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LGBT Previews January 2017 Part 1

Here are comics and graphic novels either by LGBTQ writers and artists or with LGBTQ characters and themes for January 2017. In light of the American election results you, like many queer nerds, may want more than ever to support fellow queer writers and artists. Please use our contact form if you’re a creator whose work was overlooked in the Previews catalog or to let us know about your work that doesn’t appear in Previews for one reason or another. Part 2 listing comics and trades from the Previews  “Big 5” catalog are here.

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People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Thanks where thanks is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list!


ABSTRACT STUDIOS

MOTOR GIRL #3 $3.99 Page 248
Terry Moore
Sam has problems. UFO’s are keeping her up every night, dropping in for parts and coffee, and a suspicious Area 51 fanatic is determined to catch it all on video. To make matters worse, the bank wants to repossess the junkyard and build a casino. But Sam is determined to stop them, especially when she learns the junkyard is sacred ground! Don’t miss the latest issue of this very funny story by Eisner Award-winner Terry Moore! [Given that Moore’s series include some LGBT characters it seems likely this one will too.]

STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS SC ED $100.00 Page 248
Terry Moore
The greatest love story ever told is available in an affordable softcover omnibus edition! This two book package contains all 2,128 pages of Terry Moore’s epic tale featuring Katchoo, Francine, David, and Casey as they face life’s biggest challenges by facing them together. All 107 issues of the series are here, including the spin-offs Molly & Poo, Princess Warrior, When World’s Collide, and David’s Story.

ACTION LAB

princelessvol1tpPRINCELESS #1 SPANISH ED $3.99 Page 251
Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
Read the Eisner Award-nominated series from the very beginning… for the first time in Spanish! Meet Adrienne, one princess who is not content to wait for a man to rescue her. Joined by her guardian dragon, Sparky, Adrienne begins her quest to rescue her sisters!

PRINCELESS TP VOL 1 SAVE YOURSELF SPANISH ED $14.99 Page 251
Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands!

AFTERSHOCK

ALTERS #4 $3.99 Page 259
Paul Jenkins, Leila Leiz, Tamra Bonvillain
Chapter 4. The Rising Tide. As she juggles difficulties in her home and public lives, Charlie Young must now decide whether or not to take on her most important role so far: as a spokesman for the Gateway Army, and Alters everywhere! When in costume as Chalice, she is quickly becoming an icon. However, this makes her a target for the demented super-Alter known as Matter Man. Charlie’s new responsibilities as Chalice may act to unite a nervous populace struggling to come to terms with alteration… but they are going to put Charlie and her family firmly in the crosshairs!

ANIMOSITY: THE RISE #1 $3.99 Page 257
Marguerite Bennett and Juan Doe
insexts10‘The Animals thought, spoke, and took revenge. The dust has settled and the blood dried, but a new force is rising in the West, ready to help Animal-kind seize power in the dark new world to come…’ Spinning out from Marguerite Bennett’s hit new series Animosity is this special one-shot, illustrated by American Monster’s very own Juan Doe! Witness the devastating effects of ‘The Wake’ and how it affected other parts of the world on that terrifying day!

INSEXTS #10 $3.99 Page 261
Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
As the mystery of the Parisian Monstress lures Lady and Mariah deep into the catacombs beneath the city, our heroes discover that the Medusa is not the only evil that seeks them.

AMAZE INK/ SLAVE LABOR

THE ROYAL HISTORIAN OF OZ TP $14.95 Page 264
Tommy Kovac and Andy Hirsch
Jasper Fizzle sees himself as the new ‘Royal Historian of OZ’ as he insists on writing new OZ stories. When the failed writer discovers that OZ really exists, he makes an error in judgment that brands him a criminal in two worlds. His son Frank may be doomed to pay for the ‘sins of the father’ at the hands of the axe-wielding Tin-Man and the ghost of the Wicked Witch. Can Frank save the day and redeem the Fizzle family name, or will the drizzly ghost of the Wicked Witch of the West destroy them all?

