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, 2 December 2011

While we wait...

H - Our graphic novel is with our editor, and next Monday we get feedback.

R - So while we wait with baited breath, here is a deleted scene in which John goes to a Tarot reader. 

H - The Tarot reader is Glady, who is a Romany gypsy. In my original book, 'Immortales', Glady took one of her eyes out to throw to John, as he needed the 'eye of a seer' as a bargaining tool. In Rex's version of the story, the eye was changed to a coin.

R - And in the novel now, John reads his own Tarot, so this scene was deemed redundant. Enjoy!


  1. Good luck, good luck, good luck. Very excited for you :o).

  2. Well, I'm hoping like anything that the story can go forward without too much more work as I am dying to get my hands on a copy, having been completely hooked by the glimpses we've seen already!