NYC – The Art of March: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Reception

Join Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award winning March trilogy for a special reception for The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece on Friday, May 4th at 6:30 PM.

Powell will be joined by CBLDF Executive Director and exhibition co-curator Charles Brownstein. Together, they’ll discuss the groundbreaking graphic novel trilogy and its relevance to today’s students, educators and citizens.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view the original art from this modern masterpiece alongside its creator!

This event is hosted and sponsored by CBLDF. Admission is free and open to the public. Cash bar.

Donations accepted.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work protecting the First Amendment, and the Society of Illustrators educational programs including the Illustration Art Academy for at-risk youth and The Art Academy for Incarcerated Youth on Rikers Island.

About the Exhibit:

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece walks visitors through the story of Congressman John Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement as depicted by the pen of MARCH trilogy illustrator Nate Powell. This landmark exhibition of Congressman Lewis’s celebrated graphic novel memoir, co-written with Andrew Aydin, takes visitors on a visceral tour of the movement, illuminating pivotal moments, people, and philosophies through the display of over 150 pieces of original art, interactive materials, and new exhibition essays by Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association (The University Press of Mississippi. 2013). The exhibition gives a glimpse into how this graphic novel was created, with behind-the-scenes process art and artifacts from Powell’s illustration process. A portion of the exhibition also shows how Eisner Award–winning Powell evolved from an SVA student steeped in the punk zine culture into the illustrator of MARCH.

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece exhibition is co-curated by John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) and Charles Brownstein (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

MoCCA Arts Festival Announces 2018 Programming

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 7-8. This year’s programming will take place at the beautiful Ink48 Hotel (653 11th Avenue at 48th street), steps away from our primary venue, Metropolitan West at 639 West 46th Street.

Organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos, this year’s programming includes spotlight sessions with all of this year’s MoCCA Guests of Honor: New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Argentine cartoonist LiniersMARCH co-creators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and Hellboy comics artist Mike Mignola.

Featured guest Jaime Hernandez will also take the stage in a spotlight session, alongside a pair of focused conversations among our distinguished international guests. Max de Radiguès and Anna Haifisch will discuss the international comics scene, and Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet will trace points of connection in their recent work.

Focused panel discussions will address topics including a conversation about comics, community and career hosted by Nicole J. Georges with Jennifer Camper, Kat Fajardo,and Ariel Schrag, as well as a discussion of political cartooning and current events hosted by Marymount Manhattan College professor Kent Worcester with artists Steve Brodner, Mr. Fish, Ann Telnaes, and Eli Valley. Other panels will feature luminaries including Patrick McDonnell, Françoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Mark Siegel, Lauren Weinstein and more.

A programming schedule can be found online for Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, or may be downloaded here. Each programming event will last one hour, with a half hour break between programming events. Admission to programming is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. All seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Price of admission is $7 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free. More information about the Fest can be found here.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece Exhibition

Press Release:

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece walks visitors through the story of Congressman John Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement as depicted by the pen of MARCH trilogy illustrator Nate Powell. This landmark exhibition of Congressman Lewis’s celebrated graphic novel memoir, co-written with Andrew Aydin, takes visitors on a visceral tour of the movement, illuminating pivotal moments, people, and philosophies through the display of over 150 pieces of original art, interactive materials, and new exhibition essays by Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association (The University Press of Mississippi. 2013). The exhibition gives a glimpse into how this graphic novel was created, with behind-the-scenes process art and artifacts from Powell’s illustration process. A portion of the exhibition also shows how Eisner Award–winning Powell evolved from an SVA student steeped in the punk zine culture into the illustrator of MARCH.

The Society of Illustrators will be organizing events open to the public in conjunction with the exhibition. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 1st, beginning at 6:30 PM. A schedule of lectures, panels, tours and workshops geared toward students, teachers, as well as the general public will be announced in the coming weeks. More information on the exhibit and related events can be found here.

In addition, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin will be Guests of Honor at MoCCA Arts Festival. This 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, draws over 8,000 attendees each year. Held on April 7 and 8th, the Fest will include speaking engagements, book signings, and parties. Further scheduling information for MoCCA Arts Festival will be available in future announcements.

The MARCH trilogy has been recognized for its groundbreaking storytelling with numerous accolades. MARCH: Book One became the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, MARCH: Book Two won the Eisner Award, MARCH: Book Three is the first graphic novel to receive a National Book Award, and the trilogy has spent a combined 99 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. MARCH is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece exhibition is co-curated by John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) and Charles Brownstein (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

Guests of Honor for MoCCA ArtFest 2018 Announced

The MoCCA Arts Festival has announced Roz Chast, Liniers, Mike Mignola, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin as the Guests of Honor for this year’s show on April 7th and 8th, 2018!

Roz Chast:
Roz Chast has created over 800 cartoons for The New Yorker. Her work focuses on urban and domestic life, in her inimitable line. Her cartoons have also been published in other notable publications like Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones.  Her award-winning titles include her memoirs Going Into Town and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (Bloomsbury); Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978 – 2006 (Bloomsbury); The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter Z (Flying Dolphin Press), with Steve Martin; and many others.

Liniers:
Argentine comic artist Liniers is the creator of over 20 books. His daily comic strip, Macanudo, combines the charm of Calvin and Hobbes with surrealism and lively formal experimentation. Well-known in Latin America, Macanudo has recently been collected in several English-language editions by Enchanted Lion Books. He has recently gained further acclaim with his books for children, Written and Drawn by Henrietta and The Big Wet Balloon, both published by Toon Books in Spanish- and English-language editions.  In 2011 he founded the La Editorial Común, whose focus is to publish works by a diverse body of Argentine authors and artists, as well as foreign creators, with a focus on design. His artwork has also appeared on the cover of The New Yorker magazine.

Mike Mignola:
Mike Mignola is best known for his collection of titles created for Dark Horse Comics, including 13 graphic novels collecting his signature Hellboy series, and spin-off titles B.P.R.D., and Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien, and Witchfinder. His comic book The Amazing Screw-On Head, also published by Dark Horse, received an Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication in 2003. Mignola has co-authored two projects with best selling author Christopher Golden: Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Bantam Spectra) and Joe Golem and the Drowning City (Dark Horse Comics). In addition, Mignola has worked on numerous film and television projects, and is currently co-writing the script for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, due to be released by Lionsgate in January, 2019.

Nate Powell:
Nate Powell is a New York Times best selling-graphic novelist. He is an alumnus of the School of Visual Arts, having graduated in 2000. His work includes MARCH (Top Shelf), the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (all published by Top Shelf), The Silence Of Our Friends (First Second), The Year Of The Beasts (Roaring Brook Press), and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero (Disney-Hyperion). Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Andrew Aydin:
Andrew Aydin is the creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother, and grew up reading comic books. After college, he took a job with Congressman Lewis. Today, Aydin serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. Andrew’s other works include the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet(Image), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Magazine.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

SF – MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement

Press Release:

The Cartoon Art Museum, Top Shelf Productions, and IDW Publishing proudly present MARCH, an exhibition of original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Cartoon Art Museum patrons will discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis, as artist Nate Powell chronicles Lewis’s journey from Troy, Alabama to Washington, D.C. The MARCH graphic novel trilogy, co-written by Andrew Aydin, received the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Award, has won multiple Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, and has been a staple of the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists.

Artist Nate Powell will discuss MARCH at the Cartoon Art Museum on Friday, February 9, 2018. RSVP on Facebook for further details…

About Congressman John Lewis and MARCH:

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

To share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis produced March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

About Nate Powell, forthcoming guest speaker at the Cartoon Art Museum:

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot documentary will reach roughly one million students in 50,000 schools across the nation.

From 1999 to 2009, Powell worked full-time providing support for adults with developmental disabilities alongside his cartooning efforts. He managed underground record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and performed in punk bands Soophie Nun Sqaud and Universe. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Powell’s next book, Come Again, will be released in summer 2018 by Top Shelf/IDW.

Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

MI – Marching Forward Signing

Press Release:

Vault of Midnight is thrilled to team up with The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor District Library to present Marching Forward, a series of events tied to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s visit to Ann Arbor on September 21st. Together, these three assembled one of the most powerful and celebrated graphic novels in recent memory with March, a three-part autobiography of the legendary civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.

Vault of Midnight will be hosting artist Nate Powell on Wednesday, Sep. 20th at 7pm for a book signing. Besides his groundbreaking and lauded work on the March trilogy, Powell is an Ignatz and Eisner award winning graphic novelist whose book Swallow Me Whole took the industry by storm in 2008 and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize.

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Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-998-1413

IDW Publishing Recaps Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

San Diego-based publisherIDW, was well represented at this year’s Comic-Con International and made some noise, thanks to IDW’s high profile booth signings, in-demand exclusives, and major announcements! Not to mention walking away from the annual Eisner ceremony with awards for Best Anthology – Love is Love, and Best Reality-Based Work – March: Book Three.

As they celebrated the trilogy’s conclusion, Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell not only received Eisner Awards for March: Book Three, but also Inkpot Awards for their contributions to the field of comics, before leading hundreds of students, teachers, and fans in an inspiring march through Comic-Con.

Love is Love project organizer, Marc Andreyko, was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his efforts to aid the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The benefit anthology raised over $167K for those affected.

Legendary comics creator Walter Simonson, whose Ragnarök is published under IDW, was honored during the ceremony as well, being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in recognition of his long and outstanding career.

With so many announcements hitting during the biggest trade show of the year, we’ve compiled a handy guide to what exciting news IDW/Top Shelf made at the event.

Sonic the Hedgehog — Everyone’s favorite blue blur is returning to comics in 2018, now under IDW’s editorial guidance as SEGA announced a new publishing partnership.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — Award-winning creators Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude their careers in comics with a final storyline, “The Tempest,” beginning in June.

Goosebumps — This October, encounter monsters old and new in IDW’s comic series from the terrifying world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling series.

