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Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover with Your Left Hand: A Pearls Before Swine Collection Paperback – April 10, 2012
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So he found himself sitting in class at UCLA Law School, hopelessly bored, sketching the character Rat (who would later become a mainstay of all his future comic strips). Creative inspiration followed him through graduation in 1993 to his first law firm job in San Francisco, where by 1996 he finally started submitting his comics to syndicates. Persisting through an initial spate of rejections, Stephan Pastis created his signature strip Pearls Before Swine and eventually signed on with his syndicate in 1999. Pearls was off and running, making appearances on the web, in newspapers, and in many best-selling books.
In 2013, inspired to break out of the box of a daily comic strip, Pastis took on the new challenge of becoming a children's author, penning the first book in a projected middle grade series called Timmy Failure, about an inept kid detective and his sidekick polar bear. Fail it did not; receiving stellar reviews and becoming an instant New York Times and National Indie bestseller. Now published in nearly 40 languages worldwide, Pastis' defective detective is poised to become the next big breakout children's book character.
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Once again, the book is a must for any PEARLS BEFORE SWINE fan or anybody else who just likes to laugh out loud.
So, it may be a bit strange, but I'm giving a review to a book I haven't actually read. What makes me think I can do that? Because in a way, I actually have already read it, through newspapers and the internet. I am a HUGE fan of Stephan Pastis' Pearls Before Swine. Simply put, Stephan Pastis is THE BEST cartoonist working today. I haven't had this much fun reading a comic since Gary Larson's The Far Side (although, the strip is unlike The Far Side which was, in my opinion, the best single-panel cartoon of all time). I even like Pearls Before Swine better than Berkeley Breathed's Bloom County and Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes, two old favorites of mine. I can actually see a lot of influence from those strips in Pearls. I wouldn't call Pearls Before Swine a family strip in the way Calvin and Hobbes was because there is far more dark and edgy humor that adults will love. But, older kids who aren't overly sensitive to someone say... getting bonked in the head with a mallet occasionally, or some characters enjoying a six-pack of beer, will find plenty to love too.
The stars of the show are a misanthropic Rat, named Rat, (My old college buddy is EXACTLY like him... a great sense of humor, but often a bit dark. I even call him Rat at times), and a "less-than-genius" but always lovable pig named Pig (of course). There are other great characters too (including the cartoonist, Stephan Pastis, himself). I won't go into all of the characters but, the Crocs (crocodiles) definitely need a mention. The Crocs are scheming, bumbling, and hilarious idiots always trying and almost always failing to catch prey.Read more ›
Come on, stop reading this and click 'Buy' already...
Or I'll send the sea anenomes over to your house...
[And if that makes no sense then you my friend have some catching up to do!]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny - love this comic - not published in local papers so buying the collection is a great way to keep up with the zany characters Pastis comes up with.Published 13 months ago by Max Power
Harassing the normal perceptions of reality. Pointing out our collective indios and making stupid people seem oddly attractive. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Douglas Lagasse
read my review for "The Saturday Evening Pearls" 'cause, ya know, I'm just to lazy to write it again.Published 17 months ago by A. Thomas
He really shouldn't have drawn so much of this with his left brain however...but still, it's classic and a keeper. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard Hase