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 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…