Category Archives: the essential pandaness of being

All Pandas Eve and a Scary Story

I am fortunate to live in the rainy Northwest, rather than fire swept California. My heart and good wishes go out to the thousands of people who have lost their homes and businesses from the fires that spread across northern California last week. Those who have known me for a long time know I have my own fire story, which happened 22 years ago last month. It was a scary event. I don’t know that I ever truly processed what happened, but I was traumatized for a long time.

I recently stumbled on the account of one man’s recent brush with fire in the California disaster. But this account was done in comics form, as he is a graphic novelist/comics artist. Here it is, in case you’d like to take a look. I hope someday I can do as well with my own story.

But meanwhile, we have another kind of scary story to tell!

scary

Ha ha! That Pinky is so clever!

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

…In Which Ping Ping Comes to Live at the Panda House

Everyone who is a fan of Winnie the Pooh stand up and wave your hands in the air. Huzzah! Remember when Kanga and Roo, and then Tigger first came to live in the enchanted forest? “Why has he come, and when is he leaving?” were questions that were bandied about by Certain Intolerant Inhabitants of the forest. (italics courtesy of A A Milne) It’s not all that different at the panda house and I’m pretty sure you might have a very good idea who might feel that way.

Exactly.

Let’s look in at the Panda House to see who has arrived now…

panda house

Be careful Ping Ping! The Panda House might not be…um…completely safe.

I’m still working on adding all my trip notes and pictures to the site, but re-entry to the real world is taking longer, with more moving parts than I had planned for.  Regardless, I hope to get some more posts and pictures posted on the Pandatastic Voyage page this week! Stay tuned!

I also used my entire back log of stored ‘toons while I was in China, so I am slowly starting to do an extra ‘toon here and there so that I am NEBBER late with your weekly ‘toons, because I’m just that kind of bear!

We’ll have more from Ping Ping later this week, as well as the exciting conclusion of A Halloween Carol, starring the junior pandas of the Panda Chronicles! Stay tuned!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Some Pandas Leave – Some Pandas Return

It’s one of those things that most lovers of all things panda have a bit of a hard time with: We don’t own our pandas, we only rent them. America has not owned their resident pandas since the Nixon Pandas came to live here in 1972. And not only that, any panda cubs born here still belong to China and these pandas return to China any time after they are two years old. Well, return is not really correct, since they were born here, but that’s how it’s thought of in the panda procurement department.

As much as we’d like to keep all of our American born pandas, it’s just not gonna happen, so save your petition writing for your Congressperson.

A panda can dream though…

pandas return

But some pandas go both ways!

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as I share my adventures with real, actual pandas!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

 

It’s Fabulous Furry Friday!

Once again, Fabulous Furry Friday rolls around, to bring you encore presentations of previously shown ‘toons. Why do we do this? NOT because we are lazy and don’t want to write and draw 3 new cartoons a week. Oh No! Okay, not entirely for that reason. (We do have some other projects in the works, after all!)

But as hard as it is to believe, there are some people reading these ‘toons who have not been here from the beginning, and maybe they would like an introduction to all the pandas, who work at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire (Putting pandas to work since 2008)

Of course, you could buy all my books and then you’d be up to date, wouldn’t you???

You could say this group of ‘toons comes from the Don’t Say We didn’t Warn You division.

cat came back

Is it just my imagination or does Mittens look even more crazed than before?

what do you have to lose?

Mittens is really back.

The Great Escape

Of COURSE Pinky has a secret tunnel!

Resistance is futile

All Mei Xiang has to do it look stern and…

Pinky

Well, who did you THINK she would enlist in her final attempt to stop Mittens the cat?

Do NOT mess with Pinky and the Meihems!

do the right thing.

The Power of the Poof

day after

Remember the song “The Eve of Destruction”? That’s what today feels like.

Alas…it did not turn out as we hoped.

Resist, good pandas, resist!

Have a great and fabulous furry Friday, and try not to worry about…um…anything.

Panda On
Bob T Panda

Let’s get ready for Bubba’s (Pinky: and PINKY’S!) Birthday Season!

Oh yes, it is panda birthday season now and it’s in full swing! But two of the stars of panda birthday season have birthdays in just a few more days. Last Friday we saw some of Pinky’s greatest moments and now it is Bubba’s turn!

But first, we have just returned from secret talks in an undisclosed location!

Can you guess where?

Oh Canada
We think you’re really swell
Meanwhile south of you
We are so ashamed
We’ve really gone to hell

Oh Canada
Your country’s very grand
The premier he fights
For diversity
A panda in each hand!

Oh Canada
Your Premier’s really cute
In a kilt he rocks,
Even on the beach,
And in a formal suit!

Oh Canada
We had a real good time
And now that global warming’s here
You make some real good wine!

Oh Canada
The US is a dump
We look longingly
Cross the border cause
You don’t have Donald Trump

But now, let’s get the birthday season rolling!

PP: um, dis is not going to interrupt my presidential campaign, is it?

He’s small for now, but Bubba Bei Bei is shaping up to be a whole lot of panda!

Feed me, Mama!

And how did Pinky manage to hack into my computer again?

Really, Pinky….It’s not nice to tease your little brother.

Happy 100th day Birthday! More frosting!

panda

As true today as it ever was…

Coffee tastes better in a Bubba mug…

You knew Mommee was going to get angry, didn’t you?

