Saturday, March 31, 2012

Captain America: First Avenger sequel- new director?

Well among all the internet chatter concerning Marvel Studios' The Avengers are a few updates on their already announced projects, including a possible sequel to last year's Captain America: First Avenger. According to Vulture.com Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has met with several directors and has narrowed it down to a list of three. They are:

  • George Nolfi- writer of Bourne Ultimatum and writer/director of The Adjustment Bureau
  • F. Gary Gray- The Italian Job
  • Anthony and Joseph Russo from TV's Community
Previously it was thought that director Joe Johnston was returning to the helm for the sequel. No reason yet as to that change.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Newest Avengers trailer- We see the Aliens!

Well here they are finally. In the latest trailer for The Avengers we get our best look yet at the mysterious alien race that's working with Loki. Who are they? I'm not sure exactly. I posted a screen grab of the close-up that's shown in the trailer. Any guesses? Post them here folks!





Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Man of Steel's new look

Here's the recently released logo for next year's Man of Steel movie. We have already seen there were changes to the classic Superman costume and S shield. Looks like those changes are going to the logo as well.


Beware the Batman coming to Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network officially confirmed their next addition to the DC Nation cartoon block of programming. Coming some time later this year will be the newest Batman animated series, called Beware the Batman. Here's the announcement from Cartoon Network with a first look at promotional artwork:

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman's core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City's criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a "Batman show." Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA's Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond's Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated's Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Armie Hammer talks about the Justice League movie

While on his publicity tour in support of the forthcoming movie Mirror Mirror, Armie Hammer gave an interview to CraveOnline where he was asked about his experiences on director George Miller's shuttered Justice League production. He was set to appear as Batman in that film.
You’ve really blown up in the last year but this could’ve happened even earlier. You were working on Justice League with George Miller. Did you get a taste of this back then if that movie had gone?
I hate to say it, but thankfully it didn't because I probably wouldn't have been ready for anything then. I didn't have the head on my shoulders that I feel I do now. Hopefully I'll say the same thing five years from now. Hopefully I'm always learning more and stuff like that, but had it happened then, like looking back and knowing what I knew then I wouldn't have been ready for it. I wouldn't have been able to handle it. It's a lot at twenty five years old to be playing the title character of a movie where the budget is humongous and it has to work. That's a lot of pressure to handle at twenty five, but at the same time you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I'm really excited about it, like I get to do things that other twenty five years olds might not get to do. So, I'm having fun and am appreciative as much as possible.
Was the Justice League thing a good education for you as a young actor, having that big budget film not go?
Yeah, yeah. It was amazing as a young actor to even get to experience that kind of a budget. I think that they were talking about, I mean this could be hearsay, who knows, but I think the budget was close to $300 million. I don't know the specifics, but it was huge, huge to the point where I remember being down in Australia and they were just throwing money around. Just like, “Wherever the whole cast wants to go to dinner every night? Sure. Pay with this wad of cash.” It was extravagant and then to have it all fall apart was a really good reality check. It's like, “Hey, nothing in this business is real. Don't forget that.” It's like, “Oh, yeah, right, right.” 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

More new images of Captain America from The Avengers

Well here's a couple more. Marvel Studios released some more still images from The Avengers. Included in them were these two Captain America pictures. I guess we can expect more images to keep coming out from Marvel as we get closer to May 4th.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

New image of Captain America from The Avengers movie- Frozen In Ice!

It's so cool to see that classic image of Captain America in the comic books brought to life on the movie screen. Here's a picture from Marvel Studios' The Avengers showing Chris Evans as Cap, frozen in ice and surrounded by SHIELD agents and scientists. This builds up from the opening scene of Captain America: First Avenger where SHIELD agents find the wreckage of the Red Skull's superplane and within it Cap's might shield.

Does it get any better then this?



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Movie poster for The Wolverine revealed?

ComicBookMovie.com is running a story showing what is supposedly a picture of the poster, taken in director James Mangold's office. Another movie related website- ScreenRant- was the first to show the teaser image of the Japanese flag being sliced by Wolverine's claws.

Production on 'The Wolverine' is supposed to begin this Fall.


New images from 'The Avengers' movie; some never before seen sets

Paramount Pictures, in conjunction with Disney and Marvel Studios, just released a series of new still pictures from The Avengers movie. These images focus on SHIELD's Helicarrier and includes several never before seen sets and images.
























To see all the released images please CLICK THIS LINK.

First look at Stephen Amell as Green Arrow

The CW is giving Green Arrow a new look for their new TV pilot, "Arrow." Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, "Arrow" stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy who now fights crime as a vigilante. The character returns from a deserted island with a new set of skills and sets his sights on the criminal underworld.


The TV show costume was designed by Oscar winner- for Alice In Wonderland with Johnny Depp- Colleen Atwood.


"When I directed the pilot for 'Smallville,' I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero," "Arrow" director and executive producer David Nutter said in a statement. "'Arrow' is a different show -- darker and harder-edged -- but it's the same core idea. We're creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. Colleen Atwood's great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort."
Comic veteran Marc Guggenheim is executive producing the series along with Nutter, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Guggenheim and Kreisberg wrote the teleplay based on a story by Berlanti and Guggenheim.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

PREVIEW trailer from The Walking Dead video game

Video game producer Telltale Games has released a preview trailer for their forthcoming game based on the super popular comic book, graphic novel and television zombie franchise, The Walking Dead.

The game centers on Lee Everett, a character created specifically for the game, in a parallel story to the acclaimed comic series, with designs based on Adlard’s art. Telltale CEO Dan Connors announced earlier this week that the developer is about to submit the episodic game for approval through Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, which means it could go on sale as soon as late April or early May. 







Saturday, March 17, 2012

Before Watchmen: Jim Lee's variant cover to Nite-Owl #1

More Wondercon news: DC Comics has released the first look at the pencils for DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee's variant cover to "Before Watchmen: Nite Owl" #1. The project, written by J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert goes on sale in June. 



Official! Carol Danvers IS the new Captain Marvel

Marvel Senior Editor Tom Breevoort confirmed today at Wondercon that Carol Danvers will be taking over the name of Captain Marvel starting in July with a new title by Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy. The new ongoing series, which will come out of events in Avengers vs. X-Men, gives Marvel Comics its only female led monthly title.

Naturally the change in name will bring with it a change in uniform. Check out below the two images Marvel has provided of the new Captain Marvel.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Love That Panel: The Avengers by Ryan Meinerding

What more The Avengers news? Well you bet. I came across this image by Marvel Studios' storyboard artist Ryan Meinerding. There is an exhibition of his artwork appearing now in France and among several of the pieces he did for previous Marvel Studios films like Iron Man and Captain America: First Avenger is this piece featuring the stars of Marvel Studios' The Avengers.











This picture is surely the storyboard for that scene from the end of the trailers that have been running since the Super Bowl. Marvel has been releasing his storyboard artwork and designs as collections for each of their films so far. I've been hoping to get the Cap one since seeing that movie last summer. Now I'll be adding the 'sure-to-come' Avengers one to my wish list as well.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

DC's Swamp Thing debuts new look in April's issue 8

DC has released, via Buzzfeed, the new look for Swamp Thing that will be debuting in Swamp Thing #8, on sale April 4. The design is by series artist Yanick Paquette. Here's what series writer Scott Snyder says about the change for Swamp Thing:
"Everyone who has taken on the character of Swamp Thing has redesigned him to some degree - that has always been one of the most inspiring things about him; every team that has given him life has made him their own in a unique way. So this version, our version, is something we've been dying to reveal to people for months. And now that the moment is finally here, I couldn't be prouder of what we've come up with together. Our Swamp Thing is a warrior king of the green, and the horned crown, the breastplate, all that is meant to speak to this idea - that Alec Holland was destined to be the greatest most badass swamp thing ever." 
the cover to Swamp Thing #8 by Paquette




Great new Japanese Trailer for the Avengers shows Helicarrier and surprise cameo by...

On the Japanese Yahoo site is a new version of the Avengers movie trailer featuring great new action scenes, a surprise cameo from another Marvel character and fantastic shots of the aliens and the Helicarrier.








Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men; Vs #2- beautiful Cap/Gambit pages by Steve McNiven

Marvel released a sneak peek at some interior pencil pages from Avengers vs. X-Men: Vs. #2, featuring some beautifully detailed work by Steve McNiven. The pages apparently are part of a fight scene involving Captain America and Gambit.

Is it just me or is McNiven just plain born to draw Captain America?


Joss Whedon: The Avengers is the Ultimate Hulk movie

Well he certainly has been talkative lately hasn't he? Marvel Studios' The Avengers director Joss Whedon, in an interview which will be appearing in the May issue of Total Film magazine, shares some more insights into his approach to Marvel Studios on how to make the film as well as once again squashing the 'Spider-Man is in it' rumor.

Whedon has been on a publicity tour for another one of his films, Cabin in the Woods, but has given several Avengers related interviews, comments and insights while promoting his new film.

In the Total Film piece he also talks a little of the Incredible Hulk and how he chose to envision and expand the character who has previously been in two Marvel Studios films:
"Do I think this is the ultimate Hulk movie? I'm going to tell you I do. I think what we've done with him is unprecedented and will blow people away."
On those other Hulk films:
 "Those are not films I would have made. In the second one he got a [bit] of a ripped surfer look that didn't make sense to me" 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Alan Moore calls Before Watchmen "DC soiling themselves in public" and a "reputation killer"

Writer Kurt Amacker, who has done a long history of interviews with comics legend Alan Moore recently conducted another lengthy one for the website Seraphemera.org. In this long interview Amacker naturally brought the conversation to all things Watchmen including DC's forthcoming Before Watchmen prequels, Dave Gibbons and the infamous contract with DC that has seen Moore's attempts of regaining the character rights stymied by the continual publication of the seminal work.

Again the interview is quite long but I'll pull a few interesting quotes out for enlightenment and discussion.

On Dave Gibbons:
The money would’ve been from DC.  He was acting as an intermediary.  He told me they were planning to do these prequels and sequels, and that he had been offered something in the region of a quarter of a million dollars to oversee the project–that it would be handled by the top talent in the industry, to which I said some quite intemperate things.  I said that, as far as Watchmen was concerned, I didn’t really think that there was any talent in the mainstream comics industry.  If there had have been, they presumably, sometime over the past 20 or 25 years, would have perhaps come up with something that was as good as Watchmen–or as notable or as memorable–after they’d already been shown how to do it.  So yeah, I was angry and I said some things which I still stand behind.  And, that was the end of it.  And, that was the end of my friendship with Dave Gibbons: because he hadn’t phoned up and thanked me and he had done the one thing that I’d asked him not to.  When I mentioned this in an interview, he phoned me up again to say, “Oh, thanks for that money, Alan.” 
On "The Contract"
That was the understanding upon which we did Watchmen–that they understood that we wanted to actually own the work that we’d done, and that they were a “new DC Comics,” who were going to be more responsive to creators.  And, they’d got this new contract worked out which meant that when the work went out of print, then the rights to it would revert to us–which sounded like a really good deal.  I’d got no reason not to trust these people.  They’d all been very, very friendly.  They seemed to be delighted with the amount of extra comics they were selling.  Even on that level, I thought, “Well, they can see that I’m getting them an awful lot of good publicity, and I’m bringing them a great deal of money.  So, if they are even competent business people, they surely won’t be going out of their way to screw us in any way.”  Now, I’ve since seen the Watchmen contract, which obviously we didn’t read very closely at the time.  It was the first contract that I’d ever seen–and I believe that it was a relatively rare event for a contract to actually exist in the comics business. 
On the readers who will buy "Before Watchmen":
I have a huge respect for my audience.  On the occasions when I meet them, they seem, I like to think, to be intelligent and scrupulous people.  If people do want to go out and buy these Watchmen prequels, they would be doing me an enormous favor if they would just stop buying my other books.  When I think of my audience, I like to have good thoughts and think about how lucky I am to have one that is as intelligent as mine and as moral as mine. 
These are just some of many fantastic snippets that can be found in the interview. It was informative and entertaining. And while some have grown tired of Moore's 'comics curmudgeon routine' I found the this piece to be the most enlightening interview I have ever read with Moore. I truly have a better understanding of the whole Watchmen situation.

To read the interview please CLICK THIS LINK.


AMC Theatres Presents: THE ULTIMATE MARVEL MARATHON!


Get ready to watch the greatest Marvel movie event ever held at your local AMC Theatre on May 3rd! Experience THE ULTIMATE MARVEL MARATHON with six movies on one epic day. Watch the heroes’ stories unfold as they assemble for the midnight premiere of The Avengers 3D!
Here's a list of the six movies being shown at THE ULTIMATE MARVEL MARATHON:
Iron ManThe Incredible HulkIron Man 2Thor in 3DCaptain America in 3DThe Avengers in 3D
Limited engagement tickets for both THE AVENGERS and THE ULTIMATE MARVEL MARATHON will go on sale this Sunday night at a select number of AMC Theatres.
The times the tickets will go on sale are as follows:
Eastern Standard Time - 12:01am Sunday night (3/11) / Monday morning (3/12)
Pacific Standard Time - 9:01pm Sunday night (3/11)
Here is a list of the select theatres where you can purchase tickets:
Boston Common 19 - Boston, MA
Burbank 16 - Burbank, CA
Downtown Disney 12 - Anaheim, CA
Aventura 24 - Aventura, FL
Empire 25 - New York, NY
Garden State 16 - Paramus, NJ
Downtown Disney 24 - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Metreon 16 - San Francisco, CA
Alderwood 16 - Lynnwood, WA
Tysons Corner 16 - McLean, VA
Tickets will go on sale for other AMC Theatres on March 16th. The expanded list will also be made available on March 16th.
Don't miss out on the greatest Marvel movie event ever assembled!!


Who's the New Captain Marvel?

Marvel released a teaser image strongly hinting at the return of 'Captain Marvel' in July. But the question is who will be the Captain? Rumor has it that we will see Carol Danvers switch codenames from Ms. Marvel and take on the name Captain Marvel. Marvel will reveal more information about this new series at this weekend's WonderCon 2012 during the Talk to the Hat Panel with Senior Editor Tom Brevoort.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel

Well I was thinking that since The Comics Ticker seems to have been so heavy with Marvel's The Avengers coverage that I thought I would try to post some updates on either Man of Steel or The Dark Knight Rises. However there hasn't been much to report for those two films. So I looked around and found this picture from Man of Steel showing a very, um, er, big Henry Cavill in his Superman costume.


DC releases the first series of official Before Watchmen solicits

DC released the official solicitations for the first series of Before Watchmen titles. Some new art also is used for the released cover images. Also seems that the titles are all priced at $3.99. At this point it is unclear if there will be extra content pages to account for the change from the DC standard of $2.99. If not then I'm eager to here the internet calling DC out on an apparent 'cash grab'.






BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1

Written by DARWYN COOKE
Backup story written by LEN WEIN


Art and cover by DARWYN COOKE Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS


Variant cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN, 1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE 


On sale JUNE 6  32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US  MATURE READERS Combo pack edition: $4.99
USRetailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.


Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all.Plus: Don't miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.





BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #1


Written by DARWYN COOKE and AMANDA CONNER 
Backup story written by LEN WEIN


Art and cover by AMANDA CONNER Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS


1:25 Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE


On sale JUNE 13 ? 32 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $3.99 US MATURE READERSCombo pack edition: $4.99 
US Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.


Oh sweetie, you're too young to hate. Wait until you're older and the world gives you a good reason. Trust me, it won't let you down. Plus: Don't miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.



BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1


Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO 
Backup story written by LEN WEIN


Art and cover by J.G. JONES Backup story art by JOHN HIGGINS


Variant cover by EDUARDO RISSO 1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE 


On sale JUNE 20 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US MATURE READERS Combo pack edition: $4.99
USRetailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.


I'm a funny guy..Plus: Don't miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.






BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1


Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Backup story written by LEN WEIN


Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT and JOE KUBERTBackup story art by JOHN HIGGINS


Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN 1:200 Variant cover by JIM LEE 


On sale JUNE 27 32 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $3.99 US MATURE READERSCombo pack edition: $4.99 USRetailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.


The hero known to the public only as Nite Owl announced his retirement today. Plus: Don't miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Joss Whedon says 'No' to Skrulls AND Kree

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly at this weekend's SXSW Festival,  The Avengers director was asked about all the rumors of Skrulls or Kree appearances in the film. Not only did Whedon give the official confirmation that neither of the alien races will be in the movie, but he also gave his reasons as to not using them.
"I will say only this: It is not the Kree or the Skrulls. Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories. They have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had sevenmovie stars."

"The Skrulls — they can shape change. That’s a whole thing. I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow — it’s a real juggling act."
 
Whedon was naturally evasive on giving up any spoilers as to the rumored other villain in the film and the burning question of the identity of the alien army that Loki commands.


