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Brock is Back! Your First Look Inside Venom #6!

Reunited and it feels so good! That’s right, True Believer, Eddie Brock has reunited with the symbiote at long last! Marvel has released a first look inside Venom #6 – the next senses shattering issue from creators Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval! It’s a battle for the ages as new Venom host Lee Price throws down with your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! But amid the chaos and the fury of battle, a familiar face returns! That’s right, Eddie Brock is back to reclaim his rightful place as the one-and-only Venom! Can symbiote and host coexist as they once did? With Eddie Brock back on the board, what will become of Lee Price? And seeds sown here bear bitter fruit in May’s oversized Venom #150. The fireworks begin on April 19th!

Featuring covers by Sandoval, Todd McFarlane, and Dan Mora.

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Blood Sacrifice Meets Bloodsport in Britannia: We Who are About To Die #1 – On Sale April 26th!

Valiant has revealed the first lettered look inside Britannia: We Who are About To Die #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a haunting and hallucinatory new investigation for the ancient world’s first detective, beginning on April 26th! This spring, the master creators behind Britannia’s ten-time sold-out debut – comics legend Peter Milligan and upstart artist Juan Jose Ryp – reunite for a startling new case bringing the god Apollo from the heights of Mount Olympus to the sordid back alleys of Rome as Nero’s most trusted “detectioner,” Antonius Axia, investigates a series of bizarre, supernatural happenings connecting the blood sacrifice of the pagan temple to the bloodsport of the gladiatorial arena!

Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the Coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds – one lone warrior against five of Rome’s greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now, only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.

On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.

Featuring covers by Eisner Award winner Cary Nord, Eisner Award nominee David Mack, rising star Adam Gorham, and Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson, jump on board here on April 26th with a breathtaking introduction to Milligan & Ryp’s ten-time sold-out vision of myth and mystery!

IDW Returns to WonderCon

IDW and WonderCon head to Anaheim, CA this weekend for the fan-favorite 3-day convention! Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 31st to April 2nd IDW will be set up all weekend long at booth #1109. In addition to big signings and essential panels throughout the weekend, IDW will also be hosting Traveling Stories at their booth, a San Diego-based non-profit committed to spreading literacy through community engagement.

Be sure to stop by the IDW booth for all of your Convention Exclusive needs, as we’ll be stocked up on all of the must-have variant editions only available at the booth:

  • Batman/TMNT Adventures #5 Kevin Eastman B&W Variant – $10 each
  • Ghostbusters 101 #1 Con Exclusive Photo Variant – $10 each
  • Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Movie Adaptation Tom Scioli Variant – $10 each
  • Wynonna Earp “Deluxe Pack” of comics – $25 each
  • Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition Variant cover edition, signed & numbered by Joe Sinnott – $150 each
  • Ditko Unleashed special edition with slipcase and additional book (Ditko Index) – $120 each

Throughout the weekend come by for incredible signings featuring amazing talent including cast members from the smash-hit show Wynonna Earp, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator and guest of the show, Kevin Eastman!

Friday March 31st

1:00 – 2:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Chris Ryall, Nyambi Nyambi
2:00 – 3:00 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Arvind Ethan David, Chris Ryall
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles UniverseChris Mowry
3:30 – 4:30 InsufferableMark Waid
4:00 – 5:00 The Biggest Bang D.J. Kirkbride
5:00 – 6:00 Transformers – John Barber, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
5:00 – 6:00 M.A.S.K. Brandon Easton
6:00 – 7:00 G.I. Joe Aubrey Sitterson
6:00 – 7:00 Star TrekScott Tipton

