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A seriously funny guy

  • Cartoonist Stephan Pastis works on his "Pearls Before Swine" comic strip in his Santa Rosa studio office on Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

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CORRECTION: January 18, 2011

A story on Page B1 Monday about cartoonist Stephan Pastis said he lives and draws "Pearls Before Swine" at a Rincon Valley-area condo. The condo serves as Pastis' studio; he and his family live in Larkfield.

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis

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Life has gotten good for Stephan Pastis, who's gone from being a lawyer who couldn't stand his job to a cartoonist who can't draw.

Well, it's not that Pastis can't draw. The creator of the toothy and hilarious "Pearls Before Swine" comic strip obviously can.

It's just that writing the dialogue and gags is his joyous forte. The drawing, which for some cartoonists is the best part of the work, is for him quite secondary.

He believes the quality of his drawing falls well short of cartoons by most of his funnies-section colleagues. His most avid fans may not even notice that his sardonic Rat, sweet and clueless Pig, ridiculous crocs and exasperated "zeebas" all sport stick legs and stick arms.


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