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

Boy Sipok

Posted in comics, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on October 13, 2010

It took three days in the making. Last September 25, 2010 Boy Sipok: Unathorized Edition debuted at the 1st Cebu Comics Convention at the Ayala Activity Center, Cebu with a silent bang. All 50 printed issues of it displayed at the sparse SDR Comics booth and 37 people bought it with a hint of trepidation in their eyes (hehehehe) during the con and for that I am thankful for their hard earned P10.00 for the 8 pages of comics they bought. Boy Sipok is a hurriedly done comic-strip with little planning and many grueling thought on how to go about it that would squeeze right within those three day do-it-yourself production deadline that included the photocopy/folding/stapling the comics in the early morn of the Convention itself and by golly I unbelievably pulled off. I was afraid then that our SDRC booth at the Con would be lacking anything to peddle with so I decided for myself and to some extent with Elton also, to make a freebie portfolio to hand out to the Con attendees of our so called art as originally planned by the SDR guys and being that 2/3’s of the SDR Crew were busy with preparing for the event for the last month and I was the one left with nothing better to do and I felt I had to do something for SDR Comics in general, the least I can do and so I did and glad I did.

Boy Sipok, as far as my translating abilities are concerned, roughly means “Angry Man” or “Crazy Man” with Sipok meaning to go crazy-all-of-a-sudden in bisaya (i.e., nisipok nasad ang utok ni boy) and boy as a popular Pinoy nickname to a kid/adult as an pre-additive to denote his famous ability  (i.e. Boy Bato, Boy Negro, Boy Tapang). I do hope someone would enlighten me on this moreover and I apologize if I didn’t make a dent on your understanding zone.

Anyway (copyright Tom Perez hehehehe), all 5 page strips were usually gags/situationals that I made up with no clear objective in mind  illustrating how Boy Sipok would interact/react to given certain events that occur in his limited comic strip life and so far I think I will stick to this formula for now and not go on to full page story like comic strips for I haven’t got the talent in the first place and let it be clear and known right here in this here blog that this is my first foray in doing comic strips as opposed to what I usually do which is in the super hero sequential vein and so far I am liking it, liking it good. I don’t even miss drawing muscled bound superheroes to date or I’m just too lazy to go back to practicing cross-hatchings and stuff.  By the way before I forget, friends come up to me and say that I resemble the character too closely for my own good. Really?! Can’t tell myself…you think?!

I’m planning on making a web comics site for all things Boy Sipok maybe tomorrow and everyone knows that tomorrow moves yet a day after so updates will be in order soonest as I can. It will be in English as oppose to the first 5 strips which were in the local Bisayan dialect as insistently suggested by the SDR Boys and some friends who thinks that voicing it in English would have a wider appeal because we live in place where every region has its own dialect and English is kinda like our  3rd or 2nd language, a more plausible approach I guess. I don’t know how this will affect the strip and hopefully I pull it off fingers and legs crossed. Nuff said. So, keep posted, stay sexy and tuned and thanks for the read.

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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.