Eight years ago, back in 2003, I drew my cover for the first Pearls book, BLTs Taste So Darn Good. Looking on some of the more recent covers, like the one for the next treasury, it now looks almost quaint.
This cover has always bothered me because it’s too plain and just not that funny. And that’s because it’s not the original cover I drew.
I can’t remember who it was, but someone at either my publisher or syndicate decided it was too confusing to have these other people on the cover because it implied they were regular characters in the strip, which they weren’t. I just thought it made it funny to have all these people repulsed by a pig eating a pig.
But I was new, and didn’t want to rock the boat, so I went along with their suggestion and nixed all the people. But I’ve always regretted that. Because looking back on it, I like the second version better.
And now you know the rest of the story.