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    10 Free Comic Book Day Books You Need To Pick Up

    Free Comic Book DayEvery year, Free Comic Book Day grows by leaps and bounds. What started as just a few comic companies giving out a handful of comics has transformed into over 15 companies and 50+ comics! With many stores implementing strict limits on just how many books you can pick up, you need to make every choice count.

    Luckily, your friends at TFAW have come through with a list of the 10 comics you need to grab this Free Comic Book Day. Why 10? Because that just happens to be the number of comics we generously give at each of our retail locations.

    If you’re a Portland, Oregon or Los Angeles, Calfornia resident and want to join in on our Free Comic Book Day festivities, check us out on Facebook (Milwaukie , Portland, Beaverton, Universal Citywalk) for all the info you could want about our Free Comic Book Day event, including signing schedules. If you aren’t local, keep an eye on our website as we’re going to offer a sale you won’t want to miss starting on May 6th. Plus every order placed on May 6th will recive a Free Comic Book Day comic at random! (While supplies last)

    Want to visit your Local Comic Shop? Visit to find your nearest Comic Book Store!

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    Local Comic Shop Day at Oregon TFAW Stores

    LCSD Lying Cat Statue givaway

    Things From Another World is excited to be taking part in the second annual Local Comic Shop Day (LCSD) on Saturday November 19th, and we’re doing what no other comic shop is doing: giving away three Limited Edition Saga Lying Cat Statues!

    We’re Not Lying!

    We will be giving away one of the Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Lying Cat Statues from the hit series, Saga! Only 300 of these were made, and each one of our Portland/Metro stores is giving one away.

    Local Comic Shop Day Exclusive Lying Cat Statue

    So how can you get one?

    Just come to one of our Portland Area stores anytime during business hours (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) on Local Comic Shop Day, Saturday, November 19th. Each store will draw a winner from applicable entries and will announce the winner via the store’s email newsletter on November 21.


    No purchase required, but feel free to check out thousands of other amazing products in our store, including other Local Comic Shop Day exclusive items like the Exclusive Hardcover of Doctor Strange: The Oath from Saga writer Brian K. Vaughn, Neal Adams’ Champions #1 cover, and the highly sought after Moonshine #1 (Frank Miller Variant Cover). All of these are limited in quantities so make sure you stop by early!

    LCSD Variants

    Local Comic Shop Day is all about showing support for the comic shops in your area, but we wanted to go a step further and show our gratitude to the many great customers that make each of our Things From Another World comic shops such a special place.

    So come on down November 19th for your chance to win this limited and exclusive statue!

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    Meet Chris Roberson at TFAW’s No Power in the Verse Comic Book Signing

    No Power in the Verse Comic Book Signing at TFAW

    We’re excited to announce that we are hosting writer Chris Roberson for a special Serenity: No Power in the Verse comic book signing from 6-8PM on October 26th at our Portland Things From Another World comic book shop. We’ve also partnered with the PDX Browncoats and the Oregon Food Bank, and are inviting the community to help us support a great cause.

    Food Drive Supports Oregon Food Bank + Gives You a Chance to Win

    Serenity Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Statue at TFAW.comBeginning October 12, and running through October 26, we’ll be collecting nonperishable food items that will go toward supporting the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregonians who depend on its ongoing efforts.

    Beyond the great feeling you’ll get by donating to an awesome cause, we’ll also give you a raffle ticket for each item you bring in from October 12-26. TFAW will be giving away a Serenity Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Statue (pictured here) valued at $249.99–it’s sure to become the centerpiece for your Firefly/Serenity collection.

    Oregon Food Bank’s Most Wanted Foods:

    • Shelf-stable milk
    • Foods high in proteincanned meats like tuna, chicken, or salmon, canned or dried beans
    • Foods high in nutrientscanned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
    • Whole-grain foodsbrown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
    • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
    • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
    • Unsaturated cooking oils
    • Other nutritious foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)

    Chris Roberson will be picking a raffle winner at the Serenity: No Power in the Verse signing on 10/26. Winner does not need to be present to win (though it would be more exciting for everyone if they are).

    No Power in the Verse Comic Book Signing

    Serenity No Power in the Verse comics at TFAW.comWe invite you to join us at the Portland TFAW on Wednesday October 26 as we celebrate the launch of the newest serenity series, Serenity: No Power in the Verse, written by iZombie co-creator and all-around awesome guy, Chris Roberson.

    We’ll be kicking off the event with a Q&A with Roberson, followed by the raffle winner announcement and a comic book signing.

