John Allison is the creator of comic series including Giant Days, Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round. He studied journalism and worked as a designer for five years before becoming a professional cartoonist in 2003. John lives in Letchworth Garden City, halfway between Cambridge and London in the UK.
John and Michael talk about independent-minded children, seizing the means of production, the nature of creativity, the beauty of All-Music Guide, and shady business practices during the dot-com bubble.
John’s Five Songs.
The John Allison Cinematic Universe is sprawling, and it can be difficult to find a place to start if you’re new to it. I might suggest the first volume of Bad Machinery (available digitally at Comixology and in pulped wood format from Topatoco) as one possibility. It’s about a group of school-age friends who solve mysteries (often with a supernatural element).
In addition to books, John has many prints, t-shirts, etc. for sale. This print of Lady Gaga drawn in the style of Audrey Beardsley is a favourite, and to my mind captures some of the essence of what’s delightful about John’s style and sensibility.