Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 01, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  over 1 year ago

    Too bad. I was hoping for Larson-Pastis collaboration. Stephan can use all the help he can get.

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    BasilBruce  over 1 year ago

    Who is April, and why does she want to fool people?

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    ronaldspence  over 1 year ago

    Poisson D’Avril! way to be humbly Pastis and pay tribute to a legend! Well done!

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    sirbadger  over 1 year ago

    Maybe I’ll start a new scam today. If I get arrested, I’ll tell the police that my scam was an April Fools joke.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  over 1 year ago

    Well, let’s just go over to and see… Hmmm… I’m not sure…

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member over 1 year ago

    The Far Side is timeless, and you can catch reruns of 3-4 of them every day at

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    Sanspareil  over 1 year ago

    Pastis’s self humility on this one is brilliant!

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    Robin Harwood  over 1 year ago

    “April fool” , not “April fool’s”. It’s short for “You are an April fool.” Arlo and Janis gets it right.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Appreciate the nod to Larson.

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    jmolay161  over 1 year ago

    I get dozens of Far Side cartoons on FB every day—-loaded with chickens, cows, gun toting dogs, cavemen, aliens, giant bugs, and insufferable nerds.

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    jmolay161  over 1 year ago

    Pearls is good. No, I didn’t say April Fools. The Zeeba and Crocs part is closer to Far Side.

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    jmolay161  over 1 year ago

    Rat would make a good Far Side villain, and Pig would be a good nerdy victim.

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    Purple People Eater  over 1 year ago

    When I was growing up in Oklahoma, April Fool’s was basically about lying, i.t. getting someone to believe something that wasn’t true, like in this strip. But here in Iceland, it’s different. April Fool’s is about tricking people into doing something, i.e. practical jokes. For example, there is a “news” item in one of today’s papers that claims that one store in the capital area is selling chocolate Easter eggs filled with fresh vegetables rather than candy. Included in the eggs are broccoli, bell pepper slices, kohlrabi pieces and baby carrots, among other things. They say there is a limited number of these eggs, so I expect a lot of people will be waiting when the store opens in about an hour.

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    iggyman  over 1 year ago

    No Fool like an April Fool!

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    Katje  over 1 year ago

    Finally, this comic now has a funny element. :)

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    James Wolfenstein  over 1 year ago

    Stephan is the best comic artist ever!!!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member over 1 year ago

    The Count is visualizing Pig pushing on a door that says “Pull” at The School for the Gifted.

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    Stephen Runnels Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Pastis is bringing back the Crocs on a regular basis!!

    April Fools.

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    lakita_lover  over 1 year ago

    Personally, I like Pearls better than I ever liked Far Side.

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    Ellis97  over 1 year ago

    That sneaky little rat.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    PBS is the greatest! KEEP it going! ❤️☺️

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    Skippy the Magnificent  over 1 year ago

    “The Far Side” is in a league of its own.

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    figuratively speaking  over 1 year ago

    Poor, Stephan. His own characters disrespecting him like that.

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    Is like a melody Premium Member over 1 year ago

    That was funny!

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    RussHeim  over 1 year ago

    Well, today’s strip came close, Stephan!

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    syzygy47  over 1 year ago

    Stephan Pastis won a medal for his comic strip.p

    It’s gold.

    Oh wait…tinfoil….(the chocolate’s not too bad)…

    April Fools!

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    milokraegel Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I still have my Far Side calendar, and the complete Far Side. Those were rly good.

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    Wichita1.0  over 1 year ago

    And now you have learned the hard, bitter truth that I learned writing comic books: you’re never fully in charge (and with internal lobbying by the characters, you can be replaced).

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    Radish the wordsmith  over 1 year ago

    April Fish!

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    Deal with it, Cartoon-Boy! The reality is, your characters are smarter than you, more popular than you, and wittier…well, no, you do put words in their mouths

    Ha! April Fool’s, Stephan. We love you….

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    hooglah  over 1 year ago

    Close, but no cigar. I would say The Far Side, Tumbleweeds, and then Pearls. All are very close together with just a hair separation.

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    jimboklein  over 1 year ago

    In the strip “For Better or For Worse” the youngest daughter, April, was born on April 1 and was named such due to that reason.

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    LaughterIsJoyMuliplied  over 1 year ago

    One of your best ever Steph.

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    KEA  over 1 year ago

    it’s “April Fool” not “April Fool’s”

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    zeexenon  over 1 year ago

    The Far Side got me through the stress of middle management in the ’80s. First procedure when arriving in my office mornings was to flip the FS calendar. Second was Nectar of the gods, coffee.

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    Goat from PBS  over 1 year ago

    My family got me a Far Side day-to-day calendar. They said that I would enjoy the humor of it. Now, after three months, I see why people like it so much. It’s amazing.

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    TomO'  over 1 year ago

    Great job, Stephan! Rat was right in the 2nd panel.

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    russef  over 1 year ago

    Don’t worry Stephan. Your strip is as Huge, make that HUGER, than far side……..bwaaaa ha ha ha haha ha ha hahahaaaahhhhhaaasa. I

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    dipierro Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Why the apostrophe in April Fools?

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 1 year ago

    Rat’s sickest burn yet.

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    Ammo will Fight Fight Fight Premium Member over 1 year ago

    From “Bummer of a Birthmark” to “Midvale School for the Gifted” Larson always delivered.

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    Ukko wilko  over 1 year ago

    The Far Side is still available daily.

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    Ron Bauerle  over 1 year ago

    I thought one of the criticisms of FS was that people didn’t get it (thus it wasn’t funny to them), so maybe PBS is better off in comparison?

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    I'm Sad  over 1 year ago

    This comic is the best!

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    DaBump Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I come from a region so backwards, we celebrate loof lirpa!

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    DaBump Premium Member over 1 year ago

    It must be rough having characters fooling around inside your head like that. My sympathies, Mr. Pastis. No, not really. Yes, I really mean it. Oh, come on… Shut up!, No, YOU shut up! Let me… no… arrghghaaf ahffoa;fha [due to technical difficulties, this comment will be discontinued]

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    Swirls Before Pine  over 1 year ago

    In much the same way that March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb, April comes in like a Fool and goes out like a much poorer Fool.

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