Anne Belov paints, writes, makes prints, and is the founder of The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire. You can find her paintings at the Rob Schouten Gallery and Fountainhead Gallery, her cartoons on The Panda Chronicles, and her new book here. She also writes regularly for The Whidbey Life Magazine, a free journal of art and culture on Whidbey Island. Her main regret in life is that there is no MacArthur Grant for Panda Satire.
Yes, that’s right! We are approaching 31 Days of Pandas, a Panda Chronicles tradition since…um..well, I can’t remember when I started it. As with recent years past, I have a bit too much on my plate to bring you a new ‘toon every day, but just think of it as Fabulous Furry Friday EVERYDAY!!!!
I’ll still be posting new ‘toons on Sunday and Wednesday, as per usual, but on other days, I will share some of my favorites from the archives, and I think many of them are appropriate to the season. And who knows. I may be able to pop out an extra new ‘toon to two here and there.
There are so many new readers who haven’t yet become inundated acquainted with all the characters and story lines, so this is a good chance for you to catch up! It’s also a good time to remind you that Panda Chronicles books make the best Holiday presents!
But without further ado, here is the introduction and first installment of our newest feature presentation, the worldwideintergalactic third house from the corner premiere of: 101 BeBe Panda-Nation!
Wait…who did you say is the star?
Bob T Panda
BTW, you may have been hearing all this stuff about Net Neutrality and how it might go away. WTF is that, you might ask? Net Neutrality helps to ensure that little guys (like me) have as much access to the cyber waves as folks like…say…Facebook. If you think a level playing field is a GOOD thing, consider dropping your representative in Congress and the chairman of the FCC a line and tell them so.
Well, all of you, except maybe for Pinky. I just have NO IDEA how she is going to take the emergence of this little charmer from France: the one, the only, the maximumly adorable Bebe` Maurice! If you have not seen him yet, feast your eyes of this video of Bebe` Maurice! (Editor’s note: the folks at Zoo Parc Beauval have NO IDEA that their little baby panda’s name is Bebe` Maurice, but we know better, don’t we?)
Well you’ve been waiting for him to make his debut appearance and now you must wait no longer! Huzzah!
It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Time for our purported leader to drop another bombshell and then go golfing! Fortunately, while you are rending your garments and gnashing your teeth, we have some classic panda toons to share with you!
Since it is what I like to refer to as “The High Holy Week of the Birthday Season,” I’ll share some of my all time favorites!
and away we go!!!!
Since a week from today is the traditional “Black Friday” shopping extravaganza…
Ah, fall…or something…is in the air!
Boopie and the pandas…
a morality tale…
Remember to tag your luggage!
…in several parts…
…but Boopie and the pandas live happily ever after. Ben does not.
In the words of Mehitabel: This is so disturbing on so many levels!
Don’t want to venture out into the soulless malls? Stock up on The Panda Chronicles Books for all your gift giving needs! Pandas are the gift that keep on giving!
As I was working on the last couple of installments of The Panda Chronicles, I had a little bit of a revelation. I’ve talked before about being influenced by several of the great well known, as well as the not so well known, cartoonists who have come before me. One of my favorites growing up was definitely Peanuts. The Sunday comics were the first thing I would read when the paper arrived, and I loved nothing better than Peanuts.
So, today’s ‘toon is a tribute: to Linus and Lucy Van Pelt, and their relationship, which gave me so much inspiration as I developed Pinky and Bubba’s personalities and interaction.
Maybe some day The Panda Chronicles will make comics history
Maybe Bubba is having a Halloween SEASON! Did you ever think of THAT, Pinky?
Remember when we were all freaked out about the news that the NSA was monitoring our phone calls and internet communications? Yeah…those seem like the good times now! Sad! But as Bubba is soon to find out, that the NSA is a piker when compared to the surveillance capabilities of Princess Pinky! And now she has gone undercover off camera as she has her crew of decorators comes in to give her quarters in Dujiangyan a little updating and sprucing up.
So she says!
There is no telling what Pinky is getting up to and no one knows that better than her adorable and easily manipulated little brother, Bubba. As I was drawing the next ‘toon, I realized that they are inspired, in large part, by none other than Lucy and Linus Van pelt, of Peanuts fame! Am I wrong? But in the meantime, remember….
Pinky knows where you live!!!!
Did you want to rephrase that last statement?
BTW, I have been given permission to post this notice about next years Panda Convention in PanDiego California! Final details are still be worked out as to pricing, but we wanted you to have the opportunity to save the date just in case you might could be in the vicinity of the Pandiego Zoo in early March of 2018!
See Mr. Wu! Talk about pandas! Hang out with other panda loving folks! Rumor has it, Bob T Will be there!
I suppose you could say that the reign of King Don the first (and hopefully the last) did spike job growth in one sector of our economy: Lawyers! Hopefully they got high marks in their study of the Constitution, because it’s gonna come in real handy, as certain folks do their best to dismantle it. I think that the lawyers in this country have been getting a real work out. I just hope enough of them are on the side of justice, truth, beauty, and pandas.
It’s gonna be an interesting winter.
Fortunately, we have The Pinky Defense.
Maybe Mommee Mei might have some influence over Pinky…dream on!
Bob T Panda
PS: Thanks all for being patient in waiting for replies to your comments last week. I had a great time at the workshop I assisted with/ took as a student. You’re never too old to learn some new tricks! I definitely learned some great ones form our esteemed teacher, Koo Schadler. Now I am back in the painting and panda central studio, where I belong. Hopefully my newfound skills in painting will give me more time to…draw pandas!
Lawyers are in the news lately! Indictments are coming down the pipeline! Who will be next? Could it be MITTENS?????? Alas, that one is probably farther down the line. and besides, he will claim it was Crooked Pinky’s fault! She is the puppet of Pootin! (Oh…you haven’t met Pootin yet? I think he may make an appearance soon.) No one can break The Pinky Defense!
No one, I tell you! The Pinky Defense wins every time!
Isn’t that the whole point of being presydent Pinky?
Bob T (waiting for the next indictment) Panda
Hope you remembered to turn your clocks…um….oh, just go check your mePhone.
Hey kids! WE’re back with the next chapters of our beloved holiday classic The Wizard of Wu, brought to you courtesy of…well…ME!!! Join Wu, Mr. Toasty, and the mysterious panda who looks an awful lot like Wu’s older brother, not to mention Wu’s faithful companion, Binky the soccer ball!
Got yer popcorn? Don’t be scared, but the scary part is coming up NOW!!!
That cat is pure evil!
Sorry, no photo bomb from princess Pinky. her mother thought todays cartoon was too scary for her
Who would have thought cuppycakes could be enchanted?
Good witch Bee, the Bear, to the rescue!
Stay tuned later this month for the outtakes and blooper reel!
Apologies for my absence from the pandasphere, but I have been updating my skills in the fine art realm! Yes, I’ve been taking another class in egg tempera, and while this has nothing to do with pandas, I am learning lots of fine arty stuff! Huzzah! For any of you out there who are also artists, you may know that the technique of egg tempera is an old one, and full of myths and mythology in its history and practice.
The class is taught by the extremely talented Koo Schadler, and if you’ve never heard of her, do take a look at her work; you’ll be glad you did. And not only is she a damn fine painter, she is a very generous human being, both with her knowledge (which is encyclopedic) and her personal warmth. If you are looking to expand your art skills in a supportive, information rich class, you can’t go wrong taking one of her classes.
But now! The Pinky Defense! I know you’ve been waiting!