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This series has it all: superhuman action, martial arts, high school drama and horror. In the works for almost 20 years! Join the team! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 8, 2012.

This series has it all: superhuman action, martial arts, high school drama and horror. In the works for almost 20 years! Join the team!

About this project

"What is your purpose?" It's the question Scott, Kat, Dain, and Jenny must ask themselves when their typical teenage lives are thrown into upheaval by a glowing RuneStone that gives them amazing superhuman abilities. Joined by the Adder, a shadowy vigilante with secrets of his own, they must put aside their differences to save Darkhan City from a vicious crime lord with powers far beyond theirs. From Robert Atkins (G.I.Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) and Quinn Johnson (Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind).

Quinn and Robert have been working for years (almost 20 in Quinn's case!) to transform Elders of the RuneStone from a passionate idea to a finished product the world can enjoy. The goal of this project is to raise enough money to fund the production of the first four-issue miniseries, including penciling, inking, coloring, and printing.

Check out our main site at http://RuneStoneComic.com.

**LEVEL 2 FUNDING GOAL UNLOCKED!**

Our new funding goal is $12,000! The first four-issue miniseries ends on a HUGE cliffhanger. If we hit this next funding goal, we can produce ISSUE #5! The closer we get to this new goal, the more exclusive rewards will become available, including more chances to have your name and / or likeness inserted into the story! Please help us spread the word!

SPECIAL NOTES:

*If we are shipping you a reward and you live outside the United States, we humbly request you add another $10 to your pledge. This will really help us and we will be very grateful!

*The PDF of the first issue will be sent around August 2012, regardless of the later estimated dates posted for some rewards.

*Elders of the RuneStone has been extended a publishing offer.

FAQ's: 

Q. Do higher-priced rewards automatically include all the items listed at lower-priced reward levels?

A. No - each reward includes only what's listed explicitly in the reward description in the column on the right. You can pledge for multiple rewards by choosing the highest-priced one, increasing your pledge value to cover the total amount of all the rewards you want, and messaging us to specify what you want the reward to cover. For example, for two listed rewards, one listed at $100 and one listed at $50, you need to pledge $150 and email us to get our okay on the rewards you want. Availability of certain rewards is limited.

Q. What happens if Elders of the RuneStone surpasses its original pledge goal?

A. Any extra money accumulated through the Kickstarter program will go toward added costs beyond production of the first four issues, i.e. trademarking fees, marketing fees, advertising fees through print, media, convention attendance, etc. It will also go toward production of future issues! Our ambition is that this will continue on as a long-running series--there’s a lot more story to be told beyond the initial 4-issue miniseries! Just ask Quinn!

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  • Kickstarter only allows you to pledge once and choose one reward. The easiest way around this is to create a second Kickstarter account, then pledge again and choose your second reward.

    Keep in mind that if you want to just pledge more money out of the kindness of your heart, you can log back in and simply increase the amount of your pledge at any time! See the above information on another way to get more than one reward with only one Kickstarter account.

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    20 backers

    Get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Bronze Contributors” section!

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    13 backers Limited (87 left of 100)

    Get a limited black & white sketchbook with Elders of the RuneStone art, story notes and interviews, signed and hand-numbered by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! Includes pre-production art from both series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) and Quinn that established the look of the series, with revealing behind-the-scenes commentary. AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Bronze Contributors” section!

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    34 backers Limited (16 left of 50)

    Get a PRE-ORDERED copy of the collected graphic novel! Hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) from the first printed copies. PRE-ORDERS only! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Bronze Contributors” section!

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    5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)

    Get a Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) art book: 50-pages, full-color, including concept art and sketches from G.I. Joe, Marvel, and Elders of the RuneStone! Inside a head sketch of your choice is included! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Bronze Contributors” section!

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    10 backers All gone!

    Get a copy of the collected graphic novel, AND a limited black & white sketchbook with Elders of the RuneStone art, story notes and interviews! Sketchbook includes pre-production art from both series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) and series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) that established the look of the series, with revealing behind-the-scenes commentary! Both the graphic novel and the sketchbook are hand-numbered and signed by Quinn. AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    From artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man): Get the Robert Atkins Art: Print Portfolio. Includes five prints (selected by Robert) from Robert’s run on G.I. Joe and Snake Eyes. AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    From artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man): Get the Robert Atkins Art: Print Portfolio. Includes five prints (selected by Robert) from Robert’s art blog (www.robertatkinsart.blogspot.com). AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    1 backer All gone!

    Get a $50 gift credit from Discount Comic Book Service / InStockTrades (www.dcbservice.com, www.instocktrades.com). AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    9 backers Limited (21 left of 30)

    NEW! Get a copy of the collected graphic novel, AND a limited black & white sketchbook with Elders of the RuneStone art, story notes and interviews! Sketchbook includes pre-production art from both series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) and series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) that established the look of the series, with revealing behind-the-scenes commentary! Both the graphic novel and the sketchbook are hand-numbered and signed by Quinn, and Robert will also sign the sketchook. AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Get a random original penciled page from the series, signed by comics artist Dan Glasl (Elders of the RuneStone, Foster Broussard)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    1 backer All gone!

