Category Archives: Mr. Wu

Day 12: 31 Days of Pandas

We’re not even halfway through the month, so there are many more pandas to come!

This is a good thing, because we need LOTS of distractions this month. Between the disaster tax bill (email or call your Congress folks and ask them to vote NO!!!) the slide into the darkest days of the year, and all the craziness in the news, we need all the laughs we can get.

On top of all the nonsense coming out of our nations capitol, recent news of the illness of one of my long time panda fans and supporters has been on my mind. ALS is a devastating disease for which there is no cure. If it seems strange to be concerned about someone I’ve never met in real life, consider this: the people who read my ‘toons here and in books, and who frequently comment here or in conversations on Twidder and Fezbook, have become real to me. They have become real friends.

I’ve gotten to know them through our conversations in these cyber meeting places. They share pictures and stories of their lives. They cheer me on in my various Kickstarter projects. They have embraced these funny panda characters that have sprung forth from my head and they believe in them. They believe in me.  I am so very honored and grateful that you come here and tell me that the day’s ‘toon lifted your spirits, or made you sad, or pushed you to the edge of your seat in anticipation of the next episode.

So, Sandy H, if you are reading today’s post, please know that I have been grateful for the time you’ve been with me. I’m glad you have your family and puppies close at hand to see you through this. You will be missed.

Meanwhile, Let’s Get Some Pandas Out Here…

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episode 15

…and it all ends with Mr Wu’s Birthday party! Huzzah!

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of 101 Bebe Panda-Nations! Huzzah!

Bee, the Bear!
Bob T Panda

 

Day 11: 31 Days of Pandas!

No time for commentary today. (Don’t all cheer at once!) but here are todays pandas!

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episode 11

episode 13

episode 14

Tune in tomorrow for the exciting conclusion of Bears Under the Big Top!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Day 9: 31 Days of Pandas

The story of Wu running away to join the circus was one of the first longer stories I wrote about the pandas. And it was the first that took Wu away from home and put him in some potential peril. I remember that, as I parceled the story out in dribs and drabs, that some people got very anxious and wrote in to yell at me. Geez! Trust your storyteller, okay? I would never let anything really bad happen to Mr. Wu, now would I? (I mean Pinky’s birth was not really my fault, right?)

Anyway…on with the show! The Next episode of Bears Under the Big Top!

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We think laughter is the best medicine. However, it should not be the only one!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Day 8: 31 Days of Pandas

On with our encore presentations for Wu: This is Your LIFE!!!! What’s up next for the adventures of Wu? Well, let’s just pop into the old archives and see what has frosting on it!

But first, I wanted to let you know that I’ve just started writing a monthly (or so) blog for our own Whidbey Island Arts Council. It is more of an “arts on Whidbey” sort of venue, but if that interests you, I hope you’ll check it out. Here is my first post for them!

But Meanwhile…what about the Wu Self???

Fanmail from some Flounder?

Uh oh…is this the beginning of another adventure for Mr. Wu?

Voices in the night, a ladder, a letter…adios…

“Are we there, yet?”

This is a case for…Inspector Panda!

Oh Boy! Tune in again tomorrow for the next installment of this story. And while we’re here, consider subscribing to this blog so you never have to worry about Fezbook deciding that this is not important enough to show up in your news feed! Pandas will arrive at your door and demand cookies! Well, okay, they’ll show up in your email inbox, but that’s kind of similar, right?

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Day 7: 31 Days of Pandas

Oh my! It is hard to read the Twidder News these days! Better head over here and catch up on some vintage panda stories.

Nothing like a snappy graphic to um…solve a problem!

So much for those new navigation systems…or is it “nagagation systems”?

I just had to include something with that provocative “rear panda view” you know!

I might have left a few of the segments out but if you had The Panda Chronicles Book 4: The Book of Wu, you’d have the whole story! Huzzah!

And just to remind us of what’s been going on around here this last year…

It is too much to BEAR!

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

“You are all Losers!” – Mittens the Cat

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Day 5: 31 Days of Pandas

Oh what a tangled web Wu did weave,
When with the panda kindergarten
He did deceive
His mom, who took such good care,
Ot the adorable Wu Bear

I’m ready for my Nobel prize in poetry!

Whatever could be in the box the panda kindergarten is delivering to Mr. Wu?

Will the panda kindergarten get it put together before Bai Yun gets home?

“Up in the Air, Junior Pandas…”

And what better gift for the Wu lover in your life than the collected stories of Mr. Wu, Volume 4 of The Panda Chronicles: The Book of Wu, available right here at this link! Tis the season to give the gift of pandas!

Panda on,
Bob T Panda

Day 2: 31 Days of Pandas

Today we start with the baby Wu stories! These are some of my favorites, as they were the first time I realized the joy of creating alternate characters for actual real pandas! Sooooo, in that sense, Pinky’s persona is all Mr. Wu’s fault!

Am I right?

This was the very first Mr. Wu ‘toon!

Mr. Wu made many cameo appearances before he started appearing in feature stories.

“Wu calls his dance, ‘Ode to a Weaf’ ” The real life Mr. Wu had great fun playing with leaves, which inspired this ‘toon.

Thank you all for coming! Buy my book here!

Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of 101 Bebe Panda-Nation!

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Fabulous Furry Friday Gets Ready….

…for 31 Days of Pandas!!!!!

