26 Μαρ 2013




Πολλά ωραία πράγματα κρύβει στις σελίδες του ο κατάλογος του Απριλίου, που μας ενημερώνει για τα κόμικς και τα λοιπά σχετικά (και μη) αντικείμενα που θα κυκλοφορήσουν από τον Ιούνιο και μετά.

Από τις 25 προτάσεις μου γι αυτόν το μήνα οι 21 είναι κόμικς, 2 είναι artbooks και 2 merchandise. Υπάρχουν νέες εκδόσεις που με χαροποιούν ιδιαίτερα (όπως το "BIG BOOK" του KALUTA) ενώ υπάρχουν και άλλες που μου προκαλούν κατάθλιψη (όπως η επανέκδοση των SANDMAN AND DEATH BOOKENDS γιατί γνωρίζω πολύ καλά πως ούτε και αυτή τη φορά θα καταφέρω να τα αποκτήσω). 

Σελ.
44      SACRIFICE HC
63      EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER #2
77      CREEPY PRESENTS STEVE DITKO HC
85      BATMAN / SUPERMAN #1
135    CAMELOT 3000 SC
136    COVER STORY: THE DC COMICS ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND HC
146    BLACK ORCHID SC
146    SANDMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 01 HC
162    MARK SCHULTZ'S XENOZOIC TALES: ARTIST'S EDITION HC
181    MICHAEL WM. KALUTA: THE BIG BOOK HC
189    ADVENTURES OF AUGUSTA WIND HC
206    SAGA VOL. 02 SC
207    CHANGE SC
208    DISTANT SOIL VOL. 01: THE GATHERING SC
209    INFINITE VACATION DELUXE HC
211    PROPHET VOL. 02: BROTHERS SC
242    STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS SC (PX EDITION)
256    MOUSE GUARD VOL. 03: THE BLACK AXE HC
328    RUN LIKE CRAZY, RUN LIKE HELL HC
329    CREEPING DEATH FROM NEPTUNE BY BASIL WOLVERTON HC
337    SMURFS ANTHOLOGY VOL. 01 HC
M76   INHUMANS BY PAUL JENKINS AND JAE LEE HC
M83   FF VOL. 01: FANTASTIC FAUX SC (NOW!)

152    VERTIGO SANDMAN AND DEATH BOOKENDS (2ND EDITION)
474    SUPERMAN MIGHTY TABLET CASE
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SACRIFICE HC
Sam Humphries (writer), Dalton Rose (artist)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 44
Full Color, Hardcover, 168 pages, Τιμή: 19.99$

The self-published sensation comes to Dark Horse! What happens when a troubled youth is plucked from modern society and thrust though time and space on a psychedelic journey into the heart of the Aztec civilization-one of the greatest and most bloodthirsty times in human history? Collects Sacrifice #1-#6. Featuring art from Bryan Lee O'Malley (Harvey and Eisner winner), Cliff Chiang, and Paul Azaceta!





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EDGAR ALLAN POE'S
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER #2 (of 2)
Richard Corben (writer/artist)
Full Color, Comic book, 32 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 63
Τιμή: 3.99$

When the dead come to us in dream, in search of the truth, all manner of horrors are revealed. To save the dignity of a dead woman, Herbert must destroy the painting that killed her. But her brother is not ready to let her go . . . Adapted by Eisner Award Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Richard Corben!
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CREEPY PRESENTS STEVE DITKO HC
Archie Goodwin (writer), Steve Ditko (artist)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 77
Black and white, Hardcover, 128 pages, Τιμή: 19.99$

Making a lasting mark on comics as the co-creator of Spider-Man, Steve Ditko veered away from the mainstream and into darker territories at the end of the sixties, especially with his work in Creepy and Eerie! Warring wizards, paranoid goons, persistent heroes, and otherworldly domains dominate the diverse tales in this handsome hardcover collection-with fifteen of the sixteen stories written by fellow comics icon Archie Goodwin. • New introduction by Mark Evanier!
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BATMAN / SUPERMAN #1
Greg Pak (writer), Jae Lee (artist)
Publisher: DC Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 85
Full Color, Comic book, 32 pages, Τιμή: 3.99$
A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Don't miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!
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CAMELOT 3000 SC
Mike W. Barr (writer), Brian Bolland (artist)
Publisher: DC Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 135
Full Color, Softcover, 320 pages, Τιμή: 19.99$

