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Bad Machinery Vol. 2: The Case of the Good Boy by [Allison, John]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 56345 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (12 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I3T7O40
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #786,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Allison has been writing comics about growing up for years now, and a lot of his readers have grown up reading them.

He has a knack for nostalgic character driven humour (if that's a thing) and a gift for writing story arcs that will keep readers enthralled to the very end - and then have them coming back for more.

Buy this, you wont be disappointed.
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Easily the most inventive genre-bending series around at the moment.
John Allison has outdone himself with this sumptuous volume, adding and revising artwork for the print edition.

I would recommed this book for everyone who has ever been to school, from reminiscing adults to younger people- this is guaranteed to drag you away from your smartphone while you enoy its depths.

Oh... and keep an eye out for aliens.
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I've been reading Bad Machinery for a couple of years now and this is still one of my favourite stories. You don't have to have read the first one (Team Spirit) to understand what is going on, but why not get both?
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I followed these when they were online only, and I loved them enough to get the book. I will keep getting the books.

The books are very special. They have extra content and come in a glorious quality finish that made my day. "What is this large package I have received?", I wondered. Then I opened it, and thanked myself for buying myself such a wonderful gift.

It made me smile all day. Then I read it and it made my smile last for 1½ days more. Then my father picked them up and thought they were great too.
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I've been reading John's "Bad Machinery" webcomic for a few years now. It's high-grade stuff. One strip was all it took to get me hooked. Now the latest technology allows me to enjoy reading it without the need for electricity. How cool is that?

Mr Allison has a fine ear for dialogue. His writing manages to be amusing and yet it's not afraid to become surprisingly dark when the need arises; his drawing style is fluid and light and so effortlessly self-assured that I'm continuously awestruck, and his characters - Charlotte, Shauna, Mildred, Jack, Linton and Sonny - have become firm favourites of mine. While this adventure includes a bunch of young people with a clever dog and the action involves a visit to a fairground, this isn't Scooby Doo and the solution *isn't* always that it was old Mr Simpkins, the caretaker, who did it. In the Bad Machinery universe, things that go bump in the night sometimes turn out to REALLY BE things that go bump in the night...

This is a self-contained adventure weaving together a number of paranormal phenomena (from magic pencils to strange things lurking in the undergrowth) which our plucky pals must unravel whilst dealing with more pressing issues such as bullying, friendship, video games and having to babysit annoying younger siblings. It's all delivered with bucketloads of aplomb. And it's presented in large format on fine, glossy paper rendered in glorious colour that really shows off the artwork to best effect.

Oh - and this adventure is set after "The Case of the Team Spirit" (which, if you haven't read, you should also buy). They both deserve a place in your graphics novel collection.
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I've read just about every comic John Allison has put online, from the Bobbins years, through the long and glorious run of Scary Go Round through to the present day. I think Bad Machinery is the finest work of the finest of webcomic artists. By retaining the long-established world of Tackleford, West Yorkshire, while shifting the emphasis away from the travails of twenty-something slackers and towards the more innocent and timeless world of secondary school, Allison has reinvigorated his work without sacrificing its essence.

This particular story, "The Case of the Good Boy" is a fine yarn. The characters and setting having been well established by the first volume, this second case allows Allison to develop the relationships between the teenage sleuths. Allison is the master of consistently providing lashings of humour in every strip without at all sacrificing the demands of the narrative. I would highly recommend The Case of the Good Boy to just about anyone.
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Bad Machinery may be one of my favorite comics currently being made in the UK. John Allison writes this as a one-a-day webcomic, which in some cases can make the flow of the comic a little staccato. John however manages to make this hold together wonderfully, telling a story with characters that are relatable and funny.
In The Case of the Good Boy (as with all the Bad Machinery stories) there's mysteries, a magic pencil, mild peril and the crippling embarrassment of being young and at school. If you've never read any of John Allison's work before, now is a perfect time to start with this entertaining and heartfelt, oddly English collection.
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John Allison's cartoons are outstanding - original, well-observed, well-drawn, and with a the sort of humour that is both subtle and laugh-out-loud (hoe does he DO that?).

I would recommend them to anyone, and the joy of book form is that you can sit at home, reading, eating cake, and with tea coming down your nose as you snort uncontrollably at EVERY SINGLE PANEL, and no-one can see you dripping beverages onto your tea-short via your nostrils.

It doesn't get any better than this
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