The Writers Block

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A weekly post-con-style roundtable romp with some of the most outspoken (yet still employed) creators in comics. Show biz war stories. State of the comic union. Furious debates over ‘80s televisions shows. Great lobster bisque recipes. Something for everybody.

We have voluntarily self-rated this production as PG-13. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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Also available on YouTube if you'd prefer to see everyone's lovely faces!
 

Episode Archive

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    Don Walker

    Episode Number: 66

    David and Rylend do a process deep dive with comic creator Don Walker (AGENT WILD and REAPER CORPS)… and then they get matching, wildly-inappropriate tattoos to celebrate the podcast’s Communicator Awards victory.

    Episode download: TWB066.mp3

     

    DON WALKER
    Instagram: @don_spaceknight
    Website: https://dorkempireink.bigcartel.com

     

    Release Date: May 18, 2022

    Run Time: 1:14:16
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    Soulstream’s Saida Woolf

    Episode Number: 65

    David and Rylend sit down with 18-year-old wunderkind Saida Woolf, who started writing and drawing Scout Comics’ SOULSTREAM when she was just 15. Many Doogie Howser jokes are made and Rylend and David remember what they were like at 15… slamming Jolt Cola and burning G.I. Joe figures in Rylend’s case… debating which suit to wear to meet Mr. Chekov at the Mall in David’s case. 

    Episode download: TWB065.mp3

     

    SAIDA WOOLF
    Twitter: @saidawoolf
    Instagram: @saidawoolf/@soulstreamcomic
    Website: saidawoolf.com

    Release Date: May 11, 2022

    Run Time: 1:12:54
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    First Book Stories with Adam Rose

    Episode Number: 64

    David and Rylend sit down with Adam Rose to talk the ins and outs of releasing his first book in comic shops (COROLLARY from Source Point Press)… and Rylend presents David with an exciting new business opportunity he enthusiastically describes as "decidedly NOT a pyramid scheme."

    Episode download: TWB064.mp3

     

    ADAM ROSE
    Twitter: @adamrose74
    Instagram: @shazamcap

    CHECK OUT ADAM AT GOLDEN APPLE COMICS ON MAY 7th: https://goldenapplecomics.com/pages/events

    CHECK OUT FA SHENG: ORIGINS ON KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theadept2/1281297143

     

    Release Date: May 4, 2022

    Run Time: 1:23:35
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    Jess Silvetti and Ethan Kogan

    Episode Number: 63

    David and Rylend sit down with accomplished filmmakers Jess Silvetti and Ethan Kogan to talk about their first foray into comics, SHOCKHEADED PETER (available now via Kickstarter)… and Ethan and Rylend - who’ve known each other for 20+ years - swap stories about the INSANE 45-minute-long musical they filmed while in college. 

    Episode download: TWB063.mp3

     

    JESS SILVETTI
    Twitter: @Jesilvetti
    Instagram: @jess_silvetti
    Website: www.jessicasilvetti.com

    ETHAN KOGAN
    Twitter: @EBKfromLA
    Instagram: @EBKfromLA

    CHECK OUT THE SHOCKHEADED PETER KICKSTARTER: shockheadedpetercomic.com

    Release Date: March 30, 2022

    Run Time: 1:17:21
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    Christie Shinn and Don Nguyen

    Episode Number: 62

    A catch up session with old friends Christie Shinn (DEMON BITCH) and Don Nguyen (PABLO THE GORILLA) morphs slowly-but-surely into a very serious, poignant, and often quite hilarious chat about representation, censorship, and other hot buttons… and also Klingons, Battlestar, and Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone movies.

