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Marvel Unveils the Official Theme Soundtrack for War of Realms!

This April, all ten realms are at war…and it’s a battle that will change the Marvel Universe and the lives of every hero! To celebrate this epic event, Marvel has unveiled the official theme soundtrack for War of the Realms!

Recorded live at the gateway of the Black Bifrost, it’s a song so epic, even Surtur sheds a tear when he hears it! Composed and recorded by Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence and produced by Marvel Entertainment with creative input from War of the Realms writer Jason Aaron. 

Next week, all Hel will break loose as Marvel’s epic event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson finally hits comic shops! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of War of the Realms #1 for retailers – be sure to check Marvel mailers for details!

Danielle Paige Goes on a 12-Stop Tour to Promote Mera: Tidebreaker

DC’s eagerly awaited young adult publishing line, DC Ink, launches on April 2 with the release of Mera: Tidebreaker by New York Times bestselling author Danielle Paige and art by Stephen Byrne. Engaging fans across the country for a national book tour, Paige will participate in a series of intimate and honest conversations with a selection of acclaimed young adult authors to discuss her first graphic novel and how she re-imagined one of DC’s most iconic characters as an empowering and fierce teenage heroine.

Starting Tuesday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 23, Paige will celebrate the launch of DC Ink’s first graphic novel with visits in New York, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and other cities to meet fans, sign autographs  and discuss the project with famed authors such as Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles), singer-songwriter Amerie (Because You Love To Hate Me), Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire), Lauren Myracle (Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale), Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor) and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil). On Friday, April 5 and 6, Paige will be joined by Ridley Pearson, author of DC Zoom’s Super Sons: The PolarShield Project, in Chicago for a candid discussion about their debut young reader graphic novels from the iconic comics publisher. 

Beautifully illustrated by Stephen Byrne, Mera: Tidebreaker is an empowering story about activism, self-discovery and young romance – a perfect read for readers ages 13+ and a relatable tale for today’s times when women of all ages are standing up for equality and what they believe in. The themes of the graphic novel have earned it praise from, which named it one of the best feminist children’s books for Women’s History Month, in addition to Publisher’s WeeklyKirkus ReviewsBooklist and School Library Journal.

Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. Her father and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown…

When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution? Mera is forced to choose between following her heart and her mission to kill.

Check out all of the stops below.

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 PM (With Somain Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil)
Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway
2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM

Midtown Comics Grand Central
459 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10017

Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM (With Gwenda Bond, author of (add the Loise Lane prose Girl on a Wire)

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Friday, April 5 at 7:00 PM (With Ridley Pearson, author of DC Zoom’s Super Sons: The PolarShield Project)

Barnes & Noble
Skokie Old Orchard 
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077

Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 PM (With Ridley Pearson, author of DC Zoom’s Super Sons: The PolarShield Project)

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

Sunday, April 7 at 11:00 AM

Time Warp Comics
3105 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80301

Monday, April 8 at 7:00 PM (With fellow DC Ink author Lauren Myracle, author of forthcoming Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale)

Tattered Cover Bookstore
2526 East W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM (With Katharine McGee, author of The Thousandth Floor)

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

Wednesday, April 10 at 5:00 PM

Bedrock Comics
831 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459

Friday, April 12 (With Mary Pearson, author of The Remnant Chronicles)

Mysterious Galaxy BookStore
Balboa Mesa Shopping Center
5943 Balboa Ave #100
San Diego, CA

Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14

LA Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90890

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 PM (With Amerie, author of Because You Love To Hate Me)

695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah Delaine Head out for a Tour to Promote Little Girls

Little Girls

In celebration of Little Girls hitting shelves, debut creators Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine will go on a 12 city national book tour this May—with events featuring live band performances—to promote the release of this haunting new standalone graphic novel. 

