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Stephan Pastis steps into abortion issue

Pearls Before Swine

Felice Belman of the Concord Monitor notes that Stephan Pastis’ Pearls Before Swine touched on the abortion issue in last Saturday’s strip and while not rising to the level of Garry Trudeau’s compulsory sonograms cartoons that spurred nearly 75 papers to temporarily drop the strip, Stephan’s strip did cause a bit of reaction from readers.

The syndicate from which the Monitor buys “Pearls Before Swine” did offer us an alternative comic to run last Saturday, if the pro-life strip made us uncomfortable.

In the end, I heard from only a few readers who found it objectionable. Turns out, most of them aren’t big “Pearls” fans on any day of the week.

I’m not sure of Stephan’s position on this issue, but to me it seems he went for a gag.

Community Comments

#1 Tom Pappalardo
May/18/2012
@ 10:08 am

Good joke. Seems politics/position-free to me.

#2 Kelly Ferguson
May/18/2012
@ 10:42 am

I agree. I did a similar life/death gag a few years ago.

http://www.basketcasecomix.com/?p=1118

#3 RYAN BROWN
May/18/2012
@ 11:37 am

Nice cartoon by Pastis!

I also did a strip on that same theme earlier this year..

http://www.gocomics.com/rejects-and-rubbish/2012/01/09

#4 David Jones
May/18/2012
@ 2:17 pm

I have never did anything similar… BUT I’LL PLUG MY STRIP TOO…

http://www.gocomics.com/charmy-s-army

Bwa ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

#5 Rich Diesslin
May/18/2012
@ 8:25 pm

I think you nailed it Alan. So to speak.

#6 birdie
May/18/2012
@ 10:24 pm

C’mon did you expect Pastis to write a non-funny joke? This isn’t news

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