ENDSNMEANS

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I find that on occasion humor and art can be a subjective thing. For example, what one persons may find pleasing, another person may find rude, etc, etc... However, there are those rare occasions that something just clicks within the public consensus, such as my mate Barry's web comic 'Ends n' Means'. Here, when you have a bit of time, check out this interview I had with my mat Baz, whilst we were both playing hop-skip-and-jump with some Arthurian Knights.


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.




2) If your comic were a movie, who would play who, and why?   I've never thought about that before, but I think Jack Black would make a good Ray, stick him in a bunny costume and throw him a few beers, done! Next, maybe Owen Wilson for Jack, he can do dumb blonde real good!. Sean is a tough one to cast, maybe Paul Rudd, yeah I could totally see that, he just needs a few violent outbursts. Phil would be played really well by Seth Rogan, He may not look like him, but I think he plays those laid back waster type characters really well. As for Kurtis, well, Kenneth Branagh, nuff said!

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.




4) Where does the name 'Ends 'n' Means' originate from? And how is it reflected on your site?   Ends ‘n’ Means or (Ends and Means) is a broad term that encompasses everything about the usual slice of life comic strip theme. For example, characters have wants, needs, desires etc. (Ends) and the fun part is watching them go about getting it, (or mainly failing to get it) (Means).

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.

7) I love the 'Archie' tone to your work - very pithy indeed. What would you say are your greatest inspiration's in both art and humor?   I'm sorry to say that I've never read Archie, so can't say whether my work has the same tone to it. But I did read pretty much every comic strip in the newspaper growing up, from Garfield and Hagar the Horrible to Andy Capp and Fred Basset! I also loved The Far Side by Gary Larson, I was totally addicted. It might sound lame to say it, but The Simpson’s was a big influence as well. I used to watch it all the time after school, so it's pretty impossible for it not to have had an impact on me. My cartoons were very Simpson like when I was a kid, and that could be why I still draw my characters with four fingers. It's hard to pin down all the influences, as I'm sure anything that goes in comes out in some fashion.

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.