Pearls Books

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.  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)

piggys

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

lions and tigers

The Crass Menagerie (published 2008)

crass

Pearls Sells Out (published 2009)

sells out

Pearls Blows Up (published 2011)

blows up

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

freaks

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).

falls

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)

BLT

This Little Piggy Stayed Home (published 2004)

stayed home

Nighthogs (published 2005)

nighthogs

The Ratvolution Will Not Be Televised (published 2006)

ratvolution

Da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata (published 2007)

brudderhood

The Sopratos (published 2007)

sopratos

Macho Macho Animals (published 2008)

macho

The Saturday Evening Pearls (published 2009)

saturday

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)

larry

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

because

Unsportsmanlike Conduct (published 2013)

unsportsmanlike

Rat’s Wars (published 2013)

rats wars

Thanks a ton,

Stephan