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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:

  • 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:
  • 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:

  • 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.
    • "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.
  • Odd Organ Up Top: "Sweet Deal" has people with teeth for heads and thus, can be killed by excess sugar.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Exploited by an opportunistic donkey in "The Last Unicorns"
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Perry Bible Fellowship


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