Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for June 07, 2014

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    Bilan  almost 9 years ago

    Like those of us that post on GoComics, Stephan must not get out much.

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    Spervarii  almost 9 years ago

    Just got to re-open old wounds don’t you, Pastis.

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    odog  almost 9 years ago

    This was awesome. Stephan got Watterson out of retirement to help him draw the Libby strip as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s. Way to do the impossible Pastis

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    Futabakun Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Has anyone else noticed yet that the name ‘Libby’ is ‘Billy’ spelled kinda sideways?

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    Templo S.U.D.  almost 9 years ago

    Nice semi-reference, Libby in the second panel, to the series finale of “Calvin and Hobbes.”

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    RuinQueenofOblivion  almost 9 years ago

    This reminds me of the Dear Mr. Watterson documentary which I saw recently.

    Though Stephan yesterday looked closer to the real guy.

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    caremedy Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Stephan posted something on facebook a few minutes ago about how Bill Watterson was the guest artist. How cool is that!

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    kirkhaverkamp  almost 9 years ago

    Awesome. For the story behind Watterson’s guest apperance this week, see Stephan’s blog at It’s really a very cool story – and if you’ve followed Pastis’ career at all, an honor very much deserved. Way to go, slacker-boy!!!

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    SkummySkull  almost 9 years ago

    Pastis, I am in painful envy of you right now. PAINFUL ENVY.

    Mr. Watterson couldn’t hide his handwriting if he tried, bless.

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    Ida No  almost 9 years ago

    As always, Rat is the only voice of reason in a demented and uncaring world.

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    alviebird  almost 9 years ago

    First panel: References to common art themes in C & H.

    Second Panel: Reference to the last C & H strip.

    Fourth panel: Statement to the effect that there have been so many clues that even Stephan (his character, anyway) should have gotten it.

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    dadoctah  almost 9 years ago

    Do you suppose they ever found Hamster Huey’s head?

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    alviebird  almost 9 years ago

    We have been witness to comic history in the making.

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    bignatefan  almost 9 years ago

    Very, very nice. All this time I was thinking it was just a case of Stephan drawing in the Calvin style. The thought that it was actually BW doing it never occurred to me. Well played, both of them.

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    Sisyphos  almost 9 years ago

    Industrious though posting the entire link URL may be, all one need do is click on the big orange B (for Blog) that Pig is pointing out immediately to the right of the strip.…………………………………………………………………I am of two minds regarding Libby’s final query in panel 4. On the one hand, I kinda sympathize with Rat and would be delighted to see Cartoon-Boy take the rap (as it were). But, on the other hand, I am so in awe of this week’s Impossible Dream Accomplishment that I must give Stephan a pass as well as my admiration.

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    dragon2knight  almost 9 years ago

    Wow, just wow! congrats to ?Stephen on his historic hookup will Bill Watterson…it’s a dream and a half for sure!

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    Sweetaddietude Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Huge, huge, HUGE fan of Bill Watterson. Thanks so much for the recent delightful strips !!! We miss Calvin and Hobbes sooooo much ! Glad the old strips are running here.

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    Jason Thomas Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    You are the man, Stephan. Loyal fans of the art received a wonderful gift this week.

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    Kirby_Dots  almost 9 years ago

    Well Mr. Pastis, you must be on cloud 9.

    -I hope you asked that Mr Watterson to hand draw his portion of these strips.

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    QuiteDragon  almost 9 years ago

    Thank you Bill (who never reads these comments – unless you really are Hobbes) and Stephan.

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    surfpirate  almost 9 years ago

    I’ll start the slow clap.clap …………… clap ……………. clap ……………

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    Irishyankee954  almost 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Any idea why Rat made a cameo in Queen Victoia the other day? Was it a red herring- err, red Rat?

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    billdungjen Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Maybe if you hit him he will stop ragging on himself and maybe draw himself like the last strip.

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    kballweg Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Bill Watterson doing a guest stint goof for Parkinson’s. My god what those originals are going to sell for.

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    bignatefan  almost 9 years ago

    More inside baseball here:

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    Jillpoke  almost 9 years ago

    I got the allusion right off, but…does this signal the end of Pearls Before Swine?

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    iqak  almost 9 years ago

    Tears in my eyes. Keeping my fingers crossed.We’ve missed you much Bill….

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    Hillbillyman  almost 9 years ago

    Whack that damn Rat..hurry make him shut his pie hole forever!

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    The Old Wolf  almost 9 years ago

    Comic coup of the century, thinks I.

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    claire de la lune.  almost 9 years ago

    So it was Bill Watterson.

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    claire de la lune.  almost 9 years ago

    Libby’s line in the second panel makes me feel depressed.Calvin and Hobbes was such a legendary strip….

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    I was laughing and exclaiming and happily stunned at Pastis’s post—what an awesome, awesome gift Watterson gave him! And that he gave Watterson back, in creating a place for Watterson’s fans to tell him how badly he is missed. Whatever the newspaper industry may meander to, the fans are right here solidly with them. Thank you Steve Pastis, thank you Bill Watterson! The front page scoop at the Washington Post today!

