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Con Reports

Saturday MASSive Comic Con Gallery, Part 2!

Posted July 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery of three from the first day of the brand new convention MASSive Comic Con is loaded with amazing cosplayers, including nearly a dozen from the Connecticut-based group The Hero Army, which was at the convention helping out with a fundraising table for Autism Speaks. Also in this gallery is Wonderllama Cosplay as the Netflix […]

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Saturday MASSive Comic Con Gallery, Part 1!

Posted July 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Even though it was an inaugural event, MASSive Comic Con held in Worcester, MA, this past weekend was a big hit, based on the number of cosplayer photos I took. For Saturday alone of the two-day event, I have enough photos to create three 100-images galleries, so here is the first one. In this gallery are a […]

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NorthEast Comic Con 2015 Gallery!

Posted July 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

I was only able to get to Northeast Comic Con on Sunday when it was held at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, MA, a few weekends ago. But, despite having a rough inaugural convention last year, there was still enough cosplayers in attendance to get nearly 100 photos on Sunday alone. Having Adam West as a […]

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Anime Mid-Atlantic Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions, Sunday!

Posted July 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

As is always the case at a convention, Sunday at Anime Mid-Atlantic saw fewer cosplayers than previous days filling up the Chesapeake Conference Center in the city of Chesapeake, VA. Once again, Howell’s Visions Photography went there to take pictures for us, following on from his gallery from Friday and Saturday. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the […]

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BelleChere’s Squirrel Girl Cosplay is Nuts!

Posted July 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At the recent inaugural MASSive Comic Con held in Worcester, MA, international cosplay superstar BelleChere was a guest and cosplay contest judge. On Saturday of the two-day convention she debuted her awesome version of Squirrel Girl — Marvel’s most powerful rodent-based superhero. Check out her interview below by Lois Lane (actually the multi-talented cosplayer FergyK) […]

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Anime Mid-Atlantic Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions, Saturday!

Posted July 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Anime Mid-Atlantic is a convention held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in the city of Chesapeake, VA. Howell’s Visions Photography went there to take pictures for us, and following on from his gallery from Friday is this one from the second day of the anime-focused (but clearly not exclusive) convention. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will […]

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Cosplay & Style

Borderlands Cosplay Party Rocked NYC

Posted June 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

As the nerd culture becomes a greater part of overall culture, nerd events in general, and cosplay events in particular that are not a convention are becoming more common. Case in point, the recent 8-Bit Bash: The Pre-Sequel — a Borderlands-focused cosplay night at the club Stout NYC. We sent Johnny Daggers to the party put […]

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E3 2015: Games Of The Show

Posted June 30, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

E3 has come and gone, and it left a huge impression on the gaming world. With so many new games announced, and shown for the first time it was hard to not be impressed by a lot of these games. Usually I can pick out one game title that I felt stood above the rest, […]

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Anime Mid-Atlantic Cosplay Gallery by Howell’s Visions, Friday!

Posted June 29, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Keeping the anime fans happy in the Commonwealth of Virginia is Anime Mid-Atlantic, a convention held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in the city of Chesapeake (oddly enough, which is not on Chesapeake Bay). This year we were lucky enough to get Howell’s Visions Photography to take pictures for us, and first up is this gallery from […]

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EternalCon Cosplay Gallery from KBV Photography!

Posted June 28, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The summer con season is well upon us. Two weekends ago we had photographers at a handful of conventions including Long Island’s EternalCon. Held each year at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Eternal Con is a comic con that has grown into a general nerd and pop culture convention. We sent KBV Photography […]

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AnimeNEXT Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge, Saturday

Posted June 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The NJ-based anime convention AnimeNEXT continues to produce content for us. Now we have the third and final set of shots taken by Adam Etheridge at the recent convention held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. In the set you can find Mark Hyrullian Cosplay in his amazing Thor armor, and Kayla Ann Cosplay as a perfect Janine […]

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AnimeNEXT 2015: End Of An Era For A Great Starter Con

Posted June 25, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The convention features Japanese creators of anime and manga, voice actors from anime series, Japanese musical acts, artists, vendors and exhibits, panels, workshops, and gaming. AnimeNEXT has been around since 2002 and is organized by Universal Animation held at the […]

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AnimeNEXT Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge, Friday, Part 2!