I am making a bit of a change to this years festivities, as with my various projects, I am a bit overloaded to do a new cartoon every day. (Booo! Hisss! Quiet in the cheap seats, you pandas!)

As you might remember, I am working on revising my story about Mr. Wu and Inspector Panda, where they are faced with a painting that may (or may not) have been stolen. Not to mention an international panda of mystery! Anyway, here is my plan for this year’s 31 Days of Pandas:

A new cartoon posted every Sunday, multiple episodes each day from some of my longer stories, and, sketches from my work in progress, staring the aforementioned Mr Wu in what I hope will be my first traditionally published middle grade graphic novel. But have no fear! Should the folks in trad. publishing say, “oh no! this is too weird! We can’t publish this! A Panda Detective? Bah, Humbug!” We will bring it to you as all the other Panda Chronicle books have been brought to you, via Leaping Panda Press! Huzzah!

So to get us off to a good start, here are the drawings that I have come up with so far, along with some colorful character sketches.

Yes, Mr. Wu gets to be the smart one!

Yes, Mr. Wu gets to be the smart one!

Hmmm...there is something familiar about this scene...

Hmmm…there is something familiar about this scene…

Mr Wu and Inspector Panda...a dapper duo, if I ever saw one!

Mr Wu and Inspector Panda…a dapper duo, if I ever saw one!

Babette, Minette, and several views of Mr Wu.

Babette, Minette, and several views of Mr Wu.

And because we need to laugh….

I really had no idea what she was up to.

“I didn’t know lawyers could run so fast” hahahahahahahaha!

Be the bear!
Bob T. Panda
Happy 31 Days of Pandas!

Oh yeah! and don’t forget to give the Gift of Pandas this year! Please visit my book page as well as my page on Fine Balance Images’ Gratitude Gallery, where you can buy beautiful full color reproductions of some of my favorite illustrations from Pandamorphosis. and for you black and white Friday special, don’t forget Pandyland, where you can buy “Vote for Bob” and “Pinky for President” gifts to delight your friends and family. Or buy them for yourself…I won’t tell.

Fabulous Furry Friday

Wouldn’t you know it…a little while ago I had an idea about what I wanted to post for this week’s Fabulous Furry Friday offering, and now I can’t remember what it was. This happens more often than I wish it would. I don’t know if it indicates impending dementia, or that there is just too much going on in my life and my brain is full so nothing new sticks to the surface. Is that really a thing?

Meanwhile, as I write this, the wind is howling, small branches are hitting the roof, and who knows how long we will have electricity?

Hey! That reminds me….

where happy pandas eat bamboo, oh why, oh why, can't...Wu?

where happy pandas eat bamboo, oh why, oh why, can’t…Wu?

We're in for it now, Binky!

We’re in for it now, Binky!

Hang on to your hats, kids, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Hang on to your hats, kids, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

I don't think we're in Pandiego any more, Binky....

I don’t think we’re in Pandiego any more, Binky….

I’m really hoping this doesn’t happen here. In the meantime, if you had your own copy of The Panda Chronicles Book 4: The Book of Wu, you could read the rest of this story of The Wizard of Wu, even if your power went out. well, if you had a flashlight. You do know where your flashlight is, right?

Baby, it’s cold out there!
Be the Bear, Bob T Panda

 

*F.F.F. Salutes The Wee Wu Self!*

*Fabulous Furry Friday salutes the Wee Wu Self! (*Thank you and a cuppycake to Stevi G. for coining that descriptive phrase about the wu self! It’s perfect.)

Since recently we saluted the Meihems on the occasion on their second birthday, This week we will salute Mr. Wu, who is no longer two, or at least Mr. Wu, no longer “wee” is now turning three. Really, the poetry police should be here any minute. Should I give you full credit for this rhyme, Stevi?

I will try to find some Wu-toons that have not been rebroadcast lately, but you know I love the Wu self so much, I show his cartoons whenever I can.

Here are a selection from each of Wu’s adventures, which (beware, advertisement coming) can be found in his very own book, The Panda Chronicles Book 4: The Book of Wu. You know you want it!

Mr Wu’s first adventure with the rascally panda kindergarten, saw him sail the high seas in his little donut floaty. Which is pretty funny, because Mr Wu would avoid baths at all costs.

Yo ho ho and a bottle of boo beer!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of boo beer!

And then there was the time Mr. Wu built an airplane (with the help of the panda kindergarten…

Will the panda kindergarten get it put together before Bai Yun gets home?

Will the panda kindergarten get it put together before Bai Yun gets home?

But once safely on the ground (not to mention grounded for life) Mr Wu’s resolve to not get mixed up with the pandy kindy did not last long…

Fanmail from some Flounder?

Fanmail from some Flounder?

Voices in the night, a ladder, a letter...adios...

Voices in the night, a ladder, a letter…adios…

Wu’s next big adventure was The Wizard of Wu…

We're in for it now, Binky!

We’re in for it now, Binky!

Hang on to your hats, kids, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Hang on to your hats, kids, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

And finally, It’s a Wu-nderful Life graced these pages…

it's a wonderful life

Thank goodness Bee the Bear still has her magical wand from the last adventure.

It's a Wonderful Life Parody

This one was a real tear-jerker….

So, now you know, if you don’t have Mr. Wu’s book already, you need it, right? There will be more from Pinky’s presidential campaign next week, but today, let’s celebrate Mr.wu’s Birthday, just a couple of days ago on July 29th!

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda