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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; 01 edition (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620100843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620100844
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Allison is a former Waldorf teacher, now active in management consultancy and lecturing. He is also a musician, playing the renaissance lute and cittern, and an established poet with three published collections and many poems printed in journals worldwide. Born in New Zealand, he now lives in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne with his wife Bettye. His children, all musicians, live in Cologne, London and San Francisco respectively.

John Allison is a former Waldorf teacher, now active in management consultancy and lecturing. He is also a musician, playing the renaissance lute and cittern, and an established poet with three published collections and many poems printed in journals worldwide. Born in New Zealand, he now lives in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne with his wife Bettye. His children, all musicians, live in Cologne, London and San Francisco respectively.


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This book is a collection of the first hundred strips of John Allison's web comic "Bad Machinery", which is itself a spinoff from his earlier online strip "Scary Go Round". The premise is that two groups of high schoolers, one group of three girls, and one group of three boys, compete with each other to solve mysteries that have a supernatural flavor. The action is set in a medium sized town somewhere in England. This book represents one complete mystery. There are a few more, yet to be collected and printed. (This is published by Oni Press, which is the same group that publishes the Scott Pilgrim books, so someone there has his finger on the right pulse.)

There are a lot of good reasons for "Bad Machinery's" popularity. While the book encompasses just one mystery, the collection really reflects three different lines. First, of course, is the mystery that arcs through the whole book. Next, though, the series is seasoned by "one off" jokes and bits that only take a strip or two or three to set up a laugh. Finally, there are issues, characters and relationships that are developed in this series but that will continue to appear and develop in later books as well. This adds a lot of depth and interest to the whole undertaking, and reminds me very strongly of "Doonesbury", which followed a very similar pattern.

Also in the style of "Doonesbury", Allison has a real command of "minimalist" or succinct humor. You only get a few panels per strip, and only so many words. You have to set up a situation, work it, and then deliver a payoff with just a few drawings and a few well chosen words.
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I've been a huge fan of John Allison's work for years, but never before bought any of his books. Bad Machinery, his latest comic endeavour, lends itself more neatly to the book format as it is clearly in self-contained 'cases'. This book is charming, whimsical and great fun, and it is a beautiful edition, with high quality printing and lovely image reproduction.
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John Allison's post-Scary Go Round strip Bad Machinery features a team of would-be detectives keen to solve mysteries in their home town of Tackleford inbetween double maths and PE classes.

If there's one particular talent that Mr Allison excels at, it's the ability to craft interesting characters to inhabit his universe, thus we get Manga-haired but sensible Shauna, loud and silly Lottie, chocolate-obsessed but brilliant Mildred, quiet but good intentioned Jack, optimistic Sonny and angsty Linton.

The plot, which plunges the gang into the mysteries behind the local football club, will have the reader keen to turn every page for every revelation. The dialogue has a sharp, witty zing to it with plenty of smart one-liners that guarantee plenty of laughs.

The artwork has a simple, crisp style to it with a wonderful use of cartoon colour. Allison has also cleaned up much of the artwork here from the original web versions with additional panels to enhance the story.

If there's a minus point, it's that the Kindle edition has been rendered in a locked aspect format - the landscape-orientated original artwork has been locked into portrait mode which means each page loses its impact at a reduced size. A shame as the format seems perfect for tablets.
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Jack, Sonny, Linton, Shauna, Charlotte and Mildred are six 11 year-old friends who’re about to discover that high school isn’t about lessons, homework and teachers; it’s about sleuthing, social justice, family curses, and big business football - this is Bad Machinery (a title I’ve yet to understand)!

This first volume is quite a hefty paperback with slightly larger than A4-size paper set horizontally so the thing flops open like a car manual as you’re reading it. But at 129 pages, it’s not a long read though it took me a few sittings to get through. Part of that was the meandering nature of the story, which is mostly character-centric and wasn’t terribly interesting plot-wise, but after a cursory google I discovered Bad Machinery is a webcomic with each page as a self-contained episode.

That explained the same sense of fatigue I got when I read Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts collections - these are dailies not really designed to be read 100+ pages at a pop. It also explains why it’s not heavy on the story because if you’re jumping in for the first time, you’re going to be totally lost. But a group of funny characters riffing at each other always works, so the book is full of that.

I mentioned the characters’ ages because, while I don’t know any, I don’t think 11 year olds are this clever and witty. These characters are very switched on and banter in a way most grown-ups couldn’t manage. Then in the second half of the book they all start talking like Russell Brand which is very unpleasant.

Unconvincing dialogue aside, none of the kids mess around with mobiles at any point which makes me wonder when this series took place. Then again there’s a ghost in this story so I’m probably leaning on the realism angle a bit too heavily.
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