1. I’m confused. Is that Dark Side of the Horse drawn (and written) in the style of Pearls Before Swine? Or is that Pearls Before Swine using a Dark Side of the Horse character?

  2. Well, since “Pastis” is a close relative – albeit a weaker form of – absinthe, I would say the latter.

    “Pastis production is similar to that of absinthe with a few differences in ingredients. Whereas absinthe is made with green anise and wormwood, pastis gets its flavor from star anise, fennel and licorice. … Then, they add sugar, making pastis a liqueur rather than a spirit.”

  3. @Powers, it’s Dark Side of the Horse. I read both strips daily and when I saw this strip I had to double-check that I was on Dark Horse. Twice. Samson’s “retro” strips blew my mind, too. The guy is up in the Gary Larson/Bill Watterson creativity range in my opinion.

  4. If comic strip A imitates comic strip B for a pastiche, it is to make a joke of the type that B would make. This is the characters of Horse looking like and doing a joke of the type Pearls before Swine makes. So it makes sense that is Horse doing an homage of Pearls. The other way around makes no sense as other than *being* Horace nothing in the strip is very Horse-like and has an unnecessary Pearl-like joke which is irrelevant and distracting as an homage to Horse.

  5. I went back as far as 12/15/19, and it didn’t show up, but I’m thinking early December/late November. I saw it in my daily rss list.

  6. The lack of a copyright statement and issue date should let you know it wasn’t a syndicated strip like PBS.

  7. Isn’t it the wormwood that makes absinthe intoxicating? (and also kinda bad to do too much of)

  8. I don’t know why anyone would compare pastis to absinthe. It’s much more closely related to arak, raki, ouzo and sambuca.

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