One of the internet's most beloved webcomics is back in the 10th anniversary edition of The Perry Bible Club Almanack, featuring a new breakfast by Michael Cera, unexplored comics and sketches and strips that have been remodeled to read as if they were on a phone screen. . Nicholas Gurewitch's book – a gorgeous collection of all PBF comics published between 2004 and 2007 – is a warm, nostalgic look back at the golden age of the internet. The book reflects the beauty of PBF, impeccably combining handmade art with subtle but destructive perforations that reveal a heart truth to the world.
From the PBF, Gurewitch has shifted his focus to film and television, and published a Kickstarter book entitled Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Small Death Paying tribute to Edward Gorey. The book and equipment promised to supporters as a reward were delayed for several years due to the diligent nature of making each page from party scrapers. (The documentary Notes on a Nicholas Gurewitch Case, below, gives a excellent overview of why it took so long.) I spoke with Gurewitch about the Kickstarter process, how accomplishment can be like the addiction and changing nature of webcomics in time Instagram.
This interview has been slightly modified for clarity.
Do you delight in playing Kickstarter?
Yeah, I signed on to it because I liked the magic [of the process] but I reckon I signed it too.
How many pages were there?
It was 48, but I must have done about 200 plates.
Because you rebuilt them?
I am not proud of this encounter.
How did you feel about the overall encounter?
I reckon Kickstarter for me was like a genie lamp. You can make a wish, and your desire gets granted. But with such power come complications. I did not find myself burdened by the burden of expectations, but by adjusting their expectations. And so I reckon I finished up in a scenario where I didn't have a excellent relationship with time.
One thing that is probably missing in my life since I've stopped doing comic weekly is deadlines. I had missed the deadlines because it seemed so perilous to my health. But in many ways, they are useful in mental health because you can do something. There's so much power in the Kickstarter scenario, because there's so much trust, money and time. If I wanted to do it over again, I would just have to have a stronger relationship with these things.
I tried to make myself feel a small better by thinking of George R.R. Martin. It sounds like time and expectation have arrived. I reckon it can be confusing when you have that power. Maybe creativeness works in a way that is based on the weak rather than the strong.
You are not the only person you have met on Kickstarter. Projects are constantly delayed. I don't feel that people could be mad at you, unless you really got some mad emails.
I reckon when you get into a relationship online like this, there is less of a sense that people are waiting for you. But as I went through and started the delivery process and became familiar with everyone's names, I could see their name. I could see their photos, see their requests. I feel like it took me a small longer than most people to fulfill some of these special requests. I am very proud of the committees I made for people. I guess I kept that in mind when I was working, to fulfill. I would say that every day I was in the family way would be another uptick in quality, and I suppose you can negotiate with yourself that way.
How many commissions did you have to make?
I reckon it was 30 original designs, but I made it very nice to do it.
You can now prepare the book for Amazon. Is this released with a publisher?
Black Horse. They agreed to do this book and [the Almanack] provided we make another PBF collection before the end of the year.
Another collection at the top of Almanack?
Yes, it will be the same size but with new material.
How is this;
It s amusing. I have persuaded them to make the books for the FSC paper, which is the Forest Stewardship Council paper. It's a small harder to do because it costs more. But that was part of our negotiation. I also told them that I would do the InDesign files, which is a lot of work in designing the book, but I find this fun. I learned how to do it for my Kickstarter book, and now I'm used to it. I place the whole book down.
Why did you choose to publish a 10 year edition?
It's one of those things, like, I reckon they publish a new Harry Potter book every other year, but they have to make a new take in for that. It's one of those predatory money. But it's been 10 years since Almanack came out, so it was a excellent reason to republish it.
I don't know if the comics are still as excellent as they were because they changed humor in recent years.
I first learned your comics about Something Dreadful. I was probably 13 years ancient.
This is very small.
And I was like, "This is cool, intense, internet." But it was really original, like nothing I've ever seen on the internet before, but also really artistic at the same time.
Yes, we hope this enables artworks to compensate for its less obvious elements. If he is careful and careful in one direction, he may be unclear in the other. I'm not so sure about this. But I've heard people say that comics are objective.
I see it sometimes. Many ladies are attractive. But I feel that your body of work as a whole nearly gets rid of it.
There's a lot of sex in your cartoons and I know you used comics for Playboy.
That probably pushed me a small.
Are any of these comics here?
Playboy is not here, but I posted it at Maxim at the time I did it, and it probably pushed things in that direction.
It's amusing how any publication you work with can affect you and force you to reckon about your manufacture.
Yes, and you reckon it may not matter if you have a corporate supporter if you are into politics. But at a certain level, it matters in politics, and it matters in art. Who pays your bills pushes you in some direction.
On the subject of comics changing over the years, I found it fascinating to see that it's generally vital for comics to be super specific. As we need to know exactly what is being said. The tendency to mark symbolic-
Are you talking about Shen?
Yeah, I like his stuff.
He's a excellent guy! I feel like you will pass.
His ability to boldly describe it as something else is something I don't reckon I can do. And it's extremely commanding to be able to, like, mark something, "my life."
Picture: Dark Horse Comics
So are the comics at Almanack from 2004 to 2008?
Many of them here are from 2001 to 2004, college comics, but I didn't place them online until 2004.
As far as the internet is concerned, these are like comics for the period 2004-2008. But the fact is that I did it in college for some time as a newspaper comic.
Do you reckon labeling a comic book from that time is a approach to make people nostalgic in the early days of the internet?
I did it recently in one place. It's simple to be nostalgic at the time.
Why did you feel the need to place it as if you were watching it on a phone?
We did a French version of Almanack a few years ago, and I really liked the way it looked. But there is also the fact that it is valuable to orient them in the way that they appear on the internet because most phones are scrolling up and down.
But isn't the point of a book the fact that it's not on a screen, so you can leave it as you want it?
Okay, I finally rationalized it because I'll remind them anyway to read online. So their book collects just like that.
Once you stopped playing comics often, it seemed like you were moving more towards film and television.
I've been slow to go in that direction. But yeah, I've worked on a series of TV shows that never happened. But moving in that direction has helped me develop the comic book from its previous form.
Making the comic 1,2,3,4, they had the exact same structure each time. And since I only did it for the Internet, I found that my comics can spread and have so many more groups than normal and do a lot of things they couldn't do.
Entering Instagram was kind of recent, aptly? Was there some kind of hesitation there?
I didn't have a smartphone until 2017.
What did you use before?
I had a small tiny thing. What do you call them? Crabs? This [iPhone] is my 2017 market. It does the trick. I can post on Instagram.
Picture: Dark Horse Comics
So, after you got a smartphone, you went to Instagram. Do you reckon it helped with the discovery of comics?
It's a small weird because I reckon I turned down Facebook at a time that would be extremely valuable for me to have Facebook back in the mid-2000s. I reckon I had some instinct, either to be cool or to just focus on making it of my art, which was probably both obtuse and clever.
I guess I come up with the thought that it's really financially understandable for me to be able to connect with people through social media. But I miss the days you could have visitors to your website. The way you will get visitors like back in the ancient days, when a name would knock on the door and say, "Can I come and delight in what you have?" I'm proud of having a website that people can visit.
What do you reckon about the newest comics you see on Instagram?
I like the way webcomics go in some ways. I really like the Nathan Pyle comic book and the Alex Norris comic book. They have a very similar color palette. I reckon I like this go towards a more gentle, sweeter, more immediate manufacture. Maybe this is the direction we are going because life is getting more frightening. Sometimes I feel terrible about making scary and sad comics nowadays because I'm like, "Holy shit, people are probably going to get a lot out of this."
I'm trying to reckon of your comics that are scary or sad, but none of them really make me feel terrible. Maybe because the artwork is so gorgeous, it feels more like a reflection of life.
I reckon you can say many things if you manage to be present. Or in this case, gorgeous. As if I'm making a really gorgeous comic, I can say something a small wilder.
It's like a song with a really gorgeous melody, but the lyrics are dark and sad.
You can get away with it. And at a funeral, you can get away with being really mean to the person you taste, if you have a gorgeous relationship with them. You can say the most shit.
To your resume artist, he says you worked on "never-before-seen TV shows." Can you tell me a bit about them?
Many of them exist as scripts, and sometimes get to the point where they are to a degree storyboarded or I have done elementary animatics. But I'm excited to be doing more in the field of manufacture soon because I feel it's probably the way I need to develop my thoughts. Many PBF comics depend on really tiny details. And sometimes when prose a script, it's not permanently simple to handle things. So in the future, I want to work on the details a small more. Every two years, I reckon I'm working on another thought of television broadcasting. And I reckon at the same rate, networks are realizing that the thought is probably a small too weird.
Picture: Dark Horse Comics
Are these all animated shows or are they live action?
Moving, but I'd be pleased to do anything live-action that I would do animation. It would take a small more work.
Were the impressions correlated to the PBF?
Some of them are not correlated to PBF. I reckon that's another of my problems, sometimes the thought will be just from the wall, completely different.
Is this what the networks want?
Yeah, I don't really know what people want. One of the thoughts we had with Cartoon Network was called The Umbilicals. It was these embryos in the wombs of their mothers that somehow used the umbilical cord to drive them away. So mothers will be mechs. Yeah, it's a pretty awe-inspiring thought.
No, it's a splendid thought, but then what happened?
I reckon you can guess what happened.
So was this a whole series?
Basically we only had one theme song and one intro that came out, because it would be either small or half an hour. But I'm glad it never came out because I don't know how you support it for half an hour, even with the fact that we had written scripts that claimed to do so. I don't know if that was viable. In retrospect, it's kind of irritating.
No, the thought is very excellent. But I don't know if that would have done for a long series of multiple episodes.
Sometimes I can't tell the difference between what's amusing and what's amusing because you did it.
I reckon it's really amusing, but I reckon it might have worked very well as a YouTube video that sounds a bit dreadful. But I feel that this is the all-purpose situation of the media and the internet humor now. It's like having a excellent joke that makes for a amusing video on Twitter or TikTok.
This ignores the enormous galactic arc we had come to know about history.
I'm so sorry.
But I reckon you're aptly. I reckon you are absolutely aptly.
But over again, it might be really amusing to place a lot of work into something that isn't worth it. As if you could make a masterpiece out of the gibberish, all of a sudden it's wonderful to look at.
I reckon it even speaks to how poisoned my mind has become because of the Internet. I want to be able to enter a long tale arc, but I'm so prepared that I only know how to enter small, amusing jokes about comics.
It's fascinating to believe that every time you do something thriving, you train yourself to do things that way. You are hypnotizing yourself to do things a certain way every time you encounter accomplishment.
I reckon addiction is shaped in the same way. Because you take the same paths to delight in several times and have together yourself. I suppose that, in some cases, thriving people try to dodge being overly thriving, if they flock too tightly. But I can't confirm it.