Sword Art Online II Premieres at Anime Boston 2015

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Aniplex of America has announced that they will be hosting a Sword Art Online II English Dub U.S. Premiere Event. Celebrating the debut of Sword Art Online II on Toonami, this event will be held simultaneously at Anime Conventions in both the East (Anime Boston) and West Coasts (Sakura Con) on Saturday, April 4th.  The Event features the English Dub Premiere of select episodes from Sword Art Online II. In addition, there will be special guests in attendance at Anime Boston including Cherami Leigh (English Voice of Asuna), Cassandra Lee Morris (English Voice of Leafa) and LiSA (Singer of the Ending Theme Song “SHIRUSHI”). Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy Sword Art Online II at this very special event.

View all of Anime Boston’s Guests of Honor here.

About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

SF – Savage Dragon Retrospective

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The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present SAVAGE DRAGON: A Look Back with Erik Larsen, featuring a guided tour of the museum’s latest exhibition on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 pm, with a public reception from 7:00-9:00 pm. The exhibition features more than 40 pieces of original artwork personally selected by Larsen from his archives, highlighting major events in the life of his title character over the past two decades, as well as formal experiments and some of Larsen’s favorite pieces from the series.

Tickets for this event are $10, or free for members of the Cartoon Art Museum, and can be purchased through GuestList.

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

Comic-Con International Reveals Next Set of Guests for SDCC 2015

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COMIC-CON REVEALS NEXT SET OF GUESTS FOR SUMMER SHOW

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International, the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and popular artforms, released the next set of guests for the big show that takes place in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Guests announced today include:

Writer/artist Franco Aureliani: Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy

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Artist Steve Lieber: Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Whiteout

Writer/artist Jimmie Robinson: Five Weapons, Bomb Queen

Writer Sara Ryan: Bad Houses, Empress of the World

Be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International for additional information on guests and up to date information on all aspects of the eagerly awaited summer show!

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

Guess who’s coming to MegaCon Brother?!?

Hulk Hogan

Professional wrestling icon and WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan has been added to the media guest lineup for MegaCon 2015.

Hulk Hogan will be appearing on Saturday, with a limited appearance on Sunday (detailed schedule to follow) for MegaCon 2015.

for more information on MegaCon visit their website.

Scene and Reviewed: 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else

101 Dalmatians Diamond EditionJust released on Tuesday, Disney’s classic animated film 101 Dalmatians is now available in on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. This new Diamond Edition includes several new bonus features.

I was supplied with a review copy and was very impressed. I wasn’t sure how the animation would hold up in the Blu-ray format. I don’t know if they did a lot of clean-up or not, but it was gorgeous!

Based on the 1956 book by Dodie Smith, the story of 101 Dalmatians still holds up. One of Disney’s most fiendish villains, Cruella De Vil, loves fur coats and wants to make one made up of the skins of Dalmatian puppies. We find our way into the story first through songwriter Roger and his adult Dalmatian Pongo. Pongo sets about to find a mate for Roger and succeeds in bringing Roger together with Anita, an owner of a female Dalmatian Perdita. It’s love all around, and Perdita soon gives birth to a little of pups. When Roger and Anita rebuff Cruella’s offers to buy the puppies, she decides to not take no for an answer the excitement kicks in. At times, the movie might actually be a bit intense for the truly young as the puppies do encounter their share of peril.

Did you know that 101 Dalmatians was the highest grossing movie of 1961? Or that it was the first Disney animated film to use a contemporary setting? There is a lot of fascinating info in the bonus features. Traditionally, the animation process started with sketches by artists that were then inked over by other artists onto sheets of acetate. The making of 101 Dalmatians came at a critical time for the animation department after Sleeping Beauty failed to be a big money-maker. Looking for ways to cut costs, 101 Dalmatians became the first full-length animated movie to make extensive use of a Xerox machine to take the original sketches straight to the acetate sheets. Although that resulted in a lot of inkers losing their jobs, the primary artists were thrilled that their original drawings were being realized on the screen for the first time.