    Episode download: TWB062.mp3

    CHRISTIE SHINN
    Twitter: @HoraToraStudios
    Instagram: @HoraToraStudios
    Website: https://linktr.ee/HoraToraStudios

    CHECK OUT THE DEMOMN BITCH KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/horatorastudios/demon-bitch-you-all-suck
    SUPPORT DEMON BITCH AND OTHER STUPID THINGS: www.Patreon.com/HoraToraStudios
    WHERE TO FOLLOW DEMON BITCH: Demon B!tch

     

    DON NGUYEN
    Twitter: @nguyeningit
    Instagram: @nguyeningit
    Website: NguyeningIt.com

     

    Release Date: March 23, 2022

    Run Time: 1:40:09
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    Karate’s Bad Boy Sean Kanan

    Episode Number: 61

    David and Rylend talk with Emmy-winning writer/producer (STUDIO CITY) Sean Kanan about his journey from actor to best-selling author. Rylend gleefully turns the last 15 minutes of the broadcast into an enthusiastic Karate Kid III deep dive (Kanan played the film’s villain) and he and Sean strike a deal to pitch a Mike Barnes Cobra Kai comic at IDW.

    Episode download: TWB061.mp3

     

    SEAN KANAN
    Twitter: @seankanan
    Instagram: @sean.kanan

    CHECK OUT SEAN’S NEW BOOK “WAY OF THE COBRA”: WayOfTheCobra.com

     

    Release Date: March 16, 2022

    Run Time: 1:00:54
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    Skylar Patridge and Rich Douek

    Episode Number: 60

    David and Rylend talk with Wonder Woman: Trial of the Amazons artist Skylar Patridge and Superman/Wastelanders: Star-Lord writer Rich Douek about making the jump from indie books to Marvel/DC… and Rylend goes on a Charlie Sheen-esque rant about all of the earthworms, gnarly gnarlingtons, and Vatican Assassin Warlocks jealous of his tendency to #win. 

    Episode download: TWB060.mp3

     

    SKYLAR PATRIDGE
    Twitter: @SkyePatridge
    Instagram: @SkyePatridge
    Website: skylarpatridge.com

     

    RICH DOUEK
    Twitter: @rdouek
    Instagram: @rdouek
    Website: rdouek.com

     

    Release Date: March 9, 2022

    Run Time: 1:34:45
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    David Booher

    Episode Number: 59

    Avallone and Rylend talk with writer David Booher (CANTO, KILLER QUEENS) about the gut wrenching leap of faith that is quitting your day job and committing to full time creative work. They also touch on pitching, meeting editors, and Rylend’s predilection with punching readers in the face.

    Episode download: TWB059.mp3

     

    DAVID M. BOOHER
    Twitter: @davidbooher
    Instagram: @davidmbooher
    Website: https://davidbooher.com

    Release Date: March 2, 2022

    Run Time: 1:31:49
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    Jason Inman

    Episode Number: 58

    David and Rylend talk with writer/podcaster Jason Inman about small screen Walking Dead, big screen Batman, and the unequivocal wonder that is AC/DC. Oh, yeah… and we also touch on Jason’s comic book - SUPER BEST FRIEND - available now via Kickstarter.

    CHECK OUT MY SUPER BEST FRIEND ON KICKSTARTER NOW: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jawiin/super-best-friend-1-2-a-superhero-adventure-comic

    Episode download: TWB058.mp3

    JASON INMAN
    Twitter: @jawiin
    Instagram: @jawiin
    Website: https://solo.to/jasoninman
    Geek History Lesson: https://www.geekhistorylesson.com

    Release Date: February 23, 2022

    Run Time: 53:14
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    PROJECT MK-ULTRA

    Episode Number: 57

    David and Rylend talk with cartoonist Stewart Kenneth Moore and writers Brandon Beckner and Scott Sampila about their Clover Press comic book PROJECT MK-ULTRA: SEX, DRUGS and THE CIA… and Avallone finally opens up about the decade he spent as an agency stooge, trading blue jeans and New Coke for state secrets in Moscow Metro stations.

    CHECK OUT MK ULTRA VIA THE CLOVER PRESS WEBSITE NOW: https://cloverpress.us/collections/newly-added/products/project-mk-ultra-sex-drugs-the-cia-vol-1

    Episode download: TWB057.mp3

    STEWART KENNETH MOORE
    Twitter: @opipop
    Instagram: @booda_von_boodstein
    Website: www.stewartkmoore.com

    BRANDON BECKNER
    Twitter: @parrotpoet1
    Instagram: @parrotpoet1
    Website: https://www.brandonbeckner.com

    SCOTT SAMPILA
    Instagram: @sampila
    Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1399100/

     

    Release Date: February 16, 2022

    Run Time: 1:24:26
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    Charlie Stickney and Gene Ching

    Episode Number: 56

    David and Rylend talk with writer Charlie Stickney (WHITE ASH) and action choreographer/KungFuMagazine.com publisher Gene Ching about their collaboration on the Immortal Studios Wuxia comic book epic THE ADEPT… and Avallone briefly considers returning to his ancestral home (Naples, Italy) to take up sculpting.

    CHECK OUT THE ADEPT #2 ON KICKSTARTER NOW: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theadept2/the-adept-2

    Episode download: TWB056.mp3

    GENE CHING
    Twitter: @geneching
    Website: geneching.wordpress.com

    CHARLIE STICKNEY
    Twitter: @CharlesStickney
    Instagram: @whiteashcomic
    Website: https://whiteashcomic.com

     

    Release Date: February 9, 2022

    Run Time: 1:09:42
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    Amanda Deibert, Barbra Dillon, and Richard Fairgray

    Episode Number: 55

    Back from holiday hiatus with a vengeance, David and Rylend talk with writer Amanda Deibert (Wonder Woman, He-Man), cartoonist Richard Fairgray (BLACK SAND BEACH), and Fanbase Press Honcho Barbra Dillon about the post COVID comic book landscape… and Richard gleefully tells us about the time he maced and threw dog poop on an overly aggressive meathead who refused to wear a mask during a global pandemic.

    Episode download: TWB055.mp3

    AMANDA DEIBERT
    Twitter: @amandadeibert
    Instagram: @amandadeibertofficial
    Website: amandadeibert.com

    RICHARD FAIRGRAY
    Twitter: @RichardFairgray
    Instagram: @richardfairgrayauthor
    Website: richardfairgray.com

    BARBRA DILLON
    Twitter: @barbrajdillon
    Instagram: @barbrajdillon

    FANBASE PRESS
    Twitter: @fanbase_press
    Instagram: @fanbasepress
    Website: fanbasepress.com

     

    Release Date: February 2, 2022

    Run Time: 1:13:35
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    Just Us

    Episode Number: 54

    With a holiday hiatus looming, David and Rylend interview each other, chewing mightily on the influence properties like various Star Treks, Magnum P.I., James Bond, and Jack Reacher have had on their personal lives/creative careers… we’ll leave you to decide which franchise profoundly affected which host.

    Episode download: TWB054.mp3

    Release Date: November 17, 2021

    Run Time: 1:32:36
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    Shaenon K. Garrity and Andrew Farago

    Episode Number: 53

    This week, David and Rylend chat with Shaenon K. Garrity and Andrew Farago from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Fransisco about the Gallery’s current happenings and its mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers… and Rylend shows off pieces from his extensive Beavis and Butthead original animation cel collection while soulfully crooning David Van Driessen’s “Men have feelings, too.”

    Episode download: TWB053.mp3
     

    ANDREW FARAGO
    Twitter: @andrewfarago
    Instagram: @andrewfarago
    Website: andrewfarago.com

    SHAENON K. GARRITY
    Twitter: @shaenongarrity
    Instagram: @shaenongarrity
    Website: shaenon.com

    CARTOON ART MUSEUM: https://www.cartoonart.org/about

    Release Date: November 10, 2021

    Run Time: 1:31:32
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    Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Tilly and Susan Bridges

    Episode Number: 52

    This week, David and Rylend get an audio drama how-to courtesy of Tilly and Susan Bridges (Pendant Productions) and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), the group discusses the advantages of diversifying one’s creative bonds, and Rylend - who was ripped awake at 5am by a Halloween-obsessed 5-year-old - briefly falls asleep on camera.

