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ComicFest 2014 this Friday & Saturday!

Comics are fantastic – they’re visual, they’re literary, they’re fun, they’re for all audiences and on the 2nd and  3rd of May, we’re celebrating comics in a big way with our first ever ComicFest at the Central library.

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Wellington City Libraries have joined forces with GRAPHIC comic store to provide hundreds of free comic books on Saturday the 3rd of May, for kids, teens and adults. Free Comic Book Day, is an international event, celebrated across the comic reading world on the first Saturday in May, with the aim of promoting comics as a dynamic, modern medium, but also has the main and important aim of giving away FREE comics!

That’s just the start.

We’ve arranged two drawing comics workshops with talented bro’Town designer and comic book creator Ant Sang and illustrator and Animation artist Gavin Mouldey.

We’ve got author talks, the first involving Auckland’s comic supremo Ant Sang again, but Wellington’s own Grant Buist, creator of Jitterati and Robyn Keneally, comic book artist and creator of fab web comic Steve Roger’s American Captain: A diary comic.

The second talk features Greg Broadmore, creator of the blackly funny ‘Dr Grordbort’ series and Paul Tobin, editor of the sci-fi, fantasy anthology ‘White Cloud Worlds.’ They’ll be discussing their comic-related work but also their projects for Weta Workshop. Check out the  Weta Cave display items and props on Central Library’s first floor from the 17th of April!

Don’t forget our comic book holiday activities, running through the holidays right up to International Comic Book Free Day on Saturday the 3rd of May.

We’ll also be running a costume competition that day  at the Central library and all are invited to attend, dressed as their favourite cartoony, comics-related character  – prizes for best dressed kid, teen and adult.  Get dressed up, get involved in our comics workshop, grab a free comic and (maybe) win prizes!

Our event calendar will soon show the complete programme – and expect more blog posts too at over the next few weeks, including author profiles, event info and articles, as we build up to the event…

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New Graphic Novels

This month’s selection of new Graphic Novels includes the first volumes in four new series. There are some light hearted graphic reads, and one, highly recommended, heavier thought provoking graphic novel, titled The Age of Selfishness by Darryl Cunningham.

Syndetics book coverBluesy Lucy : the existential chronicles of a thirtysomething / Catel & Veronique Grisseaux, writers ; Catel, artist ; Anna Provitola, translator.
“Lucy’s just turned 30 and embarks on a hilarious journey to find the right man to settle down with.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe age of selfishness : Ayn Rand, morality, and the financial crisis / Darryl Cunningham ; introduction by Michael Goodwin.
“Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, this graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Tackling the complexities of economics by distilling them down to a series of concepts accessible to all age groups, that ultimately delivers a devastating analysis of our current economic world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCool Japan guide : fun in the land of manga, lucky cats, and ramen / Abby Denson.
“A tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to: the exciting world of Japanese food, from bento to sushi and everything in between.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMarch of the crabs. Volume 1, The crabby condition / written and illustrated by Arthur de Pins ; translation by Edward Gauvin.
“All species in the world evolve except one. Cancer Simplicimus Vulgaris, or the square crab, has suffered with the same evolutionary defect for millennia: it cannot change direction. Condemned to walk in one straight line forever, these crabs living along the Gironde estuary have largely resigned themselves to their fate. However, one seemingly ordinary summer, three crabs decide to take matters into their own claws and rebel against the straight and narrow path they have been sentenced to, upending the entire ecosystem in the process.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Realist / Assaf Hanuka.
“As an artist, husband, father or a regular Israeli citizen, Asaf Hanuka chronicles everyday life in his country, with humor that is offbeat and sometimes surreal. Hanuka’s home is depicted as a vibrant metropolis and provides a brilliant depiction of modern Tel Aviv.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHinges. Book one, Clockwork City / Meredith McClaren.
“This is a webcomic, turned graphic novel, about a doll named Orio and her troubling companion Bauble. New to the city of Cobble, Orio must depend on help where ever she can find it, but her assigned familiar Bauble has other interests. And as the two explore the walls of their city, they find that they are not the only new arrivals. In a place that runs like clockwork, it only takes a little disruption to upend a city.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJupiter’s legacy. Book one / Mark Millar, writer, creator ; Frank Quitely, artist, creator.
“Sheldon and Walter are super powered legends, world renowned for their heroism. But the offspring trained to live in their image have fallen desperately short. Rocked by one public scandal after another, Chloe and her brother Brandon are a dishonor to the generation before them. The rift reaches its breaking point when one branch of the family overthrows the government and struggles to rule at any cost, while the others must flee for their own safety. When the failures of the corrupt leaders finally catch up to them, the world hovers on the brink of collapse, and the hidden heroes must emerge to take back their legacy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWild blue yonder / story & writer, Mike Raicht ; story & art, Zach Howard ; story, Austin Harrison.
“In the near future, mankind has destroyed the Earth, and the only refuge from radioactive pollution can be found in the skies. Unfortunately, dwindling supplies and bloodthirsty air pirates make life all the harder. This is the story about the crew of the Dawn and their battle through dangerous threats from other crews and deadly hazards.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe returning / written by Jason Starr ; art by Andrea Mutti.
“It’s the near future, and some people who have had Near-Death Experiences have come back “changed.” They exhibit extreme behavioral changes, becoming increasingly paranoid and violent, and no one knows why. People who have had NDE’s fall immediately under suspicion, and in some cases, are murdered by justice-seeking vigilantes. It is in this world where Beth, a quiet high school student with a bright future, will learn just how quickly friends and family will turn on her when she has the bad luck of surviving the worst night of her life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLumberjanes [1] : beware the kitten holy / written by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis ; illustrated by Brooke Allen.
“Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp, defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

This month’s selection of new Graphic Novels includes the first volumes in five new series. One of these by the fabulous Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, who wrote the Fatale series, is the epic noir Fade Out and comes highly recommended.

Syndetics book coverThe life eaters / writer, David Brin ; artist Scott Hampton ; letterer, Todd Klein.
“Roused by sorcery and a stench of holocaust, Norse gods have returned to the mortal plane, tilting the scales of World War II and cheating the allies of victory. Nearly a generation later the war still rages, this time in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The tide has been set for a final battle as a few heroes gather their courage and their most advanced technology for a final stand against the Nazis and their Aesir partners.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe fade out : act one / Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips.
The Fade Out is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTrees. Volume one, In shadow / Warren Ellis, writer ; Jason Howard, artist ; Fonografiks, lettering & book design.
“Ten years after they landed, all over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. It is ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCopperhead. Volume 1 / writer, Jay Faerber ; Scott Godlewski, artist.
“Welcome to Copperhead, a grimy mining town on the edge of a backwater planet. Single mom Clara Bronson is the new sheriff, and on her first day she’ll have to contend with a resentful deputy, a shady mining tycoon, and a family of alien hillbillies. And did we mention the massacre? Questions swirl around not only the murder mystery, but around Sheriff Bronson herself. What brought her to a place like Copperhead? Is she running from something, or towards something?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVery Quiet, very still : A Collection of Graphic Novellas / written and drawn by Chris Gooch ; edited by Brendan Halyday.
“A father caught cheating. A children’s party convinced of psychic powers, a ride on the last train of the night, a suicidal text message and condom found where it shouldn’t be.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCurse / written by Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel ; illustrated by Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer.
“Laney Griffith is a man who will do anything to save his son from leukemia, but the cost of treatment has broken him financially. When he pursues an elusive murderer in the wilderness of his small, rural community, in the hopes of securing a substantial bounty, Laney is confronted with something he never could have expected: a werewolf. The captive lycan, in human form, turns Laney’s life upside-down, forcing him to confront his haunted past and race against the clock, because the wolf will return, and Laney’s son’s condition continues to worsen.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCiudad / written by Ande Parks ; story by Ande Parks, Joe & Anthony Russo ; illustrated by Fernando León González.
“She was kidnapped and taken to the worst place on earth. He was hired to get her out. Now, they’re both trapped in a city that wants them both dead, and their hopes of getting out are fading fast. From the bloodthirsty criminals, to the corrupt police, to the kid hiding a Glock under his sweatshirt on the corner, everyone wants Tyler Rake and Eva Roche dead.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJudas : the last days / written by W. Maxwell Prince ; art by John Amor.
“Two thousand years after he betrayed Messiah, Judas Iscariot is still alive, wandering a world he doesn’t recognize. A world where the strangest of fictions have come true: monsters, immortals, gnome-librarians who monitor human history-they’re all real. And all Judas wants to do is kill himself. So why can’t he?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSexcastle : a graphic novel / by Kyle Starks.
“The former World’s Greatest Assassin leaves the world of killing behind, moving to a small town, only to be pulled back in.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWayward. Volume one, String theory / story, Jim Zub ; line art, Steve Cummings.
“Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

This month’s selection of new Graphic novels includes the first volumes of two new series and the anthology High Water, showcasing eleven of New Zealand’s best graphic artists.

