Category Archives: the essential pandaness of being

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

The Panda Kindergarten Presents…

Yes, we are getting close to another one of our fractured literary classics, where we make a shambles of re-write for pandas, a beloved tale of our childhood! Huzzah! But first, the panda kindergarten has a song for Pinky and the Meihems!

Be quiet, Pinky! The panda kindergarten is about to sing!

How about that!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Who’s in charge here, anyway?

I hope everyone had a happy fourth of July, ate lots of grilled items of your choice and did not expire from potato salad that was sitting out too long. Also that you did not…um…let the panda kindergarten take fireworks IN to the house and that everything is still standing in your neighborhood. As in Washington DC, as well as The Institute for Inner Panda Studies summer camp, the question remains: Who’s in charge here, anyway?

Could it be?….

who's in charge here, anyway?

C’est Moi?

Oh, yes, it will be a very long summer, I think.

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Memorial Day

We’ve all been there. On the bus, on the train, standing on the street, waiting for the light to change. And that guy…you know the one, that guy with the vaguely threatening air starts ranting. Maybe he’s just ranting. Maybe he is being aggressive towards someone. And we quietly edge away, hoping he won’t direct his venom at us, hoping that the light will change, that he’ll move on. But this Memorial Day…this day when we honor those who lost their lives in the service of our country…

This Memorial Day, we watch in horror as one Democratic norm after another gets thrown under the bus.

On this day, when we learn that one of the men who lost his life defending a stranger on a Portland Oregon streetcar, was an Army veteran, we learn a new meaning to the phrase service to our country. Neither he, nor the other two young men who stepped up to defend two teenage girls who were being harassed on the streetcar, turned their backs and said this is not my fight.

The young man who was killed by this attacker had just graduated and was at the start of a promising life. He stepped up to protect two young women, one African American, the other wearing a hijab, who were being verbally attacked by that guy, he made it his business to defend people he did not know. A third defender is still in the hospital in critical condition. I am sending light and healing his way.

In the face of seemingly state sanctioned hatred, love and compassion still exists.

A GoFundMe campaign for the families of the three victims has raised over $700,000 in less than 48 hours. There is still good in the world. I will have to hold on to that.

And meanwhile, back in the land of Panda Satire….

Memorial day

Don’t be endangered, be dangerous

Panda On!
Bob T Panda