Pearls Before Swine cartoonist pencils in St. Pete

The venerable comic artist visits the St. Pete venue Sunday at 2 p.m.

Some people learned to read using Dick and Jane; others, like Stephan Pastis, learned to read using Peanuts

It makes sense, then, that he abandoned his career as a lawyer and became a cartoonist. In 2002, the world saw its first Pearls Before Swine, best described as the comic strip's answer to animated television's Squiggle Vision

Meet Pastis this Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., when he speaks to an expected standing-room-only crowd at St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater (253 Fifth Ave. N.). This appearance, part of his One Step Ahead of the Mob tour, will offer crowds the chance to get a signed copy of Pearls Gets Sacrificed: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury. He'll also talk about how the strip came into existence.

Tampa Bay Times movie critic and reporter Steve Persall will ask grill him in the Times' hard-hitting journalistic fashion, including asking questions  such as "What's wrong with you? Were you dropped on your head as a kid?" and "Are you really sleeping in a basket."

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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