Good morning and 歓迎! to everybody popping over from Weekly Teinou 蜂 Woman I hope you'll have fun meeting the Monsters.

Yesterday's creature yielded another bumper crop of cool stories! First out of the gate, Terry Tolleson kits hard with a military space opera about Private Jatanko. Code Talkers meet Starship Troopers meet Fredo Corleone. Andy has it right: "Terry T. you rock me, baby!"

Sam Berkes' story about Terrance actually serves as a nice prequel to Terry's tale, and makes me wonder if Terrance is called Terrance in a subtle tip of the old monster chapeau. Either way, secret government missions are involved, so it's clearly a code name. Well done, Sam... if that is your real name.

Mogabog sets a second theme for the day: We're seeing nothing more than the next stage in wireless communication. Yes, this Monster has a 5th generation cell phone embedded in his head. It's just another step in the "Can you hear me now?" campaign, says Scott English. Amy thinks he's using it to order pizza, or to locate a dentist.

Speaking of dentistry, new Friend of the Monsters Yi Shun postulates that we're dealing with dental surgery gone seriously wrong. One imagines a gassed-up DDS in the mold of Steve Martin's Orin Scrivello, who--of course--has his own fan site now. Thank you for joining our little gathering, Yi Shun. It's good to have you.

Scott sees in Monster 33 a land-lubbing cousin of the anglerfish. Andrew considers him more of an avid IM'er and offers up a brilliant teenage transcript in support of his theory. The fact that you can channel such things makes me worry about you, Andrew! Just a little bit... May such transmissions always be entirely voluntary for you! :^D

Last, but never least, Stephanie tells of Cleo, who is in school to become an evil monster and make her pop-pop proud. We should've known that being a friendly monster would earn you nothing but scorn and ridicule in the monster world. If only Cleo would stop getting her education from the things that others have scribbled on the bathroom stalls.

In other news, Mogabog asks if there are holiday themed monsters around the corner. Well... what does every little blogger want for Christmas? Why... a pony, of course! So today's monster is a little bit holiday-themed, if you're willing to go with me on that one. ;^) I actually don't have a long cue of monsters at all. Only one more monster is in the can after today's. So you may want to check on the 24th and 25th. Perhaps some Yule Monsters will find their way into our dimension. Make sure to leave out milk and cookies.

Blobbo wants hi-res monsters suitable for his large, empty grad-student wall. It'll take me a little while longer, but I'm starting a new company in 2007 that will let me offer some things for sale online. Posters and cards may well be on the menu. And T-shirts. In the new year I'll post a poll to see which monsters you'd most like to see on cotton and paper.

All this is not intended to be any sort of sell-out cash generator, by the way, and I hope you won't see it as such. All I'm trying to see if it's possible for a solo practitioner to create cool products and actually live off the proceeds. No corporate jet purchases are planned. Breaking even will be the great goal! Please, stay tuned.

For now, however, please say Hello to Monster 34. Is it, in fact, a horsey? Or is it something entirely different? If it is, forgive me, a gift horse... who's giving the gift? Who's receiving it? What does Number 34 eat? Can you ride it? Can it jump over things? Can you brush its hair? Would it brush yours? What of Inkbiscuit here? Ladies and Gentleman... Win? Place? Or show? Please place your bets! You really can't lose when 344 LOVES YOU