More picks and pans on the past and future from comicdom assembled:
Mark Millar, Marvel Civil War, Ultimates 2, 1985, Kick-Ass
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Modesty forbids me to say my hopeful little Civil War project as it was probably a little too art-house for The Beat’s very mainstream audience to have noticed.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? All the upheavals happened in 2006 and everything seems nicely set up for 2007 for a period of consolidation. I don’t think there’s going to be anything especially surprising at the big two (and I say this kind of cheating as I know all the plans), but I think sales will continue to climb healthily every month and the rewards for all the hard work this past year become evident. 2007 is a great year to open a comic store. If I were a retailer I’d be pretty damn excited.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?The guiltiest pleasure of all: Loads of time off.
Max Allan Collins,
A KILLING IN COMICS is the first in a new mystery series set against the world of comic strips and comic books, post-WW 2. The first one has to do with the creators of the first superhero superstar falling out badly with their bosses, one of whom becomes a murder victim. My longtime collaborator Terry Beatty has done some comic art for the book, with panels at the start of each prose chapter and the second-to-last chapter in comics form, challenging the reader (Ellery Queen-style) with a reprise of all the clues and suspects. This will be a trade paperback from Berkley Prime Crime in May. And the first ever prose Ms. Tree novel will be published late in ’07 by HardCase Crime with a Terry Beatty cover.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? The failure of a strong SUPERMAN movie to generate the kind of excitement among general moviegoers and comics fans that might well be expected. Though some people cite shortcomings in the film (certainly no bigger problems than the first Tim Burton BATMAN or even the original Richard Donner SUPERMAN), the troubling aspect is the positive, good-hearted Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent (and Lois and Jimmy) losing their relevance in this bleak new century. That CASINO ROYALE, the much darker James Bond reboot, did so well delights me, because of its return to Ian Fleming roots; but it may not speak well of our national (and international) mood.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? My triumphant return to the field, if anybody hires me to do anything.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?I’m guilty about it only because of the money I spend, but continuing to buy DVD boxed sets of movies and TV shows, with an emphasis on British stuff. First up: the eighth and final season of the British girls-in-prison series BAD GIRLS, which with sister show FOOTBALLERS WIVES is the most hilarious (and certainly knowing) satire of genre fiction around. FOOTBALLERS and its spin-off EXTRA TIME have both been cancelled, but will probably air over here on the BBC cable channel, where they’re several seasons behind. Any fans of movies or TV who haven’t sprung for all-regions, PAL-busting DVD players are missing out (cheap on e-bay). I spend more money with Amazon UK than with the American original.
Dean Haspiel, IMMORTAL [Billy Dogma], American Splendor
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? 1] Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME. The best graphic novel of 2006.
2] ACT-I-VATE: a virtual comix studio/anthology that delivers free daily comix. All online ~ all the time.
3] Web-comix cartoonists signing contracts with formidable book publishers. Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman’s SHOOTING WAR launched online [at Smith magazine] only to snag a comparable book deal [from Hachette] before its debut completed, proving that the internet is as powerful a poaching ground for auteur-oriented fare as Hollywood is to franchise comix.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? 1] More online comix anthologies and cyber studios will form in the spirit of ACT-I-VATE and take command of their collective destiny, cutting out the middle man that agents goods between creator and reader while growing the comix auteur cum book packager. Publishing deals, guerilla marketing, and distribution, will be greatly affected to accommodate grassroots efforts. Franchise characters will be put to a test. Some will find more lucrative homes away from the comix medium. Some will pick up the digital comix gauntlet [see point #2]. Other’s will surely die.
2] Traditional comic book pamphlets will begin to diminish and serialized franchise comics will succumb to the digital comix model. There may be a surge of cheap downloads until everybody realizes they still dig holding dead-tree and they’ll “wait for the trade.” Eventually, only popular story arc collections, original graphic novels, specials, and anthologies, will be available in print. Bye-bye 22pp for $3.
3] iPodable comix. ‘Nuff said.
4] More comix writers will be tapped to write my favorite TV shows and more TV show writers will try to write comix and realize it’s too much work for too little pay.
5] Frank Miller will sneeze on a bar napkin and an adjacent movie producer will turn it into a blockbuster.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?1] The second half of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.
2] Steve Ditko’s BLUE BEETLE and Jack Kirby’s FOURTH WORLD collected in color hardcover editions.
3] The finale to Warren Ellis & John Cassaday’s perfect PLANETARY.
