We are starting a NEW Story this week! Huzzah! It is another of my fractured retellings of a very old and familiar story, with my own little pandy twist to it! Bwahahahahaha!
But first, I must report about PandAlanta fest, which took place last weekend at the Atlanta Zoo! A fabulous time was had by all, including the stars of the weekend, Six and Sebben, those delightful little pandas residing at the zoo with their parents. In addition to the warm up act (me!!!) we had a fabulous presentation from the folks at PDX Wildlife, who study – of all things – PANDAS!!!! What? You were expecting naked mole rats? Any way, they shared lots of pictures and told us about their research. Expect to see more about them here as not only are they doing important work for panda conservation, they were really nice people too!
But now! The Panda Chronicles presents, the latest in our long line of literary abominations, KittySue and the Three Pandas!!!!
This story seems a little, but not entirely, familiar!
Book 7: Don’t Call Mee Boo Boo, has been getting a resounding welcome out there in the pandasphere and to thank you, we are offering a sale on all the earlier books in the Panda Chronicle Series, in case your library is not all stocked up on the earlier titles! You can find links to all the books here.
But don’t delay! These prices will go back up to list price on Saturday, April 1st, so don’t delay! No Foolin’!!!
And in case you were wondering what I was up to last weekend at panda fest….
Lun Lun is now the reigning Hero Mom Rock Star of the U.S. pandas, bypassing previous record holder Bai Yun of San Diego by the – some would say nefarious dirty trick- of having not one, but TWO sets of twins, for a seven cubby total lifetime achievement award! I never got to actually meet the Meihems, Well, we are not going to let that happen again, so I have made plans to meet the Twinkles 2.0 this very month! Stay tuned for a report, but in the meantime…
Here’s how they are preparing to meet their most ardent fans!
I can’t believe I’ve never done a St. Patrick’s Day cartoon with the pandas. On a trip to Pittsburgh a few years ago, I was reminded what a big deal it is there, and on my recent trip last month, indeed, there were already green frosting decorated cookies in the grocery store. Oddly enough, I resisted (although I definitely did NOT resist cuppycakes!) So that leaves me with the dilemma of what ‘toons to share for this Fabulous Furry Friday …
How about a little Meihem????
Huzzah! a guest appearance by little Po!
Sweet dreams, little bears!
One of the little known wonders of the world.
Pandas are standing by to take your calls!
Still one of my favorites…”How does you spell ‘hostage?” “
The first appearance of the twinkies on The Panda Chronicles
And who can forget the first time we learned that Lun Lun had twins?
…than the panda season of LOVE!!!!!? I know these are hard times: Bao Bao has gone to China, as have the Meihems; Bei Bei no longer gets to romp and roll with his mama. And you know who is in the White House. But wait! There is hope! Mei and Tian may yet do the Pandy Tango, and then we may get a bouncing baby panda or two. Wouldn’t that be fabulous in the extreme?
And not only is it the beginning of the Panda Season of LOOOOOOVE, we have a new book out! Now! It’s here!
The seventh book of The Panda Chronicles Series: don’t call mee boo boo!
So, while you are logging in to your Pandazon account, here are some ‘toons celebrating the upcoming panda season of love!
I hope people haven’t had enough of silly love songs!
it’s the panda, the panda season of love!
The Scottish pandas have had a few disappointments…
I am only making some of this up. copyright 2012 -A. Belov
A panda by any other name, would smell…well, they would just smell…
The Panda Season of Loooooove does not always go smoothly, so panda nannies must be prepared for “Plan B“
“It was dark….there were men in masks….”
Well, why are you just sitting there chortling to yourself? Go buy my book!
Recently I made the discovery that ALL baby pandas get their own personal stuffed bunny during their naming day parties. Okay. Maybe I didn’t “discover” this fact, as much as…um…make it up. An alternative fact for the good of all baby pandas everywhere. I’m not sure whether all the bunnies are magic or not. They certainly seem to be, but whether this is the result of magic wand intervention, or whether the the bunnies are magic from the beginning. Hopefully, all will be revealed in the fullness of time. Or something like that. After all, Mr. Wu had magical bunny slippers in The Wizard of Wu. (An exclusive feature length story that appears in The Book of Wu)
The question remains: should baby pandas be given magical wands?
