Silver Age Icon Joins Boston Comic Con 2011 Roster

Press Release:

Boston Comic Con is honored to announce that comic book icon Neal Adams is the latest addition to an already extraordinary guest list for 2011! A Silver Age legend, Adams has been one of the most influential artists in the industry both on the page and behind the scenes. From returning Batman to his dark and gritty roots to campaigning for creators’ rights, Adams holds the highest position of respect. His photorealistic art has graced the pages of The Brave and the Bold, Deadman, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and most recently Batman: Odyssey. Be sure to come to Boston Comic Con on April 30 – May 1, 2011 to welcome Neal Adams to New England!

Other recent additions include Spawn artist Greg Capullo, Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson, Marvel artist Stephanie Buscema, and returning guests Daixong Guo and Mark McKenna. Check out the convention website for full profiles of our guests and all the latest updates!

Previously announced guests include Frank Quitely, Joe Kubert, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Dave Johnson,  J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Mark Chiarello, Matt Wagner, Ryan Ottley, Sean Galloway, Stan Sakai, Stephane Roux, Terry Moore, Tony Harris, Khoi Pham, Howard Chaykin, David Mack, and many more! Be sure to tell your friends! This is the largest and most talented collection of comic creators in New England ever!

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids get in free with a paid adult!

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 40,000 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. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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MegaCon Announces 2011 Guest Updates

MegaCon 2011 guests

Press Release:

ORLANDO MEGACON ANNOUNCES 2011 GUEST UPDATES

MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the Southeast, will take place March 25th – 27th, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

MegaCon Guests of Honor

Comic Book Legend Stan Lee and Star Trek Icon William Shatner

Comic book guests just added: Joe Jusko (Vampirella, Wolverine/Hercules), Greg Horn (Elektra, Emma Frost), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies, Deadpool) and Darwyn Cooke (Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman/The Spirit)

Media Guests just added: James Marsters (Buffy/Angel)

New Event just added Speed Dating held on Friday and Saturday only!

Now available: Stan Lee advance autograph tickets and VIP tickets. These tickets guarantee an autograph with Stan Lee. Autographs will also be available at a first come first serve basis but these autographs will be limited. Check the website for additional information.

Also available: William Shatner VIP special evening event. Check the website for additional information.

Other events include: children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, paint and take room, RPG & LARP gaming events, anime events, LAN room, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, and professional panel rooms.

The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2011

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Florida

March 25th – 27th, 2010

Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

Boston Comic Con 2011 Doubles in Size and Moves to New Venue

 

Press Release:

This spring the Boston Comic Con doubles in size and moves to a much larger venue, the Hynes Convention Center! In light of the massive crowds at the previous convention, the move was essential to accommodate the growing popularity of the show. And with this line up of comic creators, every extra foot of space is absolutely needed.

Boston Comic Con is thrilled to announce that the April 30-May 1, 2011 show features the best guest list New England has ever seen. Comic fans and collectors will not want to miss this amazing opportunity to meet superstar creators including Frank Quitely, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Arthur Adams, Frank Cho,  Tim Sale, Dave Johnson, and Golden Age legend Joe Kubert! Check out the full guest list below!

Joe Kubert is indisputably one of the most impressive craftsmen in the field’s history. During his time in the business, Kubert has drawn everything from horror to Westerns to superheroes: DC Comics’ Hawkman, Tarzan, Sgt. Rock, Batman, and The Flash. Kubert is also the creator and artist of characters The Heroic Caveman, Tor, and Abraham Stone. Kubert will be appearing Sunday only at the 2011 Boston Comic Con.

Scottish artist Frank Quitely most frequently collaborates with writer Grant Morrison on series including Batman & Robin, All-Star Superman, New X-Men, We3, and many more. This is a rare US appearance of one of the most influential and innovative artists in comics.

Adam Hughes is one of the most in-demand artists in the industry. A fan favorite for his covers on Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and more, Adam’s convention sketches are highly coveted by discerning collectors.

