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The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,569 ratings  ·  96 reviews
This 272-page follow-up to the immensely popular and soon-to-be-out-of-print collection The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories collects the entirety of Gurewitch's weekly newspaper print run. Also features bonus "lost" strips, sketches, and an interview by Wondermark's David Malki.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 25th 2009 by Dark Horse Comics (first published March 14th 2007)
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Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-laughter
boo because a lot of them are duplicates from the other book, but yay for the new ones (new to me anyway.) this is somewhere between "cathy" and the "tijuana bibles" on the scale of funny vs. offensive.(although cathy is offensive in her own way) and there are still one or two i dont even understand. but they are truly sick and funny and deeply sad at times. and thats what makes me laugh.
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Real life Mario and Luigi – Mario drowns in a pipe. A maths problem on a blackboard in a university, like in Good Will Hunting – the janitor writes “boobs” as the answer. A kid looks at a magic eye book and spots the illusion – everybody else sees the kid holding thin air.

Welcome to the world of The Perry Bible Fellowship (no clue why it’s called that)!

Nicholas Gurewitch’s strips are like most dailies, three to five panels long, though his tend to be more surreal and dark – but still funny!

David Schaafsma
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
My first experience with Gurewitch and it was a pleasant surprise! Very funny strips, one to a page, which is nice so you can breathe a little bit while reading them. And I found I needed to breathe, because several times I was laughing aloud. He started this strip for his college newspaper, and then continued it for a few more years, so this is several years of strips. I would say a cut above most strips for gags, with some hilariously offensive humor thrown in there.Not really that offensive, ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jedan od najboljih web stripova sa odličnim humorom. Gurewitch je u PBF-u obradio valjda sve bitne teme: religiju, seksualnost, znanstvenu fantastiku, rat, samoubojstvo, nasilje i smrt i to na originalan način, uzimajući ono najbolje od surealizma i apsurda. Ironija i humor dolaze iznenada i često na neočekivanim mjestima. Zato vjerovatno tako dobro i funkcionira.

Od prve epizode Ukrućeni povjetarac do najnovije, Gurewitch uspjeva održati kvalitetu, oštrinu i orginalnost iako strip radi preko 10
Althea J.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was waiting for me at the library amongst a pile of books that had come in from my hold list. I had totally forgotten about it, but when I was looking around at various recommendations of webcomics for the Panels challenge I must've added this one to the list. I think it's the title that got me curious.

I knew nothing going in and was surprised to find so much funny in these 3-4 panel strips. There were a handful I did not get, but for the most part I was laughing out loud and really enjoyin
Dov Zeller
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This isn't necessarily my kind of humor -- super hetero-centric, a lot of, to quote another gr reviewer "sophomoric" jokes, several which I disliked. But there are enough brilliant moments, and the art is so consistently good, that I couldn't not give it a high rating.

I think my favorite was the two snails crawling onto a sloth in an attempt to get transportation away from a live, active volcano. "Worry not my friend," one snail says to the other. "This monkey will swiftly scamper to safety." H
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just about the funniest damn thing ever.

Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"...I definitely like to deal with things that I don't totally understand and things that make people uncomfortable. And I like bringing it up in an honest way." This quote from Perry Bible Fellowship creator Nicholas Gurewitch, taken from an interview featured in the back of this fat, lovely collection of his work, is a pretty perfect summary of his comics. Often morbid or lewd, usually smart and shocking, PBF is probably one of my favorite comics of all time. These strips tell stories, sometim ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-strips, humour
Gurewitch is a talented cartoonist with an impressive range, most evident when he does pastiches, including some spot-on takes on Gorey. These strips are delightfully diverse, stylistically anyway, ranging from the simple, almost primitive, through the ornate, even almost baroque. Some are black and white, others lush full colour. The visual unpredictability of this makes these strips stand out from others with more fixed and unvarying styles. Gurewitch is also often quite funny, usually with a ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any adult that likes to laugh
Recommended to Shannon by: Mike
This was fucking hilarious!!

Thanks, Michael. ;)
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo seguía por internet en versión original, ha sido curioso leerlo traducido. Lo mejor los extras, tiras desechadas e inéditas.

Humor absurdo y cruel con apariencia infantil.
Maria Shuffit
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
After reading a few of these gems online that had my husband and I both cracking up, I immediately hopped onto my library's website to see if there was a collection available. There was; huzzah!