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #16 $3.99 Page 274
Mark Waid and Joe Eisma
Dilton Doiley, Riverdale’s smartest kid, is in the spotlight, but Reggie Mantle has a vested interest in taking him out! Meanwhile, Cheryl Blossom plans her ultimate revenge against Veronica![Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

JUGHEAD #12 $3.99 Page 274
Ryan North and Derek Charm
jughead12It’s Jughead versus all of Riverdale in a race to the finish! A ‘video game go-kart race to the finish,’ that is. But it’s still exciting. When Reggie convinces everyone to bet that the winner will be King For A Day and everyone has to do what he says, what could possibly go wrong? Well, ‘Reggie then winning that bet and being in charge of everyone’ springs immediately to mind. Spoiler Alert: That is totally a thing that happens! This start of a new arc features the following: Pals! Conflict! And making mistakes on the internet which no one never ever forgets!

RIVERDALE #1 $4.99 Page 276
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Alitha Martinez
A must-have one-shot! The perfect primer for the CW Riverdale series! Learn the secrets and hidden tales from the summer before the eternal love-triangle begins in this special issue, which features four short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series: Spend some time at Archie’s summer construction job and learn how it leads him to a fateful encounter with the alluring music teacher, Ms. Grundy. Discover the truth about Betty’s Los Angeles romance. Find out more about Veronica’s mysterious life in New York, before the shocking event that would send her family scrambling. And meanwhile, there’s Jughead, on the fringes of Riverdale, a witness to the terrible event that sets everything in motion: A tragedy that befalls Jason Blossom. You dare not miss this special commemorative issue in advance of the upcoming ongoing Riverdale series, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the CW Riverdale series with stunning art by Alitha Martinez!

ROAD TO RIVERDALE TP $14.99 Page 277
Mark Waid, Marguerite Bennett, Fiona Staples, Chip Zdarsky, and various
Read the stories that inspired the new CW television series! In the past two years, the little town of Riverdale has changed in a number of amazing ways. The entire Archie universe has been given a fresh coat of paint and it’s only getting bigger and better from here. Road to Riverdale presents to readers all of the first issues of each of our new series so far, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me, timed to the release of the brand new CW series Riverdale. This graphic novel features riveting stories and dazzling artwork from superstar writers and artists like Mark Waid, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett, Fiona Staples, Chip Zdarsky, and many more.

BOOM

backstagers6BACKSTAGERS #6 $3.99 Page 301
James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Aziz and Sasha take it upon themselves to dig deeper into the mystery of the backstage world, while the rest of the Backstagers get closer to the cast members of the latest show.

BACKSTAGERS #1 NYCC EXCLUSIVE $9.99 Page 301
James TynionIV and Rian Sygh
Previously only available at New York Comic Con, now’s your chance to get a copy of Michael Dialynas’s exclusive cover.

JONESY #9 $3.99 Page 301
Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle
Being a high schooler with magical love-inducing powers ain’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta do it! Well, she doesn’t gotta, but the gal can’t help herself. Jonesy is at it again, with all her flash and sass, in the latest issue of the hit ongoing series!

JONESY Vol 2 TP $14.99 Page 297
Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle
She doesn’t sling arrows, only attitude! The adventures of Jonesy, the teenage cupid with a penchant for plaid, continue here. Stuff still rules, high school still sucks, and getting anyone to fall in love with her is still impossible! Collects issue #5-8.

LUMBERJANES #34 $3.99 Page 302
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Caroline Nowak
The yetis are back and they need a favor from the Lumberjanes!

LUMBERJANES #29 NYCC EXCLUSIVE $9.99 Page 302
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Carey Pietsch
Previously only available at New York Comic Con, now’s your chance to get a copy of Natacha Bustos’s exclusive cover.

LUMBERJANES/ GOTHAM ACADEMY TP $19.99 Page 297
Chynna Clugston Flores, Kelly Matthews, Mingjue Helen Chen, and various
BOOM! Studios and DC Comics team up to bring together Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy for the ultimate friendship-fueled crossover event. Written by Chynna Clugston Flores, and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and Maddi Gonzalez, this is a run-for-your-life-from-skeletal-monsters mystery that leads to lifelong friendship! When a teacher at Gotham Academy goes missing, it’s up to Olive, Maps, Colton, Pom, and Kyle to figure out what is happening and how to get her back. With only an outdated birthday invitation as the clue, they find themselves in the middle of the woods with no idea of where to start. With the sudden appearance of the Lumberjanes-April, Jo, Mal, Molly, Ripley and Jen-who are on the hunt for their missing Camp Director, all clues point to an abandoned cabin with more secrets than cobwebs

