A SLOW LEARNER

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Jeff and I were watching an old Gunsmoke- a half hour black and white show from season three. Marshall Dillon was breaking up a fight in the bar and Miss Kitty didn’t approve of the way he handled it. She said, “Yer a slow learner Matt.”

Jeff paused the video and said, “That’s your line.”

You see, we had been debating the final line of this comic for days. He wanted Peepers to say, “What an idiot,” which I didn’t like. And I wanted Peepers to say, “Looks like Pamo needs to read Idiots Guide to Sneaky Clowns,” which Jeff didn’t like. Now then, I have the final say but I wholeheartedly agreed that the slow learner line was just right.

In many ways, cartoon Pamo is a slow learner. She’s gullible and trusts too willingly. Even Peepers sees this one coming!

Well, the month of Pamo continues but we are heading down the home stretch. Just three more comics to wrap up this storyline. Just three more comics to see if Pamo is able to keep her positive attitude. Will Peepers step up and help? Will Pamo get to have some chocolate? You’ll have to stay tooned!

Until next toon,

Pamo

TRIP AND FLIP

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Pamo gets no respect! Maybe if she didn’t make everything look so funny, she could get a “How are ya?”

Poor Pamo trying to be positive but life and stuff just keeps stepping in her way.

What will Pamo do? Will she let bygones be bygones or will recent events drag her down? You’ll have to stay tooned! The month of Pamo continues next week!

Until next toon,

Pamo

BEHIND THE SCENES

Today’s post is a behind the scenes view of Pamo’s World. Amazing, right?

First up is a video diary made by Jeff:

Well- I ran out of chocolate, so I didn’t get the two part comic finished for today. Truth is, I try to have my comic done and ready several days before I post just to cut down on the stress factor. But this past week has been EXTRA loaded with activities and adventures. What activities and adventures? I’m glad you asked.

Last Thursday, Jeff and I rode our motorcycles up to Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, TN. After decades of passing SEE RUBY FALLS signs on barns and billboards, we picked mid July to do so. July, apparently, is the peak of tourism and loads of other people were also seeing Ruby Falls.

Ruby Falls Cavern Castle

Ruby Falls Cavern Castle

We knew the guided tour would last about an hour but with the heavy throng of visitors, our entire visit was more like two hours. We entered the cave by way of an elevator, then shuffled about a half mile to the falls.

Inside the Ruby Falls Cave along with a few hundred other people.

Inside the Ruby Falls Cave.

Inside Ruby Falls Cave.

Inside Ruby Falls Cave.

This is the guy in front of me for the first half of the tour. Jeff was behind me. I wasn’t coping so well… as evidenced by this next photo:

Pamo standing in front of Ruby Falls.

Pamo standing in front of Ruby Falls.

I can laugh about the whole experience now. But as someone who is claustrophobic and nervous among large crowds of people, visiting Ruby Falls in July wasn’t my sanest decision.

Here’s a video I made of Ruby Falls. If the thought of descending over 1100 feet underground and spending a few hours with a large crowd of people doesn’t sound like something you’re up to… here you go:

Jeff reenacts the first half of our Ruby Falls visit in this video:

Then we went to a family wedding. We really can clean up when we have to:

Jeff and Pamo dressed up.

Jeff and Pamo dressed up.

I made Jeff stand in front of his car for another photo:

Jeff with his car.

Jeff with his car.

He said I couldn’t post it unless I posted the one he took of me. Sheesh!

Pamo with car.

Pamo with car.

Then Sunday morning before work, we went to a local car show called Cars and Coffee.

The guys at the car show.

The guys at the car show.

Anyone from Knoxville will recognize Mayor Tim Burchett in the forefront. Next is Jeff’s nephew Tim, his nephew-in-law Bruce, then of course Jeff.

Lastly, I share with you one of our Day Ride video outtakes:

That’s the whole behind the scenes look. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m even able to stand up straight. This week should see my calm routine returning and more comics creating in my future!

Until next toon,

Pamo

KINDRED SPIRITS

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One piece of advice I can give to anyone embarking on some creative adventure is to stay connected to your internal clown. If you’re one of those people who think clowns are creepy, then you’ll just have to figure out some other funny, quirky character that makes you laugh. Or you could just change your opinion about clowns because clowns are delightful.

Creating anything that matters to you will mess with your mind. You won’t live up to your own expectations or you’ll doubt your ability or you’ll believe (mistakenly) that you are the only one who sees the value in what you are doing. That kind of ego splattering experience happens to everyone but if you create long enough, you recognize it for what it is- resistance and self doubt. You work through it, you move on, you forgive yourself for not being perfect and when you aren’t thinking too hard, you realize what you’ve created is okay. If you’re smart, you won’t labor over the self doubt too long. Perhaps you’ll even realize the value in subscribing to Who Cares Magazine.

Now then, if you are connected to your internal clown, you’ll get through the whole process of self doubt with a bit more laughter and a bit less angst.

You might also be interested in checking out Lynda Barry’s comic called Two Questions (Click HERE).

Next week the month of Pamo continues with more clowning around. Will Pamo be able to maintain her positive outlook? Guess you’ll just have to stay tooned!

Until next toon,

Pamo

A THIN LINE

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Two things you should know about Pamo. First is she loves to spout cliches. She simply can’t help herself- the words just pour out of her mouth. And second, Pamo is very sensitive. She takes comments to heart and her feelings reside close to the surface. Fortunately, Pamo’s anger resolves almost as quickly as it flares.

This past week was a busy one for Jeff and I. Life is like that for most of us- you toddle along managing just fine then BOING! BANG! BAM! your schedule fills like it’s been hit by a militia of mad marching ants.

My real life began to mirror my cartoon story as I tried to keep my upbeat attitude intact. Mid week, I asked for Jeff’s input on the final punch line of the above cartoon. He looked at the comic for several beats too long, then said, “Do you want this to be funny?”

I lost it. My only defense is that I was tired from the metaphorical line of ants marching around my psyche.

Much like cartoon Pamo, steam furled out of my head, my brows arched up into a severe “V” and my mouth contorted into a snake of fume. I snatched the comic from Jeff’s unsuspecting hands and banned him from further collaboration. We had words. We had more words. And finally, we had chocolate.

I’m happy to say that Jeff laughed when he read the final colored version so all is well. I suppose it’s part of being an artist- walking that fine line between asking for and accepting feedback. Perhaps this is why, in my unscientific opinion, so many artists require chocolate.

The month of Pamo continues on Thursday.

Until next toon,

Pamo