The Pencil Pushing Area — One Man's Work-in-Progress

C3 is coming and the Pencil Flex guys…

Posted in cebu, comics, geeks by R.L. Bertulfo on August 23, 2011

Hello folks, The 2nd Cebu Comics Convention (or lovingly called the 2nd C3) is almost upon us this coming October 1, 2011 at the U.P. Campus, Cebu. I do hope I can beat the deadline of sorts and get to release the upcoming Boy Sipok comics there (crosses fingers and legs). A lot of Cebuano artist will be there and the Manila Komikeros hopefully, so show us some love and support this coming October 1st. We appreciate it greatly.

Anyways (copyright Tom Perez!), in other related news the awesome guys at Pencil Flex are giving away a free sketch of your choice during the 2nd Cebu Comicon. Head over to their site for the mechanics. Click on the link below:

The Pencil Flex Cebu Comic Con 2011 Sketch Giveaway

Hey, if I were as awesomely abled as them guys I would gladly give all of you free sketches at the Comic Con but I can pathetically assure you that you won’t like the sketches one bit so, a fair warning to you guys come Oct.1 and you happen to be idly standing in front of my table and thinking of asking for one. hehehe. I’ll see you guys later there, uhmmmkay?!

For related sites and updates, click below:

Facebook Fan page for the 2nd Cebu Comics Convention

Facebook Fan page for Super Debil Robot Comics

Influence Map

Posted in geeks by R.L. Bertulfo on October 7, 2010

A lot of artist that I came across in the web recently had a similar one like this posted to their respective blogs and a recent meme on my FaceBook account had a somewhat similar thing going called “15 Artist” so I’ve decided to, what the hey,  make one myself in this here blog just for kicks because I fancy myself an artist (an amateur at that, but still an artist right?) and all.  I would have listed 20 (adding Frank Miller, Arthur Adams, Larry Alcala, Arthur Suydam and Robert Crumb to the list) but I think the collage would look crammed enough as it is.  As far as I’m concerned they have influenced me in some way or another through the years and all I can say is a big THANK YOU to each and every one of them.

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Some Cebu Comics History and a late 1st C3 2010 coverage

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, geeks, photos, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on September 30, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates, I still have no internet at home and seldom nowadays do I go online and only if I am able, so this is a real excuse this time. As a boon or bane, this post will be friggin’ long so be forewarned.

The 1st Cebu Comics Convention is in its wake, awesomeness reigned supreme last Saturday. It was a blast meeting all the comic book fans/artist/aficionados alike. The 1st Cebu Comics Convention, or as aptly known as the 1st C3 2010 was a huge success thanks to all of you guys who attended and showed their support. The comic book scene is still alive and thriving here in Cebu and in the Philippines altogether. Kudos to the Big Ape Design guys (Tom, Suede and Bobols) for spearheading the event and giving it their all to make it a reality in this here part of the Philippines. The Cebuano Komikero has come a long way and I do hope others will be inspired to creating their own comics and really make it a more thriving and diverse Cebu Comic book scene in the near future.

It all started with the comic book “Elmer” by Gerry Alanguilan. Way back early 2008 if I am not mistaken, Sir Gerry announced in his blog, which I am an avid reader and still am to this day, that his Elmer comics were now available for us Cebuano readers and he gave us a link to some guys blog where we can order them off. This guy happens to be Tom “Motex” Perez who bought a couple of Gerry’s Elmer comics for his own consumption and initiated to sell off the extra copies of his to us lucky guys here in Cebu, spreading the love so to speak and spread it he did. And from that link that Sir Gerry gave, me and Tom started to correspond and met up near my place to get my stack of Elmer goodies off of him and we started to talk comics and how it would be nice to copy what the Manila Komikeros did to their scene and somehow resuscitate the comic book scene here in Cebu which was in a dormant state since the later 1990’s. He was working on completing his own thing, a Cebuano underwear wielding, condom capered Superhero, and naturally I pitched in to help him work on the script and dialogues so that he can focus on the layouts/inks and penciling and finish what he started. After which we decided to come up with a name to stamp the comics front page and thus, Super Debil Robot Comics was born. Aptly named from the minions of the arch nemesis of some popular AM Radio drama show about a bronze covered boy superhero we grew up listening with. Then came Rey “the Suedemonkey” Siasar to complete the trio of the SDR Comics Crew. He was the man with the plan oozing and burning like wildfire. Where me and Tom lack he filled it up abundantly in terms of connections, he knew the who’s who in the Cebu gung-ho active artist links. He’s cool up there with the great Harvey Tolibao and John Amor and then some. He then invited us to join in on the somewhat irregularly scheduled weekend Drink and Draw formed by the Istorya.Net comics forum group and connected us to other Cebuano artist. By August 2009 Captin N12 issue No. 1 was released to the public and ushered in for SDR Comics to release some more with Sugbo Jam Nos. 1 to 4 to date. From there the ball kept on rolling until the possibility of a Cebu comics convention came to fruition after the meeting with Sir Jonas Diego with the SDR Boys sometime mid this year and the next is Cebu comic book history naturally. The expertise imparted by him and some Komikeros up there in Luzon (of whom we connect to online on Facebook, Twitter and to their respective blogs) for the advices and the push that ultimately gave way to the success of the Comicon here, their help was invaluable and their support unwavering. The gesture in by coming here at their own expense and help out in whatever they can (the likes of Sir Jonas Diego, Sir Gerry and wife Ilyn Alanguilan, the great Manix Abrera and Hazel Manzano, Ariel Atienza and the Komikon hordes and the bad boys of Philippine Comics namely Harvey Tolibao, Heubert Khan Michael, Carlo Pagulayan, Luis Antonio, Stephen Segovia, Ariel Padilla and their horde) made us feel the camaraderie, the fun and the seriousness of it all. The Philippine Comics Industry is alive and kicking and to be part of it once and for all is a very fulfilling vindication.