Of course, you can read ALL of Bubba’s (Pinky: and Pinky’s!!!!!) ‘toons in Book 7 of The Panda Chronicles: Don’t call mee boo boo!

The seventh book of The Panda Chronicles Series

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

The Poot Has Hit the Fan!

Oh my! What is going to happen now? This is getting kind of scary and I know I am going to get all kinds of flack for this, because I have put those adorable little munchkins, Six and Sebben in the path of Pinky’s ire, (not to mention her magical wand!!!!) But can you blame me? I mean this is a fairy tale for crying out loud! If there is a wicked witch, there has to be a handsome prince who comes and saves the day, right? Or in the case of Wonder Woman, a really kick-ass goddess warrior who comes right up against evil and attempts (and maybe even succeeds) to vanquish it!  Oh Poot on you Pinky! Your evil plan will NEBBER succeed!

Or will it? Did you really think I would give away the ending already?

She who must be obeyed…

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

The Panda is Political

You know the saying, “The Personal is Political?” You can add to that “All Art is Political” because making art, at it’s core is a political act, no matter your subject matter. Some might even say subversive. If you don’t believe me, look up the paintings of Artimesia Ghentileschi and tell me these paintings don’t make a powerful political statement.

Not that I am putting panda satire, or even my serious paintings in the same technical class as Ghentileschi. But you know…just to make the point…

In celebration of our temporary victory on retaining healthcare for the many that gained access to it through the Affordable Care Act, I thought I’d share some of our more political ‘toons in this Friday’s round up.  Is it too much to hope that the R’s and D’s will now work together and make access to healthcare better and more affordable? I’m such an optimist.

But now, here are pandas at their most political!

Are you now, or have you ever been a panda?

political

Pinky’s career as a spokes panda and icon begins, with a different president.

Remember how it all began????

It is too much to BEAR!

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Today is a good day to be the bear.

field

Just don’t call Bob a loser. He feels bad enough already.

“You are all Losers!” – Mittens the Cat

Pinky is beginning to look positively presidential!

“This is not a loser tail!!!!!”

Poof!

cat came back

Is it just my imagination or does Mittens look even more crazed than before?

I have to say, it’s a little frightening to see how close the satire comes to what has actually been happening.  Stay tuned, folks. I think the bumpy ride is far from over.

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

 

 

You know where this is going, don’t you?

Oh yeah…just look up fairy tales 101, in your guide to children’s literature handbook. Although, of course, Grimm’s fairy tales in their original form would give any one nightmares, not just children.

You know how this story line goes: Big party/royal christening/panda naming day is happening but the evil fairy/witch/panda princess is not invited because of past misdeeds/evil intentions.  Evil fairy/witch/panda princess shows up anyway, chaos ensues, fair princess(es) are saved by gallant prince/knight/guy just walking by that turns out to be a deposed prince.

Yada,Yada, Yada.

Meanwhile, let’s see who has arrived at the naming day party…

You know where this is going, don’t you?

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

 

It’s Mr Wu’s Birthday Week

Huzzah, Huzzah! We are taking a little time out from Pinky’s latest adventure story, in order to celebrate the birthday week of one of our favorite (one might say NO 1 Favorite!) young pandas. Xiao Liwu, nicknamed Mr. Wu by his keeper nannies, is the last of Bai Yun’s six cubs. He was born in 2012 and turns five years old and he is still here! (Don’t tell! Maybe they will forget he is still living in Pandiego and not in China!) I have read reports that he will be here until sometime in 2018, but one never knows!

Meanwhile, I thought I would celebrate his birthday week with a brand new Wu ‘toon!

Happy Birthday week Mr. Wu! I’m sure your mom won’t do anything to embarrass you on the internet!

birthday week

It’s so hard to be cool when you still live with your mom.

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

(and if you want to see the video that so embarrassed the Wu Self, see it here!) And as Mr. Wu said, “wif all dat measuring, you would fink da wu self would get a tux or somefing.”

And so begins our Tale (or is that “Tail”?)

I can hardly focus my mind on pandas, what with various members of a certain family claiming innocence because something turned out to be nothing, when really what matters is that you thought it was something! And so begins our tale …

But first! Last week I had a visit from my previously unmet-in-real-life friends from the other side of the globe. Despite several flight cancellations just in order to get here, they finally arrived and what a wonderful time we had! Let’s just say that cuppycakes and PIE were involved!

Did someone say cuppycakes?

While normally, I try to promote blogs that I find interesting or are written by people I know, I must tell you that you should definitely NOT read this post about making two lonely little cuppycakes and you most definitely should NOT make this little bite size batch of peanut butter frosting and if you DID make this petit batch of peanut butter frosting, you should definitely not add a little bit of dark cocoa powder OR eat the whole thing with a spoon.

Ahem…or whip up a batch with no intention of putting it on a cuppycake…

but now, so begins our tale ….

so begins our tale

We call our liddle tale, “Being Endangered is Such a Curse!”

Yes, it’s another YBOP Fractured Fable! Huzzah. And like many fairy tales, there are wicked…um…witches, and fair maidens, not to mention a gallant prince who saves the day. And of course, everyone is a panda, more or less.

Panda on everyone!
Bob T Panda