Pearls Before Swine Flu [ COMIC ]

I honestly don’t know who coined the term ‘hamthrax’ for the swine flu H1N1. I do know who I first heard it from, though. That would be Shawn Handyside (HALOLZ) giving credit to Brian Clevinger (8-Bit Theater and Atomic Robo) for coining the term. So as far as my finite universe goes the originator of the word hamthrax is Brian Clevinger.

The second I heard the word hamthrax, all I could think about was Pokémon. Seriously, hamthrax sounds like the name of one of the lamer pokémons… Or is it pokémen or is it just pokémon like deer being the plural of deer? Whatever. That’s what I thought of.

I also want to mention that H1N1 sounds like a droid from Star Wars.

[H1N1 beeps]
C-3PO: No, I don’t think he likes you at all.
[H1N1 beeps again]
C-3PO: No, I don’t like you either.


  • HAHAHAHA I lol’d heartly. So damn true.

  • Xyverz

    Gotta love the Star Wars parody. :-D

  • Yes! I was so delighted when I came up with ‘pearls before swine flu’ that I actually wrote a paper for one of my classes about all the panic just so I could use the title. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  • Savanti Romero

    GENIUS, Pure genius. I love Ash with the cold compress on his head.

  • @Patrick I was mulling over different titles for the comic. When I thought of it it just felt perfect. I knew I wasn’t the only one to come up with the title, but it’s still a good idea.

  • The Anarchyz

    I heard the “bacold” and “porkluenza”, but hamthrax sounds waaaayyy better…

  • Ash ought to know he needs to counteract the porkiness with a big frozen slab of Tauros.

  • The plural of Pokémon is Pokémon.

  • The Desert Tiger

    The one I heard was:

    The government has set up a new helpline so that people can learn about the dangers of swine flu. However, there seems to be a problem with the company handling the phonecalls, as all inquirers can hear is crackling.

    Gettit? GETTIT?!

  • This is pure genius. I hope to god you’re making some decent cash out of this site, coz you deserve it.

    You pump out comic strips for multiple comics, and that is alongside actually having a job, and a family to care for.

    Keep it up man, you’re a legend.

  • Lorderok

    Hamthrax is cool and all, but you peoples gotta realize it’s practically harmless, and safer than the real flu

  • @Psytrese Thanks, I really appreciate that.