Little Girls tour dates and locations:

April 27 – Jacksonville, Florida
Coliseum of Comics – Riverside
featuring Sleepless and Glazed

May, 6 – Orlando, Florida
BAMF! Comics & Collectibles
featuring Vivian K and Body Heat

May, 7 – Charlotte, North Carolina
Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
featuring Petrov and more

May, 8 – Washington, D.C.
Fantom Comics
featuring BRNDA and more

May, 9 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Brave New Worlds – Old City
[bands TBA]  

May, 11 – Brooklyn, New York
Anyone Comics
[bands TBA]  

May, 12 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
New Dimension Comics – Waterfront
at 3 Rivers Comicon

May, 13 – Chicago, Illinois
Challengers Comics + Conversation
featuring KACHI the BAND and Gentle Heat

May, 14 – St. Louis, Missouri
Apotheosis Comics & Lounge
featuring Jr. Clooney and more

May, 16 – Dallas, Texas
Red Pegasus Games & Comics
featuring Two Knights and more

May, 17 – Austin, Texas
Austin Books & Comics
featuring Luvweb and Mean Girls

May, 18 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Crescent City Comics
[bands TBA]

About the Little Girls graphic novel:

Something hunts people on the outskirts of town…

Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia. They’re dealing with the kind of problems that all kids have: judgmental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation… and a legendary brain-eating monster straight out of folklore. Sure, it’s not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it. Showcasing a quietly unsettling plot and building tension similar to Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina and Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying, Aflleje and DeLaine construct a poignant story of otherness and mystery.

Little Girls (ISBN: 9781534310599, Diamond Code: FEB190018) hits comic shops on Wednesday, April 24 and bookstores on Tuesday, April 30. 

Commemorating 80 Years of Batman with Worldwide Celebrations

To mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, DC has unveiled plans for a global commemoration of the World’s Greatest Detective. Kicking off this March at SXSW, the multifaceted campaign for DC’s Caped Crusader will feature exclusive celebrations, special theatrical engagements, the milestone release of Detective Comics #1000, live events and first-ever Batman brand partnerships. As fans join together under the campaign’s tagline of #LongLiveTheBat, DC’s timeless character will be honored through Batman Day in September when the Bat-Signal lights up in major cities worldwide.

First appearing as socialite turned crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans for 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, apparel and lifestyle products, as well as, blockbuster animated and live-action films. There have been Batman trading cards, board games and newspaper cartoon strips, and the U.S. Postal Service has even honored Batman with his own postage stamps. Batman is a multi-billion dollar icon who continues to reign as the most popular single Super Hero ever created.

To commemorate this milestone, custom artwork was created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media. The Batman profile pencil design is by beloved longtime DC artist José Luis García-López, and digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. This graphic will be featured throughout the celebration.

DC will honor #LongLiveTheBat throughout 2019, including Batman’s 80th anniversary on March 30 and Batman Day on September 21. As part of this yearlong celebration, there are many ways fans can participate.

Read Batman:

  • Paying homage to the Super Hero’s 80-year publishing history, DC will present two commemorative books: including the landmark collector’s issue of DETECTIVE COMICS #1000, on sale at comics shops March 27, and a special hardcover release, DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION, available March 19.

Experience Batman:

  • SXSW in Austin, Texas, will kick off the global celebration with multiple fan experiences, photo opportunities, limited-edition merchandise and Instagrammable mural by a local artist. SXSW will also set the stage for an incredible moment when more than 1.5 million bats fly into the night over Austin’s famous Congress Bridge on March 15.
  • DC will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with panels at major conventions, including a dedicated “Happy Birthday, Batman!” panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on the actual anniversary, March 30.
  • Generations of fans across the globe will gather together to honor the timeless hero on Batman Day, September 21. The Bat-Signal will light up in major cities worldwide, alongside a wide array of fan celebrations, including interactive photo opportunities, live music, food, games and more. Plus, fans will race across the finish line in their favorite Caped Crusader attire in a series of 5K and 10K runs in select cities.
  • Families can celebrate #LongLiveTheBat at multiple Six Flags locations across North America in August with extended hours, exclusive Batman-themed experiences and special merchandise. Warner Bros. theme parks across the globe, including Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Parque Warner Madrid and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, will host Batman 80thanniversary events.
  • Madame Tussauds locations in Orlando and Sydney will unveil interactive fan-friendly experiences, photo opportunities and special merchandise in September.
  • In May, collectible art boutique MONDO will host a curated anniversary exhibit at its Austin gallery celebrating iconic Batman cover art throughout the years.
  • The global touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES will celebrate the Dark Knight with a special Batman edition, beginning this September in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Romics—the comic book, animation and gaming convention in Rome, Italy—will host an immersive Batman 80th  anniversary exhibit in April.
  • Designed for fans of all ages, visitors to Shanghai this summer will be treated to a first-of-its-kind special exhibit celebrating Batman.
  • Otter Media brands Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, VRV and Fullscreen will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary through a variety of programming and social campaigns designed to amplify DC’s global campaign.
  • AT&T will activate across retail, digital and DIRECTV, which will celebrate the anniversary with a Batman-branded channel. Plus, AT&T customers will get insider access through AT&T THANKS to Batman content, comics, merchandise, exclusive fan experiences and more.