Enough of the raves, here are some pics via my cam of the event:

Had my copy of Elmer and Boldstars signed early by the great Manong Gerry Alanguilan.

The booth of our very own Overactive Ink guys, a powerhouse of artist be it traditional media, computer generated, flash media, animation, you name it they make it and with attitude to boot. Make us proud that they are on our side of the fence.

Heres a pic of the early birds of the comicon at around 11:00 a.m. a more calmer hustle and bustle.

Heres a pic again of the crowd but later on in the afternoon, a more jam packed organized chaos a brewing now.

A lot of Cosplayers show their support and are in full force in attendance, cosplaying stemmed from comics I believe and they have all the right to be there. The Panday rendition was hands down the most unique next to the marshmallow guy.

And with me here is Elton Espinosa who’s a Sugbo Jam veteran helping out on the booth, he’s been contributing to it since issue 1. here is the SDR comics booth, sparse with only the Unathorized(more on that maybe on some later post) copies of my own Boy Sipok Komiks selling for only P10.00 at 16-pages cover to back cover, the cheapest on sale on that event, a 100% Visaya komiks, you can download the comicbook file here for FREE If you want to peruse it. The other SDR guys Motex and Suede were busy making sure the comicon was in full swing (they’re the guys who made it happen) and were not present at the booth so its highly understandable. (Note: Sugbo Jam No. 4 Free Edition came very late at around 5:00 P.M. already to be distributed to the public, sorry guys)

Signing and sketching something for someone in the crowd, I bet they were (insert lewd language here) of the sketch that we came up with. The light of joy vanished before there eyes upon claiming the sketch. hehehehee.

The wife winning a Heubert Khan Michael sketch of Catwoman, how awesome can it get!!! Naturally I inherited the piece from her after the convention.

Here is Boy Sipok Converse style, actually finished this small painted piece early dawn of the Convention day at around 2:30 a.m. It was the hardest thing to draw coz I never painted anything in my life and let alone painted it on a Converse Chuck’s canvass, it was a very learning experience with a lot of stops and turns before completion. I was planning on painting up more of it but I was really sleepy already at that time. Maybe next time I’d do better.

With the great Manix Abrera of Kikomachine Komiks fame. I finally get to meet and chat with guy and like what the others are saying about him, what a down-to-earth person he is, humble but definitely on rockstar status in my book, asteeg!

With Callwork Comix creator fame Hazel “Ms. Charming” Manzano. The only woman comics creator, aside from our very own Kat, present during the event. Thanks for the Dr. Yap comics freebie, it was a good read as you said it would be.

The great Kat Layno-Lewis of Overactive Ink, busy sketching for her multitude of satisfied fans during the Comicon and me one of the many. Thanks for the awesome Logan sketch Ms. Kat, much appreciated. (Hey Mr. Amor, where’s my SpongeBob-Venom hybrid sketch request?! heheheh)

Bromance a-brewin’ at the Comicon with John Amor and Gerry Alanguilan doing a live Tres Komikeros podcast for the crowd. I was half waiting for Sir Gerry to do a sudden “Hey, Baby!” number for the crowd but to no avail. He’s famous in Youtube for that, check it out.

The great Jonas Diego in the hauz with his brief and concise an introduction to comics presentation.

