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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in the biblical sense, 16 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack (Hardcover)
"The Perry Bible Fellowship" is an online strip and this edition is a collected version of those strips printed on lovely glossy paper and bound in hardback and cloth. Each page contains one strip which is a variant of 1-4 panels often drawn in varying styles. Nicholas Gurewitch is a master illustrator and can draw all kinds of ways from straight realism, to 19th century Japanese woodcuts, to 1980s NES games, to early 20th century pulp detective comics, to surrealist Dali-esque paintings, to mimicking such famous illustrators as Edward Gorey, Quentin Blake, and Bil Keane. The drawing styles are just one amazing aspect of Gurewitch's talents, the other is his fantastic sense of humour. There are literally hundreds of strips here but I've picked out a few that I really laughed at.

Miggs - Gangster gets surprise birthday cake and out jump puppies. Final panel shows a party at the Kennel Club with a birthday cake where sits a gangster with a smoking tommy gun surrounded by dead guests.

Kitty Photographer - a man taking a picture of a cat when suddenly a naked baby runs away from his mother into the photographer's sight line when he takes the picture. The photoshop developers call the police when they see the picture and the photographer is sent to jail where he's beaten up by Nazi skinheads.

Way Too Much - a "Family Circus" type story where the father gives his son $20 for a tooth that's fallen out. The final panel shows a load of kids with bloody mouths, having knocked all of their teeth out with a baseball bat.
Guntron Alliance Force - a manga-esque strip which shows 5 heroes as they merge their machines into a giant gun that fires a bullet at the evil robot scorpion. The final panel shows just 4 heroes with the one that was the bullet missing.

Food Fight - a fat relief worker in a famine struck third world country calls out "Food Fight!" in the middle of lunch with several starving kids. Another relief worker walks over and slaps him.

The Dreamcatcher 3000 - some scientists devise a machine that lets you see what the person is dreaming. They demonstrate in front of a group of investors and see that the dream is a kinky S&M fantasy. The last panel shows them huddled around a liquor bottle saying "...an entire year's worth of funding...gone..."

Those are just some of the highlights in this brilliant collection. It's a fantastic read that I know many people will love. It's great for comics fans, great for fans of comedy, a great read for just about anyone. Check out his website for more tasters of his stuff and then buy this wonderful book full of twisted humour and magnificent drawings.
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