Syndetics book coverMagneto [1] : infamous / writer, Cullen Bunn ; artists, Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Javier Hernandez.
“Once most feared mutant mastermind on the planet, Magneto is no longer the man he was. After allying with Cyclops and the X-Men, he became a pawn. Determined to fight for mutantkind’s survival on his own terms, Magneto sets out to regain what he’s lost. Magneto will safeguard the future of the mutant race by hunting down each and every threat that would see his kind extinguished and bloody his hands that they may never be a threat again. But as horrors from his past loom large and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursue him, will Magneto become the villain he once was?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA second chance at Sarah / created & written by Neil Druckmann ; art by Joysuke Wong.
“Johnny couldn’t be happier with his life. He has a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. But once the baby is born, tragedy strikes. Sarah slips into a mysterious coma which no doctor can diagnose. Johnny discovers that Sarah dabbled in the occult when she was younger and made a deal with a demon; she is now in a coma because her soul has been ‘collected’. Desperate to free her from limbo, he makes his own deal with the demon and goes back in time to stop Sarah’s initial deal.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh water / editing: Damon Keen.
“Change is coming. With a mixture of sardonic wit and unsettling insight, eleven of New Zealand’s best comic artists speculate on the looming threat of climate change and what it means for us, our children, and our future as a species” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKinski / written and drawn by Gabriel Hardman.
“A salesman’s self-styled mission to save a puppy from its neglectful owners escalates into a righteous crusade in this quirky crime thriller.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverC.O.W.L. Volume 1, Principles of power / story, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel ; art, Rod Reis ; additional art issue 4, Stéphane Perger.
“Welcome to the “Chicago Organized Workers League”,the world’s first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable “brotherhood” of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet, a disillusioned public. In targeting the last of the great villains, C.O.W.L. attempts to prove its value to the world and to each other, while staving off villainy from both outside and inside its offices.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sculptor / Scott McCloud.
“David Smith is giving his life for his art–literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAlone forever : the singles collection / by Liz Prince.
“Liz Prince’s , finally brings her popular webcomic to printed form, Alone Forever explores the joys of flying solo, free to focus on what really matters: comics, punk rock, and cute boys with beards.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDrumhellar. Volume one, Badlands and bad trips / Riley Rossmo, story, art, colors ; Alex Link, script.
“When shock-induced visions drive Drum Hellar, a detective specializing in the paranormal, to a small town in South Dakota, he finds himself up against a flesh-hungry bog-man, their mutual ex-girlfriend (actually a werewolf?), and a demon that’s stolen his arsenal of psychedelics. Then things start to get weird. With his ghostly sidekick Harold, who has powers so mysterious even he doesn’t understand them, Drum Hellar sets out on this weird, and wicked adventure. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDoctors / Dash Shaw.
“Dr. Cho is the creator of the Charon, a device that allows his staff to take the form of a memory in a dead patients’ consciousness’s, and bring them back to life, with one catch: the experience is traumatic and the process kills them again soon thereafter. But for some bereaved, the opportunity is priceless. So when Bell is killed in a random accident, her daughter hires Dr. Cho’s team to bring her back. But what if Bell didn’t want to come back? The dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black. Isn’t that better than the reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSaint Cole / a novel by Noah Van Sciver.
” Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe, who works at a pizzeria to support his girlfriend Nicole and their infant child, and then Nicole invites her troubled mother to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again. Joe reacts by retreating into alcohol: he wants out, and he’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashl, and he does.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Another fabulous selection of the best Graphic Novels added to the Wellington City Libraries collection. There is as always a diverse range of genre, and art work, making this collection one of our library’s most popular and heavily read.

Syndetics book coverI remember Beirut / written by Zeina Abirached ; art by Zeina Abirached ; translation by Edward Gauvin.
“Zeina Abirached grew up in Beirut in the 1980s as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDeathblow / story by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee ; art by Jim Lee and Tim Sale with Trevor Scott.
“As an lite mercenary working in the shadowy realm of special operations, Michael Cray was a one-man arsenal and one of the world’s deadliest killers. But that was before the cancer began to eat away at his brain and remorse began to eat away at his soul. To those with faith, redemption is always possible. Cray never had a lot of faith, but the agents of Hell sent to recruit him are about to adjust his attitude.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMonsieur Jean : from bachelor to father / Phillipe Dupuy & Charles Berberian.
“Follow the hapless writer, Jean, through his meandering life, from bachelor novelist through to the responsibilities of fatherhood, as he deals with relationships and exasperating friendships in this touching slice-of-life comedy drama. And all the while, Jean’s flights of fancy help the novelist through his battles with his irascible landlady, his insecurities and his occasional insomnia.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe bunker. Volume 1 / written by Joshua Hale Fialkov ; illustrated, colored and lettered by Joe Infurnari.
“The story of five friends who find mysterious letters inside a time capsule they buried long ago. And it’s no wonder none of them remember writing the letters; they’re written by their future selves. To add to the mystery, each one warns of an impending apocalypse, which they apparently caused.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover3 guns / created and written by Steven Grant ; art by Emilio Laiso.
“After racing headlong across the Southwest, desperately outrunning Feds and mobsters alike while trying to clear their names, Trench and Steadman are pulled into another impossible situation: brokering gun deals between the Russians and anti-government revolutionaries from opposite sides. And little do they know, a Third Gun has her eyes set on the ultimate prize,and she won’t go down without a fight.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKrampus! / Brian Joines, writer ; Dean Kotz, illustrator.
“Meet the Krampus, yuletide terror and punisher of wicked children. Long imprisoned for his outdated methods, the holiday horror suddenly finds he is freed and tasked with a mission: recover the stolen power of the Secret Society of Santa Clauses! With his flying wolf Stutgaard, the Krampus crosses the globe, encountering various figures of winter lore and uncovering a sinister scheme to topple the Santas and change Christmas as we know it forever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe hospital suite / John Porcellino.
“Poetic musings on illness and the art of getting by from a mini-comics master The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino, an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s. The Hospital Suite is a testimony to this subtle strength, making his struggles with the medical system and its consequences for his mental health accessible and engaging.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Royals : masters of war / written by Rob Williams ; pencils by Simon Coleby ; inks by Simon Coleby (chapters 1-3), Gary Erskine (chapters 4-6).
“The year is 1940. As the Blitz destroys London and kills thousands, the Royal Family looks on. But in this world, the only people with special abilities are Royalty, and the purer the bloodline, the greater their abilities. So why don’t they stop the carnage with their powers? A truce between the Earth’s nobles has kept them out of our wars, until now. When England’s Prince Henry can take no more and intervenes, will it stop the planet’s suffering or take it to another level?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLegenderry : a steampunk adventure / writer, Bill Willingham ; artist, Sergio Fernandez Davila.
“A mysterious woman named Magna Spadarossa searches the many kingdoms of her Steampunk world to find her missing sister, Sonja but she’s pursued by strange and dastardly villains. Thankfully, each glamorous airship, clockwork city, and primordial jungle hosts a brave hero to aid in her quest. (Adapted from Syndetics summary

