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Comic Odyssey LIVE: MMA champ as Funko Pop fan

ONE Heavyweight Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will talk about his love for Funko Pops on Comic Odyssey LIVE.
ONE Heavyweight Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will talk about his love for Funko Pops on Comic Odyssey LIVE.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are very familiar with Filipino-American MMA fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who is the reigning ONE Heavyweight Champion. Vera, however, will guest on Comic Odyssey LIVE on Aug. 14 at 3 PM (Philippine time) to share a different side of himself: his passion for Funko Pops.

Comic Odyssey launched its newest store officially on Aug. 10 on the Shopee e-commerce platform. Kicking off with a weeklong Grand Launch Sale featuring up to 60 percent off on selected items, Comic Odyssey surprised fans by announcing that Vera will guest on its official livestream show.

Vera will appear on Comic Odyssey LIVE with regular hosts Aise Solis and Paul Chuapoco as the featured guest in a segment highlighting collectors from all walks of life. Currently in Guam for the birth of his first child, the reigning ONE Heavyweight Champion will join the program via video call to discuss his passion for Funko Pops, the vinyl figures that have taken the collecting world by storm.

When asked how his emotions compared between winning the World Heavyweight title and the birth of his son, an ecstatic Vera said, “It is the exact same and indescribable — something that you have to experience and go through to understand.”

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#SuitsForHeroes PPE fundraiser art auction starts Aug. 1

Bid on high-quality prints of the #SuitsForHeroes campaign's distinctive art pieces in a blind online auction from August 1-7. Image credit: Comic Odyssey
Bid on high-quality prints of the #SuitsForHeroes campaign’s distinctive art pieces in a blind online auction from August 1-7. Image credit: Comic Odyssey

Heads up, comic book fans! The incredible double-sized conclusion to Comic Odyssey‘s #SuitsForHeroes initiative is upon us.

Following a donation drive at the Suits For Heroes website, fans are now invited to bid on high-quality prints of the campaign’s distinctive art pieces in a blind online auction. Filipino comic book artists and the country’s top comic book shops joined forces for the #SuitsForHeroes PPE fundraiser. They launched this to help purchase personal protective equipment for real-life superheroes: the Filipino health workers fighting COVID-19.

From August 1-7, those interested may visit the site and place their bids, with the highest bid for each winning the print. Each print will be rendered on 12×18″ board paper, and autographed by the artist who created it.

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PPE fundraiser: Comic Odyssey unites artists, shops

Artwork that Whilce Portacio (X-Men) created for this PPE fundraiser. Image credit: Comic Odyssey
Artwork that Whilce Portacio (X-Men) created for this PPE fundraiser. Image credit: Comic Odyssey

In a real-life crossover, internationally-renowned Filipino comic book artists and the country’s top comic book shops have united for a good cause. They have joined forces for the #SuitsForHeroes PPE fundraiser to help purchase personal protective equipment for real-life superheroes: the Filipino health workers fighting COVID-19.

Comic Odyssey, in association with Filbar’s and Planet X, and in partnership with Wunderman Thompson Philippines, has launched this #SuitsForHeroes PPE fundraiser. The inspiration for #SuitsForHeroes was the notion that frontliners, through their efforts to save lives, are just as super and heroic as the characters appearing in comic books. To pay tribute to them, Comic Odyssey approached the artists who draw the adventures of the world’s most famous superheroes. Every artist said yes, and the biggest challenge was giving each of them enough time to complete their work.

The artists include Leinil Yu (X-Men, Civil War), Stephen Segovia (Wonder Woman), Kajo Baldisimo (TRESE, Buffy), Whilce Portacio (X-Men), Mico Suayan (Captain Marvel), and Harvey Tolibao (Green Lantern) with Levi Ramirez on colors. Towards the end of July, these exclusive pieces will be put up for auction to raise additional funds.