4/25/12

Stephan Pastis: Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My!

Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My!: Pearls Before Swine Treasury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Comics - "shameless"
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Pages: 264

"The Pearls Before Swine crew are at it again in their new book, Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My! But even the wonderful Wizard of Oz couldn't help this bunch of merry misfits. Collecting strips from his last two books, Nighthogs and The Ratvolution Will Not Be Televised, cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes you on a magically malicious journey over the rainbow and into the rat trap of Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My! As in the previous Pearls treasury collection, Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic, the comic strips are annotated, as only the smart-alecky, misanthropic-but-lovable Pastis can do. Following his yellow brick road of notes, readers gain great insights into the making of such classic Pearls bits as Rat's stint as a New York Times reporter, Angry Bob, Pig's plastic surgery, the Mallet o' Understanding, Mrs. Bootyworth, and the fraternal order of the Zeeba Zeeba Eetas."

My Thoughts:
Old Pearls strips are amazing. These strips are dark, cynical, and even shameless, but incredibly funny. Some of these are even somewhat thought-provoking. While his artwork isn't fabulously spectacular (he often criticizes his own drawing ability in the commentary), his humor is top-notch. For some reason, the new Pearls strips just aren't as funny anymore. Fans of Pastis's current work will be astounded by the hilarity of the strips in this treasury.

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