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

About Pam Huggins

I love to hang out with my family, ride motorcycles, and draw comics.
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34 Responses to A THIN LINE

  1. Libby Fife says:

    For those of us with no vices left to fall back on, it’s a thin line indeed! And it’s scientifically proven (:):):)) that keeping up any different habit is tough. So. more chocolate please!

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      You get me LIbby- you really get me! LOL!!!
      Thanks for all the great words of encouragement. I can tell you been there, done that.
      More chocolate please!

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  2. Sue Pownall says:

    “it’s part of being an artist- walking that fine line between asking for and accepting feedback.” It sure is. I could’ve done with your positive attitude outfit on Saturday. You don’t need it, your work is great!

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      You can borrow that outfit anytime you like Sue- but you don’t need it either. You’ve got a great attitude and your beauty shines in your art. Thanks for your sweet, lovely comment. πŸ™‚

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  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Ah yes, feedback. We need it, we seek it, we want it. And then it flattens us. But we get back up, brush ourselves off, and start the whole sequence all over again. Does that make us masochists? πŸ˜‰

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  4. Tony Single says:

    I’m with Carrie on this one. I think it does make us masochists. But… CHOCOLATE! Chocolate makes it even better. Flagellate me with words, then fill me up with brown coloured goodness! (What am I saying?)

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  5. Joan Tatley says:

    This one is funny! And true. The line is thin πŸ™‚

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  6. chrisrenney says:

    I have this picture in my mind of Michelangelo laying flat out on scaffolding in the Sistine Chapel, attempting to get a laugh out of his God, stuffing his mouth with Mars Bars. Bless you Pam for this wonderful insight into the world that is ours. Glad Jeff saw the light (I have just read Tony’s new post and need to comment so have been influenced by his words) and that all is cool in your Kentucky home. Lotsa love Chris

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      Lotsa love back to you Chris! I love that visual of Michelangelo and now I want a Mars Bars.
      Tony’s new post is remarkable! His work bowls me over every time.
      By the way, we live in East Tennessee, very close to the Kentucky line. So photos here on my blog are often from Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia! It’s a beautiful area.
      Your words are always comforting and fun and a pleasure to read. Thank you Chris!

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  7. markrenney2 says:

    It is such an excellent series Pam. Why did I think Kentucky? Who knows. Tony’s work is sublime too. Have a day, no a lifetime, of jolliness, xxx

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      The photo of me with chocolate cake in an earlier post mentioned Kentucky. It was a logical conclusion!
      Thank you for the lifetime of jolliness wishes. It’s a blessing to cross paths with such wonderfully talented and generous folks such as yourself. A blessing!

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  8. captelaine says:

    I’ve used chocolate so often, and so well that my thin line is not FAT… works for me… my balance is so iffy these days… I NEED a fat line… we head to the mountains to do the dragon, next week… I’m getting excited.

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      I hear you about chocolate. It’s one of my big downfalls. But it’s a sacrifice we’ll just have to make!
      I’m so excited for you! I know you’ll have a fantastic time. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Woo Hoo!!!

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  9. totsymae1011 says:

    You need an ally. I’m guessing all the little critters are male. And like seeing you under the bus, I might add.

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      Pamo thinks she meets an ally on Thursday. But of course, she will be wrong.
      There is a neighbor coming on the scene before too long, who has illusions of being the next Jessica Fletcher, that Pamo will interact with. Yea- Pamo’s World is male dominated. I can only assume it’s from working with primarily men for the past 20 years. It’s taken it’s toll. πŸ˜‰

      Whoops! Sorry Totsy… probably more explanation than you bargained for. Of course, if anyone understands story development- it’s you. Looking forward to more of your webcomic! πŸ™‚ Hope you get your Toshiba back online soon.

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      • totsymae1011 says:

        So, your neighbor gets to be fodder for blogging. We could take anything and turn it into a comic. I like this new world of publishing. I hope your neighbor isn’t expecting compensation or anything of that nature. This is a work-for-free venue. Matter of fact, she should pay you. And me, just for the anonymous mention.

        I hope everything gets back on track soon. It’s crazy that it’s been over a week and I haven’t gotten so much as a courtesy call. I mean, it just seems like the right thing to do with me in a relationship with Toshiba and all. Anyway, maybe that was too much information and I’m real embarrassed about it but I’ll get over it soon as I press submit.

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        • Pam Huggins says:

          Just a made up neighbor. πŸ™‚
          No courtesy call? What? It does seem like the right thing to do. But I’ll tell you- I’m in a relationship with Toshiba as well. So- I’m thinking the loyalty factor might be in question.
          Thanks for the laughs!

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  10. Mary Paquet says:

    Oh yeah, I often need chocolate!

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  11. Dan Kent says:

    Forget LOL. For this one I really did laugh out loud!! Your best comic yet! So funny! And I can so relate to it. I also love the way it relates to the last comic. A mini-serial, yet complete on its own. (A bit of comic analysis, no charge).

    OK, a confession. My latest art obsession (along with all the others), inspired by YOU – you guessed it – web comics. So I figured with my time so limited, I should be able to crank out a comic, right? In between the paintings? Of course not! My first – hours in the making, not yet done. And then my wife thinks my characters look old-fashioned. Sigh. I have to hand it to you. It ain’t easy to crank them out. And then to make them funny each time. Sigh. I totally get the metaphorical ants. Critics! I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate lately. A lot. And the ants are carrying off what I don’t eat..

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  12. Pam Huggins says:

    Thanks Dan for the comic analysis! The month of July is a serial story but hopefully stand alone comics too. (A bit of artist over interpretation, eye rolls expected.)

    I can not tell you how HAPPY I am to hear that you are working on webcomics!!! And YES- I believe you CAN do it in between everything else. Just tell yourself you will and you will. Work on it half an hour a day, then remember… finished is always better than perfect.
    Now then, I know your wife is a wonderful critic and helper- I would never discount her opinion. However, I personally love old fashioned characters. Comics are always a matter of opinion anyway. (I’m learning this with Jeff. He did not like the above comic at all- thought it wasn’t funny. Then I finished it and he laughed. I was about to redo the whole thing until I remembered… finished is always better than perfect.)

    That’s my pep talk for today. Loved your latest painting by the way.

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  13. Mari says:

    What’s wrong with the dress?… It would look really good if you were on the bike with a matching helmet, just picture it zooming through country roads and the feeling of warm summer air rushing through. One of my favourite comics you done! And I guess just the thought of chocolate made me smile, sadly cant eat it so have a few on me!!! (boxes that is)

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      Mari- I like the dress too! πŸ™‚
      Well shucks! I’m sorry you can’t eat chocolate. I’ll be sure to compensate for you. LOL!
      Thanks for your sweet comment Mari! I love your art and photography. You are AWESOME!

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  14. Daniel Nest says:

    Yet another fun cartoon, and that magic word: chocolate. Uuuuhm…chocolate! I…er…where were we again?

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  15. Tony McGurk says:

    Chocolate always helps. I use my wife as my comic tester & she will often not think they’re funny. She often doesn’t get my humour.
    Added you to my RSS reader

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    • Pam Huggins says:

      I agree about chocolate Tony! Maybe your wife gets your humor later when you aren’t looking! πŸ™‚ It’s great that you have her to bounce ideas off of.
      Thank you for adding me to your reader. I’m honored.

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