Ends and Means
1) In your own words Barry, how would you describe your web-comic, Ends n' Means? Ends 'n' Means is a pretty down to earth comic and mainly just uses themes from everyday life. It's based around a group of friends trying to get their lives on track, and the pets that share their home with. It's not really for kids as it handles adult themes and also does contain bad language from time to time.
3) What piece of music, movie, or an object, would your overall site be, and why? My site would be a chipped mug, it works, but I'm never happy with it.
5) What was the first comic book you read? And how did your passion about comics develop over time? I always enjoyed reading the comic strips in the newspaper, I would read the usual stuff, Garfield and Andy Cap etc. Later on I got into Calvin and Hobbes, and I really loved The Far Side by Gary Larson! I also managed to get hold of a copy of Viz, and used to laugh at all the violence and swearing. In High School I was really all about the super heroes, especially Wolverine! For a long time I wanted to draw super hero comics, but I found it more comfortable to draw in a more cartoony style.
My passion for comics really reignited after I finished university. I had just finished studying Digital modelling and animation, but felt that I didn't fit in that industry at all, that's when I turned back to comics again and my interest grew much larger than before. I pretty much read anything interesting but never really touch super hero comics any more. Web comics make up the most part of my comic experience these days, there are so many people out there doing great work! not only art, but also writing fantastic jokes!
6) Have you had any acknowledgement from the media about your work? As it is great stuff. No, I'm not really well known enough for that. I'd like to be well known in the web comic community though, as long as you get acknowledgement from other talented creators, that's worth more in my opinion. I think the whole point of Web Comics is that you don't need the media. In fact, I don't even think you need the media for news anymore, and I get most of my entertainment online these days.
8) What do you think of more conventional comic book today? And how is this different to what you are doing? I don't think I'm doing anything different to the conventional comic book, it is a certain way because it works, I do what everyone else is doing. I've seen some stuff that is different but I always find it hard to read. When you get into all the Scott McLeod stuff with infinite canvas etc., then I switch off. The way I look at comics is the same way I look at crocodiles. They evolved to do a job, and when they became able to do that job with maximum efficiency they stopped evolving. My point is, don't get your fingers trapped in a comic book!
Ha! Good one Barry. Thanks for that. So when you have some time dear reader, click on endsnmeans, as well as check out the facebook and twitter pages. Trust me. You will be happy that you did.