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July 27, 2007 | | Comments 40 |

(UPDATE: THERE’S A NEW, MORE USER-FRIENDLY WAY TO GET THE COMIC THAN REGISTERING. SEE BELOW OR JUST FILL OUT THE FORM OVER ON THE FREE COMIC PAGE.)

So let me tell you, we’ve been awful busy lately putting together the book — super busy, crazy busy, so busy, in fact, that I haven’t had a chance to mention yet that the first story in the book. “A Shot in the Dark,” is completely finished and ready for public consumption. Well, all that is going to change right now. I’ll be posting its final pages up here (like I’ve done with its in-production pages ) sometime soon, but in the meantime, I’d like to give out a preview PDF of this complete full-color yaoi comic to those readers who’ve registered their email address with this blog. Just as a special treat. :-)

Now, like I said, I’m going to post it up here anyway — so if you’re squeamish about registering, don’t sweat it, you’ll be able to read it here soon enough — but I promised to offer special promotions to registered members and until I have something to sell, giving members first dibs at a free yaoi comic seems like a nice way to say “thank you.”

UPDATE (8/5/07): So I’ve now sent out the download link to all registered members of this blog. I had to use a new email address — yaoi911@gmail.com at gmail — because my web provider has a very strict anti-spam policy and wouldn’t let me send out more than a few emails at a time. This, I suppose, is a good thing — and I support them in their anti-spamming goals. And it got me thinking that sending emails out to my registered users probably isn’t the best policy.

Even though I’d like to be able to communicate (and give free comics!) to the community of Registered Members, seeing as we are living in the Age of Spam, the last thing I want to do is send email to folks who don’t want it. Instead, if you want the link to the comic, you should sign up for the Announce List which you can see over there in the right sidebar (“Send me a free full color yaoi comic!”). (Or, alternatively, just fill out the form on the Free Comic page — it’s the same thing.)

Using an announce list, I can be absolutely certain that everyone I send an email to — be it with a link to a free comic or a special members-only discount on the ones for sale — honestly will want to get one from me. Living and learning here, friends…

So, to make this clear: If you want the comic, you should click on Free Comic and fill out the form there.
Kay? :-)

I hope you enjoy the comic. And I’d sure love to hear what you think about it. Please use the comments section of this post to let us know! :-D

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About the Author: Filmmaker by day, yaoi creator by night, Alex has dedicated himself to helping cute guys fight evil and find love.

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  1. laena says:

    I liked it, the artworks were put up superbly, I liked the soul-full and expressive illustrations. They matched Alex' description well. The story is too short though but it is a "shot", so its okay. I really liked it! In fact the idea of having it colored was cool for a change, I mean its all black and white most of the time with the mangas I read but they're good too, promise! Anyway, I'd be around to see you scale greater heights then. I'll be waiting for Artifice. In the meantime I'll be rooting for you! And well, share your work to fellow fangrils. Thank you for the comic by the way!

  2. laena,

    You're very welcome! Yeah, "A Shot in the Dark" is kinda short, but you're right, it is just meant to be a "shot" — a complete story that everyone can sample, even if their Internet is dial-up — the other stories are much longer. I like a good black-and-white manga too — sometimes seeing art in monochrome can really bring out its beauty — but I'm glad you enjoyed the change. And yes, please feel free to share the work with fellow fangirls — and I hope to see you around here more. :-)

  3. Graham_V. says:

    So, I was just recently introduced to yaoi, and I think its interesting, different, but definitely in a good way.

    Honestly, I was skeptical at first(towards "yaoi" period), but "Shot In The Dark," was pretty good, I enjoyed it, and so I'm looking forward to more.

    -Graham_V.

  4. Graham V.,

    Thank you for your kind words — it's really great to hear when someone's enjoyed the comic — and hopefully we can continue to chip away at your yaoi skepticism. :-)

    And we're working hard on getting another free comic (and the book) ready for people to enjoy. Everything of course takes longer than you think it will, but I suppose that's the price you pay for being a bunch of perfectionists. ;-) It'll all be worth the sweat and tears when it's done…

    Anyway, thank you again for checking out our work. I'll be eager to hear what you think about our future comics.

