Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for March 16, 2012


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    margueritem  over 8 years ago

    It’s over before it even starts, goat.

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    TedVandecar Premium Member over 8 years ago
    Pastis is great. Of course I am a Left Coaster
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    corzak  over 8 years ago

    Low value tactical assets. Poor cohesion.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 8 years ago

    Those two might actually come in handy, Steph; if you want to know if the coast is clear, just make Dolly or Cathy stand up, and see what happens.

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    rayannina  over 8 years ago

    Lucy Van Pelt is a West Coaster. The East better sue for peace FAST!

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    treblemaker  over 8 years ago

    They should give Cathy some scones and send her out to fight. Hell hath no fury like a woman sconed.

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    Proginoskes  over 8 years ago

    @ Ray Cov: I was going to post a question asking whether the comic was geographically correct … I guess not.

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Yikes! I live in Santa Rosa.This town is crawling with toons.

    If LGD comes back from Tibet, I even have to worry about friendly fire.Though we do have all the Peanuts gang, and Brenda Starr…. and Jane, who just saved the planet!

    Luann is a West Coaster, and Wiley used to be, but I don’t think he is any more. Too bad — Danae might be useful.

    Still… maybe we’ll be OK…. MythTickle isn’t well known, but it’s a Santa Rosa toon — and some of the characters are magical.

    And Rayannina is right — Lucy is a force to be reckoned with…. and don’t forget Snoopy, the Flying Ace!

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    sjc14850  over 8 years ago

    The east coast has Bucky Katt. The west coast is doomed.

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    Zebrails  over 8 years ago

    any chance this fighting war is just a passing phase? I like it when it’s the Crocks & Zebra, Little Guard Duck and the passers-by…These strips are written 6 months in advance… please wake me up when it’s over. I need a peaceful outlook… Comics + war is an oxymoron to me.

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    Sisyphos  over 8 years ago

    I know the outlook is bleak, Goat. But try to hold out until LGD gets back with reinforcements (Mr. Snuffles, the flying gunship kitty). Maybe you can use Dolly and Cathy as human shields and briefly confuse those evil East Coast cartoonists and characters….

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    crobinson019  over 8 years ago

    It could have been worse—It could have been Irving!

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    hariseldon59  over 8 years ago

    I wonder how Goat got that helmet on over his curved horns.

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    wiselad  over 8 years ago

    just bring LMFAO, and have both sides party rock

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    knight1192a  over 8 years ago

    Cathy and the girl from Family Circus? What’s her name, Dolly, Dotty? I think it’s a D name, stopped reading Family Circus long before I discovered Pearls casue I just got tired of it. If it wasn’t for Pastis doing Jeffy strips so much I wouldn’t remember his name. Goat’s right, doomed!!!!

    And does this mean Goat’s German? The looks like a WWI era German Army helmet. Maybe he’s secretly a biker.

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    bulyard  over 8 years ago

    East Coast 4 lyfe

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    JGordonFan24  over 8 years ago

    you are in my prayers, steph. may this war come to a quick and speedy end.

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    SwimsWithSharks  over 8 years ago

    Ack! Let Cathy get on Facebook. She and her friends will Ack! those East Coasters to death.

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    JanBic Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Sorry,Stephen, Cathy got married and retired.

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    x_Tech  over 8 years ago

    Looks like GoComics HQ is going to be caught in a crossfire.

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    cubswin2016  over 8 years ago

    Calling Dick Tracy!

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    Brad Arrington  over 8 years ago

    You forgot the Dilbert grew. Wally would defeat them with apathy.

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    KEA  over 8 years ago

    and just when i thought Pastis wouldn’t pull any more Cathy gags

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    TheVinnie80  over 8 years ago

    Don’t worry Goat, You have the Red Baron on your side.

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    gordrogb Premium Member over 8 years ago

    War is Hell – O – Kitty.

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    agila333  over 8 years ago

    Don’t know what coast she is on, I think maybe in the midwest, but that used to be the west when the USA was still wet behind the ears. Stephanie MacMillan in her “Minimum Security” cartoon has a one eyed rabbit who makes bombs, a well armed and crazy German drug dealer, and a few rabid revolutionaries. They would be better assests than a little kid with a doll and a has been cartoon character who would only be of marginal use if she had a chic outfit to fight in. The only down side to the Minimum Security bunch is that you would probably have to agree to help stomp out capitalism and serve vegatarian REMs to the troops. Of course there is always Drusila from Pibgorn – a succubus could do some serious damage to the other side.

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    nhart96  over 8 years ago

    They’re sending the kids from family circus to war now.Was anyone else reminded of Kony 2012.

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    finale  over 8 years ago

    Yesterday….Pig with a Slurpee..Today…Goat with a Prussian helmet (with horn modifications)

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    Ermine Notyours  over 8 years ago

    I was told the false rumor for the spike on the helmet was for doing head butts. Goats are known for doing head butts, thus the spike on the helmet.Bil Keane is from Arizona. They’re in our time zone now because they don’t do DST, so they’re west cost.

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    Hoodude  over 8 years ago

    Snoopy’s taking a napWe who are about to die salute you

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    smc0047  over 8 years ago

    Rabbit season! Duck season! Rabit season!

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    kathleenashbaugh  over 8 years ago

    Camp Swampy is on the East Coast, isn’t it? With Beetle on that side, the West Coast should be pretty safe.

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    phlash  over 8 years ago

    Who fired the barrage that knock out all the other guys?


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    Potrzebie  over 8 years ago

    What about Baldo? Isn’t he West Coast? I imagine he can bring some hard-hitting vatos with pipes in low-riders.

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    TexanAtHeart  over 8 years ago

    Don’t worry, Steph. You have an endless supply of crocs!

    VERY FUNNY! Treblemaker

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    Happy Cat Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Where’s the cat? He was duck’s sidekick.

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    bmonk  over 8 years ago

    I was gonna say that it’s worse than they know: Cathy retired, and they had some strips of her ghost hanging around. Even a frustrated ghost is not going to be very effective against bullets and explosions.

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    Number Three  over 8 years ago

    Awwwwww, I love Goat. He’s my favourite!


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    Petemejia77  over 8 years ago

    I also see “Rose is Rose” in that group. But the giant angel warrior might be a good ally!

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    ellisaana Premium Member over 8 years ago

    But, doesn’t the east have Alice and Danae?

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    alaskajohn1  over 8 years ago

    I guess Alaska would be considered West Coast. I’ll bring an A-10; that should solve the problem once and for all.

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    Popeyesforearm  over 8 years ago

    Kind of makes my Cathy throwing a pie comment the other day more relevent. Not that she would. Maybe the fork after eating one though.

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    kingstoncole  over 8 years ago

    I sent a letter to Marin IJ congratulating them for putting PBS in 7 days a week….This follow up letter appeared yesterday….No LOL for this idiot! We gotta get him, Steph!!

    “As an audience of one, I must protest the inclusion of cartoonist S. Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine” in the comic section.

    I should have protested when it was first included in the Sunday section, but its inclusion in the IJ every day is no longer tolerable.

    Earlier this week a reader wrote praising the strip.

    I am still trying to determine whether the reader was truly appreciative or being as sarcastic as Pastis tries to be.

    The best thing I can say of the strip is that it is totally devoid of humor. The strip portrays violence as the answer to all situations and that violence is somehow humorous.

    The March 13 strip is a prime example.

    Additionally, the strip seems to think that profanity, vulgarity, and obscenity, as evidenced by its constant and consistent use of symbols such as # and @, is humorous.

    Finally, for today anyway, I find the language, syntax, and thought patterns of the “croc” characters demeaning, if not racist.

    The crocs are used by Pastis to show that any individual, or group of individuals, should be laughed at or made fun of because their mental capacities, accent and language use are in some way less or different from our own.

    Please remove this offensive strip from the IJ and take a good look at “Get Fuzzy” by D. Conley for the same reasons."

    James W. Guthrie, Novato

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    wishingonafallenstar17  over 8 years ago

    I’m sorry to say I’m an East Coaster, and almost as close as you can get. :P (I live in a humungous district in south eastern PA that no one’s ever heard of) Sorry Steph. I’m sad to say that I’ll have to pick up my M16 and join the ranks of my east coast comrades. I’m also sad to say that it looks like the West is gonna lose this war- we’ve got Calvin and Hobbes, Bucky Katt, Steve Dallas, Milo Bloom, Quiche Lorraine and Bobby Harlow, Bill the Cat, Opus, Michael Binkley, Major Bloom, all the other boarders at Bloom Boarding House, the Donnesbury characters (don’t feel like listing them all), Camp Swampy (that means Sarge!), and many many other people. But then again, you West Coasters have Lucy Van Pelt, Snoopy, FoxTrot, Non Sequitor (Danae is quite the character), and Edge City as well! But still, we have Calvin and Hobbes! Surrender or be defeated by a six year old boy and his stuffed tiger who happen to be evil maniacs/geniuses and pyromaniacs. This is not a fair fight.

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    rgcviper  over 8 years ago

    Very cool hybrid.

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    megoosf  over 8 years ago

    so is rat irish for st patricks day

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    fmasroor  over 8 years ago

    Possible reference to Notorious BIG and 2Pac?

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    Randomness Unlimited  about 3 years ago

    I’m sure Rat would do that for you, Goat.

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