A SCOOTER CLUB

A Scooter Club

This November, Jeff and I celebrate twenty years of owning and operating Biker Rags- our motorcycle apparel and accessory store. (Shameless self promotion, I know. But somebody’s  gotta do it.) And yes, many of our customers belong to either riding clubs or motorcycle clubs of all stripes from religious to political to social to military and more.

It was a couple of years ago when Jeff and I began playing around with the idea of the cats having their own club called Sons of Pamo. Of course, our cartoon boys call it a scooter club so as not to confuse any serious club members. I’ve been reluctant to draw the Sons of Pamo comics because I am never political and active controversy makes me physically ill.

As luck would have it, the name Pamo currently in our little neck of the woods has a bit of cachet of the humor variety. Jeff and I write and voice our radio ads on the local classic rock station and I’m repeatedly yelling out, “I’M PAMO!” New customers come into the store, walk right up to me and say, “Are you Pamo?!” As I nod yes, they grin and shake my hand and we all have a good chuckle.

So when I drew out the Sons of Pamo logo, Jeff, to my surprise, announced it would be our next Pamo Art t-shirt design. “Really”, I said, “are you serious?!” And he was. He is. It will be.

Hopefully, most people will realize Sons of Pamo is a stab at humor. Probably, some will not. Time will tell. Wish me luck!

Until next toon,

Pamo

A GARDEN SCENE

A Garden Scene

Don’t you agree that chocolate ice cream cones make any garden scene perfect!?!

You might have noticed that Pamo and Jeff look a bit different. For the past few weeks I’ve been working on my characters to give them more dimension.

When I first starting drawing five years ago I had poor control of my lines. In addition, trying to translate what I saw into a two dimensional drawing was like trying to thread a needle blind folded. Making a cartoon back then required multiple reference photos, multiple line drawings, lots of cursing, and LOTS of chocolate chip mint ice cream. And that was just to get one panel completed!

My line control and ability to see what to draw and where to draw it- is becoming more intuitive. It’s been a long road of practice… with a long road still yet ahead. Only now, it’s more fun.

It has been three years since I completed my first character sheets. (A character sheet here means drawing each character front, back, side and 3/4 profile and all in relation to each other.) The changes I’m making now are simply an update of my character sheets. I hope you are okay with it. If not, give it some time. It will grow on you.

Sometimes I wish I had a comics creator expert with me when I’m drawing. I would love to see how an accomplished artist turns one of my line drawings into an inked version and then into color. It seems that artistic journeys, like most journeys of personal growth, are spent alone.

Of course, though, I’m not alone! I’ve got all of you who read and share your own journey, I’ve got Jeff who supports me every day, and I still have chocolate chip mint ice cream. Hallelujah!

Until next toon,

Pamo

LOOKING GOOD

10-13-14 Looking Good 2

I’ve been working on my character drawings and you probably noticed that the cats are now all wearing clothes. Why you ask? Let me tell you.

A few weeks ago, I was drawing Ludlowe, the largest cat, and I kept drawing him with clothes. Finally, I asked Jeff if he thought clothes worked and he said, “Cats are always cuter with clothes.”

Being the independent thinker that I am, I decided all the cats needed clothes. I would say that I’m brilliant but that would be taking it too far.

Too far I tell you. TOO FAR!

Until next toon,

Pamo

FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

Created 10/10/2010

Created 10/10/2010

Yesterday morning, at 8:17am, I was fidgety. For the past four months, every Thursday I’ve posted at 8:00am without fail. Like a machine, I posted, infallible, indefatigable and probably a few other big words too.

But this week, I was cutting back, taking time off, catching up on other tasks. And I felt as antsy as my Butter Bean waiting on her morning kibble.

At 8:20am, Jeff saw the look on my face. “How are you doing?”

“Not well. I should of posted.”

“Who needs a schedule? It’s your blog… post when you want.”

My heart lurched into my throat. I almost ran to my computer to upload a post. Then I thought, how lame is that?

“I’m not some willy nilly hippy dippy blogger! I don’t just post when I want! I said I’m taking a day off and darn it, that’s what I’m doing!” I turned away from the computer, my hands on my hips. I was a woman in control of her own destiny.

Then, Jeff and I went for a motorcycle ride. We were doing a ride to prep for our group trip next week.

When riding, I’m usually working out comic ideas and stories. Then during our breaks, we knock around cartoon ideas. As you can see from my above comic, Jeff always has lots of ideas for me.

Here are a few photos from our ride. As you can see in the following photo, I like to take pictures of Jeff with a nice background.

Jeff in front of Watt's Bar stacks.

Jeff in front of Watt’s Bar stacks.

Jeff on the other hand, likes to take pictures of me eating. Not my best look.

Pamo eating snack.

Pamo eating snack.

In this next photo, I was still worried about not posting Thursday morning. Again, not my best look.

Pamo on ride 10/9/14... worried about not posting.

Pamo on ride 10/9/14… worried about not posting.

Jeff rounds up his photo montage of me with this one….

Pamo eating AGAIN!

Pamo eating AGAIN!

Three hours into our ride, a downpour came. We rode for nearly an hour in the rain heading home. Water ran down my jacket, pooled in my seat, and poured down my boots. For some reason as I was focusing on the road ahead of me, I thought of the multi panel comic I drew in February of 2011. The thought of it made me laugh for nearly ten minutes and I knew I had to share it with you. The following story is completely true:

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I can still remember the day Jeff did that like it was yesterday.

Well, clearly I’m not meant to take a day off. It was hell not posting yesterday. Hell, I tell you.

Okay, I lied. I actually did post over at Comx Box HERE. Tom and the gang over there make me feel like I’m part of a group of fellow artists. They are encouraging, motivating, and an all around fabulous crew! Thank you Comx Box!!!

Yep- I’ll be back on Monday with a new comic. In the meantime, here is a video we made today promoting our big event at the store on Sunday. If you watch close, you can see Jeff in the mirror filming me and giving off stage directions. It was kind of funny when we realized it, so we didn’t even bother to re-shoot it. If you are in Knoxville on Sunday, October 12th… come join us!

Until next toon,

Pamo

FREAK OUT

Freak Out Schedule

Drawn September 2010

I remember the evening this comic idea came to me like it was yesterday. Jeff was sitting in his recliner and I was having some emotional turmoil. After I calmed down, I said, “Sorry. I had another freak out.”

Jeff looked up at me in his nonchalant way and said, “This would be a lot easier if you gave me a schedule.”

It was such a funny thing to say I just knew I had to make it into a comic. Four years have passed since making this comic and my freak out schedule isn’t quite so full. Age really does come with a side benefit of wisdom. I take better care of myself these days.

I guess I should say usually I take better care of myself. Lately, my business commitments have taken over and if I’m not careful, I’ll be suffering from another freak out. Trust me when I say, no one wants that! Ha!

For now, I’m changing my posting schedule to Monday’s only. Also, I’ll be posting my older stuff for awhile until I can build up a collection of newer comics. I’m grateful that we have so much to plan and do with our business but I do miss the time I usually have to draw.

In the meantime you can get more of your comic fix by checking out my new WEBCOMICS I FOLLOW page! And if you want your webcomic listed there, just let me know in the comments section or send me an email HERE.

Until next toon,

Pamo