Here are some clips from the special features:

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I definitely think that this package of 101 Dalmatians would make for a worthy addition to your collection.

Cast:                                      Rod Taylor (Inglorious Bastards, The Birds) as Pongo, J. Pat O’Malley (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland) as Jasper and Betty Lou Gerson (The Fly, Cats Don’t Dance) as Cruella de Vil

Producer:                   Walt Disney

Directors:                            Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton S. Luske and Clyde Geronimi

Writers:                               Story by Bill Peet. Based on the book “101 Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith

Release Date:                    February 10, 2015 (Direct Prebook: 12/16; Distributor Prebook: 12/30)

Product SKUs:                        Digital HD & SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere & On-Demand

 

New Bonus Features:            All New Short – The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World” (1961 Version)

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Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “The Descendants”)

Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features

Ratings:                                G in US & Canada (bonus materials are not rated)

Feature Run Time:          Approximately 79 Minutes

Aspect Ratio:                     1:33:1

Audio:                                  Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HDMA / 1.0 Dolby Digital (English); 5.1 DTS-HDHR (French) & 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish)

Languages:                         English, French and Spanish

Subtitles:                            English (ESL/SDH), French and Spanish

 

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ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a cloud-based digital movie service that offers a hassle-free way for consumers to buy, watch, and manage Disney digital content across platforms and devices via the easy-to-use DMA app or at DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. A DMA-eligible digital title purchased from an iTunes-connected account or redeemed in DMA will be accessible in a user’s DMA and iTunes lockers. There are currently over 400 films from Disney’s rich history available through DMA for streaming and download, including Disney Branded Animation, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel titles, along with exclusive, original content. For more information or to redeem Digital Copy codes to build your library and earn Disney Movie Rewards Points for digital purchases, visit http://www.disneymoviesanywhere.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

Ivy Doomkitty Appears at Boston Comic Con 2015

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Press Release:

Boston Comic Con welcomes back cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty to host the 2015 Costume Contest! Additionally Ivy will appear on the 2nd Annual Boston Comic Con Cosplay Harbor Dinner Cruise! She will also have a table on the convention floor to meet fans and sign autographs plus lead panels on cosplaying.

Ivy Doomkitty is an international costumer and cosplayer, host, artist, gamer, and figure model for comic book artist/writer Frank Cho, based in Los Angeles. Ivy has been attending conventions for many years, before deciding to take the plunge by showing her fandom through cosplay. Ivy was recently featured as a guest judge on several episodes of the Syfy original series Heroes of Cosplay.

She now uses this newfound passion to create her own costumes, and use them to bring to life her favorite characters from gaming and comics as well as creating a positive impact in the cosplay community. She strives to show others in the community that you can do something you love, regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, body shape and size, via her panel on that very subject,”So They Say You Shouldn’t Cosplay.”

Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.

If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center). To book your hotel room, call the Seaport reservations desk at 617-385-5000 and ask for The Boston Comic Con attendee rate. Hotel rooms at the official Boston Comic Con hotel sell out quickly.

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

 

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CT – Dinotopia Exhibition

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James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia, appears at the Stamford Museum on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 3:30-4:30 PM to offer a mini-lecture about the making of Dinotopia, followed by a book signing. Copies of Gurney’s Dinotopia editions and art instruction books Imaginative Realism and Color and Light will be available at the gift shop.

Press Release:

A fascinating exhibition of original oil paintings from The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical art in the Dinotopia series was inspired by Gurney’s childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. He went on to work with scientists and historians at National Geographic magazine to create images of ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will be exhibited. The exhibition has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

RELATED PROGRAMMING

Fantasy Drawing Workshop with James Gurney Imaginative Realism:
How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist
Sunday, March 1, 1 – 3 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

