Pearls Before Swine.


Last week in class, Professor Scheckel showed us an example of a Facebook page that shows a beneficial interaction with its’ fans – that of Stephan Pastis. I am very familiar with his work, I have been a fan of his comic strip ‘Pearls Before Swine’ since about 2003 when I first discovered it. A friend of mine introduced me to it, and he even sent me a stuffed Rat and Crocodile, two of my favorite characters in the strip. I thought I would share this with you, in the hopes that you might also find it as amusing as I do.

The main characters are Rat, Pig, Goat, Zebra and the crocodiles. Rat is a realistic thinking, straightforward, honest and opinionated creature. He can be almost mean at times, definitely not a ‘people person’, and he picks on Pig a lot, but hangs out with him anyway because I think he amuses him, and is the only animal who will put up with him. Rat is good friends with Pig, but they are complete opposites. Pig is a very naive, kind, and not too intelligent animal who is also very curious. He likes to get into things, and Rat can be his encouraging partner in crime. Goat is the intelligent one, the all knowing patient one who explains the real world to Rat and Pig, and tolerates them no matter how harebrained what they are doing seems. Zebra is similar to Goat, he is very intelligent and aloof, and yet still friends with Rat and Pig. Zebra is usually being hunted by the crocodiles. There is a base crocodile family, of which the son and wife both think the male crocodile is stupid, and also other friends of this male crocodile. The way the crocodiles talk is how you can tell they are to be perceived as stupid, and their dialect is quite amusing. I have chosen a few of the strips to give you an overall idea of what I’m talking about, all of the strips are available to view for free at: … in case you like what you see and wish to read more. The strip seems to date all the way back to 2002.

This is an example of how Rat can be:


The Crocs trying to kill Zebra:


And lastly, Pig with an example of the type of humor in this strip:


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