Baby pandas need their own magic bunnies to look out for them. We R endangered, you know.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for updates about the availability of The Panda Chronicles Book7! Coming soon!
Okay. Laugh if you want, but there really is a panda convention. And no, we don’t ALL dress up like pandas. But if there is one thing panda fans love, it’s going to visit actual pandas, and talking about pandas. Do we know how to have a good time or what? Of course, if you are here reading these ‘toons, chances are you are one of those people who stalk pandas at every given opportunity! Be brave and admit it. It’s okay, you’re among friends here.
And of course, there will be cuppycakes, right, Leslie?
Oh, brave new world, with such pandas in it!
Update on the next collection of the Panda Chronicles: I finally successfully uploaded the files (yay!) …always the most stressful part. Now I’m waiting for them to approve my files so I can order a hard copy proof! Stay tuned for a cover reveal next week! Huzzah!
The talks between world (cough cough) leaders are not the only summit talks that are now happening around the world. The question is one that has puzzled philosophers for centuries: What do pandas talk about, when they talk about ‘boo? And more importantly, are panda moms the true power behind the curtain?
Give me a cuppycake and a bamboo lever and I will move the world!
“Why can’t my children be as well behaved as Lun Lun’s,” mused Mei Xiang
Meanwhile, my project to raise funds for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU is going very well. The offer is in effect through February and the details are here:
Donate $50 to either the ACLU or Planned Parenthood and get a signed copy of a cartoon, with a hand drawn sketch on it. Donate $100 to either the ACLU or Planned Parenthood and get 2 signed cartoons with a hand drawn sketch on them. Donate $500 to either the ACLU or Planned Parenthood and get an original hand drawn cartoon of my* choice (unframed) (* you can tell me who your favorite panda characters are and I will make a selection based on that info)
Just send me a screenshot of your donation receipt dated between January 31st and February 28th, along with your mailing address, and I will send them out as I receive them. US addresses only, please. Send info/receipt to email@example.com. Let’s see if we can raise some $$ for these organizations! Pandas are standing by!
What if we wished on the moon…do you think it might happen then? In Pandamorphosis, the cat wishes on the moon that she would be loved as much as the pandas were. It didn’t quite turn out the way she planned, now did it?
So, if Lun Lun wished that her girls would always be as sweet as they are now…
Oh me, oh my! What trouble has Pinky caused now? I think I hear the phone lines sizzling even now, as Lun Lun discovers just what Pinky’s little gift to the twins actually was! But look how nicely she is playing Go Fish with her little brother. She is even…um…well, not exactly letting him win so much, as by not cheating so effectively that he doesn’t lose by much. Pinky is a font of generosity today!
Let’s see what is happening down in PandAlanta!
The little gift that keeps on giving!
Bob T Panda
“Whut yoo meen ‘uh oh’?” Um, maybe you should watch the girls on the panda cam to calm your nerves!
We now return to our regularly scheduled pandas. I am so sorry to bring you the sad news of Mehitabel’s real life passing. It has taken the wind out of my sails. It is the first time in almost 21 years, without the sound of the pitter patter of little paws. I hope I will have another cat, just not yet.
In the meantime, her fictional counterpart is not going anywhere. Who would keep these pandas in line is she were gone? The show must go on!
Panda Trek 2: The Next Generation
Bob T Panda
Note: Mehitabel came to me in a dream last night, and wanted me to take note of the fact that FAR more people were commenting on the post about her, than they ever had on anything panda.
Really, I want to thank all who have written and offered their sincere and heartfelt condolences. I know many of you have walked this same path, and that we will again, because in the end, all you need is love, and to be loved by a cat (and let me tell you, they can be really particular about who they love) is the greatest gift of all.