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Prepare to get swept up in a tidal wave of hilarity, sarcasm, and atrocious puns courtesy of award-winning Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis. For the past 20 years, Pearls Before Swine has been one of the most popular and consistently hilarious comic strip in newspapers. This treasury packs in 18 months' worth of daily comic strips from 2018-2019, including an i Prepare to get swept up in a tidal wave of hilarity, sarcasm, and atrocious puns courtesy of award-winning Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis. For the past 20 years, Pearls Before Swine has been one of the most popular and consistently hilarious comic strip in newspapers. This treasury packs in 18 months' worth of daily comic strips from 2018-2019, including an introduction, essay, and special commentary by the author.


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Prepare to get swept up in a tidal wave of hilarity, sarcasm, and atrocious puns courtesy of award-winning Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis. For the past 20 years, Pearls Before Swine has been one of the most popular and consistently hilarious comic strip in newspapers. This treasury packs in 18 months' worth of daily comic strips from 2018-2019, including an i Prepare to get swept up in a tidal wave of hilarity, sarcasm, and atrocious puns courtesy of award-winning Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis. For the past 20 years, Pearls Before Swine has been one of the most popular and consistently hilarious comic strip in newspapers. This treasury packs in 18 months' worth of daily comic strips from 2018-2019, including an introduction, essay, and special commentary by the author.

30 review for Pearls Awaits the Tide: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Since the author and I are about the same age, a lot of these dad jokes, bitter jabs, and belabored puns left me chuckling out loud. Pastis is pretty consistent even after all these years, leaning heavily this time into his pet peeves of political correctness and cancel culture. And as a bonus he even throws in short commentaries for most of the strips.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan Connors

