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Boy Sipok strikes again at the 2nd C3

Posted in comics, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on October 26, 2011

Aside from my previous post, this one tops it off by a mile. I’ve been wanting to post updates of this and that on the whereabouts of Boy Sipok Comics come the 2nd C3 but I was to darn pressed in finishing the book out that I forgot to update this blog about until now and by golly much delay it is.

I started feverishly working on Boy Sipok: The 2nd C3 Companion only 2 weeks to the aforementioned 2nd Cebu Comics Convention as my usual. The first Boy Sipok comics was done in that fashion as well last C3 2010 so I can safely say that this is my usual routine with regards to making my sequentials, I like to cram, period, so sue me. I have a day job to get jiggy with and I can hardly squeeze a project or two but I try my darn best because for the love of the medium.

From the 12 page objective to the final 8 pages I was really racking my brains out in coming up with a Boy Sipok comics come 2nd C3. All I can say that I was proud to an extent and quite abashed actually that I have to go thru the same predicament I was in last year that I promised thereafter that I would not succumb myself to which I clearly failed. But at least I made it thru the rain, so to speak and I am sucking on it. I dare say, I shan’t do it again…nah….frig it.

A little background, Boy Sipok is my own creation, some would say its me personified but I have yet to see a resemblance. You guys can read this post, or this to help speed things up.

About the event itself (please read previous post for more details), Boy Sipok was one  of Super Debil Robot Comics catalogue to grace the SDR booth from my own line Imprenta de la Cucaracha Rebelarse, a rebellious imprint of SDR Comics. Honestly, I only sold a handful of it and I would personally thank you guys here in me humble blog…all 5 of you god fearing men and women who laboriously visited and checked us out on our little SDR booth and shelling out your hard earned P25.00 bucks. Hope you enjoyed it as much I enjoyed making it. Maybe come next C3 Boy Sipok would fare better but only if I make one better in the near future. I do hope I won’t disappoint. Well, just an update, if you have friends up north or the ones reading this blog happens to be in Manila this November 19 (?) for the Komikon 2011 I do hope could come by forcefully to our little SDR Comics booth. Tom and Suede will be there with open arms and legs to greet you (I can’t come again like the last time for financial reasons but the guys will be there in my stead) and maybe, just maybe, the Boy Sipok: The 2nd C3 Companion would tug at your geeky hearts and make you shell out some P25.00 love I would gladly appreciate the support you will give as you folks up there did at last years Komikon (see related post here). Other folks not from up north or otherwise you can always order directly from us at sdrcomics@gmail.com or post a message here so that we can come with an agreement.

Well, it was fun, I hope to do some more soon in the future. All hail, comics!

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Remembering the 2nd C3 (or a very delayed post thereat)

Posted in articles, cebu, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on October 20, 2011

Wow, what the F. Sorry, it took me so, i mean, sooooooooooo long to post the aftermath of the successful 2nd Cebu Comics Convention 2011 last Oct. 1, 2011. Yay, nice try me. Nineteen friggin days delayed to be exact. Not that I had nothing better to do all them 19 lost days mind you. You know the drill, been busy with this, been busy with that s#$%T and stuff. Well, here it is, don’t fret. My post 2nd C3 post in all its memory fading glory.

(Caveat Lector: This is a long boring post. All pics after my inane textual post or better scroll down and leave the yapping behind)

We started early getting busy on our little farthest end of a booth around 9:00 a.m. at the U.P. Cebu grounds. The heat was gradually festering the participants already but lucky for us all the available booths were provided with tents for shelter from the sun, wind (?) and rain. Morning came and not much going for the crowd just yet, things got steam around 3:00 p.m. or so when the Artist Alley was already filling up with, uhm, ah, artist, what else and the crowd went wild, so to speak. Our little SDR Booth (thanks to the Big Ape Studio guys for letting us crash our stuff) or actually, our SDR/IPI Pharmaceuticals/Mcfarlane Toys booth which we loving shared with them guys, was full to the brim with our own indie comics, Mcfarlane action figures and yeah, some medicinal flyers courtesy of IPI. Our SDR catalogue was mighty looking good as opposed to the last years C3 which was only my Boy Sipok and Sugbu Jam No. 4 was on sale. Now we had another Boy Sipok Comics of mine, Sugbu Jam No. 5, John Amor’s Urban Animal Nos. 1 and 2, JP dela Rama’s Gemini Complex No.1 and some Komikero comics from Manila. We didn’t sold that much except for Urban Animal 1 and 2 that sold well as far as I can recall. Not that it was bad all in all selling wise, but it was surely an experience mind you and I am not complaining. I am counting on next year’s C3 if the gods allow to sell more of our Super Debil Robot Comics catalogue and alot of fans would support it.

Other booths present were the Wacom guys showing and strutting there goods for all the salivating crowd to see. I was eyeing on that Cintiq lustily and not the pretty lady attendant, really…really! I was scheming a plan of theft and armed robbery by nightfall to the guy who won the Bamboo but to no avail and rightly so. Then there’s them ever present Komikon guys with their comics fresh from Manila, they were also present at last year’s C3 and for that, kudos to you guys for never failing to participate in our little event this way south. Then there was the ComicXhub booth fresh also from Manila bringing with them awesome comics from Marvel/DC and other international ones. By impulse I had to buy from them DC’s the New 52 of Batman No. 1 which was so awesome, Greg Capullo’s art is tha bomb. I was shaking in anticipation on this one and much to my wife’s weird disapproving looks (she is the ever cashier of the SDR comics since from last C3’s booth). Then there’s the National Bookstore booth full of comics in trade and other art supplies. They gave away some cool Hellblazer tradepaperbacks also and then some Zig art markers. There were other booths put up then but I can’t seem to recall that much so I better leave it to that so as not to further my embarrassment on the details. Thanks to them they made the C3 a success.

The highlight of the event was definitely the Artist Alley booth, which highlights (do I hear an echo?) the purpose of the event. To promote comic book art and artist from Cebu and then some. I wasn’t able to attend to the artist alley because we the SDR crew were busy with the SDR booth attending to it and hoping to sell some SDR comics all thru out the event. Artist present at the Artist Alley were the ever urban animal Mr. John Amor all the way from Davao to regain his rightful roots representing Cebu komikeros with the ever agile cat Kat Layno, Leandro Panganiban, JP dela Rama (notice I only mention SDR Comics artist contributors, so sue me?!) and a whole lotta bunch of great artist filling up the booth and giving away cool sketches and then some. I gotta mention Ike Racho who came all the way from Singapore(?) just to attend to this event and promote his awesome comics Tommie Zombie, he is after all a Cebuano and started his comics roots here with some indies and the ever popularly raunchy(?) From Junquera with Love comics. I regret not having to buy his Tommie Zombie No. 1 and have it signed and get my picture taken with they guy coz I was outta budget by then. Next time dude, if there is one.

All in all, I can safely say that the 2nd C3 was fun like the last one. A learning experience even. I enjoyed meeting you guys specially the ones who came to our own little SDR booth and said hi to us guys. It is a reward in itself. Kudos to the Big Ape Studio guys for pulling off the event yet again.

    

 

 

 

(Click on the link below for more slew of pics from the event in slideshow style)

https://skydrive.live.com/embedalbum.aspx/2nd%20C3%202011?cid=9dff18e6aece56cf&sc=photos

Hey, folks! Here’s to the next C3. Mabuhay ang Komikerong Pilipino. I’m proud to be a part of it and for that it is enough. Thanks.

P.S. hey Mr. Amor, where’s my Sponge Bob sketch from last year’s C3?…

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