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stephan

i don’t know Stephan Pastis personally [although i did meet him once and introduce him to No_bob, the world’s most famous dolphin and if we keep on harrassing him he will surely HAVE to include No_bob in a strip] but it is quite possible he is stalking me.

As is evidenced in these two strips i just saw on the best and worst of foods. It’s like he ‘gets’ me.

THE BEST:

PearlsBeforeMayoTHE WORSTish:

PearlsBeforeOysters

Well, not quite the worst. You need to rely on Garfield for that:

THE ABSOLUTE WORST:

garfield1

garfield2Whereas clearly Mr Pastis has some work to do on this one:

Pearls before RaiSINs

[For more great Pearls before Swineness, click here]

[The time i met Stephan and introduced him to No_bob] 

 

 

 

Well it’s like a joke or favourite movie really, right? How do you possibly pick just one?

i feel like i have so many that i really dig and so would maybe have to break it down into themes…

My all-time favourite Gary Larsen [of ‘The Far Side’ fame] is definitely this one with the unfortunate spider incident:

spiderlarsen

As you know by now, i’m a HUGE fan of Pearls before Swine by Stephan Pastis and have a whole gallery of his strips that i enjoy over here and it would be hard to have a favourite Pearls tha doesn’t include the Crocs, my favourite characters:

pearlsbeforeglass

croc

But, to be honest, among all the great ones there are, this is the one that jumps out at me when i think of a favourite Pearls:

pearlsdad

Then there is a cartoon strip called Buttersafe that bounces between amazingly funny and completely random but it really does do misdirection well, which is one of my favourite forms of humour:

buttersafechessGarfield is a lot of really hit or miss but when it hits it is great and when it features this particular topic, then even better:

garfield

 

And then of course there is Calvin and Hobbes which was just pure greatness but my favourites tended to be his snow-related ones:

snowbowl snowfood snowsharkAnd so many more, because let’s face it, there have been some great comic strips…

But i want to know what your favourite is… currently my favourite strip is Pearls before Swine. Do you have a best ever? Or a current fave?

Stick an example or add a link in the comments section and let’s share the cartoon strip love…

Pearls before raiSINs

i think most people know my feelings about raiSINs [the face that the word ‘sin’ appears in the word ‘raiSIN’ is a clue!].

in fact i may have even blogged about it once or twice, such as over here, which includes links to the two raiSIN songs i wrote and recorded [yes, i wrote songs about my passion against raiSINs].

even my alter ego, Brad Fish, had something to say about them. two things in fact. which you can watch over here.

and so when it comes to raiSIN cartoons i typically would lean more towards my main man Garfield in feeling:

Garfield raisinsbut you will also know by now what a big fan i am of Pearls before Swine and so even thought i don’t endorse this message, i do have to appreciate it:

Pearls before RaiSINs

well played, Pastis, well played…

[for more of my favourite Pearls strips, click here]

 

a few years ago i visited new york with a good buddy of mine, justin paton, and one of the touristy things we came across was the Charging Bull, a 3,200-kg (7,100 lb) bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that stands Wall Street in Manhattan.

being a touristy symbol, we had to wait a fair amount of time to get a picture with it and so naturally when we did i had to be a little different and took some ‘grabbing the bull by the balls’ shots [a cousin to the ‘when life gives you lemons’ metaphor]

why? because you only live once and so why have the same picture everyone else has? [as Garfield would say, ‘why be Nermal?’]

life has got to be seized by the… um, opportunities as you only get one shot at it [on this side of heaven, anyways] and so how is it possible that so many people give in to living mediocrely [i was going to say “choose” but i don’t honestly believe anyone chooses to be mediocre, i just think people tend to give in, or get tired, or settle and suddenly there it is] but not me! this guy chooses to live. and to live well. LIFE TO THE FULL!

it helps that one of the central ideas of the religious faith i hold to is this same idea, where in John 10.10 Jesus says to His followers, ‘the thief [enemy] comes to steal and kill and destroy, but i have come that you may have life, and have it to the full!’

it is pretty much a command from the God i follow that we must live life well here [not just in preparation for what might come later as many have sadly made it] – but right here, right now.

and living to the full, according to Jesus, includes such diverse (and exciting) elements as… loving your enemies, offering forgiveness to anyone who has hurt you, finding a way to connect with and enrich the lives of those considered as ‘the least of these’ [with a special emphasis on widows and orphans] and teaching others the things that Jesus has taught you.

this thing is not going to be boring, and if it is, we have somehow missed the point.

so next time you find yourself standing near to a touristy attraction and someone with a camera is standing by, think out of the box and let your creativity loose and who knows how it will affect the rest of your life…

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