The Perry Bible Fellowship: Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories Hardcover – 6 Nov 2007
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The Perry Bible Fellowship (no idea what that means) is sick, dark and twisted...but also hilarious. If The League of Gentlemen were available in comic strip form, it might well resemble this: Willy Wonka is running an abattoir, rather than a chocolate factory; 'Will you marry me?' is spelled out using the bodies of aircrash victims; a camera inside a Tunnel of Love provides filthy souvenir snaps...and that's just a taste.
If you like your humour pitch-black and get impatient between its weekly appearances in The Guardian, this collection is just for you.
I'm not sure how other people have come across the Perry Bible Fellowship, I noticed these strange cartoons in various different signatures across the internet and decided to finally find out where they were coming from. I landed on a goldmine when I found the website with its weekly updates, the comics are usually rather strange and often set in completely bizarre universes rarely connected to each other. Most of them I find hilarious and even though I've read through each of the strips on the site many times they still make me laugh. I also enjoy the fact that the comics have very little do with anything in the real world, no political commentary, no connections to headlines just something quite different.
As for the book itself, as another reviewer has pointed out you're essentially getting a hard copy of most of the strips on the website so you do know exactly what you're getting. If you read through the strips on the site and never go back to them then this book is probably not going to be worth the money. Personally as I enjoy reading through the strips from time to time, I'm pleased with the book. The hardcover gives it a quality feel and the print quality is excellent, the web versions of the comics look detailed but on paper I appreciate the effort moreso that has gone into creating them.
An easy five stars for me and I'm pleased to be able to pick this up in the UK (thought I was going to have to order it from the US), I've already read through the entire book as soon as it arrived as has my brother and I plan to read through it many more times.
This book compiles almost hundred pages worth of strips: not all of them, but most. Few of my personal favourites are missing, yet I'm quite satisfied with the collection. There's some material that's previously unpublished, but it's nothing really interesting. So, if you've already read everything that's on the web site and don't want to buy stuff you've already read, this book offers very little. However, I'm rather glad to have it on my bookshelves.
If you've never heard of Perry Bible Fellowship, I envy you: you have a world of sickly sweet pleasure to explore. Check the web site or buy the book: whichever you do, you won't be disappointed.
The quality of illustration is widely varied and extremely good. Gurewitch is not only in possession of an extremely active and exciting sense of humour but his ability with the pen/pencil/paint-pot is superb. It really adds to the comic effect when you can tell that the creator has taken a lot of time to produce these strips.
If you want something a little different as an occassional coffee table book that you can dip into for a good laugh, and if your humour is a little more twisted than the conventional, then this is something you will enjoy.
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