FRENZY - An Illustrated Novel
FRENZY - An Illustrated Novel
A new illustrated novel of oceanic terror written by author Andrew E.C. Gaska about one of the world's most beloved animals... sharks!
A new illustrated novel of oceanic terror written by author Andrew E.C. Gaska about one of the world's most beloved animals... sharks! Read more
About this project
In the early 1970s, off the North Eastern seaboard of the United States, an army amasses. This army doesn’t use guns, or bombs, or even knives. Instead its weapons are speed, stealth, size, and rows of flesh-tearing teeth. They gather each year at the same location to eat and mate, then break up again to traverse the oceans until the next cycle.
This army poses no danger to those who stay out of its way. They make no organized attacks, lead no incursions into new territories… That is, unless they have leaders.
Now, they have three.
As a group or researchers, wealthy teenagers, and Vietnam veterans make their way up the coast, the army of great white sharks gathers to feed on seals. The sharks, however, soon find themselves besieged by ruthless predators. As the sharks attempt to flee, three of their kind; bigger, deadlier, and more cunning than the rest, rise to the occasion, whipping this pack of great whites into a feeding…
Frenzy is an original illustrated horror/thriller novel about one of the world’s most beloved animals... sharks! It is an original novel authored by Andrew E.C. Gaska (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, SPACE: 1999 Aftershock and Awe, Critical Millennium) , and will be produced by guerrilla design studio BLAM! Ventures, LLC. Frenzy is a special project because while it is a prose novel (not a graphic novel), the book will have over 20 paintings and another 20 pen & ink illustrations from a diverse array of talented artists to help tell the story. These talents include AMAZING artists such as menton3, Bob Eggleton, Dave Dorman, Erik Gist, Steve White, Aaron Miller, Dan Dussault, Chandra Free, and J.K. Woodward!
Don't know them all by name? Take a look at some of their previous work below, and check out the talent we have to offer!
To find out more about these artists, check out their bios at the end of of this page!
This book will give both shark fanatics and comic fans (and everyone in between) something beautiful, grisly, and exciting to sink their teeth into!
What's a pulp styled book without beautiful women? The female characters in Frenzy will be based on the likenesses’ of popular cosplay models, Kit Quinn and Joanie Mars, alongside BLAM! Ventures’ own Katie Delz and Ella Laytham! Fans of these gorgeous ladies will be able to buy a book full of paintings with these women in retro 1970s style, painted by the likes of Dave Dorman, menton3, and the other artists mentioned above!
To find out more about our models, check out their bios at the end of of this page!
We've introduced new models! Derek Conley, Anna Shausmanova, and Xavier Baldwin will now be character models for FRENZY! They will be painted in retro 1970s style by your favorite artists! For more on our new models, check out their bios below!
This book is going to be designed in a style similar to that of 1970's pulp magazines and comics. BLAM! Ventures has previously put out two Space: 1999 graphic novels, and we are currently working on a Buck Rogers in the 25th century illustrated novel series. The book we've published so far that is most like what FRENZY will be in appearance and format is our Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes illustrated novel.
What's the money for?
You’re helping us fund costs for the production side of the book. That includes design, illustration, editing, printing (of the softcover b&w edition), and shipping. As we are developing this without a specific publisher, the cost of the artists and design falls on us, and can get pricey! The advantage of developing the entire package without a publisher signed on is that we will retain full rights to the book, and the story can be as gruesome and interesting as we want!
We're going to be making a downloadable digital edition of the book, and also a limited edition *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* black and white printed version, which are both available at the THE LONE BATHER level ($25). THe option to get a full color softcover version of the book instead of the black & white one is available at the SEA LION ($50) level and above.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SURPASS OUR GOAL?
If we hit our stretch goal of $55,000 we’ll be able to print a hardcover edition of the book with full color paintings! Additionally, the hardcover edition of the book will receive a new cover from a top talent in the industry (to be decided later). The hardcover will then go out to everyone who contributed at the SEA LION level ($50) or above!
ALSO, If we reach our stretch goal, those who purchased the audio book will receive an UNABRIDGED version of the book, voiced by James Urbaniak!
We have some very special rewards available! You could become a character in the book, featured in the text and in illustrations! Don't you want to be immortalized in book form, with your limbs hanging out the mouth of a giant Great White? Obviously! We have some great artist packages with limited edition prints, original art and paintings, and a shark diving package with creator and BLAM! head honcho Andrew E.C. Gaska.
Check out all the awesome reward packages we have for FRENZY at the top right of this page!
We have created an array of wonderfully inappropriate FRENZY tie in products, including stickers, buttons, temporary tattoos, and a coloring/ activity book!
THE FRENZY COLORING/ACTIVITY BOOK
PERFECT FOR CHILDREN & SENSITIVE PEOPLE (to toughen them up)
NEW! This incentive will horrify it’s way into your heart! Introducing the FRENZY coloring/activity book! Wonderfully inappropriate fun for the whole dysfunctional family!
Navigate a maze to locate your gnawed-off leg! Make a beautiful colored image of Scarface the shark ripping his way through a fishing boat, on a hunt for flesh! Paint the seas red and color your kid catatonic with this nightmare inducing chum of puzzles, word games, art, and even math (shudder)!
Comes with 1 FRENZY coloring/activity book and 1 crayon. The crayon is the only color you’ll need: RED.
FRENZY TEMPORARY TATTOOS
FRENZY tattoos are great for pretending to be a crusty sailor or for scaring your mom!
These pin back buttons are great for attaching to a life vest or your small child's school backpack! Just don't pin them to your inflatable life raft.
FRENZY AUDIO ADAPTION!
Read by the extremely versatile James Urbaniak of Venture Brothers, American Splendor, and Thrilling Adventure Hour fame, the FRENZY audio book will be delivered to you in downloadable mp3 format. This audio adaptation will do all the screaming out loud for you! James brings his voice acting talents to the table to bring you terror unleashed!
JAMES URBANIAK - https://twitter.com/JamesUrbaniak
James Urbaniak is an American actor, residing in Santa Monica, California. He provides the voice for main character Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros. as well as the Doctor's brother Jonas Venture Jr. and the super-villain Phantom Limb, among other various characters. One of his first noteworthy roles was in the avant-garde playwright/director Richard Foreman's The Universe, for which Urbaniak won an Obie. He has also been acclaimed for his acting in the films Henry Fool and American Splendor, in the latter of which he played legendary illustrator R. Crumb. James is also a popular member on Vine, an app allowing the user to take 6 second videos, flawlessly using the extent of the medium to showcase small comedy sketches.
Many creators are supporting FRENZY, even if they aren't part of the art team for the book! To show their love, the artists below have contributed incentives to help their fans come over to FRENZY and realize just how epic this book will be!
COMFORT AND ADAM -http://comfortandadam.com/
Comfort Love & Adam Withers are the multiple Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the series “The Uniques”, “Uniques Tales”, and “Rainbow in the Dark”. Sharing the writing, penciling and coloring duties equally, the symbiotic self-publishing duo live in Flint, MI with their two cats, Obi-Wan and Annie-kin and can frequently be seen walking up and down the road talking about stories.
One of the new incentives is the opportunity to own an original full marker sketch by Adam Withers and Comfort Love, custom drawn to your specifications! This package includes ONE full marker sketch, can include up to two figures and the characters can be whatever the backer likes.
Additionally, JK Woodward, while supplying a painting for the book, has contributed actual comic pages he painted from IDW's Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic.
(NOTE: There are only 2 original pages available, the first person to choose this reward gets first pick of what page they want SO ACT NOW)
MIKE OEMING - http://michaeloeming.com/
Oeming is a fan of ancient mythology, having written or drawn several projects centering on the Norse gods. He frequently collaborates with long-time friend Bryan J. L. Glass, and with Brian Michael Bendis. He is part of the M.O.B. crew of comic book creators, along with David Mack, Brian Bendis and Daniel Berman.
His 1998 comic book Bulletproof Monk was made into a film of the same name.
He has also worked on The Mice Templar from Image Comics which he has drawn and co-authored with Bryan J.L. Glass. and the third volume of Powers from Icon Comics with Brian Bendis. His creator-owned projects include Rapture, on which he collaborated with his wife, Taki Soma,and The Victories, both for Dark Horse Comics.
As of 2010, he is employed as a staff member of Valve Software, working on Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2 and Portal 2 webcomics.
AND NOW! The chance to own an ORIGINAL 11x17 print by Mike Oeming (Mice Templar, Powers), colored by Chandra Free! The print depicts Scarface from FRENZY. This print is EXCLUSIVE to this Kickstarter campaign! This is available in THE OEMING BEACON package.
The projected goal for release of this book is LATE SUMMER 2014! All rewards will be fulfilled at that time.
Andrew E.C. Gaska - Author & Creative Director
Gaska is an author, producer and art director. For over a decade he has served as a freelance consultant for Rockstar Games on such hit titles as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, the Midnight Club series, and all other major releases. He is the founder and creative director of BLAM! Ventures, a guerrilla transmedia studio that produces print and digital media for the comic book and science fiction industry.
Drew is the author of such fan favorite franchise works as the novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, and the graphic novel Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe, as well as the upcoming Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Illustrated Novel series.
His other work includes his science fiction graphic novel epic, Critical Millennium: the Dark Frontier, and Hawken: Melee. You can find out more at www.blamventures.com. Drew resides in New York with his girlfriend and fellow comics creator, Chandra Free.
Chandra Free - Art Director
As the art director of guerrilla studio BLAM! Ventures, Chandra Free was responsible the visual continuity of the SPACE:1999 graphic novel series, as well as restoring and remastering several key cover pieces of for the SPACE:1999 CLASSIC comic series. She is also writer and illustrator of The God Machine, from publisher Archaia.
Born and bred into captivity of Orlando, Florida, Chandra (pronounced CHAN-drah, like Jackie CHAN) can now be found in her present-day home, blissfully away in the land of New York with her writer boyfriend, Drew Gaska. It is here that she concocts her uniquely abstract and elongated art and comics. Intensely interested in the incorporation of psychology into her art, she focuses on the unconscious and human aspects of her characters.
In addition to The God Machine, she has worked as a digital painter on the comic series Sullengrey by Ape Entertainment, a colorist on the comic series Mice Templar by Image, and as an illustrator on Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock by Archaia. She also provided digital paintings for the illustrated prose novel, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, and has illustrated numerous album covers. She has adapted as well as illustrated T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland for the comics publication The Graphic Canon.
Katie Delz - Production Assistant (see her bio in the models' section below)
Ella Laytham - Lead Graphic Designer (see her bio in the models' section below)
STEVE WHITE - sharkeytrike.deviantart.com
Steve White is a British comic book writer (and occasional colourist) who has mainly worked with 2000 A.D. White's career in comics began in the 1980s at Marvel UK in London, where he worked in various roles on titles like The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers, Knights of Pendragon and The Sleaze Brothers. He has co-authored work with Dan Abnett, of Majestic fame.
He is currently a senior editor for Titan Magazines comics, overseeing popular licenses such as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, The Simpsons Comics, Transformers and Star Wars. He was previously a graphic novels editor for Titan Books.
White is also a talented illustrator, specialising in drawing dinosaurs [and sharks!]. Illustration credits include Dinosaurs: A Celebration (Marvel, 1997).
MARINA BEKESHKO - www.facebook.com/artofmb
Marina Bekeshko is an Academy of Art University graduate with a BFA in Illustration. She enjoys long walks on the beach, slaughtering digital monsters, and creating fantasy art. Product of the lovely Ukraine, Marina now resides in California.
