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Katie Cook is Delivering 2018 Ringo Awards Keynote Address

The 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented at the Ringo Awards Banquet and Ceremony in conjunction with the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2018. The final ballot is now open to comic book creative professionals to submit their votes. A limited number of tickets are available to the public to attend the Banquet and Award Ceremony and spend a fun evening, share a drink, and enjoy a meal with the comic book professional community.

Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125.

The Ringo Awards Committee is proud to announce the addition of Katie Cook to the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards ceremony as the Keynote Address speaker!

Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that has been in the industry for a while. She’d list just how long here, but isn’t that a faux pas of admitting that she’s old? I mean you can always Wikipedia her birthday if you want to get stuck on this topic. Why are we still talking about this?

She is the creator of the comic Nothing Special on LINE WEBTOON, an all-ages adventure about a girl, a boy with fairy wings, and a dead Radish. It’s her favorite thing and you should read it. Katie also wrote and drew the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story, which lost several awards but is still delightful.

In mainstream comics, Katie has carved out quite the little gallery of titles she’s worked on… Did you ever watch that documentary about this fascinating woman in NYC that puts on a bizarre mix of costume jewelry and eclectic clothes every day? Iris? That’s Katie’s career… A little over here at IDW, a little over there at LucasFilm Press, who thought Katie was a good idea for a Sex Criminals cover, oh look now she’s drawing Spider-Man? A mixed bag of adorable all over this place.

Katie spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicand has also done projects with Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and more (she apologizes for referring to some of you as “and more”). She’s also illustrated several Star Wars children’s books for Disney LucasFilm Press, and created artwork for the Disney Wonderground Gallery. Artist and writer! Double threat! (She thinks a triple threat in comics would be when someone is also an excellent editor, but any editor that has ever worked with her will attest that she thinks spell-check is something from Harry Potter.)

Her mother thinks she is funny. Sometimes. Maybe.

Baltimore Comic Con’s Annual Costume Contest Returns Saturday, September 29th

The Baltimore Comic-Con and Toynk.com proudly present the highly-demanded and hugely popular Annual Costume Contest.

This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, September 29th at 3:00pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:30pm or their deposit will be forfeit. Prejudging will start at 2:00pm and will be split into amateur and professional contests. We are proud to welcome Baltimore radio personalities Jeremy Conn, co-host of The Scott & Jeremy Show on 105.7 The Fan and Bethany from the Mix 106.5 Morning Show.

The children’s costume contest will be held on Sunday, September 30th at 2:30pm. All participants must be in the prejudge room by 1:30pm.
Categories

  • Adult – “Professional” ($10 Entry Fee)
    • Those working a job involving building or fabricating costumes.
    • Those who make costumes or pieces for casual sale (eBay, etc.).
    • Those who have won an award at a costume contest at any convention.
    • Those that have been invited based on Cosplay.
  • Adult – “Amateur” ($5 Entry Fee)
    • Any adult 18 years or older that does not meet the above requirements.
  • Kids (Free)
    • Ages 17 and under.

PRIZES

Overall Best Costume (Best in Show) 
$1,000 Grand Prize in Cash for Professional

Prizes in each of the Professional Adult categories:
$250 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$100 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Amateur Adult categories:
$150 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$100 Tonnk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place

Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members):
$200 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$100 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:
$100 Grand Prize Toynk.com Gift Certificate
$50 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$35 Toynk.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place

Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2019 and both Adult Grand Prize Winners will be asked to judge the 2019 contest!

