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Comic Picks of the Week (September 10, 2014)

Hello Ridley Scott’s Alien fans!  You’ve been waiting for this one I bet!  This week, Dark Horse unleashed Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1.

Brought to you by the Eisner nominated team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, comes the next chapter in the amazing Alien saga.


Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the crew of the Prometheus never returned from its historic journey to the distant moon LV-223, and thus the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered.  Now, a new team of deep space explorers is hoping to uncover the mysterious fate of the original mission, unknowing that they may unleash their own damnation as well.  Jump in on the first part of the four part story.

Also hitting the shelves this week, were Inhuman #5, Death of Wolverine #2, The Amazing Spider-Man#6, Caliban #6, Edge of Spider-Verse #1, and a free 75 year celebration of Marvel Comics book.


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Fresh Popped Corn: September 2014 Movie Trailer Preview

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.


September 5th
It is a light release week, which may guarantee Guardians of the Galaxy gets another week on top of the box office charts. Time will tell on that count, but we won’t be betting against the Marvel juggernaut.  Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd headline one of only two new wide release films in The Identical, which is a story about two talented twins separated at birth who grow up in much different environments, yet strive for the same goals.  The other new movie, Innocent, stars Sophie Curtis as a student who attends a new school with some very sinister secrets and may become victim to the witchery that lies within.  Forrest Gump is getting an IMAX style re-release.  The rest is limited release fare, and includes Emily Browning starring in the musical drama God Help the Girl, Juliette Lewis as a punk rocker turned suburban mother in the intriguing Kelly & Cal, Ed Harris starring as a sheriff investigating the murder of a rancher in southern border drama Frontera, and apocalyptic horror The Remaining. You may have trouble fnding these films in your community and we can only hope for the potential of wider release assuming they do well in their respective test markets but both Kelly & Cal as well as Frontera look like quality films to us.  Check out their trailers below.


September 12th
Week two kicks off with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in the sequel Dolphin Tale 2.  Idris Elba looks to terrorize you in the thriller No Good Deed.  It is James Gandolfini’s last starring role in the crime thriller The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.  Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play twins who attempt to get re-acquainted after an estrangement in The Skeleton Twins.  James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play for tragic romance in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: ThemAtlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?  is the third in the Ayn Rand trilogy from her epic philosophical literary work.  Josh Charles and Radha Mitchell co-star in a weird romantic fantasy drama about young lovers in Paris (somehow birds fit in) in Bird People.  The trailer hurt my brain.  Swearnet: The Movie is “The Trailer Park Boys” big screen debut from the TV show.  Kevin Kline plays an aging American who takes on a property in France that comes with a challenging resident in My Old Lady.  Kristen Scott Thomas co-stars.  The Green Prince is a documentary about a true-life Hamas double agent for Israel.  I Am Eleven is a look at life through the eyes of young children from various backgrounds and cultures around the world.  And Honeymoon is a spookfest about a couple who retreat to the backwoods for a romantic retreat only to find something terrible keeping them company.  Lots of good choices this week, and we are inclined to start our Halloween celebration a little early by indulging in the great Idris Elba’s thriller.  But for those of you looking for a good laugh, The Skeleton Twins looks like it could serve up some satisfaction.  Check out both trailers below.


September 19th
Looking like a bit of a cross between Lord of the Flies and Hunger Games, The Maze Runner will be angling for a heavy teen turnout and box office success as a group of young people will need to band together to escape their wilderness confinement.  Liam Neeson plays an ex-cop turned private detective investigating a disturbingly vile crime in A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda star in a comedy about a group of siblings who through the chaos of their own lives need to share the same roof for one week after their father passes away in the movie This Is Where I Leave You.  Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist in a global search for an elusive happiness in the appropriately titled Hector and the Search for Happiness.  And Tracks is the biographical drama about a woman who makes a trek across the desserts of western Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.  Our money is on the great Liam Neeson and the creepy thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Prepare to be chilled to the bone below.


September 26th
September wraps up with Denzel Washington as a vigilante in The Equalizer, playing a former black ops soldier who tires of seeing injustices being perpetrated around him.  There is some family fare with the animated feature The Boxtrolls, which features a boy who grows up amongst the mystical urban tinkering creatures and then must defend his people against the humans who want them wiped out.  Pride is the true story of the gay and lesbian community rising up to support a miner’s strike in Wales.  The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a con artist duo who go on the run after getting caught up in the murder of a private detective in what looks to be a Hitchcock-inspired tale.  And in The Song, a man’s very tribute to his wife propels him to stardom and all that comes with it threatening everything he holds dearest to him.  In spite of the similar theme, we are huge Denzel fans and we’ll be seeing his vigilante film, but Two Faces of January also looks interesting.  Both trailers are featured below.