    Alex

  5. windriver says:

    Hi Alex,

    I see several posts here with my same problem – no follow up email with link to A Shot in the Dark. I checked my spam folder and nothing there that looks like a yaoi911 email. Could you please send again, thanks.

  6. Hi windriver,

    Yep, some folks do seem to be having problems, but whenever I test it, it works for me (sometimes takes an hour or two, but the confirmation email always comes) so it’s hard for me to complain to my web host about it. But I’ll keep testing… ;-)

    Anyway, thank you very much for your interest. I see your email on the list and I’ve sent the link to you directly.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Alex

  7. ButterflyFomori says:

    Loved it! It was captivating. The demon-former-angel man was awesome. I was literally laughing out loud at his comments and uber-arrogance. Super-villians GO!

    It wasn't a particularly smutty oneshot, *tears* but the plot was great.

    I thought that the last box on page 15 (where 'Mouse' is tearing up) and then the first two boxes on page 16 (where 'Mouse' was smiling and completely dry-eyed) were incongruous with one another. The change was too immediate, timeline-speaking. The teary-eyed scene became crocodile. That is my only complaint feedback.

    The rest of my feedback is a strong cheer and jump with a click of my heels together for the fab magic you and your team has created with "A Shot in the Dark."

    *Smashing into the ground face-first because in my glee i forgot that I cannot successfully perform a Dick Van Dyke-esque heel click.*

  8. ButterFlyFormori,

    Thank you so much for your kind words and detailed and thoughtful review of our work! It put a big smile on my face. :-D

    Yes, I think you make a fair point about Ben's emotional transition between pages 15 and 16. For printing reasons, I felt it was very important that I hit exactly 16 pages with this sample comic (the size of a typical printing signature), which meant compressing the drama a bit more than I wanted to. For the most part, I still think the overall effect works, but I would've loved to take more time with that ending… The good news is that I was able to spend more time developing things in the other two stories — and I think the pacing for those are more satisfying.

    I'm delighted you enjoyed the Demon's dialogue. I had a lot of fun writing it and his snark is one of my favorite parts of the story.

    As for the smut, yes, alas, in this one it is minimal — "A Shot in the Dark" is more about the sweet than the hot. But the next two stories in the book really turn up the heat. Winona's work on "Artifice" is particularly smoking — and the pencils for that are almost complete. Once they are finalized, I'll be posting some pages from that one up here.

    Thank you so much again for taking the time to let me know what you thought. I hope you'll continue to follow our work. Please be sure to tell all your friends. ;-)

    Alex

  9. Samiki says:

    :) The comic was cute, indeed. Ofc I'd love to learn more about the characters, their relationship – and see a lot more smut…so I hope this isn't going to stay a one-shot and develop into a series. ^^

    Good Luck on all current and future projects!

  10. Samiki,

    Thank you for your kind words. There is the possibility of more stories with these characters (and in this world) — both a prequel and the aftermath of what happens in "A Shot in the Dark" — if there is enough interest. I'm curious to hear how folks react to this story and the others in the book. The ones that people like the most I'll revisit. :-)

    And hey, if you want to help support this work, please be sure to tell all your friends — obscurity is the biggest challenge a small publisher faces, although there are others… ;-)

    Take care!

    Alex

  11. sora-_- says:

    heyy… i didnt get any emails about the comic….. i even signed up for a account and also gave my email for a free comic… can i get a link or something? >__<

  12. @sora-_-

    Hello sora-_-

    I see your email on the list and I've sent you the link directly. I hope you enjoy the comic!

    Alex

  13. stecer says:

    Thank you so much for the comic. Up until now, I've only read manga in black and white, so color was a new experience. The artwork was really nice and the color was definitely a welcome change (it's going to be hard to read mangas in black and white now *sigh*). I'm looking forward to reading your next comic and will definitely be sharing this site with fellow yaoi fangirls. :D

  14. @stecer

    Aww… Thank you so much for your kind words — that's really great to hear! I'm glad that you like the colors — adding color to our comics means they take a lot longer to make, but for me, it's totally worth it. Glad to hear I won't be alone in thinking that it's worth the effort.

    We should be posting some color pages for Tough in a couple of months. I hope you'll like those, too. (Oh, and if you want to also be updated when we have new posts, don't forget to check out our Subscribe page — I know that I can post here on a somewhat, ahem, irregular schedule, and subscribing to our blog posts can be the best way not to miss anything…)

    Thank you again for your interest in our work — and for offering to spread the word! The more interest we get, the more full-color yaoi comics we'll be able to make. Your support is much appreciated! :-D

  15. Jade says:

    Well… I must say! "A Shot In The Dark" Was brilliant! And incredibly cute! ^_^ *instant fangirl* I have several stories like that in mind (as in, short Yaoi stories, TOTALLY different plots though)…

    Seeing how you've started off… Gives me hope that they may get to see the light of day… Thank you! ^_^ You have no idea how inspirational it was to read your author's note. Now I'm going to try harder to get my works drawn out and published… Never too early to get started as an author, right?

    Good luck on writing your stories! I’m going to try my hardest now! ^_^ I’ll be checking up on you here though! Not gonna leave you alone now. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly get lots of members! I have lots of friends who would be interested in your works, and I intend to turn them onto them. Take care~

    Ris-Chan

  16. @Jade Merciful

    Well, thank you again for your very kind words — and I'm delighted to hear that you found the author's note inspirational. If I can be helpful to other creators — and help to create more awesome yaoi in the world in the process — well, that's very gratifying. I really appreciate you letting me know.

    I wish you much luck and success with your own original work. And I agree — it's never too early to get started as an author. The only way to learn to be a great creator is to actually create and the sooner you start, the harder you work, the more you produce, the better, IMHO. :-)

    And yes, please tell all your friends about Yaoi 911. Would love to have more cool folk like yourself checking out our work. :-D

    Alex

  17. Jade says:

    I'll admit it… I talk too much (or in this case I WRITE too much).

    My major good point- My honesty; My major flaw- My honesty.
    I'll admit it, I can be brutal… Though I have to say, I really am my worst critic! Then again, you see your flaws better than anyone else or you can't see your flaws at all… Sorry! Random tangent!

    Not to sound stupid but what does IMHO mean? O_O I feel stupid! >_< Crap! I don't do well with abbreviations… I've already started writing out my stories; I just need to get working on drawing my characters… I know what they look like (at least most of them) I just need to get it down on paper in a drawing instead of words… Then I can start drawing the stories, but if worse comes to worse I can do what you did! Send out ads for an artist… But I'd really like to do it myself….

    I’ve sent out the link to Yaoi 911 to several of my friends, they should be joining soon! ^_^ I will be very surprised if you don’t get at least seven of my friends as members. Talk at you later~

    Talk at you later~
    Ris-Chan

  18. @Jade Merciful

    No need to be hard on yourself, my friend — I don't think you're coming off as talking too much at all. :-)

    IMHO is Internet-speak for "In My Humble Opinion". I try not to use too many abbreviations myself as theycan be confusing, but I tend to like that one. :-) (For me, if I'm ever stumped with an abbreviation I see on the Net, I'll just type it into Google — often the definition will be in one of the first few search results. I've had some good luck with doing that anyway…)

    And I hear you about wanting to draw the art yourself. I understand the appeal — you are the one and only creator of the work. It's your vision and no one else's. And with the success of works like Scott Pilgrim, there is good evidence that your art doesn't even need to be perfect to develop a huge readership.

    For me, though, I enjoy the collaborations with my artists. And I do believe that having another creator's input and expertise can sometimes create better work than you would be capable of on your own. It sounds like you're open to both possibilities. I'll be curious to find out what works best for you.

    Thank you for recommending us to your friends. I hope you'll like what we have coming! :-D

    Alex

  19. Jade says:

    @Alex Woolfson

    Sorry, I tend to spaz out like that a LOT… I've been doing that sort of thing a lot more lately due to stress… >_>

    Ah… I like asking the person who used the abbreviation because I have a tendency to try and confuse my friends with abbreviations (I had a small contest with a friend that he couldn't solve five of my abbreviations in three days… took him three weeks) and I want to make sure the other person isn't doing what I do. My favorite abbreviation has to be TLC (Tender Loving Care)… It's a fun one to use.