Saturday April 1st

10:00 – 11:00 Back To The FutureJohn Barber
10:00 – 11:00 Edward Scissorhands – Drew Rausch
11:00 – 12:00 Love is Love HOUR ONE Daniel Beals, Elsa CharretierChristos Gage,
Sterling Gates
, Marc Guggenheim
12: 00 – 1:00 Love is Love HOUR TWOAmanda Deibert, Cat StaggsJames Tynion IV, Joshua Yehl
1:00 – 3:00 Wynonna EarpKate Drummond, Tim Rozon, Alexandra Zarowny
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott
3:00 – 4:00 ROM Christos Gage, Chris Ryall
4:00 – 5:00 The X-Files: Deviations Amy Chu, Cat Staggs
5:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, Tom WaltzBobby Curnow
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)

Sunday April 2nd

10:00 – 11:00 God Is Disappointed In YouMark Russell
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris Mowry
12:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom WaltzBobby Curnow
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 Powerpuff Girls Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love Marc Andreyko, Cecil Castellucci, Sina GraceNyambi Nyambi

And join us throughout the weekend at these panels!

FIND YOUR HERO with IDW PUBLISHING’s WonderCon panel! 
Friday, 3/31/17, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 213
On the lookout for your new favorite comic? Want to hear what’s next from the company that publishes everything from Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek to Back to the Future? Then don’t miss this panel, where Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock, Sarah Gaydos, Aubrey Sitterson, Scott Tipton and some VERY special guests make you an insider.

IDW Entertainment Presents: Spotlight On Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 4/1/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 208
The breakout hit of 2016 returns to WonderCon! Join the cast and crew of the show that Variety named one of 2016’s Best New Shows as they reveal what’s in store for season two!

IDW Portfolio Review
Saturday, 4/1/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 206
An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Shell of a Good Time Panel Bonanza
Saturday, 4/1/17, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 213
The current TMNT brain trust of Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Bobby Curnow discuss the Turtles’ past, present and the threat from Dimension X looming in their future! Also announcing new creators and TMNT projects for 2017 and beyond!

IDW’s Archival Artbooks Panel
Saturday, 4/1/17, 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room: 208
IDW has been blazing the way in Archival collections, from Artist’s Editions to the Marvel Artist’s Select books and beyond! Join IDW’s Greg Goldstein, Chris Ryall, and Scott Dunbier, and more special guests to discuss what’s come so far and, most importantly, what’s coming next!

IDW’s Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics Panel
Sunday, 4/2/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 213
IDW is the home for the best comics for fans of all ages, from My Little Pony to Skylanders to Disney and the Ninja Turtles. Not only will there be free comics for kids but also fun, and insightful details on all of the many kids comics, courtesy of editors extraordinaire Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow! And don’t forget kids, come with questions for the panel on how to make your VERY OWN COMICS!

BOOM! Studios Announces WonderCon Signings, Panels,and Exclusives

BOOM! Studios is heading to WonderCon 2017, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., during the weekend of March 31 – April 2. BOOM! will occupy booth #1301, which is the first booth just beyond the main entrance. The publisher shared its plans for the event, including:

BOOM! will have limited quantities of the following WonderCon exclusive variant cover comics available for purchase at the booth:

Steven Universe (2017) #1 – Cover by Missy Peña (Adventure Time)

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 – Cover by Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp)

The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 – Cover by Mike Huddleston (The Strain)

WWE: WrestleMania 2017 Special #1 – Cover by Rahzzah (Totally Awesome Hulk)

Godshaper #1 – Cover by Jonas Goonface

Also available at the booth will be copies of the Over the Garden Wall Vol. 1 Limited Edition hardcover, featuring a cover by Kevin Jay Stanton (Adventure Time), and BOOM!’s recent publications, The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China and The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, featuring bookplates autographed by director John Carpenter (limited to 100 copies).

BOOM! has produced more of the popular Lumberjanes merit badges, including new badges “Jail Break,” which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, and “If You Got It, Haunt It,” which makes its debut at WonderCon. An enamel pin bearing the Lumberjanes logo, which debuted at Emerald City Comicon, will also be available.

Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1301) throughout the weekend will be:

Friday, March 31
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
3:00-3:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

Saturday, April 1
11:00-11:50 AM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Joyride, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude)
5:00-5:50 PM // Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock)
6:00-6:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)

Sunday, April 2
11:00-11:50 AM // Ben Acker and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)
12:00-12:50 PM // Matt Daley and Trevor Crafts (Lantern City)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)

In addition, Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems) will be available at the booth all weekend selling sketches on blank covers for Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Over the Garden Wall comics.


BOOM! will present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:

Friday, March 31

BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
Discover YOUR new favorite comic book series in the panel designed for everyone, from new fans to longtime readers to anyone who loves comics! Join BOOM!’s top editors and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.
Moderator: Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios(
Panelists: Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios); Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal); Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle); Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna); Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City); Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, & Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

DISCOVER WHY YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room 208
YA dominates film, TV, books and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.
Moderator: Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: James Dashner (Maze Runner), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Hit, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl; The P.L.A.I.N. Janes; Boy Proof), Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Misfit City), Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City), Shannon Watters (Editor, BOOM! Studios; Lumberjanes)

Saturday, April 1

DISCOVER THE SECRET TO REINVENTING POP CULTURE
10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m., Room 208
There’s never been a better time to discover new visions of your life-long favorite characters in comic books, but what’s the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining long-time fans and bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.
Moderator: Bryce Carlson (Managing Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Simon Spurrier (The Power of the Dark Crystal), Christina Strain (Generation X), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock), David Walker (Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11)

DISCOVER THE MUSIC OF COMICS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
The hottest new bands are all in…COMIC BOOKS? Music and comics have always been intertwined but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Join Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators to discuss the unique relationship between musicians, comic creators, and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.
Moderator: Patrick Reed (Comics Alliance)
Panelists: Simon Spurrier (Godshaper), Sam Humphries (Jonesy, CBGB), Jasmine Amiri (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Amy Chu (KISS)

Also on Saturday, WonderCon and BOOM! Studios join forces to honor writer Simon Spurrier with his own spotlight panel:

SPOTLIGHT ON SIMON SPURRIER
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 211
Everyone’s favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled “The Pluripotent Panel.” Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)

Sunday, April 2

COMICS ARE FOR KIDS, TOO!
3:30-4:30pm, Room 210
Comic Books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy! Join the Creators of the hotly anticipated 2graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands on and make your own comic and leave with some fun surprises, too!
Panelists: Arlene Daley, Matt Daley, Ellen Crafts, Trevor Crafts

And lastly, for aspiring comic book artists, BOOM! will participate in a Portfolio Review taking place on April 1, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. in Room 206B. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.

Valiant Heads to WonderCon with Secret Weapons, X-O Manowar, and more

From Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, Valiant’s non-stop convention tour is charging into WonderCon 2017 – and they’re bringing in tons of convention-only exclusives, panels, programming, and signings that you won’t find anywhere else!

All weekend long, Valiant is making booth #1019 inside the Anaheim Convention Center the only place to find a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers from the largest independent superhero universe in comics!

Then: War comes to WonderCon as Valiant teams up with Los Angeles’ own Golden Apple Comics for the X-O Manowar (2017) #1 Golden Apple Exclusive Variant, featuring the art of comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz! The year’s biggest superhero sci-fi blockbuster begins here with the FIRST ISSUE of the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told! Exclusive available only at the Golden Apple booth #402!

Next: Race to the Valiant booth for signings from an all-star lineup of talent, including Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, acclaimed writer Jody Houser, and astonishing artist Marguerite Sauvage, and receive a free copy of the Secret Weapons #1 Summer Preview – featuring your first look inside Valiant’s next extraordinary Prestige Format adventure with this exclusive comic, showcasing all-new artwork, character designs, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks! Only available while supplies last.

