POOF!

I know you have been waiting for this. Guess who found her magical wand and brought it with her to the debate? If you guessed Pinky, you should give yourself a gold star on your calendar today. POOF!

Poof!

Poof!

And isn’t it sweet of Bob to defend Pinky? You can almost hear him say, “Nobody cares about your darned birth certificate, Pinky.” Hard to say whether Mei is going to be mad at Pinky for bringing her wand to the debate or not.

and now, for a small rant…

The other day, as I was romping around on Facebook, I came across an ad for t-shirts and coffee mugs that had a familiar (and one of my favorite) comics characters on them. But as I looked more closely at the website, it didn’t look quite right to me. For one thing, there was a slight, but significant discrepancy in way the name of the comic was spelled, and it was not from the website that I know and love.

I decided to contact the real website and say, hey…I saw this and it didn’t look right. Apologies, if this really is one of your sales portals, but I thought you should know about it and here’s the link. Today I got an email back from the website and they thanked me for contacting them and that I was correct, these were NOT authorized products. They are going after these guys and I hope they nail their asses to the wall.

It is hard enough to make a living in any of the arts without someone siphoning dollars of the fruits of my creative labors. The more famous you get, the more likely you are to have copyright infringement. And at least currently, you don’t have to register copyright to own it. All you need to do is create it. There are legal and financial benefits to registering your copyright, but for your rank and file artist who is just scrapping by, the cost of registering each piece is prohibitive. Yes, you can register collections, but that does not have the same clout as registering individual pieces. Copyright must be transferred in writing. If you buy a painting from me, I still own the copyright, unless I specifically transfer it to you. So I can still make reproductions of something that I have sold and you can’t. (At least you shouldn’t)

So if you see stuff for sale from The Panda Chronicles and it didn’t come from here or here or here, the money is not going into my pocket. and you do want me to be able to keep doing these ‘toons, don’t you? Remember, I post all my ‘toons on line for the low, low price of absolutely nothing, because I know what it’s like to have a limited budget. But I appreciate book and swag purchases a lot! (Not to mention sales of original art and original cartoons.) I appreciate everyone who reads my stuff and shares it with their friends.  Huzzah! Keep on…

Being the Bears!
Bob T. Panda

26 thoughts on “POOF!

  1. Ann Feldman

    Disgusting that someone would steal someone else’s work. You should call on Pinky to Poof with her magical wand. And about this latest ‘toon…would that it could be so easy!

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  2. Sandra Parshall

    The work of writers is pirated all the time, ALL THE TIME, and it’s maddening. Publishers won’t even try to stop it unless a major writer is involved. Please, people, never download a book for free or at reduced price unless it’s an official offer through Amazon or another legit seller. Don’t pay pirates! We should send Pinky with her wand to get these people.

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  3. candygai

    I’m afraid I may have been guilty of some sort of infringement in the past by using terms like Princess Pinky’s Pink Champagne or #DontTellPinky on Facebook and Twitter to interact with panda fans. Other posts that come to mind include I’m Voting for Bob T., and referring to The Cake Party, or Bubba. Now I add a note at the bottom of my post refrrencing you as the creative artist & author behind whomever or whatever is referenced. I never spin much of a tale; I might say “Pinky Poof, Hey who turned off the lights”. If this is not appropriate, I will stop. Please let me know and accept my deeply-felt apology.

    Speaking of the Poof. So happy to see the wand back. I love the Pinky Poof.

    Sincerely
    Candy Perkins

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I consider that homage, not infringement. It’s always nice if you reference me when you share posts, but to speak in pinkyesque language is joining in the panda fun. I always am tickled when I hear people referencing poofing or cuppycakes. I think “Bwahahaha! My evil plan to infect the minds of everyone everywhere is working! Panda world domination! Huzzah!”
      What I am referring to is people who take images off the internet and try to sell products with those images.
      Pinky is so happy to have her magical wand back!

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  4. Winky Cat

    {applause, applause} Yea Pinky!!! Yea Bob!!! Yea Wand….Poof!!!
    Bye, bye Mittens, you’ve been POOFED!

    And if we see any Panda Chronicle goods where they shouldn’t be, we’ll hack-up a couple of x-large hairballs on da site!

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  5. Vicky V

    Huzzah for Pinky! Isn’t she adorable, kicking her paw up in glee as she poofs that ridiculous cat. Bob was so protective of her. They would make a great team. Pandas should stick together, especially if they are covered in frosting 🙂

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Yes, frosting does usually make them stick together. Hee hee!
      Pinky said she hasn’t had this much fun since they kidnapped Hobbes.

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  6. Gina Koo

    Huzzah for Pinky’s magical wand!! Will the person who gave it back to her ever admit it, and tell us as to why now? Eh, it doesn’t matter. As long as Mittens is no longer spewing lies and hatred, who cares how Pinky’s magical wand had mysteriously re-appeared.
    I do have to say, though, that it’d been a long time since I’d seen Pinky that happy 🙂

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Getting to poof a bad kitty makes Pinky very happy! I’m not entirely sure who gave her the wand back. I may need to investigate that…perhaps a hidden camera in the panda house. In the past, poofing has not proven to be permanent, but we can hope that Mittens is poofed long enough to get him out of the campaign.

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  7. Vicky V

    I would hate to buy something that rips off the original artist. Many of my friends download music, films, books etc from sites where they don’t have to pay. They laugh at me because I always do it the proper way and pay. They think I’m scared of getting caught. No! I just want the people who wrote the book, created the music or made the film to get paid for their work!! Amazing how many people think it’s okay to rip off artists. Good on you for standing up for what many of us believe in!!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Also, some of those download sites are phishing sites and can infect your computer. Now I want to take a shower. Artists and writers unite!

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  8. Marti

    Rant away, you’re totally justified. A friend of mine is a musician and he was telling the story of a fan who spoke to him and telling him how much they admired and loved his work. They even went on to say that it was all illegal copies and surprisingly they didn’t have the slightest idea that what they were doing was wrong. Makes you wonder.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      It does make you wonder. Musicians have a really tough time of it these days. Back in the “day”, all musicians had to worry about was being cheated out of their copyrights by big record companies. With the advent of file “sharing” and pennies paid for song downloads, it;s no wonder that bands have gone back to touring to make a living, and that is an extremely hard life. It is amazing that people don’t realize that they are stealing an artist’s bread from their mouth.

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  9. DoxieDad

    Upon reading this toon again, panel 3 – “I’ll build a wall in China – It’ll be great”…..HA!!! SNORT!!!! GUFFAW!!!!! Well done.

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