    It's not so much that I want to be able to say "See! I did that all by myself!" as I don't want to burden someone else with trying to draw the odd images that come to my mind, that and if the image comes out wrong I'll have no-one to blame but myself… But I will admit, I'm not getting much better and I agree that collaboration with others is good and VERY beneficial. I can't always put what I mean into words though (that's a bad thing… A very bad thing… Description fail!) And I don't want to get irritated or confused and take it out on those I'm trying to work with (I'm a hot head, and I know it)… I'll figure something out! ^_^

    ~Ris-chan

  20. I am subscribed and have been for a while, but i didnt get an email with the full comic. . . . Im sad

  21. @residentfairy

    You're sad? Well, heck — we can't have that! Here at Yaoi 911, we're all about turning those frowns upside down! Sorry you didn't get the link. I've checked the list and I see your email address on it, so I've emailed you the link directly.

    Hope you enjoy what you read!

    Alex

  22. z3vil says:

    I'm a registered member and signed up for the free webcomics, and have been for awhile, but I've never gotten a link to let me read this comic. I can see the line art for it by looking through the site and it looks good, but I've never gotten to read it ><

  23. @z3vil

    Well, heck – you shouldn't have to wait long, only an hour or two! Sorry about that!

    I see you on the list and have sent you the links directly, but if you get a chance, could you please make sure that announce_list at yaoi911 dot com is added to your spam whitelist, just in case? We're just about to send out our next comic, the first chapter of Tough, and I'd hate for you to miss it!

    Thanks!

    Alex

  24. HimitsuSW says:

    I subscribed twice, and i still didn't get the link….I want to read that badly x_x

    • And I want you to be able to read them! :-D

      I see your email on the list and have just sent you the links directly. Please let me know if you continue to have trouble.

      (And please doublecheck that announce_list at yaoi911.com is on your whitelist. We'll be sending out the first chapter of Tough on March 1st!)

  25. Sam12 says:

    Er, yes. My first post here, I apologize in advance if I say anything that might offend you. First, I stumbled upon this site and after some browsing I decided to take my chances and sign up, you never know what lurks in the net just waiting to get a hold of you IP.

    Then I was absolutely ecstatic when I read some of the comics. You have no idea how hard it is to find something like this in the net nowadays. But now, back to the main point. Whenever I find something particularly interesting I do some research with google, and I stumbled upon something that might interest you:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2qvyunep

    I do not know if it is permitted to post links within a comment, but I assumed that you don't host your comics on megaupload, so someone else probably put it there. Since you seemed to invest quite a bit of work and time in creating those comcs it seems unfair that someone goes around spreading them in the net. In case this happened with your consent, feel free to ignore this post or better yet, delete it.

    PS: As you might have noticed, I'm no native english-speaker, please ignore any grammatical errors.

  26. @Sam12

    Hey Sam. Welcome to Yaoi 911. You have absolutely nothing to apologize for — your English is excellent and your comments and interest in our work is most welcome. :-)

    I am delighted to hear that reading our work made you ecstatic — we like to believe we're making something unique and special here and it's gratifying to hear when others appreciate our efforts. Thank you very much for sharing! (And I hope you'll like our next comic that's coming out very soon — "No Kissing", chapter 2 of "Tough". Keep an eye out in your email inbox for that! :-D )

    As for MegaUpload, you're right — I did not authorize "A Shot in the Dark" to be hosted there. While I am delighted when our fans share our free comics with their friends — yes, please spread the word and send them here! ;-D — posting our comics on places like MegaUpload and BitTorrent does undercut the work we do here. And, because U.S. Copyright law demands that I vigorously defend my copyright or I lose it, it means I have to ask them to remove those links — which I just did.

    Thank you, Sam, for letting me know. I'm sure those who posted the comic there did it with the best of intentions — sharing their love of our work — but it's not the right way to do it. And, FWIW, they converted our comic into a CBR file which deletes the helpful hyperlinks in our PDFs and is of lower quality visually, so those who have downloaded from MegaUpload aren't getting to see our best work, which is a shame. We want our fans to receive the highest quality. And when I tried to download it, I had to wait 45 seconds and there were some skanky pop-up ads. Subscribers to our list avoid all of that and get instant downloads. That's the experience I want our fans to have.