    I'm one of the dinosaurs that still read the daily newspaper. I read it for four things - The front page to give me a snapshot of what's going on in the world and my community. Good journalism is the rock of my information base. - The sports page to tell me how my local teams are doing. - The editorial page to challenge my opinions and puts the news into context. - And the comics pages to make the other three go down smoothly and give me a chuckle for the day. Comic strips started coming into their I'm one of the dinosaurs that still read the daily newspaper. I read it for four things - The front page to give me a snapshot of what's going on in the world and my community. Good journalism is the rock of my information base. - The sports page to tell me how my local teams are doing. - The editorial page to challenge my opinions and puts the news into context. - And the comics pages to make the other three go down smoothly and give me a chuckle for the day. Comic strips started coming into their own during the depression. when people truly needed a lift, and they've continued as a critical part of the newspaper industry into today a century later. We can only take so much depressing news, and our deep-seated negativity biases put more weight on bad news stories over good ones. Comedy helps to take some of the edge off of the bad news of the day, making even the worst of it seem bearable while reminding us to laugh at the absurdities of everyday life. Late night talk shows from Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to Stephen Colbert's The Late Show have tried to intermix comic bits with real news, and their talented writing staffs have helped put bad news into healthier perspectives. Perhaps they know that going to bed with a smile on your face helps wipe away the day's negativity. While many of the great cartoonists- Charles Schulz, Gary Larson, Mort Walker, Bill Watterson and Johnny Hart have died or retired, some of their strips have lived on through reruns or new people taking them over. Pearls Before Swine is, in my humble opinion, the best current comic strip by far, and this treasury, Pearls Awaits the Tide, does not disappoint with its full collection of mostly 2019 strips. Treasuries differ from most comic strip anthologies in that they present both color and black and white reprints, added with commentary from the cartoonist that can be both enlightening and silly. I tend to forget most of what I read in the newspaper from year to year, but the comic strips stay with me forever. The comic strip royalty that I will always treasure include Peanuts, The Far Side, Bloom County, Doonesbury, Dilbert, and Calvin & Hobbes. These strips have to come up with over 200 original jokes or insights every year, which can't be easy. The best ones not only make us laugh, but make us think, and even touch our heart. Pearls does all three of those things. Pearls is drawn by Stephan Pastis, an ex-lawyer from California who walked away from the legal profession to pursue his passion of drawing funny animals. Pastis idolized Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, meeting him once and even volunteering at the Schulz museum not far from his home. His strips are a mixture of bad puns, irreverent commentary on society, and playful poking at both himself and other cartoonists. He regularly breaks the fourth wall to appear in his own strip, and it's always in a self-deprecating way that makes his characters seem smarter than him. Pearls Before Swine contains a comic ensemble of animal characters, but the two most important are named simply "Rat" and "Pig". Rat was Pastis' first creation, coming a decade before the strip was ever picked up, as a bored lawyer's doodle. Rat was an irreverent, immoral little asshole who would say whatever was on his mind, as long as it was funny. Pastis soon learned that Rat was just too dark of a character to be in a strip by himself, and eventually added more animal characters for balance. Rat says a lot of things we'd like to say, and his musings can be dark and cynical but still ring true. He speaks the unspoken truths that most of us think but never say. But Rat rarely gets away with anything, on rare occasions even being nice. In contrast to Rat, the true star of Pearls is Pig, a sweet, naive, and simple character who rarely understands the punch lines he creates. Where Rat is the strips' Id, Pig is its heart. Pig cares about his fellow creatures, even his "girlfriend", Pigita, who is always putting him down. His sweet vulnerability is exposed regularly, and while the strip pokes gentle fun at his stupidity, he ends up with the best lines of the comic pages. The interplay between Rat and Pig is Yin and Yang at its best, with Pig usually coming out on top. Other notable characters include Goat, the resident intellectual, who is given little to do other than comment on the lunacy around him. If Pig is the heart, and Rat is the Id, then Goat is the logical brain. Like with humans, the brain generally is powerless against the other two forces. Zebra plays the hapless prey of the hilariously clueless Crocodiles, and their back and forth is always a highlight. Their interplay reminds me of Road Runner and Coyote, if the coyote were 10 times stupider and could talk. There are a few humans in the Pearls universe, most notably cyclist Jeff, who Pastis paints as egotistical and stuck up, and the Comic Book Censor, a caricature of cancel culture who's always a step behind the naughty bits that Pastis slips through. But the most important human character is Pastis himself, who inserts himself regularly into the strip to poke fun at himself. Pastis loves a bad pun, but he punishes himself through his characters after each one. And then once in a while, on the full-color, oversized panels for the Sunday newspapers, Pastis throws out all his characters and gets on his soapbox to advocate for something he truly cares about. He uses his platform to tout the importance of reading books, having an independent mind, supporting local newspapers, and being kind to each other. These beautiful and poignant bits of comedy make my newspaper subscription worth every penny. The steady stream of news today can be disheartening and confusing. Our brains are wired to look for the worst of it and discount the good stuff. That's why it's so important to have people like Stephen Pastis and comic strips like Pearls to help us put it into perspective and laugh at it. I encourage people to support their local newspapers whenever possible. For those who don't or can't read a local newspaper, check his strips out on his Facebook page or GoComics.com , or buy these treasuries, of which this one is number 12. Cartoonists have one of the toughest paths to publishing. It took Pastis nearly a decade to get noticed, and very few strips break through anymore because of all the old strips (Blondie, Family Circus, Beetle Bailey) that won't ever die. If we're lucky, we get one or two cartoonists per generation that become popular enough to make a difference, and this strip is one of the rare ones. Keep watching the news for sure, especially from professional, varied sources- but mix that with some comic relief whenever possible, because all the news in the world won't help you if you lose your faith in humanity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    Pearls is the perfect modern comic strip, so I have no idea why people are always saying the funny pages are worthless these days. Awaits the Tide has the added benefit of a perfect confluence of its natural tendencies and the world at large rising ever bravely to confirm them. Plus Stephan’s commentary is always great.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roger McCort

