Comic Strip: The Perry Bible Fellowship
The Perry Bible Fellowship is a newspaper comic strip/webcomic by Nicholas Gurewitch. It's notable for its black, surrealist humour. It specializes in juxtaposing whimsical settings with morbid subject matter. It's kind of like the Far Side, except with cutesier art and more murder.Most of the tropes it encounters, it subverts. Art Shifts are frequent; it goes for either a very intricate or very simplistic art style, depending on the joke. Has a habit of Crossing the Line Twice, and sometimes three or four times. At some point, it will probably ruin your childhood. Maybe your adulthood, too.Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories, a reprint of the original webcomic and additional artwork, won the 2008 Eisner Comic Book Industry Award for Best Humor Publication. The comic is currently on semi-hiatus, and updates every once in a blue moon.Compare Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Many examples of kids being dicked around by parents.
- Art Shift: Usually used as part of a punchline.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: a frequent punchline
- Pretty in Mink: A redheaded lady in a green dress also wears a white fur wrap.
- Reality Ensues: A frequent source of the series' comedy, such as Transformers transforming with passengers riding or anthropomorphic cars visiting new places.
- Recycled INSPACE: An adults-only version of The Far Side.
- Word Salad Title: Let's say it's not something likely to be found on a church's bulletin board.
- Yonkoma: It's perhaps a stretch to call it this, but many strips have exactly four panels, and all are titled.
Specific strips contain examples (usually subversions) of:
- Base Breaker: Skub, in-universe. Made more hilarious because we, the outside viewer, get no context as to why what looks like a can of ointment causes such violent debates. Some fandoms have even adopted "skub" as a by-word for "Base Breaker".
- Bedroom Adultery Scene: A funny one where the couple are Anole lizards and the interloper sneaking out is a Chameleon.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Used for subversion in "Disgusting Ted". We see a man leering lustfully at a horse's rump, and his friend being disgusted by that... but actually all three are centaurs, and Ted's friend is disgusted because the girl centaur is too young.
- Cruel Twist Ending: Exaggerated in "Martha's Orphanage". First, Santa doesn't visit the titular orphanage, then it catches fire... and then it gets attacked by a Giant Spider.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host: "Catch Phrase" (The host committed suicide after being dogged by his silly Catch Phrase — which was then engraved on his tombstone.)
- Finger in the Mail: After Colonel Sweeto is outed as a chocolate spy, the Chocolate Kingdom receives a box containing his "nut".
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Parodied when a realistic rabbit gets into hot water in a land of Funny Animals.
- Homage: We wish it didn't, but there are ones to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Family Circus, The Mario Brothers, Edward Gorey, and The Giving Tree (The Unforgiving Tree, now removed from the main site).
- Interspecies Romance: Bacon Egg (wherein a farmer who doesn't like bacon and eggs goes to break two lovers up) and Not Today Little One (wherein the typical "a child girl and her pet do things" kid's story takes an adult turn.. Also Different.
- Precision F-Strike: "Barry. Shut the fuck up... seriously."
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Wherein a race of puppies manage to convince aliens to go blow up Earth instead of the puppy home planet, but be careful of overusing it.
- Rocketless Reentry: One comic has an astronaut fall during a spacewalk. Reentry burns him down to a single, minuscule ash, which two children mistake for the first snowflake of winter.
- Sugar Bowl: Suicide Train, wherein a man finds out the hard way that it's very hard to commit suicide when you live in a children's pastel world and everything has wings.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: