Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for September 23, 2019


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member over 1 year ago

    In many ways Charlie Brown was the GOAT. His character helped create so many future characters, including Goat (Paris).

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    DanielRyanMulligan  over 1 year ago

    thank you charles schulz

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    garcoa  over 1 year ago

    Yes you were ahead of your time, Chuck, and (almost) all of us could all relate to you but you still lost all the baseball games.

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    LeeCox  over 1 year ago

    Can you tell that Charles Shulz was one of Stephan’s idols?

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    kaffekup   over 1 year ago

    I’ll bet Goat gets a swelled head when he finds out.

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    Robin Harwood  over 1 year ago

    For a minute there I thought I was reading the wrong strip.

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    Robin Harwood  over 1 year ago

    And I think I was. In this strip Rat is being nice.

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    Gent  over 1 year ago

    I dunno about Pig but Goat would be happy to know this.

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    willispate  over 1 year ago

    Rat can be nice, he just doesn’t show it much.

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    Kind&Kinder  over 1 year ago

    Not much I can say about Sparky except that I loved his work—as did Stephan and just about every other cartoonist wannabe. Volumes have been written about what Peanuts is all about. We all owe him a lot.

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Not on;y did Schulz help Stephan Pastis get his start,

    Pastis lives here in Santa Rosa CA, where Schulz did, too…

    and, because he was a lawyer before a cartoonist, he sat on the board at the Charles Schulz Museum, and also provided legal assistance in regards to Peanuts licensing.


    When I briefly volunteered at that museum in 2010, he had just left that position…

    I don’t know whether it was paid or not… and I never got to meet him.

    But others there pointed out some of the Peanuts references and tributes in Pearls…


    The beach scenes, the brick wall where characters used to always meet to talk, though now the cafe counter is more present…

    A lamp that looks like Charlie Brown’s zig zag T-shirt…

    there’s more but I forget till I see it…

    oh yeah… I think Pig’s bean bag chair… and some expressions in the dialogue, like “Sigh…”

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    dadoctah  over 1 year ago

    “Chuck”? Is Peppermint Patty somehow mixed up in this?

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    JasonBall  over 1 year ago

    The strip is wider today than usual. Because strips were allotted wider spaces in the paper back in Peanuts days, I’m guessing?

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    innertuber  over 1 year ago

    And a hero is just a sandwich.

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    Troglodyte  over 1 year ago

    Rat still managed to get Chuck’s goat.

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    Concretionist  over 1 year ago

    Real life lesson: Wanting  to be a hero is the least likely way to become one. Just doing what needs to be done, even if your bowels are loose and the sky is falling is the better option.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I was going down the comics without looking at titles and was thrown at the better coloring of Charley Brown til I saw Rat. Nice pastiche.

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    asrialfeeple  over 1 year ago

    Thanks, Sparky. Enjoy Heaven.

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Good grief!

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    Awwww, RAT stepped up to make Charlie feel better.

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    The TM  over 1 year ago

    Hey, Stephan. I love your work. But, in this case, aren’t you supposed to include something like “Apologies to Charles Schulz”, even if in fine print?

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    detroitpete  over 1 year ago

    Don’t forget that he also worked with Bill Watterson who created “Calvin & Hobbes” on a story arc as “drawn by a second grader”.

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    EllisAmirRogersArcher  over 1 year ago

    I can tell that reruns of Peanuts have not aged well.

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    gregaw Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Here I am half awake yet and wondering why Charlie Brown is drawn differently in todays comic until Rat showed up and I go: “oooooh… right.” sips more coffee

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    Cary Rodda Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Does Goat know this?

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    #Rad-ish  Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Here’s 5 cents, get some psychiatric help.

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    gnome  over 1 year ago

    ?! Wait, What?!……This is drawn really well…leading to the question….why just this time?…. X-)

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    mtrimberger Premium Member over 1 year ago

    That is actually wonderful!

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    laurasohn11  over 1 year ago

    That was pretty cool of Rat

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    Goat  over 1 year ago

    Charlie Brown, if you were ahead of your time, why are you still feeling glum in the fourth panel?

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    chris_weaver  over 1 year ago

    Having reassured Charlie, maybe Rat should talk to him about that ‘Lucy and the football’ thing.

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    TurbosDad  over 1 year ago

    Hey Stephan, per your remarks between panels one and two: No apologies necessary. He (Schulz) would have been honored…

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    gmu328  over 1 year ago

    G.O.A.T? The greatest losing pitcher of all time in the little league …

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    jccdlc  over 1 year ago

    This is awesome!

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    zeexenon  over 1 year ago

    Now, if he turns real fast the inertia of his visor rotates the whole cap too?

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    wllilly1960  over 1 year ago

    Stephan samples and remixes! He’s SOooooooo postmodern!

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    knight1192a  over 1 year ago

    I thought for a moment I had gone to Peanuts (even though today’s strip has Snoopy writing a letter) until Rat came in. Always nice when Pastis is very blatant in his Peanuts tributes.

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    russef  over 1 year ago

    An Orange Goat??

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    oakie817  over 1 year ago

    most excellent

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    BaltimoreJack Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Great tribute to your mentor, Mr. Pastis!

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    One shudders to think what might have transpired if back in the day Charlie Brown actually had met up with and been influenced by Rat!

    Or is this just Cartoon-Boy’s Envy-dream?

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    konjiki  over 1 year ago

    I’ve been thinking this exact thing about C.B.

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    rgcviper  over 1 year ago

    Good grief! (As Major Matt Mason said … )

    Sounds like being this kind of G.O.A.T. isn’t all bad, though.

    Nice tribute.

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    AZPhinFan  over 1 year ago

    I’m sure he did this for Sparky

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    asrialfeeple  over 1 year ago

    The goat of the game, but the life of the party.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Way late, but the Daily Cartoonist pointed to this:

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    hangedman  over 1 year ago

    They’ll never tell you they’re all just paying their devil’s due to Baphomet.

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    Sirhic_nab  7 months ago

    Rat meets Charlie Brown

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