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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!

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!

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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