Posted June 24, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Our second gallery from AnimeNEXT is the second half of the shots taken Friday by Adam Etheridge at the recent convention held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster than the […]

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Con Eats: Close To Heavenly ‘Shangri-La’ In Worcester

Posted June 24, 2015 by Jen Jen

The impressively high-ceilinged restaurant and lounge Shangri-La in Worcester, MA is still a fairly new establishment with telltale signs of a previous sports bar ownership. Its large front window provides ample light during the day. At night it is a fishbowl setting for a cold drink and some greasy Sichuan food. Even though my cohort, […]

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AnimeNEXT Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge, Friday, Part 1!

Posted June 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Once again this year we had our man in the Garden State, Adam Etheridge, hit up AnimeNEXT, held a couple weekends ago at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. The summer staple of the East Coast anime cosplay community again produced a pile of excellent cosplays for Adam to shoot, and this is the […]

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Behind The Scenes Of A Summer Cosplay Photo Shoot

Posted June 22, 2015 by Luis Correa

(Ed. Note: The multi-talented Luis Correa goes by the name Crash: The Photos as a photographer.) Lady Yumie Cosplay can be summed up in one word – incredible. During a recent photo shoot, Lady Yumie debuted her new casual Sailor Neptune costume. The cosplay combined the timeless look of Sailor Neptune with a more realistic […]

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Comic Books

HeroesCon Cosplay Gallery from Double Stomp!

Posted June 21, 2015 by Rodney Brown

For more than 30 years, HeroesCon has brought comic book creators and fans together in Charlotte, NC, for a celebration focused very strongly on heroic comics. This year the convention is being held this weekend, still going on as I type this. Sure, there is a very large Indie representation, but it is the superhero […]

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Kick Butt In This Co-op Fighting Robot Platformer

Posted June 20, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! This week we dive into a familiar year that isn’t what you think it is — 20XX! For those who don’t recognize it, 20XX is a year commonly used in the Mega Man franchise. You’ll find this game is appropriately named, for it is a Roguelike spiritual successor to the Blue […]

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When Cosplay Becomes ‘Causeplay’

Posted June 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

If you have been a fan of cosplay for any real number of years, you probably know who Meagan Marie is. A former games industry journalist, she is now inside the industry itself, working as Community & Communications Manager for Crystal Dynamics, the maker of the recent Lara Croft reboots. So it makes sense that […]

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How Will ‘No Man’s Sky’ Handle a Universe of Content?

Posted June 18, 2015 by Rodney Brown

One of the most anticipated games people were hoping to see more of at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was No Man’s Sky, a space exploration game being developed for Sony’s Playstation 4 and the PC. When Hello Games founder Sean Murray made a presentation at the Sony press event Monday night, the crowd […]

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Colossalcon Wins Over Another Newbie

Posted June 17, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Colossalcon is an annual anime, gaming, and Japanese culture convention that takes place at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. Going in for its 13th year, Colossalcon takes place every year in June, making it a perfect con to kick off the summer. Ever since I saw the MLZ Studios cosplay music video from Colossalcon […]

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E3 2015 Wishlist: Nintendo

Posted June 14, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

With the summer right around the corner, the biggest event for gaming all year is about to take place. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or more commonly known as E3. This is the time of the year all the video game companies bring their A game, and show what exactly is in store for us. And […]

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Summer Heat: Lilith from Darkstalkers Swimsuit Cosplay!

Posted June 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

ColossalCon continues to produce for our Summer Heat cosplay swimsuit series, and this time we have the lovely lolita Lilith, as portrayed bikini-style by Avalon Cosplay. Enjoy the images taken by KBV Photography of Lilith lounging around the pool, playing in the fountain or hanging around the rocks, but just remember, she is a succubus […]

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NYCC Special Edition 2015 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted June 10, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The spinoff convention from New York Comic Con, Special Edition NYC, was held last weekend on the East River in Manhattan again. Unlike last year, which featured both comic creators and celebrity guests, the 2015 version of the convention was devoted just to creators. Based on the photos our man Cantera Image brought back from […]

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Summer Heat: X-Men Swimsuit Cosplay At ColossalCon!

Posted June 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Since ColossalCon is held every June at the Kalahari Resort, with its own waterpark, it is no surprise that swimsuit cosplays are a common sight. This year we had a number of people covering the con, and one of our newest contributors, photographer The Portrait Dude (Wes), captured this outstanding group of X-Men ladies in […]

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Fanime 2015: A Fan Favorite

Posted June 7, 2015 by E. Ortiz

(Ed. Note: Cosplayer ImaginEeri went to Fanime a couple weekends ago and wrote this impression of the convention for us.) Memorial Day weekend sees people in costumes take over the streets of San Jose, Calif., around the convention center. Every restaurant is full of people in colourful wigs, placing orders; the lobbies of hotels are […]

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MomoCon 2015 Cosplay Gallery By Double Stomp Productions

Posted June 5, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Our last gallery from Atlanta’s 2015 MomoCon comes from Willie of Double Stomp Productions, also a Georgia-based photographer as is Blake of Bentpic5, whose first gallery and second one have been published. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to […]

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Fan Expo Dallas 2015 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted June 4, 2015 by E. Ortiz

When the company that runs Canada’s Fan Expo convention bought then-named Dallas Comic Con in February 2014, it only took a year to change the name to Fan Expo Dallas. This year the newly rebranded convention was held this past weekend, and we were lucky enough to get Ayden Grace Photography to take pictures of the cosplayers […]

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Fallout 4 – Southie Looks The Same

Posted June 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

I get to make that joke, being from Massachusetts. By the way, in the Fallout alternate universe, the area around the Old North Church and the Paul Revere statue, seen in the feature image above, looks a lot more crowded. Bethesda Softworks just released the trailer for the new game in the Fallout series, Fallout […]

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MomoCon Cosplay Gallery Part 2 From BentPic5!

Posted June 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Next up in our photo coverage of Atlanta’s 2015 MomoCon is the second gallery from Bentpic5, of images from Saturday and Sunday. Photo gallery tips: Once the images load, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster than the preset. And to see the entire gallery as thumbnails, click on the […]

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MomoCon Cosplay Gallery Part 1 From BentPic5!

Posted June 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Atlanta’s other general nerdery convention, MomoCon, was held last weekend, and while there were some reports of increased harassing activity over previous years, most people posting on various social media venues — and in the many pictures our team there captured — seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. MomoCon had grown to about 15,000 unique […]

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Update: Cosplayer Alleges Retribution After Posting About Harassment At MomoCon

Posted June 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

(Update 6/2 at 9:35 p.m. Eastern: MomoCon has released an official statement regarding the incident. The entire text of the letter from founder and co-chair Jessica Merriman, as it appears on various sites like Anime Jam Session, is pasted at the end.) Cosplayer Luna Lanie expressed on Saturday on various social media venues about the […]

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The Best Words On Feminism in ‘Fury Road’ So Far

Posted May 29, 2015 by Rodney Brown

I have been struggling with what to write about all the articles and blogs that tout the feminist messages at the core of, and throughout, the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. Luckily, my struggle is over, because Colin Stacy, on the blog Movie Mezzanine, has written an excellent piece that focuses on one thing — how […]

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Summer Heat: Black Widow Beach Cosplay

Posted May 28, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This may look like Black Widow in a sexy bathing suit on the Adriatic Coast near somewhere like Dubrovnik. But it is actually Enchanted Cupcake Cosplay, taken on the Nahant Beach. Whether posing glamorously with a stylish wrap, or in action stances ready to kick butt, she is always gorgeous. In case you don’t know, […]

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E3 2015 Wishlist: Microsoft

Posted May 27, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

(Ed. Note: E3 is coming up June 16-18, and our resident big games expert Jibrii Ransom has three “Wishlist” preview articles, about Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, that will run prior to the big game industry event.) Microsoft has had it rough this console generation, what with their questionable decisions with the Xbox One when it was […]

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Con Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted May 24, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The third day of the first ever Atlantic City Boardwalk Con was still busy, and our photographer on the scene Adam Etheridge managed to hang in for one final day to get pictures of the cosplayers who still had enough energy to get into costume. Appearing again in this gallery as they did in either or both the Friday […]

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Saturday Cosplay Gallery From Atlantic City Boardwalk Con!

Posted May 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Con was held on the New Jersey shore last weekend, and our man in the tri-state region Adam Etheridge was there to capture pictures of the amazing cosplayers. In this gallery from Saturday you will find new shots of cosplayers that were also in the Friday gallery, such as Miracole Burns, Ivy Doomkitty, Abby […]

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Friday Atlantic City Boardwalk Con Gallery!

