John Allison (comics)

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John Allison
John Allison

1976 (age 42–43)
Known forWebcomics
Notable work
Bobbins, Scary Go Round, Bad Machinery, Giant Days

John Allison (born 1976) is the writer and artist of the webcomics Bobbins (1998–2002, 2014-present), Scary Go Round (2002–2009) and Bad Machinery (2009–present).[1] John described Scary Go Round as "a comic that I've been making since 2002. It started off as a comic about barmaids Tessa and Rachel, then it became more about Shelley Winters and her bizarre escapades. In recent times it is kind of a split between the Shelley Show and Tackleford Grammar School. It's always evolving." On 11 September 2009 he concluded Scary Go Round and on 21 September 2009 began the new strip Bad Machinery, focusing on several of those grammar school children, now teenage detectives.[1]

Additional spinoffs of his strips include Giant Days (a webcomic sometimes published in between storylines of Bad Machinery, collected into several books and continued as an ongoing series by Boom! Studios) and several standalone books including Murder She Writes and That. In broad strokes, they take place in a common fictional world, with several characters appearing across different strips and books.

Bad Machinery books published through Oni Press include: 'Volume 1: The Case of the Team Spirit', 'Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy', 'Volume 3: The Case of the Simple Soul', 'Volume 4: The Case of the Lonely One' and 'Volume 5: The Case of the Fire Inside'.

Allison currently resides in Letchworth Garden City. According to his bio page on the Scary Go Round website, he is unmarried.


  1. ^ a b Alex Dueben (2009-12-28). "John Allison's "Bad Machinery"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-01-07.

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