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Top 100 Small Press Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Year-End 2011

Coldplay Joe Benitez's steampunk superheroine continued her adventures in Aspen MLT's Lady Mechanika #2, the best-selling Small Press comic book to comics retailers in 2011. Also in the top ten from Aspen was Lady Mechanika #3, which ranked #2 for the year.

Archie Comics had five titles in the top ten of the Small Press chart for 2011, led by Archie #627, the first part of the "Archie Meets KISS" storyline, at #3 for the year. Also in the top ten from Archie were Mega Man #1, based on the popular Capcom video game, at #5 and the anniversary spectacular Sonic the Hedgehog #225 at #9.

Other publishers in the top ten include Abstract Studios (for Terry Moore's Rachel Rising #1 at #8), Bongo Comics (for Spongebob Comics #1 at #7), and Zenescope Entertainment (for Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends #1 at #6).

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #2: 1969, which brought their tale of pulp heroes into the Swingin' Sixties and was published by Top Shelf Productions, was the top-selling Small Press graphic novel for 2011.

Oni Press dominated the Small Press graphic novels chart with five of the six volumes of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series in the top ten, plus The Sixth Gun Volume 1 for a sixth title.

Other publishers in the top ten include Legendary Comics (for Frank Miller's Holy Terrorgraphic novel) and Kodansha Comics.

TOP 100 SMALL PRESS COMICS 
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2011

