Bad Machinery
by John Allison
The Case Of The Modern Men
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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:59:43
Manchester, UK signing

I’ll be doing a signing at Travelling Man in Manchester on April 5th at 3PM, drawing all over copies of The Case Of The Good Boy. Here’s the Facebook event. I’ve never done an in-store signing before due to “fear of no-one turning up” (a real medical condition), so just imagine my gratitude if/when you do.

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:41:27
Bad Machinery Book 2 available now!

I’m proud to announce that Bad Machinery Book 2: the Case Of The Good Boy is now available through Oni Press! 

I’ve done more than thirty new pages for this edition, plus bonus material from the top drawer. We’re all proud of this book and I hope you enjoy it.

The best way (for me) that you can get the it is through Topatoco. It’s available in softcover and VERY LIMITED hardcover, and in a money-saving combo pack with Book 1.

If you’re outside the US/Canada, you can get it from your local comic shop - if they don’t have it, ask them to order it for you. Any bookshop will be able to order it for you - its ISBN is 9781620101148 -  it’s not in normal bookshops until March 12th.

In the UK, I recommend the following stores:
Travelling Man (Leeds, Manchester), Page 45 (Nottingham), Gosh! Comics and Orbital (London), Dave’s Comics (Brighton).

Most importantly of all, tell your friends, and hopefully these collections will keep coming.

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:00:00

This run of Bobbins ends on Saturday. I couldn’t have imagined that something I re-started just because it made me laugh would have proved so popular. It’s really reminded me of the joy of daily cartooning and why I started all those years ago. I’ll be archiving all the pages from this run on the new Bobbins site, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t return to these characters another time. I’m sure I’ll do the odd strip from time to time prior to a longer run when the schedule allows/demands it.

That means Bad Machinery returns on Sunday with The Case Of The Modern Men. I’ll continue to run strips seven days a week, and see how that works out. I think you’ll like this story, it kind of gets back to what I’m about.

OH HEY ALSO Topatoco now have all the Giant Days books, loads of new combo packs, and new LOW LOW prices on the ever-dwindling pile of Scary Go Round collections. Are you thinking about sending me an email two years from now asking if I still have Scary Go Round collections? Avoid my future apology, create a parallel universe TODAY.

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:35:00
Subscribers: thank you

On Monday it was the second anniversary of my subscription drive. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has subscribed to Scary Go Round. Your donation, big or small, goes back into the comic. As a result of the donations last year, I was able to do many bonus or bigger comics (when I might otherwise have been doing freelance work) and produce all those double-sized pages for The Case Of The Forked Road. The money also went towards the printing costs for Giant Days 2 and 3.

The process hasn’t been flawless (Paypal likes to cancel about one in five subscriptions when they roll over, apparently for no reason) but it’s made a huge difference regardless.

If you’d like to make an annual contribution to my website, from £2/$3 up, you can do so here.

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 14:30:47
Custom bookplates

Unfortunately, I can’t offer personalised copies of the Bad Machinery books through my store, but if you want a stick-in, personalised bookplate, you can get them now. Shipping is free in the UK, and costs no extra if you order them from outside the UK with any other item from my store.

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Scary Go Round (2002-2009)
Bobbins (1998-2002)

SGR Side Projects (2010-)
New Bobbins (2013-)


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Diesel Sweeties
Dinosaur Comics
Exploding Dog
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Hark! A Vagrant
KC Green
Octopus Pie
Sam and Fuzzy
Scenes From A Multiverse

Abominable Charles Christopher
A Softer World
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Cat And Girl
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Kid With Experience
My Cardboard Life
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Scary Go Round, Bad Machinery, Bobbins & Giant Days are copyright 1998-2014 John Allison.