    About Serenity: No Power in the Verse

    The Verse is a complicated and dangerous place, and Mal Reynolds and his outlaw crew aboard the Serenity are experiencing tough times. When tensions rise among the crew, a call for help becomes a welcome interruption: they must track down a missing friend and the answers to the mystery surrounding her disappearance.

    The six-issue comic book miniseries is published by Dark Horse comics and written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Hellboy) with art by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season Eight), Karl Story (Nightwing, Tom Strong), and Wes Dzioba (Aliens, Star Wars Invasion).

    Can’t make it to the signing at our Portland, Oregon store? Order your Serenity: No Power in the Verse comics and get them shipped to your door.


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    Batman Day is Coming Up Soon

    Batman Day

    Join us at our Oregon Things From Another World locations as we celebrate Batman’s enduring legacy with generations of fans during Batman Day on Saturday, September 17 from 11AM – 7PM.

    • Free Batman Day comic (Batman Day Rebirth #1 Variant) while supplies last
    • Fun activities for the kids
    • Batman Day Art Show
    • Special one-day-only savings on Batman products

    Special Savings In-Store & Online

    Stop by the shop to get 10% savings on Batman graphic novels (including Robin, Batgirl, Batwoman, Nightwing, Joker, Harley Quinn and more) and select Batman merchandise. Special 20% savings on some of our favorite Batman graphic novels!

    For those of you who can’t make it to our local stores, we’ll be offering special Batman Day savings at on Saturday, September 17th as well!

    Batman Day Community Art Gallery

    Do you want to display your Batman art at your local Oregon TFAW store? What about online? We’re looking to showcase awesome Bat-Art for Batman Day September 17th.

    Drop of a copy of your art at any one of our local TFAW stores by Sepbember 16th. Don’t live nearby? Email your art to (jpg format no bigger than 1200px) to to have it showcased here in our blog! Be sure to include contact information (website, social media profiles, deviantArt page etc)! Then, stop by the shop or come to the TFAW Blog to see your artwork, along with dozens of other submissions!

    Snap a Pic with Batman & Batgirl

    Want to meet the Dark Knight himself? Come by Portland Things From Another World from 11AM – 1PM and get your photo taken with Batman and Batgirl!

    Batman Day Edition of Geek Trivia in Milwaukie

    Think you know the most about Batman? Come prove it. We’ve partnered with our friends at The Beer Store Milwaukie to bring you a special Batman Edition of Geek Trivia from 8-10PM September 17th! Located just two blocks North of our Milwaukie Things From Another World location at the Beer Store Milwaukie for a pub-style trivia event complete with prizes.


    We’ll see you September 17th for Batman Day!

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    TFAW at San Diego Comic-Con: Don’t Miss Us!

    san diego comic-con 2016 logoIf you’re heading to San Diego Comic-Con then congrats, you’re in for an amazing few days jam packed with comics, fantasy, scifi, movies, TV series, cosplay and so much more. In fact, you’re going to be exhausted by the end of SDCC. How do we know? Because we go every year and it’s awesome!

    As we’ve done in previous years, TFAW is also going to have a booth where we’ll be selling all sorts of super cool stuff, including SDCC exclusives, Lightsaber lights, board games and more. You do not want to miss what we’ll be offering!

    First, though, here’s how to find us: We’re at Booth 5625 which you can see on this map:

    SDCC Floor map, find us at Booth #5625

    Now you know how to find us, here’s why you’ll want to stop by and pay us a visit!

    First up is our amazing Previews Exclusive Civil War II #0-#4 SDCC Bundle. Check it out:

    TFAW Civil War II bundle for SDCC

    You’ll get all 4 issues bagged and boarded for $18.46.

    Check out these awesome new Catwoman and Wonder Woman Noir Bombshell vinyl figures $29.99 each. Hint: Save $15 when you buy both at SDCC!

    wonder woman + cat woman statue figure figurine bundle for sdcc

    We’ll also have a huge range of Funko pops at the great price of $10 each.

    But we’ve got so much more to help you grow your collection, whether you’re into comic books, graphic novels, figures or just about anything else from the fan universe. Graphic novels? We’ll have them at 25% to 50% off the cover price!

    Mystery Deadpool Keyings will also be available!

    funko pops from tfaw for sdcc

    Tell us you don’t want one right this very second!

    Oh, and there are these, because you need to bring something home for the kids too:

    tsum tsum from tfaw for sdcc

    Don’t tell anyone but I’m a huge fan of the Tsum Tsum Tigger!

