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Celebrate Rush with The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel from Fantoons

Fantoons has announced the official Rush graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with the famous rock n’ roll power trio.

The legendary Canadian band is one of the most influential rock bands in modern history, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide, with nods to fandom throughout pop culture, including such films as I Love You Man, and the popular television show Billions

This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.

Previous releases through the partnership between the band and publisher have included 2015’s RUSHToons by Fantoons Vol. 2112, and Where’s Geddy, Alex and Neil Vol. 1. In July of 2019, Fantoons will release a unique, fully authorized coloring book, with 70 evocative illustrations packed with gorgeous RUSH artwork and references from Moving Pictures to Clockwork Angels.

The 144 page hardcover is out on September 10, 2019.

The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel

Devil’s Due Wants you to Talk Bernie to Me!

Talk Bernie To Me!:​ The Bernie Sanders Special and AOC Surprise

After making international headlines with its superhero comic about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chicago’s Devil’s Due Comics has announced a sequel is now available for pre-order. Talk Bernie To Me!:​ The Bernie Sanders Special and AOC Surprise is a one-off commemorative comic celebrating two-time Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, featuring contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists. (Variant covers are also available.) 

In addition to depicting the Vermont Senator as a full-fledged  superhero, Talk Bernie To Me! will be chock full of short-form Bernie comics, Trump and GOP skewering, plus satirical games and puzzles. The comic is slated for a July 3, 2019 release (in both physical and digital form), and by popular demand will include additional AOC content. Pre-orders can be made at BernieComic.com, with a portion of all sales going to the ACLU and RaicesTexas.org, which provides free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees.

Talk Bernie to Me! features contributions from Josh Baylock, Tim Seeley, Hoyt Silva, Marguerite Dabaie, K. Lynn Smith, CW Cooke, Aly Faye, Christa Cassano, Paul Buhle, Kit Caoagas, Gary Dumm, Laura Dumm, Nick Accardi, Sam Wells, Liz McArthur, Jason Goungor, Sherard Jackson, Peter Rostovsky, and Joel Herrera. It’s set for release July 3, 2019.

The announcement comes mere weeks after Devil’s Due announced its Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force comic (available here as of May 15), and ten years after the debut of its wildly-popular Barack the Barbarian graphic novel series. All three titles are the brainchild of artist and Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock, ​working in tandem with an all-star group of talent.

Angel #1 Revealed by BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed new details for Angel #1, written by Bryan Hill with art from Gleb Melnikov , along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon, available in stores May 29, 2019. 

Meet Angel – a vampire cursed with a soul who has spent centuries protecting humanity from the monsters that lurk in the dark in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. But now, when the trail of the most recent demonic uprising takes him to Sunnydale, he realizes that the restoration of his humanity can only come if he takes one more life: a certain Slayer from Sunnydale who he’s never met…but may now be his greatest enemy. The brooding, dark vampire with a soul has just left the city of lights after marking another death on the never-ending list of debts he owes against his soul. Is he ready for one last sacrifice if it brings his long sought after peace? 

Angel #1 features a main cover by artist Dan Panosian and a monster-themed variant cover by illustrator Scott Buoncristiano depicting the terrifying Der Kindestod, from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season two episode “Killed By Death.”

Angel #1 Main Cover
Angel #1 Variant Cover

Skybound Games Announces The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Following the recent conclusion of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Skybound Games has announced it will release all four seasons of the acclaimed game series in a comprehensive physical bundle for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series will be available in three Collector’s Packs – Protector, Guardian and Signature – each containing exclusive digital and physical bonuses.

Exclusive for Skybound Insiders for a limited time, all three Collector’s Packs of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series are now available for pre-order on Skybound.com. Pre-orders will open up to the general public starting April 19 and will last until May 31 or sold out.

Furthermore, Skybound Games has just released a new Definitive Series announcement video hosted by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller and featuring interviews from both the Skybound Games and Still Not Bitten teams, including Melissa Hutchison (voice of Clementine).

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series Collector’s Pack details:

Every Collector’s Pack of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series will include all four seasons of the game, plus The Walking Dead: Michonne, along with digital bonuses. The Definitive Series includes over 50 hours of gameplay across 23 unique episodes, with graphical enhancements and gameplay improvements, behind-the-scenes bonus features, over 10 hours of developer commentary, a “Return of The Walking Dead” documentary short, faithful recreations of classic menus, a music player that includes more than 40 musical tracks and more.