Another great selection from this month’s new Graphic Novels. Two new series begin, The Wicked and the Divine, and V Wars. Within the usual mixture, from horror to comedy we have included a Steampunk Graphic Novel, titled The leaning Girl by Francois Schuiten. We highly recommend all the titles in this selection.

Syndetics book coverTales of an imperfect future / Alfonso Font.
“These science fiction tales, as told by an extraterrestrial, warn of the dangers that await us as human beings if we continue to behave as stupidly and selfishly as we have done up until now. Our actions have put the entire universe in danger. Take a vast leap into the imagination of one of the finest comic artists of this generation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures of a Japanese business man / José Domingo.
“A Japanese businessman heads home after a regular day at the office. He doesn’t know it yet, but a long succession of strange and fantastical events is about to be thrown at him. Previously published in Spanish and French this won Best Book Award at the 2012 Ficomic Festival in Barcelona, Spain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe wicked + the divine. Vol. 1, The Faust act / Kieren Gillen, writer ; Jamie McKelvie, artist.
“Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverV-Wars [1] : Crimson queen / written by Jonathan Maberry ; art by Alan Robinson.
“A non-stop thrill ride of action, horror and suspense, welcome to the V-WARS. These all-new tales chronicling the early days of the Vampire Wars offers the first salvo in the battle between humans and hundreds of new species of vampires. No matter how it ends, the world is going to bleed.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMars attacks : first born / story by Chris Ryall & Sam Kieth ; written by Chris Ryall ; art by Sam Kieth.
“When Mars attacked Earth, the battle left no side unscarred, least of all a lonely old man and his blind niece along with the first Martian child born on Earth. Will the child’s warlike ways take over, or is there more going on here than it seems?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMichael Jordan : bull on parade / written + drawn by Wilfred Santiago ; Sanlida Cheng, editor.
“This graphic novel explores Jordan’s public successes and private struggles. Jordan became a national celebrity at the age of 19, scoring the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker ‘Air.’ In 1992 he joined the Dream Team, an assembly of 12 legendary NBA players who steamrolled everyone at the Barcelona Olympics and brought the gold back home.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe leaning girl / Schuiten-Peeters ; photography by Marie-Françoise Plissart ; featuring Martin Vaughn-James ; translation by Stephen D. Smith.
“A freak mishap on a roller coaster leaves young Mary Von Rathen leaning at a perpetual 45-degree angle, to the embarrassment of her feckless parents, who ship her off to a boarding school. She runs away to join a traveling circus, where her slanting balancing act makes her a star attraction. A journalist who admires Mary’s performance tells her about a scientist who is developing a rocket to reach a planet whose gravitational pull might be responsible for Mary’s odd condition.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe amateurs / by Conor Stechschulte.
“A local medical expert and sheriff are summoned to investigate a strange sighting, a severed human head that still seems to be talking.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFoligatto / Alexios Tjoyas, writer ; Nicolas de Crécy, artist.
“In order to revive the image of the town of Eccenihilo, a big carnival is organized with a grand finale: the homecoming of the local golden child, the famous opera star and eunuch, Foligatto.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe collector / written and illustrated by Sergio Toppi, translated by Edward Gauvin.
“Far from the auction halls of the elite, The Collector seeks out rare and mysterious artifacts across the world. At home in the salons of Paris as he is in the jungles of Borneo, The Collector is a man who has dedicated his life to finding objects very special and almost unknown , which tracks through his research in a variety of locations. But beware, a man who comes into possession of such items does not hesitate to use any means without scruple. Set against the backdrop of late 19th-century colonialism, The Collector is a delightful, swashbuckling adventure”. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

This month’s selection of new Graphic Novels, not only provides some great story lines, it includes several first volumes of new series, and of course brilliant art work throughout. Highly recommended is Kill my Mother by Jules Feifer, just for something a little different.