Posted May 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

After coming off a busy weekend at Wizard World Philly, our man in the tri-state region Adam Etheridge raced over to the New Jersey Coast for another busy weekend to cover the inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Con. As an event organized by a team that included a couple of Marvel Comics’ top event people, it’s no […]

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Five Reasons To Pick Up Garth Ennis’ ‘Crossed’

Posted May 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Trinket

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and there is nothing better than a little gore to brighten up an already bright day. Welcome to the world of Crossed, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Jacen Burrows. This world of blood, death, sex, and gore is exactly what you need for a sunny […]

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Unlike The Con, Nauticon Gallery Isn’t 21+ – Much

Posted May 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Before the tourist season starts in Provincetown, Mass., the very last resort on the very tip of Cape Cod, the Provincetown Inn, is completely taken over by Nauticon. The name is both a reference to the nautical nature of P-town (as it is known), which still has a working fishing fleet, and the fact that […]

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Sunday Wizard World 2015 Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge!

Posted May 18, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia,was held last weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and our man Adam Etheridge got enough photos to have separate galleries for all three days. You can check out the gallery of photos from Friday here and the Saturday gallery is here. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back […]

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Saturday Wizard World 2015 Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge!

Posted May 17, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia,was held last weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and our man Adam Etheridge got enough photos to have separate galleries for all three days. You can check out the gallery of photos from Friday here. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, […]

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Experience The Gravity of ‘VVVVVV’

Posted May 16, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we explore the depths of space in a simple yet punishing platformer – VVVVVV! You are Viridian, captain of The Ship! You are traveling through space when suddenly things go very wrong! You order everyone to evacuate and jump through a teleporter to safety – only you’re the only one […]

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Avengers: Age of Meh-tron

Posted May 15, 2015 by Byron D. Zero

Joss Whedon’s swan song with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (at least in the film world — he holds on to his connection to the still struggling TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)  is here, so how did it fair? Well let’s find out. Fair warning, there will be MAJOR COMPLETE SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen it […]

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Friday Wizard World Philly 2015 Cosplay Gallery From Adam Etheridge!

Posted May 15, 2015 by Rodney Brown

One of the linchpin conventions in the Wizard World Empire is held in the City of Brotherly Love, and this year our man in the area, Adam Etheridge, was there to get photos of the great cosplayers. The convention, officially called Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, was held last weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. […]

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‘Supergirl’ Teaser Makes Me Super Worried

Posted May 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The extended, 6.5 minute-long teaser for the upcoming CBS series Supergirl is available on YouTube now, and as I was watching it, all I could think of was that it must be a Saturday Night Live parody. You know, like the one SNL did that made fun of the fact that Marvel/Disney clearly has no idea […]

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New Hampshire Ren Faire 2015 Gallery!

Posted May 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

It’s mid-May and that means the medieval revelry can be heard in the New Hampshire woods around Kingston, all because of the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire.  This is our second year covering this small, fun faire, and it grew noticeably since last year. There were roughly 25 percent more vendors, a new list (arena) for mounted […]

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Steampunk Returns to Waltham – Watch City Festival Gallery

Posted May 12, 2015 by Rodney Brown

After taking a year off in 2014, the Watch City Steampunk Festival returned to the Common in Waltham, Mass. Unlike previous years, in which it ran for two days, this year the festival was only held on Saturday, May 9. That meant that it was more crowded and full of people enjoying the alternative version of […]

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Kirby Krackle’s Latest Might Just Be The Crossover Nerd Rock Needs

Posted May 11, 2015 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

(Ed. Note: This is the first in an irregular series of nerd music reviews by the amazingly talented cosplayer and musician Gregg Snider, AKA Wonderllama Cosplay.) Combining power-pop and big hooks with nerdilicious lyrics about comics, video games and movies, Kirby Krackle (singer-songwriter Kyle Stevens) all but created the nerd-rock niche with their eponymous 2009 […]

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Top Picks for Free Comic Book Day 2015

Posted May 10, 2015 by Byron D. Zero

Another Free Comic Book Day has come and there were quite a few juicy tidbits for upcoming events from various comic book companies, from Marvel to Archie Comics. For the uninitiated, Free Comic Book Day is where various companies give out teaser issues of established comic storylines or preview comics of upcoming events to bring […]

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