What are you most excited to see this month?

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Pick of the Week (September 03, 2014)

No surprises this week.  The obvious choice is the correct one.

The much anticipated Death of Wolverine #1 hit the stands this week, and will be followed each of the next three weeks by the next installment of the four part story written by Charles Soule.  Incidentally, Soule just inked an exclusive contract with Marvel.  Steve McNiven brings us the artwork and boy does he deliver!

At this point, pretty much everyone knows Wolverine’s healing factor is gone.  He has sought the help of the world’s greatest minds to no avail.  But everyone knows, and now there’s an astronomical price on his head.  To make matters worse the price goes down the longer it takes to collect…


It get’s better still.  Skottie Young variant?  Check.

Can you say Director’s Cut?  Yep.

The Director’s Cut includes cover and interior sketchwork with McNiven and Soule commentary, an interview with Len Wein (co-creator of the Canucklehead), inked panels, and of course the script itself.  Score!

Moon Knight #7, Uncanny X-Men #25, Rocket Raccoon #3, The Punisher #10, the conclusion to Original Sin #8, and Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2 also grace the new release rack this week, but if you’re just going to grab one book, then you’ve gotta go with Wolvie.


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Comic Pick of the Week (August 20, 2014)

It’s been a busy week, but also a light one on my wallet at the comic store.  There was one book, and one book alone I was gunning for this week. ..

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #4

The epic conclusion to the four part story based on unreleased episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now available.  Will the final fate of Darth Maul be revealed?  What of Mother Talsin?  Well, if you’ve picked up all four parts you know the answer by now, and if you haven’t….well you can get the collected story in October in TPB form!


In other Star Wars news, we also got a release date for the new animated series on Disney XD.  I’ve seen the first seven minutes of the episode along with a few other clips and some behind the scenes artwork, and The Force is strong in this one!  It may not be a comic, but I’d bet my credits that there will be down the road.

I do wish they would finish up all the unreleased episodes of Clone Wars though…


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Comic Picks of the Week (August 6, 2014)

It’s going to be a great week at your local comic shop!

Doc Ock is back!  Remember back in Superior Spider-Man #19 when “Spidey” got caught in the temporal explosion and re-appeared soon thereafter?  Well, we now get to find out exactly what took place in that gap in time in The Superior Spider-Man #32 (and #33 when it comes out).    The events that unfold here are a harbinger to the Edge of the Spider-Verse (Sept/Oct 2014) and Spider-Verse (Nov 2014) events that will soon rock Spidey’s world.  Not good enough?  Try on artwork by both Adam Kubert and Giuseppe Camuncoli to augment the story penned by Dan Slott and Christos Gage.  That’s a lot of talent working on one book!


On top of that we get to enjoy new Usagi Yojimbo, more Skottie Young shenanigans in Rocket Raccoon #2, and the final performance of the current creative team on Moon Knight #6.  I guess that I should also mention that there’s also a new issue with that guy with skull on his shirt that should be in an underwater prison still…


Stan Sakai reveals the final fates of many beloved Usagi Yojimbo characters in Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1 (of 6).  Set twenty years in Usagi’s future, a metal rocket crashes to earth revealing an unimaginable enemy.  This release arrives right on the heels of The Sakai Project, which made its debut at SDCC to both honor the 30 year legacy of Usagi Yojimbo and help aid an amazing storyteller and his wife in their time of need.  The hardcover includes artwork from a veritable horde of talented and caring creators from the comics community.

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Fresh Popped Corn: August 2014 Theatrical Trailers

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.

August 1
This Friday Guardians of the Galaxy blasts into the theaters and all other movie studios should tremble at the Marvel juggernaut. Guardians will certainly not break Marvel’s winning streak for opening weekends at the Box Office. In spite of the pre-determined movie-goer money winner, there is one other movie opening in wide release along with some limited release fare. The other wide release movie is Get On Up, which is an intriguing looking dramatic biopic on the sensational James Brown, with Chadwick Boseman playing the lead role. In select cities, Sean Astin appears in the horror sequel Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. The Olivia Experiment looks like a grade C comedy about a young woman who decides to be her own sexual being without any outside help. Calvary stars Brendan Gleason as a priest who receives a mysterious message of his impending murder while in a confessional booth. And in the comedy Behaving Badly, Selena Gomez is the object of a young man’s affection as the main characters traverse a series of very odd and decadent events. What will we be seeing? Nothing holds a candle to Starlord baby! Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer below.