4] FEAR, MY DEAR — the sequel to IMMORTAL [you read it here first – folks], my free Billy Dogma web-comic at ACT-I-VATE.
Anne Ishii, Queen, Vertical Press
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Hassler leaving Borders
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Kim Thomson v. Harlan Ellison grudge match in boxing ring à la Uwe Bolle v. Richard Lowtax from Something Awful-dot-com.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Naked Spartan men in 300 AS WELL AS Beatrix Potter biopic
Andrew Foley, DONE TO DEATH, the recently concluded but still available five-issue satirical vampire comic I wrote that was illustrated by the insanely talented Fiona Staples and published by Markosia Entertainment.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Major mainstream, non-comics publishers’ recognition that graphic novels are a viable and even potentially commercial medium, and the subsequent move of several of them into GN publishing.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Continued expansion of non-superhero comics work in the book market, and the success or failure of the direct market and the Big Two publishers that dominate it to adapt and attract an audience that cares more about DRAMACON or AMERICAN BORN CHINESE than SUPERMAN or SPIDER-MAN.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Calling myself a best-selling graphic novel writer for co-writing Platinum Studios’ COWBOYS & ALIENS and completely denying reality by claiming my relatively insignificant contribution to the book is the primary, no, the SOLE reason for its sales numbers. IT WAS ALL ME! (boy, am I going to be embarrassed if another book ends up moving more units in the DM than C&A in December…)
Peter Sanderson, Columnist, “Comics in Context,” Quick Stop Entertainment, Journalist and reviewer, “Publishers Weekly’s Comics Week”, Co-curator, Stan Lee retrospective (opening in February 2007) at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City, Author, “Marvel Classic Super Heroes” (now on sale from Becker and Mayer) and “The Ultimate Guide to the X-Men, Third Edition” (DK Publishing) Co-author, “Marvel Encyclopedia” (now on sale from DK Publishing) and “The Supervillain Book” (now on sale from Visible Ink)
Biggest Story in Comics in 2006: The biggest story in comics in 2006 was the extraordinary number of American museum and gallery shows devoted to comics and cartoon art. Foremost among these is “Masters of American Comics,” which traveled from Los Angeles to Milwaukee to New York City and Newark. Second in importance is the “Cartoon America” exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.. Moreover, within 2006 New York City also hosted the Pixar retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, “Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics” at the Jewish Museum, the Fantagraphics retrospective at the Society of Illustrators, “Africa Comics” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, “Saul Steinberg: Illuminations” at the Morgan Library, “Speak: Nine Cartoonists” at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, “The Masters Series: Jules Feiffer” at the School of Visual Arts, another Feiffer retrospective and “Telling Tales: Contemporary Women Cartoonists” at the Adam Baumgold Gallery. Comics also turned up in shows on other subjects at the Brooklyn Museum and New York University’s Grey Art Gallery And there was the opening of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, as well as the shows at MoCCA. Will 2006 prove to be the tipping point in the American art world’s acceptance of comics and cartoon art? Have the shows of 2006 inspired other curators to start organizing more comics exhibitions? We’ll know in a few years.
Biggest story in comics in 2007: Potentially the biggest story in comics in 2007 will be the fate of the New York Comic Con. The 2006 NYCC was in part a disaster due to overselling tickets and barring so many ticketed customers from the overcrowded Javits Center on Saturday. But the convention also held out promise for the future. If the organizers learn from their past mistakes, then the NYCC may be well on its way to becoming the East Coast counterpart to the San Diego Con, and one that is located in the media capital of the world. The 2007 NYCC will determine what the con’s futiure will be. (A related story may be the fate of the San Diego Con itself. With attendance swelling enormously with each successive year, will 2007 prove to be the breaking point, forcing major restrictions on attendance in the future?)
Gulity Pleasures for 2007: I’m semi-guiltily awaiting Disney’s release of a DVD collection of Walt Disney’s 1920s cartoons starring Oswald the Rabbit, to whom the Disney company recently acquired the rights, and not at all guiltily to the DVD release of “Destino,” Walt’s collaboration with Salvador Dali.