    Episode download: TWB052.mp3
     

    MADELEINE HOLLY-ROSING
    Twitter: @MHollyRosing
    Instagram: @mcholly1

    CHECK OUT THE BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY: THE GHOST SHIP AUDIO DRAMA KICKSTARTER: kck.st/3m0MIVo

    SUSAN BRIDGES
    Twitter: @susanlbridges
    Instagram: @susanlbridges
    Website: pendantaudio.com
    Website: birdguest.com

    TILLY BRIDGES
    Twitter: @TillyBridges
    Website: pendantaudio.com
    Website: birdguest.com

    Release Date: November 3, 2021

    Run Time: 1:17:02
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    Anthony Pollock and Gary Edwards

    Episode Number: 51

    This week, David and Rylend chat with Anthony Pollock (EIC at Soda and Telepaths) and Gary Edwards (Editor at Gestalt Comics) about their soon-to-be-kickstarted comic anthology PRODUCING THE END OF THE WORLD… and the group does a deep dive on beard maintenance.

    Episode download: TWB051.mp3

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!
     

    ANTHONY POLLOCK
    Twitter: @anthpollock/@SodaTelepaths
    Instagram: @anth.pollock
    Website: SodaandTelepaths.com

    GARY EDWARDS
    Twitter: @dingogary
    Instagram: @dingogary

     

    Release Date: October 27, 2021

    Run Time: 1:30:11
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    Christie Shinn and Don Nguyen

    Episode Number: 50

    This week, David and Rylend chat with Christie Shinn (DEMON BITCH) and Don Nguyen (PABLO THE GORILLA) about writing from the artist’s perspective… and the writer/artist’s perspective… also, David tells thinly-veiled Andy Sidaris stories and Rylend talks about the time he was almost forced to do mushrooms and go rock-climbing with Tony Scott.

    Episode download: TWB050.mp3

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!
     

    CHRISTIE SHINN
    Twitter: @HoraToraStudios
    Instagram: @HoraToraStudios
    Website: HoraToraStudios.com

    SUPPORT DEMON BITCH AND OTHER STUPID THINGS: Patreon.com/HoraToraStudios
    WHERE TO FOLLOW DEMON BITCH: webtoons.com/en/challenge/demon-btch/list?title_no=148964

     

    DON NGUYEN
    Twitter: @nguyeningit
    Instagram: @nguyeningit
    Website: NguyeningIt.com

    Release Date: October 20, 2021

    Run Time: 1:36:44
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    Marielle Bouleau and Simon Birks

    Episode Number: 49

    This week, David and Rylend talk with Marielle Bouleau and Simon Birks from Blue Fox Comics (THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and THE SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH) about building a publishing powerhouse on Kickstarter and all the fun and crazy that goes into running a new campaign most every month... and David and Rylend celebrate the show cracking the top 60 on the Apple visual arts podcast charts by performing a soul-scorching choreographed dance (via zoom, of course) to Benny Mardones’ INTO THE NIGHT. 

    Episode download: TWB049.mp3

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!
     

    BLUE FOX COMICS
    Twitter: @BlueFoxComics
    Instagram: @BlueFoxComics
    Website: bluefoxcomics.com

    MARIELLE BOULEAU
    Twitter: @mariellewrites
    Instagram: @marielle.writes
    Website: bit.ly/2RCoKTz

    SIMON BIRKS
    Twitter: @SBirksWriter
    Instagram: @SBirksWriter

     

    Release Date: October 13, 2021

    Run Time: 1:11:36
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    Henry Barajas

    Episode Number: 48

    This week, David and Rylend talk with Henry Barajas (LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O.: TATA RAMBO) about his journey from donut shop manager to comic shop headliner… and the guys, perhaps too enthusiastically, trade “Kinsey Scale” ratings.

    Episode download: TWB048.mp3

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!
     

    HENRY BARAJAS
    Twitter: @HenryBarajas
    Website: linktr.ee/henrybarajas

    Release Date: October 6, 2021

    Run Time: 54:50
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    Kristin Gollhofer and Jason Bennett

    Episode Number: 47

    David and Rylend talk with Kristin Gollhofer (Cohost of Meanwhile at the Podcast) and Jason Bennett (Editor in Chief of PopCultHQ) about the creator/journalist relationship and everyone’s very essential place in the “comic book ecosystem…” also, Rylend spends half the show shuffling through an old box where he finds some rare ALF pogs, an old copy of X-MEN signed by Stan Lee, and a grocery list written by WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S phenom Andrew McCarthy in 1991.