RULES

  1. All participants must have Baltimore Comic-Con admission wristband or badge (this includes Associate, Dealer, Press, and other specialty badges). Members of Baltimore Comic-Con staff are ineligible to compete.
  2. Participants can register at any time up to 1pm on Saturday or Sunday for the respective Costume Contests by visiting the Costume Contest Booth located in the lower Pratt Street lobby.
  3. All participants will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the contest. Minors under 18 years of age may participate only if a permission/release form signed by the minor’s legal guardian is provided. Forms are available at the Costume Contest Booth (see #2 above).
  4. Participant category (Amateur or Professional) shall be determined by a set of 3 judges during the pre-judging portion of the contest.
  5. Pictures will be taken during judging of all participants and throughout the costume contest and will be the property of Baltimore Comic-Con.
  6. All costumes must abide by the rules of Baltimore Comic-Con, including but not limited to the Baltimore Comic-Con Weapons and Harassment policies. If a policy violation is discovered, that entry will be disqualified.
  7. Craftsmen are contestants who have participated in the Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest before, whose costume is 40% hand-made or greater, and who have not won the professional prize at Baltimore Comic-Con before.
  8. Professionally made or rented costumes are prohibited.
  9. Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may not be entered in the Hall Costume Contest unless major (50% or more) work has been improved or worked over with photographic proof of the changes.
  10. No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the Baltimore Convention Center.
  11. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume design.
  12. Groups from the same series are welcome to enter, but random characters from different series are discouraged. Groups will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share.
  13. Each contestant may present (wear) only one costume, or a group of people may wear one costume at the same time (i.e., a large costume that requires several people inside to move it).
  14. All entrants are encouraged to bring reference material for their costume. Not all judges know all characters, so it is in everyone’s best interest to bring a color picture (or several) if possible. The reference should depict the details of the costume you are presenting. Please do not ask to e-mail or print out references at the convention.
  15. Costumes will be judged on a variety of criteria, including craftsmanship and overall effect.
  16. All judges’ decisions of the costume contest are final.

Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel Head to Baltimore Comic Con

Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel, the creative dynamos who engineered the Vertigo hit Breathaker, created the pioneering Blood of the Innocent mini-series, and developed the acclaimed First Comics series Mars, will lead a full roster of Insight Studios creators and guests to the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, 2018 in Booth #118 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Wheatley and Hempel have been highly successful collaborators, including work on TarzanJonny QuestTitanic Tales, and Doctor Cyborg, as well as their recent full restoration of their acclaimed graphic novel Breathtaker, originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which is forthcoming from Titan Comics.

This is the nineteenth annual Baltimore Comic-Con and this marks Insight Studios Groups’ nineteenth consecutive appearance at the show. This time, the talent roster includes writer-director-graphic novelist Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes), writer G. D. Falksen (Doctor Cthulittle), writer-director-graphic novelist Mark Redfield (Vampire Hunters Incorporated), industry veteran Mike Gold (longtime First Comics and DC editor), ComicMix’s Glenn Hauman (They Keep Killing Glenn), and Evelyn Kriete (Hullabaloo).

On his own, Mark Wheatley has most recently illustrated and co-developed Doctor Cthulittle, the lavishly illustrated, deluxe hardcover which originated as a successful Kickstarter project, with studio mate G. D. Falksen (this show marks their first appearance together since its release). His other most recent work includes supplying art for prose books such as the special signed limited edition of Swords Against the Moon Men, the Philip Jose Farmer series novel Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, and a wide variety new art prints, which he will have for sale at the booth.

Over the past few years, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers and Super Clyde, while he’s also developed a live stage show featuring Dick Tracy, Tarzan, and the Green Hornet. In print, his work has been featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales Of Tarzanfrom Dark Horse Comics. With a track record that includes Frankenstein MobsterRadical DreamerReturn of the HumanHammer of the GodsEZ StreetSkultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast.

“America’s Most Beloved Semi-Obscure Cartoonist,” writer-illustrator Marc Hempel, grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he plies his craft on such diverse projects ranging from his own GregoryTug & Buster, and Naked Brain to Disney Adventures, and from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to “The Kindly Ones” in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Hempel’s art has also appeared in MADMarvel FanfareEpic IllustratedHeavy MetalFlinchMy Faith in FrankieThe DreamingLuciferMunden’s BarNickelodeon Magazine, and a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics. His series The Love Brothers has appeared in Aces Weekly.

Robert Tinnell is a writer-director-producer with experience in a variety of media. He most recently adapted his Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel, Feast Of The Seven Fishes, into a feature film starring Madison Iseman, Skyler Gisondo, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Ben- Victor. In late 2017, he produced the feature film Back Fork for writer/director/star Josh Stewart. Tinnell’s initial claim to fame was as producer on the notorious cult class Surf Nazis Must Die and as a producer of music videos, including the class MTV Award-winner, Straight Up by Paula Abdul. Outside of the film industry, Tinnell is a well-respected graphic novelist, known for such works as The Black ForestThe Wicked WestSight Unseen, and Flesh And Blood, in addition to Feast Of The Seven Fishes. He also collaborated with Mark Wheatley on two volumes of Lone Justice and EZ Street.

