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New York Comic Con 2014: BOOM! Studios Unveils Exclusives and Panels

2014 BOOM! LogoBOOM! Studios has announced today their panels and exclusives for New York Comic Con, which will take place at the Javits Center in New York City, during the weekend of October 9-12.

BOOM! will have several New York Comic Con exclusive variant covers available for purchase at its booth (#1344) while supplies last, including**:

ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE MATHEMATICAL EDITION New York Comic Con Exclusive Hardcover ($50, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Leslie Hung
Writer: Natasha Allegri Artist: Natasha Allegri

Featuring an exclusive, wraparound, 2014 New York Comic Con cover, this is a premium, limited, hardcover edition of the hit Adventure Time miniseries written and illustrated by Fionna & Cake creator and storyboard artist Natasha Allegri. Join gender-bending characters Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic adventure. When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from a pack of wild fire lions, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget…

BRAVEST WARRIORS #25 ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Kate Leth
Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Ian McGinty

It’s the 2nd Anniversary issue! The team comes face to face with… Bugcat?!  It’s up to the Bravest Warriors to figure out who this little guy is and where he came from because though he may look like everyone’s favorite Catbug, he might be more foe than friend!

FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1 (OF 4) ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Sean Rubin
Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Jake Myler

A new Fraggle Rock comic book miniseries! When the water supply of Fraggle Rock mysteriously runs dry, the Fraggles have to journey deep into the caves of Fraggle Rock to find the fabled Everspring where adventure awaits and no Fraggle has gone before! It’s the beloved characters of Fraggle Rock in their biggest story yet!

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 (OF 6) ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover: Adam Hughes
Writer: George Pérez Artist: George Pérez

As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six-issue miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.

SLEEPY HOLLOW #1 (OF 4) ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover: Noelle Stevenson
Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Jorge Coelho

Based on the hit Fox TV series! After dying on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His resurrection is tied to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Realizing it is his mission to help stop the end of the world, Ichabod teams with Lt. Abbie Mills to meet each evil threat head-on. When minor miracles start to sweep the town, they’re glad something good seems to be happening for once. No decapitations, no headless horseman, no worries, right? But as one by one the miracles start to backfire, more and more violently, Abbie and Ichabod must find time between saving the world to save the citizens of Sleepy Hollow…

TEEN DOG #1 (OF 8) ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Jake Lawrence
Writer: Jake Lawrence Artist: Jake Lawrence

Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it!

THOMAS ALSOP #1 (OF 8) ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Peter Snejbjerg
Writer: Chris Miskiewicz Artist: Palle Schmidt

Thomas Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island,” a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Being a thoroughly modern warlock, he deals with something even more evil than demons—reality television!

TRANSLUCID #6 (OF 6) ($10, limited to 100 copies)

Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Writers: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert Artist: Daniel Bayliss

The final issue of this critically acclaimed miniseries from Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert! The Horse’s final play is here. He and The Navigator enter their final battle, and it takes place on a plane no one would expect! The most personal battle of all is here in the finale to this series and only one person is walking away from it!

UNCLE GRANDPA #1 ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Allison Strejlau
Writers: Yehudi Mercado, Thomas Scott Roberts, Jimmy Geigerich, Evgeny Yakovlev, Brendon Gillas, & Laura Howell
Artists: Yehudi Mercado, Thomas Scott Roberts, Jimmy Geigerich, Evgeny Yakovlev, Brendon Gillas, Alex Chiu, Laura Howell

Uncle Grandpa is everyone’s magical uncle and grandpa, and he’s come to help kids with their problems in surreal and wacky ways! It’s a collection of zany shorts, games, and strips starring Uncle Grandpa, Pizza Steve, Mr. Gus, and all the other crazy characters from the hit Cartoon Network show created by Peter Browngardt.

Making its convention debut at New York Comic Con will be the SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 1 Hardcover ($40.00). Featuring a debossed, faux leather casewrap, this limited, premium edition of the Sons of Anarchy comics collects the first six issues—a complete storyline—written by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (Hellboy) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Planet of the Apes).

BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at New York Comic Con:

The World of Mouse Guard

Thurs., October 9, 2:15-3pm, 1A24

Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles, and other surprises with creator David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and guests Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi (who are both performers on The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and a performance of an original song from Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 by vocalist Kyra Sims and accordionist Henry Koperski. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

The Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics with Archaia

Fri., October 10, 5:15-6pm, 1A24

Join Archaia as they reveal details, previews, and behind-the-scenes info of its publishing plan for projects with The Jim Henson Company with panelists Kate Leth (Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches), and Henson Company archivist Karen Falk. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

We Are BOOM!

