had a lot of that boyish energy, walking and galloping all over the stage during the course of the panel, which he closed by sitting at the edge of the stage as he answered the question of a young boy.

Witty, lighthearted stories aside, Daniel Logan certainly had a lot of passion in him. He talked about how he’d dropped out of school at the age of 17, as he got busier and busier doing his jobs, but encouraged other children not to do the same. He emphasized the importance of education and doing the things that you love.

“When you get to that age, you know, twenties, thirties, forties… I think working hard from a young age is the best thing to do. If you don’t get to learning and doing what you love from now, it only gets harder.”

Daniel also dished on what it felt like to get directions from George Lucas himself (pretty much the god of Star Wars) and having his green card approved in less than a day after he wrote to Lucas and Ewan McGregor. “You know, it’s crazy. It usually takes six months for it to be approved, and to have it done like that—it was a record. Nobody had ever had that before.”

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It’s clear, from the panel, that Daniel Logan is still as passionate about Star Wars and Boba Fett as he was years ago. If anything, the passion had only grown; when asked if he would return in a rumored Boba Fett film, he said, “I haven’t heard anything about it. But if they call me to do it, I’ll do it in a heartbeat. I’ll do it for free.”

Amen to that, Daniel. Here’s to hoping to see you soon on the big screens as Boba Fett, continuing your legacy.

You can find Daniel Logan on Twitter, @Daniel_Logan, and on Instagram, @instadaniellogan. He posts a lot of Boba-related stuff and much more interesting things in his life, so you wouldn’t wanna miss out. You know, in case that Boba movie is gonna be done for real.

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Indonesia Comic Con – A Second Perspective

If you follow this blog, then I’m sure you’ve seen Maddy’s perspective on Indonesia Comic Con. Here, I’ll be weighing in on this inaugural Indonesia Comic Con as a sort of a second opinion and one for the international audience.

This was before 9AM. Gates didn't even open until 10.

This was before 9AM. Gates didn’t even open until 10.

While Reed Panorama has done a similar event named Indonesia Toy Game and Comic Convention last year, Indonesia Comic Con (ICC), held at Jakarta Convention Center on 14-15 November is the first event of its name and bears the tagline “We are pop culture”. Having attended almost the entirety of both days, I can safely say that the event lived up to its tagline.

The only place you can see Superman and Supercena together.

The only place you can see Superman and Supercena together.

ICC boasts a guest list from all avenues of pop culture, both East and West. From Marvel superstar artist David Mack, Japanese Metal Hero actor and an idol to a lot of Indonesian kids growing up in the 1980’s Kenji Ohba, toy designer Simone Legno, international cosplayers Nicole Marie Jean, to musicians like DJ Yuyoyuppe, there really is something for everyone here.

Bridging fantasy and reality.

Bridging fantasy and reality.

The panels and events held at the con is nothing to sneeze at either. I’ve only had the pleasure of attending several of them, but they all shined. Nearing the end of the first day, the “Fight Club of art” event Secret Walls dazzled the audience with their amazing art battle featuring local graffiti artists collaborating and duking it out with great artwork.

Secret Walls contestants hard at work.

Secret Walls contestants hard at work.

The second day, David Mack was joined by Setan Jalanan creator Franki Indrasmoro and local comics superstar Sweta Kartika on a comics panel, where they shared stories of their comics experiences, tips for creators just starting out, and why they fell in love with comics in the first place. The panel ended with a little sketch battle between Mack and Franki.

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The aftermath.

What’s a con without its Artist Alley? Here is where the event shines. With about 68 spaces filled in the artist alley, that’s a lot of concentrated awesome in one place. I spent a few hours going around the artist alley, and I’m pretty sure I missed a lot of great stuff still.

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Some of the great stuff I got.

The official exhibitor booths are equally as impressive. From fan communities like the 501st Legion, Gotham Citizen Club, and Komunitas Marvel Indonesia, the dedicated hunting ground for toy collectors, Glitch Network, a comics corner run by Books Kinokuniya, and the always dangerous for collectors’ wallets Funko, we’re spoiled by choice.

Chris Evans, eat your heart out.

Chris Evans, eat your heart out.

As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, an event is only as good as its fans and visitors. This is what firmly puts this event into one of my list of best events this year. The cosplayers are amazing as always, I managed to meet some new people there and went nuts with old friends much like we did at a previous event.