Darwyn Cooke is the creator of New Frontier from DC Comics. He formerly worked in animation where he created the title sequence of Batman Beyond. He is currently adapting Richard Stark’s Parker novels for IDW Publishing.

Frank Cho made a big splash with his comic strip Liberty Meadows while still in college. Entirely self-taught, he is regarded as one of the best Good Girl artists in the business; his sexy ladies have grace the pages of Mighty Avengers, The Ultimates, and Shanna the She-Devil.

Arthur Adams is one of the most influential comic book artists of his generation. Adams has a very detailed and realistic style that is a fan favorite. He has drawn everything from X-Men and The Fantastic Four to Batman and Superman Adams is also creator of Monkeyman and O’Brien.

Tim Sale is best known for working on iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Hulk, and Spider-Man. He is currently drawing the highly anticipated continuation of his Spectrum series, Captain America: White.  Tim’s art is also known worldwide to fans of the NBC hit drama Heroes, as he created the television show’s prophetic visions of the future.

“Reverend” Dave Johnson’s highly design-based covers have been featured on The Punisher and most famously on 100 Bullets. Dave is also the founder of The Drink & Draw Social Club.

J.G. Jones is the co-creator of Wanted. He also created every cover for DC’s year-long weekly series 52 and drew the Final Crisis series. Most recently, he is working on the covers for First Wave.

Matt Wagner is well-known for his character-driven, creator-owned series Grendel and Mage. He has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman. Wagner’s recent projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo and a Green Hornet spin-off for Dynamite Entertainment.

Ryan Ottley came to fame when he took over the penciling duties for Invincible from original artist Cory Walker. Since then, he has co-created the series Haunt and Sea Bear & Land Shark.

Tony Harris is most famous for co-creating the Eisner-winning series Starman and Ex Machina. An artist of wide acclaim, he is the founder of Jolly Roger Studios.

Stan Sakai began his career by lettering comic books, notably Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier and Stan Lee’s Spider-Man daily comic strip. He became famous with the creation of the epic saga Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984, which he still continues as the sole creator, doing almost all the artwork himself.

Terry Moore created the long running indie hit Strangers in Paradise. SIP is published under Moore’s own imprint, Abstract Studio, and is one of the most successful independently published books in the comics industry.

Sean “Cheeks” Galloway is a cartoonist whose fun, lively style was directly adapted to the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon series. He drew the Teen Titans feature for DC’s Wednesday Comics.

Howard Chaykin influenced the comic book industry by creating titles aimed at mature audiences most notably American Flagg! He also earned early fame by adapting the original Star Wars movie for Marvel Comics.

Stephane Roux is a French comic book artist who is known mostly for his cover work for Marvel, DC, and Semic Comics. He has worked on such titles as Witchblade and Birds of Prey. Roux is currently working on the ongoing DC Comics series Zatanna.

Khoi Pham is a graduate of Northeastern who went to become a trial attorney till he decided to live his dream of becoming a comic artist. One of the Young Guns of Marvel Comics with art on titles such as Mighty Avengers and The Incredible Hercules, he is currently drawing the series Chaos War.

David Mack is the creator of the independent comic book sensation Kabuki. A talented artist who often experiments with media, his works has been seen in many comic series including Daredevil, White Tiger, and Avengers.

Finally, Mark Chiarello is the Art Director of DC Comics, he edited the high profile and critically acclaimed series Batman: Black & White, Solo, and this past summer’s Wednesday Comics. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he worked on Batman/Houdini, countless covers for both Marvel and DC as a painter, and published a book of portraits of baseball players from the Negro Leagues.

Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Chiarello will once again conduct a limited number of portfolio reviews. This is a rare opportunity for artists to show their work to the man in charge of the look of the DC Universe.  Last year he met with dozens of local artists and found at least one to bring into the DC fold.

Tickets are now available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass.