August 8
The second week of August features the return to the big screen for the beloved independent comic turned popular cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Marvel may not actually score a second week victory this time around, as the heroes in a half shell set out to show the world they are a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and they brought Megan Fox along with them as well for all the fanboys. Daniel Radcliffe sheds his Harry Potter persona for a turn in a romantic comedy called What If.  Tornadoes wreak havoc on America, but this time without sharks or angry Nicholas Cage heads in Into the Storm, which looks to be a visually stunning disaster film. The Hundred Foot Journey stars Helen Mirren as the manager of a renowned restaurant who experiences an upheaval when her husband dies and a new chef of unexpected origin shows up to demonstrate that her idea of culinary perfection is not the true pinnacle of delight. Step Up All In continues the popular dance movie franchise by combining an all-star cast of the previous films performers. And the drama About Alex is being billed as this generations Big Chill, starring Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Grace, and Jason Ritter. Our pick for week two, is Into the Storm.

August 15
Sylvester Stallone brings along his jolly band of Hollywood action heroes for a third go around in The Expendables 3 (the first in the series still ranks as the loudest movie I think we have seen in theaters).  In sci fi film The Giver, a futuristic world where freewill has been removed because man cannot be trusted to do what is right, some discover what has been missing from their lives.  Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges star.  Let’s Be Cops features a couple of clowns who misuse their Halloween costumes for their own misguided purposes, starring Damon Wayans Jr.  Eric Stoltz plays a barber who would rather be overseas fighting for his country in the historical WWII era drama, Fort McCoy.  In Coldwater, a desperate mother sends her delinquent son off to a re-education camp in the wilderness run by an ex-marine only to have chaos erupt as incidents at the camp spiral out of control.  In the off-beat comedy Frank, a musician who wears a large full-head mask that disguises his face and expression to the world teams with a dangerous young woman to pull off their own bit of musical notoriety.  This one stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and  Michael Fassbender as the enigmatic Frank.  Life After Beth stars Aubrey Plaza as an undead girl who still wants to continue her romance with her boyfriend but can’t get over the compulsion to eat human flesh.  This comedy shows that zombies are still the hot property.  In The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take six meals in six different Italian locations in a comedic journey of middle aged discovery.  And for the fans of foreign horror, Norwegian monster movie Ragnarok invades select theaters in all of its sub-titled glory.  Taking a break of large scale action, we are taking Fort McCoy and Coldwater as sleeper gems, even if they have no chance of taking the top of the box office.  Check out the trailers for them below.

August 22
The much-anticipated Sin City:  A Dame to Kill For hits theaters with its artsy stylings, Frank Miller story, and impressive cast.  Chloe Grace Moretz plays a young girl whose life is altered by an accident that puts her in a coma and she is witness to the impact on those around her in an outer body experience in the movie If I StayThe Game Stands Tall stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, and Laura Dern in the true story of the high school football team with the longest winning streak in history having to live up to expectations and building their character in the face of failure.  Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis yuck it up in Are You Here, which may be a little less slapstick affair than what we are used to seeing from them.  An unorthodox expedition on a three mast schooner to Northeast Greenland serves as the setting for this documentary about a bunch of people of varying backgrounds coming together for a potentially life changing adventure in Expedition to the End of the World.  John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a same sex couple who struggle to re-start their lives after getting married.  Love is Strange also stars Marisa Tomei.  The One I Love is a quirky romantic comedy about a married couple (Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass) on the brink of divorce who spend a weekend getaway at the behest of their couselor, played by Ted Danson.  And in The Prince, Jason Patrick plays a man whose daughter is kidnapped by a former rival (Bruce Willis) and he is forced to confront his secretive past and settle scores.  John Cusack co-stars.  The Game Stands Tall seems like our feel-good movie of the month, and who doesn’t like an emotionally stirring triumph?

August 29
Kevin Kline plays Errol Flynn in a true story about the big star’s liason with a budding young actress (played by Dakotah Fanning) with her fame-obsessed mother (Susan Sarandon) in The Last of Robin HoodJessabelle is the latest entry into PG-13 horror from the makers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, featuring a car wreck survivor who is the object of an evil entity’s obsession.  An urban archaeologist and her team become trapped below the streets of Paris after unearthing a tomb and begin experiencing strange and deadly phenomena in the found footage horror, As Above So Below.  Pierce Brosnan is an ex-CIA agent pulled from retirement to save a woman when the effort puts him into the cross-hairs of a young assassin he trained in The November Man.  Robin Wright stars as an aging actress who signs a life-altering contract to help her son in a strange Cool World-like plot in the movie The CongressOne Chance is the true story of an unlikely talent emerging from the depths of scorn and ordinary existence to win Britain’s Got Talent TV competition singing opera.  And finally, Life of Crime features a wealthy and philandering husband (Tim Robbins) who refuses to pay a ransom for his kidnapped wife (Jennifer Aniston).  Surprisingly enough, it is the found footage horror film, As Above So Below that has us most intrigued, but The November Man could also be a nice return to action for the former James Bond.  Check out both trailers below and tell us which one looks good to you!

What will you be seeing at the movies in August?

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Picks of the Week (July 16, 2014)

This week’s new releases bring us the death of a beloved comics icon; Archie Andrews.  He’s been with us since 1941 thanks to Vic Bloom and Bob Montana.  But alas, Life With Archie #36 brings the demise of everyone’s favorite small-town, soda-pop shop kid.


You can often see it from a mile away, heck maybe even a million miles away on this one.

See what?  The comic character’s death and creative studio’s money-grab?  No.  Well, ok that too…  But in this case I was going for something more specific.

The predestined last words spoken by Archie himself.



Yep….Nailed it!  Yes, without even opening the book, yours truly guessed not only what his last words would be, but that they would drift up between Betty and Veronica.  Ok, so it wasn’t that hard, but I briefly impressed myself.  I wasn’t going to pick this one up as I’m not really a huge Archie fan, but I couldn’t help myself since he’s been gracing comic pages for such a long time.  So, in the end (pun intended), I must acquiesce to the historic moment.

Uncanny X-Men #23 also hit the stands this week, along with Original Sin #6 (of 8), and Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir#3.  For OS6 I would recommend the Arthur Adams variant featuring none other than Moon Knight himself!



On the mutant front, the story arc entitled “The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier” begins.  Wait!!!!  What!?!?!?  Professor X is dead?!?!!?  Yeah, that happened in AvX (see below) for those of you that missed it.  We might even see the new and angrier Dazzler make her debut.  One thing is for certain.  The Will being read will undoubtedly require the presence of one Mr. Scott Summers…

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Comic Pick of the Week (July 9, 2014)

Great Stories selects…..

Coffin Hill #9 (Vertigo)



As you may already know, we are big fans of this series here at Great Stories.  Ex-cop and former Coffin Hill troubled girl Eve is helping her former friend and current town sheriff Nate track down the killer known only as the Ice Fisher, while Nate’s mysterious brother show up in town (and he’s not alone!).  What does it all mean?  Well, go out and buy this book now, and got get caught up with all the back issues, because if you haven’t been following along, you have been missing out on a great story from writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Inaki Miranda!


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Fresh Popped Corn: July 2014 Movie Trailers

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.


July 2nd through July 4th
Hollywood got a jump on the Holiday weekend and celebrated America’s independence by releasing most of the new stuff to audiences on Wednesday of this week.  So, by the time you are reading this column, you may have even made it out to the theaters to see something new!  For the rest of us, however, who have not had similar experience, here is the line up!  Melissa McCarthy plays a down and out woman who is just having a terrible week including losing her job, car troubles, and more in the comedy TammyEarth to Echo takes the found footage approach for a Goonies/E.T. type of adventure for the whole family.  Eric Bana and Olivia Munn confront a malevolent force gripping New York City in Deliver Us From Evil.  And in limited release, Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo find a connection and creative inspiration in the ashes of her relationship to new found celebrity Adam Levine in the drama Begin Again.  In the aftermath of Transformers:  Age of Extinction walloping all of the competition last week, we are not sure if any of these releases will muster the ticket sales to overcome the Michael Bay juggernaut, but we do know that Earth to Echo looks like the perfect movie to take the whole family to this weekend.  Check out the trailer below.


