Welcome to the archive of the John Barleycorn blog, produced by Howard Gayton and Rex Van Ryn during the process of creating their graphic novel John Barleycorn Must Die. As part of that process, you'll find discussions of magic, of creativity, and 'Around the Table' discussions with a range of internationally known artists, writers and film makers. The graphic novel was printed in a limited edition, so if you managed to get one, good for you! Although this project is over now, we're leaving this blog online as an archive and as a snap shot in time.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Happy Holidays!

Holiday greetings from John Barleycorn and friends!

H - So, Rex, you've drawn a holiday greetings card.

R - Yes.

H - I have to admit, I am a little surprised.

R - Why?

H - Well, you're normally such a curmudgeon around this time of year.

R - Yes.

H - So, it was a pleasant surprise to see you engaging in the holiday spirit.

R - Merry Christmas one and all!


  1. And Merry Christmas to you too! No novel this time ;-)

  2. This from the man who once stayed home alone at Christmas to eat pies and watch horror films. How times change :o).