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.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

It's published, at last!

Author and artist both deeply engrossed.

We are pleased to announce that our graphic novel, John Barleycorn Must Die, is now available! To get your copy, please check out the links in the right hand column. We hope you enjoy it!

Our regular readers will notice some changes to this blog. We originally set it up to document the making of our graphic novel, but now the book is finished and the blog is changing. We will no longer be posting Howard and Rex rambles (unless, of course, the fancy take us!), but please keep visiting because we will be posting regular ‘around the table’ chats with lots of interesting people. The long-promised conversation with Amal El-Mohtar (which had to be placed on the back burner while we tackled the myriad technical issues that surfaced as we approached publication) will finally be posted at the end of October. Hurrah! It will be followed by an ‘around the table’ chat with the illustrator Iain McCaig, designer of Darth Maul, among many other things.

We’d like to say a really big thank you to everyone who has followed our progress over the last couple of years, and for the kind words and encouragement you’ve given us along the way. We’ll see you all again very soon, around the table! 


Howard and Rex.

Tilly opens her bookstall.