July 11th
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, as the sequel to the successful James Franco-fronted film.  Franco is not around for the follow-up but this movie is all about his ape counterpart Caesar (played by Andy Serkis).  Gary Oldman and Keri Russel are also on board.  Boyhood is an intriguing look at a young man who has been periodically filmed every year for the past twelve years and co-starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.  The title really tells all you need to know about the theme of a time capsule look at life in developmental stages.  Quite a revolutionary concept if you ask us, from Director Richard Linklater!  A Long Way Down is the story of four strangers of varied backgrounds who meet on the roof of a building under some bad circumstances but develop a family/support group type relationship as they help each other overcome struggles.  The movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Sam Niel, and Rosamund Pike.  Land Ho! is a movie of two seniors who used to be brothers in law who attempt to rekindle a desire for life and adventure on a trip to Iceland done for laughs.  Rage is Nicholas Cage doing a Taken-esque style thriller as a man’s daughter is kidnapped from her home in brutal fashion leaving Cage to confront the Russian mob and get her back.  And So It Goes is a mature comedy starring Michael Douglas as an unlikeable successful realtor who is left in charge of his granddaughter.  Diane Keaton co-stars.  And finally, WWE Films presents Jason Momoa (of Game of Thrones fame) as writer, director, and star of a movie that follows a Native American man on the run after avenging his mother’s death in Road to Paloma.  For us, there are two very solid picks this week with decidedly different audiences.  Check out the trailers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood below!





July 18th
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal are a married couple who decide to spice up their intimacy by filming themselves and then deal with the consequences of it accidentally getting upload to the cloud in the comedy Sex Tape.  In far more family fare, Disney releases Planes: Fire and Rescue as the sequel to a movie that was originally supposed to go direct to DVD.  The Purge: Anarchy is another sequel targeting the 18-30 male crowd as another group of people look to survive the  chaos in an America that makes all crime legal for a 12 hour period every year.  In I, Origins a man of science (Michael Pitt) and a woman of faith are brought together by an attraction he does not quite understand and when he loses it, his quest begins to solve the unexplainable.  In Persecuted, an evangelical preacher is framed for a murder by forces attempting to bend his will politically and he is forced to undergo a campaign to clear his name, starring Dean Stockwell, James Remar, and Bruce Davison.  Wish I Was Here is a comedy starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson.  A husband is forced to deal with his own identity and direction as circumstances cause him to have to begin homeschooling his children.  And finally, Alive Inside, is a documentary about the power of music in the elderly and infirm, and its ability to open passages to memory and experience.  For us, The Purge: Anarchy is looking like a pretty grim but choice in an otherwise underwhelming week.  Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure (sic).




July 25th
The last week of July brings us The Rock starring as Hercules!  We know it is the second movie out this calendar year about the mythical character, but it appears to be the better of the two.  The Fluffy Movie is a stand-up comedy show by Gabriel Iglesias.  Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman being used to transport a mysterious weapon but turns the tables on the people who would use her as a pawn.  Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick as an irresponsible young woman who goes to live with her brother and his family, and causing a bit if upheaval for all parties.  Magic in the Moonlight is a Woody Allen film starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.  The romantic comedy tells the story of a man who is brought in to debunk a fortune teller’s abilities. Step Up: All In is the fifth movie in the dance-themed drama that brings together many of the previous installments characters.  A Most Wanted Man will be one of the last movies we see starring the recently departed Philip Seymour Hoffman, which follows the harrowing tale of a Chechen man in Germany who gets caught up in the war on terror.  Very Good Girls star Dakotah Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as virtuous friends whose relationships are challenged by romantic interests in a bit of a coming of age film.  We are all over the A Most Wanted Man this week, even though we are thoroughly intrigued by both Hercules and Lucy.



And that does it for the July movie line up.  Catch you next month!

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Comic Picks of the Week (May 28, 2014)

Last week, I focused on the excitement surrounding a single title being released.  This week, we’ll be sure to cover several options. I’m definitely of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with Joe Mad!  This week we’ve got Inhuman #2 featuring Joe’s amazing artwork, along with the conclusion of The Star Wars based on George Lucas’s original screenplay, the second part of Star Wars: Rebel Heist, and Serentiy: Leaves on the Wind #5.   inhuman2starwars_rebelheist2   All too predictable, right?  Well, how about we throw in a new title?  It’s been a while since an Image book has piqued my curiosity, but C.O.W.L. #1 has done just that.  A super hero labor union?!!?  Throw in some organized crime and a very disillusioned public, and you’ve got what might prove a very interesting story.  Give this one a shot!   COWL_01-1 Great stories are everywhere! ~Rob