With Mr. Ariel Atienza of West Side Comics fame. So, we finally meet sir. Thanks for them cool comics.

Well, that’s that and that’s this. Like them Indian dudes would say, it was “Mindblasting!” fun. I do hope it never goes off steam now that the 1st Cebu Comicon is realized and it somehow touched a nerve in others to follow suit. See you guys in the next C3….hopefully.

Update: On Melancholy, Life, Limb and some oddly good cheer

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, geeks, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on September 9, 2010

Hello folks, I am not dead yet just coping with life’s trials and tribulations. Nothing that I can’t handle. Hey, gotta wake up and smell the carcass sometimes. Been neglecting the world, this blog and the internets for  that matter there are more pressing matters and decisions to be made and a lot of changes came thru this pathetic existence and it kinda disorients my daily happenings and mishaps. The day job demands, chronic illness threatening a lifestyle change, depression hanging around some near corner waiting patiently but  still a sliver of hope comes from expecting to join the ranks of fatherhood, a distant yet supporting family and just that nagging stubborness not to give in totally to all the negativity. Life goes on as they say, so, I better go onwards.

Haven’t really drawn in ages and a page or two I started drawing set for another Super Debil Robot Comics release I think will never see the light of day or in print. I don’t know if I my drawing mojo will ever come back. All I gotta do is wait timidly for now. The least I could do was to contribute to a collaboration I did with this guy (we did a collab piece for Sugbo Jam 1 also) and I thank him for it for finishing the 10-page lineart as quickly as he surely can. All shortcomings to be worked out (i.e. dialogues/scripting/lettercraft) are now up to me to overcome and (believe me I got much to write onto his layouts starting today) finish the story we started ready for Sugbo Jam No. 4 to come out this September 25, 201o and I do hope the SDR guys would wait on it.

Enough with my pathetic predicament and on to a more lively note, speaking of September 25th and why that specific date to release the comicbook, well, the 1st Cebu Comics Convention is finally pushing thru on that momentous day due solely to the hard work done by the great SuedeMonkey and Motmot and Bobols. Awesome guys to pull teeth to make that event possible. Salutations are in order for these guys. And we really hope to see you guys there come September 25th and witness the event. Take a look at the awesome preview of things to come below:

Makes any geek tingle in anticipation doesn’t it. Nuff said.

The Sketch Bin

Posted in geeks, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on May 28, 2010

Hey there folks, for those interested, there’s a new blog my Drink n’ Draw buddies came up with which will showcase our sketches over the weekend with an underlying theme each week. The Drink N’ Draw guys decided to make our Drink N’ Draw sessions online due to all our busy schedules we can hardly get to agree on a meet up at our favorite hang-out place so what better way than to make it online and let everyone contribute a sketch on a decided weekly theme. The only downside to this is the drinking part of the Drink N’ Draw, which we can’t possibly do on just yet. Heheheheh…sacrifices, sacrifices. Anyway the objective is still there, to help each other out and the critiques on how each of us can well improve on our art and stuff. Head on over HERE or just click on the image above to go to the page and feel the love. Nuff said.

Cebu FCBD 2010 and Renaissance Book Signing

Posted in cebu, geeks, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on May 26, 2010

Just want to share the awesome geeky happenings last Saturday. Fullybooked, Ayala Center, Cebu participated with the annual tradition of Free Comic Book Day and this was my 2nd year to get to encounter such an event and posted below are the only two comics that I got to have.

By 12:00 p.m. the only free comic books available was the War of the Supermen Issue 0 and we got there over an hour before that. Much as I’ve wanted to get all freebies, Fullybooked only limited 1 free comics for every customer present ( unlike the other branches in Manila where each person gets to have at least 3 free comics) and after which they handed out the freebies they marked you up with a stamper so that you can’t go back for more. What a pity but at least there’s FCBD here in Cebu nowadays, so who’s complaining. I would’ve wanted them two Iron Man issues and some Bongo Comics and yeah, definitely a Peter Bagge issue but we weren’t on time, but all in all still awesome. Anyways, it was a fun event. Hope to have it again next year.