Syndetics book coverArt schooled / Jamie Coe.
“Coe’s new graphic novel chronicles his past as a small-town boy living his dream of attending art school in London. However, he soon realizes that art school is a bittersweet experience. Students and faculty are more concerned with making a statement than with learning techniques, being a “normal” guy makes him stand out. The author captures all of this with a wry sense of humor and an honest awareness of his own biases.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe gigantic beard that was evil / Stephen Collins.
“This is the mysterious and often wryly funny story of Dave, who lives on the Island of Here, a place of order, calm, and crushing boredom. There is a constant lurking threat of disorder coming from the outside world, from the dreaded There. One day, Dave unwittingly starts growing some major facial hair. He cuts I, but it grows back. It grows out of his window, through the yard, and threatens to consume the island. The solutions conceived to combat the beard are innovative, creative, and a bit out There. The effects of the beard, for Dave, for the people of Here, and for society, are at odds showing society’s viselike grip on its members, and examination of nonconformity.” (Adpated from Syndetic summary)

Syndetics book coverEdgar Allan Poe’s spirits of the dead / adaptation and art by Richard Corben.
“This is the complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe classics stories and includes,Spirits of the dead — Alone — The city in the sea — The sleeper — The assignation — Berenice — Morella — Shadow — The fall of the house of Usher — The murders in the Rue Morgue — The masque of the red death — The Conqueror Worm — The premature burial — The Raven — The cask of Amontillados.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMoon Knight : from the dead / writer, Warren Ellis ; artist, Declan Shalvey ; color artist, Jordie Bellaire ; letterer, VC’s Chris Eliopoulos.
“Marc Spector is Moon Knight! Or is he? It’s hard to tell these days, especially when New York’s wildest vigilante protects the street with two-fisted justice and three different personalities” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKill my mother : a graphic novel / Jules Feiffer.
“Bitchy teen, Annie Hannigan declares she wants to murder her mom, Elsie, assistant to a booze-soaked private eye. But as bodies fall dead and backstories come out of the closet, the network of vindictiveness among a broader and very quirky bunch of characters becomes clearer. This is noir tragicomedy in the grand manner, with a twisty plot confounding expectations most delightfully.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKiss me, Satan! / script by Victor Gischler ; art by Juan Ferrerya.
“Cassian Steele is boss of the werewolf mafia in the Big Easy, and he’s got a problem. The old witch Verona has discovered his secret and gone into hiding. Cassian wants her dead. So he sends out the word: An open contract. The first monster to dust Verona gets a big payday. So an assortment of Werewolf mobsters, vampire maids, a voodoo cowboy, zombie ninjas, and even a playboy wizard show up to try to collect the bounty. What they don’t realize is that Barnabus Black, a demon desperately trying to regain his halo, is her protector.” (Adpated from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJuice Squeezers [1] : the great bug elevator / written, illustrated, and created by David Lapham.
“Weeville, Calif., is afflicted with a plague of giant bugs, who live in caves around town, but the Juice Squeezers, a team of kids who, posing as a basket-weaving club to misdirect adults, go underground and slaughter the bugs before they do harm.” (Adpted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkin trade. Volume 1 / Daniel Abraham, sequential adaption ; Mike Wolfer, artwork & covers ; George R.R. Martin, story.
“Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s World Fantasy Award winning horror story crosses into the world of hard-nosed private eyes and frightful werewolves. Randi Wade is a survivor. She followed in the footsteps of her father, became a cop, and now is working the P.I. trade. But her past still haunts her and the vicious animal attacks that took her father’s life have started anew.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLazarus. The first collection / written by Greg Rucka ; art and letters by Michael Lark with Brian Level ; and production assistance and letters by Jodi Wynne ; colors by Santi Arcas.
“The world has been divided into 16 territories, each ruled by a family that must constantly enforce its will and prepare for invasion if it is to maintain its power. Lazarus tells the story of Forever Carlyle, the genetically enhanced and virtually unkillable youngest daughter of the Carlyle family, who is not exactly who she thinks she is. Forever must deal with internal and external threats to her family, in a world that has suffered economic collapse and now faces extreme wealth disparity.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArsène Schrauwen / drawn by O. Schrauwen.
“The 1947 voyage of the author’s grandfather Arsène to the colony to aid his cousin in his quest to construct a modernist city of the future in the dense jungle. The thickheaded and thick waisted Arsène immediately finds himself over his head, unable to cope with his cousin’s maniacal bravado or the enormity of the project and his responsibility commanding its crew. An eerie jungle virus and his infatuation with his cousin’s wife put the already unsteady Arsène on the edge of delirium.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)

This month’s selection of new Graphic Novels includes the first volumes in six new series, and the much anticipated second novel from talented New Zealander, Dylan Horrocks, titled Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.

