The sixth Bad Machinery book - The Case Of The Unwelcome Visitor, is now available at Topatoco. I get all the money if you buy it that way. (If you’re in the UK, I’ll have copies at the start of December, so hold on a couple of weeks). It’s available in softcover and hardcover versions, and there are combo packs (books 1-3 and books 4-6) available too.
A BRIEF COMMENTARY
The Case Of The Unwelcome Visitor was a tough story to work on at the time. Everyone seemed to have loved the preceding case, which meant that I rushed into this one a little, when it wasn’t quite cooked. It was also a time when my art was going through some changes of approach.
So for this new version, I resolved the structural story issues that had bugged me for years, fixed every suspect-looking drawing, and added about twenty new comic pages. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s turned out. In addition, the back of the book features frankly generous extracts from Tackleford legend Mr Gravy’s self-aggrandising and puffed-up autobiography, with brief remarks thereupon from Charlotte Grote.
With all the Bad Machinery books, I’ve treated the webcomic as a first draft and the book as a finished version. The lesser tales online often make (I think) much more diverting books with the addition of what had eluded me a few years before. This book has worked out to be one of my favourites - I hope you enjoy it.
I’ve made a fine (also, fancy) book collecting all my Bobbins.horse strips from 2016 (72 of them!) along with some chapter commentary and an introductory essay. I made 500 for the Thought Bubble Festival, and 200 have already gone to good homes, so if you want one, this is your chance.
It won’t be available from Topatoco and I won’t add it to Comixology until this run is exhausted.
If you want to mop up all my recent minis and save some cash, it’s available in a combo pack with Expecting To Fly and Mordawwa too. There are only 100 Expecting To Flys left so this offer is somewhat limited.
That’s it! I hope you’re able to grab one if you want one!
Somehow there is another issue of Giant Days out today. I know it’s been… ONE WEEK! It’s issue 20. The ladies move into their 2nd year house and instantly discover treachery and malfeasance. Written by me, art by MAX SARIN (pencils), LIZ FLEMING (inks), and WHITNEY COGAR (colours) with letters by JIM CAMPBELL and a cover by LISSA TREIMAN. In comic shops and via Comixology!
Almost a year ago, Boom asked me if I’d like to do a Giant Days holiday special. I said yes, then wished (on multiple occasions) that I’d said no. It started at 22 pages. Then it was 32. Then it was 40. It wasn’t Christmas any more. I was trying to write three projects at once. But there was one thing that kept me going - the chance to reunite with original series artist LISSA TREIMAN. There was no way I was giving her anything other than my best. And I couldn’t be more proud of the results.
So pick up GIANT DAYS HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 for a 32-page Christmas tale from Lissa and I, plus an 8-page Tackleford bonus from me and CAANAN GRALL, one of my favourite cartoonists.
I can say - without question - this is the best 40-page comic I have ever plotted and broken down into pages on a train at 6.30 in the morning. None better. HAPPY HOLIDAYS WHOEVER YOU ARE.
[Get it from your local comic shop, or Comixology]
If you get your books from your local comic shop (and why wouldn’t you?), the final order cutoff for BAD MACHINERY VOL. 6 is next Monday, October 24. The book is packed with new pages, revised artwork, and exclusive extracts from Mr Gravy’s vile, self-serving autobiography which I believe should not be missed.
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UPCOMING APPEARANCESSat/Sun November 5th-6th 2016 - Thought Bubble Festival, Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK
Saturday November 12th 2016 - Giant Days vol 3 signing, 2-3PM, Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London
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Creatures In My Head
Dumbing Of Age
Hark! A Vagrant
He Is A Good Boy
Junior Scientist Power Hour
Let's Speak English
Sam and Fuzzy
Scenes From A Multiverse