    With all our Mystery Blind Boxes and Keyrings at SDCC from Funko and more, if you don’t like who you get, we’ll trade you with one we have on display!

    Tell us that this Harley Quinn 8 inch statue isn’t the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen:

    harley quinn figure figurine sculpture from tfaw for sdcc

    Yup, she’ll be at our booth at San Diego Comic-Con too Booth 5625.

    Please, stop by, check out what we’ve got, and most of all enjoy Comic-Con. We certainly will!

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    Artist Valley at Denver Comic-Con!

    Sure you can read the comic books, graphic novels and other work of our favorite artists, but how often do you get to meet ’em in person and watch them create some of their amazing works? Fortunately there are ‘Cons and this weekend is Denver Comic-Con in the Mile High City. Are they all famous with massive followings and dozens of comics here in the TFAW catalog? Not all of them. Not yet. But they’re all remarkably talented and it’s a treat to see ’em at work.

    Here are just some of the artists I bumped into, hard at work on their next masterpieces.


    Javier Avila, hard at work on one of his pieces. We’ll forgive him being a Chelsea fan!

    artist alley, cartoonist, denver comic-con 2016

    Steve Oatney doing one of his many quick pencil sketches.

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    The talented DIHA working on one of her many portraiture sketches. And +1 for hair color too!

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    Gabriel Hernandez. Note the beautiful set of pens on his right and the
    reference art on his iPad in the foreground.

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    The talented Matt Haley, who we’ve interviewed for TFAW!
    [read our interview with Matt Haley and a link to Matt Haley’s works for sale at TFAW]

    jose delbo, artist alley, denver comic con

    Old school comic book art and an astonishing portfolio from legend Jose Delbo.
    [Jose Delbo’s works for sale at TFAW]

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    Brett Morgan working on a piece. Note his iPhone showing reference art for the picture.

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    Another legend of the comic book world, Alex Saviuk, who makes it all look oh, so easy…
    [Alex Saviuk’s works for sale at TFAW]

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    Really liked the pieces from Brett Nienburg, including this very complex sketch he was finishing up.

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    Julia Reck finishing up one of her sketches. Note the cheery tablecloth too!

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    Kevin Taylor, who not only was finishing up a great sketch, but was enjoying the process too!

    artist alley, denver comic con 2016

    Javier Cruz Winnik proudly shows his latest graphic novel to a young “V”
    and his traveling companion/bodyguard.

    One thing that also struck me as I explore the over 300 artists exhibiting in Artist Valley at Denver Comic-Con 2016 was the impressive diversity of the artists in race, gender, age and just about any other dimension you’d care to measure. It’s been a long journey to get here, but it’s wonderful to see such a diverse set of artists sharing their works great and up-and-coming!

    Congrats to Denver Comic-Con for a great regional event and for bringing so darn many talented artists together in the same space. You could learn quite a bit just by walking around and talking to ’em, let alone watching them draw…

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    We’ll See You at Emerald City Comicon

    Things From Another World is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting during Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington April 7th through 10th!

    We are bringing an exciting selection of products with us to ECCC, so be sure to stop by booth #302 as soon as the show opens each day as new items will be stocked every morning. As always, you can expect to find fantastic graphic novels at 50% off savings, but we’re also bringing a great selection of POP! vinyl figures, Lego sets, blind box mystery mini figures, the highly limited Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 TFAW Exclusive Variant, and some other great products.

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    We’re also excited to introduce our Blind Box Figure Exchange to ECCC. Half the fun about these little figures is the surprise of what you’ll unwrap. Purchase a figure at our ECCC booth, and if you end up with a figure that’s already part of your collection, you can swap it out with the figure in our display from the same line. We introduced this exchange at a convention last year, and people loved it!

    The TFAW Booth #302 is located just inside the entrance, so be sure to mark it as your first stop at the con to check out ECCC exclusive deals and have the best selection of graphic novels, toys, and collectibles! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get the inside scoop on what’s happening at the TFAW booth during this year’s ECCC!

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    The Dark Knight vs. The Man of Steel!

    In anticipation of the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, we asked the TFAW employees to share who they thought would take the trophy in a battle royale between these two iconic superheroes. The best submission not only gets to share their thoughts here on our blog, but also wins a great prize pack featuring some super swag from both heroes.  Congratulations Ally Wilson for giving us a great run down on this epic match up of who you think would win and why.

    Bats are black, the last son of Krypton is blue, but when placed side by side, how do you chose between the two?

    With the opening night of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” so near on the horizon, more and more attention is being given to my two favorite comic heroes. (And rightfully so!) From super strength and speed, to gizmos, gadgets and guile, these two characters rule the DC Universe in both power and popularity.

