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Dynamite Entertainment Comes to Comichaus’ App

Comichaus have announced a deal with esteemed publishers Dynamite Entertainment to license some of their books for the Comichaus App.

Whilst continuing to build content for their comics distribution app, Comichaus reached out to Dynamite Entertainment who were very supportive of the project.  They have agreed to make some of their exciting titles available to be streamed via the app, described as the ‘Netflix’ for indie comics.

With titles such as Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet and Bionic ManFlash GordonSherlock HolmesSuper Zombies, and many more, Comichaus hope to attract a wider audience, which will be great for readers and creators alike. New titles will be added every week, so keep your eyes peeled for some of your favourite indie comics!

eBay and Madefire Announce a Digital Comics Partnership

eBay has announced a new partnership with Madefire to expand its comic offerings to again include digital comics and “Motion Books.” This new partnership gives eBay shoppers access to digital comic books, adding to a selection that already tops millions of comic book listings from rare high-graded books to new releases.

Today, ten digital comic bundles will be released with the launch of Madefire’s eBay store. The bundles include a diverse range of publishers – including DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics – with up to 86% off.

The limited-time digital comic bundles include:
● DC Comics – Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● DC Comics – Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● IDW Publishing – Transformers: Punishment Series – Daily Deals Price: $0.99
● IDW Publishing – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magical – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● IDW Publishing – Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever – Daily Deals Price: $0.99
● Image Comics – Spawn Origins: Resurrection and Satan Saga Wars – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Image Comics – Saga Digital Comics Bundle – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Dark Horse Comics – American Gods Shadows – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Dark Horse Comics – Black Hammer Issues #1-12 – Daily Deals Price: $9.99
● Archie Comics – Greatest Hits – Daily Deals Price: $9.99

All digital comic bundles sold on eBay will be available for interactive viewing within the Madefire app.

In 2013 eBay and comiXology announced a similar deal launching a store dedicated to digital comics. Those comics too were read through the comiXology app. That deal looks like it expired some time in 2014 according to the Internet Archive lasting only a couple of months.

DC Universe Gets Justice League Animated Figures from DC Collectibles

DC Universe is a first-of-its kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise.

But not just a entertainment platform, the service will also include a retail shop full of exclusive and hard-to-get items.

Exclusively for DC Universe members, DC Collectibles—the award-winning line of collectibles from DC Entertainment—will offer a wide range of new action figures and collector’s items based on DC’s iconic characters and stories. Members will have exclusive access to all-new six-inch Justice League Animated action figures based on designs from the fan-favorite animated series (2001-2004), starting in fall 2018. In addition to DC Collectibles, members will have access to a wide range of exclusive, curated and hard-to-find DC merchandise from a variety of licensing partners before the rest of the world.

DC Universe Gets a Launch Time Frame and More Details

For months now, DC Entertainment has been slowly teasing out what we can expect from DC Universe, their digital platform that’ll feature original programming, and more.

Launching in Fall 2018, the new service will have original live action and animated series, classic tv series and films, and a “curated selection” of digital comics. Also included will be breaking news, a DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise.

New series include Titans, which launches this year, then followed by Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, and Young Justice: Outsiders in 2019.

  • Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
  • Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.
  • Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
  • Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young superheroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, the season focuses on meta–trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super–powered youths.
  • Harley Quinn follows Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own in this new adult animated comedy. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

The launch of the service gets interesting when put into context for the recent purchase of Time Warner, DC’s parent company, by AT&T. Expect the service to be leveraged by AT&T through promotions and advertising.

DC Universe will be available at launch on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, as well as the web and mobile.

On top of the five original series, the service will include material from the DC archives like the four original Superman films, Lois & Clark, Super Friends, Batman Begins, the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series, and the original Wonder Woman series starring Linda Carter. Some of the DC animated films will also be included.

The service will also include some digital comics. The latest announcement makes it clear that the selection won’t be as vast as Marvel Unlimited but will included a rotated assortment.

