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March 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Pearls Before Swine: Rat & Pig
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"Pearls Before Swine" Cartoonist

Thursday, March 15, 2018

An illustrated talk by Stephan Pastis, creator of the syndicated daily comic strip.

Laugh out loud at an illustrated talk by nationally syndicated, New York Times bestselling cartoonist Stephan Pastis. His daily comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” appears in 750 newspapers worldwide, including The Register-Guard. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the University of Oregon Duck Store.

Stephan Pastis has drawn cartoons since childhood. Completely self-taught, he felt he was unlikely to succeed as a professional. So he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science, then went on to UCLA Law School. While bored in class, he found himself sketching the character Rat, who would become a mainstay of all his future comic strips. Creative inspiration followed him through graduation in 1993 to his first law firm job in San Francisco, where by 1996 he finally started submitting his comics to syndicates.

Persisting through early rejections, Pastis ultimately created his signature strip “Pearls Before Swine,” chronicling his worldview through the misadventures of arrogant Rat, sweet-but-dumb Pig, philosophical Goat, and a brood of other anthropomorphized animals and many, many puns. The strip can now be read in newspapers worldwide, dozens of book collections, and at Several of the collections have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

In 2013, Pastis took on the new challenge of becoming a children's author with “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” about an inept kid detective and his sidekick polar bear. An instant bestseller, it led to a series which is now published in nearly 40 languages.