Sat., October 11, 11-11:45am, 1A21

Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios: our first feature film, 2 Guns, was released; we signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox; Archaia joined us as a new imprint; we expanded the KaBOOM! lineup; and we launched BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, plus James Tynion IV (The Woods), Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, Sleepy Hollow), and Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now.

New York as a Character in Comics

Sun., October 12, 2:15-3pm, 1A05
New York City is featured prominently in movies, TV, and of course, comics! Join us as we discuss how the Big Apple has played an integral part in some of your favorite comics with panelists Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop), Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jimmy Palmiotti (Back to Brooklyn, Harley Quinn), and Peter Sanderson (The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City). Moderated by Newsarama editor Lucas Siegel.

Stop by and visit them at booth #1344.

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New York Comic Con 2014: Krel Komix Brings Agent Starr

argent starrThis year Argent Starr creators Altemus and Lyn T. Byrd will be at booth #1245 in the Small Press area of New York Comic Con.

Visitors to their booth can get a signed pre-release copy of Volume 1 of the graphic novel AND their choice of an Argent Starr poster for only $12.99 (regularly $13.99). This beautifully printed 104 page all-color collector’s volume includes all the action from chapters 1-3, along with pin-ups and background info on the universe, characters, locations and Argent’s magical tech.

As of Oct. 12, Vol. 1 will be released on Comixology — digital download for $4.99 and on IndyPlanet.com — print-on-demand copies for $13.99.

Krel Komix will be offering 7 different dynamic poster designs featuring characters from the series, exclusive sets of collectable Argent Starr trading cards, buttons, dice, matchbooks and a limited quantity of single issues 1-3 for those who want to sample their universe or complete their collection. Visitors can join their email list for a chance to win an Argent Starr T-shirt and receive updates.

They company will also be premiering an exciting animated trailer at the con, featuring the newly composed, kick-ass Argent theme by Reverend Screaming Fingers and company.

The year: 2062. “They” have a plan for Earth and they’re NOT going to ask if we like it or not. Is the fate of the planet really in the hands of a half-alien hero scientist, a female sniper, and a talking cat?

Only one man on Earth, technopath Argent Starr, the half human son of an alien warrior-scientist, can deflect the coming threat. His team; the ravishing badass commando Mrs. Thorne, and a trouble-making, brain-enhanced talking cat. The trio are swept into an adventure pitting shape-shifters, alien gamblers, interstellar mobsters and a mysterious galaxy-controlling sect, against Argent’s hyper-tech powers of magic and super science.

New York Comic Con 2014: Image Comics’ Exclusives

Image Comics has announced that a limited number of exclusive releases will be available to purchase over the course of New York Comic Con, Thursday, Oct.9 – Friday, Oct. 12.

EXCLUSIVE NYCC ISSUES:

  • ROCHE LIMIT #1, Michael Moreci & Vic Malhotra, $10 (Artist Alley table #W15)
  • BIRTHRIGHT #1, Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas, $10 (Image Comics booth #1544)
  • SPREAD #1, Justin Jordan & Kyle Strahm, cover by Tradd Moore & Felipe Sobreiro (the Luther Strode art team), $20 (Artist Alley tables #R4 & R5), (limited to 250 copies)
  • WYTCHES #1, Scott Snyder & Jock, $10 (Image Comics booth #1544)
  • PUNKS: THE COMIC #1, Joshua Hale Fialkov & Kody Chamberlain, $10 (Dimension X booth #1774)
  • EGOs #4.5 minicomic, Stuart Moore & Gus Storms, $1 (Artists Alley table #B3)

EXCLUSIVE NYCC HARDCOVERS:

  • C.O.W.L., VOL. 1, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis, $35 (Image Comics booth #1544)

EXCLUSIVE NYCC PRINTS:

  • NYCC SPREAD #1 cover, $10 (limited to 75 copies, available at Artist Alley tables #R4 & R5)

New York Comic Con 2014: IDW’s Exclusives

idw publishing nycc 2014IDW Publishing is coming to New York Comic Con 2014 and bringing this year’s hottest convention exclusives! See below for the must-haves from IDW and download the ultimate IDW 2014 NYCC Exclusives Shopping Guide PDF for full descriptions and cover images.

A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s web store. Fans that preorder will be able to pick up their books from the IDW booth #1844. There will also be a handful of convention variants from SDCC at the booth, so get them while supplies last.

