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  • NC – Free Comic Book Day 2015

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    Press Release:

    Free Comic Book Day 2015 at Heroes is going to be our best yet! Come out on Saturday May 2nd to meet amazing comic artists, get free comics and have a great time with your pals at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find! Check out our awesome guest list below and please save the date!

    Creators will be signing from 1PM to 5PM (or longer at the creators’ discretion)

    Guest list (so far):

    BRIDGIT CONNELL – Brother Nash

    JOEY ELLIS – Leaky Timbers

    SANFORD GREENE – Artist: Rotten Apple, Runaways, Deadpool, Wonder Girl, Methodman GN

    JOHN HAIRSTON JR – Painter

    HOYT SILVA – Artist: Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi

    BRIAN STELFREEZE – Artist: Day Men, Domino, Matador, Batman: Shadow of the Bat

    RIAN SYGH – Artist: Regular Show, Stolen Forest, Munchkin, Teen Dog

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
    1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
    (704) 375-7462

    IA – Captain Janeway Signs

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    Kate Mulgrew, star of Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black, appears at the Hotel Julien on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM to sign her new memoir BORN WITH TEETH! Your book, purchased at River Lights, will include your ticket to the Book Signing Line. The color on your ticket will correspond to your place in line – Red ticket holders will have their books signed first, then Blue, and so forth. The earlier the book is purchased, the better your place in line!

    These tickets guarantee that you will have a place in line to have your books signed, however, this event is free and open to the public and seats are available on a first come, first-served basis.

    Books with tickets are $28.00 plus tax. Discounts do not apply. No books/tickets will be reserved without prepayment.

    Books/tickets will be available for pick-up beginning April 14 to April 22 (we close at 6pm). Picking up your book before the event is required. We will not transport your book to the event.

    Books will also be available for purchase at the event. These will include a Signing Line Ticket.

    Those attending without Signing Line Tickets may join in at the end of the line.

    We cannot guarantee that they will get to the signing table before the end of the event.

    Hotel Julien Ballroom
    200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    OH – FCBD: Donatello Signs

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    Press Release:

    It’s Free Comic Book Day! Get ready for free comics! We’ll have thousands to give away this year and as always we’ll have a van load of fun!

    Guest of Honor:
    Jeremy Howard is joining us for our 2015 FCBD celebration! He appeared in the films Sydney White, Galaxy Quest, Accepted, and most recently Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he performed the motion capture and voice for Donatello! Cowabunga!

    Special Guest Artist:
    Val Staples

    Featured Publisher:
    Josh Blaylock – Devils Due Publishing
    Stephen Snyder-Hill
    Dirk Manning
    Matthew Swift
    Eric Palicki
    Daniel Boyd
    William Bitner
    Sean & Steph Forney
    Molly Durst
    JD Larabee
    Molly Durst
    Michael Neno
    Jamie Snell
    Michael Anthony Carroll
    Seth Lyons

    Art Explorer Post Program

    Live Podcasters:
    Packrat Podcast
    Basement Fodder

    Food:
    Mikey’s Late Night Slice

    Activities:
    Free Packrat Comics FCBD screen printing on your own shirt – or buy one of ours for a small fee!

    Costume Contest

    Whose Line Is It Anyway featuring Tea Time with Deadpool

    Pizza Eating Contest

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Packrat Comics
    3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
    (614) 527-8450

    CA – Hollywood Babble On LIVE

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    Ralph Garman & Kevin Smith appear at the Hollywood Improv on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast HOLLYWOOD BABBLE ON!

    Get tickets here…

    Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    CA – Death of Deadpool Signing

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    Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish appear at Earth-2 Comics on Saturday April 18, 2015 to sign copies of DEADPOOL!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Earth-2 Comics
    15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    (818) 386-9590

    CA – An Evening with Ralph Bakshi

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    Press Release:

    USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque, invite you and a guest to attend An Evening with Ralph Bakshi and Fritz the Cat (1972) at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

    A screening of the groundbreaking X-rated animated feature Fritz the Cat will be followed by a discussion with Ralph Bakshi about his exceptional career.

    Hosted by SCA Director of Programming Alessandro Ago.

    FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
    Bakshi Productions will sell artwork before and after the event in the George Lucas Building Lobby.

    About Fritz the Cat (1972)

    Sex-obsessed tomcat Fritz drops out of NYU and embraces every new experience that crosses his path, including easy sex and drugs. But Fritz ends up holding the dynamite that will detonate the ultimate 1960s statement when he joins a group of radical hippies. Based on underground comic-book artist Robert Crumb’s revolutionary character, Fritz the Cat became the first X-rated cartoon.

    Written & Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Produced by Steve Krantz.
    Provided courtesy of Park Circus. Rated X. Running time: 78 minutes.

    About Ralph Bakshi

    Blasted into public consciousness – and controversy – by the first X-rated cartoon, FRITZ THE CAT (1972), legendary writer-director-producer Ralph Bakshi’s career in animation spans an astounding 50 years. He channeled the freewheeling spirit of underground comics in such films as HEAVY TRAFFIC (1973) and COONSKIN (1975), battling protests and censors to open the doors to cartoons with adult situations. He tapped further into the zeitgeist with WIZARDS (1977) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS (1978), catching the mid-70s wave of interest in sci-fi and fantasy that broke with STAR WARS. Bakshi’s work was adventurous visually as well as thematically; RINGS and AMERICAN POP (1981) are landmarks of rotoscoping, a type of animation where live-action footage is traced onto cels.

