Mantra is a comic book with a strong background of Indonesian art and culture. The story is about Ratri, a young budding artist, who is struggling to discover her true voice within art community and evading the shadow of her art mentor. When her attempt almost leads her to depression, she finds an ancient mantra. Will this mantra help her to achieve her goals, or will it get her trapped inside a mysterious world?
Masarasenani story comes from Papua. This story tells us about her routi ne as sago pounder. The people in her village are happy when the Sun shines all day long, but on that day darkness comes so fast, so she can only pound litt le sago for her family. Masarasenani wants to ensnare the Sun so it will shine to her village longer. But when the Sun is trapped, Masarasenani feels miserable for the Sun. So she releases the Sun. When the Sun knows why Masarasenani traps him, the Sun promises to be fair in giving the light to her village. Then the village becomes prosperous.
Finally, Bil decided to be a pastor. He wanted to pay the people’s sacrifice that had supported the struggle for nation independence. By being a pastor, he was unnecessary to think about material things, therefore he would be able to fully dedicate to the people. He was unnecessary to look for any job or worried about his future because all of his needs would be afforded by church. “I want to pay the debt for the people,” said Bil in his letter for his parents.
Seli is fifteen, a tenth-grader. She’s just like other teenagers. She listens to the famous songs, goes to the fast food restos and the movies, watches the popular TV-series, and does lots of things that most teenagers do. But Seli has a little secret; an extraordinary thing that she has kept for herself since she was a kid. Seli can release lightning bolts from her hands.
It’s not easy to grow up in this modern world. Children are exposed to more choices, more information, more people experience. How do they make sense out of all that? How do they choose the right way? Ho to grow up well? Ten stories in this book will motivate children to do the right things the right way. We only live once. Let’s live our lives to the fullest!