The New Book, The New Tour, My Old Fingers, and Elvis’s Monkey

My newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road, will be in stores next week.  It has 18 months’ worth of Pearls strips and contains my commentary below many of the strips.


It is the ninth Pearls treasury.  If you own them all, you have every single Pearls strip I’ve published (Well, except for the last six months or so of strips.  It takes awhile to get them into books).   For the curious, those prior eight treasuries are:  Sgt. Piggy’s Lonely Hearts Club Comic; Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My; The Crass Menagerie; Pearls Sells Out; Pearls Blows Up; Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out; Pearls Falls Fast;  and Pearls Gets Sacrificed

The commentary  is often people’s favorite part of the book.  Which is not saying much for the strips.  It’s sort of like when someone compliments your shoes but adds that you’re fat.  But I am not fat.  Though I am getting there, after eating this burger with a donut for a bun in Nashville last week.


I’m now thinking that wasn’t a healthy move.  So instead of flying home from Nashville to California, I ran.  It burned off almost half the calories.

My fatness aside, the commentary is often both funny and insightful, and sometimes neither.   But if you don’t like it, there’s a money back guarantee.  Not from me, but the store.  And not willingly.  You’d have to rob them.

But before you rob anyone, take a look at what a sample page looks like.  This one contains commentary about how angry people get when you kick nuns.  So kids, don’t kick nuns.


I should add that my fingers do not come with the book.  Though I suppose they could, if you were willing to pay extra and let me stay at your house.

Speaking of staying at your house, here are the 9 cities I’ll be traveling to on my upcoming book tour:

Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm — Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

(Well, this one doesn’t really count as “traveling”, as it’s just two miles from me.  So I suppose I can just sleep at my own house for this one.  Though I have been assured by the museum that if the event goes late, I can sleep under Schulz’s desk.)

Sunday, April 23, 4:00 pm – Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd,, Beaverton, OR

(Ah, Portland.  Where I can eat even more donuts and get stoned legally.  So if you’re going to come to just one event, make it this one, as things could get interesting.)

Monday, April 24, 7:00 pm – Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA

(Always sunny Seattle.  Where I hear The Far Side‘s Gary Larson lives.  So if you have a connection, let me know.  Otherwise, I’ll go to that market and catch fish with everyone else.)

Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm – Magers and Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

(Minnesota!  The state that gave us Charles Schulz and F. Scott Fitzgerald and a very, very large mall.  But I do not like malls.  So please, someone recommend a bar.)

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 – Dallas Morning News, 508 Young St., Dallas, TX

(Dallas!  Believe it or not, this event was almost scheduled to be at the Texas School Book Depository, the building from which Oswald killed Kennedy.  Or didn’t.  Depending on how conspiratorially-minded you are.  But no matter, it is now being held at the Dallas Morning News.  So if I bore you, you can just kick back and read a newspaper.)

Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm – Universal UClick, 1130 Walnut Street., Kansas City, MO

(If you are a comics fan, Kansas City may be the most unique opportunity.  That’s because the event is being held at my syndicate, the same syndicate that distributes Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Doonesbury, and many more comics.  As far as I know, this is the one and only time they have opened up the building for a public event.  More importantly, the head of my syndicate, John Glynn, will be there.  Feel free to touch him, hug him, pat him on the head.  But be careful – he has a temper, as you will see in this video.)

Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm – The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD

(Baltimore!  This is one of only two cities on the tour where I have never done a book signing.  I put it on the tour because I recently drank in the Inner Harbor area and loved it (My motivations are just that shallow).  So if you don’t see me at the signing, that’s where I’ll be.  Passed out.  Perhaps floating lifeless in the water, like something out of an episode of The Wire.)

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 pm – Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC

(Raleigh!  It’s been a few years since I’ve done a signing at Quail Ridge, but it was one of my favorites.  So I am coming back!  That is, if I survive Baltimore.  If not, please entertain yourselves.)