What’s most interesting is the focus on community. There will be social networking functionality where fans can rate, create and share personalized playlists, personalize a profile and avatars. There will also be some sort of chatrooms and boards.

Finally, there will be a commerce aspect of it which will include exclusive merchandise including from DC Collectibles. It will also include hard-to-find DC merchandise from their licensing partners.

All of this has been telegraphed through the Warner Bros. community feedback site which has been releasing questionnaires concerning a lot of these offerings.

Open beta will begin August 2018.

Webtoon is Looking for Creators with an $80k Contest

Webtoon, the global leader in digital comics, continue their ongoing effort to find more storytellers with a new “Discover Creator” contest launched this month, boasting a Grand Prize Winner cumulative payday of $80,000 come November. The contest went live on June 11, inviting creators from around the globe to submit their stories over the next 3 months – the submission deadline is September 13.

Webtoon has put together a panel of editors to select the EIGHT best stories to advance into round 2, to be announced on September 21 – each quarterfinalist will be awarded $5000 AND invited to Webtoon’s exclusive Green Room Party at New York Comic Con. There will be TWO stories selected from each Genre. Categories include Thriller/Horror, Comedy/Slice, Fantasy/Sci-fi/Action, and Drama/Romance, and each genre has specific panel and episode requirements which can be found under the official rules.

On November 5, FOUR Genre Winners (ONE from each category) will be selected to advance to the finals and collect an additional $25,000. The contest ends on November 12 with a Grand Prize Winner selected to win another $50,000 (bringing their totally to $80,000) AND will become a featured title on Webtoon. For more information on the contest, please visit Webtoon Discover Creator Contest.

Webtoon has had incredible success with finding new creators in the past— “Discover Creator” marks the fourth creator contest. Past winners include 2014’s “Challenge League” Grand Prize Winner Space Boy by Stephen McCranie (Mal and Chad, Penguin), currently on episode #163 with more than 31 million views of his weekly story about an alien artifact, a mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. Additionally, the fourth-place winner in the 2016 Superhero Comics Contest presented by Stan Lee’s POW. Entertainment, uru-chan and her hit series, unOrdinary – currently on episode #95 with more than 1.6 million subscribers and almost 200,000,000 views of the title. unOrdinary has a devoted following that have spent more than 400,000 minutes, or 7000 hours, reading the imperfect adventures of John and Sera.

To Microsoft, Gaming is About Inclusion

B21983C2-A0D1-42B4-B661-23D095725BB4I have been a gamer since I was a young boy. I’m not someone who grew out of one of my favorite hobbies, and I have owned quite a bit of the video game hardware released since the Atari 2600 and the original NES. I was an 80s kid. I spent hundreds of hours hopping on on the heads of Goombas and turtles in Super Mario Bros, and watching as a dog laughed at me as I missed a shot in Duck Hunt with the Nintendo light gun. I also was raised in a family that was very accepting and understanding for people with disabilities. My father had polio and was born before the vaccine, and my brother is autistic. I have always been around people who show me they are so much more than their disabilities, and have taught me to grow as a human being.

As a boy, I watched my father bowl by taking a set of his crutches and filing one of them down a bit so he could lean and throw the ball better. He played basketball. He drove a car. He chopped firewood. Now, I could tell by watching him, that these things weren’t easy, but he was determined to do them anyway. I look back on how hard my father worked to do basic things, and think of all of the other determined individuals who do this every day, just to get around and live their life. What if at least something they did for fun could be easier? Enter the Xbox Adaptive Controller by Microsoft.

196C1C44-19AA-4770-A2CB-1E8F47DC9038Microsoft created a large rectangular controller that is highly customizable to cover a large swath of assistive and Joystick devices. On the front there is a traditional D-pad, menu, options, profile select, and very large A and B buttons. Along the back are a large amount of 3.5 inputs that you can map to the corresponding buttons of a traditional Xbox controller. From the face buttons, the triggers, bumpers, the analog sticks and even the clicking in of the analog sticks or a direction of the d-pad such as up and down, and left and right. On the side of the controller there are multiple USB inputs for joysticks and other devices. It even looks cool. It fits right in with the Xbox family with the white and black color scheme that would look sleek and stylish in any room.

1B698CBA-6F6C-41C8-BFC9-BC3C5D1BCB45I am sure many of us take the use of our limbs for granted. What if myself and other gamers couldn’t walk, use our hands, any of our limbs, or had other things that would either keep us, or make it very difficult for us to play games and much more. No longer are we using just a joystick and a button or two like in the Atari or Arcade. The controls have become much more complex. Now there are analog sticks, context-sensitive buttons, triggers, bumpers, menu, options, share, touch screens and so many other options that require our input, and most of them may require the gamer to press several of them quickly and within a second of each other.

The most impressive thing about the controller is just how many devices it supports. Think of it less as just a basic controller, and more as a hub that allows some amazing depth and customization to fit the gamers needs. Like the name suggests, it is extremely adaptable. It supports large buttons, mouth operated joysticks, and other input devices that allow gamers to press with their legs, use foot pedals, and so much more. The controller will cost $99 and will ship in the fall of this year, 2018. The accessories do not come with it, those are sold separately, but the controller supports many different companies products.

The other feature that can tie into the Adaptive Controller is Co-Pilot. This is a feature built into the Xbox operating system that allows two controllers to act as one. If someone is having trouble pressing buttons or is unable to, a second person with a second controller can do that for them. Co-Pilot is available now, and does not need the Adaptive Controller to work. You can use two standard Xbox controllers. This, combined with the Adaptive Controller, makes for an impressive ecosystem that welcomes everyone.

FB85FBBC-7BDA-4B2C-9D74-2D318814B6FFWhat Microsoft has done with it’s Adaptive Controller is shown that it’s being inclusive with it’s platform. What many of us have taken for granted, is a reality that many people with disabilities deal with every day. They have issues that they have to deal with that are much bigger than video games, but I am glad to see a corporation as big as Microsoft take the step to bring them an easier way to have fun, without all of the roadblocks they would have to face with a traditional controller. Game on my friends!

Marvel and ComiXology Announce Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool

Marvel Entertainment and comiXology have announced the next exclusive comiXology Originals digital comic series: Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool, a 6-issue bi-weekly series written by Chris Hastings, drawn by Salva Espin, with colors by Matt Yackey, and covers by David Nakayama.

Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool #1 arrives September 5, 2018 for $2.99 on comiXology and Kindle as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content and will be available to current subscribers of the popular comiXology Unlimited service. New subscribers to comiXology Unlimited can also enjoy it for free as part of their 30-day free trial.

A perfect entry point for new fans and longtime readers alike, it’s a case of mistaken identity when Wade Wilson, the regeneratin’ degenerate you know as Deadpool, kills an American superspy on a mission to stop the deadly terrorist agency called GORGON! Now, it’s up to Wade to complete his victim’s mission as only he can – with excessive violence, an accelerated healing factor, and maybe, just maybe, a few laughs along the way.

Marvel Unlimited Expands in June with New Titles and Issues

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 6/4

AMERICA #9
DARKHAWK #51 LEGACY ONESHOT!
JEAN GREY #9
MOON KNIGHT #189
OLD MAN LOGAN #31 NEW LEGACY ARC!
SECRET WARRIORS #9
SPIDER-GWEN #26
STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC – MACE WINDU #4
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #21
U.S.AVENGERS #12 FINAL ISSUE!
VENOM #158
X-MEN: BLUE #16

 