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series and The Transatlantic Conspiracy, a YA mystery novel from Soho Teen. Other fiction includes The Strange Case of Mr. Salad MondayCinema UAn Unfortunate Engagement, and The Mask of Tezcatlipoca. He is also a voice actor and co-writer for the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

Mark Redfield is an actor, writer, producer, director, and artist who has been acting and directing professionally in theater and film since 1981. He is currently developing a new script, revising a novel, recording AudioBooks and AudioDrama, editing a film, and painting new pictures. A cartoonist who also designs sets for television and theater, his new work is shown in galleries, and appears weekly for sale at MarkRedfieldArt.com. His films include indie features such as the award-winning Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(2002), Cold Harbor (2003) and The Death of Poe(2006). He is the co-creator & co-writer, with Stuart Voytilla, of the Vampire Hunters Incorporated series, which will make the leap from prose to graphic novel series in 2019. A voice actor who has hundreds of commercial, narration, audio book, and video game credits, he produces original audio and radio drama with RedfieldArtsAudio.com and distributes titles on CDBaby, ITunes, and Audible, as well as on CD and LP.

Former First Comics and DC Comics editor Mike Goldhosts and performs the weekly two- hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues, and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week. Check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

ComicMix head-honcho Glenn Hauman writes, edits, colors comics, designs websites, designs books, performs marriages, reaches things on high shelves, changes lightbulbs, bats right, snores loud, sings baritenor, draws to inside straights, drinks too much DMD, and stays up waaay too late at night. People keep trying to kill him, as they do in the anthology They Keep Killing Glenn. You can find out more at Glennhauman.com, or ComicMix.com.

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo and Comicmix. Through crowdfunding, she has raised over $1 million for various projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo, which she is producing alongside film creator James Lopez. She has previously worked on the staff of literary publications such as Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

NYCC 2018: Sleeping Giant Brings Infinity Editions While Ominous Press Debuts

Premiere entertainment company Sleeping Giant will be joining with Ominous Press to make a splash at New York Comic Con on Oct. 4-7. Setting up a massive new Fan Experience and exhibit space at #1804 at the Jacob Javits Center. The Sleeping Giant fan experience at NYCC includes autograph sessions by a stellar lineup of creators including Jim Starlin, John Romita, Jr., Marc Guggenheim, Bart Sears, Graham Nolan, Ron Marz, Mike McKone, Tom Raney, Keith Giffen, Joe Rubinstein, Andy Smith, Paul Harding, Craig Rousseau, and many more! Autograph sessions in collaboration with Spencer Beck and The Artist’s Choice.

NYCC will be Sleeping Giant’s launch pad for it’s Infinity Editions line, featuring exclusive signed books by cosmic legends Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Tom Raney, Joe Rubinstein among many others! Sleeping Giant’s NYCC presence will also include a wealth of rare Stan Lee-signed comics for sale. Stop by booth #1804 and like, share and/or follow Sleeping Giant on social media, and receive a free collectible gem.

Debuting at NYCC is the Infinity Edition Reality (Red), featuring a copy of Thanos #13 (2017), with a lenticular Secret Wars homage variant cover by artist Jacen Burrows, based on the classic original image by acclaimed artist Mike Zeck. The edition is hand-signed by Thanos creator and cosmic legend Jim Starlin, Thanos writer and rising superstar Donny Cates, and original Secret Wars artist Mike Zeck. The Infinity Edition Reality (Red) is housed in a handsome portfolio with a certificate of authenticity, and a CGC-sized Vault System case that can be opened and then re-sealed. The edition is strictly limited to 100 copies, and priced at $149 MSRP. However, event-only pricing of $99 is being instituted for sales at NYCC.

