Review: The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack

Nicholas Gurewitch is arguably the greatest artist to rise out of the present wave of web comics.  The man is a stylistic chameleon, ranging from blissfully simple line work to dead on impressions of legends like Edward Gorey and R. Crumb.  No two strips look alike, but all are absolutely gorgeous, particularly in this oversized edition.

Once you get past the art the Perry Bible Fellowship is a somewhat formulaic gag strip.  With few exceptions each comic consists of two panels of set up and one for the punchline.  A few fall flat, but by and large they manage to be brilliant.  The bunny pit strip alone wound up as part of four different conversations I had this past weekend.  If that doesn’t leave you howling with laughter than this isn’t the book for you, but if it did then you absolutely must read the rest!

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