If you happen to be a manga or anime aficionado, attending the Manga Fest should have been listed on your bucket list. Manga Fest was held last June 16, 2018 at 4F Precious Pages Events Center at 16 Sto. Domingo Ave., Quezon City. Hundreds of comic fans, manga and anime enthusiasts have attended. This event was spearheaded by Precious Pages a nd Black Ink. And it aims to gather local supporters of manga, anime, and comics. In case you missed out the event, here are our observations and experiences during Manga Fest…
HUNDREDS OF BOOKS WERE ON SALE
Have you been looking for a certain book to complete your collection? Are you a fan of Black Ink? Of BL and GL imprints? Well, hundreds of Black Ink books were prepared for the event itself and was 20% off!
PEOPLE PLAYED AS THEY WAITED
Early birds got to bring back their childhood memories by playing the Tagila Game inspired from Snakes and Ladders. Since the event started at 10 AM, guests had plenty of time to spare… and play.
PEOPLE GOT THE FIRST GLIMPSE ON BLACK INK’S NEWLY RELEASED BOOKS
Have you been patiently waiting for the release of your favorite author/artist’s book? Or the sequel of your favorite manga book? At Manga Fest, anyone who visited the Precious Pages booth have been the first to get hold of Black Ink’s new releases.
YOU GOT TO SHOWCASE YOUR AWESOME TALENTS
The inner artist in you started to stumble the moment you set foot on the venue. No worries because anyone could join the Coloring and Fan Art Contest to set free anyone’s artistic side and showcase anyone’s creative talent.
COSPLAYER PARADE (AND EHEM… DANCE)
One of the highlights of the event was the parade of cosplayers in their fancy costumes. Three batches of cosplayers portrayed our all-time favorite characters from anime and Black Ink books. Alphonse Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist, Son Guko of Dragon Ball, Voltes V and more were in the house! And as soon as the judging time was done… the cosplayers danced!
DISCOVERY OF INDIE COMIC CREATORS
Are you a supporter of local indie artists and creators? Francis Martelino, Ardee Arollado, Lupo, Basilio, Gail Ramirez, J. Iara were amongst the creators who joined us on Manga Fest. People who wandered around found their amazing works in their respective booths. Who knows? Their works might hit the shelves of major bookstores soon.
NOT JUST A MEET AND GREET WITH THE BLACK INK ARTISTS
Hail to those who collect Black Ink books! We saw them bringing in their collection and having them signed with their favorite artists. There were tables set for Black Ink artist to accommodate the fans, offer a little challenge and give prizes!
WE LEARN, WE LAUGH, WE LOVE WHAT WE DO
And of course, besides having fun, you could have learned something from the discussions.
Interested in Animation? We have learned a lot from Mr. Jaime Busa of SEACAT on his talk about Animation Career Development. Are you an aspiring comic creator? You probably have learned from the pro, Ms. Godley Malabanan. Curious about the life of an indie comic artist? Ardee Arollado shared his experiences on being an indie comic artist himself. The speakers were not just sharing their experiences they also show their passion in what they do.
AMIDST THE DIGITAL ERA, WE MET A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO GO… OFFLINE
To all tech-savvy and Internet people, what’s more challenging than staying in a room without your beloved gadgets? Breakada Online Radio dared the guests to join their Offline Challenge. Participants stayed in a secluded room, without cell phones and gadgets. And well, they survived.
THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUSLY AWESOME!
In the middle where people was being busy and having fun activities, the aroma of delicious bread and chips filled the room, enticing your senses… and tummy. And it was not just the smell that was good but also the taste of the bread freshly baked by Captain Incooknito—chef, baker, and confectioner. The Popcorn stand was also a best-seller that day. Who would’ve thought that the smell of melted butter can trigger someone’s craving?
WATCH AND DRAW
We watched the live drawing exhibition (courtesy of Huion products) of the Black Ink artists and guests. We were amazed not just with the talent we saw but also how a gadget could change one’s personal experience in drawing. Everyone should try Huion’s products!
FREE MANGA, CUTE STUFF AND MERCH
Everyst, one of the exhibitors, gave away hundreds of free manga during the event! And had you wanted to see anything that was cute, well, Misha’s Stuff, Fluffy Café, and Floof Factory have gotten you covered with their cute merchandise.
MEETING NEW FRIENDS!
We had fun. We had learned. And we met new friends. What could have been more fun and exciting than meeting people who share with us the same interests?