Week of 6/11

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1
ASTONISHING X-MEN #6
AVENGERS #674
BLACK BOLT #8 NEW LEGACY ARC!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #696
DARTH VADER #9
DOCTOR STRANGE #382
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #148
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #23
HAWKEYE #13 NEW LEGACY ARC!
ICEMAN #8
INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #5 FINAL ISSUE!
IRON FIST #75
SPIDER-MAN #235
SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #3
X-MEN: GOLD #17

 

Week of 6/18

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #28
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #11
BLACK PANTHER – LONG LIVE THE KING #1
CABLE #152
DAREDEVIL #596
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290
FALCON #3
JEAN GREY #10
ROYALS #12 FINAL ISSUE!
RUNAWAYS #4
SECRET WARRIORS #10
SHE-HULK #160
STAR WARS #40
THE PUNISHER #219
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #27 NEW LEGACY ARC!
WEAPON X #12 NEW LEGACY ARC!
X-MEN: BLUE #17

Week of 6/25

AMERICA #10
CHAMPIONS #15
DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #3
DEFENDERS #8
DOCTOR STRANGE #383
GENERATION X #85 NEW LEGACY ARC!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #149
INCREDIBLE HULK #711
LUKE CAGE #168
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #1 NEW LEGACY SERIES!
MIGHTY THOR #702
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #9
MS. MARVEL #25 NEW LEGACY ARC!
OLD MAN LOGAN #32
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #298
SPIDER-GWEN #27
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #15
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #22
TALES OF SUSPENSE #100 NEW LEGACY SERIES!
UNCANNY AVENGERS #30 FINAL ISSUE!
VENOM #159
X-MEN: GOLD #18
X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN #1

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Black Panther, and more! With June’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: The ‘Nam (1986), Silver Surfer (1987), Master of Kung Fu (1974), The Punisher War Zone (1992) and MUCH more!

This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and on select Android devices.

comiXology Moves to Print with New Creator-Owned comiXology Originals

After some teasing, comiXology announced today it is releasing creator-owned comic books and graphic novels for the first time as part of its comiXology Originals program. The service announced four new titles which can be read for read through Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. They can also be purchased through Kindle and comiXology.

What’s particularly interesting is these comics are available digitally as well as in print. Yes, the leader in digital comics is moving into the “physical space” with print comics which will be print on demand.

The new comiXology Original releases include: Savage Game created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, and art by Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks from writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, with newcomer artist Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

The debuts feature a host of industry firsts, including:

  • All issues of the Superfreaks series are available to read now – perfect for binge reading
  • In addition to digital, Savage Game is available in print exclusively through Amazon.com via Print-on-Demand
  • Collections of Elephantmen and Ask for Mercy will also be available in print via Print-on-Demand, with future comiXology Originals trade collections and graphic novels also available in print
  • Savage Game sees noted cover and fine artist Chris B. Murray’s interior art debut
  • Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel also makes her series debut
  • Ask For Mercy artist Abigail Jill Harding makes her series debut

Also noted is the inclusion of Elephantmen from Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. The series had been released through Image Comics and this is a steal for the digital publisher.

The company also teased the next wave of comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months, announcing an impressive list of creators, including: Tyler Crook, Kristian Donaldson, Alti Firmansyah, Sam Humphries, Megan Kearney, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Mark Sable, Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, and Magdalene Visaggio. More details on upcoming releases will be unveiled during Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

Check out the details on all of the launch series below:

Savage Game

Created by Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art by Chris B. Murray

From NFL player Ryan Kalil and his company Strange Turn comes an original 60-page sci-fi graphic novel that is a high tech version of The Island of Dr. MoreauWhat happens when a rogue titan of Silicon Valley creates his own island nation with no laws to hold him back? You get the Savage Game, where audiences watch genetically modified hybrid creatures fight to the death in a fantastic gladiator-style battle. But Conner Bowen isn’t having it. He’s on a quest to stop his mad father and the Savage Game. But is it too late?