Plus: Don’t miss the convention-first debut of two brand-new Valiant t-shirts from Jack of All Trades, featuring the unstoppable X-O Manowar ($25)!

The excitement lights up on Friday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes! Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Then, the Valiant Universe leaps out of the comics page on Saturday, April 1st at 12:00 p.m. PT in Room 211 for Valiant Digital: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe and Beyond! Join Valiant’s own Dinesh Shamdasani, directors Aaron & Sean Schoenke, cast member Kevin Porter, Hyper RPG’s Zac Eubank, and special surprise guests as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes in never-before-seen footage from Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017!

Next up, find out all that you need to know about the cataclysmic future that awaits on Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm PT in Room 209 for the Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff! Jump on board here to find out how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Finally, ring in the biggest silver anniversary celebration of the year on Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the Valiant: 25 Years of X-O Manowar panel presentation! This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O Manowar (2017) #1! Now, right here at WonderCon, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant’s greatest talents for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at the must-read new series of 2017!

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and WonderCon is hurtling at us. We’ll have reviews, previews and more coming at you this week.

While you wait for things to get rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ScreenCrush – ‘Zombieland’ Director Bringing ‘Archer and Armstrong’ Graphic Novel to the Big Screen – Please. Please. Please.

Fox News – Sword-carrying Joker arrested in Virginia, police say – Yes, there’s laws about masks in Virginia.

CBR – Fear the Walking Dead Showrunner Steps Down to EP – There’s a job opening folks!

ComicsAlliance – Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone Will Return for More Marvel Movies – Spoiler people!? Not really, sort of.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Did you know you get free comics with your Amazon Prime membership? – There’s some interesting stuff there.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Lifelight’s My Dear Cold Blooded King is a stylish manga drama – Free comics. Go read!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Kris Stress is drawing a comic a day chronicling the Trump presidency – More free comics. Go read!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Cerebus in Hell #1 and #2

Talking Comics – The Flash #19

ICv2 – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. 1

The Beat – Ley Lines #9

Comic Attack – X-O Manowar #1

Preview: The Backstagers #8 (of 8)

The Backstagers #8 (of 8)

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Rian Sygh
Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Price: $3.99

Final issue! The crew has spent so much time in the backstage world that they haven’t gotten around to preparing anything for the show!

Review: Aliens: Defiance #8

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Keeping a baby xenomorph alive, even in a frozen state, contradicts all the survival instincts that Zula and Hollis have. But by studying the alien in cryostasis, Davis believes he can discover how to exterminate it and the rest of its forsaken, vile race permanently. Is he dooming the mission in the name of science?

With the ship in a state of distress, things become blurred in Aliens: Defiance #8. Writer Brian Wood keeps things intriguing mixing in constants with other things that keep you trying to figure out what is real and what isn’t. I’m curious to see what path Zula will choose to follow in upcoming issues.

The art by Stephen Thompson is solid and creates a believable atmosphere of dread. Even if some of it repeats itself as the issue continues it works to bolster the level of fear, as things begin to worsen.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Stephen Thompson
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Mighty Captain Marvel #3

The Mighty Captain Marvel #3

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

An elusive enemy gets closer to destroying everything Carol and her Alpha Flight have sworn to protect. But is the threat hidden amongst them? Time for the mightiest hero there is to become the fightiest hero there is.

Preview: Generations Zero #8

GENERATION ZERO #8

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by KHARI EVANS (JAN172145)
Cover B by LEIF JONES (JAN172146)
Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ (JAN172147)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 29 (FOC – 3/6/17)

A (literal) battle of the minds!

Generation Zero are trapped inside the Heroscape – a twisted, extra-dimensional realm where they can explore the world as it looks through someone else’s eyes… And, unfortunately, it seems that most of their friends and neighbors have some pretty messed up stuff going on up there! They led insurgencies and counter-strikes, but can anything in this team’s precision military training prepare them for the darkness that lurks at the heart of Rook’s collective unconscious?

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