James Gurney will discuss the practical methods used to translate an imaginative scene into a realistic image for aspiring and intermediate artists and conduct a demonstration drawing and mini-workshop allowing students to try their hand at fantasy drawing with watercolor pencils. He will cover research, thumbnail sketches, models posing, maquettes, photo reference, and plein-air studies. A chronicle of the creative development that led to the fantasy universe of Dinotopia will be presented. Materials will be provided. A selection of Dinotopia books will be available for sale and for signing. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $40 per person | Non-Members: $55 per person.
Limited to 20 participants and recommended for ages 12 and up.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903
203.322.1646

Guests of Honor, Special Guests, and Programming Highlights for Long Beach Comic Expo 2015

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Long Beach Comic Expo Announces Guests of Honor, Special Guests and Programming Highlights for February 28 & March 1

LBCE logoLong Beach, CA (February 10) – Long Beach Comic Expo is unveiling legendary guests and buzzworthy panels, as well as innovative programs and new partners, in preparation for the 6th annual Long Beach Comic Expo, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 28 and March 1, 2015. The Expo will play host to more than 140 guests and 50 panels and, for the first time, it will be held in the full exhibit hall.

Guests of Honor & Special Guests

Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to announce bestselling writer Chris Claremont and bestselling artist Ethan Van Sciver as the Long Beach Comic Expo Guests of Honor. Mr. Claremont has written some of the most beloved and influential comic books of all time; 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of his first issue of THE UNCANNY X-MEN. Mr. Van Sciver is one of the most popular artist in comics; this year marks the 10th anniversary of his iconic work GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH. Both guests will be making their very first appearance at a Long Beach convention. Comic book superstars Arthur Adams (GUARDIANS TEAM UP) and Rachel and Terry Dodson (HARLEY QUINN) are being named Long Beach Comic Expo Special Guests in recognition of their astounding careers as comic book artists.

The convention is proud to recognize the following Special Guests for their commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys and web comics:

  • Cecil Castellucci, the young adult novelist (TIN STAR) and writer of the influential YA graphic novel THE PLAIN JANES;
  • Steve Ellis, the artist of the young adult webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY and MAGIC THE GATHERING cards;
  • The Four Horsemen Studio, influential toy designers of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, DC Universe Classics and Man of Steel toy lines, among others.
  • Stan Sakai, the writer/ artist of the award winning USAGI YOJIMBO graphic novels;
  • Greg Weisman, acclaimed animation writer and producer (GARGOYLES; YOUNG JUSTICE) and author of the fan favorite RAIN OF GHOSTS YA novels;
  • Brian Wood, writer of the influential graphic novels DEMO and THE NEW YORK FOUR.

Program Highlights

As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:

* One-on-one creator spotlight panels with Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Stan Sakai, Richard Starkings and Ethan Van Sciver hosted by EAT GEEK PLAY.
* Publisher panels hosted by Jesse Snider, including the 40th anniversary of X-men celebration, Lion Forge & IDW Publishing Presents Miami Vice: Remix, and much more.
* Panels for Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comics and Star Wars Rebels: Kanan the Last Padawan comics.
* The Dawn of the Rise of the Devastator: Funny Books for Humans panel, with writers from Cracked, CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, The Meltdown and The Onion.
* #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists and fans can learn the entire process of making comics from comic book greats all weekend long. Topics include How to Build a Portfolio, Breaking Into Comics, Writing and Marketing.
* The first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity event with keynote speaker Reginald Hudlin.
* Amazing animation panels: DISNEY AFTERNOON, GARGOYLES, GI JOE, and YOUNG JUSTICE, featuring major voice actors.
* Major media panels including Rotten Tomatoes and Screen Junkie’s Honest Trailers & Movie Fights
* A special screening of the upcoming Magnet Releasing film THE DEAD LANDS.* A special screening of the upcoming Magnet Releasing film THE DEAD LANDS.
* GeekFest Film Fest films at Long Beach Comic Expo, the only Los Angeles area venue to host the full slate of programming for the world’s 1st traveling film fest of “geek” films.
* The Dollar Baby Film Festival.
* The comic book convention premiere of the SHE MAKES COMICS documentary.
* Publishing panels devoted to YA & crime novelists.
* Kids programming including How To Draw My Little Pony.
* Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will commence its celebration of 10 years of the groundbreaking Graphix imprint and participate in a panel with acclaimed cartoonists Jennifer L. Holm and James Burks and other creators.
* A Saturday night Cosplay Contest and Cosplay panels.

