Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for June 30, 2017

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    BE THIS GUY  over 6 years ago

    Barnes & Noble is better.

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    Cheapskate0  over 6 years ago

    In the last panel, why isn’t Rat threatening to throw Stephan over the border?

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    Sherlock Watson  over 6 years ago

    I remember Borders; it was far superior to Barnes & Noble. Better selection, good service, deals that you didn’t have to pay an annual fee to get… I’m with Doctor Dan on this.

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    Bilan  over 6 years ago

    Gee, Doc. If you don’t have a Borders to read at, how about renewing the magazines in your waiting room.

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member over 6 years ago

    OH! I thought maybe Doctors Without Borders were ones that Stephan drew without any black outlines around thhem.

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Today’s travesty reminds me of what Virginia Mayo said to James Cagney in “The West Point Story”—-“Even for YOU this is a new low!”

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    Masterskrain Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Anyone remember Waldenbooks?? Of course at “Buns and Noodles” in Knoxville, I DID manage to score an autographed copy of “Pearls Gets Sacrificed” with a hand drawn picture of Rat signed by Stephen!

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    chris_weaver  over 6 years ago

    What are these ‘bookstores’ that you speak of?

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    grildobkin1961  over 6 years ago

    Myself, I belong to that somewhat lesser known organization, Plumbers Without B Daltons.

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    Sisyphos  over 6 years ago

    I miss Chicago’s old Kroch’s and Brentano’s, my “must” every time I went into the city back in the day. (And If you read the Wikipedia article, let me add that I remember fondly dealing with Henry Tabor himself, who is mentioned prominently in the text.)

    Now, though I used to deal with Blackwell’s as Kyle still does, I find they have become too modernized and “efficient” and have lost their charm; it’s Casemate/Oxbow for me now….

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    Al Nala  over 6 years ago

    There’s still Barnes and Ignoble.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 6 years ago

    And then there’s Powell’s in Portland. Great place.

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    EarlAult  over 6 years ago

    Stephan – I really enjoy your comics. Your puns make my day.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Brentano’s, Doubleday, Oxford, B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, Chapter 11, Rizzoli, Borders, Presbyterian, Cokesbury, Coles, Media Play, Family Christian, Lifeway Christian, Paper Chase, Tower, Barnes and Noble. Those are the bookstores that were operating in metro Atlanta when I moved here, at least the ones I recall off the top of my head. I’m sure there were more. All are gone save Barnes and Noble. Books-a-Million still operates, but they are a regional rather than national chain and they are one sixth the size of Barnes and Noble. There’s at least one borough of New York City with over a million people and NO BOOKSTORE at all. And Barnes and Noble is struggling, shrinking, closing stores, letting workers go. Amazon is great, Barnes and Noble online is pretty good. But it will be a sad day if finally there’s no longer any brick and mortar stores in which to browse books, to come across a wonderful book by accident or serendipity, to ask for information about a book before you buy, to get help making a selection.

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    Number Three  over 6 years ago

    Bookstores will probably be extinct in at least 5 years time. Enjoy them while you can.


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    cdgar  over 6 years ago

    I get all my books used at local thrift shops. Much cheaper.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I still have my Boarders rewards card on my key chain.

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    Carolyn Oliver Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I once worked for Borders. This warms my heart.

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    Slappy Squirrel  over 6 years ago

    We have several Half-Priced Books near us. I think the chain started in Texas and expanded outward. Love when they have their mega clearance at one of the local fairgrounds. Pretty much anything 3 bucks or less. They’re online too. Spend waayy to much time there, I’m running out of shelf space.

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    Calvin  over 6 years ago

    Libraries often receive donated books, many of which are duplicates that end up on their 50 cent sale table. Same for CD’s and DVD’s.

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  21. Cathy aack Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I miss Borders.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I have been in USA in 1998 and I bought a lot of books in that bookstore

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    ND Cool Z  about 5 years ago

    The Borders bookstores in my country Malaysia are still open. Lucky me!

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