Yakima Herald-Republic readers will see a new comic strip starting Monday while the creator of another comic takes the summer off.

Garry Trudeau, the artist behind “Doonesbury,” is taking a sabbatical until after Labor Day to work on a comedy series for Amazon Studios.

Rather than publish re-runs of “Doonesbury,” the Herald-Republic will try out several comics through Sept. 2. First off is “Pearls Before Swine,” the work of Stephan Pastis, a former lawyer in San Francisco.

The central characters are an “arrogant rat” (named, appropriately, Rat) and a “slow-witted pig” (whose name you can easily guess).

Universal Uclick, the syndicate that distributes “Pearls,” says the “pair offers caustic commentary on humanity’s quest for the unattainable.” Rat and Pig have a host of friends who join them, and characters in other comic strips are occasionally lampooned in cameo appearances.

“Pearls Before Swine” appears in more than 650 newspapers in the U.S., according to the syndicate. It won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Division award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 2003 and 2006.

Love it or hate it, let us know what you think about “Pearls” by sending an email to comics@yakimaherald.com. I’ll solicit comments on other test comics we’ll run this summer, as well as our regular lineup.

— Bob Crider, Editor