    Anyway, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment here. I hope you keep following our work. And please keep letting us know what you think! :D

    Alex

  27. I just read "A Shot in the Dark" and I was so captivated at how it started off with chaos. I was depressed for the 2 boys that they lost their friends and teacher, and I am wondering wtf will they do next? lol

  28. @Dar-rell Kenneth Henderson

    Hey thank you! I’m really glad to read that you were captivated by “A Shot in the Dark”. We’re not currently working on a sequel for Ben & Ethan — but maybe some day. I have a few ideas that might be fun… :-)

  29. tdoiwitcohe says:

    I like this story a lot; you did a wonderful job creating endearing, sympathetic characters (or, in the case of the villain, a character that I love to hate). I also enjoyed the modern magic setting. The twist on the typical fantasy ‘damsel in distress’, without actually making Ethan a damsel, was a lot of fun, and the dynamic between Ethan and Benji was charming and sweet. I wish there were more stories out there depicting relationships like that. And more magic. Thank you for sharing your art.

  30. Shan Kaiyou says:

    I have the same problem as a lot of other people… I registered and would like to read this comic, but I have not received a link to it… I did get the first two chapters of “Tough” though, and Artifice can be read online.

    I also wanted to say thanks for all this great work! I’m really glad it’s free, because since Borders closed I can’t go browse random yaoi mangas anymore, and I really like to check the art/storyline before I buy a comic (although Borders sometimes wrapped them in plastic so I do own a couple of bad yaoi mangas). I also think it’s really great that you utilize the word ‘yaoi’, even though these works are not manga. I think that term is much better than saying “it’s a gay comic” because that can be confusing and/or have negative connotations, depending on who says/hears it. So good on you! I’m looking forward to seeing how Artifice develops, and I can’t wait for the next chapter of Tough!

    • Hey Shan!

      Yikes, I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble. I’ve only heard a few reports of folks not seeing the Welcome Email (which contains the links) and many have had luck by checking their Spam/Junk folder. Did you take a look in there?

      If you’re still not finding it, please email me and I’ll get you the link to A Shot in the Dark right away. :)

      And… thank you for all your kind words! They are very much appreciated. Yep, I use the term “yaoi” to make things clear that these stories are meant just as much for women as for men (and that there will be a strong characterization/plot focus). I’m glad to hear that’s working for you.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  31. rwb says:

    Wow, this could not have been anymore perfect for me. It is scary how coincidental this is. I am currently crushing on one of my friends who I just met this freshman year of college. He is also Korean American and his name also begins with the letter “E.” Scarier even is that we both resemble Ethan and Benji (not to mention Benji is one of my favorite names because Benjamin is my favorite). I know my crush is gay because he has come out to me and our tightly knit group of friends, but I on the other hand have not. I know he has had his suspicions, and I have recently been trying to hint at it. I have not been able to hang out with him and the rest of my friends because I am tied down with work as a Bio major. However, when I am around they frequently joke about my crush liking me. I am just left pondering for hours “do they know something I don’t know?”, “have they finally figured out I am gay!?” (I don’t have any tells). It is quite stressful because there are so many classic problems that I am currently dealing with. I am attending one of the most intellectual schools in the country, but on the downside it is very Catholic and very conservative. This is not to say that there are no gay kids at my school, there is an LGBT club… which I did not sign up for because it involved going to a table at a club fair and would risk the whole in the closet thing… More factors include that my best friends who I have known since elementary school are here. All of us are in the same dorm, on the same floor, in the same hallway. My best friends room (who I have known since kindergarten) is right next to my crush’s room. It is a strange dorm because they share a door between the wall that separates their rooms (“a split double”). Top that off with the fact my best friend is almost always in his room, so there is no privacy in me going to come out to my crush in my crush’s room. Again add the factor of always being tied down with school work… I’m typing this at 2:30 am because that is when I have free time. I want to come out so bad it hurts, but if I do my mother is a complete stupid homophobe and I have several friends that are amazing people but they are socially conservative. It is a whole messy blend of things. I envy Ethan and Benji’s beautiful relationship, if only I could sort this out.

  32. rwb says:

    Sorry I almost forgot to praise you for how other worldly (which I believe was your intention but for me it was such on two levels) and amazing this was for me. I could not thank you enough, it warmed my heart (*and turned me on at the same blush*). This went above and beyond piquing my interest, I thoroughly enjoyed it down to the last panel. My only complaint is that it is over… for now (:

    • Thank you for the props, rwb. I’m really glad to hear you connected so well with “A Shot in the Dark”. (My first comic created in 2007!)

