The problem with the following wp_list_cats is obvious: http://tinyurl.com/y466pe
J comes before C. How can I alphabetize these cats by last name? Ideally I'd make the category names just the last names and display the Cat Descriptions, where I'd put the full names. But I can't get that to work.
Or I'd name the categories with the URL to an image like 'images/lastname_thumb.jpg' but I can't figure out a way to make that work either (I'd need to nest each cat name in an img tag to get that to work.)
I'd actually prefer the second since I'd like to use custom icons for each category.