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 40,000 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. The convention will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

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NYC – The Outfit Signing

Darwyn Cooke signs on October 07, 2010 at 7:00 PM. Darwyn is the Eisner Award winning writer/artist of the best-selling DC: The New Frontier, and has garnered much critical and popular acclaim as the writer/artist of The Spirit, Selina’s Big Score, and others.

Borders – Penn Plaza
2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10121

SF – Jonah Hex Party

Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Darwyn Cooke celebrate with iFanboy and the Isotope Lounge’s Jonah Hex party.

When: Saturday April 3rd, 7-Midnight
Where: 326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hero Initiative’s MegaCon Schedule

Hero Initiative travels to MegaCon, the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, toys and gaming convention. The event takes place March 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase tickets directly by clicking here!

First up, traveling along with us from Los Angeles is artist Joe Benitez, known for The Darkness, Batman, and Justice League of America! Stop by the booth and pick up an original sketch by Benitez. All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.

Make sure you come back, because George Pérez, one of the most influential artists of all time, will be at the Hero booth. He’ll be sketching as well, and this is one you don’t want to pass up.

On Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a special 11-man signing of Hero’s The Wolverine 100 Project will take place! Contributors Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, and Brandon Peterson will be at the booth exclusively signing Hero’s recent release. Get them while they are available, and get them signed by our team!

And that’s not all! Florida resident and acclaimed writer Steve Perry will be visiting the Hero booth as well. Perry is best known as one of the original writers of the Thundercats and Silverhawks TV shows, and Timespirits comics. Perry was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2009, and being the single father of a 9-year-old son, he struggled to make ends meet while battling his severe illness. After being homeless, having no work, and living in his car with his son, Hero Initiative is proud to help Perry pull him through this difficult time. He wants to say “thanks” by stopping by. Thank you, Steve!

Lastly, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia has generously donated approximately 40 items that will be available through a silent auction. Items include a Hugh Jackman autographed Wolverine 8×10 Photo, Johnny Depp autographed 8×10 Photo, Elijah Wood autographed Frodo 8×10 Photo, Robert Downey Jr. & Jeff Bridges Dual Signed Iron Man 8×10 Photo and a Spider-Man limited edition lithograph with actual film cel, to name a few. The items will be on display in the lobby and at the Hero booth. Part of the proceeds will go to Hero Initiative.

Our Schedule is as follows:

Fri., 12 MAR, con hours 1-7
1:30-3:30: George Pérez
2:00-3:00: 100 Wolverines: Joe Benitez, Jim Calafiore, Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Joe Jusko, Andy Smith, Bill Tucci, Mike McKone, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Perkins, Brandon Peterson
4:00-5:30: Joe Benitez
5:30-7:00: George Pérez

Sat., 13 MAR; con hours 10-6
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-2:00: Joe Benitez
2:00-4:00: George Pérez
4:00-6:00: Joe Benitez

Sun., 14 MAR; con hours 10-5
10:00-12:00: George Pérez
12:00-1:00: Joe Benitez
1:00-3:00: George Pérez
3:00-5:00: Joe Benitez

About Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia:

Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia Inc. is a domestic and international provider of hand signed authentic sports memorabilia. Since it’s inception the company has held a domestic and international presence in both retail and wholesale markets. The corporate office is located in New York City. Aside from our charity and retail presence, Grandstand works with numerous corporations including: top sports internet sites such as espn.com and major financial companies. Grandstand also provides exclusive memorabilia to both Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s by mail catalogs. Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, 148 Madison Ave14th Floor New York, NY 10016, 212-532-8900, 888-78-GRAND

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit the website or call 626-676-6354.

MegaCon Prepares for 2010

Megacon 2010 – Press release 12/28/09

Orange County Convention Center – 9800 International Drive, Orlando Florida – March 12th – March 14th

The southeast’s premier Comic Book, Science Fiction, Anime, multi-media event!!!

