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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 (Book 15)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original ed. edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449401066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449401061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The new Pearls Before Swine treasury is such fun to read. Not only are the strips outstanding, but it's fun to double-dip on the creator's commentary and background on each strip in the book. It's great to read Stephan Pastis' take on his characters and how his humor develops.

Thank you Mr Pastis for continuing to deliver hilarious characters and strips for over seven years. Love the rat, pig, goat, zebra, crocs, guard duck, Snuffles the cat, and of course, Danny Donkey!

Andy the dog is one of my all-time favorite characters, who is featured heavily in this book.

The fun continues unabated in "Pearls Blows Up"!
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Pearls Before Swine is definitely a comic strip for readers who like something different, interesting, unique, and FUNNY!

The treasuries are great. I love the creator's comments underneath each strip. Buying it for the comments alone is worth it, they are often times as funny as the strip.
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I wish I had all the Pearls Before Swine books, but picking and choosing, I love the Treasury editions that have his marginal notes in them. And the Treasuries are bigger, and that's better, because I wish they could just go on and on. Pastis is a genius of cartooning, one of the few modern masters, and as silly as the original E.C.Segar Thimble Theater/Popeye strips.
Pastis does a great job considering the ridiculous limitations the syndicates and papers put modern strips under. If fact, Pearls is made for smaller sizes except for the print which sometimes diminishes into oblivion with reduction, but take heart, because the strips are reproduced at a great size in the books. I'm glad Pastis went into drawing cartoons instead of doing something crazy like being a lawyer that goes into politics.
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All of the Pearls books are, well, pearls. I enjoy the commentary included in these treasuries, even if Stephan does paint himself as a bit of a jerk at times. Anything for comedy. Of course, while all are great, these later books are especially entertaining with the many adventures of the Neighbor Crocs.
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This is one of my favorite comic strips to read in the morning. First the artist doesn't take himself too seriously and when he's short on ideas he often draws himself in the comic (generally looking like a bum) and has his characters poke fun at him for not being great. Secondly, its almost always funny. From Rat doing and saying the things you really want to in real life, but not being able to; to Pig's sweetness balancing it out. Oh and of course the crocodiles...always trying to catch Zebra in some elaborate scheme (ok elaborate is probably too big of a word for the crocs, but some type of scheme.) Thirdly he has fun with some of the other comics, normally Family Circus, and it's always fun to see their interactions with Pastis's world.

The biggest bonus of buying the treasury is to read Pastis's commentary and see what he's thinking. He openly admits when he thinks a strip is bad and often provides some great insight into what he was thinking in the storyline. Pearls before swine is always a fun read and this latest treasury provides entertainment to last hours upon hours.
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Funny commentary and great comic collection. No repeated strips, and the commentary is entertaining to read by itself. Pastis does downplay himself quite often which can get annoying, but it's a great book to have all in all.
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I'm a long-time Pearls fan, so this is a good addition to the collection. I always prefer these treasuries because it has two books collected for a slightly lower cost, with commentary from the creator. I wish more comic collections have author commentary, because it always makes it worthwhile. All in all, anyone who loves Pearls should at least look into this.
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I'm a big fan of Pearls Before Swine. What I like most about the Treasuries is that he adds a decent number of comments to comics in the book. Gives the comics some more life, instead of just simply a reprint of the comics. He'll note sometimes about worries of protests about a comic or whether people did write into complain, notes about his drawing ability (or inability as he typically lampoons on himself). You either like Pearls or you don't. If you like it, you need to just get all the Treasuries.
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