This anthology collects Stephan Pastis’ popular comic strip, Pearls Before Swine
, from January 2005 to August 2006, previously published separately in The Sopratos
and Da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata
. This funny strip follows four anthropomorphic friends: the cynical bastard Rat, his earnest lackey Pig, Goat and Zebra, as well as numerous side characters – both human and animal.
Beginning as a Webcomic, Pearls currently runs in 400 newspapers worldwide. Pastis lists his influences as Peanuts, Dilbert and Get Fuzzy. This is a nice collection, which cleverly features Pastis’ commentary between strips.
The Crass Menagerie: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury is currently available.