Tag Archives: Humor

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

Pandward Bound!

Just when Pinky thought that all of the attention would be on her, look what has happened to ruin her dreams of Pandward Bound Dominance! Poor, poor Pinky…she never gets a break. Maybe Bubba will have some wise words that will lessen Pinky’s shock and disappointment.

Ha! Don’t count on it! Let’s see who else might be Pandward Bound!

Pandward bound

What a wonderful surprise! Um…NOT!!!!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Stay tuned for a bonus cartoon tomorrow sometime!

Mei Watch and the Pitter Patter of Little Paws

Oh, it is that time again! The first cubbies (twins!) have been born at a zoo in China and the Smithsonian just announced in their email that Mei Xiang has entered the Panda Season of Love! And now it is baby panda season!!!!

To celebrate, let’s revisit some classic toons about baby pandas, but first… Mei Watch!

Soooo….you are saying no pandas in bikinis?

#6 is getting ready to make his move!

Huzzah!….ooops.

will the pitter patter of little paws soon follow?

…if I were a panda, yadda dah dah da- da- da- AAARGH! I can’t stop!!!!!

Stay tuned for more Mei Watch news (however we will not be posting videos such as the 2012 video at the Pan Diego Zoo!) as it becomes available.

Pseudo thumbs crossed!

Panda On!
Bob t Panda

Have a fabulous furry Friday!

It’s worth a mention here, that my secret password only page about the China trip won’t go live until June 7th, when I launch my Kickstarter campaign. If anyone here wants a sneak peak at the campaign, send me a message on the contact page, and I’ll send you the preview link. You won’t be able to pledge yet, but you can see what the project is about and what the rewards are!

Banky Pig is Not Going!

Oh, that Pinky…while Bob and Mehitabel work on doting the “I’s” and crossing the “T’s” on their Kickstarter project, Pinky is busy packing for her summer adventure. Bubba had better keep an eye on Pinky, to make sure there are no unauthorized packing of a certain Banky Pig or there will be trouble for sure.

When the real life Pinky Bao Bao went to China, I had to make a decision about whether she would stay in the Panda Chronicles. I mean, who would be there to torment Bubba if she left? Plus it would have made me sad. But I started thinking about possible story lines with Pinky and the Meihems in China, and I’m just giving them summer jobs, okay? It’s not like this is reality, right? I can have them live anywhere I want! Take that reality!

And now, our story continues….

Banky Pig

Unhand my Banky Pig!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

What Pinky did on her summer vacation Part 2

Who even knew pandas took summer vacations? Or that they attended classes at The Institute for Inner Panda Studies? Here in the Pacific Northwest, it is suddenly acting like summer, even though it is still May. But June-uary is just around the corner, and just because we are having nice weather this week, is no guarantee that it will continue through, say, late June and early July, in case anyone happens to be in the area then.

But Meanwhile, Pinky is beginning her summer vacation adventure!

summer vacation

Mei is certainly ready for summer vacation, but maybe Bubba needs some summer duds!

In a little more than two weeks, I’ll be launching my Kickstarter campaign to travel to China (and visit PINKY! – and the panda kindergarten). There’s lots you can to do to help, besides donating money. (Although that’s nice too!) Sharing my project with your social networks is one of the most helpful things you can do to help it succeed. Stay tuned! I’ll let you know when it goes live!

Panda ON!
Bob T Panda

 

We R Endangered

Well, wouldn’t you know it…today is Endangered Species Day! A day when people gather around the table and invite pandas to have as many cuppycakes as they want…and…no? That’s not what endangered species day is all about? Okay, smarty pants…why don’t all you folks down at the Pan Diego Zoo tell us what the day is supposed to be about if it’s not about giving pandas cuppycakes.

We R Endangered, for crying out loud!

This was way too much fun. :o)

Artists are also on the threatened species list…

But it’s not just pandas and..um…a bunch of other animals that are endangered. As an artist and a writer, I have been feeling kind of endangered myself these past few years, and one of the effects of that has been that at times (only at times, mind you) I have felt like I was losing my creative focus.

I have often mentioned, from time to time, people from whom I have taken inspiration. I include my favorite painters, as well as those writers and cartoonists who have helped to shape The Panda Chronicles, even if they didn’t know they were doing it. One of those people is Jessica Abel, who along with her husband Matt Madden wrote Drawing with Words and Writing with Pictures.  Along with Scott McCloud, who wrote the Understanding Comics series, these books helped to make the Panda Chronicles become what it has today.

discovery

The discovery of the terrible crime in the pandas’ house…

Most artists and writers stumble from their path. They endlessly refresh their Twidder feeds, or they play computer solitaire when they should be painting. Goodness, ha ha! I don’t know anyone who does that…it’s just something…um…I heard someone say once, in passing. So, it was with great interest when Jessica started writing in her newsletter, about a book she was writing on creative focus, and how to get out of your creative rut. It’s called Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When you’re Drowning in Daily Life.