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Wouldn't be half as fun without these two groups of mooks.

Wouldn’t be half as fun without these two groups of mooks.

However, that’s not saying this event isn’t without its faults. The high density of booths and exhibitors crammed into a relatively limited floor space does cause some problems. I’ve seen lines for (what I assume is) the Walk of Fame that snaked almost all the way to the stage and practically halved the walking space along that line. Proper seating in the stage area for panels are at times somewhat lacking too, forcing some of the audience to stand or sit on the floor during panels. To sum up, I think most of ICC’s problems is with the space. For what they had to work with, it works well enough, but I’m hoping that the next ICC will have a little more extra breathing room. Maybe Reed Panorama can take a page out of their other event’s STGCC playbook and dedicate almost an entire hall for the stage and Walk of Fame areas. This might prove a popular decisions with the cosplayers as well, so they have a huge open area to take photos or just to lounge around, rather than having to contend with the throng of people on the con floor or loiter around near the entrance area.

Like this. Right in the middle of busy con floor.

Like this. Right in the middle of busy con floor.

All in all, this is an amazing first year for Indonesia Comic Con. There’s a lot of fun to be had whether alone or in a group, although I do recommend to bring friends. Some people might initially be turned off by the price of admission, but after seeing what the event had to offer, it’s practically a bargain. Besides, 90 thousand is nothing compared to what you’ll potentially spend at the event. With books, toys, artwork, and whatever else the exhibitors have to offer, why wouldn’t you? I have faith that ICC will be better next year, and I hope they’ll invite more people from comics. Warren Ellis or Stuart Immonen, maybe?

It’s been a great con, a pleasure to visit, and an honor to report, here’s hoping next year it will be, in the immortal words of Daft Punk, harder, better, faster, and stronger. But mainly better. Bigger, too.

Unfortunately.

Unfortunately.

Indonesia Comic Con 2015; We Are Pop Culture!

Salam Pop Culture!

As you guys know, weekend kemarin Reed Panorama dan New York Comic Con mengadakan event yang seru di Jakarta, yaitu Indonesia Comic Con 2015! Acara ini diselenggarakan selama dua hari, 14-15 November 2015 dan diramaikan oleh lebih dari 150 eksibitor dari Indonesia maupun negara-negara lain, cosplayers, dan bintang tamu spesial seperti Kenji Ohba, David Mack, Nicole Marie Jean, V-Project, Secret Walls, Simone Legno, Hitomi, Pinky Lu Xun, dan lain-lain.

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Bintang tamu spesial Indonesia Comic Con 2015

Secret Walls, David Mack, dan seniman lainnya berkolaborasi untuk membuka ICC2015 dengan melukis “Secret Walls”. Lalu opening ceremony ini dilanjutkan oleh pasukan Star Wars yang datang ke main stage, dan tamu spesial pun diperkenalkan.

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Secret Walls, David Mack, dan seniman lainnya.

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Pasukan Star Wars ft. Cosplayers

Selama dua hari, ribuan pengunjung dimanjakan oleh acara-acara yang diadakan oleh ICC201, seperti Walk of Fame dan photobooth, panel, di mana mereka bisa menyaksikan bahkan bertemu dengan idola mereka. Selain itu, mereka juga terlihat sangat antusias membeli produk-produk dalam maupun luar negeri yang dijual di acara ini.

Panel David Mack, Minggu 15 November.

Panel David Mack, Minggu 15 November.

ICC2015 juga mengadakan kejuaraan cosplay yang bergengsi yaitu Championships of Cosplay. Juara pertama kompetisi ini adalah Abraham Enriquez Cruz dengan kostum Vicious Summoner dari Dekaron, juara kedua diraih oleh Herry Bertus sebagai Prime Evil dari Diablo 3, dan juara tiga Firmanda Romas sebagai ED 209 dari Robocop Movie 2014.

Matt Murdock, daytime lawyer, night time vigilante.

Matt Murdock, daytime lawyer, night time vigilante.

Mas Gorila ft. Deadpool

Mas Gorila ft. Deadpool

Sayang sekali ya, acara ini hanya diadakan dua hari. But, don’t worry, untuk kalian yang belum bisa hadir, masih ada tahun depan!