In a children' book world populated primarily by near-identical doughy figures, something unspeakably awful happens, but in a really funny way.
If every Dr. Seuss book ended with the characters dying in a fiery blaze.
Words and Pictures:
PBF is an old-school comic strip, meaning that each one takes place at a different time, in a different world, almost always with different, albeit stylistically similar characters. No continuity here. Rather, each darkly twisted nugget of genius stands entirely on its own two, disturbing feet.
Gurewitch virtuoso artwork is almost as striking as the dark humor. PBF is an experiment with different styles, with one strip looking like Peanuts and the next looking like a 17th-century woodcut. In a different era, Gurewitch probably would have been painting grotesque scenes of the underworld and would have wound up in an asylum by age 30.
Bonus Fun Fact:
It's almost unfair to put Perry Bible Fellowhsip on a list of webcomics, considering it appears in a couple dozen newspapers and magazines. There's also a book of PBF comics out there, called The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories.
Achewood, by Chris Onstad
A dysfunctional group of stuffed animals, robots and a cracked-out squirrel throw ragers, participate in the Great Outdoor Fight and open Subway franchises, all on the dime of feline zillionaire playboy Ray Smuckles.
Garfield, if Garfield had robot friends, drank Ketel One and existed on the exact opposite end of the Funny Spectrum.
Words and Pictures:
Onstad' all about the prose, and the majority of the off-kilter, character-based humor is dished out in the word balloons rather than the simple, clipart-esque style. Obscure references, writerly self-indulgences and some supremely bizarre plotlines make it an acquired taste, but one worth acquiring.
Onstad even keeps up semi-regular blogs for each of the large cast of characters, effortlessly switching from one starkly different voice and point of view to the next. The characters are given a level of depth that would be incredible in any medium.
Bonus Fun Fact: Onstad usually hides a second joke or a strip explanation in his image text. Hover your mouse over the strip for a second to see it.
Michael writes and performs for the sketch troupe Those Aren't Muskets!