    While these features solidified Bakshi’s stake in animation history, he has never been content to rest on his laurels. He re-invented Saturday morning cartoons with “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse,” a show that proved to be a precursor for irreverent fare such as “The Ren & Stimpy Show.” And in the latest turn to a brilliant career, Bakshi has taken up the paintbrush; his work can be viewed at www.ralphbakshi.com.

    About the Moderator

    Alessandro Ago is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. Ago curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC, often followed by conversations with filmmakers, which Ago moderates. Ago has produced festivals celebrating the work of Dino De Laurentiis, John Wayne, Roger Corman, Costa Gavras, Maurice Jarre, Dennis Hopper, Albert Broccoli and the James Bond franchise, as well as world cinema showcases focusing on Japan, Italy, Bollywood, South America and the Middle East. In 2013, he produced a major retrospective of the seminal ABC television series Twin Peaks, featuring panel discussions with 50 members of the cast and crew.

    With a special interest in Italian cinema, Ago has hosted events with Roberto Saviano, Mario Monicelli, Lina Wertmueller, Gabriele Salvatores, Claudia Cardinale, Pupi Avati, Enzo G. Castellari, Marco Bellocchio, Dario Argento and Franco Nero. Ago lectures about Italian cinema at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, California and has taught undergraduate film courses at USC, including Transnational Nightmares and Filmmaking, Italian Style and, most recently, Italian Genre Cinema and Society. He co-produced the 2006 & 2007 editions of Los Angeles – Italia: The Film, Fashion and Art Fest at Mann’s Chinese 6-plex, as well as the 2006 Capri-Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy.

    Ago is one of the curators responsible for selecting the films that comprise the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, a documentary film diplomacy initiative, and has traveled with AFS film envoys to Cyprus, Mexico, Egypt, China, Tajikistan, Bolivia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Bangladesh, and Turkmenistan. Ago is also the Executive Producer of USC’s annual First Look Festival.
    Check-In & Reservations

    This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

    All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
    Parking

    The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

    About USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

    Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC’s strategic plan; to communicate USC’s core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC’s core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one’s community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

    For more information, visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices

    The Ray Stark Family Theatre: SCA 108
    George Lucas Building
    USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
    900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

    CA – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

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    Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith appear at the Hollywood Improv on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM for a live recording of their podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old! Get tickets ($40) at the link!

    Press Release:

    The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

    Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

    This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Hollywood Improv
    8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2015 Schedule

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    Press Release:

    Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comicon Booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our show exclusives, signings, and panels, too!  

    EMERALD CITY COMICON EXCLUSIVES

    A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

    Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

    Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

    Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

    Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

    Conan/Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies) 

    We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

     

    SIGNING SCHEDULE

    All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

    Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

    All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

     

    FRIDAY, MARCH 27

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.        MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

     

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.        FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola

    Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.            THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.             MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy

    TIGER LUNG: Simon Roy

    HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa

     

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.             THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown

    EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

     

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.           ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara

    GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson

     

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.            CONAN RED SONJA, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone

                                                LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore

                                                CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub

    Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale

     

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.          FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil

    NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

     

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.           ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Sebela

    ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds

    PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham

    PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE: Paul Tobin

       PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE—OMEGA: Kelly Sue DeConnick

    Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale

     

    SATURDAY, MARCH 28

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.         THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

     

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.         SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Georges Jeanty

    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Megan Levens

    GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.             LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

    Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale

    BUZZKILL, THE GHOST FLEET, THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates

    THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson

    THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal

     

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.         HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

    BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

    THE WITCHER, COLDER, PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:

                                              Paul Tobin

     

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*

    4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

    5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

    6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.          FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

    Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.

    *WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 29

    10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.         MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

     

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.        PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree

    Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale

    BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

     

    12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.      ITTY BITTY COMICS, AW YEAH COMICS!: Art Baltazar, Franco

    PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:  Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer

     

    1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.           HALO: Duffy Boudreau

    THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

     

    2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.           DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko

    POP: Curt Pires

    APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.           MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald

    EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris

     

     

    PANEL SCHEDULE

    Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visithttp://emeraldcitycomicon.com/programming/ for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

     

    FRIDAY, MARCH 27

    3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.            Hall C                         Behind the Scenes: Making Comics 

    Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick (Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

     

    6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.            Hall D                         Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters! 

    Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins (Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

     

    SATURDAY, MARCH 28

    10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.   Hall D                          Fight Club 2 

    Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.

    7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.    Hall C                           The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond 

    Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. andFrankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max FiumaraScott AllieDave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 29

    11:00 a.m.–11:50 p.m.                  Hall C        Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,

                                                                           Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More! 

    Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Steve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

    WA – Dark Horse ECCC Party

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    Dark Horse Comics hosts an Emerald City Comicon afterparty on Saturday March 28th at 9:00 PM!

    Special Guests scheduled to appear include: Mike Mignola, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, Adam Warren, Joelle Jones, Geof Darrow, Jason Latour, Jeff Lemire, Joshua Williamson, Colleen Coover, and many more (see flyer)!

    FREE ENTRY TO EMERALD CITY 2015 BADGE HOLDERS (21+ w/ ID)

    Finely crafted Northwest beers and Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Red Ale available!

    Comics and Collectibles Raffles to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Elysian Bar
    1516 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

    FL – An Evening with Kevin Smith

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    Writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) appears at the Orlando Improv on Sunday April 19th at 10:30 PM!

    During the session, Kevin Smith answers questions regarding his movies, as well as his life. He discusses how he got started in the movie industry, how different films came about, his friendship with Jason Mewes, and his relationship with the media, fans, and various other celebrities.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Orlando Improv
    9101 International Dr Suite 2310, Orlando, FL 32819
    (407) 480-5233

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