Charles M. Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the least understood figures in American culture. Now acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of the brilliant, unseen man behind Peanuts: at once a creation story, a portrait of a native genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination.
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The Crass Menagerie: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
Stephan Pastis sketches comic strip tale, which features the arrogant, self-centered, and totally hilarious Rat, who leads his four-legged friends through misadventure after misadventure. Joining him for the journey are Pig, the slow but good-hearted conscience of the strip; Goat, the voice of reason that often goes unheard; and Zebra and the eternally inept Crocodiles who pursue him. Together this mindful menagerie mocks the flaws and shortcomings of human nature through Pastis’s cynically biting wit.
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Stephan Thomas Pastis (born January 16, 1968)
Pastis was raised in San Marino, California and attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a B.A. in Political Science in 1989, followed by UCLA School of Law. From 1993, Pastis worked as a litigation attorney in the San Francisco Bay area. At this time he also tried to fulfill his childhood ambition of becoming a syndicated cartoonist by submitting different concepts to syndication agencies. “The Infirm”, “Rat”, and “Bradbury Road”were rejected, but “Pearls Before Swine” was accepted by United Features in 1999. It started publication on December 31, 2001 and is still one of the fastest growing comic strips, appearing in more than 150 newspapers worldwide and counting. Pastis left his law job in August 2002.
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