In addition to game content and digital bonuses, each of the three Collector’s Packs will include special physical bonus items, including:

  • Protector Pack ($99.99) – Game content, digital bonuses, an Ericson School for Troubled Youth t-shirt, Clementine & Lee Enamel Pins, a Kenny Hat, Clementine Nesting Dolls, and a Disco Broccoli Plush.
  • Guardian Pack ($249.99) – Including all items from the Protector Pack in a box with gold stamped signatures from the Still Not Bitten team, plus a 10” Clementine & Lee Diorama, and an 18”x24” Art Print from comic book artist Eric Zawadzki.
  • Signature Pack ($349.99) – Including all items from both Guardian and Protector Packs in a signature stamped box, plus a signed Art Print from members of the Still Not Bitten team, voiceover actors and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Only 100 available!
Protector Pack
Guardian Pack
Signature Pack

The World of Black Hammer Gets a Definitive Guide

If you’re a fan of the Eisner Award-winning series but have questions about the weird and wonderful world filled with Golden Age pulp heroes and alien warlords then you won’t want to miss this! Critically acclaimed writer and Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire is teaming up with writer Tate Brombal to explore the colorful characters that populate the Black Hammer universe in a brand new one-shot, The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia! 

This special one-shot offers a guide to the world of Black Hammer, presenting detailed biographies of Black Hammer’s heroes, villains, and supporting characters, illustrated by a wide assortment of superstar artists, including David Rubín (Ether), Wilfredo Torres (The Quantum Age), Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Christian Ward (Invisible Kingdom), and more! The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia features colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Black Hammer) and a cover by Andrea Sorrentino!

The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia goes on sale July 3, 2019.

The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia

The Grateful Dead Partners with Z2 Comics for Grateful Dead Origins in 2020

With the recent success of partnerships with BabyMetal, Andy Black and Skillet, Z2 Comics continues to solidify their place as the premier creator of music-affiliated graphic novels. The company has entered in to their largest partnership to date creating a graphic novel for the iconic Grateful Dead.

Grateful Dead Origins takes an in depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart. The story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver. The graphic novel will be scheduled for release in early 2020.

Grateful Dead Origins will be available in a standard edition and a limited run collectors deluxe edition. The standard edition will come in a softcover version that will feature an exclusive download of Grateful Dead music from their early years to serve as a companion to the graphic novel. The limited run collector’s deluxe edition will come in a hardcover, oversized, individually-numbered coffee table edition featuring prints and autographed by the comic creators. It will also come with a selection of unreleased Grateful Dead music from the era on vinyl. Pre-orders are now available for all configurations of Grateful Dead Origins.

Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet’s Faithless #1 Returns with Two Second Printings

BOOM! Studios has announced that Faithless #1 – the hotly-anticipated new series from New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello and artist Maria Llovet about love, sex and the devil – sold out at the distributor level on April 10th, the same day it went on sale at comic book shops.

To meet the overwhelming demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios will release an unprecedented two second printings covers – Faithless #1 Second Printing Variant Cover featuring a new version of the iconic cover by Eisner Award-winning artist Paul Pope and Faithless #1 Second Printing Erotic Variant Cover, featuring an all-new cover by Llovet. Please note that the erotic variant cover will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material.

Faithless introduces readers to Faith, a young woman who likes to dabble in the occult. Her friends think it’s cute—and not just a little off-putting, but it’s part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she’s a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She’s right, of course. It just took a while for the supernatural, the temptation, the unknowable thing to find her . . . 

In short—Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.

Print copies of the two second printings will be available for sale on May 22nd, 2019, alongside Faithless #2.

Faithless #1 Second Printing Variant Cover
Faithless #1 Second Printing Erotic Variant Cover

Marvel Comics’ Releases in July 2019

MARVELS EPILOGUE #1

Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross (W) • Alex Ross (A/C)
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY DAVE JOHNSON
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
VARIANT COVER BY FRED HEMBECK
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY DAVE COCKRUM
PHOTO VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

An all-new standalone epilogue to the classic MARVELS graphic novel written by Kurt Busiek and fully-painted by Alex Ross!

A “Marvels” look at the “all-new, all-different” X-Men of the 1970s. In this 16-page story, Alex and Kurt bring Marvel’s world to brilliant, realistic life one last time, as the now-retired Phil Sheldon and his daughters, in Manhattan to see the Christmas lights, find themselves in the middle of a clash between the outsider heroes and the deadly Sentinels, giving them a close-up perspective on the mutant experience.

Also featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this special story, and other bonus features.

