Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 31, 2011

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    margueritem  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th! Many more to you!

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    jfsargent  over 11 years ago

    Woo-hoo!!! Way to go, Steph! Thank you for a great decade of smiles! (Is that better?)

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    Faranor  over 11 years ago

    Expecting more from Ratty!

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    doc white  over 11 years ago

    See you in the funnies.

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    Jess V  over 11 years ago

    Another ten years to go

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    fullmoondeb Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Congrats, and here’s to a lot more of Danny Donkey in 2012!!!!

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    The Old Wolf  over 11 years ago

    Many happy returns, Stephan!

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    GAT17  over 11 years ago

    I love this strip. It is one of my favorites (especially the more recent ones; early on it was a bit dirty, full of prostitutes and junk). I hope to see another ten years of it.

    And don’t go halfway out like Bill Amend did with Foxtrot. It is just infuriating to see genius rotting away like that. :( Keep drawing and being brilliant!

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    zero  over 11 years ago

    How can you tell when a cartoonist is lying… ;-)

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    Sisyphos  over 11 years ago

    Hoo rah. See you tomorrow, cartoon-boy.

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    Ottodesu  over 11 years ago


    Back at you!Was a cool date to start a venture.

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    viewer1 Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Happy anniversary!

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    LLABDDO  over 11 years ago
    Happy 10th anniversary!
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    chris_weaver  over 11 years ago

    Yes, Rat is all partied out!

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    aitkend Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Woot!!! Hope the next ten years are awesome as well.

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    cdward  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th Anniversary!Happy New Year!

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    Jo. Goodwin  over 11 years ago

    Happy Anniversary!! Many more to come!!

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    waynl  over 11 years ago

    Aw, Steph. Ya mean your syndicate didn’t commemorate the day with a huge party or anything? I’m shocked!!Congrats on ten years and many more to come!(Sorry, this comment is all I can afford.)

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    Pete Poworoznek  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th Stephan. Thanks for all the laughs.

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    ajnotales  over 11 years ago

    Only ten? Really?? Why does it seem like much, MUCH longer??? (Congrats, Stephan :-)

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member over 11 years ago

    i am glad that Mr. Pastis drew a noise maker in his mouth.: )happy, happy, happy dude!!! keep it up.

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    Strong51Bad  over 11 years ago

    Hey, Stephan, you rock! Keep it coming.Sto Lat!

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    vaughnrvmev  over 11 years ago

    Kudos to the funniest strip I know! Steve! Give up the smokes, man!

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    JoeStoppinghem Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Being able to do what you want and not what you need to do for this long deserves a hearty congratulations.

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    jsmithnctx  over 11 years ago

    Keep it up Steph, strip makes me smile each day

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    mbmacneill  over 11 years ago

    \Wow, my favorite strip and I share the same birthday! Happy Birthday to us….!

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    bigbadpete  over 11 years ago


    Great job with your strip. Yours is by far the best, bare none. Kudos and happy 10th anniversary.

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    Sportymonk  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th, Looking forward to many many more.

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    mordalo  over 11 years ago

    Happy anniversary!

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    finale  over 11 years ago

    Dry, understatement with a touch of sarcasm from Rat. .Who’d thunk?

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    betsytheclown Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Everyday you start my day with a chuckle. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary; I hope you have many more. Thanks, Rat, for the reminder.

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    Mad_Scientist  over 11 years ago

    Happy anniversary!

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    smoore47  over 11 years ago

    Can’t start the day without Pearls.

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    DL  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more!

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    yatman  over 11 years ago

    Kudos, Steph!! May you cast Pearls for many more decades to come!!

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    annie1931  over 11 years ago

    Happy Anniversary, may there be many more. Happy New Year, too. annie morgan

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    burkejos  over 11 years ago

    I toot for you, as well.

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    cork  over 11 years ago

    Like listening to Tom Waits…strange but true…

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    SHW  over 11 years ago

    STEPHAN PASTIS: Thank you for the many years of making us laugh (to the point of crying at times), for your terrible (and terribly funny) puns, and for being such a regular guy. You rock!

