Barry Linton Profile

Arthur Baysting
Published: 25 Jan 2016
Updated: 2 Oct 2018

A recently discovered photograph from the early 1980s shows three young pop-culture heroes, each just starting to make their presence felt. Chris Knox leans casually against a brick wall holding a pot plant. Fellow cartoonist Joe Wylie sits sideways on a broken apple box. Both wear jandals and look straight at the camera.

Barry Linton, standing on the right, wears sandshoes and a hand-printed “Pacific Nights” T-shirt. He looks thin, slightly awkward and gazes down at the ground. The three are about to attend the opening of an exhibition of their graphic art. And it’s in a real art gallery; suddenly the Auckland comix scene is cool.

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Barry Linton's generic Coup D'Etat poster
Photo credit: Design by Barry Linton
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The first Radio Hauraki show, 1976
Photo credit: Design by Barry Linton
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The Furys' 1981 EP Auckland Fun, with a sleeve designed by Barry Linton
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Herbs' 1983 album Light of the Pacific. Barry Linton's cover art incorporated many of his perennial themes such as Pacific exploration and urban Polynesia.
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Chris Knox, Joe Wylie and Barry Linton
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Coup D'Etat at Auckland University's Maidment Theatre, May 1980
Photo credit: Design by Barry Linton
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Red Mole's 1977 EP, with artwork by Barry Linton.
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Red Mole's production 'I'll Never Dance Down Bugis St Again' was taken on a nationwide tour for 13 weeks in 1980. Alan Brunton wrote the "scenario"; the music was by Sam Ford, John Davies, and Dave Ironside. 
Photo credit: Barry Linton
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Barry Linton - Photo by Arthur Baysting
Photo credit: Photo by Arthur Baysting
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For the first New Zealand comic convention, Barry Linton was asked by the Listener to cover the event, in pictures and words. This is a detail of the two-page strip, which ran in the 1 October 1994 issue. 
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Barry Linton -Photo by Arthur Baysting
Photo credit: Photo by Arthur Baysting
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Barry Linton, a portrait by Dylan Horrocks
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Red Mole's Slaughter on Cockroach Ave was performed at the Ace of Clubs Auckland, November 1977. Alan Brunton wrote the "scenario"; the music was by Midge Marsden, the Country Flyers, and Jan Preston
Photo credit: Barry Linton
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Excerpt from The Comics Show, a documentary directed by Shirley Horrocks.
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