The strange thing about reading a cartoon strip like Pearls Before Swine is that you tend to imagine voices for the characters even though you don’t really hear them. These imagined voices even color how you view the characters.
Pastis has mentioned this in his comments to books. Apparently, people always want to tell him how they imagine the voices (particularly the crocs), though Pastis imagines the voices his own way and frankly doesn’t want to hear impressions of what other people think.
I have to admit, I did this myself. For example, I always imagined the crocs speaking something similar to Jamaican pidgin. I imagined voices for the other characters as well, and felt various things about the characters based on those presumed voices. This caused a bit of a problem when I found the animated versions of the strips put out by Pastis and Ring Tales. Take a look at a few (there are many others to find out there if you want to go looking):
At first, these animated strips jarred me a bit. After all, the characters sounded wrong. However, as time went on, I began to forget the original voices I imagined. As I continued reading the strip, I started hearing the voices from the Ring Tales cartoons. My original imagined voices were lost.
What does it all mean? Well, I suppose this goes to show that a creator of a strip should put out animated versions of their strips and get people to watch if they want to control how people perceive the voices of their characters. Regardless, the whole situation (the fact that I imagined voices, how weird it was to watch the cartoons with the wrong voices, how the cartoon voices took over my perception eventually, and so on) struck me as kind of weird.