Unfortunately the collection as a whole barely made me crack a smile. While I generally love dark humor, this book had a few really good strips, but mostly ones that just made me go "meh." Not bad to flip through, but another one of those books that I am glad I borrowed from the library and didn't spend m
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Due to this being an "almanac" there is definitely a LOT of overlap between this volume and other volumes. Was cool to see some stuff at the end that he didn't publish before, but overall about 95% of the strips were things I had seen before. Always entertaining and dark though.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, humour
Ahahahahaha. So weird and funny, heavy with irony and morbidity that will be up your alley if you're a fan of other comic strips like Cyanide and Happiness. My favourite part of this collection was the section of rejected or un-submitted comic strips at the end with reasons they're sub-par.
Ben Brackett
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't as complete of a collection I thought. And more dick jokes than I remember. But that's a good thing.
Carlton Duff
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Totally off the wall absurd comics.
Excellent stuff, especially love Gurewitch’s nods or odes to other great comic strip creators.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s an occasional miss, but for the most part it’s pretty brilliant.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Perry Bible Fellowship è un webcomic creato e realizzato da Nicholas Gurewitch: qualche tempo fa egli ha deciso di smettere di aggiornarlo e, almeno questo ricordavo, aveva anche tolto le vignette da Internet. Ora, per vostra fortuna se non lo conoscevate, sembra che il sito funzioni di nuovo, anche se forse non tutte le strisce sono state ripristinate. Probabilmente io lo scoprii grazie al link su qualche altro fumetto on line. Le storie sono geniali, originalissime, surreali, tragicamente ...more
Goran K
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-book, humor, satire
Gurewitch is the master of the short comics, usually only three frames long, although there are a few instances that used different format. He manages to make a twist or surprise in such short format, and covered most of the "big" subjects like religion, sex, war, violence, death... Each comic is completely autonomic, stand-alone story, although there are few recurring characters. Humor is often dark, surreal, even morbid, so it might not be suitable for everyone, especially if you're easily off ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Very dark humor, often in a bright and colorful visual style that might remind you of a children's book. Like slapping a smiley face on a barrel of toxic waste. I particularly like how many of the strips here are wordless, relying only on images to communicate meaning. Recommended for readers who enjoy Tony Millionaire and the sort of humor that is exemplified in the game Cards Against Humanity.
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Aha, here we have it! The definitive, complete publication of Nicholas Gurewitch's brilliant Perry Bible Fellowship cartoon strips! A while back I reviewed the only previous publication of his strips, The Perry Bible Fellowship The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories, which I found to be rather disappointing; it contained only a majority of his online strips, leaving out some of my key favorites and many newer strips. This almanack contains every PBF strip ever put online and then some, an ...more
Randy Lander
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I already own "Trial Of Colonel Sweeto," so I have many if not most of the strips in this book, but it was still worth buying, as each strip gets a full page, showing the art off much better.

It's a great book, and Gurewitch really is the spiritual heir of Gary Larson. My biggest wish is two-fold, and both slightly dampen my enthusiasm for the book:

1) Gurewitch gave up PBF too early... Larson and Watterson both worked for a long time before retirement, PBF was really only getting started when Gur
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
El mejor libro que he leído este 2014. Este libro fue un regalo de mi mamá y sin duda se ha convertido en mi libro favorito.

El humor puede ser algo muy complejo. No soy un persona que ser ríe porque una abuelita se cae de forma hilarante y por accidente con su bolsa de mandado (bueno la verdad sí, pero no es este acto ramplón lo que acciona mi locura y risa); la abuelita llamada "Lucha" arruina su vestido favorito porque cae con muy mala suerte y mucho estilo sobre un par de tomates que portaba
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Most of this book felt really familiar, probably because many of these comics get posted or linked to on the Internet on a regular basis. PBF is often darkly cynical, and usually funny, and sometimes surprisingly detailed in its art. Gurewitch definitely has his own perspective that shines through the disparate styles that fill the book (and his flexibility is apparent in some strips that call back to Gorey, Keane, and Silverstein among others). The sense of humor is often crass and crude, and o ...more
Barbara Williams
Sometimes I can be a little liberal when it comes to handing out 5 star ratings for books. I have different levels of love for books, and the 5 star system doesn't always seem to express my deep emotional connection (that's right, if a book makes me cry or laugh it’s a keeper (like a man, sans the crying part). For some reason I like my books to create a sea of emotion.) For example: my 5 star rating for "1984" is due to the fact that it is my favorite book of all time, but my 5 star rating for ...more
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
You could go read these comics here, but this book is gorgeous and much better for people who prefer page turning to page clicking. Gurewitch's comics make great use of time, detail, and color. They look so much better than just about anything you can get in a weekly comic, and his jokes are usually pretty great, too. There's an obvious refinement in style as the book goes on, and much more genre-hopping as the book moves on. I really liked many of the "lost" strips Gurewitch only includes here, ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't believe all the creativity is from one brain. Every strip us genius, in my view.
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
All the webstrips are collected here on nice glossy paperstock that increases your appreciation for Gurewitch's drawing (ex: wonderfully detailed orgy scene, as seen from heaven), and the book conveniently includes one of those fabric bookmark strings coming out of the spine so you can keep your place. At the end there's a lengthy interview and bonus strips and sketches Gurewitch never published for being subpar, but hahaha some of them were pretty great, the humor heightened by his professed em ...more
Gaelan D'costa
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Comic content is pretty bare-bones, but the book feels wonderfully constructed and the comic's form really benefits from being laid out in coffee-table-book fashion.

The real gold comes at the end, out-takes to show what happens when PBF fails (since it's rarely anything less than a punch to the gut) and a few sketches that let you into the mind of the author.

The final interview is a beautiful read, inspirational even. I would recommend it to the same people who I recommend my self-help collectio
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
A comprehensive collection of the unusual comic strip Mr. Gurewitch began writing while in college and continued to produce for various newspapers after graduation. It's safe to say he learned how to maximize the potential of the three and four-panel format and the results amount to something like a modern, more absurd, and darker version of The Far Side. Often twisted, usually brilliant, and almost always hilarious.
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