by Jarrod Jones. On the newspaper comics beat, puns are grist for the mill. For The Perry Bible Fellowship, they’re lambs led to the slaughter.
Perhaps it’s our eyes, which allow us to read these comic strips, that are the lambs in this instance. Yes, our eyes, led on a merry chase by Nicholas Gurewitch to the abbatoir where the laugh-sausages are made. Gurewitch is comics’ very own butcher, an Ignatz, Harvey, and Eisner award-winning cartoonist-but-also-metaphorical-butcher-for-the-purposes-of-this-article-thanks, whose brilliant long-running newspaper and online comics strip, The Perry Bible Fellowship, has been a beloved fixture in independent comics for damn-near 20 years. That Gurewitch has continued his diligent work on the strip to this very day should be considered a gift. A delicious gift.
The strip’s title evokes Americana, of a place where “just folks” get together at some pictaresque outside meetin’ place and discuss daylight savings and corn and Mom’s apple pie ‘n’ such. Farmer stuff. As farmers oft require an almanac to guide their rich harvests towards true north, so too does The Perry Bible Fellowship, which published its own Almanack for fans ‘n’ folks alike back in 2009 courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.
A decade has passed but The Perry Bible Fellowship still rules.
To mark the passage of time Dark Horse and Gurewitch have reconvened to publish a 10th anniversary edition of The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack titled, yes, The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack: 10th Anniversary Edition. The newly formatted collection will feature every PBF strip that ran in alternative newspapers such as The Baltimore City Paper and The Chicago Reader between 2004 and 2007, and will also feature brand new content that you won’t find anywhere—anywhere, do you understand? Get those eyeballs lined up; comics are a-comin’ in just two short paragraphs.
Undiscovered Perry Bible Fellowship strips, sketches for comics that had no place in this world, all brought together for this 10th Anniversary Edition under a new “Lost Comics” section by Gurewitch, who says of this unholy assemblage: “[They have] slipped through the cracks from oversight…[or] have been shoved into the cracks out of shame and fear.”
Dark Horse Comics has asked DoomRocket to share two pages from this anniversary edition of The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack, which feature four strips with commentary from Gurewitch that range from broad explanations as to why that particular strip never saw the harsh light of living day to “Too wordy.” For PBF completists or people who love things that rule, this is an opportunity to guffaw.
Solicit information concerning The Perry Bible Fellowship can be read right now, it’s down there:
$24.99 | 256 pgs. | 7″ x 10″ | JANUARY 29
From Dark Horse Comics: Dark Horse is excited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Nicholas Gurewitch’s Ignatz, Harvey, and Eisner Award-winning comic series with a new edition for fans to enjoy. Described by Matt Inman as “the best thing to happen to cartooning since Calvin and Hobbes,” ‘The Perry Bible Fellowship’ is a keystone in the bridge between newspaper comics and webcomics.
‘The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack: 10th Anniversary Edition’ is a newly formatted 7″ x 10″, which features every ‘Perry Bible Fellowship’ comic strip which ran in alternative newspapers between 2004 and 2007—and simultaneously exploded online during the internet’s golden age! In commemoration of 10 years since its initial printing, this Almanack also contains content that is unavailable anywhere else, including previously undiscovered PBF comics from the era and numerous sketches for comics that never came to be.