Stephan Pastis, a second generation Greek-American, was born and raised in San Marino, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He spent many childhood hours by himself, drawing in his room. He’s never
had any formal training as an artist or cartoonist, but holds a degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Stephan’s cartoon strip, Pearls before Swine, has been syndicated daily by United Media since 1999 and now appears in 600 newspapers worldwide,
including the New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post, and it also has a loyal audience on the web (www.comics.com), where it generates more than two million page views per month.
Timmy Failure is his first book. Stephan now lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife and