The graphic novel “Bernardo Carpio” of Epik Studios is having its premiere at ComicCon Asia 2018 on March 24, 2018 at 1:15-1:45 p.m. at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Gracing the book launch as a special guest is former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 33, of the famed Team Lakay from Baguio City, Philippines.
Epic Studios is on Booth #11 in the Comics and Literature Zone at ComicCon Asia 2018, which runs March 24-25, 2018. Aside from the chance to meet Folayang, the first 100 buyers will get a special freebie.
“Bernardo Carpio” was written by Allison Aviado. It marked her debut as a graphic novel writer.
After the “Bernardo Carpio” book launch with Folayang, the ComicCon Asia 2018 attendees can have one-hour break before another exciting event. Artist and GMA Network comedian Beethoven del Valle Bunagan, 48, who is professionally known as Michael V, will have a question-and-answer session at the Stage Ground Floor at 2:45-3:30 p.m.
The artists behind the cover art of “Bernardo Carpio” are Lan Medina and colorist Randy Monces. The title character is a legendary figure in Philippine mythology, a giant known for its strength causing earthquakes.
While Folayang is not a giant, he also is known for his strength like Bernardo Carpio. The Team Lakay fighter captured the ONE Lightweight World Champion belt after knocking out Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 34, of Japan on November 11, 2016 at “ONE: Defending Honor” in Singapore.
On April 21, 2017, Folayang successfully defended his title from Ev “E.T.” Ting of Malaysia at “ONE: Kings of Destiny” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. However, on November 10, 2017 in the same venue, the former lost the belt to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam and Australia at “ONE: Legends of the World.”
Also on March 24, 2018, Nguyen will attempt to dethrone yet another ONE Championship titleholder, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil at “ONE: Iron Will” in Singapore. Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Folayang on January 22, 2018 at the Manila Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Parañaque, Metro Manila: