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Black Hero Appreciation Month: Hobie Brown (The Prowler)

Posted February 7, 2016 by Rodney Brown

While he didn’t start out as technically a hero, I have always been a big fan of Hobie Brown, The Prowler, and not because we share the same last name. No, I credit The Prowler with helping keep me from my otherwise inevitable transition into a racist redneck. OK, some explanation is clearly required. I […]

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Black Superhero Appreciation Month: Al Simmons (Spawn)

Posted February 4, 2016 by Ashley Rogers

Lt. Colonel Albert Francis Simmons, a.k.a Al Simmons, a.k.a Spawn blazed onto the comics scene in the very early nineties and has been adapted into short-lived television and movie series by HBO and New Line Cinema respectively. Michael Jai White (who later went on to star in the titular role of Black Dynamite in a […]

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Syfy’s New Series ‘The Magicians’ Fails To Cast A Clear Spell

Posted January 29, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Quick, name the series: A hidden school for magicians-in-training; a smart, geeky teen with issues learns he is a magic-user when he’s selected to attend the magic school, and who may be some kind of Chosen One; hyper-competent female magic-user with a chip on her shoulder; personality conflicts among students, challenges with magic classes, and […]

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Gaiman Gets His ‘Shadow’ For Starz Series ‘American Gods’

Posted January 28, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

If you love Neil Gaiman and you don’t get the Starz network, you may want to contact your cable provider. Starz announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon, the central character of Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. The press release also noted that filming is set […]

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DMC Presents: Old Man Logan Livens Up Marvel’s Lineup

Posted January 27, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Ask anyone what the best Wolverine story of past 15 years was and the answer will be Old Man Logan. In the original series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, Wolverine is no more. In the future after the villains united to wipe out the heroes, Logan is living a quiet family life in the […]

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Arisia 2016 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 1

Posted January 20, 2016 by Rodney Brown

This past weekend the second convention of the year (YourminiCon in Connecticut took first) in New England was held at the Westin Waterfront hotel. Arisia is a con that specializes in science fiction, fantasy and steampunk literature, TV and movies, with a smattering of gaming and anime thrown in. While the convention has landed many well-known […]

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DMC Presents: Obi-Wan Tales Shine In ‘Star Wars’ Ongoing Series

Posted January 19, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Just over a year ago Marvel took over the Star Wars license after Dark Horse Comics carried the torch for more than 20 years. The change in publisher coincided with the reset button on the expanded Star Wars universe meaning Marvel had a clean slate to work with. The synergy between the Disney owned Marvel […]

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Netflix Hires ‘Jessica Jones’ For Second Job

Posted January 17, 2016 by Rodney Brown

In news that should surprise no one and please just about everybody, Netflix announced that it has ordered a second season of the big hit Marvel comic adaptation Jessica Jones. According to EW.com, Netflix confirmed the renewal of the show at the Television Critics Association event last Sunday. Krysten Ritter returns as Jessica and Mike Colter will […]

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Report: HBO ‘Close’ To Ordering Two More ‘GoT’ Seasons

Posted January 15, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Let’s hope Bran Stark’s abilities have grown up as much as the actor Isaac Hempstead Wright clearly has. Westeros may need him for two more seasons of Game of Thrones. (Warning, Season Five ending Spoiler below.) With the 10-episode season six of Games of Thrones premiering on April 24, many fans are wondering how — […]

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DMC Presents: Dawn Of Diana In ‘The Legend of Wonder Woman’

Posted January 12, 2016 by Chris Proulx

This year DC Comics expands their cinematic universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s a pretty big deal for a number of reasons. Obviously it’s big because this will be the first time these popular characters share the big screen together but it’s also a big deal because Wonder Woman will be making […]

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Winter 2016 Anime Season First Impressions

Posted January 10, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The Winter 2016 anime season has begun, and below are some quick impressions of some of the first new titles. Admittedly, these impressions are based on exactly one whole episode each, so the nature of the show may change completely. But more often than not, an anime show wants to set its feel, tone and […]

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‘Shannara Chronicles’ Trips On Teen ‘Tude Speak

Posted January 8, 2016 by Rodney Brown

I had hopes for the new MTV high fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, because I thought updating the writing might solve many of the issues I had with the books. Alas, while the updating did happen, it simply made the series more appropriate to the MTV audience. I read the first book in Terry Brooks’ […]

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DMC Presents: Marvel Makes A Violent Family Drama For The Vision

Posted January 7, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Welcome to the inaugural “DMC Presents:” a new weekly column looking at some of the best comics out on the shelves today. My name is Chris Proulx and I am the co-owner of Double Midnight Comics. Our shop has been around for over 13 years and I have been an avid comic book reader for […]

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‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer Confirms 3/18 Release

Posted January 7, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The rumor is dead, and Daredevil Season 2 will not be released on the same day as the opening of DC’s next blockbuster, Batman v. Superman — it will debut the weekend before, March 18, 2016. A one-source rumor was picked up and very widely distributed across the Internet (we did too on our Facebook […]

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Crunchyroll Releases Its Winter 2016 Lineup

Posted January 5, 2016 by Rodney Brown

One of the reliable sources of timely anime from Japan (often simulcast or next day if you are OK with subtitles) is Crunchyroll. Recently it put out the chart of its upcoming new shows or seasons for this winter. I won’t cut and paste the whole thing, just provide you with a link to it […]

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The Winds of Winter (Isn’t Coming This Spring)

Posted January 2, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

(Note: the link to George R.R. Martin’s blog entry contains some spoilers pertaining to both the books and the HBO series.) Sorry for the Stark — and somewhat stark — pun, but unfortunately, it’s appropriate. George R.R. Martin just penned a lengthy mea culpa on his blog, explaining that he missed his December 31st deadline […]

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Anime 2015 Highs and Lows

Posted December 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Taste in anime is so subjective, and the variety of genres is so wide, that trying to pick a Best and Worst list is almost pointless. So I will do what I did with my nerd TV list — pick two anime shows that were the biggest good surprises and two that were also big […]

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Hartford Comic Con And ComiCONN Merge

Posted December 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Today two conventions in the Nutmeg State announced a merger, and the new Hartford ComiCONN was born. Scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2016 at the home of the previous Hartford Comic Con, the XL Center, the convention combines Connecticut ComiCONN and the above mentioned HCC. If you don’t hail from Connecticut, you may not know about […]

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Crash’s Best and Worst Comics of 2015

Posted December 22, 2015 by Luis Correa

When Nerd Caliber approached me to write an article about what I felt had been the best and worst comic of 2015, I admittedly had considered refusing on the grounds that I my current cost of my pull list rounds up to almost thirty dollars a month. Trying to pick out which of the two […]

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Key To ‘Lock In’ Is Scalzi’s Clean Storytelling

Posted December 6, 2015 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Tightly-written modern detective yarn or topical exploration of modern issues? John Scalzi’s Lock In pulls off the impressive trick of being both. Science fiction writers often tackle difficult, thought-provoking issues: cultural alienation, free will, pandemics, and xenophobia (both extraterrestrial and human). The best authors incorporate these ideas slowly and subtly, allowing the reader to draw […]

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Morrigan Feature Set From New York Comic Con 2015!

Posted December 5, 2015 by Rodney Brown

I keep saying we are done with content from New York Comic Con this year, and I keep being wrong. Here you will find a featured photo set of M I S S I S S I P P I as Morrigan Aensland from the game Darkstalkers. I think we have here an accurate portrayal of one of Morrigan’s […]

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NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by KBV Photography, Sunday

Posted December 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Our last cosplay gallery from New York Comic Con is the third of three galleries from KBV Photography, featuring shots from Sunday. Here you will see cosplays by Syrin, Maki Roll, Avalon Cosplay, Gogo Incognito, an many others. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case […]

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NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by KBV Photography, Saturday

Posted December 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The hits from this year’s New York Comic Con keep on coming — this time in the second of three galleries from KBV Photography, featuring shots from Saturday. In this gallery you can find Casey Renee Cosplay, Maki Roll’s Chop Shop, Razgrizaces, Avacyn Ava, Scorched Earth Cosplay, ZeldaLilly Photography, Kandi Kane Cosplay, Cosplay Crew, CopyCat Cosplay and Props, […]

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Action Abounds in First ‘Civil War’ Trailer

Posted November 25, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

On your left MCU fans. Last night during the show Jimmy Kimmel Live we finally, FINALLY got to see a trailer for Captain America: Civil War. And the trailer did not disappoint. Honestly when they announced Civil War as a movie I was a little scared. Civil War is one of Marvel’s best storylines in […]

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Better ‘Jessica Jones’ Title – ‘AKA Trigger Warning’ or ‘Alias: Plot Holes’

Posted November 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

I know that I strongly recommended watching the Netflix show Jessica Jones, based on the first three episodes. That recommendation is tempered by two important things now that I have seen it all. First, the show is an enormous smorgasbord of abuse, presented with such intensity that it is something that should seriously carry a […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Sunday Part 2 of 2

Posted November 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We are finally at the end of our galleries from Rhode Island Comic Con 2015, with the second of two from Sunday. Among the many other excellent cosplayers in this set, you can find Mini Mal Cosplay, Elyssa B’s Cosplay, Jessica Mercy, Chelsea von Chastity, Jay Michael Lee of Prop Culture, Scotty Doesn’t Know Cosplay, Captain America Clonetrooper, and […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Sunday Part 1 of 2

Posted November 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at Rhode Island Comic Con 2015 was about half as busy as Saturday, and that means half the number of galleries of cosplay photographs. Appearing in this set are cosplayers including Panda and Lita from Wicked Geeky, Sidekicker Cosplay, Wonderllama Cosplay, Marina Nye Cosplays, Myratheon Cosplay, Raymond Ramos Cosplay, Mini Mal Cosplay and more. Photo […]

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How to Plan The Perfect Nerd Wedding

Posted November 21, 2015 by Lauren Grant

Putting together the perfect wedding is one of the most daunting tasks any couple will ever perform. But putting together the perfect nerdy wedding is in a whole other ball park. So just how do you pull off the ultimate nerdy wedding without making it too cheesy? Because at the end of the day everything […]

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‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’: Another Bloody Good Netflix Home Run

Posted November 20, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones plays out like Season 1 of True Detective meets Raymond Chandler with just a sprinkling of superheroics. And that is a marvelous mixture that makes you want to binge watch the whole Netflix series in one sitting. To be fair, the first episode isn’t perfect. It lags at […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 4 of 4

Posted November 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The last gallery from Saturday at Rhode Island Comic Con is loaded with outstanding cosplayer goodness, such as Mhysa Cosplay,  Boston Bee Cosplay, Koi Fish Asylum, Mistress Ishbo, Silhouette Cosplay, Jack Napier, Great White Bantha Cosplay, Jessica Mercy,  The Boston Ninja Turtle, GiveWave Studios, Kei Kei’s Cosplay Delivery Service, Team Vermin Cosplay, Syagria Cosplay and many others. Photo […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 3 of 4

Posted November 18, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Gallery three of four from Saturday at Rhode Island Comic Con is likely the largest of the four by a couple of images (just so I could get that adorable little Deadpool in the same gallery as her dad, the Green Lantern Deadpool). In this gallery you will find cosplayers like Peaches and Panda from […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 2 of 4

Posted November 17, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Number two of four — cosplay galleries from Saturday at Rhode Island Comic Con, that is. This is the other one that mixes shots from both the studio setup during the day and the after party. Galleries three and four will be just from the studio setup (and then the Sunday galleries and the costume […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 1 of 4

Posted November 16, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Between the very busy cosplay studio setup during the day and the after party that night, I shot more than 470 images of cosplayers (and one or two staffers or photographers) on Saturday at this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con. So here is the first set, with more than 115 images, out of a total of […]

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RICC 2015 Studio Gallery, Friday Part 2

Posted November 15, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery from Friday at Rhode Island Comic Con includes both studio shots and pictures from the first night after party. Among the cosplayers in this set are Boston Bee Cosplay, Team Vermin Cosplay, Brandon the Shapeshifter, Myratheon Cosplay, and Real Life Peter Griffin as the Han Solo version from Family Guy Star Wars parody episodes […]

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RICC 2015 Studio Gallery, Friday Part 1

Posted November 14, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This year I again had a studio backdrop and lights set up at Rhode Island Comic Con, taking photos of cosplayers entered into the Costume Contest and anyone else whose attention I could grab. Despite having a tight space, I grabbed enough pics to make two galleries of nearly 100 images each on Friday alone, and here […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday by Wonderllama Photography

Posted November 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second of two galleries of hall shots taken at Rhode Island Comic Con is from Sunday and from Wonderllama Photography. He somehow even put himself in the gallery — Gregg is the Doc Brown with the Dr. Robotnik-like hair looking as his watch with a Marty McFly cosplayer. He also caught me (or at least the […]

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RICC 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Fri-Sat by Wayfinder Photography

Posted November 12, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Continuing our cosplay photo coverage of Rhode Island Comic Con, we have the first of two hall shots galleries. This one is from Wayfinder Photography, the photo fan page of MicroKitty Cosplay. She took these shots over the course of the shorter Friday afternoon hours, and the busy Saturday.  Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, […]

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Anime USA 2015 Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions Photography