Watch Batman:

  • Television broadcast partners worldwide will host Batman programming marathons in March and September.
  • Cartoon Network in the U.S. and key territories will host exclusive Batman themed programming and stunts for kids in March and September.
  • DC Universe—DC’s digital subscription service—will be celebrating in a big way with the promotion of Batman content in March and September.

Join Batman:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America will join Batman in a first-ever partnership to celebrate kids, teens and youth development professionals who stand up for positive change in their communities. The campaign kicks off in April during National Boys & Girls Clubs Week.
  • In honor of military appreciation month this May, DC will partner with the USO, the iconic military support nonprofit, on a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, games and more. The kit will offer a fun diversion for service members stationed in remote locations around the globe, connecting them to home and all things Dark Knight.
  • Fans in the UK can join in raising awareness of Genetic Disorders UK by wearing an exclusively designed Batman t-shirt on Jeans for Genes Day in September.

Shop Batman:

  • WB and DC are also joining forces with an extensive list of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play, among others.
  • Global partners such as LEGO, Mattel and Funko will release exclusive Batman 80th anniversary products throughout the year.

Conceived by artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger, Batman is humanity’s timeless hero. And he’s just getting started. More details on the global celebration will be released in the coming months.

Diamond Relaunches the Comic Shop Locator Service

Diamond has upgraded the website with a new mobile-friendly design and a focus on comic shops as fan-friendly places to visit.

The new, mobile-friendly site features an easier to use search function, a comic shop event calendar, comic shop spotlights, and information on new weekly releases at comic book shops.

The new website builds upon the success of the Comic Shop Locator Service (CSLS) which, since 1996, has directed over six million customers searching for comics and other merchandise to comic book specialty shops throughout North America and worldwide. Publishers and manufacturers who support the comic book specialty market routinely features the CSLS logo and website in books, on packaging, and on their websites.

The site is maintained and funded by Diamond and comic book specialty shops. Retailers interested in having their store listed on the Comic Shop Locator Service should contact their Diamond Retailer Services Representative. Comic Shop Locator  profiles are maintained by retailers through the proprietary CSLS Management Tools available in the My Account section of Diamond’s Retailer Services Website, which allow retailers to customize their profiles, and to get access to monthly stats on how many online referrals they have received.

Comic Shop Locator

Vault Comics Announces a $25,000 of Support for Local Comic Shop Community Events

Vault has announced its new Bound: Comics and Community initiative. Under this initiative, Vault will provide comic shops with up to $25,000.00 (retail value) worth of product to support a variety of community engagement events throughout 2019.

Vault is especially interested in supporting events that promote literacy, create safe spaces for community interaction, engage younger readers, or help local business communities thrive. Any comic shop with a Diamond account is eligible to apply.

To have your event considered, shops should complete the following form.

Vault plans to contribute to a wide-variety of events, and interested retailers are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Vault will select events to sponsor on a case-by-case basis, at its sole discretion. Applying does not guarantee selection.

Vault Bound Comics & Community

Valiant Heads to ComicsPRO 2019 for a Toyo Harada Wake

Valiant Entertainment is heading to the 13th Annual ComicsPRO meeting taking place February 21-23 in Charlotte, NC with a bunch of cool freebies and an unforgettable celebration of the world’s most powerful man.

