Today's Cast of Characters in "Pearls Before Swine" Goat (the voice of reason that often goes unheard), Pig (the slow but good-hearted conscience of the strip), Rat (the arrogant, self-centered, and ruthless counterpoise to Pig), and Stephan Pastis (the cartoonist who portrays himself as a slacker). If this is (fair & balanced) drollery, so be it.
[Stephan Pastis is a native of San Marino, CA and attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a B.A. in Political Science in 1989, followed by a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. From 1993-2002, Pastis worked as a litigation attorney in the San Francisco Bay area. At this time he also tried to fulfill his childhood ambition of becoming a syndicated cartoonist by submitting different concepts to syndication agencies. "The Infirm," "Rat," and "Bradbury Road" were rejected, but "Pearls Before Swine" was accepted by United Features in 1999. It started publication on December 31, 2001, and Pastis left his day job in August 2002. His latest book is 50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong: A Pearls Before Swine Collection (2010).]
Copyright © 2010 Stephan Pastis
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