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Free Comic Book Day

Posted in articles by R.L. Bertulfo on May 23, 2009

As the title implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day, usually held the first Saturday in May each year, when participating comic book specialty shops around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops and now it was my first time to witness such an event at Fullybooked-Ayala Center, Cebu (although it is the 23rd of May today). It is a first, so it means it is something to write home about, or in this case, blogpost about. If I am not mistaken, it is a first also for us Cebuanos to have it and thank the gods FullyBooked is finally here in Cebu and made it happen.

We fellow SDR geeks (that would be me, Motmot and Suede) decided early on that we would line up early there to get them freebies and would drag with us anyone we could find willing to come and give us what freebies they would parchance upon  and come Saturdy we did. Only us 3 and the wife (with a huge question mark on her face and some bribery) came. The place wasn’t nearly as jam packed as I have envisioned it to be (comparing to the FCBD event in Manila) it was still packed yet more loosely. Initially I thought we could get maybe 3 or 4 free comics per person as stated by some FCBD Pros online and offline as it would rightfully be but after we lined up together with them snot-nosed keeds, hostile old fanboys and the clueless like the lambs to the slaughter house we were told only to pick one freebie from a variety of 8 or so comicbook titles. It wasn’t enough but it was free nonetheless so it was still the awesomest because the first experience, like your first *censored* , is always an event etched in stone.

Comparing it to them lucky people in other parts of the world and in our nations capital on FCB Day they have guest appearances and signings of some hot shot artist and we here got none, nada, squat. They have venues and participating shops to go around with while here we got only one. I’m not complaining, mind you, just comparing and then some. I am glad I get to go on one today and hoping for another one next year with a better modus to grab all of them freebies in one go, I am a cheapskate and anything free is good.  And by the way, here’s the freebies (that’s including the wife’s stash) that I got today:

Cool huh. But I should’ve gotten the other freebies such as the Avengers, Wolverine, Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff and it would have been more awesome.

And here’s one TPB from one of my fave artist doing one of my fave superheroes that I bought out 20% off with much negotiation and whimpering with the wife:

All in all a very good day. The comicbook geekery in me is satiated for now and inspired to pick up them dusty pencils again and get a move on with this terribly un-updated WIP art blog again.


p.s. -changed the blog’s theme just for kicks…commments appreciated


Whats in a sign?

Posted in articles by R.L. Bertulfo II on April 24, 2009

Since I have not updated something worthy here I might as well babble on something interesting or not.

Just a heads up. All pencillers, inkers or any artist for that matter would always sign their work. From finished art to the chicken scratchings. Mostly for the purpose of identifying the body of work presented to the public. I always sign any work and what I posted here and some of them can be viewed in the previous postings no matter how lousy they are.

I have had many alterations/variations of signing my work from early on  and here’s the one visible to last years post. Its elvish script or something  of the initials R, L and B which stands for the initials of my full name. Very geeky me, I was and still am a fan of JRR Tolkiens literary works and it is very visible and very obscure to the many and I am doing away with it now, good riddance?.

signoldAnd for the purpose of finality, I will be signing my works  no matter how  mundane and amatuerish they are from here on end with the one thats fairly visible in my masthead up there in this here blog  and visible here, with this


now ain’t that clear enuff?Damn egotistical yet futile me rearing its ugly head again. Shame what a shame. 🙂

OK, now for some real WIP updates…..

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Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies…

Posted in articles by R.L. Bertulfo II on November 27, 2008

For not updating this blog, I’m just gonna throw in an interesting article I happen to browse by today and share it with you which really slapped me to my senses and kicked my a$$ real hard(at least for the time being..hahuhmmmm). Now I don’t have any reason for not updating this blog with art that I kept on promising that I would. I feel exposed and ashamed of myself just by reading this article. And serves me right. I have only myself to blame. Maybe I will change and mind you, I do want to change. For the better, hopefully. Open and read the link below if you want….tnx Chris for the eyeopener…

Making the Time by Chris Eliopoulos