The Morning Line: Six Degrees of Stephan Pastis
Look closely in the last panel of today's "Brewster Rockit." No, closer.
Yep, right there on the T-shirt is "Pig" from "Pearls Before Swine." What in the name of Mighty Zeeba is going on here?
It's a nice nod from Tim Rickard to fellow cartoonist Stephan Pastis, of course. And it's worth noting that Pastis wrote a very funny foreword to Rickard's first collection of strips: "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! -- Close Encounters of the Worst Kind." (Rickard, by the way, is a member of MENSA, which perhaps explains his preoccupation with drawing large noggins.)
This is the same Stephan Pastis, of course, who regularly imports characters from such strips as "Cathy" and "Family Circus." The same Pastis who, along with "Get Fuzzy's" Darby Conley, pops into online chats with toonists like "Lio's" Mark Tatulli. All of which got us to thinking:
Has it gotten to the point where every syndicated strip, and cartoonist, can be traced back to the omnipresent Pastis -- through some byzantine network of comic cross-pollination?
In other words: Can we now officially play "Six Degrees of Stephan Pastis" with a reasonable amount of success? We challenge you to test your skills.
Meantime, we'll break this bit of news to Kevin Bacon. "Sorry, Mr. Bacon, but, well -- in an interesting twist of nomenclature -- you've been replaced by a Pig."
| September 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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