The classic tale that exploded into comics shops in the early 1980s is back in a new trade paperback collecting the entire 12-issue maxiseries! Featuring a cover by acclaimed artist Brian Bolland, this collection of the mythical tale of honor and bravery includes preliminary artwork by Bolland and developmental material from Mike W. Barr!
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COVER STORY:
THE DC COMICS ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND HC
Brian Bolland (writer/artist)
Publisher: DC Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 136
Full Color, Hardcover, 208 pages, Τιμή: 39.99$

Artist Brian Bolland, best known for his work as illustrator of the best-selling title BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, is the subject of this new hardcover collecting his covers for DC Comics. Featuring highly detailed and meticulous craftsmanship combined with dramatic takes on the world's best-known Super Heroes, Bolland's work has been featured on GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH, ZATANNA and the Vertigo series THE INVISIBLES and ANIMAL MAN. This spectacular collection includes rarely seen and never-before-published art, along with commentary from Bolland.

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BLACK ORCHID SC 
Neil Gaiman (writer), Dave McKean (artist)
Publisher: DC Comics - Vertigo, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 146
Full Color, Softcover, 176 pages, Τιμή: 16.99$

The 3-issue Black Orchid miniseries is back in a new trade paperback. After being viciously murdered, Susan Linden is reborn as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, destined to avenge her own death. Now, as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile human memory and botanical origins, she must untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her death!
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SANDMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 01 HC
Neil Gaiman (writer), various artists
Publisher: DC Comics - Vertigo, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 146
Full Color, Hardcover, 1040 pages, Τιμή: 125$

This massive hardcover collects The Sandman #1-37 and The Sandman Special #1-the first half of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed horror classic. Upon his escape from captivity at the hands of a mortal, Morpheus must deal with the changes within himself and his realm. His journey to find his place in the world takes him through mythical worlds to retrieve his belongings, the backroads of America for a twisted reunion, and even Hell itself.
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MARK SCHULTZ'S XENOZOIC TALES 
ARTIST'S EDITION HC
Mark Schultz (writer/artist)
Publisher: IDW Publishing, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 162
Black and white, Hardcover, 144 pages, Τιμή: ???$

Xenoxoic Tales is the classic story of a post-apocalyptic future where mankind has retreated to vast subterranean cities to escape a world ravaged by environmental calamities. Centuries later, Upon emerging from their underground dwellings, they find their civilization is gone-replaced with the most fearsome beasts to ever walk the Earth Dinosaurs! Mark Schultz delivers an epic adventure tale, one complete with romance and intrigue. Collecting issues 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 of Xenoxoic Tales, the final six chapters (so far), and with Schultz at the peal of his artistic powers. Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel and Wally Wood would have been proud!
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MICHAEL WM. KALUTA: THE BIG BOOK HC
Michael William Kaluta (artist)
Publisher: IDW Publishing, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 181
Full Color, Hardcover, 304 pages, Τιμή: 59.99$

Michael Kaluta's career has been both diverse and extraordinary. From his origins as a fanzine artist in the 1960s, to his defining rendition of The Shadow in the 1970s, through his stint as part of the legendary art collective known simply as THE STUDIO and beyond, Kaluta has produced countless gorgeous images that never cease to enchant us. Now, for the first time, the work of Michael Wm. Kaluta is presented in an oversized, massive retrospective that showcases his beautiful art. Many of the pieces presented in this very special volume will be scanned from Kaluta's original art to maximize the quality of printing. If you are a fan of Kaluta's work, or a lover of fine art, then this is the book for you!
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ADVENTURES OF AUGUSTA WIND HC
J. M. DeMatteis (writer), Vassilis Gogtzilas (artist)
Publisher: IDW Publishing, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 189
Full Color, Hardcover, 124 pages, Τιμή: 24.99$