Syndetics book coverThe drops of God. Volume 1 / story by Tadashi Agi ; art by Shu Okimoto ; [translation, Kate Robinson].
“Kanzaki Shizuku is the son of a recently deceased, world-renowned wine critic, Kanzaki Yutaka, who owns a vast wine collection. In order to take ownership of his legacy, he must find 13 wines, known as ‘The Twelve Apostles’ and ‘Les Gouttes de Dieu’ that his father described in his will. He has a competitor by the name of Toomine Issei, an acclaimed young wine critic who just happens to be his father’s adopted son. Shizuku has never drunk, nor had any previous knowledge of wine, but with strong senses he submerges himself in the world of wine to solve the mysteries of the 13 wines.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJaybird / Lauri & Jaako Ahonen.
“The story of a very small and very scared little bird, who lives a lonely, isolated life in a great big house with his infirm mother. He’s never been outside the house, curious but terrified of the world outside, and he will never leave if his mother has a say about it. Winner of 2013 “Comic Book Finlandia” prize.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFurious [1] : fallen star / story by Bryan J.L. Glass ; art by Victor Santos.
“Staring into a fractured mirror of her life, the world’s first superhero, Furious, seeks to atone for her past sins by dishing out rage fueled justice! But the spotlight of our celebrity-obsessed media threatens to undo her noblest efforts and expose her true identity before she can achieve redemption.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSam Zabel and the magic pen / Dylan Horrocks.
“Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Fuse. Vol. 1, The Russia shift / writer, Antony Johnston ; artist, Justin Greenwood.
“Working homicide on an orbiting energy platform, in a five-mile-long, jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half-million people, and no help from your so-called colleagues back on Earth, is more than tough, it’s murder.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStorm / Tim Minchin with DC Turner & Tracy King ; foreword by Neil Gaiman.
“A storm is brewing in the confines of a London dinner party. Small talk quickly descends into a verbal and intellectual battle between science and belief, as comedian Tim goes head to head with the mysterious fifth guest at the table, a hippy named Storm. STORM is the illustrated book born from the acclaimed internet sensation, the animation that has become an anthem for critical thinking.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover(In a sense) Lost & found / by Roman Muradov.
“The first graphic novel by rising star Roman Muradov explores the theme of innocence by treating it as a tangible object-something that can be used, lost, mistreated.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChronicles of hate. Volume one / art & writing by Adrian Smith.
“In a world where the sun is frozen and the moon burns, an unlikely hero rises to free the Earth Mother from her chains. His path lies in shadows, his enemies’ legion.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe witcher [1] : House of Glass / written by Paul Tobin ; art by Joe Querio.
“The first two Witcher videogames have sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide, with a third due for release in 2014. Based on Polish novels extremely popular in Eastern Europe, the games now transfer to comic novel form. This first collected volume of the Witcher comics is an atmospheric and absorbing adaptation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe woods. Vol. 1, The arrow / created and written by James Tynion IV ; illustrated by Michael Dialynas.
“None of that matters anymore. On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Another great selection from the new Graphic Novels received this month. As always there is a mixture of superheroes, horror, humour, thrillers, manga, and just whimsical, the choice is yours. Highly recommended is Robbie Morrison’s White Death, set during the First World War, great artwork and a gripping story.

Syndetics book coverOnslaught : excessive space violence for girls & boys / written and illustrated by Greg Broadmore.
“In this anthology edition from the retro-sci-fi world of Dr Grordbort, master illustrator and yarn-spinner Greg Broadmore digs deeper into the interplanetary voyages of Lord Cockswain and his heroic pursuit of exhilaration, exploration and excessively violent colonialism. As well as containing the first three instalments from the Dr Grordbort universe, this edition contains a never-before-seen full-colour comic adventure, brand new illustrations, plus spoof ads, character profiles and concept art straight from the brainstem of Greg Broadmore.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShoplifter / Michael Cho.
“Corrina Park used to have big plans. Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it? This brilliant debut graphic novel is about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlood lad. 1 / Yuuki Kodama ; [translation: Melissa Tanaka].
“The vampire Staz is one of the most powerful district bosses in the demon world, fending off everyone who dares challenge him. But secretly, the fearsome Staz is obsessed with human culture, especially video games, manga, and everything that comes from Japan! When a Japanese girl wanders into the demon world, Staz can’t wait to meet the human and learn everything he can about her world. Unfortunately, before he’s able to ask her anything, the girl is killed by one of his would-be usurpers, leaving just her bare soul behind. Staz vows to help the girl restore her body and return to her former life-especially since it means taking a trip to the human world himself!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn age of license : a travelogue / by Lucy Knisley.
“An Age of License is a funny and charming account of Knisley’s whimsical tour of the continent, taking in her many encounters with cute cats, occasional romantic endeavours and her trademark illustrations of the food she ate along the way. But it’s not all kittens and crêpes: Knisley’s experiences are coloured by anxieties, introspective self-enquiry and a series of revelatory experiences, made even more intense for occurring in an unfamiliar country.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhite Death / Robbie Morrison, writer ; Charlie Adlard, artist.
“In 1916, Pietro Aquasanta, an Italian rifleman, returns to his childhood home of the Trentino mountain range to find that it’s no longer the realm of wonder and adventure he remembers, but has become a place of death and despair, where the elements are as great a threat as the enemy. No weapon of war was more feared than the White Death, thundering avalanches deliberately caused by cannon fire which consumed everything in their path.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTomboy : a graphic memoir / by Liz Prince.
“Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher’s mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. A memoir told anecdotally, Tomboy follows author and zine artist Liz Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to “be a girl.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRogue Trooper : last man standing / writer, Brian Ruckley ; artist, Alberto Ponticelli.
“Nu-Earth, just another planet ravaged by a galaxy-wide war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. Created to fight in such conditions were the G.I.s, genetically engineered infantrymen. But now only one remains, the man known as Rogue Trooper.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeaving Megalopolis. Volume 1 / by Gail Simone & J. Calafiore.
“When the caped heroes of the world’s safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverX-Force : Dirty/tricks / by Si Spurrier ; artist, Rock-He Kim.
“Almost every sovereign state in the Marvel Universe makes use of sanctioned superhumans to protect national interests and pursue a covert agenda. The United States has the Secret Avengers. The United Kingdom has MI13. And mutantkind has X-Force. Cable. Psylocke. Fantomex. Marrow. They are mutantkind’s protectors, spies, assassins and torturers! But just what has driven each of them to join the most deadly incarnation of X-Force yet? This edition collects X-Force 1-6.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCyanide & happiness : punching zoo / Kris [Wilson], Rob [DenBleyker], Matt [Melvin] & Dave [McElfatrick].
“Generating over a million hits a week, this webcomic is one of the longest-lasting strips and everyone can relate to its hilarious slice-of-life depictions. Since the dawn of man, stick figures have been used as an important device for storytelling. Cyanide & Happiness has taken this language and mashed it up with Internet culture, resulting in some of the best satire and dark comedy around.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