Valiant will host an hourlong reception for ComicsPRO attendees to celebrate the life of Toyo Harada from 7:30-8:30 pm on Friday, February 22nd. Guests will receive a Valiant tie and in memoriam cards and have a chance to sign the late Mr. Harada’s guest book. Funeral attire is encouraged but not required. It’s what the late and great Mr. Harada would want, after all. He may be gone, but his memory lives on in The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 by Joshua Dysart and CAFU, on sale March 13th.

ComicsPRO attendees will also receive “Welcome Bags” from Valiant and even more retailer-exclusive goodies during roundtable chats with Valiant staff. Want to relieve some stress? Squeeze a chunk of New Japan with the Fallen World stress ball, based on the upcoming series by Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina debuting on May 1st. Need to jot down some important secrets? Use the Fallen World pen! And after a long day, unwind with the Fallen World shot glass.

Show the world you rock by sporting a Punk Mambo pin, based on the gritty new series debuting April 24th by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham. Or use the Punk Mambo pink highlighter to brighten your scribbles on The Forgotten Queen sticky notes, based on the phenomenal new series by Tini Howard and Amilcar Pinna coming out on February 27th. There may or may not be some other fun items. (Spoiler: There are.)

While these items are for attending ComicsPRO retailers only, fans who wish to obtain any of these cool collectibles should check if their local comic shop is a member of ComicsPRO and planning to attend the annual meeting.

West End Motel Joins Steve Agee, Brendon Small, Ben Garant, and Eric Powell for the Goon 20th Anniversary Party

The Goon

On March 8, 2019, the Cannery Ballroom One in Nashville, Tennessee will host The Goon 20th Anniversary Party, a star-studded celebration of two decades of award-winning GOON comic books by Nashville native Eric Powell. The event will feature a live recording of Steve Agee’s Uhhh podcast, with host Steve Agee guests Brendon Small, Ben Garant, and The Goon creator Eric Powell, as well as a performance by special musical guest West End Motel, featuring Brent Hinds and Tom Cheshire. Advance tickets can be purchased now.

For almost two decades, the Goon’s whiskey-fueled adventures have thrilled fans, critics, and creators with their bold creativity, classic style, and irreverent humor. The Goon 20th Anniversary Party is timed to Albatross Funnybooks’ highly anticipated publication of The Goon #1, and attendees will be able to purchase an exclusive 20th Anniversary variant edition which will only be available at the party. The new series features the first full length Goon stories to be published since Dark Horse published The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time comics in 2015. The event kicks off a year-long, 20th Anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic GOON graphic novels, limited edition GOON tiki mugs and more.

The Goon 20th Anniversary Party will be held on on March 8, 2019 at Cannery Ballroom One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets cost $15. The Goon 20th Anniversary Party edition of The Goon # 1 will be sold at the event for $10.00.

The Goon 20th Anniversary Party

Cast, Filmmakers announced for World Premiere of Reign of the Supermen

Jerry O’Connell, the voice of Superman, heads an impressive lineup of cast and filmmakers set to attend the World Premiere of Reign of the Supermen, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies, at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills this Thursday, January 10, 2019.  Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

O’Connell, known for his lengthy, illustrious career ranging from Stand By Me to his recent starring role in Carter and host duties on Bravo’s Play by Play, will be joined by Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) , the voice of Batman; Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), voice of Cyborg Superman and Hank Henshaw; Tony Todd (Candyman), voice of Darkseid; Charles Halford (Constantine), voice of both Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator; and Toks Olagundoye (Castle), voice of Cat Grant.

Also in attendance will be Producer/Director Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), screenwriters Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost), executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice/Young Justice Outsiders).

Additional talent participating at the premieres will be announced as confirmed.

All free fan tickets have been distributed.

Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated Reign of the Supermen arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 29, 2019.

