Smart, sharp, and sometimes cynical, Pearls Before Swine is the fastest growing cartoon property in the universe.
Stephan Pastis offers Pearls Before Swine fans a combustible collection brimming with explosive action inside Pearls Blows Up. Collecting every cartoon from 50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong and When Pigs Fly, this hot-to-the-touch, volatile edition also includes annotated thoughts reflecting Pastis's searing wit.
Offering blistering commentary on hot-button topics related to recent news events, popular culture, cartoon-page contemporaries, and more, Pearls Before Swine expertly illustrates the flaws and shortcomings of human nature through Pastis's mindful menagerie of fiery and feisty characters. Arrogant, self-centered, and totally hilarious Rat stars in misadventure after misadventure with his four-legged friends, Pig, the slow but good-hearted conscience of the strip; Goat, the voice of reason that often goes unheard; Zebra, the activist; and those eternally inept carnivorous Crocs.
Catch the dynamite action inside this hot-off-the-press edition of Pearls Blows Up. With multiple honors as Best Comic Strip of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society, and an international fan base that follows the strip's appearance in more than 600 newspapers worldwide, Pearls Blows Up is guaranteed to be a blast.
Acerbic, biting, and hilarious, Pearls Before Swine entertains with its mocking of human nature depicted by a Rat, a Pig, and a cast of predators and prey.
"Pearls Before Swine, the oft-snarky comic that features a kind-hearted pig, a rat with the mind of Mencken, and suburban lions and crocs forever trying to ensnare their zebra (or "zeeba! ") neighbors. The strip's sharp, attitudinal zing distinguishes it from some of its less daring neighbors on the funny pages; its panels crackle with pitch-perfect timing." —Michael Cavna, Washington Post
At its heart, Pearls Before Swine is the comic strip tale of two friends: an arrogant Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn't know any better. Together, this pair offers caustic commentary on humanity's quest for the unattainable. Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams says that Pearls is "one of the few comics that makes me laugh out loud."
Pearls Before Swine’s motley crew is back in King of the Comics—where chaos is king and every page is filled with turbulence and shipwrecks of titanic proportions.Stephan Pastis offers Pearls Before Swine fans yet another smart, witty, and painfully honest commentary in King of the Comics—complete with the cast of edgy characters that fans have come to love and expect: Rat, the egotistical schemer; Pig, the slow-witted foil; Goat, the oft-ignored brain; and Zebra, the card-carrying activist. Together this circus-like crew teams up with their bizarre entourage (Guard Duck, Snuffles the cat, Gomer the sarcastic goldfish, and the eternally incompetent Crocs) to tackle a host of modern issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Offering irreverent and even caustic commentary on hot-button topics as well as wry observations about social and interpersonal dynamics, King of the Comics expertly illuminates the flaws within human nature—including humanity’s fervent quest for the unattainable. Along the way, readers will find themselves absorbed in Pearls’ wacky world, laughing out loud at the menagerie of over-the-top characters placed in awkward and peculiar situations. From Rat’s misadventures opening a beer-themed amusement park to Pig’s arrest for “flashing”—King of the Comics is sure to keep readers entertained and engaged with extended puns, morbid re-writes of nursery rhymes, and repeated excursions to Lemmings Leap.
"There's an artful, edgy rebellion being waged in the funny pages, and one of its brightest revolutionaries is Stephan Pastis." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"The cartoon Pearls Before Swine is written by a psychopath." --reader complaint, Wichita Eagle
This collection of Pearls Before Swine makes a happy return to home and hearth as only these scamps can. An iconic portrait that captures the essence of modern life, Pearls Before Swine is a heartwarming American original.
A gifted storyteller with a sick sense of humor, Stephan Pastis is rapidly becoming a master of the cartoon art form. His pearls of wisdom are sly and subversive, smart and shocking. And incredibly funny.
It's a jungle out there. The only way to survive is with friends, a thick skin, and, a good dose of cynicism.
* A sense of humor, along with a little animal instinct, is just what The Saturday Evening Pearls offers.
* Pearls Before Swine was named Best Comic Strip in 2004, and again in 2007 by the National Cartoonists Society.