Vito Delsante, Batman Adventures, X-Men Unlimited, Scooby Doo, Fallout (w/Dean Haspiel) and Stuck, which can be seen every Monday @ The Chemistry Set.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Hands down…Marvel Comics. Civil War, a juggernaut without a deadline (or with them, but late or however you want to see it). I think it speaks well of Marvel to stand by their creators, and it speaks well of the audience that is willing to wait (and it speaks well of the retailers that are keeping these in-demand books in their stores). On a personal note, the biggest story of 2006 was the idea of a webcomics collective. Creating something from the ground up with my friends was an extremely gratifying move on my part.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? I might be jumping the gun or maybe hoping for the best in my own endeavours just a little bit, but I’m looking at three things to happen in 2007:
1. The return of the pulp genre. I think we’re going to see a lot more retro-looking and old fashioned period pieces told. Sci Fi made a decent showing this year, and I see pulp fiction/mano a mano/two fisted tales comics coming back.
2. I think we’re going to see a book like Mouse Guard challenge DC and Marvel for the #1 book in the land…definitely top 10. It might not be Mouse Guard, per se, but I’m looking at an independently published comic that might not even be from Image or Dark Horse.
3. For retailers, something that doesn’t need a movie tie-in to bring new customers in. I’m not sure if it’s more mainstream media acceptance and coverage, or if it’s in relation to #2, but something that will bring visibility back to the direct market comic book store.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?The return of LOST. And hopefully more work with creators I’m lucky enough to call my friends. And the JLA/JSA Crossover (I’m a sucker for tradition).
Simon Fraser, artist ‘The Adventures of Nikolai Dante’ for 2000AD, A self penned and scribbled project for ACT-I-VATE entitled ‘G.P’
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? That US comics are in fact thriving, in lots of ways I’d never thought of.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? The markets are starting to mature for other types of comics. More Creators will be able to make a living without having to swallow the Spandex Pill.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?My whole career is a guilty pleasure.
Nat Gertler, Writer of Licensable BearTM, publisher of About Comics, and organizer of 24 Hour Comics Day.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, hardly the hot young turks and long since invisible in the industry, turn a government document into a New York Time best-selling graphic novel.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? With Marvel and DC taking an ever larger portion of the direct market dollars, both teams of creators and publishers will turn into packaging studios, making graphic novels for mainstream bookstore publishers.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?That movie where Bruce Campbell plays himself! No, wait, Spider-Man 3! No, no, bringing more Licensable BearTM on the reading public, because he demands it!
Steve Lieber, Well, I don’t know if I should be plugging “Civil War: Frontline.” There’s a whole big-ass infrastructure whose job is to do just that. But, like, I drew a lot of it. I guess if you just say “Civil War:Frontline, Whiteout” people will know who I am.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? I think the big story this year is “an embarassment of riches.” There was a metric ton of great stuff out this year in every format and genre. For me, the big book was FUN HOME. I’ve followed and enjoyed Bechdel’s work for years, but I was astounded at the leap she took. The book was absolutely dazzling.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? From where I’m sitting, it’s hard to say. Despite the online kerfuffle, I’m hoping it’s MINX. I desperately want to see more North American publishers making a real effort to produce and market new comics for Y.A. readers.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?I don’t know if it’ll happen, but I’d love to see a new Agents of Atlas miniseries from Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk.
Ian Brill, the Brill Building
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? The debut of First Second was pretty interesting. We see so many new publishers that falter quickly but I think Mark Siegel and crew bucked the trend. They were really smart in how they presented themselves to readers and book buyers. They took a look at the place comics were at, most notably with the success of graphic novels in bookstores, and came at it with really interesting material. Fate of the Artist and American Born Chinese were some of my favorite books of this year. We all get a little cynical about where comics might be in the future and often with good reason but to see a publisher who puts out inexpensive OGNs with clear artistic vision and that are accessible to a wide range of readers makes me hopeful.
Also, they were nice to people on the Internet. That didn’t hurt.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? I’m interested to see what will become of DC’s Minx line. When it was announced I liked some things about it and other things not so much but overall it looks like DC’s putting a real effort into capturing an audience that is clearly reading comics but one most American publishers have still ignored.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?I know not a single plot thread started will actually be concluded but darn it, I still like Lost.
Alex Cox, Co-owner of ROCKETSHIP, Brooklyn’s finest emporium of comic books, graphic albums, and cartoon ar.t
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? It was a ridiculously awesome year for comics, and as such, there are a few things that spring to mind.
* The well-deserved acclaim and rollicking sales of Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME. It was a first class memoir, and had a level of sophistication and intelligence that really showed how smart cartoonists can be. She deserves all the success in the world, and the fact that someone as articulate and charming as Ms. Bechdel is getting a chance to evangelize for comics to the world at large is a great thing.