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OVERALL
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DOLLAR
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INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1225 1231 15.15 NOV100743-M LADY MECHANIKA #2 $2.99 ASP
2 1248 1288 14.83 FEB110773-M LADY MECHANIKA #3 $2.99 ASP
3 1329 1529 13.89 OCT110805-M ARCHIE #627 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 1) $2.99 ARC
4 1436 1654 12.92 OCT110807-M ARCHIE #628 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS PT 2 ) $2.99 ARC
5 1596 1825 11.23 FEB110748-M MEGA MAN #1 $2.99 ARC
6 1686 1673 10.42 NOV101087-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #1 $2.99 ZEN
7 1691 1665 10.38 DEC100801 SPONGEBOB COMICS #1 $2.99 BON
8 1850 1585 9.06 JUN118253-M RACHEL RISING #1 2ND PTG $3.99 ABS
9 1880 2209 8.81 MAR110876-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #225 $2.99 ARC
10 1958 2253 8.24 NOV100724-M ARCHIE #617 $2.99 ARC
11 2009 2182 7.89 AUG110825-M SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #230 $2.99 ARC
12 2114 2149 7.42 FEB110831 SPONGEBOB COMICS #2 $2.99 BON
13 2137 1980 7.30 MAY110909 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #1 $3.50 BON
14 2149 2472 7.25 JUL110847 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #229 $2.99 ARC
15 2161 2483 7.18 JUN110850 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #228 $2.99 ARC
16 2182 2511 7.09 APR110798 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #226 $2.99 ARC
17 2186 2517 7.08 MAY110833 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #227 $2.99 ARC
18 2205 2365 6.96 MAR110874-M MEGA MAN #2 $2.99 ARC
19 2215 2260 6.93 FEB111229-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #4 $2.99 ZEN
20 2230 2398 6.82 APR110796-M MEGA MAN #3 $2.99 ARC
21 2235 2419 6.79 MAY110830-M MEGA MAN #4 $2.99 ARC
22 2236 2285 6.79 SEP101213-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #55 $2.99 ZEN
23 2243 2067 6.76 SEP100781 MOUSE GUARD BLACK AXE #2 $3.50 ARA
24 2253 2029 6.73 SEP118076-M RACHEL RISING #2 2ND PTG $3.99 ABS
25 2255 2449 6.72 JUN110849-M MEGA MAN #5 $2.99 ARC
26 2257 2450 6.72 MAR110891-M FATHOM VOL 4 #1 $2.99 ASP
27 2260 2038 6.71 AUG110745 RACHEL RISING #3 $3.99 ABS
28 2262 2297 6.71 APR110860 SPONGEBOB COMICS #3 $2.99 UNI
29 2286 2486 6.56 SEP110766 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #231 $2.99 ARC
30 2293 2354 6.53 OCT101202-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #56 $2.99 ZEN
31 2300 2052 6.49 FEB110772 LADY MECHANIKA COLLECTED EDITION #1 $3.99 ASP
32 2348 2561 6.31 OCT110820 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #232 $2.99 ARC
33 2353 2413 6.31 FEB111235-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #59 $2.99 ZEN
34 2359 2306 6.29 FEB110701 TERRY MOORES ECHO #30 $3.50 ABS
35 2360 2845 6.29 FEB110766-M FATHOM VOL 4 #0 $2.50 ASP
36 2364 2629 6.28 MAR111010 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #68 (MR) $2.95 BRO
37 2373 3967 6.23 DEC100759 FATHOM PRIMER #1 $1.00 ASP
38 2382 2569 6.20 MAR100721-M FATHOM BLUE DESCENT #2 $2.99 ASP
39 2385 2435 6.19 DEC101118-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #2 $2.99 ZEN
40 2386 2441 6.18 JUN110926 SPONGEBOB COMICS #4 $2.99 UNI
41 2390 2453 6.16 JUN111306-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #64 $2.99 ZEN
42 2392 2459 6.14 MAY111291-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #63 $2.99 ZEN
43 2393 2493 6.14 APR111257-M FLY #1 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
44 2394 2452 6.14 MAR111368-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #60 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
45 2397 2349 6.13 JAN110887 TERRY MOORES ECHO #29 $3.50 ABS
46 2403 2362 6.10 DEC100702 TERRY MOORES ECHO #28 $3.50 ABS
47 2411 2470 6.07 AUG110891 SPONGEBOB COMICS #5 $2.99 UNI
48 2414 2471 6.05 JAN111400-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #3 $2.99 ZEN
