Fan Art

I get a fair amount of Pearls-related art sent to me….Here are some I’ve liked….

First off, a very cool Rat piñata made entirely of Pearls strips….

Then there is this cool drawing — one artist’s interpretation of Rat, the writer:

And finally, in the True Dedication Department, a croc-hungry car:

If you have stuff you’d like me to post, send it along.






And The Soon-To-Be-Immortalized Winner Is…

Thank you to all the people who submitted entries for the “Only the Pearls” iPad app quiz!

And while I would like to declare you all winners, my publisher insists there can only be one…

Thus….(insert sound of drum roll here)…….the winner is:

Melanie Lustig!

Melanie will soon have the pleasure (displeasure?) of seeing her name appear in a Pearls strip.

Will she be a doomed croc?  A strange neighbor?  A set-up to an irritating pun?….

No one knows.  Least of all me.  Because I haven’t written the strip yet.

I have already submitted strips to the syndicate through the end of March, but my best guess is that the strip will appear in the late Spring….

Thank you everyone for playing.  To me, you are all immortal.  (Well, not really.  Just trying to be diplomatic).


Last Chance To Be Immortal

Time is winding down to enter the contest in honor of the first ever Pearls app for the iPad.  Entries have to be in by midnight PST on Friday, January 27.

The winner will be forever immortalized by having his/her name mentioned in one of my daily strips. (First name only.)

All you have to do is watch the app, and then afterwards, correctly answer all of the questions.  At the end of the game, I’ll randomly pull out one winner.

Just email your answers to:

Here are the questions again:

Only the Pearls Search and Find Game

  1. Name the coffee shop where Rat works as a barista and opines about Louisa May Alcott.
  2. What do I have trouble drawing? I mean, aside from everything. What do I specifically have trouble drawing?
  3.  It’s a __________ move to surround yourself with your own memorabilia.
  4. How many rules does each strip need to pass in order for me to consider it funny?
  5. Who in the Writing Room might need a trip to the optometrist and why?
  6. One word: _____________
  7. What does Pig whisper and how do you know he’s whispering?
  8. Pig and I own the same piece of clothing. What is it?
  9. What are the answers to the Jumble I created?
  10. What magical creature does Zebra not believe in?
  11. Where did my bulletin board come from?
  12. What seems to be the beverage of choice in the Writing Room?

Good luck!

P.S.  And in case you missed the cool trailer, it’s right here:

Ten Years Ago Today

It was December 30, 2001 that Pearls Before Swine first debuted in newspapers.

Well, newspaper.

This strip ran in the Orlando Sentinel, which for some reason needed to start the strip a week before all the other newspapers kicked in. I would later re-run the strip so it could run in all the other newspapers as well.

And in honor of my tenth anniversary, I’ve signed a few more books at my local Copperfield’s Bookstore in Santa Rosa, California.  I also drew a character in each.  So if you want one, just call 707 578-8938 and they will ship it to you.

Now go out and celebrate.


And Now For The Cities I Wasn’t Able to Visit

For those of you whose city I wasn’t able to get to on the last book tour, I just signed a bunch of “Larry in Wonderland” books (and drew a character each) at my local Barnes and Noble.

So if you want one, just call and order and they’ll ship it to you. I also signed a few other Pearls books as well.

The number is 707-576-7494, but call quick, as these often go quickly.