Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Type: Comic Strip
Frequency: Daily
Categories: Men, Pets, Women.

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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 make me laugh out loud."

The strip has won numerous industry awards.

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Stephan Pastis

An unusual rat and pig take center stage in Pearls Before Swine, a quirky daily and Sunday comic strip by erstwhile litigator Stephan Pastis. Launched in 2002, the strip appears in 750 newspapers worldwide, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Chicago Sun-Times and Seattle Times.

Pearls Before Swine has a growing list of fans, including Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams who says Pearls is “one of the few comics that make me laugh out loud.” Pastis never had any formal training, but he did draw cartoons for each of his school newspapers as he grew up. He holds a degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Although he always wanted to be a cartoonist, Pastis realized that the odds of syndication were slim, so he went to UCLA Law School and became an attorney instead. While at UCLA, he drew a popular strip called “Rosen.” It was while was hopelessly bored in a class on the European Economic Community that Pastis first drew “Rat,” a character that would reappear in every comic strip he created thereafter - including Pearls Before Swine.

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Meet the Cast of Pearls Before Swine

Cow
client
clients
Brother Pear
Another Zebra
Secretary Banana
Voodoo Priest
operator
Young Man
Bald Priest
Mr. Bailey
Blind Guide Dog
Guide Dog
pigita
garbageman Fred
cameraman
Farina
pepe
driver
fat kid
Two Boys
fix-it guy
ladies
indian woman
career cunsiler
bucky
Indian Farmore
Two Guys
Society of Culrtue
pen pal
Diminutive Doomsayers
sour grapes
Pastis
Larry the Croc
Croc (misc.)
Monkey
Kid
Kid's Mother
Woman
Alligator
Guy
Another Guy
Computer Geek
Another Computer Geek
Dead Man
Life Insurance Salesman
Contractor
Roland
Dickie
Self-Pitying Man
Appraiser
Lady Bug
Morton
Grasshopper
Cockroach
Cook
Ants
Cubby
Trixie
Noah
Vern's Friend
Vern
Chuckie
Mother
Son
Customer Service Representative
Man
Another Man
Boss
Egg Beater
Neighbor
Billy
Moody
Trainer
Priest
Ornithologist
Waiter
Lobster
Chef
Wife
Husband
Dryer
Crocodiles
Doctor
Lou
Washer
Blender
Mobster
Luigi
Lenny
Bank Teller
Fred
Myrna
Dirk
Pit
Banana
Another Fruit
Annie Apple
Pear
Petey Potato
Eric
Minnie
Editors
Actor
Emilio
Fidel Castro
Myra Hertz
Studio Assistant
Opeor
Lawyer
Guardian Angel
Security Guard
Rob
Brother
Restaurant Owner
Yanni
Frankie
cashier
crocodile
Fruit
Married
Customer
Larry
Drunk Monkeys
Father
Couple
Interviewer
waitress
rubber chicken
boy
coffee cup
tour guide
ant
dean
mail man
Fruit Buddies
women
Voodoo
Doom Sayer
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Rat Arrogant, self-centered, fatalistic, philosophical and quick-tempered,Rat is obsessed with fame, immortality and making a quick buck. Spends his time with Pig because it makes him feel superior and,more importantly, no one else will hang out with him.
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Pig Humble (in fact,painfully aware of his limitations), practical, kind and a little slow in the head, Pig has few aspirations in life, other than to spend his days watching TV and doing almost nothing productive. Apparently sees something redeeming in Rat, and is willing to endure Rat’s endless barbs and numerous schemes. Kicked out of the Society of Cultured Pigs because he was caught eating a B.L.T.
Zebra
Zebra The humanitarian (or, more accurately, “zebratarian”). Focused almost solely on devising ways to protect his fellow zebras on the plains from their numerous,more able predators. Must endure repeated failures in this endeavor, as the lions, tigers and crocodiles always win out.
Crocsweb
The Fraternity of Crocodiles Proud members of Zeeba Zeeba Eata, a fraternity dedicated to the destruction of Zebra and other prey,the crocodiles are Zebra’s next-door neighbors. Stupid,slow and barely articulate, these particular crocodiles are a disgrace to their species.
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Goat The smart one.Would rather spend his time with his snout in a book than talking to any of the other odd characters in this strip, but he none the less finds himself in the role of reluctant mentor.
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Guard Duck Pig's loyal, but violent and unstable duck.He sits in a bunker on Pig's front lawn,defending the property against mailmen, girl scout sand offensive neighbors.

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