49 2417 2217 6.05 DEC100735 MOUSE GUARD BLACK AXE #3 $3.50 ARA
50 2428 2623 6.01 FEB110751 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #224 $2.99 ARC
51 2432 1880 5.99 JUL110925 SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #17 $4.99 BON
52 2445 2636 5.96 JAN110952 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #223 $2.99 ARC
53 2458 2522 5.91 APR111267-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #61 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
54 2466 2660 5.86 DEC100749 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #222 $2.99 ARC
55 2484 2562 5.77 APR111251-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #6 $2.99 ZEN
56 2493 2583 5.75 NOV100835 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #66 (MR) $2.95 BRO
57 2498 2690 5.74 NOV100736 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #221 $2.99 ARC
58 2506 2704 5.72 JUL110845 MEGA MAN #6 $2.99 ARC
59 2509 2591 5.71 JAN111071 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #67 (MR) $2.95 BRO
60 2510 2568 5.71 MAR111362-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #5 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
61 2511 2314 5.71 JUN110923 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #2 $3.50 BON
62 2527 2719 5.65 AUG110822 MEGA MAN #7 $2.99 ARC
63 2528 2625 5.62 MAY110960 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #69 (MR) $2.95 BRO
64 2539 2734 5.56 APR110814-M FATHOM VOL 4 #2 $2.99 ASP
65 2541 2355 5.56 AUG101244-M CHARMED #5 $3.50 ZEN
66 2553 2746 5.52 AUG110823 SONIC UNIVERSE #33 $2.99 ARC
67 2556 2628 5.51 AUG111279-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES #66 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
68 2562 1875 5.49 FEB111230-M GFT PRES TALES FROM NEVERLAND #1 $4.99 ZEN
69 2563 2635 5.48 OCT110896 SPONGEBOB COMICS #6 $2.99 UNI
70 2571 3294 5.44 DEC108211-M CHARISMAGIC #0 COVER D LOPEZ 2ND PTG $1.99 ASP
71 2572 2645 5.44 DEC101122 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #57 $2.99 ZEN
72 2573 2647 5.44 JAN111403 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #58 $2.99 ZEN
73 2581 2775 5.40 SEP110767 SONIC UNIVERSE #34 $2.99 ARC
74 2593 2780 5.37 JUL110849 SONIC UNIVERSE #32 $2.99 ARC
75 2599 2692 5.36 JUL110968 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #70 (MR) $2.95 BRO
76 2602 2667 5.35 DEC101114-M GFT PRESENTS NEVERLAND #7 $2.99 ZEN
77 2605 2577 5.33 JAN111078 RASL #10 (MR) $3.50 CAR
78 2608 2769 5.33 FEB110764-M SOULFIRE VOL 3 #1 $2.99 ASP
79 2609 2777 5.33 MAY110846-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 2 #1 $2.99 ASP
80 2618 2802 5.31 JUN110851 SONIC UNIVERSE #31 $2.99 ARC
81 2622 2812 5.30 SEP110764 MEGA MAN #8 $2.99 ARC
82 2624 2804 5.29 APR110857 SIMPSONS COMICS #179 $2.99 BON
83 2627 2806 5.28 MAR110947 SIMPSONS COMICS #178 $2.99 BON
84 2633 2451 5.26 JUL110926 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #3 $3.50 BON
85 2636 2816 5.26 MAY110834 SONIC UNIVERSE #30 $2.99 ARC
86 2643 1659 5.25 MAR111358-M GFT WONDERLAND ANNUAL 2011 $5.99 ZEN
87 2647 2831 5.23 JAN111018 SIMPSONS COMICS #176 $2.99 BON
88 2648 2835 5.23 APR110799 SONIC UNIVERSE #29 $2.99 ARC
89 2650 2830 5.22 DEC100800 SIMPSONS COMICS #175 $2.99 BON
90 2653 2710 5.21 JUN111317-M GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #8 (MR) $2.99 ZEN
91 2655 2823 5.21 APR118226-M CHARISMAGIC #1 VAR $2.99 ASP
92 2657 2838 5.20 AUG110885 SIMPSONS COMICS #183 $2.99 BON
93 2659 2840 5.20 FEB110830 SIMPSONS COMICS #177 $2.99 BON
94 2663 3084 5.19 APR110811-M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS VOL 2 #0 $2.50 ASP
95 2666 2815 5.18 APR110800-M VERONICA #207 (VERONICA PRESENTS KEVIN KELLER #1) $2.99 ARC
96 2667 2850 5.18 NOV100800 SIMPSONS COMICS #174 $2.99 BON
97 2671 2858 5.17 OCT110821 SONIC UNIVERSE #35 $2.99 ARC
98 2676 2856 5.15 SEP110847 SIMPSONS COMICS #184 $2.99 BON
99 2683 2866 5.13 JUN110924 SIMPSONS COMICS #181 $2.99 BON
100 2689 2875 5.12 JUL110927 SIMPSONS COMICS #182 $2.99 BON

