Hey kids! WE’re back with the next chapters of our beloved holiday classic The Wizard of Wu, brought to you courtesy of…well…ME!!! Join Wu, Mr. Toasty, and the mysterious panda who looks an awful lot like Wu’s older brother, not to mention Wu’s faithful companion, Binky the soccer ball!
Got yer popcorn? Don’t be scared, but the scary part is coming up NOW!!!
That cat is pure evil!
Sorry, no photo bomb from princess Pinky. her mother thought todays cartoon was too scary for her
Who would have thought cuppycakes could be enchanted?
Good witch Bee, the Bear, to the rescue!
Stay tuned later this month for the outtakes and blooper reel!
Apologies for my absence from the pandasphere, but I have been updating my skills in the fine art realm! Yes, I’ve been taking another class in egg tempera, and while this has nothing to do with pandas, I am learning lots of fine arty stuff! Huzzah! For any of you out there who are also artists, you may know that the technique of egg tempera is an old one, and full of myths and mythology in its history and practice.
The class is taught by the extremely talented Koo Schadler, and if you’ve never heard of her, do take a look at her work; you’ll be glad you did. And not only is she a damn fine painter, she is a very generous human being, both with her knowledge (which is encyclopedic) and her personal warmth. If you are looking to expand your art skills in a supportive, information rich class, you can’t go wrong taking one of her classes.
But now! The Pinky Defense! I know you’ve been waiting!
…and I didn’t even bring you a lousy tee shirt! For those of you who supported my Kickstarter project to travel to China, you have been following along with my real time posts from the road. But if you aren’t part of that faithful contingent, don’t despair! I’ll be transferring my trip journal to these very pages, adding photographs and sketches that I did on the road, AND sharing the artwork that will be forthcoming as soon as I can escape the jet lag nap monster that has hit me hard since my return.
The time difference between the west/lefty coast of the US and China is 15 hours, with a skip and a jump across the international date line thrown in for good measure. I’m only beginning to go through my photographs, to sort out the travel documentary photos from the eventual art photos. I’ll also be writing some ‘toons about my travels, including today’s offering!
Let’s see what Bob has brought back from China! Huzzah!
Well, it’s better than a tee shirt, right?
Ping Ping is a real panda that I met at the Gengda Panda base. He was the sweetest little panda, and according to his nanny, the most gentle panda. We had a heartfelt squeaking conversation, after which, I fed him carrots and panda bread. It was the best day ebber!
And don’t worry! I won’t forget about Bubba, Pinky, the Meihems, Six and Sebben, Wu, and the rest of the panda Chronicles gang! Stay tuned!
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…
But some pandas go both ways!
Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as I share my adventures with real, actual pandas!
I have…um…stepped away from the computer for a few weeks to have a confab with my panda cousins in China. (More about that later.) I’m pretty sure that it is safe to assume that there has been a national nightmare or three in my absence.
Over the past 10 months I’ve done a lot of pondering, and one of the questions that I have been pondering is this: If the internet with such plentiful and easy access to information, had existed in the 1930’s would Hitler have come to power, so easily? I started asking myself that on November 9th, thinking that surely, with everything happening in full view, surely democracy could not be overturned so easily.
It appears I was wrong. Our national nightmare is in full tilt chaos, despite (or maybe because) so much unfiltered and unverified information zipping around the airwaves.
I don’t know what to do, besides draw more pandas.
Nope, it just wouldn’t be an Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire fable, without an appearance of the cast on the extremely famous and popular (most popular show ever!!!) Mehitabel Tonite!!!show! Meet the pandas behind the seemingly true to life portrayal of the exciting tale, Being Endangered is SUCH a Curse!! Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not true!
Are we talking about alternative facts again?
Well, no, just a little fiction within a fiction, a tale told on a stormy night to calm little pandas as they listen to the wind howl. A tale to bring tranquility to pandas who are being buffeted by a political wind(bag) the blows evil onto the land.
But enough about the battle between good and ebil! Let’s meet the cast of Being Endangered is SUCH a Curse!
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 Ghentileschiand 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?
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.
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!!!!!”
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.
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?
Oh the Fridays are fabulous around here, and not least because we are getting visitors from Australia! Huzzah! They are on the other side of the world, so when it is summer here, it’s winter there, although our Northwest summers may seem a little bit like winter to them! But this Friday evening, I will be meeting long time panda and panda satire fans in person (or is that in fur-son?) for the first time. And when panda fans get together, they party panda style!
Bring on the cuppycakes!!!!
So let’s celebrate pandas who party, for today’s Fabulous Furry Friday encore presentations!
There’s nothing on earth that I’d rather do….
Mehitabel gets even.
…and it all ends with Mr Wu’s Birthday party! Huzzah!
“Do you know who I am????” Yeah, we do.
It’s not a party till the pandas start a brawl!
Will there be cuppycakes?
There must be cake!
Is this any way to treat our Nation’s most adorable icon?
Yes, today is the day you’ve been waiting for, the day my Kickstarter campaign ends. Huzzah! If you’re reading this with your morning coffee, you still have a few more hours to make a pledge if you haven’t done so already, and then I can quit all this whinging and pleading and just get back to…whinging and crying about the state of our government. Today is the day that we get back to business!
Today is the day …
Today, you are a bear.
…if I were a panda, yadda dah dah da- da- da- AAARGH! I can’t stop!!!!!
Poor Mehitabel…she gets no respect from the panda kindergarten, even now.
But maybe pandas have a better idea about how to run the government.
Maybe Pandas DO have a better idea…..
Don’t Touch My Stuff!
So now we leave you to finish your morning coffee, maybe do the dishes (maybe) and then get on with your day! And don’t forget, you still have a few hours to pledge to my Kickstarter Panda-Tastic Journeyand get this or some of our other fabulous rewards!