Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for June 16, 2013
Pig: What happened to you, Steph? Stephan: I went to dinner in San Francisco with some people from my comic strip syndicate and our crazy cabbie drove 85 mph through the broadway tunnel.* "*A true story" Pig: Oh my goodness...what was going through your mind? Rat: I'll tell you what was going through his mind...that it was the Princess Diana situation all over again. And he would be immortalized just like her. Pig: What?? Don't be silly, Rat. Rat: Oh, I won't. But I will read these 'Candle In the Wind" lyrics I found on his notepad. 'Goodbye, Stephan P. Though I never knew you at all you had the grace to hold your pen while 'toonists 'round you scrawled... They scrawled all of their dumb gags and they wished that they had your brain those fatties need a treadmill and they wish they had your frame...' Stephan: If you need me, I'll be hiding under a rock. Rat: Should I hold the queen's calls? Pig: Ooh! Ooh! Can I talk to her??
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Gary M creator•
The king of narcissism strikes again. Stephan, how many times does your ego compel you to inform we your readers that you’re syndicated? We know already. There are hundreds of syndicated cartoonists. Unlike you, many can write an actual funny punchline. Any why the underhanded swipe at your colleagues, all the while cloaked in a failed attempt at trying to appear self-deprecating? Sorry to pee on the forthcoming love-fest from your readers, but all this “gag” is, is you taking another opportunity to toot your own horn (out to eat with your syndicate – wow!, stroke your ego, and slam other cartoonists. Really??