TOP 100 SMALL PRESS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2011

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OVERALL
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OVERALL
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 3 7 20.34 MAY111195 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR) $9.95 TOP
2 14 2 8.67 JUL111154 HOLY TERROR HC (MR)(C: 0-1-1) $29.99 LEG
3 27 71 7.09 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
4 70 179 4.52 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
5 91 245 4.03 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
6 107 287 3.61 FEB108444-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS $11.99 ONI
7 132 126 3.26 OCT101087 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
8 137 358 3.16 FEB108445-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
9 163 409 2.91 FEB108446-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 VS THE UNIVERSE $11.99 ONI
10 169 457 2.87 JUL111144 CODENAME SAILOR V TP VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
11 178 840 2.83 FEB094465 LOEG III CENTURY #1 1910 (MR) $7.95 TOP
12 179 443 2.82 MAY101089 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR $11.99 ONI
13 194 511 2.70 SEP111140 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
14 200 332 2.66 NOV101099 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 01 (MR) $13.99 HAC
15 230 548 2.49 AUG098107 BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 01 OUT BONEVILLE $10.99 SCH
16 240 61 2.43 JUN111212 HABIBI GN (MR) $35.00 RAN
17 254 225 2.35 JAN111279 DAN CLOWES MISTER WONDERFUL LOVE STORY TP $19.95 RAN
18 277 239 2.27 JUL111057 DANIEL CLOWES DEATH-RAY HC (MR) $19.95 DRA
19 283 151 2.24 MAR111105 PAYING FOR IT HC $24.95 DRA
20 295 926 2.21 JUN110841 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP $9.99 ARC
21 318 901 2.10 NOV100902 SCENES FROM AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE HC $9.95 DRA
22 322 807 2.09 SEP111134 CODENAME SAILOR V TP VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
23 337 717 2.05 NOV101098 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 04 $11.99 HAC
24 357 555 2.01 FEB111218 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 02 (MR) $13.99 HAC
25 372 360 1.98 MAY111095 CROW SPECIAL ED TP $18.00 POC
26 376 759 1.97 FEB111217 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 05 $11.99 HAC
27 385 102 1.95 FEB042691 FROM HELL TP $35.00 TOP
28 395 370 1.91 MAR111216 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 02 $19.99 ONI
29 400 658 1.89 JUN111097 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 FAN
30 413 1523 1.88 MAR110879 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 15 $7.95 ARC
31 431 344 1.85 JUL111296 TWILIGHT MANGA GN VOL 02 $19.99 HAC
32 441 625 1.82 MAR110814 TERRY MOORES ECHO TP VOL 06 LAST DAY $15.95 ABS
33 442 2001 1.82 DEC100716 BLACK DYNAMITE SLAVE ISLAND GN (MR) $5.95 APE
34 454 352 1.81 AUG100760 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD HC $19.95 ARA
35 487 591 1.74 DEC101123 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 09 $15.99 ZEN
36 498 302 1.72 AUG111043 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 01 LOST I/T ANDES $24.99 FAN
37 513 546 1.69 FEB111143 STUFF OF LEGEND TP VOL 02 THE JUNGLE $16.99 TH3
38 518 1105 1.67 NOV100738 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 03 $11.95 ARC
39 527 1736 1.65 JUL110848 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 16 $7.95 ARC
40 535 413 1.64 MAY111176 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 05 DEADLY ART OF SCIENCE $19.95 RED
41 536 1111 1.64 MAR111186 NEGIMA GN VOL 29 (MR) $10.99 RAN
42 565 1023 1.60 MAY111272 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 06 $11.99 HAC
43 567 853 1.60 MAY111275 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 03 (MR) $13.99 HAC
44 571 1164 1.59 JUL110846 MEGA MAN TP VOL 01 $11.95 ARC
45 574 1148 1.59 JUL111123 AMULET SC VOL 04 LAST COUNCIL $10.99 SCH
46 585 145 1.57 MAY110780 TERRY MOORES ECHO COMPLETE ED SC $39.99 ABS
47 593 2103 1.56 NOV100985 SMURFS GN VOL 04 SMURFETTE $5.99 NBM
48 609 156 1.54 STAR03145 MAUS SURVIVORS TALE COMPLETE HC $35.00 RAW