In this month’s selection from our recently received new graphic novels, you will find several biographies, short stories, thrillers, horror and humour. Included and highly recommended is the amazing anthology titled, Above the dreamless dead: World War 1 in poetry and comics, published to mark the centenary. The publishers have brought together some of the industry’s best illustrators for this important moving volume.

Syndetics book coverAbove the dreamless dead : World War I in poetry and comics / edited by Chris Duffy.
“The contributing artists have taken the poems they illustrate very seriously, including Hunt Emerson’s raucously comical, big-nose takes on three very vulgar soldiers’ songs. George Pratt trades pen-and-ink for rollers, putty knives, and acrylic to sculpt as much as draw the charnel figures of dead soldiers for Wilfred Owen’s Greater Love. Rather than illustrate Siegfried Sassoon’s ruefully sarcastic The General, comics writer Garth Ennis composes an angry tribute to the Tommies, whom artist Phil Winslade draws with photorealistic accuracy. Animating a night episode from a prose work, The Great Push (1916), by Patrick MacGill, and Eddie Campbell shrouds everything in Goyaesque darkness. These and the 18 other cartoonists’ portrayals of 22 further poems are equally original and evocative of the pity fearful, terrified, mournful, enraged which the poetry inhabited and embodied, as Owen so famously wrote.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFire / written & drawn by Brian Michael Bendis.
“Loosely based on events in the American intelligence community during the Reagan administration, Fire tells the unique and powerful story of a young man’s journey through the complex world of international intelligence. A globe-spanning thriller for fans of Bond, pulp spy novels and true-world crime stories.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShackleton : Antarctic odyssey / Nick Bertozzi.
“Earnest Shackleton made several attempts to reach the South Pole in his career as an explorer, but he never managed to see it. Bertozzi covers one such expedition, during which Shackleton and his crew spent almost two years in and out of ice packs, drifting in lifeboats, and desperately trying to find a way back to civilization. For all the peril, though, the slightly obsessive (but never foolhardy) Shackleton comes across as an exceptional leader, maintaining a positive, enterprising attitude and never losing his probably life-saving spirit of camaraderie.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to be happy / Eleanor Davis.
“The excellence and variety of the art in this short comics story collection is matched only by the painful incisiveness of the stories, most circling around attempts both foolish and sincere to find happiness. This is a powerful collection that resonates with all the ills, real and imagined, of our modern life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSecret / writer, Jonathan Hickman ; artist, Ryan Bodenheim.
“Through corporate espionage and intimidation, Grant Miller and his company, Steadfast Security, have obtained a lucrative security contract with a large Washington-based law firm. But when Grant and his team dig into the firm’s history, they uncover a covert conspiracy involving both CIA and KGB agents during the Cold War. Grant and his team must stay one step ahead to stay alive.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat we need to know / Willy Linthout ; [translated from the Flemish by Laura Watkinson].
What We Need to Know is the sequel to the prize-winning graphic novel Years of the Elephant, but uses a wideangle lens to encompass the entire family, specifically three brothers who each need to cope with their own ghosts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverToshiro / script by Jai Nitz ; art by Janusz Pawlak.
“The mechano-samurai Toshiro travels a Victorian clockwork world, battling horrors too dark for mankind. With his mysterious partner, the world-famous adventurer Quicksilver Bob, Toshiro must face Earth’s greatest foe yet: the soul-stealing, zombie-creating jellyfish from beyond.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBenson’s cuckoos / Anouk Ricard ; translation by Helge Dascher.
“Richard thinks he’s in luck when he snags a job at the cuckoo-clock factory, but things start to go wrong right off the bat. First of all there’s his boss, who doesn’t seem to have the strongest grip on reality and has an odd penchant for silly hats. Then there are his coworkers, who are alternately evasive and idiotic when asked about anything pertaining to actually getting work done. Finally there’s George, the employee Richard’s replacing, who supposedly quit but whose family has just appeared on national TV pleading for his safe return. It’s all adding up to a very strange workplace, and when the company goes on a retreat, everything spools quickly out of control.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGast / By Carol Swain.
“English cartoonist Swain’s first graphic novel in a decade is a spooky and beautiful journey into the mind of a confused young girl who has moved to the Scottish countryside near the border of England. Helen spends her days alone, picking up what facts she can about her neighbor Emrys, who recently committed suicide. Through conversations with Emrys’s dogs and ram, the most endearing and vividly drawn characters in the book-and other neighbors and townspeople, Helen slowly paints a picture of the eccentric, divisive character she’ll never meet.” (Adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe infinite wait and other stories / by Julia Wertz.
“With acerbic wit and ribald humor the cartoonist describes jobs she has had, her illness and discovery of comics, and her home-town library.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

