The Crass Menagerie
A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
By Stephan Pastis
Pearls is the hottest comic in the newspaper business these days.” –Raleigh News and Observer
Named Best Comic Strip of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 2004 and 2007, Pearls Before Swine is regarded by fans and critics alike as a thoughtful commentary on humanity’s pitiable plight.
Stephan Pastis sketches this nuanced comic strip tale, which features the arrogant, self-centered, and totally hilarious Rat, who leads his four-legged friends through misadventure after misadventure. Joining him for the journey are Pig, the slow but good-hearted conscience of the strip; Goat, the voice of reason that often goes unheard; and Zebra and the eternally inept Crocodiles who pursue him. Together this mindful menagerie mocks the flaws and shortcomings of human nature through Pastis’s cynically biting wit.
* From courtroom antics to references of other cartoon strips, Pastis’s strip is a fresh presence on the comic pages.
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