49 613 1207 1.53 JUL110850 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 01 $11.95 ARC
50 616 272 1.53 FEB111040 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 01 DEATH VALLEY $29.99 FAN
51 618 746 1.52 JUN111309 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 10 $15.99 ZEN
52 640 1243 1.50 MAY111126 NEGIMA GN VOL 30 (MR) $10.99 RAN
53 643 286 1.49 OCT108157 STUMPTOWN HC VOL 01 $29.99 ONI
54 647 1138 1.48 AUG111274 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 10 $11.99 HAC
55 648 505 1.48 AUG111018 HARK A VAGRANT HC (MR) $19.95 DRA
56 656 854 1.47 MAY063495-M GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
57 664 1282 1.46 JUL111147 NEGIMA GN VOL 31 (MR) $10.99 RAN
58 675 403 1.45 APR110750 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 10 AGATHA H & GUARDIAN MUSE $22.95 STU
59 683 1588 1.45 JUN110846 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 01 $9.95 ARC
60 699 1063 1.43 SEP101222 CHARMED TP VOL 01 $12.99 ZEN
61 709 1013 1.42 AUG110824 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG LEGACY VOL 01 $14.95 ARC
62 722 988 1.41 AUG111268 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 04 (MR) $13.99 HAC
63 736 923 1.38 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
64 739 851 1.38 JAN111019 SIMPSONS COMICS MELTDOWN TP $15.99 BON
65 748 1253 1.37 AUG111264 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 07 $11.99 HAC
66 757 733 1.36 FEB111236 ESCAPE FROM WONDERLAND TP $17.99 ZEN
67 773 1414 1.34 SEP111138 NEGIMA GN VOL 32 (MR) $10.99 RAN
68 775 54 1.34 SEP101090 SCOTT PILGRIM PRECIOUS LITTLE BOX SET $72.00 ONI
69 792 2300 1.32 FEB110713 KUNG FU PANDA DIGEST GN ART OF BALANCE $6.95 APE
70 794 1452 1.32 SEP110765 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 04 ZONE WARS $11.95 ARC
71 796 128 1.32 MAR111170 INCAL CLASSIC COLLECTION HC (HUMANOIDS ED) (MR) $44.95 HUM
72 799 659 1.32 OCT091063 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 01 $18.95 RED
73 813 1384 1.30 OCT098142 AMULET SC VOL 01 STONEKEEPER $10.99 SCH
74 825 785 1.29 NOV101095 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP DIFFERENT SEASONS $17.99 ZEN
75 841 442 1.27 MAY090647 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 02 WINTER 1152 W/ DUST JACKET $24.95 ARA
76 845 626 1.27 FEB100651-M JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
77 848 1334 1.26 SEP108189 SOUL EATER TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
78 852 2152 1.26 OCT100786 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 14 $7.95 ARC
79 871 338 1.25 STAR19060 BLANKETS GN $29.95 TOP
80 873 1181 1.25 FEB111041 ISLE OF 100000 GRAVES GN $14.99 FAN
81 876 958 1.25 MAR111171 COWBOYS AND ALIENS IT BOOKS TP $15.99 HAR
82 879 713 1.25 JAN098007 BLACK HOLE COLLECTED SC $18.95 RAN
83 896 1471 1.24 DEC042753 LOST AT SEA GN NEW ED $11.95 ONI
84 913 1413 1.22 APR111245 SOUL EATER TP VOL 06 $11.99 HAC
85 923 1565 1.21 APR111079 GHOST IN SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEX GN VOL 01 (MR) $10.99 RAN
86 924 1329 1.21 MAR111279 MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 01 $12.95 UDO
87 937 562 1.20 MAY111197 INFINITE KUNG FU GN $24.95 TOP
88 939 749 1.19 NOV100957 WEAPONS OF THE METABARONS HC $19.95 HUM
89 943 1289 1.19 JAN100726 MARRIED LIFE TP VOL 01 WILL YOU MARRY ME $14.95 ARC
90 945 412 1.19 NOV100922 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 03 1941-1942 $29.99 FAN
91 954 1157 1.19 MAR110949 BART SIMPSON PRINCE OF PRANKS TP $15.99 BON
92 956 1901 1.18 APR110788 ARCHIE BABIES OGN $9.95 ARC
93 962 1022 1.18 SEP110962 RASL TP VOL 03 $15.00 PUB
94 973 2562 1.16 OCT100755 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR DIGEST GN VOL 01 $6.95 APE
95 978 1177 1.16 DEC108187 TIME BOMB TP $14.95 RAL
96 983 1167 1.15 APR110999 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 07 BE GOOD LITTLE PUPPY $15.00 RAN
97 997 2670 1.14 MAY111148 SMURFS GN VOL 07 THE ASTRO SMURF $5.99 NBM
98 1004 2676 1.14 JAN111267 SMURFS GN VOL 05 THE SMURFS AND THE EGG $5.99 NBM
99 1027 197 1.13 MAR058205 BONE ONE VOL ED SC $39.95 PUB
100 1033 1611 1.12 DEC098504 BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 02 GREAT COW RACE $10.99 SCH

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