    While both Batman and Superman are amazing characters, I have to admit that I have been addicted to Superman for pretty much as long as I can remember.  One of my most prominent memories as a child is actually when I first saw the Superman movie, where I simultaneously fell promptly in love with the character of Superman, AND wanted to be Superman myself.  After climbing atop my kitchen play set in the basement to see if I too could fly, my dream (and my face) quickly came crashing to the ground.

    While I was disappointed that I was not in fact Kryptonian myself, I at least had a brand new universe full of amazing stories and characters to dive into and explore.  It wasn’t long until I started reading older “Worlds Finest” issues pairing the black bat with our man in blue, and was able to truly appreciate both characters as individuals, as well as the wonderful juxtaposition of the complimenting/contrasting nature between the two as a team.

    But, if it really came down to it, who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? 

    This is an age old question, right up there with “Kirk vs Picard” or “Who shot first?”, that is still as fiercely debated now as it was over 75 years ago, when the beloved Caped Crusader first earned his way onto the pages of his own ongoing comic series, and our hearts.  But, is this even a question worth asking?

    I mean, we’re talking about a human man, albeit a highly skilled and heavily accessorized man, against someone with God-like abilities.  Even Batman himself said, “In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all.  Then…he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a God.  And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him.” (Superman/Batman #3/Public Enemies)

    Considering my Superman obsession, and the obviously uneven physical aspects of the two characters, I think the winner here is pretty obvious….

    BATMAN (Wait, what?)

    I know, I know, technically Superman could blast Batman from space before he could even say “Kryptonite”, let alone mount a defense; leaving poor Alfred quite the mess to clean up.  Apart from Batman launching a kryptonite-filled surprise attack, Superman could find a way to dominate in the majority of battle scenarios, so if we were just talking about abilities here, of course Superman would win.  But the question wasn’t, “Who would win in a fight, a Kryptonian or a badass billionaire with awesome gadgets?”

    If the question at hand is between Batman and Superman, then their respective powers and skills don’t even really enter the equation. Sure, Superman could destroy Batman without even breaking a sweat (do Kryptonians sweat?), but the real question to ask, is would he? Superman has spent his life using his abilities to help those in need, and knows that having the advantage against someone doesn’t give you the right to take advantage of your gifts against a weaker target just because you can.

    Without super powers of his own, Batman has had to learn to be more strategic, and take advantages that are presented to him. In a real fight between the two, Batman wouldn’t have the same qualms about doing whatever it takes to win. He would use all of his strength, intelligence, and any advantage he could get to make sure that he was the one coming out victorious at the end. Batman himself even admitted, “If Clark wanted to, he could use his superspeed and squish me into the cement. But I know how he thinks. Even more than Kryptonite, he’s got one big weakness. Deep down, Clark’s essentially a good person…and deep down, I’m not”. (Batman #612/Hush)

    When all is said and done, even with all of the weapons and abilities at their disposal, the real determining factor of the fight would be simple morals and values; giving Batman the only advantage he really needs to win.

    While the Big Blue Boy Scout may not be the winner of a no holds barred Batman v Superman beat down, he has most certainly won fan girl status from me for the simple fact that he could rule the world with an iron a steel fist if he was so inclined, and yet he is constantly striving to be more ‘human’ than the levels of humanity most of us mere mortals choose to display.

    About The Author:

    Ally Wilson is a full-time manager here at TFAW, and a part-time freelance writer with dreams of getting her own nerdy blog up and running.

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    Under Strange Suns Signing with Ken Lizzi

    Things From Another World is excited to host local writer Ken Lizzi for a signing of his new sci-fi novel, Under Strange Suns, December 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Portland TFAW!

    In the future, a terrorist attack has left the Earth in a state of constant war, and mankind is emigrating to the stars. When the inventor of the faster-than-light drive goes missing, his niece enlists a battle-hardened soldier to find him. Special Forces soldier Aidan Carson is tired of fighting, but the offer to join the search gives him a chance at a fresh start. Carson soon learns there is nothing new Under Strange Suns.

    Ken Lizzi is the author of the Portland-set sci-fi novel, Reunion, as well as an assortment of published short stories. He lives in Portland with his wife, Isa, and daughter. When not traveling, he enjoys reading, homebrewing, and working on his latest novel.

    Be sure to visit the Portland TFAW on Wednesday, December 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to meet Ken and get a signed copy of his exciting new sci-fi novel!

    Be sure to RSVP on Facebook!