      I also hear that you’re in a bit of a tough spot. I think you’re being wise to be careful about your Mom finding out that you are gay, especially if you are dependent on her support for staying in college. While I do believe that the vast majority of people live vastly happier lives being open about who they fall in love with (that was certainly my experience), the exception to the rule is when safety is a question: if it risks jeopardizing your physical safety or if you are a young person who might be put on the streets or kicked out of college, then discretion is definitely the better part of valor.

      Once out of college and independent of your parents’ financial support, I do think that coming out as soon as you can makes sense in nearly all circumstances, even if it entails some short-term financial or social risk. As an adult, it’s infinitely better knowing you are in a job that won’t fire you if they happened to find out about your “secret” and also knowing you are surrounded by friends who love you for who you really are instead of a who they’d like to think you are. It’s a lot easier to find that special someone and absolutely amazing to be able to hold hands in public on a date. (If you happen to live in someplace like Saudi Arabia or Iran, again I think your physical safety is the primary concern. Hopefully, moving to somewhere safer is an option.) I also think that coming out to your “amazing” but “socially conservative” friends—when you are ready!—will do more to make the world safer for gay people than any political rally or gay pride march. If your experience is anything like mine, there are so many good things ahead of you—including finding that true love and building a life together. At your age, I often wondered if true love between guys was even possible and I have to say in my experience, the answer is a resounding, enthusiastic yes!

      You didn’t ask for any advice and your tone is fairly upbeat, but I do want to make sure that you are getting some support if you need it. One option is to reach out to the faculty advisor for the LGBT group on campus—no need to go to a table in public, but rather you could visit that person during office hours. Another is to check out an LGBT youth group in town that’s not part of your college—that’s what I did when I was first coming out (I first went to BAGLY—way out of town—and then to Outright Vermont).

      There are also Internet resources such as It Gets Better

      http://www.itgetsbetter.org

      and the Trevor Project

      http://www.thetrevorproject.org

      It might even be worthwhile checking out a local PFLAG meeting

      http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=803

      Again, you didn’t ask for any of this advice, but I remember what it was like to be a closeted Freshman in college and, for me anyway, my life was much improved when I had people I could trust whom I could talk openly to. (The very first person I told was my RA, actually.) You mention you are very, very busy—which also sounds a lot like I was—but I’d encourage you to put your health and mental well-being/happiness first. Hard to keep up a GPA when those fall apart, trust me. :)

      Anyway, I hope at least some of this is helpful to you. It makes me very happy that you enjoyed my comic. I hope you continue to enjoy my other comics (including my webcomics) as well. And I have my fingers crossed for you that now that you are in college and gaining independence your life is just going to get more and more awesome from here (and who knows? That might even involve getting closer to your cute “crush.” :) )

      Take care of yourself! And stay in touch!

      Alex

      • rwb says:

        The advice is welcome! Thank you so very much Alex!!! I will stay in touch ^~^

      • rwb says:

        Well I just attended my first LGBT meeting and it felt great. I was surprised to see many people I know there. It felt awkward at first. We all had to introduce ourselves and in our introduction we had to to state our favorite pronouns… I guess it was the president’s take on getting members to come out of the closet who hadn’t already done so. Interestingly enough the president turned out to be my freshman orientation group leader Lauren so it was great to see her, and she was not surprised by my attendance… I sat pondering my tells for the first half of the meeting. Coincidentally we had a rivetting group discussion in which we deconstructed the concept of “Gay-dar.” And were asked to think (over the week) about what stereotypes we have that set it off (so to speak) and how we have come to get those stereotypes. It was quite fun, I am looking forward to next weeks meeting!

        • Yay! I’m so happy that you had such a good experience and that there were so many people you knew! Good on you for being so brave (it took me months before I got up the nerve to go to an LGBT meeting my Freshman year) and I hope this means you’ll be making lots of awesome new friends. :)

          I’m proud of you, Sir. Please keep us posted!

          Alex

          P.S. How did you wind up finding out about the meeting?

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