40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6)

JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS (1 OF 2)
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HUDDLESTON
FLOWER VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
CHARACTER DECADES VARIANT COVER BY TBA
VARIANT COVER BY JOE MADUREIRA
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY DAVE COCKRUM
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
PARTY VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
FACE THE FUTURE

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel’s mutants and revolutionized the X-Men. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99

POWERS OF X #1 (of 6)

JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • R.B. SILVA (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS (2 OF 2)
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HUDDLESTON
NEW CHARACTER VARIANT COVER BY DUSTIN WEAVER
CHARACTER DECADES VARIANT COVER BY TBA
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY DAVE COCKRUM
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
FEAR THE FUTURE

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINTY, NEW AVENGERS, FF) continues his revolutionary new direction for the X-Men. Intertwining with HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X reveals the secret past, present and future of mutantkind, changing the way you look at every X-Men story before and after. You do not want to miss the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men!

40 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99

MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOX: X-MEN (BUNDLES OF 5)

Welcome to the Marvel Age of Comic Boxes! Store your treasured collection in sturdy surroundings every bit as exciting as the issues inside! Featuring action-packed illustrations on all sides from some of comics’ finest artists, Marvel’s Graphic Comic Boxes will star all your Marvel Universe favorites – continuing with the X-MEN! Preserve your comic collection with Marvel Graphic Comic Boxes!
Inside dimensions – 15-1/2” x 7-5/8” x 10-7/8”
Diamond Code: APR190985

X-MEN VINYL POSTER BY MARK BROOKS

Diamond Code: APR190986
62 x 44 – $34.99

HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 (of 6)

MARK WAID (W) • JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (A)
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
VARIANT COVER BY JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
VARIANT COVER BY NICK BRADSHAW
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JOHN BUSCEMA
VARIANT COVER BY DAVID MARQUEZ
VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY STEVE MCNIVEN
ALL-NEW STORY BY LEGENDARY CREATOR MARK WAID!

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe — in one lavishly illustrated series!

From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE chronicles completely, for the first time, everything that was, is or will be!

Lushly illustrated text tells the complete story of the Marvel Universe, revealing previously unknown secrets and serving as the ultimate reference book for Marvel fans! Witness the greatest tale ever told — and be prepared for some shocking revelations!

32 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

LOKI #1

DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (W) • Oscar Bazaldua (A) • Cover by OZGUR YILDIRIM
Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY WILL SLINEY
VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO

EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO! ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES!

After dying a grisly death in THE WAR OF THE REALMS, Loki learned a valuable lesson in warmongering: Don’t get caught. But now he has a whole new set of responsibilities — and his brother Thor is not about to let him walk away from them this time. Late Show and BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL writer Daniel Kibblesmith takes the god of mischief in a thrilling new direction!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WAR OF THE REALMS OMEGA #1

JASON AARON, AL EWING, GERRY DUGGAN & DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (W)
JUAN FERREYRA AND MORE (A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT A COVER BY TBA
VARIANT B COVER BY TBA

THE WAR IS OVER – AND THE MARVEL UNIVERSE MUST PICK UP THE PIECES!

Midgard is broken, and as heroes of Asgard and Earth alike start to sift through the pieces, new heroes — and villains — emerge. What’s next for Jane Foster, now free of the hammer she was willing to die to hold? Thor’s brother Loki faced a terrible fate in the War of the Realms — and now the god of mischief must make himself anew. For the Punisher, the war isn’t even close to finished — but this time, he’s got his own army. And for Thor himself, destiny has finally arrived. The God of Thunder strikes out for a whole new adventure!

40 PGS./one-shot/Rated T+ …$4.99

VALKYRIE #1

JASON AARON & AL EWING (W) • CAFU (A)
Cover by Mahmud Asrar
Variant cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
VARIANT COVER BY TERRY DODSON
Variant cover by TBA
Hidden Gem Variant COVER by TBA

JANE FOSTER STARS IN AN ALL-NEW NEW ONGOING SERIES!

A new hero emerges straight from the pages of THE WAR OF THE REALMS! For years, you knew her as Dr. Jane Foster, one of Thor’s most steadfast companions. Then you knew her as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who took up the mantle when no other hero – god or human – was worthy. Now Jane takes on a new role as Valkyrie, guide and ferrywoman to the dead! But her days of punching are far from over. WAR OF THE REALMS master architect Jason Aaron and superstar Al Ewing (IMMORTAL HULK) join forces with rising star artist CAFU for the book that’ll have everyone talking!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

PUNISHER KILL KREW #1 (of 5)

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • JUAN FERREYRA (A)
Cover by TONY MOORE
VARIANT COVER BY NIC KLEIN
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY TBA

ONE MAN. TEN REALMS. TOTAL WAR.
• During the War of the Realms, Frank Castle made a promise of vengeance, and Frank Castle keeps his promises.
• A van full of orphans is about to make that promise a lot more complicated.
• How does a man kill gods and monsters?