Augusta Webster thought she was an ordinary girl living an ordinary life in an ordinary town. But that was before the Snabbit-half-snake/half-rabbit-arrived to turn Augusta's world upside down and reveal that she's anything but ordinary.
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SAGA VOL. 02 SC
Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Fiona Staples (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 206
Full Color, Softcover, 144 pages, Τιμή: 14.99$

Collecting the epic second storyline of the smash hit series Entertainment Weekly called the kind of comic you get when truly talented superstar creators are given the freedom to produce their dream comic. Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her family's greatest challenge yet: the grandparents. Collects Saga #7-12.
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CHANGE SC 
Ales Kot (writer), Morgan Jeske (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 207
Full Color, Softcover, 128 pages, Τιμή: 14.99$

Dear Los Angeles: meet apocalypse. You have one day left. Unless, of course, someone decides to save you. Possible saviors include: a foul-mouthed struggling screenwriter who moonlights as a car thief, an obscenely wealthy rapper, a dying cosmonaut on his way back to Earth and one very deranged little boy. Good luck.




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INFINITE VACATION DELUXE HC
Nick Spencer (writer), Christian Ward (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 209
Full Color, Hardcover, 192 pages, Τιμή: 24.99$

DELUXE OVERSIZED HARDCOVER Welcome to the INFINITE VACATION, where alternate realities are up for sale, and buying and trading your way through unlimited variations of yourself is as commonplace as checking your e-mail. At long last the brilliant and beautiful series that turned alternate realities on its ear, collected together for the first time in a beautiful, lavish, oversized hardcover. All five issues, plus extras - and a five-page fold-out suitable for framing. Collects Infinite Vacation #1-5.



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PROPHET VOL. 02: BROTHERS SC
Brandon Graham (writer), Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis (artists)
Publisher: Image Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 211
Full Color, Softcover, 172 pages, Τιμή: 14.99$

The distant future war continues, Old man Prophet is awake now and searching across the universe for old allies that have survived the centuries since the last war. Collects Prophet #27-32.
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STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS SC (PX EDITION)
Terry Moore (writer/artist)
Publisher: Abstract Studios, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 242
Partial Color, Slipcased softcover, 2128 pages, Τιμή: 100$

The greatest love story ever told is finally available in an affordable softcover omnibus edition! This two book package contains all 2128 pages of Terry Moore's epic tale featuring Katchoo, Francine, David, and Casey as they face life's biggest challenges by facing them together. All 107 issues of the series are here, including the spin-offs Molly & Poo, Princess Warrior, When World's Collide, and David's Story.
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MOUSE GUARD VOL. 03: THE BLACK AXE HC
David Peterson (writer/artist)
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 256
Full Color, Hardcover, 208 pages, Τιμή: 24.95$

This is the third collected volume in the continuing saga of the Eisner Award-winning and critically acclaimed fantasy comic series, Mouse Guard, serving as a prequel to the two previous volumes. Set in 1115, this is the story of how the Guardmouse Celanawe's paw first touched the legendary weapon, the Black Axe. The arrival of distant kin takes Celanawe on an adventure that will carry him across the sea to uncharted waters and lands, all while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith who forged the mythic axe. This hardcover collection will include an epilogue, pinups, a 22-page section of maps, guide pages, and cutaways, as well as reprinting the 2010 Free Comic Book Day story as a prologue to the tale.
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RUN LIKE CRAZY, RUN LIKE HELL HC
Jacques Tardi (writer/artist)
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 328
Black and white, Hardcover, 104 pages, Τιμή: 18.99$
After the teeth-rattling one-two punch of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, Jacques Tardi makes a third appointment with ace crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette for his wildest adaptation yet.

Peter Hartog, a rich industrialist, hires a troubled young woman, Julie, straight out of the psychiatric asylum to which she has been consigned for several years, to work as a nanny for his bratty kid Peter. But Hartog's seemingly altruistic impulse to help rehabilitate a troubled soul hides a darker motive: He plans to stage a fake kidnapping of his son, and use Julie as a scapegoat.
Unfortunately for Hartog, Julie proves infinitely more tough and resourceful than he expected, the kidnapping goes horribly, bloodily wrong, and now Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued both by the police and by Hartog's goons, led by the aging but fantastically dangerous contract killer Thompson — one of Manchette's most unforgettable creations, a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who is barely slowed down by physical punishment that would instantly kill a lesser man (he does not end the book with the same amount of eyes and feet as he started).
As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one.
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CREEPING DEATH FROM NEPTUNE BY BASIL WOLVERTON HC
Basil Wolverton (writer/artist)
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 329
Full Color, Hardcover, 288 pages, Τιμή: 39.99$
Basil Wolverton, best known for his goofy grotesqueries in the pages of MAD and other humor comics, was also responsible for some of the wildest and most eye-popping science fiction and horror comics of the Golden Age, but his non-humorous comics work has never had the comprehensive archival collection it deserves — until now.
Creeping Death from Neptune presents an overview of Wolverton’s entire career, focused primarily on his 1938-1952 science fiction and horror comics. Apart from Spacehawk, which is collected in a separate Fantagraphics volume, every known story from this period, both published and unpublished, is compiled here in its entirety, painstakingly restored from their original printed source — the comic books themselves.
The narrative begins at Wolverton's childhood and traces the events leading up to his first serious comics work, the rejected 1929 syndicated strip, Marco of Mars, then proceeds through Steve Grover of the Stratosphere Patrol, Vultures of the Void, Meteor Murphy, Space Patrol and Rockman. His final group of 1950-1952 stories for Marvel and publisher Stanley Morse includes some of the most intense horror and science-fiction stories of the pre-code era, such as the classics "Brain Bats of Venus," "Nightmare World," and "The Eye of Doom," all included here. The book ends with a summation of Wolverton’s career after leaving — and occasionally returning to — comics, though never again as a non-humorous artist. Ephemera and artifacts shedding intimate insight into the artist’s career are examined in depth.
As with editor Greg Sadowski's previous collections of vintage comics (such as the best-selling Supermen! and Four Color Fear), the digital restoration of the printed art has been performed with subtlety and restraint, mainly to correct registration and printing errors, with every effort made to retain the flavor of the original comic books. Sadowski has also gone to great lengths to uncover as much unpublished art as possible, including preliminary drawings, syndicated strips, pulp illustrations, and lost comic book treasures such as four fully realized 1940 rejected covers for Amazing Mystery Funnies and Amazing Man Comics.
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SMURFS ANTHOLOGY VOL. 01 HC
Peyo (writer/artist)
Publisher: Papercutz, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 337
Full Color, Hardcover, 192 pages, Τιμή: 19.99$

One of the greatest strips in cartooning history finally gets its due in this handsome archival edition at full size! When the Belgian cartoonist Peyo created a village of cute little woodland creatures for his heroes Johan and Peewit to discover, he couldn't have known that they would wildly outgrow those humble origins to become a worldwide phenomenon all on their own. More than 50 years later, The Smurfs continue to delight us all with their silliness, bravery, heroism, and heart, and now we finally have a definitive collection of Peyo's original comics to see where it all began. Newly remastered and presented in original publication order, along with a Smurfy collection of historical notes and photographs, the stories in this volume introduce us to Papa Smurf, Gargamel, and the rest of the village in some of the most highly regarded comics the medium has ever known.
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INHUMANS BY PAUL JENKINS AND JAE LEE HC
Paul Jenkins (writer), Jae Lee (artist)
Publisher: Marvel Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: M76
Full Color, Hardcover, 304 pages, Τιμή: 39.99$

The Inhumans are one of Marvel's most enduring oddities. A race of genetic freaks living secluded in their island kingdom of Attilan, their mutations are self-endowed; as a coming of age ritual, each Inhuman exposes himself to the Terrigen Mists, a strange substance that imparts unearthly powers - some extraordinary, some monstrous. But now Attilan is under attack from without and within. Can the Royal Family, led by the mute Black Bolt, repel the foreign invaders who assail their outer defenses, as well as the internal threat of Black Bolt's insane brother, Maximus the Mad? Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee infuse one of Marvel's oldest families with a modern sensibility - including international politics, class dissension and the age-old struggle of growing up. Dark and grimly compelling, it remains one of Marvel Knights' most beloved stories. Collecting Inhumans (1998) #1-12.
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FF VOL. 01: FANTASTIC FAUX SC (NOW!)
Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Allred (artist)
Publisher: Marvel Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: M83
Full Color, Softcover, 112 pages, Τιμή: 15.99$

