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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.

Inking duties and Just like old times

Posted in inks, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on August 23, 2009

My good friend Zerulean today handled me his 3-page pencils for a collaboration we are doing for the upcoming anthology. I have mentioned in the past posts about him, we were college buds before and we used to cook up our own superheroic comics back then, to practice our abilities and to waste time with. I was always the writer and the inker and he the penciller then and for our collaboration now the partnership is still the same. It’s almost 15 years since we done this kinda shindig again and I am really excited about this . I have been practicing inking over his work again today with a discarded piece of page he drew on and work from there then on and posted below. He changed his style drastically with this one with a lot of lines and hatches which I am not used to with his materials and as he said earlier it has been some time since he did a sequential thingee. It’s a learning process all over again for the both of us and I do hope I did justice to his pencilled piece when I’m through with all 3 pages. Here’s the practice piece we did. Comments highly appreciated.

Pencils-E. Espinosa Inks-R.L.Bertulfo

Pencils-E. Espinosa Inks-R.L.Bertulfo

Another thing, I’ve revised page 1 of the 6 pager submission that was mentioned in this post here, with this one here because I kinda did not like the previous one I did and I do hope I pulled it off somehow:

And here is page 3 2 of the above related story, the last panel is still unfinished with a very small detail of the antagonist destroying the building but what the heck I’m gonna post it anyway.

Nuff said. I’d better finish this up to page 6 before the deadline hits me and to top it off I have yet to learn to put word balloons on these babies. Geez. Wish me luck.

Updates and then the usual SDR meet up

Posted in SDR Comics, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on August 22, 2009

Yesterday was a holiday, me and the SDR Boys did our almost weekly meet up and discuss all things SDR related and future shindigs and whip our pen and inks and doodle amidst the chitchat. This time, like the last one, we hung out at McDo Jones and out of thin air decided to draw Hellboy. And here is what I came up with together with a Captin N12 sketch I gave to Motmot to ink on someday:

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Updates:

Been busy since last night doing Page 2 and 3 of my soon to be submission for the anthology and by golly the self imposed deadline is almost up and due next week. Hope the gods favor me this time and get my lazy @$$ up and running till I cap it off with page 6. Probably post it tomorrow some pathetic previews. I actually revised page 1 from scratch yesterday and I am quite ok with the revised one.

Another thing, my 3-page collaboration with Zerulean is 50% done, meaning he already finished pencilling it and now its up to me to ink and put them captions and balloons. Can’t wait to start inking on it tomorrow. It will be awesome.

Finally, the SDR Comics will hopefully finalize a contract next week to a well known comics outlet in Manila if all goes well and eventually Captin N12 Issue No. 1 will be available to our tagalog speaking brothers out there. I’m excited already. Wish us luck guys and ghouls.

Nuff said. 🙂