* LOST GIRLS. When one of the world’s greatest living authors releases a $75 slipcase chock full of gristly pornography, that’s gonna generate some press. (And luckily, a good deal of sales as well.) Hats off to Mr. Moore, Ms. Gebbie, and the talking snake in their toilet.
* The New York Comic Con. It has always amazed me that New York didn’t have a larger convention, as it seemed like a such a no brainer. I guess I wasn’t the only person that felt this way, seeing how the attendance spilled over well past the breaking point. It was like the Republican National Convention all over again, except without all the seething hatred. And there were people dressed like Spider-man.
(*On a personal level, Grant Morrison giving a real, no-nonsense, honest-to-goodness Superman back to the world in ALL STAR SUPERMAN was the biggest story of MY year. I get all teary-eyed thinking about it.)
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Despite the on-line “controversy”, I think DC’s MINX line is going to be excellent. It is as good an idea as I’ve seen in a long while, and the talent involved is pure gold, all around. We look forward to stocking and selling large stacks of these books.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Jeff Smith’s Captain Marvel book, although I hardly feel guilty about it. Maybe SPIDER-MAN 3. I am looking forward to that one a bit too much- I get giddy like a ten year old hopped up on Pixie Stix when I think about it.
Christian Beranek, Co-writer of Dracula vs. King Arthur and current publisher of Silent Devil and Little Foot Comics. Upcoming projects include Se7en, Unhappy White Girls, Venice is Sinking and a few graphic novels with Spacedog/Top Cow.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? The web comics revolution. It was proven people could make a living off of this newly thriving medium.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? The dominance of the graphic novel. It’s already taken over in many ways. Hopefully we’ll see more original graphic novels that deal with different themes and genres outside of the norm.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?I gave up most of my guilty pleasures in 2006, so in 2007 I plan on finding some better ones. I really dig that new Transformers trailer, does that count? Oh, and I’d like to do more kissing. There doesn’t seem to be enough of that in this world.
Christopher Weston, “the top secret project I’m working on for Marvel has yet to be given a title.”
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Bryan Singer turning Superman into a liar, a stalker, a peeping tom, a deadbeat dad and a date rapist. And, worst of all, a wimp.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? The Return of The Blue Blade!
Mike Bullock, Lions, Tigers and Bears, We’re Wolves, Arabian Knightmare, HUNTER, The Phantom, and several new projects I’m not allowed to talk about yet.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Robert Kirkman challenging Todd McFarlane to work in comics again (at San Diego Comic Con).
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Planet Hulk
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Taking my wife to Emerald City Comic Con ’07, since I feel guilty that she had to stay home last year.
Al Davison, Author Artist: Spiral Cage, Spiral Dreams, I’ll be self-publishing my next 24 hour comic early 2007. as a children’s book. I’m looking to to find a home for various projects including both my autobiography ‘Scar Tissue, and 2nd Spiral Dreams collection ‘The Alchemist’s Easel’. Due to start shooting my 3rd short film ‘Trinity’ early February, and complete my first animated film end of March. Hope to actually make a living creating comics in 2007.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? The Loss of the great Alex Toth.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Comics publishers unanimously agree to stop publishing monthlies, to concentrate on Graphic Novels :)
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?I never feel guilty about pleasure, and am greatly looking forward to our planned ‘2nd Honeymoon’ in the first half of 2007.
Rafael Kayanan, CONAN at Dark Horse this spring
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Reflecting on the lives and contributions of Cockrum, Nodell and Toth.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Whatever people predicted from last year’s survey. Take two.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Lots and lots of popcorn flicks this year folks. I mean Grindhouse? 300? Transformers? Rocky? Silver Surfer? GUILTY!!!
Noel Tuazon, Elk’s Run
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Graphic novels being “discovered” by publishers normally not associated with comics.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Hopefully, Elk’s Run although I’d seriously like to see a published work by David Mazzuchelli.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?KISSology Vol.2 (as long as there’s no 1980s stuff).
Tomer Hanuka, The Placebo Man
the biggest story was Wish You Where Here- so far two book published from this series by Master creator Gipi.
in 2007 Brandon Graham’s King City will explode a-la TNMNT back in the eighties.
Guilty pleasure would be to get the trade of that Superman mini series drawn by Quietly cause that dude has serious chops.
Fred Van Lente, Action Philosophers, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? The on-going march of funnybooks into the mainstream book market — in all its varied forms, indy, hero, manga.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Comics available in pill form!