After that, me and the wife then hurried over at Powerbooks, SM North Wing for the Renaissance Book Signing to get to meet and greet them awesome artist from Manila and it was fun all over. Lots of geeks here and there, waiting in line, chatting with the Pros of the Philippine Comic Book biz. As far as memory serves, the one’s I readily could identify were Heubert Khan, who was busy being doing some awesome sketches for fans, then we get to see the legendary Sir Danny Acuna who’s free sketches were hot damn awesome like he does it with little effort man, chatting here and there to his subjects then wham! before you know it, sketched finished and worth framing at that. Many waited in line for him to do their sketches and this unassuming artist guy next to Sir Danny made a wave of Hi to the wife and beckoning her that he’d don’t mind doing a sketch which she happily obliged to and that unassuming awesome artist guy was Randy Valiente and we are much thankful for him. He drew a cartoony version of the wife and unbeknownst to him, I love cartoony style drawings and this made my day and the wife’s too. Thanks Sir Randy, if you get to read this up. Here’s a pic of the both of the artist and the wife:

Late during the event was our own bisdak/Marvel artist extraordinaire Harvey Tolibao all smiles and apologetic to his fellow artist but went on the way to do some signings and sketches for them hungry awaiting fans of his. Shook hands with the guy while the great Suedemonkey introduced us briefly. Hope to see you guys soon enuf in some other comics related gathering.

And before I forget, the SDR Guys were also there to hand out our much delayed Sugbo Jam No. 3 like free comic book day to them awesome artist Pros at their table whether they like it or not. We kinda forced ourselves but what the hey, we didn’t care one bit. Grass roots promotion is the key here. Hehehehe. Hope you guys enjoyed our little comics there and help spread the word. We ever so gradually trying to make our Cebu comics better.

Last Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and the Renaissance Book signing in Cebu and Sugbo Jam No. 3’s release, so how awesome can it get. The geeky side of me was very well pleased indeed.

Sugbo Jam has Arrived!!!

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, geeks, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on November 5, 2009

For the related post click here.

We are now Accepting Orders (email us at sdrcomics@gmail.com) , just give us a holler and we sure can holler back. We will be posting sightings of Sugbo Jam in this blog and here so I’ll just update from time to time. It’s an exciting week for Super Debil Robot Comics and I’m proud to be a part of it.  Buy our stuff and you get to help support the Cebu Comic Book Scene and spread some good lovin’. Nuff said!

Sugbo Jam Comics No. 1 for only Php 60.00

 

Comic Book Pro Harvey Tolibao gets Captin N12!!!

Posted in blog filler, geeks, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on August 7, 2009

Just want to repost this. It’s one (—>click here<—) of the coolest things happening around our SDR Comics release…awesomeness!

Oldies but Goodies pt. 2-inks and a sketch

Posted in geeks, inks, sketches, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on July 23, 2009

You can read the first part of this post here or just freely browse the blog. 🙂

I have nothing better to post, been busy with finishing the Captin N12 Issue 1 dialogues/script and I was not able to sketch last week and unfortunately this week so what better lousy way to compensate by posting old fart art/sketches that I did way back 10 or so friggin years ago, pathetic me. I rarely do fan art then than now so most of what I found from my old boxes were some character studies or profile of what I (and the Zerulean, which will be part 3 of this post) happen to cook up with in me brain,  lots of ideas then on having my own superhero team or a really cool character or two then and maybe, just maybe I will resurrect and get to finish one of them now that me and the boys have our own do-it-yourself comic book house the Super Debil Robot Comics which I profusely advertise in my recent post nowadays. Image Comics was so popular then and it is evident in my sketches. Here we go:

Some YoungBlood influenced characters don’t ya thunk?! (Badrock ?)

This one I called the Emissary and I was hooked up with some Wild C.A.T.s storyline then, I forgot already.

This hear is Razorback (he is also in this previous blog post here), a pretty nifty combo of Cyber Force’s RipClaw and WildCat’s Warblade. I overly thinking of resurrecting him now.

I really thought Marc Silvestri’s Ascension character was cool and David Finch’s art rocks and still is so I made one me self which greatly influenced a comic book one shot 6 pager story that I did which the lineart work that I did was lost for all eternity en route hand carried by a friend of mine to be submitted to a Popcorn-esque comic book magazine here in Cebu then. Angels and demons have a special place in my heart also.

Another angel and demon piece, not inked, only pencilled this one and don’t have the heart to ink it for I was afraid I’d ruined it. This is the only piece that I thought I made a decent looking babe, and a demon babe for that matter and sideways and hugging the dude, and…ah, nevermind.

Here was my not so many attempts at doing sequentials with the Razorback character. Just a fight scene with no real concrete backgrounds hehhehehe. Lousy. I am still not comfy with doing a sequential now. Must muster up the courage soonest as possible or Motex will kick my arse. 🙂

That’s it then for part deux, f.y.i. I only scanned the most decent one that I could find, others was next to nada. Next post will be the collab we did back then when we were still in college with good old friend Zerulean.

Sticky!Sticky!Sticky

Posted in blog filler, cebu, geeks by R.L. Bertulfo on June 18, 2009