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 28 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 1 from 10:00 am – 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now at www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

ABOUT LONG BEACH EXPO: Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

Comic-Con International Announces Second Wave of Guests for SDCC 2015

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Press Release:

COMIC-CON ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF GUESTS FOR 2015 SHOW

Additional Guests To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and popular art, today announced the second wave of special guests for its eagerly awaited summer show. The event which draws well over 130,000 unique attendees over a four-day period will again be held in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running though Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

“Since our beginning in 1970 Comic-Con has a wonderful history of featuring exceptional guests,” commented David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization. “It is clear that trend continues in 2015.”

The second round of guests include:

Author Hugh Howey: WOOL Series.

Writer/artist Scott McCloud: Zot!, Understanding Comics, The Sculptor.

Fantasy Illustrator Luis Royo: The Ice Dragon, Malefic Time.

Writer/artist Jillian Tamaki: Skim, This One Summer.

Writer Mariko Tamaki: Skim, This One Summer.

For up-to-date information on guests and all aspects of the huge summer show be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL Blog of Comic-Con International.

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

CA – Legend of Korra/Avatar: The Last Airbender Art Exhibit

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Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon Studios are proud to present an official art exhibition paying tribute to The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

On display will be behind-the-scenes production art and tribute art by select illustrators as well as artists from the TV show. We will also be accepting open submissions from the fans!

Learn more about how to submit your artwork to this exhibition and the OPEN CALL for entries HERE (submission closed on FEB. 20)

OPENING NIGHT
Cosplay is highly encouraged! Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome, No RSVP needed.

ADMISSION
$5 or FREE when you come in costume

OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
Meet the creators of the TV show: Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino as well as other key creatives from the show on opening night on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

First 40 people in the door will receive a FREE game download code postcard for the Legend of Korra game!

First 100 people in line to purchase any new exclusive releases will receive a ticket to get their items signed by Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (limit 1 item per person, wristbands will be given to the first 100 in line) No holding place in line for friends or family. Wristbands will be handed out at random times throughout the day as line forms.

original_AangComplimentary refreshments available

Hourly raffle giveaways at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm (Winners need not be present to win. Winning #s will also be announced on our Facebook and twitter)

Original tribute artwork by artists from the TV show and comics will be on display and for sale

The Art of The Legend of Korra book, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 as well as the comic books will be available in our shop. (See below for event exclusives)

RECEPTION SCHEDULE / ARTISTS SIGNING
(5:00 pm – 6:00 pm) press / vip hour
(6:00 pm) doors open
(6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Signing for first 100 people w/ creators Bryan Konietzco and Michael DiMartino
(8:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
(9:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
(10:00 pm) final raffle prizes / reception concludes (you do not need to be present to win)

Other exhibiting and tv show artists will be present (look for people with name tags)

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Alan Wan
Angela Song Mueller
Anthony Wu
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Bryan Konietzko
claire hummel
Dan Matutina
Dave Filoni
David Au
Dean Kelly
Elsa Garagarza
Emily Tetri
Ethan Spaulding
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Frederic Stewart
helen chen
Jed Henry
Joaquim Dos Santos
joey chou
Johane Matte
Justin Oaksford
Justin Ridge
Kenji Ono
Lauren MacMullan
Leonard Peng
Mayumi Nose
Melissa King
Natasha Wicke
Owen Sullivan
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Ricardo Delgado
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Simona Candini
Will Ruzicka
William Nanqing Niu
Young-Ki Yoon

…more to be announced!

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION RELEASES

Aang Statue $149.95 limited edition of 750 (Released for the first time on opening night, if arrives as scheduled)

Naga Plush $34.95 (Released for the first time on opening night)

The Art of Legend of Korra Book 3 $39.95

More to be announced…

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

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