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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:

  • The Mole: In the strip "Colonel Sweeto," the eponymous officer of the Candy Kindom Army is interrogated by the king about how we was the only survivor of the Chocolates' massacre of Lolly Town. When the king strikes him with his scepter, Col. Sweeto is revealed to be a chocolate piece with a hard sugar coating. The final panel shows the chocolates opening a package from Agent Sweeto, only to be horrified to see it contains his nut, which was most likely extracted from within his body after being tortured to death.
  • Mood Dissonance: Disturbing events tend to be combined with a cutesy art style.
  • Mood Whiplash: Comics tend to start out really sweet and then end up ridiculously dark, or vice-versa
  • Moon Rabbit: Subverted when the rabbit turns out to be massive.
  • Non-Human Head:
    • People with musical instruments for heads are the characters of "Harmony"; the bassoon's father is not pleased at her settling to marry a lowly whistle.
    • People with rock, paper, or a pair of scissors for heads get into an argument over seating in "Shotgun", which they decide can only be decided one way... gladiatorial combat.
    • "Mrs. Hammer" is about a hammer-headed man discovering that his wife (a plank of wood) has a screw embedded in her.
    • While at first the characters are angled so it isn't obvious, the twist in "Sweet Deal" is that the people all have teeth for heads and can be murdered with excess sugar.
    • "Hard Read" is centered around two people with books for heads; they break up when one of them finds the other's been using a copy of Cliffs Notes.
    • "Preserves" has a peanut butter-headed man marrying a jelly-headed woman, only to be disgusted when her 'will pop if seal is broken' lid pops when he takes her veil off.
    • The characters in "Bad Apple" are gangs of fruit-headed people and rival vegetable-headed people.
    • "Genius, Sir" shows a war between soldiers with dice for heads and dominoes for heads.
    • "Electro Sutra'' has two women with batteries for heads, um, trying to get their relationship to spark, as it were...
    • "Technorgy" features a large group of people with various technology-related heads (a computer, a calculator, a flashlight, a camera, etc.) doing just what the title says. A second panel shows that one of the participants later gave birth to a smartphone-headed baby.
    • "Shocked" has a mother and daughter with electrical outlets for heads, a hopeful suitor for the daughter whose head is a plug, and a motorcycle-riding Bad Boy with a fork head with whom the daughter elopes.
  • 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.
  • Suntan Stencil: Cover Blown features the "accidentally embarrassing" version, with a guy's girlfriend's head suggestively outlined over his groin, to his wife's dismay.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: A frequent source of the series' comedy is to ignore the consequences of a strip's premise until the final panel for Black Comedy. Some examples:
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: The strip about Farmer Ben provides the trope image. From the rabbits' perspective, he's scaring them away when they try to get food to feed themselves. From his perspective, he's trying to ensure that his family doesn't go hungry.

Alternative Title(s): Perry Bible Fellowship