Everyone has to aware of this by now but if not John Allison has picked up the pencil in exchange of the mouse for creating his comic. The acclaimed winner of the 2005 WCCA Best Comic has long been famous for creating a strip that is 100% computer generated while never using a scanner. After running for over 4 years that has all changed. For that past couple of weeks John has been drawing everything by hand and there doesn’t seem to be enough people who have taken noticed.
So how has the change impacted the script? Amazingly the style has changed very little. If you were to put the new work and place it next to the old you would think one was the unfinished product of the other. This is where I find John has taken a step backwards. The current work is superb with good line work that retains all the fantastic color work that is a hallmark of Scary Go Round. Despite all this I can’t help feel that it’s unfinshed and waiting for the lines to be removed so we once again see the inhumanly straight lines. All of this is probably a product of having read SGR for so long but I can’t help feel John needs to leave behind his old style or he’ll never get away from the impression he didn’t have time to remove the lines.