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

The year that was and then some…

Posted in articles, cebu by R.L. Bertulfo on January 7, 2011

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and every Komikero. I know it’s a bit late a greet but it’s the least I can do for this blog.

A lot has happened in 2010 for me comics wise and I think so too to the whole Cebu comic book scene and I was glad to be a part of it, be it by and large. 2010 was the year when Cebu took part of the Comics Convention craze that started in Manila to inspire the regions to do one of their own and we did it here with the Komikeros help up there (from the likes of the great Gerry A. and Manix to the world renown artist Harvey A. and Carlo P. to name a few) and graced our own 1st Cebu Comics Convention and made it a huge success. I had the chance to have my comics signed by them all and then some wanted picture poses with them and smiling and giggling like a rabid fanboy. Even Komikero extraordinaire Jonas Diego admits (if I’m not mistaken) that the 1st C3 a huge success way grand than theirs, he’s the man so he knows what he’s saying so we gotta take his word for it. It really made the comics community in the Philippines closer and the boundaries and distances made moot. We are forever thankful to guys for the guidance and support and for coming this far south to share the success with us Cebuano Komikeros. Hope to see and take part to another C3 this year.

This year also, I get to publish my own mini comics under the Super Debil Robot Comics banner with the release of Boy Sipok Komics: The Unauthorized Edition during the 1st Cebu Comic Book Convention with warm aplomb to the masses. For a friggin’ P10.00 what more could one ask for and as to not loose steam I followed it up with the release of the Boy Sipok Komiks: Invades the Komikon Edition under the Imprentas de la Cucaracha Rebelarse imprint of SDR (my own finally!) released during the Komikon 2010 at Manila brought by the SDR Crew sans me to the event and it was received by our tagalog bros /sis there with lukewarm reception. It was a blast still to take part atleast.

SDR Comics relatively had a good 2010 with the release of Sugbo Jam Nos. 3 and 4 and the great John Amor’s Urban Animal No.1. A slow but productive year still for the SDR gang although reason for it due largely to the fact that ¾’s of whom are the organizers of the successful 1st C3 and really took much part of their time for that year alone. Hope we at the SDR headquarters rack up more comics to be released this year. All we can do is wait and hope to get jiggy with 2011 this year.

As for me personally, although I was productive with 2 mini comics releases last year I wasn’t really drawing/sketching up that much with only brief spurts/sprints of drawing madness here and there finishing off them 2 minis up in time for their releases after which I haven’t pulled the pencil that much and even early this year the mojo’s not here just yet. I plan to release a 22-page one shot comics and another Boy Sipok mini comics odd-ventures thrown in here and there and also a planned 4-issue 22-page story arc that I’ve yet to conjure a top of my coconut shell so here’s to that. 2011 bring it on!

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Hey, was 2009 fast or what?! Happy New Year!

Posted in blog filler by R.L. Bertulfo on January 11, 2010

What a shame, forgot to make a reglementary first post for all you guys. I wish I’d drawn this or something to commemorate the ensuing year but as always, been busy with all the holiday shebang and the long vacation and as usual my day work got in the way, a lot of changes this 2010 office-wise and I’m in my adjustment phase or whatever. Anyways, Happy New Year everyone! Hope this year would be a great year for us all.

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