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?THOR: THE ETERNALS SAGA reprint TPB’s. The storyline Kirby started in his cancelled ETERNALS got wrapped up in the pages of THOR (though unlikely to his specifications) and I’ve never read those issues before. I can’t wait to know whether the Fourth Host of the Celestials decided Earth was worthy, and if I still exist or not.
Chris Eliopoulos, Writer and artist on Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, letterer of comics
The biggest story of the year was similar to Time Magazine’s choice of person of the year. The online community has grown to include blogs, websites, MySpace and ComicSpace, and podcasts. All uniting the community and, hopefully spreading the word to those not fully aware of how great comics are.
The biggest story next year will be The Dark Tower comic series and the attention it will receive in mainstream media and literary circles. Stephen King is a BIG name and it will only do good things for the image of comics.
I’m looking forward to a new web comic I’ve been writing and drawing. I always feel better when I have an outlet to express things I’m feeling and this will be it.
Filip Sablik, day job – Top Cow titles like Witchblade, Freshmen, and Hunter-Killer, personal creator work – Wicked West 2 Graphic Novel (Image Comics), Black Diamond #1 (Ait/PlanetLar), and the upcoming Dead Inspector
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? Civil War
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? hopefully Top Cow’s “First Born” event!
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Transformers the Movie
Naif Al-Mutawa, writer, THE 99, a superhero team based on Islamic culture and history coming to the US in the Spring of 2007!
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? As a relative neophyte and an outside observer of US comics publishing, it had to be the increasing diversity of the US comics scene. From major publishers like Hachette joining the growing list of graphic novel producers to the launch of the Indian themed Virgin Comics and DC’s ambitious Minx imprint there is literally something for everyone in the current market. It’s encouraging for foreign based publishers like myself to see US based readers (especially American kids) debunking the myth of American isolationism and embracing stories from such a wide variety of cultures and creators.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? The US launch of Teshkeel Comics, of course! Seriously, I think it’s going to be the tremendous influence that this relatively small subculture will wield on the mainstream media. With almost all of the summer’s “tentpole” movies coming from comics or comic related media, the economic power of “the geek culture” is going to reach such high levels that it will dominate the discussions in America’s boardrooms. I wouldn’t be surprised to sit in on a board meeting at Merill Lynch and find the discussion mirrors the ones that go on in comic shops every Wednesday. How the medium reacts to this newfound influence and power will chart it’s evolution for many years to come.
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?Spending more time with my four sons. Not only are they my favorite focus group, they’re the perfect excuse for me to check out anything from Sponge Bob to Spider-Man 3!
David Seidman, online publicist for NBM Publishing and my upcoming non-fiction graphic novel SAMUEL MORSE AND THE TELEGRAPH with art by Rod Whigham for Capstone Press.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006? It’s not a news story but a continuing trend: the rise of acceptance for comics and graphic novels. This year, we saw hits such as THE 9/11 REPORT by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon; THE HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL by Lee Hammock and various hands; FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel; BONE by Jeff Smith in various editions; manga such as Mashashi Kishimoto’s NARUTO, Shiro Amano’s KINGDOM HEARTS, and Hiromu Arakawa’s FULL METAL ALCHEMIST; and the works of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Neil Gaiman.
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007? Beats me. If I could predict the future, would I be working for a living?
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007? ?I was raised by a Jewish mother. All of my pleasures are guilty.
David Scroggy, Dark Horse: “Merchandise we were proud of last year (it’s not all out yet) includes Mark Beyer Amy & Jordan figures, Mutts pvc set and vinyl figures, Hellboy Animated pvc set/statues/busts, DC and Peanuts “syroco”-style statuettes, Gary Panter’s Jimbo vinyl figure.
What was the biggest story in comics in 2006?: Masters of American comics museum show, NY Comic-Con debut, continued growth of graphic novel sales in bookstores and libraries.”
What will be the biggest story in comics in 2007?: release of The Umbrella Academy, Gerard Way’s forthcoming series from Dark Horse. The Beat will win the Pulitzer prize
What guilty pleasure (of any kind) are you looking forward to in 2007?: going back to Hong Kong and seeing the wild monkeys again. When Rebecca D’Madeiros and I were there in November, our friend Digger (you know him, right?) took us out to a place called Kam Shan Country Park (known locally as the “Monkey Hills”). It was pretty nifty, as there were literally hundreds of these critters. Of course for me, a guilty pleasure is also San Diego, which I predict will contain many big stories in 2007.
[To be continued in part 3!]