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm – Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

(Boston!  Along with Baltimore, one of only two cities on the tour where I have never done a signing.  While there, I will also be talking about my kids book series, Timmy Failure.  That’s all presuming I have any fans at all in Boston.  Which I may not.  So if it’s just two or three of us sitting around, we can hold hands and share intimate stories.)

So that’s the tour. The goal of which is to make me so rich and famous that one day, just like Elvis, I can fill my home with things like this monkey, which I found on Elvis’s coffee table.


That’s all assuming I live that long.  Which, after the hamburger in Nashville, is iffy.

So please, come see me while you still can.


Stephan “Pretty Fingers” Pastis























21 thoughts on “The New Book, The New Tour, My Old Fingers, and Elvis’s Monkey

  1. I was educated by nuns and hold them in high esteem. They helped me develop into an intelligent person with a sense of humour, so I can differentiate between hate speech and a pun. Therefore, I find your strip hilarious. I will be purchasing your book. Thank you for the many laughs.

  2. Stephan,
    Jim and I are PBS fans and have been from the very beginning of the strip. Rat holds a place of enormous esteem in our house. (That should tell you something about our sense of humor.) I did want to tell you that I am a Catholic girl (actually, I passed “girl” quite a while ago), educated by the nuns all the way through college, with the exception of a year here and there. I think the strips with the nuns are absolutely hilarious!
    Keep up the good work and let us know if/when you come through Tucson. We’re just down the road.

    Anne Lynch

  3. Thanks for the heads-up, Stephan. I just pre-ordered your new book and ordered 2 of your oldies on Amazon. I read your strips in the newspaper but haven’t bought a collection yet. If you get bored… check out my books on Amazon. I write wild and crazy fiction and am working on the attached novel for a July 4th release. Have Fun! Ric Bauer

  4. I was expelled from Catholic school after the second grade for kicking a nun in the shins. I had temper issues. Many long time friends made sure I saw that strip when it was first published.

  5. If you haven’t been to Balamer yet, check out Fort McHenry. You will think of it again and again, depending on how many ball games you subsequently attend.

  6. Try Pine State Biscuits in Portland if you get the chance. They’ll make your donut burger look sensible.

  7. While in Minneapolis, go to the Sidetrack Tap in nearby Lake Wobegone. Enjoy a beer and a bump with some of the local Norwegian bachelor farmers.

  8. Never thought you’d come to Washington County, i.e., BN in Beaverton, OR, so I just up and moved to Bend, OR to join up with the younger members of the family. It’s a four-hour drive back to Beaverton, so forget backtracking. When are you coming to Bend?

    BTW, Bend is the beer capital of Oregon. I kid you not.

  9. I used to live in Santa Rosa and wonder if the Coddingtown Mall is still there? (Actually, I know it is, because I just asked the intertubes.) I always thought that was a really weird name for a mall. And because you’re a fellow mall-o-phobe, I thought I’d bring it up. You’re welcome.

    Also, I used to shelve books in a library and recommended TIMMY FAILURE to many young readers wandering the stacks.

    Congrats on the new book!

  10. You were in Nashville? Shucks! Why do I always hear about these things too late?

  11. Hugh O’Connell? Come on, dude. We live in Bend and are going over for this. Distance is no obstacle when traveling with a teenager to these things. We traveled to Tacoma when the mood hit Stephen to travel there for a visit. So make the trip if you can. It will be worth it AND you can get a decent donut there unlike Central Oregon (excepts at Richards Donuts). A total shame about the donuts but we can get a burger in place of that donut. 😁

  12. Stephen, I’ve read all your books and loved everyone of them. I can’t wait for your latest edition to arrive at my local library, so I can read it for free, as I’ve read all your others. It’s true what they say: You just can’t put a price on quality comics. But if they did, I’d opt for the free option every time.

  13. Seeing you at the Beaverton Powells was awesome, and you are an absolute riot. We unfortunately lost the photos we took with my husband’s camera though, the memory card formatted itself.

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