Gempak Starz

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Gempak Starz
Logo of Gempak
PublisherArt Square Creation
First issue1 June 1998

Gempak is a Malaysian comic/gaming/hobby magazine, published by Art Square Creation beginning in June 1998. The magazine's main motto is "One Hundred Issue, No Surprise". Being the first magazine in Malaysia to introduce local comic artists to an international audience, some have criticised the artists' skills as an imitation of the Japanese manga style. Others, however, claim that the artwork is completely different and introduces a new brand of manga, sometimes categorised as graphic novels. Gempak also has the distinction of being the first Malaysian info-comic magazine, offering news and articles about the ACG (Animation, Comics & Games) world in and outside of the country. Gempak magazine aims to encourage the local development of such industries, facilitating the global spread of Malaysian talent.[1]


Gempak debuted on 1 June 1998, at a time when Malaysia was attempting to recover from the 1997 economic crisis; the economic crisis brought a hard impact on the Malaysian comic industry.

To gain a place in the Malaysian comic market, Art Square Creation incorporated the "info-comic" approach, which became the main formula of Gempak's success, and the new standard format for many Malaysian comics. It took 18 months for their success to take off without any help from other media advertisements. Starting as a monthly issue for the first three years, it has come to be published bi-monthly (since June 2001), with many demands that the magazine should go for weekly issue.

Their concept of an info-comic magazine has become a trend followed by many recent comic magazines, including one of Malaysia's biggest publishers, Karangkraf Sdn. Bhd., who began releasing a new info-comic magazine titled Jom (later ceased publication). The success of Gempak also resulted in the success of its publisher, Art Square Creation Sdn. Bhd., who expanded to become Art Square Group with three subsidiaries: Art Square Creation Sdn. Bhd, Anjung Taipan Sdn. Bhd., and Gala Unggul Sdn. Bhd. All Art Square Group products are now labelled under their own brand "GEMPAK STARZ."

Gempak, under Art Square Creation, won the Persatuan Penerbit-Penerbit Majalah Malaysia (MPA) award under other category special Malay magazine ("majalah pengkhususan" (Bahasa Malaysia)) 2007.[2]

In December 2015, Kadokawa Corporation through its Hong Kong subsidiary Kadokawa Holdings Asia Ltd (KHA), acquired an 80% stake in Malaysian Art Square Group (MSG). In line with acquisition, MSG will be rebranded Kadokawa Gempak Starz in January 2016.[3]


Gempak has made over many bucks, they have sold many genres, like horror, romance, science fiction, adventure, and action. Their horror comics are called "Komik Seram" meaning "horror comic".

Komik Seram[edit]

Komik Seram is the name for their horror comics, they are most popular and best-selling in the company, although, minimum comics are sometimes sold out because of popularity.

Here is a list of horror comics sold by Gempak:

  • Dari Alam Angker (by various artists)
  • Warisan Puaka by Nizam Bachok
  • Seringai Malam by Nizam Bachok
  • Dajal Berbisik by KF
  • Lawang Penamat by Maita Nao

Gempak Starz products[edit]

Besides magazines, Art Square Group publishes more than 200 products under the brand of GEMPAK STARZ; the products include graphic novels (including acquired foreign comics), T-shirts, caps, mugs, toys, posters, illustration books, stationery, and collection items.

List of Gempak comics Cartoonist[edit]

