F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "Writers aren't people, exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying hard to be one person."
In Pearls Before Swine creator Stephen Pastis' case, he is apparently a rat, a pig, a goat, a zebra, a ravenously hungry alligator and a cartoon version of himself.
This may explain the draw of this delightfully weird comic strip. Pastis toes the meta line time and time again, following his characters and himself through the arduous and self-loathing process that is writing, with a wink and nudge at the reader.
Anyone who's put pen to paper and then stared into the void of creation can relate to our favorite Pearls comics about writing: