While many have predicted the end of the newspaper as we know it, that doesn’t mean the end of the news. Or the comic strip, an art-form so intrinsically connected to the medium that many felt it would join its papery progenitor in the dustbin of history. For over a decade cartoonist and author Stephan Pastis has fought the good fight with his culture-crashing comic strip Pearls Before Swine, showing there’s still room in this world for flat panel funnies and daily puns. Lots and lots of puns.
Managing Editor and self-professed comic strip fanatic Nathan Evans goes deep with Stephan about the comic’s fifteenth collection, Breaking Stephan, the third book in his younger-reader series Timmy Failure: We Meet Again, meeting Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson, and much more. Stephan even turns the tide on Nathan with a few questions of his own – who’s running this interview, anyway?