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    Black Friday Savings Are Back at Things From Another World

    Synchronize your watches! The savings are coming back to Things From Another World with our annual Black Friday Sale. Start your geeky holiday shopping early with a Biff Bang Pow! You won’t believe the awesome deals we have for you this year.

    Online Sale at


    We are kicking off our popular progressive sale on November 20th with 50% savings on thousands of comics, graphic novels, statues, toys, and other collectibles. On November 24th, the discount will increase to 60% on remaining sale items.  The savings will culminate on Black Friday, November 27th, with 70% off and two waves of doorbusters–one at midnight and one at noon. Cyber Monday, November 30th, we’ll hit you with three more waves of awesome deals to end the sale!

    Plus, during our Black Friday Sale, you will get free domestic shipping on all in-stock orders containing $45 or more of comics and graphic novels!

    While the savings will increase as the sale continues, don’t wait to place your order–stock is limited, and someone else will steal these deals out from under you if you don’t act fast.

    Be sure to shop our incredible Black Friday Sale at, starting on Friday, November 20th and continuing through Cyber Monday, November 30th.

    Be sure to RSVP on Facebook so you’ll get a reminder you about the event!

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    Sale Preview Event for Box Customers
    Before our stores open on Black Friday, November 27th, we are holding a special VIP event for our subscription box customers. This event is by invitation only. Be sure to empty your subscription box in November to get the invitation.

    Savings Begin Early
    We are opening our doors early at 9 a.m. on Black Friday to make sure you have plenty of time to save 20-80% on most products throughout the store! (Savings don’t apply to statues, collectibles or other non-discountable items. Deals and stock differ from store to store and online at These deals begin on Friday, November 27th, and continue while supplies last through Sunday, November 29th.

    Doorbuster Deals Starting at Just $4.99
    If you are looking for even bigger savings, check out our selection of doorbuster deals and manager’s specials. Whether you are a fan of Star Wars, Batman, Spider-Man, or classic Dark Horse/Marvel/DC tales, we’ve got a deal just for you! But be sure to get to the store early because these savings are only good while supplies last.

    Be sure to stop by your local Things from Another World to shop our incredible Black Friday Sale, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 27th and continuing through Sunday, November 29th.

    Be sure to RSVP on Facebook so you’ll get a reminder you about the event!

    Unless you have a DeLorean, you won’t have a second chance to get these deals!

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    Things From Another World Presents Art Workshop for Young Artists

    What is cooler than reading a comic book? Drawing your own, of course! Things From Another World invites our young readers to an art workshop taught by local comic book artists Brian Churilla and Lisa Eisenberg on Saturday, October 17th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Portland TFAW store.

    Brian Churilla is a writer and artist, currently drawing Big Trouble in Little China for Boom! Studios and Hellbreak for Oni Press. Brian will introduce young artists to the fundamentals of comic book storytelling.

    Lisa Eisenberg is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator, who publishes the I Cut My Hair comic series. She will demonstrate her comic creation techniques during the workshop.

    This is a free workshop ideal for children ages 8-13 with drawing skills of all levels. All the necessary art supplies will be provided.

    So come on out and bring your aspiring artists to our art workshop at the Portland TFAW on Saturday, October 17th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. to explore their curiosity and creativity!

    Please RSVP on Facebook today to make sure we have enough art supplies for everyone.

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    David Marquez Brings Invincible Iron Man to Things From Another World

    Things From Another World is thrilled to announce a signing with David Marquez, the artist behind Marvel’s all-new all-different Invincible Iron Man. Be sure to visit the Portland TFAW on Wednesday, October 7th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. to purchase the debut issue of this exciting new series and get it signed by David Marquez, while enjoying free beer (for those 21 or older with valid ID) and food!

    Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez previously collaborated on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Now, they are teaming up for Invincible Iron Man, which finds Tony Stark at a crossroads following the universe-changing events of Secret Wars. This new ongoing series will feature new armor, new villains, and a new love interest. Plus, we get to find out who Tony’s birth parents are!

    “The All-New All-Different Marvel is an exciting entry point for comic book fans to join new series as they begin!” said TFAW Marketing Manager Elena Wellard. “We are over the moon to have David back in our store to celebrate the launch of Invincible Iron Man!”

    Copies of Invincible Iron Man #1 and other titles featuring the art of David Marquez will be available for purchase at the event. Sketch variants will also be available.

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet the artist and get the first issue of Invincible Iron Man signed on October 7th at the Portland TFAW!

    Be sure to RSVP on Facebook today!

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