I’m still working my way through the book, but I’m already finding it inspiring and helpful. Each chapter ends with an exercise to help you first, to see where you are sliding off the rails, and secondly take positive, concrete steps to re-jigger your behavior, to get back on track. It’s available on Kindle Unlimited (if you have that) for free! But I think when I do my next book purchase, that the paperback copy will make a nice addition to my reference library.

My goal is to read a chapter a week, and do the exercises at the end of each chapter. Maybe I’ll even report on my progress here, every once in a while. If you’d like to know more about Jessica and her work, please visit her website here. She’s also offering a 5 day free mini course called Creative Compass starting this very next week! Check it out here.

In the meantime…let’s have some more ‘toons! And while we are talking about creative pursuits, here’s some pandas being creative!

You say sumi-e, I say Tsunami

After all, the playings the thing….

You left the panda kindergarten alone with my house?

sugar plum pandas

sweet!

sugar plum pandas

Schmoop!

pandas in the laboratory

Can you calibrate the cuppycake?

Remember, without pandas, there can be no panda satire!

Here’s hoping that you have had a wonderful Endangered Species Day! Makes a nice change from obsessing over the West Wing soap opera, right?

And don’t forget, in a few short weeks, we’ll be launching our next Kickstarter project, for an extra special art and pandas trip to China!!!

Panda On
Bob T Panda

Lunch on the Limpopo Part 2

Oh my, oh my! Seems like there may be crocodiles cruising the Potomac, looking for politicians to to chomp. The news has been very …what would you call it? Wild? Unbelievable? But in a year when so many things seem like they should be beyond belief, I’m trying not to think, “oh, this is one more thing of no consequence…something I never thought I would see, and yet, there seem to be no consequences.” Are crocodiles lunching on hunters any more unbelievable? The Limpopo seems a benevolent place, compared to what is happening in Washington DC.

Stay tuned.

But now, Lunch on the Limpopo Part 2!!!!

Limpopo

You just can’t trust crocodiles.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there, pandas and human (okay, and puppies and kittens et al) here’s a bonus Mom’s day ‘toon for you!

What goes around, comes around…

Panda On!
BobT Panda

Let’s celebrate baby pandas!

Um…I just returned from a 10 hour lunch. Should I be telling you this? This does remind me of yet another reason why I should schedule posts ahead of time, because you never know when you will be having so much fun at a lunch get-together, that then you will be invited for dinner too.

Ahem…

SO, LET’S BRING ON THE BABY PANDAS!!!!

Twinkies 2.0

Twinkies 2.0 put on a show!

magic

baby pandas need their own magic bunnies to look out for them. We R endangered, you know.

hope

Panda Trek 2: The Next Generation

The first appearance of the Meihems!

You can’t just DO stuff. You need instruction from an expert!

Happy 100th day Birthday! More frosting!

Feed me, Mama!

Hope you all have a happy Friday! May it be fabulous and furry!

Panda on and pass the chocolate sauce!
Bob T Panda

Lunch on the Limpopo part 1

Well, wasn’t that a fun little tale, of KittySue and the Three Pandas? And for those of you who were wondering if maybe you missed an episode between episode 12 and episode unlucky 13 (aka the finale), well, you didn’t. We were employing the time honored dramatic tactic of only implying that violence was going to take place. (In my house, this is usually accomplished by putting a blanket over my head and asking Mr. Badger to tell me when the scary part is over.) But now, we turn to a real life drama that took place in Africa, on the banks of the Limpopo River.

We call this little segment, Lunch on the Limpopo

Limpopo

What goes around, comes around.

Anything to distract us from the fall of civilization as we know knew it.

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Finale: KittySue and the Three Pandas

Oh my! What a dramatic ending after a wild ride! Do not mess with pandas! You will be sorry. Pandas are not joking around (or so I’ve heard.)

Nothing like drying laundry in the sun to get rid of …um…unpleasant stains and odors. Pandas take note.

pandas

What a lovely day for the 3 pandas to relax at home!

If you want to read all of the KittySue and the Three Pandas story from the beginning, start here!

Panda Satire update!

I want to give you, my long suffering  most loyal fans a heads up. In barely a months time I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise some of the money for a trip to China, that has been in the… what if…should we,… hey, do you want to… stages of planning for going on about 2 years. Yes, Bob T Panda is going to go to China and frolic with toddler pandas.

This will be both a fine art and panda satire expotition, and besides frolicking with baby pandas, I will be busy sketching and photographing not only pandas, but also the landscape, architecture and people of China. I generally come back from a trip like this with renewed creativity, and a barrel full of source material.

Stay tuned for project launch news! I’m expecting to be ready to launch the project by June 7th.

One of my traveling companions having lunch with a friend. Picture me, Bob T, doing this very thing! Thanks Cami!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda