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Hell is Upon Us \m/

Posted in cebu, death metal by R.L. Bertulfo on March 7, 2012

Well, first off, I won’t drown in self pity and wallow in my own misery because of not merely updating this blog with decent post. Frankly, there has been no decent thing happening in my life worth sharing to the interwebz aside from the usual got a haircut and a real job, wife and kids all ok, no impending doom, so on and so forth. So, all I’m gonna do is post itsy bitsy stuff here if you folks won’t mind.

Its that time of the year again, yes you heard that right. Hellfest is upon us! Well, in this part of the globe that is. Hellfest is on its eight year itiration and it gets heavier last time I checked. And my band will help usher in Hell this coming Mar. 31, 2012 at the usual happening place at the AMZ Sports Bar, NRA, Cebu City. The usual suspects of bands are gonna help out as well, just read the poster above for  more details and you can even click on it and you be transported to the FB event page, wow, nifty, uhm, yay… Well, I would highly appreciate all of you folks to support our little shindig. The Cebu metal scene is still alive thank you, haters can’t do anything about it. See you there \m/

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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.

Sugbo Jam No.3 is Coming!

Posted in cebu, comics, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on April 29, 2010

Hello folks! Just wanna make a quick postie (!? is this word legal?) update on the upcoming Sugbo Jam No. 3 which is due out this May 2010 and sorry for its relative delay but hopefully all goes well according to the SDR Crews megalomaniac plans. Just a little heads up, below is the cover for issue 3, drawn and quartered by the great Kat Layno, Cebuana Manga Art Goddess. Thank you ma’am for humoring our request to do the covers and might I say what a damn fine, sensual cover it is. Click on her name for the link to her deviantArt site for more of her awesomeness and also, before I forget, she has a three pager comics included in the comics which is written by the equally awesome John Amor (I never thought John would be at the writing helm). And a slew of other Cebuano artist submission for this issue. The best Sugbo Jam issue yet. So, stay tuned folks. This one is gonna be a killer. Totally psyched! Till then folks, feast your eyes on the preview below.

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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

 

Captin N12 Has Arrived!!!

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, pinoy, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on July 31, 2009

Click on the image to view the original post (look how shiny they are, brings tears to thine eyes!)

It’s finally here folks (and right on schedule I believe), like it or not and yes for only P50.00 bucks. Don’t mind rationalizing the consequences of buying the book, it’s all but worth it. Its like buying a bottle of beer and some pulutan nuts or a short time nookie at TMS Lodge (as others have told me mind you) but only with this baby its a keeper. Releasing Captin N12 in the wild is an event itself because we at SDR Comics in some way, small or large, hold the beacon of a once dead comic book scene here in Cebu and we do so hope we can make more of the like so that not only will Manila be our only thriving area for local comic book goodness but let them reckon that the Queen City of the South has something to offer as well. Trust me like you trust a certain brand of a popular condom. I’m really happy for this guy here for it is his labor of creation (or as his title post suggested here), I have yet to know the feeling man. Soonest I hope.

If you wanna get one of these babies up and if you are a local resident of Cebu then there’s no problem, just contact us via email and lets decide where we would meet up and where within the cities limits. I will be posting also the local sightings of Captin N12 Issues where you can get it at your convenience. For orders outside Cebu, we can arrange something for sure so don’t you worry true believers (copyright Stan the man Lee) just drop us a line and we will be happy to accommodate whatever dark fantasies you may harbor.

Also, as I have always mentioned in forums or in this here humble blog of mine. If you (and that is if you are from Cebu) have some comic book creation dusting about somewhere, consider us and we might come to an agreement to breath life on you masterpiece. Let SDR Comics publish it for you. We need all the help we can get to keep this movement thriving. Peace!

p.s.

We at SDR Comics now have a discussion board at Google Groups. Lets get acquainted there and decide on some issues percolating in and around SDR Comics and the Cebu comic book scene. Have a Google account?Join us, click here.

Captin N12 Issue No. 1 Preview Pages

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on July 20, 2009

For the original  post and for much better resolution  click here.

It has been a blast taking part of Motmots masterpiece, early on he wanted me to do the dialogues/scripts for this baby and I gladly helped out, it was originally planned to be in our Visayan vernacular but we finally decided to just make it in english for larger audience (?) and I really do hope so that I did an acceptable job at doing it, its my first time anyway, go easy on me, hehehe. From what he told me, this project of his was started way back 2006 and so far, its 95% done and the SDR Crew (the three little pigs : Me , Motmot and Suede) will be right on schedule come July 30, 2009 if all goes well. If you’re reading this, make us happy and order a copy or if not just click on the images above and comments are highly appreciated. It’s SDR Comics maiden issue and we hope to deliver more in the future so help the Cebu Comic Book Scene alive. Tnx.

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Update!Seminar Postponed :(

Posted in blog filler, cebu, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on July 9, 2009

mini-POSTER-TEXT-postponed

Now a word from the Organizers:

We at Kawalo Concepts & Designs and Super Debil Robot Comics regret to inform you that the Cebu Comic Book Creation Seminar, originally scheduled for July 25, 2009 at Teo-Fel Pension, Cebu City, will be postponed.

Due to the current economic environment, and consequently low turnout of confirmed attendees as of this date, we believe the postponement will be in everyone’s best interest.

Our thrust is to help inspire the Cebu comic book scene to make a comeback. We are very happy that a lot of people have emailed us expressing their interest in the seminar, and that it is only the lack of funds that holds them back from confirming attendance. Since our main goal is to have more join the seminar, learn more about the industry, and ultimately make their own comic books, we have decided to take the time to get more sponsors to support our event.

We humbly request your understanding, and rest assured, we will push through with the seminar within the year. We shall keep you posted on further developments.


Rey Q. Siasar/Event Organizer

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….sad but inevitably true is all I can say to this but will look forward to its Go Signal soonest as possible.


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Blog-filler 3: Hellfest 5 gig

Posted in blog filler, the works by R.L. Bertulfo II on February 23, 2009

Just want to shamelessly plug yet again a gig to be held (yet again! is there an echo here?) at the Boss Grill @ Mango Ave, Cebu this coming March 14, 2009 . My lousy band will (yet again, sheeesh!the band : AGNAS, we are a deathmetal cover band)be taking part again hopefully, if all goes well and we get to actually jam and practice again, last time I checked was from the last gig we did a month ag0. Check out the poster (I was asked again to do the poster so as with the other 3 gigs that came to past even if I sucked at doing it, FYI hehehe) for more details and stuff:

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blog-filler2: Enslaving the Masses gig

Posted in Uncategorized by R.L. Bertulfo II on January 7, 2009

Just want to shamelessly plug a gig again to be held at the Boss Grill @ Mango Ave, Cebu this coming Jan 17, 2009, in conjunction and in defiance with the Sinulog Festival 2009. My lousy band will be taking part again hopefully, if all goes well. Check out the poster (I was forced to do the poster via PS also did it in the previous gig, FYI hehehe)for more details and stuff:

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Blog-filler1: Unsilent Night gig @ the Boss Grill

Posted in Uncategorized by R.L. Bertulfo II on December 8, 2008

Just want to shamelessly plug a gig to be held at the Boss Grill @ Mango Ave, Cebu this coming Dec. 20, 2008. My lousy band will be playing hopefully (thats the last band listed on the poster bill). Check out the poster for more details and stuff:

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