Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 20, 2024

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    BE THIS GUY  3 months ago

    I’m pretty sure the harps have been replaced after Les Paul got there.

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    BasilBruce  3 months ago

    So what instruments do they play in Hell, besides the accordion?

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    feverjr Premium Member 3 months ago

    Hopefully it means there’s Guinness in heaven…

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    David_the_CAD  3 months ago

    Hey there is a lot of rocking Celtic harpists out there. You are just not listening to the right music.

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    sergioandrade Premium Member 3 months ago

    “And they there’s a heaven for those who wait, some say it’s better but I say it ain’t” Billy Joel

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    Concretionist  3 months ago

    “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

    - variously attributed to several folks in the late 17th century.

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    hariseldon59  3 months ago

    Harps do occasionally find their way into popular music. For example, in the song “Love of My Life” by Queen.

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    orinoco womble  3 months ago

    There are also misguided folks who think Heaven is one long church service. So not.

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    priyansh.jeziel  3 months ago

    I imagine one of the greatest torments of Hell, would be having to listen to hillbilly (country and western) ‘music’ for eternity.

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    Sanspareil  3 months ago

    Hell has bagpipes and slide whistles!

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    GVentola Premium Member 3 months ago

    The Bible itself doesn’t depict Heaven as a boring place where we sit on a cloud all day playing the harp. Neither will it be one long church service. Heaven will be more pleasing than our wildest imagination. Misrepresentations of Heaven are dangerous if they make people not want to aim to go there.

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    Purple People Eater  3 months ago

    Those are old depictions they’re talking about. The afterlife has been modernized, and now they have electric harps.

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    Gent  3 months ago

    There ain’t no afterlife. When you is dies, that is the end of you. But what you is made of, what cannot be created nor destroyed, is just change into another form. But you, one of the many forms of it, is no longer exists.

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    MayCauseBurns  3 months ago

    Hell must be full of kazoos.

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    Radish the wordsmith  3 months ago

    Rat is a bit of a harpy.

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    cdward  3 months ago

    Although I wouldn’t worry about harps in the afterlife, I actually like harp music. Some of the newer electronic harp music is pretty cool. Look up Andreas Vollenweider or The Harp Twins (they’ll give you two extra reasons to watch)

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    kaycstamper  3 months ago

    Nope, Rat, you sin because you’re a sinner.

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    iggyman  3 months ago

    Yes, but so many people harp, and harp on some subjects, until you get sick of it!

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    unclebob53703 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Me too.

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    M2MM  3 months ago

    I suppose a rat would prefer “weaping and wailing and gnashing of teeth” to the sounds of harps. :P

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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    Rat just loves messing things up and he is proud to admit it.

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    Xyzzy - nothing happens Premium Member 3 months ago

    Mark Twain anticipated this comic. Letters From The Earth, 1909.

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    bpscg  3 months ago

    Mark Twain wrote a short story called “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven,” in which everyone, on arrival, gets a harp and a pair of wings. And everyone discovers they have no use for the harp or the wings, and discards them.

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    Robert Miller Premium Member 3 months ago

    I’m gonna plug the Harp Twins here…awesome sisters who play harps! Look ’em up!

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  3 months ago

    Careful. Bagpipes and accordions down “there.”

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    mrwiskers  3 months ago

    To me, Rat makes a good argument as a narcissist-atheist.

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    JD_Rhoades  3 months ago

    Mark Twain expanded on this idea in “Letters From the Earth.” Highly reccomend.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 3 months ago

    Everybody misunderstood. Heaven has Blues Harps.

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    franki_g  3 months ago

    You’re ahead of most of us, Rat. You know you sin and don’t try to spray perfume on p00p to call is something else or justify it.

    Jesus was kind to sinners, it was the self-righteous religious types that got the sharp side of his tongue. I believe He loved everyone, even them, but was trying to jar them out of their complacency. I was always more concerned about becoming the latter.

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    gaynier.ronald  3 months ago

    Iconography from the early 1600s frequently shows angelic brass ensembles with cornettos and trombones!

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 3 months ago

    “Everyone wants to go to Heaven and hear the music of the Heavenly chorus!! They start wars on Earth over less noise than that!” – Mark Twain

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    Procat Premium Member 3 months ago

    Don’t forget Tiny Tim on the ukulele. Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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    Brich027  3 months ago

    Would you prefer accordions? Or is that the other place?

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    Defective Premium Member 3 months ago

    There’s a harp player that I follow online. She can add distort to her harp, and other effects and make it sound amazing. Name a song, she plays it. She didn’t stick with that narrow view.

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    ComicRelief  3 months ago

    Night Gallery had an episode sort of about this – Lawerence Welk for eternity for the hard rocker.

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    Kaputnik  3 months ago

    If I find myself in an afterlife where I have to listen to any music when I don’t feel like it, I’ll know that it isn’t heaven.

    It’s not that I don’t like music, but I appreciate it more if I’m not forced to listen to it all the time.

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    grocks  3 months ago

    Rat needs a beer in hand in the last panel.

