|Update Schedule||Five days a week: Monday to Friday|
|Launch Date||11 September 2009: bad machinery and the short preamble|
|Genre||Action, Comedy, Mystery, Humour|
|Format||Multiple Panel Page, Serial|
Bad Machinery (spelled Bad Machinëry) is a webcomic set in a fictional town in North England, and written by John Allison. The comic started on 21 September 2009, and envisages the fictional world three years after the end of Scary Go Round. According to John Allison "Bad Machinery is the story of two small Nancy Drews racing off against three small Hardy Boys to solve sinister local mysteries." (Stephan Britt) While initially updated four days per week, it currently updates five days per week (with two days being half-strips, resulting in four fill strips a week).
 Main Characters
|Jack Finch||Jack : A dark haired boy who shares the role of hero with Shauna Wickle, who he may have a romantic interest in. Jack is described as a dreamer, one who enjoys staring into the middle-distance.||2009-09-21|
|Sonny||Sonny : A kind schoolboy, Sonny is perpetually optimistic. He excels at foreign languages, and having spent some time there he is fluent in French.||2009-09-22|
|Linton Baxter||Linton : Described as an achiever, Linton is the most driven of the boys.||2009-09-21|
|Shauna Wickle||Shauna : From a working class family but remarkably bright, she earned admittance to Griswalds Grammar School. She shares the title of 'main character' with Jack Finch.||2009-09-23|
|Charlotte Grote||Charlotte : A dark-haired schoolgirl, Charlotte is a terrible gossip. She's not quite as clever as her peers, but is charismatic and cheery.||2009-09-24|
|Mildred Haversham||Mildred : Described as the child of an extremely liberal upbringing, Mildred has trouble following rules or being subordinate to adults.||2009-10-26|
|Ryan Beckwith||Ryan : The student's teacher in their first year, and a hero of Scary Go Round. Now married to Amy Beckworth-Chilton, he is a kind young teacher who likes to look the part (down the wearing fake glass).||2009-09-29|
|Amy Beckworth-Chilton||Amy : A heroine of Scary Go Round, now married to Ryan Beckworth. She runs her own Antiques business and is idolised by the female students, as a trendy and admirable adult.||2009-10-07|
- Like Ryan and Amy, some of the children were introduced in Allison's previous comic Scary Go Round. Shauna and Charlotte act as heroes in the final chapter 51 Goodbye, where the three boys are also first seen.
The following tables contains links to the start and end of each section in 2009. A character's first appearance is sometimes shown as a direct web link to the comic panel.
|Date start and end links||episode||characters||notes|
|2009-09-21 to 2009-10-08||#0 ...and the short preamble||Jack Finch, Jessica Finch, Sonny, Shauna Wickle, Humphrey, Dan, Charlotte Grote, Linton, Ryan Beckwith, George Bough, Lauren, Amy Chilton||Griswald's Grammar School established 1701, Purd Plumbing, Guns for Eyes, Opera North, Bowie on Ice|
|2009-10-12 to 2010-04-01||The case of the Damned United.||Shauna, Charlotte, Mildred, Jack, Linton, Sonny|
|2010-04-12 to 2010-09-30||The case of the Good Boy.||Jack, Linton, Sonny, Shauna, Charlotte, Mildred|
|2010-11-22 to 2011-05-13||The Case of the Simple Soul.||Shauna, Charlotte, Mildred, Jack, Linton, Sonny, Colm, Little Claire|
|2011-05-30 to present||The Case of the Lonely One.||Jack, Linton, Sonny, Shauna, Charlotte, Mildred, Little Claire|
 See also
- Stephan Britt. Bad Machinëry by John Allison. Date 2009-10-06. Last retrieved 2009-10-11.)
- Ethan Holbrook. 2009-09-22. bad machinery. Last accessed 2009-10-11.
- El Santo. 2009-09-21. Allison’s got a case of Bad Machinery. Last accessed 2009-10-11.