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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 03/25/2009

Plush 'Pearls' Toys? Indeed--What a Croc!

By Michael Cavna

Afternoon, Cartoon Nation...

Here at Comic Riffs, we are no product pimps. We do not shill, we do not peddle. We like to think we are ethically and morally above that. And besides, more to the point: No one has offered to actually pay for our pimping services.

So it is with a completely clear conscience that we post these images of brand-new plush toys. And our sole motivation? That these "Pearls Before Swine" toys are just Fast-food kiddie-bag knockoffs, these are not.

Now, if only creator Stephan Pastis can get his animated-film project to become a reality. The tie-in toys are already made to ship. No word, though, on whether Larry has a pull-string that, when tugged on, says: "Zeeba Zeeba!"

I asked Pastis about the new toys. He tells 'Riffs that they'll help when drawing the strip from different angles: "Now when i'm totally confused about how to draw the back-view of the Croc, i can consult the plush toys!"


Hollywood's Nate Sanders memorabilia auction house says it plans to auction off the original art of this April Fools' Day "Peanuts" strip. (The auction closes March 31.) Creator Charles Schulz reportedly gave this to cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant ("Pot Shots") at a 1975 meeting of the Northern California Cartoon and Humor Association. My first thought, though: How many other pro cartoonists who rubbed shoulders with Schulz have original art from "Sparky"? And if you do as a cartoonist: Would you dare part with it?


As our Official "Judge Parker" Vigil continues, 'Riffs continues to encourage readers to call the feedback hotline (202.334.4775) or to e-mail: with your reactions to scheduled lineup changes.

A number of readers have written to Comic Riffs asking whether Post management is listening. Well, I know for a fact that management has been personally aware of the public reaction since this blog announced the comics changes slated for March 30. I can't guarantee any outcome, but I do know reader response does not go unnoticed. So I continue to urge you to sound off for your strips.

By Michael Cavna  | March 25, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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You don't sell the strip if you're a cartoonist, but you do sell it if you're a collector. That should be the rule.

Unless the dope bought Fannie Mae at $55...

Posted by: JkR- | March 25, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Parker fan, but I like to see things trhough til the end. So coule the WaPo keep the strip until the current story ends?

I spoke with the author. He said the current plotline is scheduled to end on April 9. That's only a couple of weeks.

Oh wait. April 9, 2015.

Posted by: filfeit | March 26, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

welll..... there is one thing from Pearls that is anything worth seeing...the croc toy is adorable.....nuf said.

even tho i'm in texas.....hope y'all get to keep the Judge.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | March 26, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Why do the nose vents on the pig and croc have eyeballs?

Posted by: zerodefect01 | March 28, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

please spare Zippy
It's a fix I need, an art i can do without

Posted by: wrinklesq | March 28, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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