ERIK GIST - deadoftheday.blogspot.com
Erik Gist has been a working professional artist since 1998. To date he has painted numerous illustrations for book covers and games, including work on several Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft, and Eberron series of novels, as well as Magic the Gathering, The Phantom, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Erik's clients include TOR, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck Entertainment, Blizzard Ent., DC Comics, Boom! Studios, Moonstone Books, Radical Publishing, Night Shade Books, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Moebius Models, Quarto Publishing, and Chiat-Day. Gist shares his life with his lovely and talented wife, dog, two cats, three rats, and a bird. The rest of the time he paints and teaches at Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas.
Miki is an illustrator and comic artist, working on comic books tie-ins to independent movies in his native Spain with his paramour Lidia. He contributed a painting to the illustrated novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes and serves as a house artist for guerrilla studio BLAM! Ventures. He is often mistaken in comics for Danny Miki - although there is no relation.
DANIEL DUSSAULT - dandussault.com
Dan Dussault is a Freelance Illustrator, specializing in Cartooning and Concept Art.. He is the artist for Critical Millennium, written by Andrew E.C. Gaska, produced by BLAM! Ventures and published by Archaia Entertainment. His list of clients includes: Soda Pop Miniatures, Meatbun.com, MishkaNYC, and Venus Fallen.
BOB EGGLETON - www.bobeggleton.com
Bob Eggleton is a Hugo Award winning science fiction, fantasy, and horror artist. Eggleton has been honored with the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist eight times, first winning in 1994. He also won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2001 for his art book "Greetings From Earth".
Eggleton's drawing and paintings cover a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror topics, depicting space ships, alien worlds and inhabitants, dragons, vampires, and other fantasy creatures.
AARON MILLER - http://www.aaronbmiller.com/
Aaron B. Miller is an illustrator who specializes in fantasy art. He works in both digital and traditional media. He is inspired by the great illustrators of today and the masters of the past.
DAVE DORMAN - davedorman.com
Dave Dorman is an award-winning science fiction, horror and fantasy illustrator. Although he has produced art based on such characters as Indiana Jones, Batman, and Superman, he became most well known for his Star Wars artwork.The Star Wars Art of Dave Dorman was published in 1996 by Random House/FPG. Dorman won a poll of the readers of The Official Best of Star Wars Magazine in 1998, as "Best Star Wars Artist" Dorman won an Eisner Award in 1993 for his paintings in the book Aliens: Tribes. In 2010 he won the prestigious Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic-Con, where he was a featured guest that year
CHANDRA FREE - spookychan.com
(In addition to art directing the book, Chandra Free will be providing several paintings for FRENZY. For more on Chandra, see her bio in the Production team section above).
menton3 - menton3.com
Menton J. Matthews III aka menton3 is a writer, fine artist, and illustrator. His techniques and subjects draw heavily from old masterworks, alchemical writings, symbology, and Jungian psychology.
His comic book industry work has included being co-creator/writer and artist of MONOCYTE, series artist for Silent Hill: Past Life, interior art for Zombies vs. Robots: Aventure, and cover/interior art for H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror, all for IDW Publishing. menton3 is a highly sought-after cover artist for publishers such as Dark Horse, Image, and IDW for books such as Crawl to Me, The Thing, Proof, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Classics Mutilated, 30 Days of Night, and many others. Illustration work has included art for The Lovecraft Library: Out of Arkham and Mark Twain's Tales of Mystery, both from IDW.
J.K. WOODWARD - http://jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/
J.K. Woodward started his professional comics career in 2003 when he collaborated with A. David Lewis on the indie comic Mortal Coils and Michael Colbert on the Digital Webbing Presents series Crazy Mary where he still does covers. IDW noticed his work on Crazy Mary and offered him a gig doing a CSI:NY limited series and he followed in short order with a standout story in BOOM! Studios' Zombie Tales series. When Peter David was re-launching his creator owned series Fallen Angel at IDW, James was a natural choice for Peter's dark world of magic, violence and redemption. His painted work eventually caught the attention of Marvel editor, Mike Marts(now an editor at DC Comics) who chose him to illustrate X-men Origins:The Beast which was released September 2008. He recently relocated from Long Beach, CA to Long Island City in Queens, NY and still illustrates Peter David's Fallen Angel as a recurring miniseries for IDW as well as various other work for IDW and BOOM! Studios.His latest project is the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover, Assimilation2
Kit Quinn began cosplaying in 2007, her first costumes being Snow White, Sailor Mars, and the Chesire Cat. These days she’s more known for her appearances as Harley Quinn, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, and Superma’am. Born and raised in Northern California, Kit later made the journey to Los Angeles to study theater and film at USC. Kit has also performed in various voice acting projects, has served as a makeup artist on a few independent film sets, and currently models regularly for the line Damefatale. In 2012 she, along with best friend Tallest Silver, was named as LA Weekly’s People of the Year and her web series Sweethearts of the Galaxy is about make its internet debut!
