Welcome to The Barleycorn Experience!
In it’s first life, this blog detailed the making of the graphic novel, John Barleycorn Must Die, which was originally published in 2013. Just as we were ready to promote it, however, Rex Van Ryn took off on his Abramelin quest; a two year journey into the heart of self and magic.
On his return, he brought back not only the finished art work for the English Magic Tarot, but also what he claimed was the ‘key’ to the John Barleycorn project.
“This book,” he said, “is not so much a graphic novel about magic, but more a book about magic in graphic novel form.” With that, he revealed the new cover.
Due for a relaunch in the Autumn of 2017, John Barleycorn Must Die, unlike any other book on magic, is not a practical manual, but rather a deep look at the magical principles and philosophies that underly all magical practices, for those with the eyes to see.
As we build up to this relaunch, we will be posting updates on our daily lives, the progress of the launch of the English Magic Tarot, and various discussions on magic. Please root around this blog, and enjoy all the postings from the past, including the famous ‘round the table’ discussions with various artists, film designers and writers.
We hope you enjoy the Barleycorn Experience.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Monday, 15 August 2016
Monday, 8 August 2016
Friday, 23 May 2014
Iain McCaig is an award-winning illustrator and one of the film industry’s leading conceptual designers. He has worked for Lucasfilm as one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith, where he created the landmark designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. More recently, he's been working on Star Wars Episode VII for Disney. His other film credits include James Cameron's Terminator II, Steven Spielberg's Hook, Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula, Neil Jordan’s Interview With the Vampire, Sony/Revolution/Universal’s Peter Pan, and Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He was Co-Producer and Concept Design Director on Ascendant Pictures’ science-fiction epic Outlander. He has illustrated many books, taught art and design, and had his work collected in a sumptuous art book: Shadowline(Insight Editions, 2008). Iain was born in California, grew up primarily in Canada, studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information visit his website.
|Iain, Howard and Rex.|
H: Hi, Iain, and welcome. I’d like to start this Around the Table discussion by talking about the value of looking at things 'the other way round.’ When we were chatting in the pub last night, you mentioned that you’d done a workshop on clowning with Nola Rae.
|Casket of Souls.|
|John Carter - Caught!|
|Hatter and Hare.|