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Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out: A (Freaky) Pearls Before Swine Treasury (Pearls Before Swine Collection) Paperback – October 16, 2012

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About the Author

Stephan Pastis is an attorney turned cartoonist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law, he worked as a lawyer before trying his hand at cartooning. Pastis lives in the Bay Area, with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pearls Before Swine Collection
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449423027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449423025
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephan Pastis took an unusual route to becoming a number-one best-selling comics creator: he went to law school. It's not that he didn't want to become a cartoonist - as a child growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino, he spent many happy hours off by himself drawing. He was routinely called on to create cartoons for his school newspapers. But by the time he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science, Pastis - a completely self-taught artist - felt it unlikely that his cartoons would ever be syndicated.

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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Balofsky on October 25, 2012
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Stephan Pastis has created a modern day classic with Pearls Before Swine. Beneath the controversial content and somewhat simplistic art, Pastis is an amazing storyteller and in his strips does something that most cartoonists today fail to do. They make the reader laugh. I read through this last night and was told to keep the noise down from laughing so hard. The commentary included is great as always and makes this purchase worth it. I've always liked annotated editions and now whenever I read the strip, I always look forward to the treasuries for what the commentary will be. Also included is a gallery of sorts of the various headers used to introduce the sundae strips. As many people (including myself) have never seen them before, they are a cool read.

This collection has a special significance for me. Around the time parts of the book's strips were running in papers was when my grandmother died. She had been living with my family for three years and it hit me hard. This strip helped me through the aftermath. This is more than just controversy and cheap laughs. There is something about the writing that really touches people (as seen in the second treasury Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My!: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury with the Jerusalem bus strip. If you are ever in a funk and need help then this strip can be that help.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
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My 12-year-old son adores Pearls Before Swine. He owns every treasury and continues to read them.

This latest treasury (as of late 2012) contains the typical wacky humor of the Pearls series. Like other treasuries, it also includes author Pastis's annotations, so readers can discover what he thinks of each strip. That's a nice touch not found in most other cartoon treasuries and makes the Pearls treasuries a bit more essential for true fans.

Though the title of this one, with its grawlix (which takes the place of profanity), seems unnecessary, amping up that image of being cutting edge without being TOO cutting edge is de rigueur. This is a favorite of a 12-year-old, remember, and Pearls definitely has that "could have been in MAD Magazine" feel to it. So there you go.

If you like Pearls Before Swine and feel a need to have it ever before you, then this is a must buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Z on April 24, 2013
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With all the crappy comics in the papers these days we need to make sure we keep Mr. Pastis fully employed! Not wealthy mind you as we certainly don't want him to retire any time soon!

I love my daily dose of Pearls and I love to read the compilations...especially since my local paper is too chincy to run the Sunday strip (I guess too many Lio fans?).

Long Live Rat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FLP on November 3, 2012
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Stephen Pastis and I must have the same "funny bone". His cartoons often make me laugh out loud. This book is a "must buy" for people who like to be amused!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff & Wendy S VINE VOICE on August 28, 2014
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Pearls Before Swine is the best. The off-beat, sometimes dark humor is so much funnier than most of the other stuff on the comic page.

Note that this is a 'collection' which means it contains the contents of other, smaller books. The collections also have great commentary by Stephan Pastis (I'm not sure if the individual books do, I only have the collections).

After I said that "Pearls Sells Out" was my favorite, I realized that I neglected this one. So this is actually my favorite of my favorites. ;) Do yourself a favor and but it. They're all a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lady Lovelylocks on May 15, 2014
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I'm a huge fan of the strip itself and wanted to build my collection so I'm purchasing all of the treasuries. The book arrived promptly and in great shape, and provides hours of sassy, sarcastic, and sometimes shocking humor. Can't wait for the next treasury! Stephan Pastis is a genius!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Heffernan on June 18, 2014
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Classic Pearls, very funny. Price was alright, and it worked perfectly on my tablet using the Kindle app. I'll probably buy more treasuries in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on May 28, 2014
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I have all his treasuries and they do not disappoint. If you are a Pearls Before Swine fan, you must check this out.
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