When she’s not observing ant behaviors or restoring oyster reefs on the east coast, Joanie Mars is making costumes and cosplaying. Starting in 2003, Joanie started costuming as Princess Leia and Aerith Gansbourgh. Since then, she’s become known for her various Venture Brothers costumes -- such as Dr. Girlfriend, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, and Molotov Cocktease -- and also LeeLoo Dallas from The Fifth Element. With a hardy love of science fiction, fantasy, animation, and video games, Joanie is always thinking of new costumes to make.
While performing her duties as BLAM! Ventures production assistant, Katie Delz is also an avid fan of animation, science fiction, horror and music. Especially when those four are combined.
Lend your ear to the wind, if you can hear small slivers of contempt echoing off of any of those subjects, the Delz shouldn’t be too far. She can often be found balancing books about bygone eras of music, poetry, and filthy cinema while also attempting to not spill her cup of coffee.
In addition to acting as BLAM! Ventures lead designer on FRENZY, Ella is an all around shark and marine biology enthusiast. She hopes to someday come in contact with a great white shark (not fatally), and has seen almost every cheesy shark movie. She carries the plastic shark from the kickstarter video with her everywhere she goes. Really. She has a BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts and only imagined credentials pertaining to sharks.
Derek began acting at the age of 5 and started martial arts training by the age of 7. He has performed in Human Combat Chess matches since his late teens and has appeared in many Renaissance Festivals, Medieval Faires, and Pirate Shows. He has studied period fencing and performed and choreographed fights. He served in the United States Marine Corps and has worked as a Law Enforcement Officer. Derek's combination of over 20 years of fight choreography experience, coupled with extensive weapons training, martial arts, military experience, as well as law enforcement experience bring a background which is difficult to achieve and of which he finds himself extremely fortunate to have accomplished.
As a big fan of adventures and with scars to prove it, Anna enjoys everything that keeps her restless self busy-- including being eaten by sharks. Born in a Commie land far-far away, she came to the states to pursue her dreams of becoming an artist, and now enjoys making everything from experimental art and paintings to down-to-earth interactive design. Never forgetting her love for travel, she is always on some sort of adventure, going to Istanbul or Switzerland, to keep her heart happy.
Rocking a cool ass fro, Xavier Baldwin is a jersey kid attending the School of Visual Arts for Graphic Design in New York City. Pursuing a career in motion graphics, he spends most of his days interning at MTV, or just playing video games. Some of his favorite animals consist of underwater life like octopuses, angler fish, and, of course, sharks; especially bull sharks.
MARINE SCIENCE ADVISORS
From a young age, Kalyn Johnson has been fascinated by the ocean and the creatures in it. This led her to a degree in biology at Duke, specializing in marine biology. During that time she spent 6 months in the field at the Duke Marine Lab studying marine life and following around pods of dolphins. She now works as a lawyer in Washington DC with a focus on environmental protection.
In addition to her cosplay antics and appearing as one of our sharkbait models in FRENZY, Joanie has a Bachelors degree in Biology, with a focus in Marine Biology, Tropical Marine Biology, and Marine Conservation. She’s been a teaching assistant for Mycology, did study abroad in Roatán Honduras for Tropical Marine Biology, and has over 300 hours of marine conservation volunteer work. She has participated in service learning projects where she’s talked about marine biology and science to preschool to middle school kids. Joanie is currently working at UCF King’s ant research lab in Florida.
