On This, the 12th Anniversary of Pearls Before Swine, A How-To-Guide to Collecting Every Single Pearls Strip

I am often asked by readers for the easiest way to collect all the published Pearls Before Swine strips going back to the very first strip, which was published 12 years ago today, on December 31, 2001.  And I have to admit, it can get confusing.

After all, there have been 14 collections (the small books), 6 treasuries (the big books), 2 gift books (the hardcover books), and even one Pearls kids book (yes, I did a Pearls kids book).

So let me simplify things.  The quickest (and cheapest) way to collect every single strip from the very beginning is to just buy the 6 treasuries.  They are, in order of publication date:

Sgt. Piggy’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (published 2004)


Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My! (published 2006)

lions and tigers

The Crass Menagerie (published 2008)


Pearls Sells Out (published 2009)

sells out

Pearls Blows Up (published 2011)

blows up

Pearls Freaks the #$%# Out (published 2012)


And if you’re a think-ahead kind of person, you can even pre-order the seventh treasury, which comes out in March, called Pearls Falls Fast (sneak peek below).


As an added bonus, each of these seven treasuries contains my commentary below many of the strips, which some people say is funnier than the strips (a compliment?  not a compliment?  I never know).

I’m also asked what the difference is between a “collection” and a “treasury.”  In short, a Pearls collection contains 9 months worth of strips.  A treasury contains 18 months worth of strips.  So a treasury is simply two collections put together.  Thus, there are twice as many Pearls collections (14) as treasuries (7).

So another way to collect every single Pearls strips is to just buy all 14 collections, and skip the treasuries altogether.  Either way, I get your money.  And that’s what’s important.

So if you want to go that route, here is a listing (and Amazon link to) every single collection, in order of publication:

BLTs Taste So Darn Good (published 2003)


This Little Piggy Stayed Home (published 2004)

stayed home

Nighthogs (published 2005)


The Ratvolution Will Not Be Televised (published 2006)


Da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata (published 2007)


The Sopratos (published 2007)


Macho Macho Animals (published 2008)


The Saturday Evening Pearls (published 2009)


50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can’t Be Wrong (published 2010)

50 million

When Pigs Fly (published 2010)

when pigs

Larry in Wonderland (published 2011)


Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover With Your Left Hand (published 2012)


Unsportsmanlike Conduct (published 2013)


Rat’s Wars (published 2013)

rats wars

And now I am going off to celebrate Pearls 12th anniversary as any cartoonist would.

By drawing more strips.

Lock Up Your Valuables — I’m Coming To Your Town (UPDATED)

The Timmy Failure/Pearls tour is just around the corner!  Including my first trips ever to the states of Indiana, Michigan, and Florida.

See dates and locations below!

Saturday, 3/1/14, 2 p.m. – Andersons Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL 60540

Sunday, 3/2/14, 2 p.m. – Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN  with Kids Ink Bookstore

Thursday, 3/6/14, 7 p.m. – Nicola’s Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Saturday, 3/15/14, 2:45 p.m. – Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park, Fort Myers River District, Fort Myers, FL

Sunday, 3/16/14, 2 p.m. – Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL

So come on out and meet me, and see if I’m as annoying as you’d assume.  And bring beer (although I’m not supposed to tell you that, because my kids book publisher gets mad when I do).  So hush hush on the beer.

And wear clothes.


Stephan “Soon to be Sleeping on Your Couch” Pastis


Dilbert Creator Scott Adams and Me Go Head-to-Head, and It Does Not End Well for One of Us

As some of you might know, I owe my whole career to Dilbert creator Scott Adams, who way back in 2000 told all of his fans to go read Pearls.  It was at that point that Pearls took off.

So when Scott called a few weeks ago and asked if I’d film a video with him, I jumped at the chance.  I got to spend the entire day at his house filming, and afterwards, I drank every bottle of vodka he had.  So it was a win-win for me.  Plus, I got to say, “F#ck you, Scott” in the video.

Behold, the result of that fine day: