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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 07/28/2008

"Pearls Before Swine's" Stephan Pastis

By Michael Cavna

If you've ever laughed aloud at Rat and Pig, then it's time to act now -- and be bold, lest the Lionesses not respect you.

The man behind those reliably funny animals in "Pearls Before Swine" -- Stephan Pastis -- has agreed to an upcoming Comic Riffs interview. So if you've got a question you'd like us to pose to the real Pastis -- as opposed to the stubbly, ballcapped avatar who frequents his feature -- then post it in the comments field here.

And of course, Pastis is well-aware of our ulterior motive: To cajole him into drawing the showdown of comic-cat titans that we proposed in last week's "Bucky Katt v. Garfield" rant. So in the name of fleabag fisticuffs: Zeeba zeeba!

By Michael Cavna  | July 28, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
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Where on earth did you get the inspiration for the Lil' Guard Duck? He's *hysterical* (if also megalomaniacal and a little trigger-happy)!

Posted by: Q for Pastis | July 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I have two questions, but if you can only answer one, that's fine ...

1) Aside from your own, of course, what are some of your favorite comics in the paper today?

2) I have to ask - did you really buy your wife a rake for her birthday?

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Posted by: Sno | July 28, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Any update on getting toys made? I could use a Guard Duck to protect my stapler at work.

Posted by: JD | July 28, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Is Pastis left handed like his avatar?

Posted by: KM | July 28, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Have you found out what it is that Rick Stromonski has against you?

Posted by: John Read | July 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

- What inspired you to go on the offensive against stale comics that are still widely printed despite the retirement or death of their creators?

- Did you always intend to go against the grain with "Pearls" or was it something that developed naturally?

Posted by: William | July 29, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey Stephan,

Can you describe the feeling of creating something that hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of people live to read every day?


Posted by: Lucas Turnbloom | July 29, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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