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Only the Pearls

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This behind-the-scenes app from Stephan Pastis, the creator of the syndicated comic strip Pearls Before Swine, features 250 of the best Pearls strips in full color, 12 animated strips, 125 audio commentaries, and 22 videos of Pastis sharing insights (and oh boy, does he share).

Stephan Pastis created Pearls Before Swine more than fifteen years ago. Over time, the celebrated strip—centered on an angry Rat, an innocent Pig, and a fraternity of hungry crocodiles—has gone on to earn devoted fans worldwide.

For Only the Pearls, Pastis personally selected his favorite 250 strips. More than half of the strips in this dynamic app include the cartoonist’s funny and irreverent audio and video commentary, created exclusively for the app. All strips are presented here in color (many for the first time), and a dozen are animated to bring the Pearls characters to life.

This guided tour of the very best of the Reuben Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling strip is a rich, immersive experience for fans and a fun introduction for newcomers to Pastis’s work.

The app includes:

• 250 of the best Pearls Before Swine strips in full color, handpicked by Stephan Pastis

• 125 integrated audio commentaries by Pastis

• 22 integrated videos featuring Pastis

• 12 animated strips

• a window into Pastis’s creative process, inspiration for the strips, and life

• an interactive tour of Pastis’ studio and writing room

• functionality to tag favorites and share through social media

• search and bookmarking tools

If you do not hear audio from the app, please check the mute settings on your device. The iPad may allow you to adjust up the volume control even though your device is muted. To change the mute setting, please double tap the home button and scroll left to un-mute your device.

What's New in Version 1.1

Fixed the "bounce-back" in the Video View mode.

Please note that there's no sound on page 161. We're working on a fix now and will release a new version asap!

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Customer Reviews

It's Great

Very creative digital Collection. Of course, if follow ons, or copycats just duplicate it, this will get old fast. As to the claim that Stephan Pastis only wants your money? Well, he may like money (who doesn't?) but he has also taken the time to communicate with my 12 year old daughter on a number of occasions (something he isn't getting paid for).


Worth every penny. The audio clips with the strips are funny and insightful. The selection is wonderful and the extras use the medium of ebooks so well, I wouldn't call it an ebook. It's a pearls experience. Listen up all you comic creators, follow Stephan's lead. I want more of my favorite strips in this format. Just don't tell Stephan it was a good idea. His head might explode.

Great fun

wonderful app, with great insights into the creative process.
Could use more animation, and there's one page (161) with faulty audio, but even with those flaws it's well worth the money... And a good glimpse of the potential of books done for ipad.

Only the Pearls
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 908 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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