One of my favorite comic strips is Pearls Before Swine, which this week is running one of its “breaking the fourth wall” storylines. Stephan Pastis, the creator, does this frequently, by including a smoking, pot-bellied version of himself in the strip, often being mocked by the other characters who have to play out his tales, which are often egregiously complex set-ups for awful puns.
This week’s storyline has a little girl in Pastis’s neighborhood telling him that he sucks at drawing, and Pastis challenging her to do better, which she may well be doing:
But…my eye got caught by that second panel. There’s something awfully distinctive about the art there…something that makes me wonder that if this goes on, maybe this comic strip whose characters are all talking animals might see the appearance of a certain hamster named Huey….
(And if the ‘mystery artist’ is who I think it is, I can’t wait to hear the ‘Inside Baseball’ story of how he came to do this.)