Posted November 10, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Washington, DC isn’t just our nation’s capitol or the home of the most vibrant hardcore punk scene in the world in the 1980s, it is also the home of Anime USA. This year we had Howell’s Visions Photography there taking photos and he brought us this gallery of the excellent cosplayers in attendance. In this gallery are, […]

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Rhode Island Comic Con Hits New High, Gets New Problems

Posted November 9, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The fourth iteration of Rhode Island Comic Con was its biggest by far, and it was generally perceived as a success by many, but not all. It did suffer from some problems, but the biggest one seems to be lingering anger over last year’s event, which prompted some people to immediately assume the worst when […]

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AAC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter, Part 2

Posted November 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery from this year’s Another Anime Convention, held in Manchester, NH, includes cosplayers like ATK PWR, Mini Mal Cosplay, Chicly Geeky, Stabitha and Peaches from Wicked Geeky, Miss Nayroby’s Cosplays, along with many others. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, […]

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AAC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter

Posted November 5, 2015 by Rodney Brown

With a somewhat confusing name like Another Anime Convention, it is no surprise most people use the acronym AAC when referring to the convention held each October in Manchester, NH. This year I was only able to go on Saturday, but managed to get a lot of pictures of some wonderful cosplays. In fact, there […]

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Halloween Costume Fun at Double Midnight Comics, Part 2

Posted November 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

For Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, Halloween has become almost a second Free Comic Book Day, but in addition to people swarming the store for free comics, they also show up for storewide sales and free candy. Cosplayers from throughout New England also show up to get pictures and take part in a DMC tradition, […]

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Halloween Costume Fun at Double Midnight Comics

Posted November 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Over the course of the past few years, Halloween has become a sort of second Free Comic Book Day at many comic book stores, with publishers putting out special Halloween-branded titles (OK, some were recovered versions of the same titles available at this year’s FCBD). Even before this trend started to take hold, Double Midnight […]

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‘Chivalry’ Anime Needs an ‘Asterisk’

Posted November 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This fall season there are two nearly identical anime shows about a boy in a magical fighting high school who fights with and falls for a gorgeous, powerful girl classmate. But while the similarities make them almost impossible to tell apart, they differ in one vital way — one has a realistic, believable female lead […]

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‘Preacher’ Puts Out Fast, Bloody Teaser Ahead of Sunday Trailer

Posted October 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

In the same week we got the most family friendly comic book adaption to TV in decades with Supergirl, we now have the first few seconds of footage from what will be the absolutely least family friendly comic book show to date — Garth Ennis’ Preacher. AMC released a short teaser for a trailer that is supposed […]

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Vanity Fox’s Connor Kenway Set from NYCC 2015!

Posted October 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second featured photo set from this year’s New York Comic Con is of Vanity Fox, covered in furs and teeth as Connor Kenway from the game Assassin’s Creed III — although given the outfit the character might better be called by his Native American name of Ratonhnhaké:ton. To give you a sense of how much dumb luck […]

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‘Walking Dead’ Shocker Manages to Not Trip Over Its Tropes

Posted October 29, 2015 by Rodney Brown

(Vincent Anderson is not just an up and coming cosplay photographer, but a good writer and someone who brings a very interesting view of how The Walking Dead handles its shocking moments using common TV tropes. -Ed.) By Vincent Anderson After the newest episode of The Walking Dead a lot of fans had immediate, knee-jerk […]

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NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by KBV Photography, Th-Fri

Posted October 28, 2015 by Rodney Brown

OK, I’m a bad boss. I forgot to verify that KBV Photography would have cosplay galleries for us from New York Comic Con. But, my lapse is a bonus for you! This is a big gallery, just under the size at which we split them into two, so it is loaded with cosplayers with fan […]

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‘Supergirl’ Pilot was Almost Super

Posted October 27, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Monday, at the strange time of 8:30 to 9:30, CBS aired the pilot episode of the newest series from the DC comics-to-TV powerhouse Greg Berlanti, the show Supergirl. Berlanti has two major TV hits on his hands with both Arrow and The Flash on the sister network of CBS, CW (a joint operation of CBS and […]

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NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery by Adam Etheridge, Sunday

Posted October 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Our last gallery from New York Comic Con is from Adam Etheridge on Sunday. Even after three previous days of heavy coverage, Adam was still all over the place, taking pictures on the show floor, in the halls and out under the overpass. In this gallery are Stella Chuu, Ladybeard, Zombie Bit Me, UndeadDu, Uncanny […]

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