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‘Pearls ...’ a comic pearl

Posted: August 13, 2009 9:29 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I applaud The Signal for its decision to include "Pearls Before Swine" when it was forced to make cuts to the comic section.

One recent reader objected to the strip and wondered just who the "target audience" is ("Comic goes too far," The Signal, Letters, Aug. 7).

I guess that would be me: a 50-something Caucasian male with a geology degree who thinks creationism belongs in the comic strips.

I find "Pearls..." hilarious and refreshing. I thought the "suffocation in a corn chips bag" was so amusing I posted it on my refrigerator for a daily chuckle. I also posted the one where Danny Donkey sneaks into heaven.

I guess I'll fry along with him.

I absolutely disagree with the reader that the work of Stephan Pastis lacks creativity. As for tact, well, that's a personal issue, and I love his tact.

OK, maybe this strip isn't a kiddie strip, but is "Doonesbury?" I guess the reader never read Mad magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" cartoons. Talk about violence and destruction all in good fun.

I am unconvinced that slapstick is any less (or more) harmful than "Pearls..." I would be curious to know exactly which video games the reader has purchased for his youngsters to play. There's a slippery slope for you.

I outgrew Bugs Bunny years ago and find most of Disney's productions unwatchable. The balance of today's corporate cartoon offerings such as Spongebob, Power Rangers, Speed Racer, Transformers and on and on, have evolved directly from the garbage pail.

Just mindless idiotic drivel. Creativity? Yeah, right.

The reader has forgotten or perhaps is just unaware of the racism contained in the comics of the "good old days." So lighten up or just pass on the comic strip that I'm certain many of us enjoy. We all have our likes, dislikes and opinions.

Thank you, editors, for preserving one of the highlights of my morning.


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