History ComicStrip / PearlsBeforeSwine

22nd Aug '16 3:01:31 PM margdean56
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Some early strips implied the cast lived in the town of Albany CA (where Stphen Pastis was living at the time), but this seems to have been [[RetCon Retconned]]; [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2011/09/05 this strip]] does provide a good overview of the neighboorhood though (apparently they live in "Pearlswood").

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Some early strips implied the cast lived in the town of Albany CA (where Stphen Stephan Pastis was living at the time), but this seems to have been [[RetCon Retconned]]; [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2011/09/05 this strip]] does provide a good overview of the neighboorhood neighborhood though (apparently they live in "Pearlswood").
22nd Aug '16 2:54:17 PM margdean56
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** The Lemmings are usually this, although often subverted or played with. And yes, Pastis is aware the mass suicide is a myth - one Lemming brought this up, but one leaped anyway as he had his headphones in.
* SuicideDare: In one set of episodes, Rat takes a job as a late night radio show host, which means that he gets to listen to people call in to say that they abducted by aliens and things like. One such person calls from his truck to say that aliens took his brain. Rat responds by saying that the aliens took his brain because he's a smart fellow, that they'll want the rest of his organs for military use and he must not let that happen. The caller panics and asks what should he do. Rat tells him to drive off a cliff. The caller does it, and lets out an [="AAAaaahhh=]" as he falls. One staff member points out the F.C.C. frowns on killing listeners and Rat says "Rules rules rules." This one is PlayedForLaughs.

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** The Lemmings are usually this, although often subverted or played with. And yes, Pastis is aware the mass suicide is a myth - -- one Lemming brought this up, but one leaped anyway as he had his headphones in.
* SuicideDare: In one set of episodes, Rat takes a job as a late night radio show host, which means that he gets to listen to people call in to say that they they've been abducted by aliens and things like.like that. One such person calls from his truck to say that aliens took his brain. Rat responds by saying that the aliens took his brain because he's a smart fellow, that they'll want the rest of his organs for military use and he must not let that happen. The caller panics and asks what should he do. Rat tells him to drive off a cliff. The caller does it, and lets out an [="AAAaaahhh=]" as he falls. One staff member points out that the F.C.C. frowns on killing listeners and Rat says "Rules rules rules." This one is PlayedForLaughs.
22nd Aug '16 2:21:06 PM margdean56
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* GoneHorriblyRight: One series of strips involved an elephant police officer named "Potus" attempting to help work out the issues between Zebra and the Crocs. Pastis named the character "Potus" after learning that POTUS is an acronym standing for "President of the United States", and wanted to see if any readers would pick up on the acronym. People did, but this led some fans to believe the series of strips was a metaphor for the US involvement in the Israel-Palestine conflict, which Pastis had never intented.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: One series of strips involved an elephant police officer named "Potus" attempting to help work out the issues between Zebra and the Crocs. Pastis named the character "Potus" after learning that POTUS is an acronym standing for "President of the United States", and wanted to see if any readers would pick up on the acronym. People did, but this led some fans to believe the series of strips was a metaphor for the US involvement in the Israel-Palestine conflict, which Pastis had never intented.intended.
22nd Aug '16 2:14:31 PM margdean56
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** In the [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2013/06/12#.UvGQb_ldXh4 June 12, 2013]] strip, [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]] show's up as the lawyer to bail most of the gang out of jail (who were put in for various contrived reasons).

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** In the [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2013/06/12#.UvGQb_ldXh4 June 12, 2013]] strip, [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Steve Dallas]] show's shows up as the lawyer to bail most of the gang out of jail (who were put in for various contrived reasons).



---> '''Rat''': It's best to love your family as you would a Siberian Tiger - from a distance, preferably separated by bars.

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---> '''Rat''': It's best to love your family as you would a Siberian Tiger - -- from a distance, preferably separated by bars.
18th Aug '16 5:16:43 AM MisterVercetti
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** Also, [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2005/11/20 this 2005 strip]].
11th Aug '16 9:08:40 PM RighteousFury
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* BrickJoke: When Rat hijacked the strip while Pastis was on vacation, [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-11-01 he mentioned that week's strips were supposed to be about Guard Duck and some cows]]. Guess what the arc was about [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-11-09 a week later]]?

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When Rat hijacked the strip while Pastis was on vacation, [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-11-01 he mentioned that week's strips were supposed to be about Guard Duck and some cows]]. Guess what the arc was about [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-11-09 a week later]]?later]]?
** A June 2014 strip had Rat inform a visiting reverend that he'd stopped attending church because he felt guilty for taking money from the collection basket. Several months later, when Rat's trying to convince the church to canonize him as a saint for letting a woman with one item cut in front of him at the grocery checkout line, he attempts to bribe Goat into supporting his cause with money taken from the church basket.



** An earlier arc had Rat's comic strip creation Dickie the Cockroach come to life and perform his trademark action of [[BoundAndGagged tying up and gagging]] people who say or do stupid things to ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}. When Rat tries to get Dickie to release her by pointing out how people are going to react when they see this, there's a GilliganCut to a couple at their kitchen table stating that "this is the best ''Cathy'' I've seen in twenty-five years." Several weeks later, when Rat comes BackFromTheDead after his head exploded from smiling, and is upset that nobody's happy that he's back, he encounters an unhappy Dickie. GilliganCut to a tied up and gagged Rat sitting with Cathy at her kitchen table as she reads the comics section: "This is the best ''Pearls Before Swine'' I've seen in two years."

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** An earlier arc had Rat's comic strip creation Dickie the Cockroach come to life and perform his trademark action of [[BoundAndGagged tying up and gagging]] people who say or do stupid things to ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}. When Rat tries to get Dickie to release her by pointing out how people are going to react when they see this, there's a GilliganCut to a couple at their kitchen table stating that "this is the best ''Cathy'' I've seen in twenty-five years." Several weeks later, when Rat comes BackFromTheDead after his head exploded from smiling, and is upset that nobody's happy that he's back, he encounters an unhappy Dickie. GilliganCut Cut to a tied up and gagged Rat sitting with Cathy at her kitchen table as she reads the comics section: "This is the best ''Pearls Before Swine'' I've seen in two years."
29th Apr '16 3:51:05 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2016/04/25 this strip]], Goat berates someone for using an e-book. While Goat is certainly someone who defends literature, his rant's vitriolic tone is more like Rat.
25th Apr '16 7:13:48 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2016/04/25 this strip]], Goat berates someone for using an e-book (which is something Rat would more likely do).

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* OutOfCharacterMoment: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2016/04/25 this strip]], Goat berates someone for using an e-book (which e-book. While Goat is something Rat would certainly someone who defends literature, his rant's vitriolic tone is more likely do).like Rat.
25th Apr '16 3:52:38 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2016/04/25 this strip]], Goat berates someone for using an e-book (which is something Rat would more likely do).
31st Mar '16 7:29:36 AM themisterfree
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Some early strips implied the cast lived in the town of Albany CA (where Stphen Pastis was living at the time), but this seems to have been [[RetCon Retconned]]; [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2011/09/05 this strip]] does provide a good overview of the neighboorhood though (apparently they live in "Pearlswood").
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