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    JP Steve Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Full marks to everyone who recognized Bill Watterson’s style. I couldn’t see it and I’m a big fan!

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    lovelaughterpeaceharmony  almost 9 years ago

    ? can someone spell it out for me??

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    Gokie5  almost 9 years ago

    I saw “Pearls” before getting on GoComics because I was reading iit in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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    alviebird  almost 9 years ago

    Let’s just hope this experience lights a fire in Watterson.

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    bignatefan  almost 9 years ago

    Can anyone point me to the big comic strip blogs? I’d like to read about how suspicions built up over the week. Thanks.

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    Squizzums  almost 9 years ago

    Now here come all the Captain Obviouses to close read the clues that we should have gotten…after the secret is out of the bag.

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    Vida.sin.frenos  almost 9 years ago

    I got all the references and recognized they style but I never guessed he was actually drawing those panels! Now see if you can get Berke Breathed to do a few guest appearances.

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    TheSpanishInquisition  almost 9 years ago

    I cried a little.

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    dan66  almost 9 years ago

    Is it me, or does the way Stephan drew Libby/Lib is a homage to the way Calvin looks?

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    scottcped  almost 9 years ago

    I would have NEVER known about this except for Ted Cruz’s post on FB! Yet ANOTHER reason to like him! (for me, anyway)

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    jdmckinnon  almost 9 years ago

    Just read an article… the last 3 days were co-authored by Bill Watterson of Calvin & Hobbs fame! Amazing!

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    mavman  almost 9 years ago

    So awesome that he got Mr. Watterson to collaborate on this strip! What a treat!!!

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    Lawrence Stetz Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    So what is Gary Larson doing these days?

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    Barboo2  almost 9 years ago

    This thought came to mind as I gleefully read your strips this week and phenomenal account of the creation of same…”Moby Dick seeks thee not. It is thou, thou, that madly seekest him!”.

    Mad respect for making peace and securing favor with the great whale! “Thar he inks! :-)

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    Rod Gonzalez  almost 9 years ago

    Somebody should beat up Rat instead.

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    bfwndtd  almost 9 years ago

    I got the reference/symoblism right away but now that I know who really drew the strips it’s even funnier. kudos!

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    chemiclord  almost 9 years ago

    Well played, Mr. Pastis. Well played.

    Now with that trip down memory lane, I need to dig out my collection of Calvin and Hobbes books…

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    bubjerryk  almost 9 years ago

    My God – FaceBook is only how Libby is really guest=Srtist Bill Watterson – now that sled really makes sense

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    effyman  almost 9 years ago

    Now the comment from the last panel of Thursday’s strip makes sense. If I remember correctly, Watterson didn’t like the space constraints in comics.

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    Reality Chex Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Genius. Sheer genius.

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    wbtthefrog  almost 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the many great years, Bill, and what a teamup for the cameo return.

    It’s work like yours that led me to agree that “In the right hands, a comic strip attains a beauty and an elegance that really I would put against any other art,” and to conclude that the greatest artist of the 20th century was, or is, really you. Thanks much for sharing your gift with the world.

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    RH3  almost 9 years ago

    “Bored with drawing”, not “of”.

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    Rollermonkey Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    When I saw this, I was wondering why Calvin & Hobbes was being referenced… I NEVER suspected the reason behind it. D’oh!

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    TIMH  almost 9 years ago

    Next month, Berkeley Breathed.

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    babita dabas  almost 9 years ago

    yeah yeah yeah, Bill Watterson is back.

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    DebStuart  almost 9 years ago

    Surprised by how seeing this made my heart completely flip felt that same twinge as I did when Mr. Watterson ended Calvin & Hobbes. Still my favorite after all these years. Glad you’re back Sir….you have been missed.

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    DFront Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    Love it. Mozart is alive and well and just drew 3 Pearls strips!

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    OLDERANDFOOLISH1  almost 9 years ago

    Enjoyable appearance by that master who created the gift we enjoyed that he gave us in his strip. It is wonderful to see people enjoy what they are doing or have done. Good wishes on whatever you do. Enjoy.

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    claire de la lune.  almost 9 years ago

    How sweet!

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    Arianne  almost 9 years ago

    What a sweet treat this has been, even if a little bittersweet. Thank-you Mr.Watterson and Mr.Pastis for all you’ve done, and do, to brighten our lives. My youngest was born in 1990, and by 1994, he was Calvin. Same hair, same triangle smile, same wicked sense of humor… a perpetual motion machine. Our family shared and loved C&H then, just as we laugh together at PBS now. It’s a precious gift. I can’t say thanks enough. !♥! Calvin and Hobbes series finale.

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    Blazing Flare  over 8 years ago

    “There’s a magical world out there to explore”.THAT reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes last strip.

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    proclusstudent  about 2 years ago

    I got here from the Kevin & Kell homage.<>

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    Darkknight55  over 1 year ago

    Stephen has likened this collaboration to getting a glimpse of bigfoot. No, this is more like seeing bigfoot for real, him walking up to you, and saying “hey, you want to get a beer?”

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    FrostbiteFalls  4 months ago

    A reference to the final “Calvin and Hobbes”, of course.

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