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The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,783 ratings  ·  114 reviews
The second (and likely final) collection of strips from the award-winning comic series "The Perry Bible Fellowship." Spans the entirety of the strip's print run. Bonus features include lost strips, sketches, and a behind-the-scenes interview by "Wondermark"'s David Malki. Also includes an introduction by Diablo Cody.
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published March 1st 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
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.

Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe an extra star for nostalgia since my now-wife and I bonded over PBF when we first met, and its jokes have become standards around our household (especially "It's all politics, Joel", "With love anything is possible").

Certainly one of the funniest comic strips you'll find (may I also recommend 'Hark! A Vagrant' and 'Julius Knipl'?).

Oh and here's the namesake church in Perry, Maine, which I randomly passed on a roadtrip in 2012:
PB Fellowship,in ME
Blaine Riesberg
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I lol'ed.
Suzan Emami Yeganeh
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun fun fun.
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
Leena Luppakorva
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Don't bother reading the Finnish translation. It's simply too clumsy and most of the one-liners and puns just did not work.

The strips are pure comic gold, but this was merely a collection of old time favourites without new additions.
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. ;)
The Perry Bible Fellowship completely eluded me until recently. It’s a comic strip that ran in weekly newspapers from 2004-2007. I’d describe it as The Far Side, only more risqué and offensive. And like The Far Side, its irreverent, often bizarre humor is not for everyone. As a lover of dark comedy I enjoyed it. Many of these strips are smartly designed, and it sometimes took me a minute to get them. Not all of them worked for me but the ones that did made me laugh out loud. And the art is fanta ...more
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: comic-books, 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.
Rob Ail
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of this until it was mentioned on a podcast recently. All I can say is I'm not sure how I missed it. Brilliantly hilarious. I was amazed that for me 90% of the jokes landed. Definantly something I'll be giving out as gifts.
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.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s an occasional miss, but for the most part it’s pretty brilliant.
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.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The funniest, most twisted comic I’ve ever read. It’s as if someone completely illustrated my sense of humor and I can hardly cope. Thank you!
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stupid amount of years ago, I was a college student. And the first thing I did every time I sat down and pried open my hulking Dell laptop was check the Perry Bible Fellowship website to see if there was a new comic strip. I don't remember if it was back then, as it is now (a place you should go), but whatever it was, I eventually set it as my homepage, back when that was something people did. It made checking for a new one a lot easier. Now here we are, 250 years later, and I st ...more
Thien Nguyen
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After all these years PBF is still funny every time I go back to it.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the comics haven't aged that well but most continue to be darkly funny.
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Dark and twisted and funny and clever
Jipi Perreault
What the !@?# I just read?
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy, comic
Hilarious, interesting, and one of the best webcomics in the world
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains my favorite comic of all time.

95% of these are perfect, and the other 5% I probably just don't understand.

These are Laugh Out Loud While Alone funny.

This edition contains sketches and early drafts, and includes commentary by Nicholas that give insight into the creative process.


I might buy this book.
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