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

Digital drawing is a pain and I’m not quitting…

Posted in IMHO, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on April 13, 2012

Last night I’ve finally made an attempt to fire up my aging graphics tablet (w/c I dared not use for relative reasons emanating from this post) and take a shot again with drawing/sketching things digitally because I was feeling the mojo and all that shit and mebe save some trees and shit along the way by not using paper and pencil and stuff. I was having illusions of grandeur by attempting this 2012 as doing my (terrible) sequential art the digital way a continuation of sorts to my new years resolution. Oh boy, was I reminiscing my failures and inabilities again. Like I said awhile back that I’m firing up the old pen tablet, I bought it years back when them Wacoms were still not available locally around 2008 and tried my darned best at working it out but failed at it miserably at that and decided to shelve the bastard up in the attic, if I ever had one. So, last night I decided upon a whim to get it off the dust bin and connect it to my equally older laptop and give it a good go. It was hard like the last time, them hand and eye coordinating thingee still plagued me. I know, I know that I have to keep at it and keep at it I will as far as I can muster, so help me and may the gods fare me well on this one. I was trying to doodle some batman here and there and finally ending the night with almost a dozen unsaved files and the one  above to cap things off (and mirroring/summarizing how I felt at swaying this beast called digital drawing) as a testament that I did try and will try again tonight and with it some improvements. Wish me luck guys 🙂

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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!

Thank You! Komikon 2010

Posted in Comic Books, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on November 20, 2010

I know its a bit late, week to be exact, but I just want to thank the Komikon 2010 guys and the Metro Manila komiks fans out there who bought and shelled out there hard earned P20.00 to buy Boy Sipok: Invades the Komikon edition and who in turn bought some other titles from the SDR Comics Booth (The Urban Animal no.1 sold friggin out, how cool is that? Fort Bastard sure is happy) there. Hope you guys don’t stop continuing to support our little Cebuano comic book scene here. I would like to specially thank Motmot and Suede and Bobols for making the comics available for you guys there by actively participating at the Komikon 2010, you guys are incredible, keep up the good fight as is our objective in giving birth to Super Debil Robot Comics in the first place and also, I finally got hold of Kapitan Tog Issues 1 and 2 and Sulyap because of you guys. I am currently plotting out a 22 page Boy Sipok related  stuff to be hopefully put out early next year, black n white interiors and color covers which will be a notch higher in quality than the previous two releases, so stay tuned or whatever (is anyone really reading this blog?hehehe) . nuff said. back to work m-effers! Mabuhay ang Pilipinong Komikero!

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Boy Sipok now at the Komikon 2010

Posted in Comic Books, comics, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on November 13, 2010

As of this writing, the Komikon 2010 will be in full swing at the StarMall, Edsa today and damn it I couldn’t come to the event for reasons so naturally obvious, i.e. I’m broke or I don’t have the dough to show or I’m a loser, etc.etc.). I have not been updating this blog for some time now and it doesn’t mean that I have not done any arty farty stuff either, I was busy preparing Boy Sipok:Invades the Komikon Edition for SDR Comics under my own Imprenta De La Cucaracha Rebelarse Imprint and I seldom go online nowadays so I tend to let this blog go unattended and so as my other blogs (OMG! I have 3, friggin’ loser me) too but mind you I did not slack off as others might think or so I would lead them to believe. And the fruits of which I have now unleashed at the Komikon as we speak, or as I blog, or whatever. The point is that I have at least contributed something to the event in my own little lousy way and for that I am somehow gratified but it would have been cooler still if I were there, don’t you think? Well, fate is fate and such as such we leave it at that, there is always next years Komikon, hopefully. Thanks to Motmot, Suede and Bobols (the 3/4ths of the 3 Little Pigs (what?!) , aka the SDR Boys) for spreading the Boy Sipok virus to the innocent Komikon participants and for a measly P20.00 , black and white photocopied grass roots goodness, what more could a fanboy ask for. I’ll put a link here anytime soon for a CBR file version of this issue for Free download once I know where to host it. Keep posted peeps.

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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.