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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:

  • Mood Dissonance: Disturbing events tend to be combined with a cutesy art style.
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  • Mood Whiplash: Comics tend to start out really sweet and then end up ridiculously dark, or vice-versa
  • 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:

  • 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.
    • "Preserves" has a peanut butter-headed man marrying a jelly-headed woman, only to be disgusted when her 'will pop if seal is broken' doesn't pop 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.
    • One strip has two women with batteries for heads, um, trying to get their relationship to spark, as it were...
  • Noodle Incident: How Mister Ortega lost his hand in "Shop". Apparently, he figures the kid would never believe the story behind it, so keeps it to himself.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Doctor Loring just can't avoid reducing everything to geometric proofs.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: "Boss" shows the danger of discussing a Klingon Promotion with a parrot in the room.
  • Porn Stash: Passed On Grandpa makes sure that his little boy gets one of his most prized possessions, even from beyond the grave.
  • 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.
  • Wishing Well: This strip has a man wishing for true love and obtaining a girlfriend as a result. However, he sees other people leaving with wheelbarrows of money, a spaceship or Superman's powers, and clearly has second thoughts.
  • Written Sound Effect: This comic, in which the sound effects also happen to sound like racial slurs, which leads to the Iron Fist parody telling the Luke Cage parody how his fighting style is "extremely problematic". Luke's response is to break Iron Fist's back like Bane with the sound effect "CCRRCKKKRRR"
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: A candidate for Mayor of Mime City is shot dead with a Finger Gun...that is, a Finger Sniper Rifle, complete with Laser Sight. The police pull out their Finger Guns in response.

Alternative Title(s): Perry Bible Fellowship