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NEWS
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:33
San Diego Comic-Con

To celebrate ten years of not going to San Diego Comic-Con, this year I am going to San Diego Comic-Con. I won’t be tabling or selling anything, but both of my publishers are there with plenty of my books and I will be doing signings and several panels.

Find me at the following times in the following places

SIGNING AT ONI PRESS (1833)
Fri-Sun 11-12.00PM

SIGNING AT BOOM STUDIOS (2229)
Wednesday 6-6.50PM
Thursday 5-5.50PM
Friday 3-3.50PM
Saturday 2-2.50PM
Sunday 2-2.50PM

PANELS
Thursday, Room 28DE 12-1PM
Breaking Into Comics (all and I mean all will be revealed)

Thursday, Room 28DE 1-2PM
Webcomics (and thinking about lunch, I imagine)

Thursday, Room 32AB 5-6PM
Spotlight On Erica Henderson (I am moderating this ie asking brilliant questions of the Squirrel Girl art genius)

Saturday, Room 24ABC 12.30-1.30PM
Discover Yours: Boom Studios (red hot sports chat or car chat or maybe comics chat not sure)

Taken as a whole, a chance to see a man who deals badly with less than eight hours sleep disintegrate on-stage and close up, in-person. Only RAW LOVE FROM FANS will get me through. I am looking forward to seeing you!

Note: I have had a few people write and ask about commissions and picking up sketches bought from my store in person - logistically, neither of those things are possible this time. Sorry!


Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:09:10
Giant Days 28 and the Not On The Test omnibus

Giant Days issue 28 is in comic shops and on Comixology now! It’s another tale told by night, and I think it’s one of our best. If you have trouble tracking it down, I’ve got a few issues for sale in my shop. I also found a copy of issue 13, the sole appearance in the Boom! series of Eustace Boyce, which I’ve added for someone with fast fingers. If you’ve not picked up Giant Days, most of the issues are done-in-one stories - I recommend issue 26 as a particular favourite.

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Also out this week is NOT ON THE TEST vol 1, a hardcover omnibus featuring Boom! issues 1-8, the first Boom!Box Mix Tape story I did, and the first of the self-published Giant Days comics that kicked this all off.

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Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:35:31
The beginning of the end

Today I have a piece of news that is exciting, maybe sad, probably predictable, and overdue. Hard Yards will be the last story set in the little Tackleford universe we’ve been visiting nearly every day since 1998. While I still love the characters, I feel like I’ve done almost all I can with them, and for the last two years I’ve been trying to find ways to create a satisfying end to things, or a possible way to continue that felt somehow the same, but new. In the end I’ve had to settle on ending things.

Things might have been different if Giant Days hadn’t proved so successful – I figured that after its 6-issue run was over by autumn 2015, I’d start work in earnest on a new thing. Issue 28 is out on Wednesday, and no one has told me to stop yet. The new thing remains elusive, but some ideas are beginning to come together at last.

I don’t know exactly when the last strip will be, just that it will be before the end of 2017, so I’ll let you know when we get into the final straight. In the meantime, as you were.

One thing: while webcomics are still viable, I don’t want to pack up and go home. If possible, my new series will start the week after Scary Go Round/Bobbins/Bad Machinery/&c. finishes. The daily conversation with an audience is incredibly energising, creatively, and every day I get to sit and draw for you is full of discovery and purpose. It is a privilege.

So I’d better get back to it.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:12:11
Giant Days 27 out today!

The new issue of Giant Days has emerged, in which Esther gets woke, at last, to the issues of society, and that definitely doesn’t cause any problems for her. OR DOES IT? Art by Max Sarin & Liz Fleming, colours by Whitney Cogar, lettering by Jim Campbell. In comic shops and on Comixology! Plus I have a few in my shop, with a scattering of back numbers too.


Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:28:08
Bad Machinery vol 7 now available.

Bad Machinery 7 - The Case Of The Forked Road - is out now in bookstores, comic shops, and from me via Topatoco in an exclusive hardback edition (same price as the softcover for a limited period). As ever, the best way to support my work is to buy it directly from Topatoco.

This edition contains about a dozen new pages (explaining, at last, the mystery boys’ weird absence from the tale) and is in a 6x9″ portrait format that won’t spoil the line of a fitted suit, but WILL shelf up perfectly with your other BM collections.

Also available: Bad Machinery books 1-3 and books 4-6 in heavily discounted combo packs. The large format books are starting to go out of print, so complete your sets now (and ignore “in production” warnings - these will ship straight away).

[Unfortunately I don’t have any Bad Machinery 7s in my UK shop and I don’t know when I will have any - many apologies. When I can update you, I will.]


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UPCOMING APPEARANCES

July 20th-23rd, 2017 - Comic-Con International, San Diego, USA

August 25-27, 2017 - London Super Comic Con, Business Design Centre, London, UK

September 23-24, 2017 - Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, UK

October 13-15, 2017 - Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, UK



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Scary Go Round, Bad Machinery, Bobbins & Giant Days are copyright 1998-2015 John Allison.