In addition, fans wishing to get an advance look at Superman’s greatest adventure – his death and rebirth – can take advantage of a special two-day exclusive theatrical event as Warner Bros. and DC join forces with Fathom Events for a double feature presentation of the previously released The Death of Superman and the first in-theater screening of the all-new Reign of the Supermen nationwide on January 13 and 14, 2019 in more than 500 select movie theaters. Tickets for The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature can be purchased at and participating theater box offices.

Marvel Celebrates 80 Years in 2019

Marvel 80 years

Eighty years ago, the Marvel Universe roared into existence with the publication of the now-historic Marvel Comics #1.  Over the years, the company expanded mightily under the guidance of legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and countless other industry titans. Today, Marvel is one of the most exciting and recognizable brands shaping pop culture, modern mythology and entertainment around the world – and this year, you can join millions of fans in celebrating Marvel’s 80TH Anniversary!

For all of 2019, Marvel will be honoring its iconic characters and stories across every decade of the company’s rich history – from the early years as Timely Comics, to the latest adventures in the Marvel Universe fans know today. Whether you have been following Marvel since the beginning or you’ve just discovered The House of Ideas, you won’t want to miss this year-long celebration across publishing, animation, new media, collectibles, games, and more!

Starting this month and continuing through the year, Marvel will bring back some classic and reimagined Marvel Super Hero teams; revisit some of Marvel’s early classic titles, like Marvel Comics Presents and Marvel Tales; release facsimile editions and trade collections of your favorite issues and storylines over the decades – exactly as you remembered them – and deliver brand new takes on Marvel’s history, characters, and more! Marvel will also be featuring special 80th Anniversary-themed variant covers throughout the year, kicking off with nine connecting variants from superstar artist Phil Noto on select titles in January!

Marvel 80th Anniversary-themed variant covers by Phil Noto

And later this fall, stay tuned for an extra-special, extra-sized publication of a Marvel-ous Millennial Milestone that promises to change the course of Marvel history forever! (or at least until the 160thAnniversary!)

Fans of Marvel’s animated series will also have a chance to celebrate, starting with the release of Avengers Assemble: Black Panther’s Quest on January 13 on Disney XD! As Marvel’s longest-running animation series to date, be sure to tune in weekly for an epic adventure following King T’Challa as he goes on a vision quest through time, exploring the history of the Black Panthers, Vibranium, Wakanda – and the Marvel Universe itself.

Marvel’s digital shows and podcasts will feature special tributes for Marvel’s 80-year history throughout the year, including Earth’s Mightiest Show, This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel, Marvel’s Voices, Marvel 101, and themed episodes of Marvel’s popular cooking show Eat the Universe. Visit to watch and subscribe!

Marvel will also feature Today in Marvel History, taking fans through the past 80 years of the Marvel Universe. Learn about the first appearance of some of your favorite characters, and see how they’ve evolved over the years with a bi-weekly animated series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; daily Marvel facts on Twitter; and in-depth articles on Fans can dive into Marvel’s historic storylines, milestone issues, covers, and unique moments in Marvel history at or by following #Marvel80 on social media.

Later this year, Marvel will release a series of curated 80th Anniversary merchandise inspired by Marvel’s signature art and storytelling that have defined Super Hero fans for generations. Products will include retailer exclusive collectibles, fashion and apparel, accessories, specialty products, and limited-edition toys, such as exciting new products from Hasbro, Funko and more! More details and collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks and throughout the year – with a special sweet collaboration with Ample Hills Creamery later in July! See the attached images to get a sneak peek of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary merchandise.

Keep an eye out for special Marvel’s 80th Anniversary exclusive merchandise, experiences, and live events at comic conventions, museums, D23, and Disney Cruises, and Disney Parks throughout the year – including virtual live events!

Fans of Marvel games will also have a chance to participate in limited-time in-game events to celebrate key characters, stories, costumes, and other extras from Marvel history. More details will be announced later this year.

For 80 years, Marvel has reflected the world outside your window – inspiring millions of fans with iconic characters and timeless stories that brought the Marvel Universe to the forefront of pop culture today. Celebrate Marvel’s historic 80th Anniversary all year long with your favorite Marvel comics, games, shows, collectibles, fashion, and more!

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