I went to a Stephan Pastis book signing, for I am a fan of his comic strip. I expected him to be in the flesh the way he portrays (cartoons?) himself in Pearls Before Swine: unkempt; with a hanging beer pouch and wild, confused eyes. A little smelly, even.

I was disappointed to find out that, far from being slobbish, he is even good looking.

%$#$%, he didn’t even wear his cap backward!

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