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, 10 June 2011

cursum perficio

R: You're back! Hurray!!!! The blog is saved...er, I mean, the blog is back to running on full steam again.

H: Slow down, Rex. I've literally just got back, and I'm completely exhausted. We're going to have to keep this post short today, and put up one final piece of deleted art work. I'll be back at full steam next week.

R: No, no, no!  Let's do it today! You're here, I'm here, the readers are here. The Rex and Howard Show is live again!

H: Alright then, Rex. As you know, I haven't been online while I've been in Portugal, I needed to keep my mind focused on my work out there, so why don't we have a look at what you've been up to here while I've been away --

R: Er, maybe you're right. Let's wait till next week. No need to look at that now, Howard. 

H: But --

R: In fact, you're looking very, very tired indeed. Maybe you should go to bed. Rest. We'll start up again next week...here, let me press the button...

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Goddess 2


  1. Psst! It's OK Rex, your secret is safe with us!

  2. Tyrannosaurus up Rex, you were awesome!

  3. Welcome back, Howard! Your partner did just fine with his posts. Trust us. No need to read them yourself...