Creator: Stephen Pastis
Published: 2000-present

Pastis's delightfully combative strip has earned him legions of fans and enemies. The writer/illustrator doesn't limit himself to the perspective of the profane, hard-partying animals that star in his strip: He goes out his way to court controversy.

Pastis once ran a series of Pearls Before Swine strips where Osama bin Laden went to live with the characters from Family Circus and landed them all in Guantanamo Bay.

Ever sly and self-aware, Pastis went on to parody the comic community's discomfort with him, when he crafted a piece where his characters weren't invited to the 75th anniversary Blondie cross-over strip.