Black Crown’s Assassinistas — This 6-issue miniseries from writer Tini Howard (Hack/Slash) and newly minted Will Eisner Hall of Famer Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) packs a punch. Ex-hitwoman Octavia comes out of retirement, dragging her college-aged son and his boyfriend along on her mission to kick some serious ass this December.

Black Crown’s Punks Not Dead — Courtesy of writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, cross the pond this January for this UK-based tale of Fergie, a boy in search of his father, and his companion, the ghost of The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious (obviously).

TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 — The Heroes in a Half Shell and the original ‘busters will reunite for a 5-week crossover event series this November from Erik BurnhamTom Waltz, and Dan Schoening.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call —The heroines of the 2016 feature film are returning to comics this October, now with their own series, from Ghostbusters veterans, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions — The new anthology comic set in Jem’s world will premiere this November, with an all-star lineup of rotating creative teams including Jem mainstay Sophie Campbell, plus Kate Leth and Tana Ford joining the jam session.

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure — This two-part special, written by Denton J. Tipton with art by Menton3, will reveal the truth surrounding one of the greatest conspiracies in American history.

Gears of War — The popular video game franchise will return to comics in January 2018, with writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) scripting new stories. In addition, IDW will be reprinting the previous Gears of War comics into collections.

Glénat — IDW Publishing and French publisher Glénat are teaming up on a new joint initiative to publish original graphic novels in the U.S. and France, publishing genre graphic novels that will fit into both markets. It kicks off with a new fantasy series, The Highest House, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten.

30 Days of Night  — Fresh art from the upcoming reimagining of the vampire tale set in Alaska was unveiled. From writer/co-creator Steve Niles and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex), a new take on the modern classic arrives this December.

Star Trek: Discovery — The first details about the comic book tie-in to the upcoming Star Trek TV series were teased, including a Klingon-centric storyline. It will be written by Mike Johnson and Star Trek: Discovery TV writer Kirsten Beyer with art by Tony Shasteen with more details to come about the October launching title.

Visionaries — Hasbro’s Visionaries return to comics was teased from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and artist Fico Ossio (Revolution).

Unicron is coming!  — First Strike, the next major Hasbro comic book event from IDW, will see Unicron enter the picture, which can only mean one thing – destruction!

For additional details or assets for all of the above, please reach out to IDW’s media contact.

IDW Publishing thanks all of its talented creators, dedicated fans, and the hardworking staff of Comic-Con International for another amazing year! See you all in 2018!

March Graphic Novel Wins Further Awards

January 24, 2017 by  
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Press Release:

The bestselling March graphic novel trilogy broke new records yesterday by winning four major awards in the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, more than any book in the awards’ history. March: Book Three, the concluding volume by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, was announced as the winner of:

  • the Coretta Scott King Book Award (for outstanding African-American books for youth),
  • the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature),
  • the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (for most distinguished informational book for children),
  • and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

These honors for March: Book Three follow closely on the heels of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category, making it the first book to win both the Printz and the National Book Award.

“I’m delighted and honored that America’s librarians are supporting March with these awards,” said Congressman Lewis. “I love books and I love librarians. When I was growing up I tried to read every single thing I could. I hope these awards will help inspire all of our young people — and some of us not so young — to read, to learn, and to act. March is a guidebook reminding us that we all must speak up and stand up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just.”

The March trilogy, which depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, has previously won such honors as the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. It is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Congressman Lewis accepted the YALSA Nonfiction Award on behalf of the three creators yesterday at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. The King, Printz, and Sibert Awards will be handed out in ceremonies at the ALA Annual Conference in June.

MA – MICE Guests Signing

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Artists Nate Powell (March, Year of the Beasts, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) and Kerascoët (Beautiful Darkness, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty) appear at the Million Year Picnic on Friday October 28th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM! They will also appear that weekend at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist who began self-publishing at age 14. Nate illustrates the March trilogy – the acclaimed graphic novel autobiography of civil rights icon John Lewis – in his distinctive loose yet sophisticated style. He also creates comics of his own, such as You Don’t Say, Any Empire, and Swallow Me Whole, which further showcase his skills as a thoughtful storyteller.

Kerascoët is the shared pen name of illustrators Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset. The duo are best known in the US for their Eisner-nominated graphic novel Beautiful Darkness, where their fanciful cartooning frames a grim tale of mortality. The married couple met while attending the Olivier de Serres art school and now work together in comics and animation.

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Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763

PA – March Signing

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Press Release:

The ToonSeum, in collaboration with Sweetwater Arts Center, is honored to welcome the creators of the award-winning graphic novel March to Pittsburgh! This event takes place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

Congressman John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell will be discussing Congressman Lewis’ role as a leader of the civil rights movement and how they transformed his story into this powerful graphic novel series. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the MARCH trilogy will be available for purchase in the lobby of the August Wilson Center before the event and during the signing.

This event is sponsored by Carlow University and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, August Wilson Center, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Paul Schifino of Schifino Design.

The event is FREE but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! See link for tickets.

For more information about the exhibit or the event, contact the ToonSeum at (412) 232-0199

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August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-6070

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