  • Original 60pg Graphic Novel – $4.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available in print for $6.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

Superfreaks

Written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with art by Margaux Saltel

An all-new 5-issue superhero mystery debuting digitally in its entirety – a thrilling story perfect for binge reading – with art by rising star Margaux Saltel. All the world’s superheroes have disappeared overnight, and it’s up to their untrained, largely overlooked teenage sidekicks to find out what happened – while dealing with the biggest crisis Earth has ever known — much to the public’s displeasure. Can they save the day?

  • 5-issue series – all issues available to binge read now
  • Issue are $2.99 each on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook

The iconic Elephantmen debuts as a comiXology Originals title with issue 1 of Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, a 5-issue monthly mini-seriesDescribed by J.J. Abrams as “An Awesome and Unexpected Story. You Must Check it out!” and lauded by Andy Serkis as “Bold, mythic and heartbreakingly cool, Starkings’ universe is a breed apart!”, Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, is the next adventure of the pulp science fiction series Elephantmen, which debuted nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics. This all-new story is a whodunit that draws our heroes, Hip Flask and Jack Farrell, into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”.

  • 5-issue miniseries – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Ask For Mercy

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding

An action-packed and artistically stunning dark fantasy story from Elephantmen creator, Richard Starkings and breakout talent, Abigail Jill Harding. Ask For Mercy is a World War II fantasy horror story in the tradition of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Sandman. Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil!

  • 6-issue series – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand on Amazon.com

Top Five Predictions for comiXology’s Announcement this Friday

Something is brewing over at comiXology, the 800lb gorilla in the digital comic market space. The company will have a “major announcement” at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT which you can watch on Twitch. Along with the live stream you can attend viewing parties at their nearest Amazon Pop-Up or Amazon Books retail locations. Exclusive giveaways will be available to those attending the live stream at Amazon’s retail locations while supplies last. The livestream will be hosted by noted esports personality Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and will feature special guests including noted comic book writers and artists.

With some mystery still remaining, I threw together my top five predictions from most likely to least likely as to what will be announced.

  1. The announcement specifically mentioned comiXology Originals, the company’s line of comics produced in partnership with other publishers. After an Eisner nomination for Marley’s Ghost, it wouldn’t be a shock if the company is expanding this line. Expect a line of original comics produced directly through comiXology and most likely leveraging Amazon’s self-publishing portal in some way. While this is almost a sure bet, the real announcement will be the details of the how and the creators involved. Will it be open to anyone? Will it be curated? These are the unknowns. Likelihood: 100%
  2. Amazon’s self-publishing is now part of comiXology Originals. You can publish your own series or write familiar character through a program on Amazon and it’s possible this will blend together with comiXology Originals so your Amazon published stories will now sync with comiXology bringing down what looks like a walled operation. Likelihood: 75%
  3. Amazon and comiXology are buying a publisher – Not as likely, but there’s a lot of publishers who are floating “for sale” signs and have for a while. With Netflix purchasing Millarworld, it wouldn’t be crazy to see Amazon purchase an established comic publisher of their own. Not only do they get comics, they also get intellectual property to mine for their Amazon Prime original series. Likelihood: 50% (predicting this one down the road though)
  4. (Insert Big Name Creator) is getting a line of comiXology Originals – Giving creators their own pop-up imprint is popular again. comiXology has dumped a truck of cash at the feat of some big creator who is going exclusive and will manage a new line of original comics. Likelihood: 25%
  5. ALL ORIGINAL!!! – Forget the big two, comiXology is going all original and dropping everyone…. Yeah, not very likely. Likelihood: 0%

While it’s pretty clear from the original press release teaser that this will have something to do with comiXology Originals, there’s still a lot of possibilities when Amazon is involved. The industry is wide open for a jolt of energy when it comes to digital comics and maybe this Friday we’ll see the first steps of that. We’ll be live Tweeting whatever the announcement is and you can follow us to find out when things are revealed.

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