Need to catch up with Lumberjanes? Order previous trades from your local comic shop or from Amazon!

megaprincess3MEGA PRINCESS #3 $3.99 Page 302
Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard
Max and Justine’s search is almost all washed up when they get in over their heads with their Atlantean neighbors! Water they going to do?!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #11 $3.99 Page 300
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetyo
Billy and Tommy are left powerless and trapped in a strange new world. Jason and the rest of the team must do all they can to track down their missing friends and bring Zordon back.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol 2 TP $16.99 Page 297
Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetyo, and various
As Rita Repulsa enacts her plans for world domination, the Rangers are left powerless and without Zordon to call on. This is the greatest threat they have ever faced and the world hangs in the balance. Enter the age of the Black Dragon from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Hendry Prasetya. Continue the adventure with the untold origin of the Green Ranger with art by Thony Silas, and the continuing adventures of Bulk and Skull from Steve Orlando and Corin Howell. Collects issues #5-8.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS 2016 ANNUAL #1 NYCC EXCLUSIVE $19.99 Page 300
Kyle Higgins, Rod Reis, and various
Previously only available at New York Comic Con, now’s your chance to get a copy of Felipe Smith’s exclusive cover.

NAMESAKE #3 $3.99 Page 299
Steve Orlando and Jakub Rebelka
namesake3After last issue’s world-shaking reveal, Jordan sets out on his new mission to fight through Ferrier’s multi-level stronghold, smashing faces, busting knees, and breaking arms in the process.

THE WOODS Vol 6 TP $14.99 Page 296
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Having been stranded in an alien wilderness for well over a year, the former students of Bay Point Preparatory High School have had to grow up fast-first simply to survive, and later to build some kind of life on this foreign moon. But conflict rears its ugly head again as The Horde begins conscripting athletes to raise an army, separating and scattering the other survivors throughout New London. And as the growing threat of an upcoming massacre approaches, time is quickly running out to salvage the society Bay Point has become. Collects the critically acclaimed sixth arc of this best-selling series, issues #21-24.

Volumes 1 – 5 can also be ordered from your comic shop or Amazon!

CANTON STREET PRESS

CANTEEN KATE $28.99 Page 316
Matt Baker was a master of the comic book medium as well as the female form. His impact is still felt today despite his early death. While his output was not as large as other giants in the industry, Baker’s body of work is undeniably superb. This volume collects his rare Canteen Kate stories published by St. John between 1951 and 1953. This book collects the Canteen Kate stories from Anchors Andrews #1, Fightin’ Marines #2-9, Canteen Kate #1-3, and ‘The Colonel’s Daughter’ from Fightin’ Marines #15. Introduction by Bob Burden. [Matt Baker was a closeted, African American artist renowned at the time for his talent for drawing good girl art. Please see this. ]

CHAPTERHOUSE

DIE, KITTY! DIE! #4 $3.99 Page 318
Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent
Chapterhouse Comics and worldwide-fan favorites Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz present: Die, Kitty! Die!, a funny, exciting, and often, sexy story about a girl caught in both the supernatural world of witches, and the super-crazy world of comics! With her publishers out to get her and the possibility of a reboot looming over her head, what will comic book star and real life witch, Kitty Ravencraft, do? Find out in the fourth and final issue of the first story arc!

CLASSIC COMICS PRESS

KELLY GREEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION HC $59.95 Page 319
Leonard Starr and Stan Drake
A cop is shot. His widow takes on a most dangerous occupation, as a go-between between the straight and criminal world. Aided by three former convicts; she acts as an agent, brokering payoffs by insurance companies trying to recover stolen property, aiding individuals being blackmailed or paying ransom. Put all these things together and you have Kelly Green. This special edition reprints all five graphic novels in one volume – The Go-Between; One, Two Three, Die…, The Million Dollar Hit, The Blood Tapes, and, for the first time in English, The Comic Con Heist! [This hardcover book is listed because Starr and Drake included a stereotypical gay character named Sonny Boye in the original first volume. https://gayleague.com/sonny-boye/ ]

D.E.