First Look at Johnny Depp and Arnie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

Disney has released the first official picture from The Lone Ranger, starring Arnie Hammer and Johnny Depp, and showing the two actors in character.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

All Marvel $3.99 books to include free digital copies

From Marvel:


Marvel is proud to announce that, beginning June 2012, all Marvel super hero comics priced at $3.99 will include codes for free digital copies of those same issues on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices at no extra cost! That’s right, the most-talked-about comics in the industry—including Avengers, Captain America, Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Thor, Amazing Spider-Man. Wolverine & The X-Men and more—will come packed with a code to ensure fans have the most critically acclaimed stories with them anytime, anywhere.
“We’re committed to bringing fans the best value in comics. By including codes for free digital copies in all our $3.99 super hero comics, we’re doing just that” said David Gabriel, SVP of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.   “We’ve seen a tremendous response to the digital codes in Avenging Spider-Man, our Season One graphic novels and the Ultimate Comics line. The positive reactions from both retailers and fans make it clear that including these codes with our books drives customers into comic stores on a repeated basis.”
Marvel made comic book history in 2011 by announcing  all titles in the Ultimate Comics line would include codes for free digital copies on the Marvel Comics app, with unrivaled incentives for comic shop retailers. Then, in 2012, Marvel announced the acclaimed Season One graphic novels would also include similar codes making them the first graphic novels to ever include codes for free digital copies at no extra cost.
“At Marvel, we’re always looking for ways to bring the worlds of print and digital media together to deliver the best comics experience for our fans,” said Peter Phillips, SVP & GM, Marvel Digital Media. “With this next step, fans will soon be able to buy their comics from their favorite retailers but also enjoy them on their mobile devices and tablets, all at no extra charge. Welcome to the Revolution.”

Sad News: Amy Reeder off of Batwoman

DC Comics announced today- and which was confirmed by the artist- that Amy Reeder will not be drawing Batwoman #9, 10 and 11 as previously announced, and has in fact left the popular series. On her Facebook page, Reeder put a little background to her leaving the title. She said:
"It's definitely regrettable...some real creative differences were going on to the point that it became untenable."
She did not elaborate further what those differences were with writer/artist JH Williams. Just recently I picked some of her Batwoman art as part of the 'Love that Panel' feature here on The Comics Ticker. Her manga influence and amazing page design and storytelling will be missed. DC has said that artist Trevor McCarthy, recently from the Batman: Gates of Gotham miniseries, will be taking Reeder's place in the artist rotation on Batwoman with Williams set to return to the art on the book with issue 12.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Where's Waldo? On a killing spree of course!

This isn't something I normally cover on The Comics Ticker but after seeing this video I just had to share it with you all.

Daredevil #10.1 PREVIEW

Marvel has sent out an early preview for Daredevil #10.1, by Mark Waid and Khoi Pham and going on sale on April 4, 2012. The solicit information is as follows:
The most critically acclaimed series of the year provides fans new and old a perfect jumping on point, as Daredevil faces the consequences of his recent heroic actions! Seeking revenge at any cost, a cabal of villainous secret societies swarm Hell’s Kitchen with one objective- bring Daredevil to his knees! Can The Man Without Fear outwit the likes of murderous super-villain organizations? Will Daredevil’s actions cost him his life? Find out in Daredevil #10.1, hitting comic shops everywhere and the Marvel Comics app, this April! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Summer of Valiant: Bloodshot cover revealed

Valiant Comics has been teasing their return to comics publishing this week. They are releasing 4 ongoing titles during the four summer months. The covers to X-O Manowar and Harbinger have already been released. Today saw the unveiling of the latest cover: Bloodshot #1. 

This also has been a good week for the Bloodshot property as it has been recently licensed for development as a movie feature.

So what's the fourth comic? Well rumor has it that it will be Shadowman. I am holding my breath and crossing my fingers for my favorite Valiant title- The Eternal Warrior.






Tuesday, March 6, 2012

More Before Watchmen, world waiting on Alan Moore's response

Today DC rolled out their newly updated website and through in several treats for visitors. I'll save a critique on the site itself for a little later and just post some cool art. Included on the site is this new Before Watchmen image of the Minutemen by Lee Bermejo. Not sure if this will be a cover for one of the prequel books or just a teaser image.


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