THE FIRST TIME I realized Stephan Pastis could command a room was the summer of 2009, at San Diego Comic-Con, where he — in harmony with witty co-panelists Keith Knight and Richard Thompson — was quick and charismatic. Mostly, he had the gift for transferring “the funny” from the page to the convention stage.
Now, fans of Pastis — of both his Reuben-nominated strip “Pearls Before Swine” and his bestselling “Timmy Failure” book series for kids — can see for themselves anew at The Post, where the cartoonist will appear June 2 for a sit-down with Comic Riffs, as well as for an audience Q&A, live drawings and a book signing. His traveling show is very popular, though, so RSVP before it’s too late.
The event is part of a brand-new public-event series hosted by The Post’s arts critics. Here’s the paper’s official press release:
Join The Washington Post for a one-on-one conversation with cartoonist and author Stephan Pastis, the man behind the popular comic strip Pearls Before Swine and the Timmy Failure children’s book series. The Post’s Michael Cavna will interview Pastis about his approach to humor, the commonalities between Pearls and Timmy and more. Following the discussion, Pastis will live sketch some of his famous characters, answer audience questions and sign books. Books will be available for purchase on site courtesy of Politics and Prose.
Monday, June 2 from 6:00-7:30PM
The Washington Post Building
1150 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20071
This event is open to the public and free to attend. RSVP is required: PostPOV@washpost.com.
So, ‘Riffs readers: Hope to see you there.