ARTIST’S EDITIONS

Walter Simonson Manhunter Artist’s Edition HC
NYCC will the launch this Artist’s Edition which presents the original run of Manhunter, as well as a classic Batman story, Dr. Fate, Metal Men, and Captain Fear tales with a gorgeous convention-variant cover.
$125, Limited to 175 copies, 2 per person

Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition HC
This unique Artist’s Edition features an amazing “Best of” selection of gorgeous covers by a veritable who’s who of the medium, from Neal Adams to Art Adams, Frank Miller to Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko to Jim Starlin complete with a convention-variant cover featuring Frank Miller’s landmark cover to Daredevil #181.
$125, Limited to 175 copies, 2 per person

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NYCC WWR EVOL 4SQUARE – MLTA
Exclusively available through IDW Publishing, the yellow robot known as MLTA is Ashley Wood and 3A Toys‘ 2014 New York Comic Con offering as part of the October 3A Tour. We suggest you pre-order yours now because these robots won’t last long!
$80, Limited to 70 pieces, 1 per person

$10 HARDCOVER & TRADE PAPERBACK

V-Wars: Volume 1: Crimson Queen TP
The first five issues of the runaway hit series by New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry. If you’ve wanted to check out V-Wars, but missed the first two sold-out issues, here’s where to check it out, complete with a convention-variant cover by fan-favorite Ryan Brown!
$10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Skylanders: The Kaos Trap HC
The #1 kids videogame and hottest-selling toy, SKYLANDERS comes to your bookshelf in all-new comic-book adventures with a convention-variant cover featuring the Doom Raiders!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 5 per person

THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1
Here is the first chance for fans to get a convention-variant cover for issue #1 of the all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key). As usual, supplies are limited so make sure to come by the IDW booth and secure your copy!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 5 per person

Edward Scissorhands #1
The all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie is launching at NYCC with a convention-variant cover featuring beautiful line art by Gabriel Rodriquez!
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1
Generations have passed since the original Heroes of Baldur’s Gate saved the city and the Realms. Now a new threat rises and an unlikely group of misfits are thrust into adventure! The quest begins at NYCC with a convention-variant cover featuring art by Max Dunbar and colors by series writer Jim Zub.
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

Mars Attacks Art Gallery
This special ad-free art gallery issue presents an out-of-this-world array of hand-drawn Mars Attacks card art curated by IDW Limited. The rare art in this book comes from a wide array of TOPPS, IDW and sketch card all-star talent done in the grand tradition of Mars Attacks trading cards! There will be two convention variant covers to collect:
Convention variant cover by Katie Cook
$10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
Convention Sketch Cover (blank) to be filled by the artist of your choice:
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person

G.I. Joe #1
Two convention-variant  covers will be available for the premiere issue of this exciting new series written by a master of military fiction, Karen Traviss:
Convention variant cover by Robert Atkins and Joana Lafuente
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person
Convention Sketch Cover (blank) to be filled by the artist of your choice:
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

Adams, Andrews, Totino Tedesco, Van Sciver Top Superstar Creators To Attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con

Wizard World Austin Comic ConEisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, Kaare Andrews, Julian Totino Tedesco and Ethan Van Sciver headline the roster of more than 50 top comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center

Other superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Ramon F. Bachs, Rob Prior, Pere Perez, Kevin Maguire, Greg Horn, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam and many others.

VIP attendees will receive a copy of Captain America #25, with limited-edition exclusive variant cover by Totino Tedesco. VIPs also can claim a selection of exclusive prints from various top artists as part of their admission.

Norman Reedus, Bruce Campbell, Evan Peters, WWE Phenom The Undertaker, Katie Cassidy, Tyler Posey, Manu Bennett, Rebecca Mader, Sean Astin, Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs are among the celebrities scheduled to attend.

Wizard World Austin Comic Con show hours are Thursday, October 2, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, October 3, 2-9 p.m.; and Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘ Captain America #25′ Exclusive Variant Cover By Julian Totino Tedesco For Austin Comic Con

cap am 25 variantMarvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. have revealed the latest edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Captain America #25, drawn by Argentine artist Julian Totino Tedesco. VIP attendees at the Wizard World Austin Comic Con, October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Totino Tedesco is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Captain America #25 (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The exclusive version of Captain America #25 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Austin Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

The Eisner-Award nominated Totino Tedesco is a native of Buenos Aires who began working on American comics about five years ago. He has drawn covers for many titles, including Marvel books Season One, Uncanny X-Force, Thunderbolts, John Carter: Gods of Mars, Original Sin and others.

Who is the All-New Captain America? The conclusion to the story that began in Dimension Z as Zola strikes in unison with The Red Skull! The final fate of Jet Black! Rated T. Writer: Rick Remender; Artists: Carlos Pacheco, Stuart Immonen.