This month’s selection of new graphic novels shows the diversity in story and character that is expected with this genre. Included is new novels titled Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley author of the very popular Scott Pilgrim series.

Syndetics book coverThe extinction parade. Volume 1 / Max Brooks, story & script ; Raulo Caceres, pencils & inks.
“With human populations dwindling from the zombie apocalypse, the vampire race plans to wipe out the undead in order to save humanity for their own nefarious purposes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAndre the Giant : life and legend / Box Brown.
“Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler’s career in wrestling, his movie roles, his insatiable drinking (reportedly once running up a $40,000 bar tab), and the many health problems he faced. Throughout, Andre comes across as a good-natured, gentle giant with a playful sense of humor and love for showmanship and he was, of course, no stranger to controversy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNight of the living Deadpool / writer, Cullen Bunn ; artist, Ramon Rosanas.
“Deadpool awakes from a food coma to find the zombie apocalypse has occurred. Now, can the Merc with a mouth avoid becoming the Merc in their mouths? Cullen Bunn, writer of the fan-favorite Deadpool Killogy, brings us one of Deadpool’s darkest tales ever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPhotobooth : a biography / Meags Fitzgerald.
“In this graphic history/memoir debut, Fitzgerald journeys around the world to find old photo booths and help other enthusiasts catalogue and preserve them, capturing her own lifelong fascination with the chemical development techniques that they used. As Fitzgerald points out, images from chemical photo booths offer a fleeting serendipity, privacy, and beauty that can’t be found in digital photography.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGod is dead. Volume one / written by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa; art by Di Amorim.
“The gods of old begin to reappear on earth and claim the domain of man for their own. The world is thrown into a state of utter anarchy. Now Horus walks the streets of Egypt, Zeus has taken over the Sistine Chapel, and Odin is coordinating the dissection of the earth among the returned deities. Mankind held sway over the world for thousands of years and their hubris over that time has made them powerful, but when faced with the divine, can mortal weapons put an end to this second coming?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDarklight / created and written by Chad Kultgen ; art by Piotr Kowalski.
“Humanity in the distant, distant future has made a shocking discovery: the universe has stopped growing and will soon end. To avert this fate, humanity brokers a peace between the Luminids, an entirely mechanized society, and the Duron, a genetically engineered and severely caste-based society, and all three team up to save the universe. But just when it looks like things might work out, peace falls apart, and suddenly humanity is at war with both species.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDead Boy Detectives. Vol. 1, Schoolboy terrors / Toby Litt, writer-story ; Mark Buckingham, penciller-layouts-story ; Gary Erskine, Andrew Pepoy, inkers.
“The Dead Boy Detectives Edwin and Charles, the ghosts of two abused boys who pal around together and solve crimes, were created by Neil Gaiman in The Sandman as a morbid commentary on boarding schools. This series adds Crystal Palace, the daughter of two spoiled, neglectful performance-artist celebrities, who’s attending Edwin and Charles’s school, which is now co-ed. The boys, who help her fight the threat of demonic possession and rescue spirits trapped in a mirror.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSeconds / Bryan Lee O’Malley with Jason Fischer, drawing assistant.
“The bestselling author of the Scott Pilgrim series returns with another hit. Twenty-nine-year-old chef Katie runs a restaurant called Seconds; it’s successful, but she dreams of starting a restaurant of which she can be part-owner. Katie is frustrated in her love life, having lost her boyfriend, Max, and construction of the new restaurant is moving slowly, with many setbacks and added expenses. In a desperate state, Katie discovers the house spirit of Seconds, a crouching sprite who lives off scraps, who unwillingly gives her a chance to reverse a recent error that led to a grisly accident in the kitchen. Katie soon becomes addicted to this magical method of fixing mistakes, but as she changes more and more about her world, reality itself starts to deteriorate.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary

Syndetics book coverThe other dead / created by Joshua Ortega & Digger T. Mesch ; written by Joshua Ortega ; art by Qing Ping Mui.
“A deadly hurricane threatens New Orleans just as a frightening and mysterious outbreak hits the animal kingdom.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlack Science. Volume 1, How to fall forever / Rick Remender, writer ; Matteo Scalera, artist.
“As the lead researcher of the Anarchist Order of Scientists, McKay has fractured the rules governing interdimensional travel and taken his expedition (including his family) into other worlds. What begins as an accomplishment of science and wonder quickly becomes a nightmare when McKay realizes the machine that brought them here is now jumping between dimensions at random intervals.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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