Comic book artists attending MegaCon for the first time: Olivier Coipel, Stephane Roux, Mike McKone, Justin Gray, Joe Benitez, Don Rosa,  Nelson DeCastro, Alvin Lee,  Mike Choi & Sonia Oback, Jim Calafiore and Graham Nolan

MegaConMany  other comic book creators including: Joe Jusko, Marv Wolfman, Darwyn Cooke, Ethan Van Sciver, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jimmy Cheung, Dave Dorman, and many more…

Special Media Guests: Many Star Wars guests including – Ray Park (Saturday & Sunday only), Billy Dee Williams, Dave Barclay, Jeremy Bulloch, Maria de Aragon, Peter Mayhew, Star Trek – Nichelle Nichols, Levar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Hercules – Kevin Sorbo, Back to the Future – Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Big Trouble in Little China – James Hong, Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines/Painkiller Jane – Kristanna Loken, Lexx – Ellen Dubin, Farscape – Virginia Hey, Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Ghost Hunters International – Rob Demarest,  Voice Actors – Neil Kaplan, Sonny Strait, Chuck Huber, Darrel Guilbeau and Cherami Leigh

Two huge Costume Contests – Robot Battles and displays – Indie Film Festival– Lego Pit & Mattel Car Racing Track for the young and old – gaming events including LAN room – continuous anime viewing rooms – performances by Willies Wenches & Oklahoma Ghostbusters

After hour events include: Indie Film Festival, LARP, RPG, and Video gaming events – and the very popular Cyberia Dance on Saturday night

Tickets are available In Advance

Online until February 26th until midnight

By Phone (386-364-1826): until February 26th until 6 pm

By Mail (5757 74th Trace, Live Oak, FL 32060): Postmarked by February 25th

Ticket Prices:

$21.00 one-day pass(plus 6.5% tax)                      $49.00 three-day pass(plus 6.5% tax)

Ticket Prices at the door available all three days

$24.00 one-day pass                      $55.00 three-day pass

www.megaconvention.com

DC – Mr. Cooke Goes to Washington

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Darwyn Cooke discusses his graphic novel The Hunter, based on 1962 crime classic by Donald Westlake (under pseudonym Richard Stark). January 30, 2010. 4pm.  Free.
Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Darwyn Cooke will discuss his evocative graphic novel, The Hunter, based on the 1962 crime classic by Donald E. Westlake (writing under the name Richard Stark). This best seller has been critically acclaimed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post for breathing new life into one of the classic characters of crime fiction. With a visual style that both pays homage to and plays with ’60s retro style, The Hunter vividly depicts the film noir genre.
Limited free tickets (two per person), G Street Lobby, one hour prior. Book signing follows.
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Location: McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
American Art Museum, 9th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 633-1000

TO – Noir & Beyond Retrospective

Darwyn Cooke teaches a workshop on Oct. 17th
Darwyn Cooke opens an exhibit on Oct. 16th

Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Retrospective

Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel

Noir and Beyond: The Darwyn Cooke Exhibition, 7 – 11 pm:

Featuring selected works from the last decade, the Darwyn Cooke retrospective will include an entire chapter from Parker: The Hunter, new and unpublished material as well as a number of surprises!

Free admission – this event is open to the general public.

Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel

Workshop with Darwyn Cooke, 10 – 3 pm:

Workshop Itinerary

10am-11am: Lecture
A wonderful opportunity to gain insight into one of the top artists in the business today as he discusses his artistic process and secrets of the trade. Join Darwyn Cooke as he discusses his theories on writing, drawing and storytelling in comics to be held Saturday, October 17th at the Gladstone Hotel at 1214 Queen West in Toronto.
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11am-12pm: Question period
Your chance to ask Darwyn about specific projects he has worked on and the artistic decisions he made to bring them to fruition. Pick the brain of one of the most successful contemporary creators in the comics medium.

12pm-1pm: Lunch break
Note: lunch is not included in the workshop fee.