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #14

DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE
CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY

“THE ONE-STEP PROGRAM”

When Iron Man tells Captain Marvel that he can’t be her sponsor because he may or may not have fallen off the wagon, Carol doesn’t it take it well. What is Tony Stark’s new high-tech solution for sobriety? Find out why this might be his worst idea yet. Featuring the villainy of the all-new Spymaster. And follow Jocasta as she decides to go all in for “the ultimate upgrade.”

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

INVISIBLE WOMAN #1 (of 5)

MARK WAID (W) • MATTIA DE IULIS (A)
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
VARIANT COVER BY STEVE MCNIVEN
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JACK KIRBY
VARIANT COVER BY STEPHANIE HANS

Fresh from the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, for the first time Susan Storm-Richards stars in her own limited series – and the secrets about her past revealed therein will shake readers’ perceptions of the Invisible Woman forevermore! Years ago, she undertook an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. – and now it’s up to her to save her former partner from death at the hands of international terrorists!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AVENGERS #21

JASON AARON (W) • TBA (A) • COVER BY STEFANO CASELLI
CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY TBA

The war is over, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are looking to celebrate. That’s right, there’s a party at Avengers Mountain! But who invited the Squadron Supreme of America?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #22

JASON AARON (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A/C)
CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY JUNGGEUN YOON

THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS STARTS HERE!

Robbie Reyes wants to get rid of the flame-headed monster inside him. So it’s time to do the common sense thing: perform an exorcism on his car. Only problem is, Johnny Blaze, the king of Hell, has some plans of his own for the newest Ghost Rider and his Avengers friends.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEATH’S HEAD #1 (of 4)

TINI HOWARD (W) • KEI ZAMA (A) • Cover by NICK ROCHE
Connecting Variant Cover by JOHN MCCREA
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
REMASTERED VARIANT COVER BY LIAM SHARP

Rising stars Tini Howard & Kei Zama take on Marvel UK’s hottest character, Death’s Head, in a new miniseries!

When a job goes wrong, intergalactic mech merc Death’s Head wakes up half-assembled at a punk show! And if the crowd full of deodorant-eschewing youths wasn’t enough, the Young Avengers show up! Well, half of them anyway. Hulkling and Wiccan face down the best freelance peacekeeping agent in this universe!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

AERO #1

ZHOU LIEFEN & GREG PAK (W) • KENG & POP MHAN (A) • Cover by KENG
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY JAY ANACLETO
VARIANT COVER BY MIRKA ANDOLFO
VARIANT COVER BY ARTGERM

CATCH THE WAVE! ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES!

The breakout stars of WAR OF THE REALMS: AGENTS OF ATLAS debut in an oversized team-up book! Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of AERO, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created for Marvel by Zhou Liefen and Keng!

And in a brand new story written by PLANET HULK writer Greg Pak, Aero teams up with WAVE, Marvel’s newest Filipina superheroine! What strange forces have turned the buildings of Shanghai into monstrous golems? And what is the SECRET ORIGIN OF WAVE?

40 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SWORD MASTER #1

SHUIZHU & GREG PAK (W) • GUNJI & ARIO ANINDITO (A) • COVER BY GUNJI
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY BILLY TAN
VARIANT COVER BY PHILIP TAN

MIGHTY MARVEL MARTIAL ARTS DOUBLE TROUBLE! ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES!

You saw him tear through Fire Goblins in WAR OF THE REALMS with his big, damn magic sword! Now learn the mysterious origins of LIN LIE, A.K.A. SWORD MASTER, Marvel’s newest Chinese superhero, in the English language debut of the original series written by Shuizhu and drawn by Gunji! Haunted by dreams of demons, Lin Lie hunts for his missing archeologist father – and for the secret of the black sword he left behind.

And in a brand new story written by Greg Pak (NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS), Sword Master teams up with SHANG-CHI! What happens when an undisciplined, untrained kid with a magic sword tangles with the one and only, undisputed MASTER OF KUNG FU? (Spoiler alert: they will indeed drive each other crazy, with huge ramifications for the Marvel Universe!)

40 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

It’s Grindhouse Nightmares and High-Octane Chills in Coffin Bound

Dan Watters teams with artist Dani for an all-new action series full of grindhouse nightmares and high-octane chills in Coffin Bound. The ongoing series will launch from Image Comics this August. Dani is joined by Brad Simpson on colors.

Chased by an unstoppable killer, Izzy Tyburn has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s retreading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash… and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. 

Readers won’t want to miss joining in on this road trip through a blood-splattered life.

Coffin Bound
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