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    ninetoes  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations and Happy New Year. Here’s to the next ten.

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    Kydex29  over 11 years ago

    Happy Anniversary, and many more! Thanks for making the world a… well, INTERESTING place. (c;

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    Nelly55  over 11 years ago

    fantastic! here’s to several more decades of Pearls!

    congrats Stephan!

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    featherweight  over 11 years ago

    ha nice one :) congrats stephan!

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    mj1311 Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Congrats!! I love your strip!

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    theromanqueen  over 11 years ago

    Yay!Go stephan pastis!

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    tirany  over 11 years ago

    10 years of pure comedic genius roflmao happy 10years !!!!!!!!

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    MaxNuclear  over 11 years ago

    Happy anniversary! Keep on keepin’ on.

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    nerdalert  over 11 years ago

    happy tenth from a satisfied customer! thanks for the laughs!

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    shaggy92420  over 11 years ago

    congrats to one of my favorite strips…

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    rwhaller42  over 11 years ago

    @Raspberryice54 Poetic license…

    Congratulations, Stephan.! You can quit your day job now!

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    chaimsmom  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th to the best comic out there. Looking forward to many years to come.

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    LongLiveCartooning  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th Stephan!!! ‘Pearls’ is hands-down my favorite strip!! Long Live Pearls, keep up the great work, and have a great New Year!! Hope 2012 brings you as much inspiration, happiness, and success as the last as the last 10, and I’ll be awaiting the great laughs to come!! Thanks for the laughs you’ve already sent around the world!!

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    buchser  over 11 years ago

    Well, time to retire the strip, refuse to allow another artist to continue the strip due to “Artistic integrity” refuse to merchandise or do interviews… The new “Normal”

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    SUPKEM  over 11 years ago

    big deal…

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    praetorian1313  over 11 years ago

    You have made me laugh more in the last 10 years than BC, Hagar the Horrible, Marmaduke, Family Circus, and Alley Oop combined in their whole run! Not sure if that is a real compliment tho, but keep up the good work and MORE AWFUL PUNS!!!!!

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    anthb  over 11 years ago

    Thank you, Mr. Pastis, for the many laughs—and thoughtful moments—you have given me & many others over the past decade. May you continue for many, many more! (As long as you don’t get stale & tedious like Blondie et al…)

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    anthb  over 11 years ago

    Just saying…

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    Number Three  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations, Steph!

    Pearls Before Swine is amazing.

    I love Goat!


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    lizardlover2  over 11 years ago
    Just another voice of appreciation. And thanks to the posters, some of whose comments I look forward to nearly as much as Steph’s comics which inspire them. I kind of feel like I’m at a party with friends. Okay, some shift leetle ratty friends.
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    seafood comics  over 11 years ago

    congrats on the 10th anniversary and happy new year!!!

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    Ron Dunn Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th anniversary Stephan to Pearls Before Swine.

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    mluckie7  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations! I wish I’d been following it back then, but that’s what the books are for :)

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    bmonk  over 11 years ago

    Pig must have been busy. And Stephan is lucky LGD was busy, or he’d have supplied real fireworks.

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    marleyandme.jre1964  over 11 years ago

    Way to go Stephan and the gang! I’ve been a fan since the beginning. Wishing you many more happy years… Julie

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    jolats  over 11 years ago

    Happy Anniv! and many more!

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    bobby102  over 11 years ago

    Awesome! This has been my fave strip for some time. I’ve got all of the books and look forward to it every day. I hope Annie May the Sea Anemone Enemy makes another appearance soon…she’s been gone for a while. And the lions. I miss the lions. Happy New Year!

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    midas328  over 11 years ago

    Congrats on a decade of hilarity! “Croc” on!

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    wiselad  over 11 years ago

    he started Dec 31 2001 so he could put it as an expense for his tax return of that year

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    wiselad  over 11 years ago

    actually is 1-7-2002, not 2003, and as posted ……….

    Slam Dragon said, 2 months ago….

    The first strip was actually published on the United Feature Syndicate in 2000, not 2002. The first Pearls published in a newspaper was published in 2001. Read it on wikipedia.