A series of Infinity Edition releases will follow, bringing to the collectibles market an enticing line of themed cosmic collectibles, each signed by an all-star array of creators. NYCC patrons will also have first access to Ron Lim’s Thanos Legacy #1 variant edition, featuring Thanos and Cable, which will debut at Ace Comic Con in Chicago. Limited to only 3,000 copies, Sleeping Giant will offer an edition signed by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and others.

Ominous Press, sister company to Sleeping Giant, will be making its NYCC debut at booth #1804, bringing along its full catalog of comics, graphic novels, and art books, as well as previews of exciting upcoming projects.

AfterShock Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives, Signings, a Panel and More!

AfterShock Comics returns to the Charm City for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, with lots of exclusive content and opportunities for comics enthusiasts.

Represented on-site by Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett, SVP of Sales and Marketing Steve Rotterdam, Retailer/Fan Relations Manager Lisa Y. Wu and other team members, AfterShock Comics will be located at Booth #2004 on the floor of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Special guest and renowned artist Shawn Martinbrough will also be on hand at AfterShock’s booth to sign the official Baltimore Comic-Con variant of The Lollipop Kids #1, written by Adam Glass and Aidan Glass, with an exclusive cover created by Shawn just for the convention.

Additional Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants include Beyonders #1, with cover by Rafael De Latorre, and The Lollipop Kids #1, with cover by Patrick Olliffe.

On Sunday, September 30, from 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm in Room 343-344, AfterShock will present a behind-the-scenes panel entitled Shaking Things Up – The Latest Rumblings from AfterShock Comics. Attendees will get a sneak peek at the stories and projects that are shattering expectations among comics fans and building industry-wide anticipation now and for the foreseeable future.

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to get their hands on an even rarer AfterShock Mystery Box, a guaranteed value of close to $200, for only $75.

Action Lab Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives and More

Action Lab Entertainment will be at Baltimore Comic-Con booths 2008-2009, with two titles – The Consultant and Spencer & Locke – nominated for Ringo Awards at the show. They’ll also have two Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants (seen below), along with other offerings for both all-age fans and mature readers.

NULL FAERIES #1

Writer(s): Chad Cicconi
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (pencils, inks), Eddy Swan (colors), Adam Wollett (letters)
Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Exclusive Cover – Chad Cicconi

Limited to 25 copies

Ionantha Hesperis was the greatest of all the Queen’s Harvester Faeries when she was felled by a cursed Fey blade and stripped of her magic powers. Forgotten, but bitterfly refusing to die, she learned to exist on cunning – an aging mortal within an immortal society fueled by magic she could no longer taste. But when the queen’s pixie dust shipment is hijacked, putting the entire magical economy at risk, Ionantha is summoned into service once more and tasked by a vengeful Queen with solving the case of the century.

ZOMBIE TRAMP #53

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza 
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Exclusive – Chad Cicconi
Limited to 80 regular copies and 80 risqué
 copies

With Janey still apparently dead, her right-hand man Oscar must go on a quest to figure out how to bring the Zombie Tramp back!

AHOY Comics Makes Their First Ever Appearance at Baltimore Comic Con

AHOY Comics — the startup publisher that has been asking readers to “expect more” from its comic book magazine format — is making its first ever appearance at Baltimore Comic-Con to promote the upcoming anthology series Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror and its new publishing initiative that features traditional, full-length comic book stories accompanied by extra material, including prose fiction, poetry, cartoon gags, and traditional comic book back-up stories.

The startup company is the brainchild of Publisher Hart Seely, an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio; two original editors of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore; and Chief Creative Officer Frank Cammuso. The company is publishing two titles this month, The Wrong Earth and High Heaven, followed by Captain Ginger and Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror in October. Baltimore Comic-Con will be the new company’s first ever convention appearance.

Peyer will be joined at the convention by AHOY Comics “Dark Ops” Manager and Captain Ginger co-creator Stuart Moore, artist Jamal Igle of The Wrong Earth, and June Brigman and Roy Richardson, the artists of Captain Ginger, the upcoming space odyssey in which the human race has died out and cats have inherited the Earth (or, well, at least one starship).