    Episode download: TWB047.mp3

    CHECK OUT JASON’S REVIEW OF SUICIDE JOCKEYS #2 AT POPCULTHQ.COM: https://bit.ly/SuicideJockeys2Review

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!

    KRISTIN GOLLHOFER
    Twitter: @klu4973/@MeanwhileATP
    Instagram: @klu4973/@MeanwhileATP

    JASON BENNETT
    Twitter: @TahoeJBennett/@PopCultHq
    Instagram: @TahoeJBennett/@PopCultHq
    Website: PopCultHQ.com

    Release Date: September 29, 2021

    Run Time: 1:35:11
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    Comic Law with Thomas Crowell

    Episode Number: 46

    David and Rylend talk with attorney Thomas Crowell - author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers and The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators - about creators rights, IP law, and what a contract should look like… and Rylend tries very hard to pretend that he’s not presenting all of this because a certain publisher screwed over a bunch of creators who are now lashing out on a certain social media platform.

    MR. CROWELL’S COMMENTS ARE FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. ONLY YOUR ATTORNEY CAN ADVISE YOU WHICH LAWS ARE APPLICABLE TO YOUR SPECIFIC CASE AND SITUATION. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE OR A LEGAL OPINION.

    Episode download: TWB046.mp3

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!

    THOMAS CROWELL
    Twitter: @Law_Crow
    Law Firm Website: www.lanecrowell.com
    Personal Website: www.thomascrowell.com

     

    Release Date: September 22, 2021

    Run Time: 1:37:53
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    Jaclyn and Anthony Marques

    Episode Number: 45

    This week, the guys talk with owners/administrators Jaclyn and Anthony Marques about everything going on at the famed Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art… and both Rylend and David seriously consider going back to school.

    Episode download: TWB045.mp3

    CHECK OUT THE “COMIC JABRONI" VARIANT OF THE JUMP 1 & 2: https://thejump2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/358061

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF EDWIN OCASIO!

    JACLYN & ANTHONY MARQUES
    Twitter: @TheKubertSchool
    Instagram: @thekubertschool
    Website: https://www.kubertschool.edu

     

    Release Date: September 15, 2021

    Run Time: 1:16:48
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    David Pepose

    Episode Number: 44

    This week, Rylend and David talk with SPENCER AND LOCKE creator David Pepose about the Kickstarter campaign for Issue 2 of his twisted Land of Oz opus, THE O.Z., the group takes a long look at what can and should make a story truly meaningful (for author and reader), and they briefly discuss starting a semi-religious cult based on the guiding principals of the Boy Scouts of America.

    Episode download: TWB044.mp3
     

    DAVID PEPOSE
    Twitter: @Peposed
    Instagram: Peposed
    Website: linktr.ee/peposed

     

    Release Date: September 8, 2021

    Run Time: 1:33:56
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    Skylar Patridge and Ben Bishop

    Episode Number: 43

    This week, a “surviving the pandemic” talk with artists Skylar Patridge (Resonant) and Ben Bishop (TMNT: The Last Ronin) turns into a really meaty mental health deep dive… and Rylend preaches fanatically about the soul restorative aspects of Karaoke.

    Episode download: TWB043.mp3
     

    SKYLAR PATRIDGE
    Twitter: @SkyePatridge
    Instagram: @SkyePatridge
    Website: Ko-fi.com/skylarpatridge

    BEN BISHOP
    Twitter: @bishart
    Instagram: @bishart
    Website: bishart.net

     

    Release Date: September 1, 2021

    Run Time: 1:33:13
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    King Spawn Origins with Sean Lewis

    Episode Number: 42

    This week, Rylend and David talk career development and the origins of KING SPAWN with writer Sean Lewis (THUMBS, SUPERMAN FUTURE STATE)… and at some point, the three start slipping on all of the comic/film heavyweight names being dropped. 

    Episode download: TWB042.mp3
     

    SEAN LEWIS
    Twitter: @SeanChrisLewis
    Instagram: @seanlewis6026
    Website: https://www.littlearkfilms.com

    Release Date: August 25, 2021

    Run Time: 1:07:23

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