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    wiselad  over 11 years ago

    they sure looked different back than, and “newspaper wise”, is only one week missing (Dec 31st 2001 thru January 6th 2002)

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    wiselad  over 11 years ago

    United Feature launched the strip in newspapers beginning December 31, 2001, in The Washington Post. On January 7, 2002, it began running in approximately 150 papers. The strip currently appears in 650 newspapers worldwide, that is why is missing the “first week” newspaper wise as it was only one paper carrying it

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    Rose Roever Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Happy Anniversary!! “Pearls” is one of my very favorite strips. I get the strip-a-day calendar for my desktop every year. Please don’t ever stop!!

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    roidude  over 11 years ago

    Congrats Stephen. You’ve undoubtedly made more people chuckle than any lawyer in history.

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    yatman  over 11 years ago

    Wow!! 103 comments and rising!! And today isn’t over yet! Kinda gives a hint as to how popular “Pearls” has become! Happy 2012, Steph! Celebrate,man!! Rat just isn’t a party animal.

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    Shooter918  over 11 years ago

    We expected more too….Happy 10th Anniversary from a fan who has been with you for all 10 of those years.

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    MatureCanadian  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations & Thank You Mr. Pastis!

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    MortonandMack  over 11 years ago

    congrats to 10 years of one of the funniest comics ever.

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    Awesome comic99  over 11 years ago

    Awesome 10 years

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    lin4869  over 11 years ago

    Ditto to all of the congratulatory comments. Happy New Year All!

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    pgunther  over 11 years ago

    Congrats on 10 years. And, thank you for making my day. Hope you and all of my favorite characters have a great New Year.

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    JusSayin  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations Stephanator. I too celebrate my bday today, as does a previous poster.

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    zsteelie Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Congrats Steph!!

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    pbarnrob  over 11 years ago

    Ten years behind the Pen! And – Many many more, Stephan! [What I get for posting way too late at night; now if I could get my own name right…]

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    craigwestlake  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations Stephan. Many more years to you…

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    Uncle Mordy  over 11 years ago

    It’s only been 10 years???

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    chromosome Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Congratulations! Looking forward to many more good years.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 11 years ago

    Stephan, muchos gracias for a solid decade of proving that comic strips can indeed be both intelligent and hilarious.Now let’s go pants little Jeffy!

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    MajikMan1965  over 11 years ago

    Happy 10th buddy! Your style reminds me of “Willy n’ Ethyl”, or old Breathed stuff.

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    Swirlsb4Pine  over 11 years ago

    My wish for you Steph on your tenth anniversary: May you be in heaven a full half hour before your anemones know you’re dead.

    …toot toot…

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    cm_beagle  over 11 years ago

    Try having some pride for the next ten.--Rodentus Maximus

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    Zebrails  over 11 years ago

    “Only 10 years?”40 seasons83 months520 weeks3,650 days, plus a few more days with the 29th of February

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    noreenklose  over 11 years ago

    Happy New Year everyone!Congrats, Stephan! ;-D Many happy returns.

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    RidingRat  over 11 years ago

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, for the smiles, the snorts, the guffaws, and even the pun-cringes. Live well and Prospero.

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    Ettorebaldo  over 11 years ago

    Just GREAT!!! LOL

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    krbuza  over 11 years ago

    Grats Stephan, love the strip.

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    rgcviper  over 11 years ago

    Congratulations, “Pearls”! The characters are great, and Stephan, the gags always make me laugh. Here’s to at least another decade of great comics. Cheers.

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    benmoe99  over 11 years ago

    congrats steph ur awesome

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    Popeyesforearm  over 11 years ago

    Ten years of insanity. Here’s to 10 more!

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    XtremePearls  about 11 years ago

    i was expecting more too

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    KatP Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Woohoo! I can’t believe I’ve read 10 years worth of strips in a few weeks at work in my spare time. It’s been a trip.

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    Comicness7  over 4 years ago

    Just 40 more years, then you’ll be going as long as peanuts did!

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    Ωmega  over 2 years ago

    hahahhahah LOL

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