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    akachman Premium Member 3 months ago

    Props to the Piano Man: “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints”. Me, too.

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    Slowly, he turned...  3 months ago

    Or, as Mark Twain said (paraphrasing), we work hard to go to a place to be with people that we wouldn’t want to be with anyway.

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    VICTOR PROULX  3 months ago

    Will Tom Sawyer be there?

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    chris_o42  3 months ago

    I’d rather go to Rock N Roll Heaven because the music will be awesome!

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    gorbag  3 months ago

    And don’t get me started on HELL-thy food.

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    dalemcginnis  3 months ago

    I don’t think Harpo’s harp playing was boring.

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    HunterZero000  3 months ago

    Personally, I quite like harp music…

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    anamchara42  3 months ago

    The harp is anything BUT boring. My wife and I both play various forms of Celtic harps, and that music is inspiring and uplifting.

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    markkahler52  3 months ago

    My tunes be played on the harp unstrung….

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    steve-invest  3 months ago

    She’s Leaving Home by the Beatles

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    rshive  3 months ago

    Bring on the celestial kazoos!

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    royq27  3 months ago

    Why is Rat harping on about this?

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    DaBump Premium Member 3 months ago

    Indeed, people aren’t sent to hell so much as they choose not to get in tune with God.

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    Goat from PBS  3 months ago

    But the music… It’s angelic.

    I’ll see myself out.

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    Znox11  3 months ago

    My Epiphone Les Paul Classic Custom Pro also has strings.

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    rokkinrobin531  3 months ago

    If Rock and Roll Heaven has a helluva band, can you imagine the concerts in Hell when we get there?

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    Steverino Premium Member 3 months ago

    I wish Rat would quit harping on that subject.

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    Comics are the first thing to read  3 months ago

    Could be worse. Could be violas.

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    Cactus-Pete  3 months ago

    They show a lyre, to be exact, but of course all those depictions are wrong and completely made up by the artists based on nothing but their imagination. No one has ever been to the afterlife and then come back to paint or otherwise describe it.

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    RobinHood  3 months ago

    “Hell has all the best musicians.”

    Crowley, Good Omens.

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    mindjob  3 months ago

    In my case it won’t matter, because I can’t hear anything anyway

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    bbbmorrell  3 months ago

    I listen to Andreas Vollenweider a lot, so I am set. Well except for the whole trying to be good part.

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    stamps  3 months ago

    That’s accordion to scripture,.

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    aphasia219  3 months ago

    Hey, leave the poor harpists alone. They have it bad enough already, toting those huge things everywhere and then always having to tune every darn string once they get there.

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    RitaGB  3 months ago

    One of many good reasons to sin.

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    Keno21  3 months ago

    Mozart, in his day, was condemned by some for being too radical, so…

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Sorry Rat but if your playing the Harp for eternity you went to the bad place

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    aerotica69  3 months ago

    Could be worse. You could spend eternity at the opera.

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    zeexenon  3 months ago

    There’s a young lovely playing one on YouTube in a field where a curious deer walks in her direction - it’s a wonder how Y-Ts algorithm translated my love of camping, forests, and music to that conclusion.

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    Larry S  3 months ago

    People love Bach, but the angels play Mozart on their own time.

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    mollificent Premium Member 3 months ago

    Sigh. Harpists in the comics just can’t catch a break lately.

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    Cozmik Cowboy  3 months ago

    Rat & Pig need to go on YouTube and search “Harp Twins”……..

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  3 months ago

    I always heard heaven also had choirs of angels.

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    Decius Premium Member 3 months ago

    Rat and Mark Twain (“Letters from the Earth”)

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    elgrecousa Premium Member 3 months ago

    Hey guys, forget it, there’s no heaven and no harps. Just silence, deadly silence.

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    MacII  3 months ago

    “You see, the thing about heaven is that heaven is for people who like the sort of things that go on in heaven. Like, well, singing, talking to God, watering pot plants.”

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    Denney707  3 months ago

    Mark Twain said it first in “Letters From the Earth.”

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    TIMH  3 months ago

    Yeah, but if you go to Hell it’s all bag pipes.

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    PoodleGroomer  3 months ago

    Heaven would be where the harpist gets to spend time playing than moving the harp and retuning.

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    TheWildSow  3 months ago

    Welcome to Heaven — here’s your harp.

    Welcome to Hell — here are your bagpipes!

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    Bilan  3 months ago

    Yes, heaven has harps. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard In A Godda Da Vida on the harp.

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    pamela welch Premium Member 3 months ago

    This was very funny -LOLOL - Thanks Stephan ♥♥

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    bigger Nate  3 months ago

    1 could tolerate the harp if Harpo Marx is playing it

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    Croc Holliday  3 months ago

    There’s nothing after folks. Live this life for all its worth.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 959438]  3 months ago

    Heh… they’ve obviously never heard my grandma play her hot jazz harp. Ian Fleming even wrote about her in his autobiography.

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    cymusiker  3 months ago

    How High the Moon?

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