a1mcb asked: Hi, with Bad Machinery book 2 out next month, will it be available in Hardcover again and if so, will there a way to order them from within the UK (as opposed to via Topcato)? Thanks.
It will be available in hardcover, but again only from Topatoco or directly from Oni. I will have some at any UK convention I attend by car (while stocks last) because, and sorry to let light in upon magic here, they weigh a ton.
steakplissken asked: Help, I just lost all respect for Shelley Winters and I don't know if even you can make me find it again, despite all your wordsmithery.
It takes two to tango.
airyairyquitecontrary asked: I've so enjoyed the resurrection of Bobbins, especially today's appearance of Tim Jones' incredible chest hair. I was wondering if you read/have read Posy Simmonds. I'm just going through Mrs Weber's Omnibus this weekend, and I've kept thinking 'If John Allison doesn't already like this, I think he would.'
Posy is a favourite of mine. I have her more recent stuff, and a couple of old collections of her 70s/80s cartoons (True Love/Mrs Weber’s Diary), which I love. Her command of the comedy of manners and dialogue was a great inspiration to me, and reading Gemma Bovery in The Guardian was one of the things that started me making daily strips in the late 90s. I was also very influenced by the way she draws. I’m disappointed not to have met her yet but I hope to one day.
This run of Bobbins ends on Saturday. I couldn’t have imagined that something I re-started just because it made me laugh would have proved so popular. It’s really reminded me of the joy of daily cartooning and why I started all those years ago. I’ll be archiving all the pages from this run on the new Bobbins site, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t return to these characters another time. I’m sure I’ll do the odd strip from time to time prior to a longer run when the schedule allows/demands it.
That means Bad Machinery returns on Sunday with The Case Of The Modern Men. I’ll continue to run strips seven days a week, and see how that works out. I think you’ll like this story, it kind of gets back to what I’m about.
OH HEY ALSO Topatoco now have all the Giant Days books, loads of new combo packs, and new LOW LOW prices on the ever-dwindling pile of Scary Go Round collections. Are you thinking about sending me an email two years from now asking if I still have Scary Go Round collections? Avoid my future apology, create a parallel universe TODAY.
asmartinsaidtoxanthe asked: I must say, seeing the new Bobbins interlude has me all nostalgic. I am a lapsed reader of yours, as I was a fan of Bobbins, then Scarygoround. I didn't find next iteration as compelling, but I now feel that I may have made a grave miscalculation. I am glad you are able to continue to make comics.
And let this be a warning to all lapsed readers. I will repel you, then lure you back in with my tricks.