Pearls Before Swine was created by former Lawyer Stephan Pastis, who quit his job at a Firm to become a cartoonist. The comic was created in 1997 but wasn't actually published until 2000. The Strip became popular after Dilbert, creator Scott Adams, a fan of the strip showed it to his fans. United Feature Syndicate launched it in papers on Dec 31, 2001 in the Washington Post. On January 7, 2002 it began running in about 150 papers. The strip is often controversial due to its use of adult humor, mock of profanity and violence. The comic revolves around the daily antics of Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra. Pearls Before Swine!