ABOUT BLAM! VENTURES, LLC
Founded by CEO and Creative Director Andrew E. C. Gaska, and later joined by Art Director Chandra Free, BLAM! Ventures is a full service guerrilla design studio that produces high quality transmedia entertainment.
BLAM! Ventures produces several creator owned projects in-house, finding a suitable publisher for the project only after the work can speak for itself. Through our Retrograde imprint, BLAM! also works to revive many classic science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television shows of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with a fresh approach and a reverent hand. The company's mission is to touch the audiences of today’s generation, while reacquainting previous fans with old friends.
In addition to our in-house productions, BLAM! develops both original and licensed properties for its clients, creating full packages ready to be taken to a publisher. Specializing in illustrated prose and comic and sequential art storytelling, along with digital downloadable services, BLAM! Ventures offers up both an eclectic lineup of talent and an exciting array of possibilities.
BLAM! Ventures has a history of developing and working on high profile projects for top companies over the past seven years. Clients include Rockstar Games, FOX Broadcasting, ITV Studios, the Dille Family Trust, and 3Ative Productions, while publishing partners include Archaia Entertainment and Vanguard Productions.
CREDITS & COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
FRENZY Kickstarter video filmed and edited by Paul Tamayo.
The audio track ‘attack’ is © 2013 Angelo Panetta and is used with permission. All Rights Reserved.
"BLAM! VENTURES", “RETROGRADE”, and their respective logos are © and ® 2013 BLAM! Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.
"FRENZY" and the FRENZY LOGO are © and ® 2013 BLAM! Ventures, LLC. All story, concept, designs, characters, and settings © Andrew E.C. Gaska. All Rights Reserved.
"CRITICAL MILLENNIUM" and “THE DARK FRONTIER” are © and ® 2013 Andrew E.C. Gaska. Produced by BLAM! Ventures, LLC and published by Archaia Entertainment 2011. Original concept by Andrew E.C. Gaska and Christian Berntsen. All story, concept, designs, characters, and settings © Andrew E.C. Gaska. All Rights Reserved.
"THE GOD MACHINE" and the GOD MACHINE LOGO are © and ® 2013 Chandra Free. Published by Archaia Entertainment 2010. All story, concept, designs, characters, and settings © Chandra Free. All Rights Reserved.
JAWS, BAMBI, TARZAN, DOC SAVAGE, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, and SHARK WEEK are © and ® 2013 their respective copyright holders, and are mentioned in the FRENZY Kickstarter video for style and anecdotal purposes. All Rights Reserved. No infringement is intended, and any mention in this video is considered free usage.
Risks and challenges
There are risks in producing any creative endeavor, and the challenges inherent in creating an illustrated prose novel of this magnitude are no different.
BLAM! Ventures, and author/creative director Andrew E. C. Gaska have experience coordinating a diverse array of artists for projects such as these. ‘Drew’ and BLAM! have been responsible for the production and release of one illustrated novel (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes) and three graphic novel events (Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier, SPACE:1999 - Aftershock and Awe, and CLASSIC SPACE:1999 - To Everything That Was) in the past three years, and have two more illustrated prose novels in production right now for release in 2014-2015 (Death of the Planet of the Apes, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Killer).
The number one delay in such a book comes in juggling the availability of artists to meet the deadline of the project. That is why we have allocated an entire year to complete the book, making it available for late summer 2014. In addition, the artists chosen for the project have a reliable history and/or relationship with the production team, and are extremely excited about... sharks!
The only "delay" that we do expect is if we meet our stretch goal and are printing full color, hardcover books as well as the regular goal incentive versions of the book. The stretch goal rewards would have to be released later than 1 year as printing overseas and shipping takes additional time, but this would not affect the timing of the standard goals (The digital edition of the book and the black and white limited edition paperback).
We will be updating our backers on a regular basis to keep them in the loop. If we do run into delays, we will make sure that everyone is aware of them, but we are confident that we have allocated enough time in this project to see it come to fruition as planned!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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