    Get a random original inked page from the series, signed by comics inker Juan Castro (Elders of the RuneStone, G.I. Joe)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Comics inker Juan Castro (Elders of the RuneStone, G.I. Joe) will ink your child’s (17 and under) pin-up art! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    Comics colorist Bob Pedroza (Elders of the RuneStone, The Phantom) will color your child’s (17 and under) pin-up art! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    5 backers All gone!

    Your name will be inserted into the dialogue of Elders of the RuneStone! AND you’ll get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    NEW! Get a random original inked page from the series, signed by comics inker Juan Castro (Elders of the RuneStone, G.I. Joe)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    4 backers Limited (5 left of 9)

    NEW! Your name (not likeness) will be used for a minor character that appears briefly in Elders of the RuneStone before getting killed! AND you’ll get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Silver Contributors” section!

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    5 backers All gone!

    The artist will hand-draw you into at least one panel of an issue of Elders of the RuneStone! AND you’ll get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    7 backers Limited (23 left of 30)

    Get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind), with a separate black and white sketch by series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) inside! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    1 backer All gone!

    Get a three-month membership to the Comics Creators Workshop in Comics Experience, run by former Marvel Editor and IDW Publishing Senior Editor Andy Schmidt (www.comicsexperience.com)! As a member of the Comics Creators Workshop, learn from artists and editors how to break into the comic industry and have your work reviewed by current professional artists and writers from across the industry! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    5 backers All gone!

    NEW! The artist will hand-draw you into at least one panel of an issue of Elders of the RuneStone! AND you’ll get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    4 backers All gone!

    LAST CHANCE! The artist will hand-draw you into at least one panel of an issue of Elders of the RuneStone! AND you’ll get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Elders of the RuneStone writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) will personally review your script (up to 10 pages, any genre!) and give you a critique and writing advice! (*Please keep content and language no harder than a PG-13 -- thanks!) AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    Series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) will personally review, via online video chat, your art portfolio (up to one cover illustration and six story pages) and give you a critique and artistic advice! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Get a copy of the collected graphic novel AND a limited black & white sketchbook with Elders of the RuneStone art, story notes and interviews! Sketchbook includes pre-production art from both series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) and series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) that established the look of the series, with revealing behind-the-scenes commentary! Both the graphic novel and the sketchbook are hand-numbered by Quinn, and both are signed by Robert, Quinn, and artist Dan Glasl (Elders of the RuneStone, Foster Broussard)! AND you will get two head sketches of (characters of your choice), one by Robert and one by Dan! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    6 backers Limited (9 left of 15)

    Get an 11” x 17” full character commission (character of your choice) by series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man)! AND get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    Series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) will personally review your script (up to 15 pages, any genre!) and give you a critique and writing advice! (*Please keep content and language no harder than a PG-13 -- thanks!) AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    5 backers All gone!

    Get a 9” x 12” inked and full color marker commission of a character of your choice by series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man)! AND get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) and signed by Quinn and Robert! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    3 backers All gone!

    Get yourself written into the Elders of the RuneStone series as a character to be killed off by writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    NEW! Get a promotional inked illustration featuring all five heroes from Elders of the RuneStone, with art by series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    1 backer All gone!

    Get your name and likeness used for an important character to be killed off by writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind) in the SECOND 4-issue miniseries (release date TBD)! This character appears in two scenes and gets a lot of face-time and dialogue. AND get a PDF of the issue that character appears in, AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!"

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    Get your name used for a MALE character introduced in the initial Elders of the RuneStone series who later becomes a recurring character! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    Get your name used for a FEMALE character introduced in the initial Elders of the RuneStone series who later becomes a recurring character! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    ULTIMATE REWARD! Original cover art by series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) from one of the first four issues! It’s 11 x 17” original art inked on illustration board. AND a copy of the collected graphic novel, signed and hand-numbered by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind). AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    NEW! ULTIMATE REWARD! Original cover art by series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) from one of the first four issues! It’s 11 x 17” original art inked on illustration board. AND a copy of the collected graphic novel, signed and hand-numbered by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind). AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    NEW! ULTIMATE HERO REWARD! Your surname will be used for one of the main characters (Scott, Jenny, Kat or Dain) in Elders of the RuneStone! That’s right! For the entire run of the series (beyond the first four-issue miniseries) your last name will belong to one of the core heroes! (Creators reserve the right to choose which surname is the most appropriate for which character.) AND you’ll get a copy of the collected graphic novel, hand-numbered and signed by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind)! AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Gold Contributors” section!

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    NEW! KICKSTARTER KING REWARD! Series artist Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, X-Men Forever, Amazing Spider-man) will custom draw 11 x 17” original art inked on illustration board of YOU (or anyone of your choosing) posing with the heroes from Elders of the RuneStone! Not only do you get the original art, but this illustration will then be colored and included in the collected graphic novel! AND get a copy of the collected graphic novel, signed and hand-numbered by series writer Quinn Johnson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind). AND get a PDF (special “Kickstarter Team” edition) of the double-sized first issue, AND get your name printed in the “Thank You’s” at the end of the book and on the Elders of the RuneStone website under the “Platinum Contributors” section!

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