  • Keith
  1. Lawak Kampus
  2. Lawak Kampus Connection
  3. Lawak Kampus Friends Edition
  4. Lawak Kampus League
  5. Lawak Kampus Move On
  6. Lawak Kampus Rebound
  7. Encore! Lawak Kampus Artbook
  8. Kuso High School
  9. Kuso High School Log In
  10. Kuso High School Teamwork
  11. Wasabi
  • Zint
  1. 2 Dudes
  3. Boy's Scout
  4. GoGo Chacha Street
  5. Hero
  6. K.O King Conquest
  7. Kaleidoscoope Collection 01: Our Blue Sky
  8. Kaleidoscoope Collection 03: The Journey
  9. Kaleidoscoope Collection 04: Great Day
  10. Kaleidoscoope Collection 05: Woo Hoo!
  11. Kisah Pengembaraan Kroit
  12. Kijiya
  13. Kijiya Deux
  14. Kijiya Quatre
  15. Lawak Under 18
  16. MFEO (Meant For Each Other)
  17. Raiden
  18. Scarbot & Monky
  19. Sharkman the Hitman
  20. Si Penjual Aiskrim
  21. Under 18: Elite
  22. User
  23. Xpresi Tempur
  • Kaoru
  1. After School With You
  2. Candy Series
  3. Cinta Untuk Dijual
  4. Cuma Kucing Yang Tahu
  5. Helios Eclipse by Kaoru[4]
  6. Lawak Valentine
  8. Love For Sale
  9. Love Triangle
  10. Lost Diary
  11. Maid Maiden – Monday
  12. Maid Maiden – Wednesday
  13. Maid Maiden – Friday
  14. Maid Maiden – Saturday
  15. Maid Maiden – Sunday
  16. My Secret Bodyguard
  17. My Secret Boyfriend
  18. My Secret Buddy
  19. Nonetheless, I love You
  20. Only The Cats Know
  21. Strawberry Vampire
  22. Tell Me Your Name (New)
  23. Voice of An Angel
  • Ben
  1. Fatal Chaos Turbo Ex
  2. Te@mare
  3. Le Gardenie
  • Tadatada / Lee Kok Chen
  1. Good Morning Teacher!
  2. Hello Mei Mei
  3. Jejak Libasan Jaguh
  4. Monster Girl
  5. Paper Labyrinth
  6. Selamat Pagi Cikgu!
  7. The Prince and I
  8. X-VENTURE: The Golden Age Of Adventures
  • Oga
  1. 5th Dimension
  2. Brother X3
  3. Oxer
  4. Stories After Dark Don't Turn Off the Light Korea (New)
  5. Taiko and Little Peach
  6. X-VENTURE: Titanoboa
  7. X-VENTURE: Ancaman Boa Purba
  8. X-VENTURE: Titanoboa Coils of Doom
  9. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Perilous Peak
  10. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Kembara Puncak Maut
  11. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Drifting Dead
  12. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Kebangkitan Mayat Hidup
  13. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Skyfallen Safari
  14. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Kerajaan Langit
  15. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Ferogious Fauna
  16. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Jerat Berbisa Flora
  17. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Meteoroid Mayhem
  18. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Zombie Meteorit
  19. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Mammoth Monstrosity
  20. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Ledakan Epidemik
  21. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Robot Rebellion
  22. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Kebangkitan Robotik
  23. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Robot Retaliation
  24. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Tentangan Robot
  25. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Nuclear Nemesis
  26. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Angkara Misil
  27. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Graveyard Gorge
  28. X-VENTURE Extreme Xploration: Azure Abyss
  • Xanseviera
  1. Lawak Fairy Godbrother
  2. Love Boat
  3. Love Terminal
  4. Neko
  • Michael Chuah / C2V
  1. 3 Hour to Master: How To Build Memory and Focus
  2. 3 Hour to Master: How To Control Your Finances
  3. 3 Hour to Master: How To Expand Your Creativity
  4. 3 Hour to Master: How To Get Perfect Marks
  5. 3 Hour to Master: How To Manage Your Mood
  6. 3 Hour to Master: How To Maintain Good Friendships
  7. 3 Hour to Master: How To Reduce Stress
  8. 3 Hour to Master: How To Strengthen Self-Discipline
  9. 3 Hour to Master: How To Stay Healthy
  10. 3 Hour to Master: How To Surf Safely
  11. Gengkey
  12. Gengkey (Remake)
  13. Lawak OK-KO
  14. X-VENTURE: Kappa
  15. X-VENTURE: Misi Menyelamat Kappa
  16. X-VENTURE: Kappa Chaos
  17. Monster Chaos
  • Kenny Chua
  1. Jinggo Concluded
  2. Jinggo Replay
  3. Pop! Bang! Boom!
  • Other
  1. Glock 17 by Ageha
  2. Mat Gempak (Remake) by Apoh
  3. Mat Gempak by Apoh and Botak
  4. Kishiro Budak Sihir by Bear
  5. Shadow Quest by Clay
  6. Falcon by Clay
  7. Jangka Attribut by Clay
  8. Jejak Neraka by Cicak
  9. Zaman Gemilang by Hang Sembilan
  10. Showtime! by Jo
  11. 5 Elemen by Kash
  12. Dunia Cahaya by Kash
  13. Gol Kraziee 2000 by Kash
  14. Red Fox by King Kong
  15. Dewi Remaja (Manhwa) by Lee Ju
  16. IT Ekspress by Neko (advertisement comic)
  17. Go Notty by Nizam Bachok
  18. Velocity by Puppeteer
  19. Evolusi Identiti by Puppeteer
  20. Jinggo (Remake) by Puppeteer
  21. Twisted Mind of Puyuh by Puyuh@Leong Wan Kok
  22. Student King by Stanley G
  23. Hotlink Warrior by Slaium (advertisement comic)
  24. Drak by Slaium
  25. Jackie Perang Pit by Taufan
  26. Fear Factor by Taufan
  27. Pahlawan Raja Alam by Taufan
  28. Experiment 105 by Totoro
  29. Detektif Hantu by Totoro
  30. Detektif Hantu (Remake) by Totoro
  31. G.R.A.V.E. by Totoro
  32. Journey to the West/Raja Monyet by Totoro
  33. Pelayan Rahasia
  34. Segi TiGA Rahsia
  35. Siri Maskaret Cinta by various cartoonists (permanent section)
  36. Dari Alam Angker/Komik Angker by various cartoonists (permanent section)
  37. Komik Eksklusif by various cartoonists (permanent section)
  38. X-Pax Channel Comic by various cartoonists (advertisement comic)
  39. Komik Antarabangsa by international artists (Outdated)
  40. Zoology by Stanley G, Neko, Jo, and Keith
  41. Taufan Pesaka, part 1, 2, and 3 by Hang Sembilan (parts 1, 2) and Kash (part 3)


  1. ^ "Kakiseni – Gempak Starz Exhibition".
  2. ^ "Al Islam, URTV raih Anugerah Majalah Terbaik 2007". Utusan Online.
  3. ^ "Kadokawa buys into Gempak Starz, eyes KL as creative hub - Industry & Relevant News - Newsroom - Resource Centre - InvestKL".
  4. ^ (in Malay) Warisi bakat melukis bapa, by Faten Saphilla Mohamed Isa, Kosmo

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