    I know a comic strip may seem like a little thing. It is, really. But this strip in particular never fails to lift my spirits. And these days, we all need some lifting. I always enjoy the insights I get from the notes in these treasuries. This one in particular seemed to be more revealing - practically intimate - with Stephan (may I call you Stephan?) sharing details of his life, family, faith and friendships. It spoke to me. Thanks. If you're reading this to decide if you should buy this book, le I know a comic strip may seem like a little thing. It is, really. But this strip in particular never fails to lift my spirits. And these days, we all need some lifting. I always enjoy the insights I get from the notes in these treasuries. This one in particular seemed to be more revealing - practically intimate - with Stephan (may I call you Stephan?) sharing details of his life, family, faith and friendships. It spoke to me. Thanks. If you're reading this to decide if you should buy this book, let me warn you: Pearls can be dark at times. Sarcastic, biting, occasionally vulgar... but there's heart here, and real caring. The characters have changed and developed over the years. You will get something out of this which will benefit you. That's a lot to get from a comic strip. Go buy the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Yet another strong treasury collection of Pearls Before Swine. The puns, the sarcasm, the dark humor, the clean artwork, it's all here as usual. Pastis' commentary is often as amusing as the strips themselves. It's interesting to see the strip catch up to current time, since I only read it in collections. The final strips of this treasury were published right as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning in the United States. While there's no mention of that event since Pastis is usually months ahead of Yet another strong treasury collection of Pearls Before Swine. The puns, the sarcasm, the dark humor, the clean artwork, it's all here as usual. Pastis' commentary is often as amusing as the strips themselves. It's interesting to see the strip catch up to current time, since I only read it in collections. The final strips of this treasury were published right as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning in the United States. While there's no mention of that event since Pastis is usually months ahead of schedule, there's still a prescient strip or two.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave Newport

    Life in three (or more) panels I live for Pearls! Great collection of Steph's comic and a great guide to life. Try every day to be a little more like Pig and a little less like Rat. And for God's sake... Don't be like Larry! Life in three (or more) panels I live for Pearls! Great collection of Steph's comic and a great guide to life. Try every day to be a little more like Pig and a little less like Rat. And for God's sake... Don't be like Larry!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Pearls Before Swine is one of my favorite comics because it’s so witty and hilarious. I especially like the characters Rat and Pig whose comical exchanges often have me howling with laughter. This comic is a guaranteed mood booster and I highly recommend this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet Sketchley

    I always enjoy the Stephan Pastis's commentary in these treasuries as much as the comics. I always enjoy the Stephan Pastis's commentary in these treasuries as much as the comics.

  9. 5 out of 5

    W.R. Gingell

    fun as usual :D

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    Lots of puns, reminders that good journalism is worth paying for, and rants against cyclists and political correctness.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian Mahon

    Brilliant as usual! Love the treasuries for Stephan’s comments!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason Smith

    Many brilliant strips. A lot of dry commentary from Mr. Pastis. Generally a magnificent collection.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryk Stanton

    Hands down my favorite strip. I own a few of these treasury editions and love when a new one comes out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hugh Coverly

    I got this for Christmas from a friend. It’s funny as always. Enjoyed it immensely.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara Barney

    I love these Pearls Before Swine treasuries and was happy to see guard duck

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    These books consistently made me giggle out loud. Some days/years...you just need that.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

  18. 5 out of 5

    Colin Murtagh

    The paperback version isn't available in the UK for another couple of months, so I had to settle for the Kindle version for now, but to be honest, I'll probably end up buying both. This is the newest treasury edition of Pearls, leading up towards the start of the pandemic. This is quite possibly my favourite strip. While it doesn't have the artistic quality of say a Calvin and Hobbes, it is more than its equal in heart. There is a wonderful quality to the writing, the majority of the time it will The paperback version isn't available in the UK for another couple of months, so I had to settle for the Kindle version for now, but to be honest, I'll probably end up buying both. This is the newest treasury edition of Pearls, leading up towards the start of the pandemic. This is quite possibly my favourite strip. While it doesn't have the artistic quality of say a Calvin and Hobbes, it is more than its equal in heart. There is a wonderful quality to the writing, the majority of the time it will make you smile, however there are the odd strips that really tug at the heartstrings. Saying that there are also all the pun strips. If you're not reading Pearls, you should be

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Another great treasury. I was surprise by how many of these strips I didn't remember. My practice with any new treasury is to read it at least twice before going back to my regular rotation of book. So, that should start before bedtime tonight. The second date for this is that I always read new treasuries twice before putting the book in the pile of all Pearls treasuries in order. Then I reread them all in order. Another great treasury. I was surprise by how many of these strips I didn't remember. My practice with any new treasury is to read it at least twice before going back to my regular rotation of book. So, that should start before bedtime tonight. The second date for this is that I always read new treasuries twice before putting the book in the pile of all Pearls treasuries in order. Then I reread them all in order.

  20. 4 out of 5

    MICHAEL HOLCOMB

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Guthrie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lyle Scott

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jack Koziol

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Naiman

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Mcpheat

  26. 4 out of 5

    Duane

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joe Jaffa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard Gombert

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Myhren

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