The Fantastic Four have formed a new team to guard the planet - and their wards in the Future Foundation - while they're on an interdimensional journey: Scott Lang, the incredible Ant-Man! Jen Walters, the original She-Hulk! Medusa, queen of the Inhumans! AndMs. Thing?! But how does the world respond when the new FF makes its debut? And how does Yancy Street respond to a new Thing? Then, it's Valentine's Day at the Baxter Building! So why does that spell trouble for She-Hulk? Plus: Ant-Man has already lost a daughter, so watch what happens when he puts it all on the line to save Bentley-23! Learn the identity of the villain pulling the strings and pitting family against family as the FF undertakes a rescue mission into the Negative Zone! Dynamo creators Matt Fraction and Mike Allred reinvent Marvel's First Family
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VERTIGO SANDMAN and DEATH BOOKENDS 
(2ND EDITION)
Publisher: DC Comics, Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 152
Bookends, Τιμή: 199.95$

Bookend your collection with New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Death of the Endless! Based on Eisner Award-winning artist Mark Buckingham's drawings of these unforgettable characters, this spectacular second edition of bookends, featuring a new paint deco, will put the finishing touch on your Sandman library and Absolute editions. Measures Approximately 8.5 high. 
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SUPERMAN MIGHTY TABLET CASE
Publisher: Dc Heroes Collectibles & Novelties
Σελίδα στον κατάλογο: 474
Tablet Case, Τιμή: 20$

The ultra lightweight tablet case is made with a padded Tyvek material that is water and stain resistant yet writable and long lasting. Designed to hold most popular tablets, each case comes with a thick band of Velcro that can adjust to various sizes. This design features Clark Kent and his transformation into Superman!
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Και ως συνήθως, μερικά εξώφυλλα που μου τράβηξαν την προσοχή...

Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #9, Gene Ha, DC Comics, pg.125
Fables #130, Joao Ruas, DC Comics - Vertigo, pg.144
Avengers Arena #11 (NOW!), Mike Del Mundo, Marvel Comics, pg. M36




Daredevil: Dark Nights #1, Lee Weeks, Marvel Comics, pg.M55
Uncanny X-Men #7 (NOW!), Frazer Irving, Marvel Comics  pg.M24  
X-Men Legacy #12 (NOW!), Mike Del Mundo, Marvel Comics, pg. M40




Six-Gun Gorilla #1, Ramon K. Perez, Boom! Studios, pg. 291
Westwood Witches #2, Abel Garcia, Amigo Comics, pg.246
Colonized #3, Dave Sim, IDW Publishing, pg.183


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Για όσους δεν το γνωρίζουν ήδη, η Diamond Comic Distributors είναι ο μεγαλύτερος προμηθευτής (χονδρέμπορας) των εξειδικευμένων καταστημάτων με κόμικς στα αγγλικά. Μέσα από τον κατάλογο Previews της εν λόγω εταιρείας, τα καταστήματα λιανικής έχουν τη δυνατότητα να προπαραγγείλουν προιόντα που θα κυκλοφορήσουν στην αγορά δύο μήνες αργότερα (σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις μπορεί και παραπάνω). Ο κατάλογος έχει συνήθως γύρω στις 400 σελίδες και συνοδεύεται από έναν δεύτερο κατάλογο 100 σελίδων αποκλειστικά για τα προϊόντα της Marvel Comics.

Οποιοδήποτε ελληνικό κατάστημα με κόμικς κι αν επισκεφθείτε, θα μπορέσετε είτε να αγοράσετε το συγκεκριμένο κατάλογο (5 ευρώ περίπου) είτε να τον ξεφυλλίσετε στο κατάστημα, και αν βρείτε κάτι που σας ενδιαφέρει να το παραγγείλετε.

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