The Perry Bible Fellowship or PBF comics have been around longer than some of you have been alive. The dark and ingenious ideas of Nicholas Gurewitch have been shaking the world for two decades. What started as a university newspaper comic strip has become one of the internet’s most beloved webcomics packed with whimsical, dark, and unexpected humor.
On January 23th, The Perry Bible Fellowship celebrated its 20-year anniversary since the first comic was created and prepared a treat for the readers. To mark the occasion, PBF is collaborating with other great comic artists to create 20 comics, so you might recognize your favorite artists’ style. This was exciting news to lifelong fans of The Perry Bible Fellowship because that meant a regular dose of grim and absurd comedy after Gurewitch cut back on the production of weekly comics in 2008 and posted new comics infrequently.
If you’re anything like me, you probably love reading dark humor comics every now and again. And if you do, the name Nicholas Gurewitch should probably ring a few bells. But just in case it doesn’t, he’s the mastermind behind Perry Bible Fellowship – a hilarious comic series full of unexpected twists that will have you grinning ear to ear.
Perry Bible Fellowship initially started out in a student newspaper called The Daily Orange at Syracuse University where Gurewitch was a student. He briefly worked as a journalist at the newspaper before shifting to comics. “I just like making people think differently about things. It’s a fetish of mine to share confusion. Because wonder grows there,” said the artist in a recent interview with Bored Panda. Throughout the years, many other talented cartoonists helped Nicholas create the Perry Bible Fellowship comics, including Vaughn Bode, Brad Anderson, and Robb Armstrong.
Earlier this year, to celebrate Perry Bible Fellowship’s 10 year anniversary, Dark Horse released a 256-page collection of Nicholas’ comics – you can snag a copy here!
Check out some of the most hilarious Perry Bible Fellowship comics in the gallery below and if you want more, see our previous post here!
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
If you haven’t been living under a rock and have been on the internet for a while, you probably know this artist who has been sharing his whimsical and dark ideas in the form of comics for a decade now. If it looks new, you will definitely be converted to the fellowship after reading this post. Nicholas Gurewitch, the mastermind behind the Perry Bible Fellowship comics, isn’t afraid to tackle serious and controversial topics and taboo material wrapped in grim comedy.
Dark humor is a brilliant way to talk about all the obscure and sometimes ridiculous aspects of the world we live in. Thinking out of the box results in witty comics with unexpected twisted endings that might leave you feeling guilty for laughing in the end.
Scroll down to see new comics from the legendary Perry Bible Fellowship, and check out our previous post for a dark dessert!
Not only are the endings of these comics unexpected, but so are the style and characters. Versatility and uniqueness of artwork is one of the reasons The Perry Bible Fellowship stands out. The talented artist has drawn all that the idea requires: from minimalist human figures that barely have any facial features and complexity to beautiful watercolor scenes, colorful cartoons, and detailed multi-panel stories. Gurewitch uses people, animals, fantastical and fairy-tale characters, nature, food, and everyday household and other inanimate objects as subjects of his comics, which leaves us intrigued for every new strip.
The Perry Bible Fellowship developed from Syracuse University student newspaper The Daily Orange, which was the first newspaper to have comics. Besides the early artwork of Gurewitch, it consisted of comics by many renowned cartoonists such as Vaughn Bode, Brad Anderson, and Robb Armstrong.
“I started the comics for my student newspaper in college, after a brief period trying to be a journalist for the same newspaper. I just like making people think differently about things. It’s a fetish of mind to share confusion. Because wonder grows there,” Gurewitch told Bored Panda.
Over the years, The Perry Bible Fellowship has gained a cult following of 307k dark humor lovers on Instagram and over 141k followers on Facebook.
Gurewitch has received multiple prestigious awards for The Perry Bible Fellowship, such as the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic in 2005 and 2006. The Perry Bible Fellowship has also won the Web Cartoonist’s Choice Award for outstanding comic two years in a row: in 2006 and 2007. The famous webcomic has also received eight Web Cartoonist’s Choice Awards in various categories and the 2007 Harvey Award for “Best Online Comics Work.” In July 2008, the collection of hilarious cartoons “The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories” won an Eisner Award.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Perry Bible Fellowship, earlier this year, Dark Horse released a special comprehensive Almanack collection of Nicholas’s comics. It features every comic strip released between 2004 and 2007 and tons of exclusive comics and sketches that can’t be found online. Check out 256 pages of pure twisted entertainment that never gets old here!
If a little darkness can brighten up your day, you should also check out our most recent post with comics with unexpected twists by Dogs On The 4th, dark humor-infused War and Peas, or funny comics that will make you go “wait… what?” by Tony esp. They all prove that humor you don’t see coming is the best kind of humor!
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