Black Ink Goes Dark

Filipino komiks aficionados once again had a blast during the #SummerKomikon2018 last April 14, 2018. Komikon has been one of the longest-running local comic conventions. Komikon gives local artists the chance to showcase their works. Exhibitors like sellers, publishing houses that caters graphic novels, komiks enthusiasts and lovers of artworks also take part in this annual event.


Every year, Komikon, Inc. organizes three events: Summer Komikon, Indieket, and the last quarter Komikon. #SummerKomikon2018 was held at Bayanihan Center Unilab Compound, Pasig City. Various publishing houses that caters local komiks were also invited to join the event. They were given the opportunity to announce their latest releases.


One of the exhibitors, Black Ink—an imprint of Precious Pages that publishes Manga or Comics—goes dark in the recent Summer Komikon. Black Ink launched its latest releases: Black Rose and Blackout.

The two books sure defies the sunshine amidst summer season. Black Rose is written by Reira Francisco and illustrated by Mike Banting. This story is about Dante who has been maltreated by his father when he was young and his ‘friend’, Rose, who constantly inflict pain to those who have done him wrong. Another dark story to lighten up the summer is Blackout written by Jake Vicente and illustrated by MJSJ. This recounts the story of Bon and his distorted view of the world and of the people devoured by darkness.

Another book that was released on that day is the fourth volume of Librong Itim, an anthology of short Philippine horror stories that focuses on the theme Mysterious Message.

These latest Black Ink books are a mix of horror-mystery-psychological thriller meant for those into dark stories.

— Stefhanie Ann Yanes