Fans who want to meet the AHOY Comics founders “in the inevitably disappointing flesh” can attend their panel and visit the AHOY Comics booth (#2017):

Friday, September 28th to Sunday September 30th.
Panel: Saturday 4-5PM ET
AHOY Comics launches in Sept/Oct with an impressive list of creators, a sharp sense of humor, and some unexpected extras: prose fiction, poetry and satire! Now meet the AHOY crew in the *shudder* flesh! Writer/editors Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore join artists Jamal IgleJune Brigman, and Roy Richardson, plus designer/letterer Todd Klein and cartoonist Frank Cammuso. Preview the twisted afterlife of High Heaven, the space-cats of Captain Ginger, the jumbled heroes of The Wrong Earth, and Baltimore‘s own Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror!

BOOM! is Heading to Baltimore Comic Con 2018 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Convention Exclusives

BOOM! Studios announced today it will return to Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from September 28-30.

The publisher will once again occupy booth #2001, bringing with them special guests including Marguerite Bennett along with 2018 Eisner Award-nominated creators Sean Rubin and Phillip Kennedy Johnson who will be signing at the booth throughout the weekend.

Two new exclusive variant covers will also debut at the convention, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 Convention Exclusive by French Carlomagno, priced at $20.00 and limited to 250 units and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1 Convention Exclusive by French Carlomagno, priced at $20.00 and limited to 250 units.

BOOM! Studios is also sponsoring the 2nd Annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, colloquially known as the Ringo Awards. Top honors will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con. The publisher has 7 nominations this year.

NYCC 2018: Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal Rocks Out With a Limited Deluxe Edition

There’s no band in the world like Babymetal, whose hit songs like “Distortion,” “KARATE,” and “Gimme Chocolate!!,” have captured the imaginations of fans around the globe. This fall, Babymetal will venture into the publishing world with the original graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal, which explores the unknown mythology of the band. In advance of New York Comic Con, Amuse Group USA and Z2 Comics are announcing a Deluxe Edition of the eagerly anticipated graphic novel, which will be released in a collectible 10×16 Clamshell Box, include 3 original prints, and will be signed and sketched by illustrator GMB Chomichuk. Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal Deluxe Edition is limited to 500 copies and will retail for $199.99, with shipping available worldwide, and will be available exclusively at the Z2 Comics website.

In the story, a mission from the Fox God– an entity frequently highlighted in Babymetal’s music and performances – takes three reincarnating protagonists on a time-traveling journey from prehistoric Kyoto to modern day New York City. The standard edition of the book will be in comic book stores and bookstores on October 30, 2018 and retail for $24.99.

Until now, the publication of Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal has largely been shrouded in secrecy, but that will begin to change at New York Comic Con. On Thursday, October 4th, GMB Chomichuk will appear at an Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal panel, where he will detail the development and creation of the graphic novel. The panel will be held at the Main Stage of Anime Fest at NYCC from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM. Z2 Comics will also be selling 3 limited edition Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal posters at Anime Fest booth #5319 and NYCC booth #1255.

NYCC 2018: Diamond Select Toys Returns!

New York Comic-Con is approaching, and Diamond Select Toys is prepping a massive presence at the show, with cases of advance prototypes, shelves of products for sale, a panel, two signings and an exclusive! Read on for details, and come see us at booth 1644!

Starting Thursday, Oct. 4, DST will offer an exclusive Minimate of the Battle Beast Desmodius, a fearsome black bat armed with a sword and glaive. Measuring approximately 2 inches tall, and featuring 14 points of articulation, it is fully interchangeable with all Minimates mini-figures. It will come packaged in a clear polybag with hangtag, and sell for $6.

DST’s panel and signings will happen on Saturday, Oct. 6, and feature designers Nelson X. Asencio (Marvel Gallery, Milestones, Premier) and Caesar (Marvel Gallery, DC Gallery), and sculptors Eli Livingston (Alien, Predator, Cthulhu) and Jean St. Jean (Classic Batman, Marvel Select, Premier). DST President Chuck Terceira will also be on hand for the panel from 12:00-1:00 in Room 1C03.

Following the panel, the designer signing will run from 1:30 to 2:30, and the sculptor signing will happen from 2:30 to 3:30, both at booth 1644. There will be free postcards on hand for them to sign, but fans are welcome to bring their own items, as well as purchase items in the DST store.

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