Oni Press To Publish John Allison's Bad Machinery In A Smaller Format Next Year

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He may not like BBC 3's Fleabag, coming to Amazon Prime in a week or so. But John Allison does a fine line in kid adventures. Set in West Yorkshire town of Tackleford, that's basically where I grew up, in Pontefract.

Better known right now for Giant Days, his webcomic Bad Machinery is much loved. Published in oversized volumes, Oni Press are now going to republish the series in a pocket sized edition. For the grown-ups to read.


Allison told School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids "The large format is divisive. They're great-looking library books. Kids love the big books, adult readers don't so much, and Bad Machinery has something for both groups. I've met readers aged six, and aged 70. I think smaller versions will play well with a large part of that range."

The books will also feature new covers by Allison and the series will continue in print in both formats.

The Pocket Edition of Bad Machinery Vol 1: The Case Of The Team Spirit is out in March next year for $10, half the price of the larger version.  It is also on Kindle now for $9.99.

The Case of the Team Spirit introduces readers to Jack, Linton, Sonny, Shauna, Charlotte, and Mildred: six kids navigating the treacherous waters of school and adolescence while also exploring the strange mysteries that abound in their peculiar English town of Tackleford. Jack, Linton, and Sonny look for cures to their football club's unexplainable woes, while Shauna, Charlotte, and Mildred try to find a way for compassion and justice to triumph in the face of die-hard sports fanaticism. But all of them should probably be more concerned with keeping on the good side of their history teacher, Mr. Bough. That is, if he has a good side…

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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