I first heard of Mouse Guard via word of mouth. Then, while I was at the San Diego Comic Con, I managed to speak to Mouse Guard creator/artist/writer David Peterson and get a few signed items. I had never read a single issue of Mouse Guard, but because I heard so many good things about it, I just dived in and purchased the collected volume 1 hardcover (which David signed and sketched in) as well as issue one of volume 2 (also signed). The guy was extremely kind, answering all of my n00bish questions without hesitation. If any of you get the chance to meet him, please do so. Not only is his work incredibly written and beautifully drawn, but he's a real class act as well. Thanks, David!