Morena Baccarin, Evan Peters, WWE Phenom The Undertaker and Katie Cassidy are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con.

In addition to Totino Tedesco, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Neal Adams, Kaare Andrews, Bob Layton, CAFU, Ethan Van Sciver, Ramon F. Bachs, Rob Prior, Kevin Maguire, Greg Horn, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam and many others.

Baccarin, Gillan, Peters, WWE Phenom The Undertaker Top Celebs At Wizard World Austin

Jason MerrittMorena Baccarin, Karen Gillan, Evan Peters, WWE Phenom The Undertaker and Katie Cassidy are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center. It is the 13th of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Baccarin and Peters will appear on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, while Gillan and Cassidy will attend on Saturday only. The Undertaker is scheduled for Friday only (4:30-8:30 p.m.).

Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Neal Adams, Kaare Andrews, Bob Layton, CAFU, Ethan Van Sciver, Ramon F. Bachs, Rob Prior, Kevin Maguire, Greg Horn, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam and many others.

Other notable celebrities on the Wizard World Austin Comic Con roster include Manu Bennett, Rebecca Mader, Sean Astin, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Christopher Judge, Alfonso Ribeiro, Grant Wilson, Michael Rooker, J. August Richards, Jason David Frank and Eric Roberts.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Austin Comic Con show hours are Thursday, October 2, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, October 3, 2-9 p.m.; and Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more.

Wizard World Austin Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

WWE Phenom The Undertaker To Attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con on Friday, October 3

the undertakerThe Undertaker will make his Wizard World debut at Austin Comic Con on Friday, October 3, as announced today by Wizard World, Inc. He will sign autographs and pose for photo opportunities from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more than two decades, The Deadman has loomed over the WWE landscape like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. Imbued with seemingly mystical abilities and preternatural in-ring ability, The Undertaker is a WWE great in a class by himself, and no list of legends would be complete without him.

First introduced at Survivor Series in 1990, it wasn’t long before he began to battle with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. This clash set the tone for Undertaker’s dominant career. No one was too big and no one was safe from his gloved grip.

The Undertaker joins such noted pop culture figures as Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker of The Walking Dead, Morena Baccarin, Karen Gillan, Evan Peters, Katie Cassidy and others currently scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, set for October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center. Additional celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Wizard World Austin Comic Con is the 13th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. Show hours are Thursday, October 2, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, October 3, 2-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

NYCC 2014: Titan Merchandise Heads to the Show

titansTitan Merchandise is heading to the Big Apple! They’ll be setting up shop in Booth 2142 at New York Comic Con and as always they’ll be bringing a bunch of super-cool exclusives with the! They’ll also be debuting their Regeneration Collection, the sixth in their range of Doctor Who 3″ Blind boxed figures which not only features the 12th Doctor, but also his wife River Song!

They’ll also be bringing over a whole bunch more t-shirts, mugs and everything else you’ve come to expect from them!

Check out all their offerings below the jump!

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Why Is the Con Scene Exploding?

29535ICv2_ConfNY2014-mdThe comic convention scene is exploding, both in number of shows and attendance.  Who are these hundreds of thousands of new attendees, and what does it mean for show organizers, for exhibitors, and for the audience for the products they sell?

The growth has been exponential, but that’s come with a rapid change in the composition of attendees at some shows.  There are a lot more “civilians,” leading at least one con veteran to call going to a con “like going to the mall” for a lot of the people there.  Exhibitors are finding the dynamic new environment a difficult one to navigate at times, and that the new audiences require new strategies to be successful.

There’s now a full range of events, from smaller festivals to multi-city tours to new pop-up shows to longtime regionals to the mega-shows in New York and San Diego.

What’s driving the growth, what kinds of people do the different strategies attract, and what does it mean for exhibitors and others who want to sell to these hundreds of thousands of new potential customers?

Try to find the answer at the ICv2 Conference at New York Comic Con in the panel on “The Con Explosion” with this great panel of show organizers and experts:

  • Christine Bohle, Sr. Category Marketing Manager, Eventbrite
  • Patrick Bradley, EVP Digital Media & Entertainment, Wizard World, Inc.
  • Shelton Drum, CEO, Heroes Convention
  • Lance Fensterman, Senior Vice President ReedPOP
  • Meg Lemke, Chair, Comics & Graphic Novel Committee at the Brooklyn Book Festival, and Contributing Editor at MUTHA Magazine
  • Rob Salkowitz, author, writer of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture
  • Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, comic editor and commentator from The Beat

The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, October 8th.

For more information, including recently added speakers, click here.

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