Pearls Before Swine is a syndicated comic strip that runs in 750 newspapers around the world. The strip pairs an angry, arrogant Rat with a sweet but dumb Pig, the latter of whom is protected by a violent, albeit delusional Guard Duck. Pig and Rat’s friends also include a bookish, intelligent Goat, and a poor, besieged Zebra whose only goal is to keep from being eaten by his inept and inarticulate next-door neighbors, the Fraternity of Zeeba Zeeba Eata crocodiles. Oh, and there are some lemmings who kill themselves.
The National Cartoonists Society awarded Pearls Before Swine the Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 2003 and in 2006. Pearls was also nominated for syndicated cartooning’s highest award, the Reuben Award, in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.