1pm-3pm: Portfolio Review
A rare two hour opportunity in which you will be able to take part in a master critique given by Darwyn. You’ll receive one on one session with Darwyn where he will comment on a page or two from your portfolio. A personal lesson from Darwyn in what it will take to bring your skills to that next level.

Each workshop attendee will be provided with approximately 10 minutes to have their work critiqued by Darwyn.

In addition, you will be present to hear Darwyn give constructive criticism to a group of your peers about their work. Spaces for this workshop are limited to 15 spots. Each space is $105 and fees are non-refundable.

There is sure to be a waiting list for this event, so don’t delay. Sign up today!

For further information and to arrange payment, send an email to info@cartoonistsworkshop.com This workshop is presented in association with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop. For a list of their ongoing courses offered in the downtown Toronto area please visit: www.cartoonistsworkshop.com

An Evening with Darwyn Cooke, 7 – 10 pm:

Hosted by Mark Askwith of SPACE, this intimate and interactive session will include a reading by Cooke from the original text of Stark’s The Hunter with corresponding images from the graphic novel projected as backdrop. Cooke will be available immediately afterwards to sign copies of his work.

$10/person. Limited seating (75 persons).

Hero Initiative at SDCC with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, & More

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Hero Initiative heads to San Diego to Celebrate Comic-Con’s 40th year!

Highlights include parties with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the premiere release of Hero Comics
Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2009) – Hero Initiative travels to the 40th annual San Diego Comic-Con July 22-26 at the San Diego Convention center! Come celebrate with us and help us raise money for our cause. Hero will be at booth #907 all weekend with a great variety of guests, and the weekend is highlighted by three great parties featuring the top names in comics, and the premiere release of Hero Comics!

World-famous storyteller Jim Lee (All-Star Batman and Robin) has graciously agreed to host a cocktail party for five lucky fans benefiting Hero Initiative on Thursday July 23 at 4:15 pm at a four-star hotel located near the convention center.

In addition, the wildly talented Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier) has also agreed to

The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke

The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke

have a few cocktails with five adoring fans on Thursday at 5:45 pm. And each winner gets a brand-new copy of Cooke’s latest work, Parker: The Hunter from IDW Publishing!

And last but most certainly not least, the godfather of comics and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Man, The Fantastic Four and so many more returns! That’s right-Stan Lee will board the ComicBookResources.com yacht on Friday July 24 at 5pm. Five lucky fans will be personally escorted to the yacht to enjoy drinks and chat with the legend himself. In addition, each guest will have the opportunity to participate in a video interview on the yacht broadcast on ComicBookResources.com

To check out and bid on ALL the auctions for admittance to these parties, please visit Hero’s eBay store at: http://qurls.com?i=47916

Hero Comics

Hero Comics

And in collaboration with IDW Publishing, Hero Initiative also proudly premieres the highly anticipated Hero Comics at San Diego! This 32-page, no ads extravaganza features a bevy of great comic talent, and will be supported by a mega-signing with seven of its creators on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:30-5:30. Hero Comics will be on sale all weekend at the Hero booth, while supplies last.

As always, our amazing line up of guests will be on hand at Hero’s booth, #907:

WED., 22 JUL (CON HOURS 600-900 PM)
630-900 PM: Scott “Kaiser” Koblish

THUR., 23 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tim Seeley
1130-130: Dan Jurgens
130-330: Daniel Way
330-530: Hero Comics mega-signing w/Gene Colan, JG Roshell/Richard Starkings, David Lloyd, Bill Willingham, Art Adams, Laura Martin
530-700: Phil Hester

FRI., 24 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tony Parker
1100-1200: Chris Bachalo
130-330: Ron Marz + Stjepan Sejic
230-330: Mark Waid

SAT., 25 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-330: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
330-530: Jim Valentino
530-700: Ken Lashley

SUN., 26 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-500 PM)
1000-1130: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-230: Jimmy Palmiotti

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

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