Hikmat Darmawan is an observer of popular culture, with a focus on comics and movies. He has been writing since 1994 in various publications such as Tempo, Kompas, Gatra, and Republika. His book, a collection of essays on comics entitled Dari Gatot Kaca hingga Batman: Potensi-potensi Naratif Komik (From Gatot Kaca to Batman: The Comics’ Narrative Potentials. Yogyakarta: Penerbit Orakel, 2005), is being repackaged along with his other collection of essays. He helped established a number of communities, for example Musyawarah Burung and Akademi Samali, and is now active in Urban Laboratory of Paramadina University. He now works as an editor in Rumahfilm.org. He is the guest editor for the Focus of “Comics and the City” in February 2009. Check his another articles in On Everything Pop and his blog in Multiply.