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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Cmc edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740748076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740748073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Customer Reviews

My eight old niece loves these books and is helping her to read.
Michael J. Hudson
I would reccomend this to anyone who likes funny and inteeligent comics.
jackrush
If you're a fan of cruel humor, Pearls is the comic strip for you.
The Ewok

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goff on September 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Pearls and eagerly pre-ordered Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic. Beyond rereading some of my favorite strips ("Dear Jesse Jackson, Every time you speak you say, 'Keep Hope alive.' Who is this 'Hope' guy and how sick is he?" - see page 36) - the best part of this collection is Stephan Pastis' introduction (including some early drawings/strips) and the comments he makes below many of the strips. I love the comics, and it's always great to hear the stories behind the strips or jokes. I highly recommend this to fans and recent converts of Pearls Before Swine!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John A. Dodds on January 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Often, comic strips issue smaller collections with black-and-white Sunday strips, then, later, compile two or three of these into a larger "treasury" which is no different except for color Sundays.

This treasury is different. It reprints strips from both of the two previous "Pearls Before Swine," but Stephan Pastis adds to this with both an unusually detailed introduction that explains how the strip got started and with comments on many individual strips. The individual comments range from detailed explanations of a problem with a strip to funny comments about a strip. I have not seen this type of thing in a "regular" treasury before; I have seen it in "greatest hits" strip collections. It's nice to see this kind of thing in a regular strip collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dean S. Tripodes on November 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is Stephan Pastis' best book so far. I sat down and read it from cover to cover in 2-1/2 hours on Thanksgiving. It was like having the author over for dinner! His witty comments on marriage, family, life (and of course, death), foolish people, and lawyers (his old profession) really makes you laugh.

The "VIP backstage tour" which the Amazon review talks about is very cool. He explains his "word jumble" cartoon in case you were curious. He talks about the Charlie Brown lamps and his tribute to Snoopy's creator. He tries to give you insight on some of his cartoons that you might have just glanced at -- like when he drew his first home in Albany, California.

Like Dilbert, this comic strip is smart and strong on humor. He brings a good punchline in 3 panels. If you like Dilbert, you'll probably like Pearls Before Swine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kitty_girl on January 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
When Pearls Before Swine first appeared in my local newspaper comic page about 1 1/2 years ago I must admit that I thought it was quite stupid.

This treasury changed everything. My brother brought it over one day and I became curious at how he could sit laughing in the corner over a comic strip that I thought to be useless. I picked up the book, and several hours later I couldn't put it down! The comic strips coupled with Pastis' commentaries are absolutely hilarious. I rolled with laughter for several hours and still have a smile come to my face when I think about my favorite strips in this book. I shared them with my friends and we have fun telling everyone about our personal favorites.

Even if you have yet to discover the genius that is Pearls Before Swine I would heartily recommend this book. This is a great was to start your Pearls collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CBlaze on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I like Get Fuzzy but after a while the jokes seem to follow a certain format - so after a little while it gets a little old. BUT what I love about Get Fuzzy is Bucky, and the humor brought to the comic by Bucky's selfishness, meanness and stupidity. That's what Pearls Before Swine gets right with the character Rat! Rat is hilarious!! As well as Pig, Goat & Zebra - they all have their own style of joke and each one is just great!

I busted out laughing out loud many times reading this compilation! And what makes it even better is that there is commentary throughout the book by the creator, Stephan Pastis. He tells of his influences and his interactions with the syndicate - which helps add perspective to each comic.

I highly recommend this book to fans of Get Fuzzy & Dilbert (you can see some of Dogbert in Rat). And now that I know this comic is out there - I will anxiously await the next compilation and recommend it to all my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Esget on August 27, 2005
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I made the mistake of trying to read this book in bed. I kept waking up my wife because I couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud! Pastis' comments throughout are insightful into how he conceived of and crafts the strip. Caveat emptor: I believe this book contains the same comics as two smaller collections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Lee on March 8, 2006
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First and most important, this book is hilarious. However, that's subjective, so I'll talk about something else. It's a nice deal for two or three books crammed into one. The quality seems pretty good as my book is still intact. Another one of its great features is the intro by Pastis and his comments throughout the book, which are enlightening and as hilarious as the comics themselves. This is my first comic book purchase (I've always just read them in the paper) and I plan on buying Pastis' other treasuries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Long on July 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Oh I love this book SO MUCH! I laughed until my sides hurt. This hilarious comic strip fills the gap left by the departures of "Bloom County," "The Far Side," and "Calvin & Hobbes." This is a compilation of all the strips from its beginning in January 2002 through June 2003 and includes comments by author Stephan Pastis under various strips. The comments are frequently as funny as the strips themselves.

The four principal characters are Rat (cynical and misanthropic), Pig (sweet, good-hearted, but not too bright), Goat (smarter than the rest, secretly dislikes having to hang out with them), and Zebra (sensitive, spends all his time trying to figure out ways to protect his herd from being eaten by lions and crocodiles). Somehow, they all mesh.

Warped, dry, dark, cynical, silly, and twisted humor that is spot-on and even understated, at times, this is hands-down the funniest comic strip published today. In his comments, Pastis gratefully and frequently acknowledges his debt to Scott Adams ("Dilbert") and Darby Conley ("Get Fuzzy"), but he's not afraid to skewer other strips. The 3-strip series that includes characters from "The Family Circus" punches such a hole in that syrupy, out-of-touch world - it brings me to tears every time I think about it. (He has lampooned "Family Circus" again in recent strips.)

My local paper only recently started carrying the strip and I was a moderate fan before I bought the book. Reading it has pushed "Pearls" to the top of my list of favorite comics. Buy this book! Help make Stephan Pastis rich! He deserves it and you won't be disappointed.
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