RED SONJA #1 $3.99 Page 327
Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez
A new chapter for the Queen of the Hyrkanian Age. Our favorite warrior has faced the toughest of demons, foes and strange magic, but nothing has prepared this 6 ft. tall barbarian for…the modern world. Emerging from a subway construction site in New York City, confronted by cops and guns, Sonja fights for her survival in a new and ww77bionicwoman2hostile world. Is she here by accident or by design? Who brought her here, and why?

WONDER WOMAN ’77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #2 $3.99 Page 339
Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora
Bullets & Bracelets & Bionics! The dream team that no one thought was even possible is now reeling after the events of the debut issue! Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) and Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman) must join forces to find out who laid waste at the IADC headquarters, without the help of a powerful ally. Meanwhile, the evil cabal CASTRA continues its evil plans, and not one, not two, but three familiar villains are revealed! But while Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman engage in a battle at sea, a jailbreak in Washington, D.C. leads to another shocking returnee…with a very deadly agenda!

DIGITAL MANGA

LOVE TO LIE ANGLE GN Vol 1 $15.99 Page 342\
No creator listed for this yuri manga
After moving back to her hometown, Natsuno Hanabi is ready to start high school and excited to be living in Tachibana Mansion, a luxurious mansion-style dormitory. However, due to some complications, she winds up at run-down but lively Tachibana House…and finds herself stuck between her childhood friend and a mysterious beauty. Will this love triangle define her high school experience?

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

MOOMIN THE COMPLETE TOVE JANSSON Vol 1 $19.95 Page 347
Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children’s authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world’s largest newspaper, the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly’s publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reins to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.

The Moomins are a tight-knit family-hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson’s art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or on rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson’s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson’s observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.

FANTAGRAPHICS

classphotoCLASS PHOTO GN $14.99 Page 355
Robert Triptow
After stumbling across the class photo of a 1937 public school under a pile of garbage, Robert Triptow’s imagination took off. The result is a charming and completely original graphic novella where each student’s fictionalized life is depicted in one-page installments. Triptow weaves these lives in and out, mixing in social satire, elegant cartooning, occasionally disgusting hilarity, and plenty of good, clean fun. What began as an exercise has yielded one of the more engaging, original, and entertaining graphic books in recent memory.
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LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 1 HEARTBREAK SOUP $18.99 Page 354
Gilbert Hernandez
This beautiful, affordable volume collects the first half of Gilbert’s modern-day classic, featuring the acclaimed magical-realist tales of Palomar, the Central American hamlet, and its memorable inhabitants.

LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 2 HUMAN DIASTROPHISM $19.99 Page 354
Gilbert Hernandez
This volume will collect the second half of Gilbert Hernandez’s acclaimed magical-realist tales of “Palomar,” the small Central American town, beginning with the landmark “Human Diastrophism,” named one of the greatest comic book stories of the 20th Century by The Comics Journal, and continuing on through more modern-day classics. “Human Diastrophism” is the only full graphic novel length “Palomar” story ever created by Gilbert. Also included are all the post-“Diastrophism” stories, in which Sheriff Luba’s past (as seen in the epic Poison River) comes back to haunt her, and the seeds are sown for the “Palomar diaspora” that ends this dense, enthralling book.

LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 3 BEYOND PALOMAR $16.95 Page 354
Gilbert Hernandez
Beyond Palomar collected two of Hernandez’s ground-breaking works about the Central American village in a single affordable book. “Poison River” traces the pre-Palomar loverockersbeyondpalchildhood of Luba, her teenage marriage to gangster Peter Rio, the secrets behind her mysterious mother, all the way up to her eventual escape and arrival in Palomar. “Love and Rockets X” takes us from Beverly Hills to the dangerous east side and introduces us to a diverse cast of characters, including a lowlife rock ‘n’ roll band, a posse of black youths, a ditzy Hollywood mom and her spoiled son, a gay activist filmmaker and his rebellious, half-Iraqi daughter, and a group of racist thugs that set the story in motion.

LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT GN VOL 4 LUBA & FAMILY $18.99 Page 354
Gilbert Hernandez
Gilbert Hernandez’s sprawling family saga moves to the United States, where Luba and her sisters Petra and Fritz, find their families’ and friends’ lives becoming more and more intertwined. As the three sisters reminisce, the next generation steps into spotlight: Luba’s adult daughter Doralis and Petra’s little girl, Venus.

LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY GILBERT VOL 5 OFELIA $19.99 Page 354
Gilbert Hernandez
The fifth volume of Gilbert Hernandez’s complete Love and Rockets material! In Ofelia, the sisters, the kids, and the cousins are all settled comfortably in California. When Ofelia threatens to write a book about Luba, past memories and pain resurface. Meanwhile, Luba’s children show that a talent for trouble may be hereditary. These vividly drawn characters live, love, age, fight–and die–in this sweeping, multigenerational saga.

PSYCHODRAMA ILLUSTRATED #1 $3.99 Page 354
Gilbert Hernandez
A new Love and Rockets spin-off featuring Fritz and her extended family in a series of stories that bend Fritz’s reality. In this issue, Fritz bumps into an old acquaintance of her sister Luba’s. The fellow sees great similarities in the sisters, and chemistry between he and Fritz does what it does…

GRAPHIX

NEWSPRINTS GN VOL 1 $12.99 Page 362
Ru Xu
A gorgeous, provocative debut graphic novel about the power of friendship and finding the courage to be one’s true self. Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There’s a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what’s printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever. But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out she’s a girl, she’ll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves — and to save each other. [Newsprints’ main character Blue may not be LGBT even though the solicitation copy set off gaydar.]

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POORCRAFT GN Vol 1 $10.00 Pahe 366
C. Spike Trotman and Diana Nock
The essential comic book guide to practical urban and suburban frugality! Whether you’re new to independent living, a recent college graduate or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. It’s time to cut your expenses! Or just make sure they never pile up.

POORCRAFT GN Vol 2 WISH YOU WERE HERE $10.00 Page 366
Ryan Estrada and Diana Nock
It’s time to hit the road on a shoestring budget! Penny and Mil from the original Poorcraft have turned tourist, and are here to help even the most novice globetrotter fulfill all their sightseeing dreams. From renting a room to packing your bag, from finding the best food to living abroad full time, Wish You Were Here has it all. You don’t have to be wealthy to see the world. And we’re here to prove it!

NBM

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME NOW $29.99 Page 376
Hubert and Kerascoet
Now in an omnibus complete large format hardcover edition. Paris in the thirties. The “Butcher of the Dances” is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a missdonttouchmemaid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She even becomes quite good at certain lascivious practices while still remaining a virgin! But she also doesn’t lose sight of her goal: find the Butcher. [One of the cast members is transgender and emulates Jospehine Baker.]

SUBLIME

TEN COUNT Vol 1 $12.99 Page 391
Rihito Takara
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows. For mature audiences.

TITAN

SHERLOCK: THE BLIND BANKER #1 $4.99 Page 400
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
A mysterious break-in at a bank… Some enigmatic symbols… Hidden dangers… Could the case of the ‘Blind banker’ be too dangerous even for Holmes and Watson to handle?

TORCHWOOD 2.2 #2 $3.99 Page 401
John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman, Antonio Fuso, and Pasquale Qualano
Jack, Gwen and the crew of the Ice Maiden must stop the threat that started in the Skagerrak Strait, before disaster ensues. And what is Rona’s secret? Meanwhile, the mystery of Lady Karina and Torchwood House continues!

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FAITH #7 $3.99 Page 429
Jody Houser and Meghan Hetrick
Faith Herbert has lost many allies throughout her life. Her mother, her father, even a fellow Renegade. Despite this, Los Angeles’ high flying hero has always defined herslef by more than tragedy. But what happens when Faith must literally confront the ghosts of her past? A mysterious force is wenching the passed spirits of Fatih’s most loved ones back from beyond the grave and into our world to break her mind and spirit! Can Faith overcome her greatest fear or whill these ghosts soon make her one of their own? [Faith is now listed because writer Jody Houser has written Mother Panic’s Violet LePaige (from DC) as queer.]

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