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Echoes of Comics History

As I was working on the last couple of installments of The Panda Chronicles, I had a little bit of a revelation. I’ve talked before about being influenced by several of the great well known, as well as the not so well known, cartoonists who have come before me. One of my favorites growing up was definitely Peanuts. The Sunday comics were the first thing I would read when the paper arrived, and I loved nothing better than Peanuts.

So, today’s ‘toon is a tribute: to Linus and Lucy Van Pelt, and their relationship, which gave me so much inspiration as I developed Pinky and Bubba’s personalities and interaction.

Maybe some day The Panda Chronicles will make comics history

comics history

Maybe Bubba is having a Halloween SEASON! Did you ever think of THAT, Pinky?

Panda On!
Thanks, Sparky!
Bob T Panda

Job Growth for Lawyers : The Pinky Defense

I suppose you could say that the reign of King Don the first (and hopefully the last) did spike job growth in one sector of our economy: Lawyers! Hopefully they got high marks in their study of the Constitution, because it’s gonna come in real handy, as certain folks do their best to dismantle it. I think that the lawyers in this country have been getting a real work out. I just hope enough of them are on the side of justice, truth, beauty, and pandas.

It’s gonna be an interesting winter.

Fortunately, we have The Pinky Defense.

lawyers

Maybe Mommee Mei might have some influence over Pinky…dream on!

Panda On
Bob T Panda

PS: Thanks all for being patient in waiting for replies to your comments last week. I had a great time at the workshop I assisted with/ took as a student. You’re never too old to learn some new tricks! I definitely learned some great ones form our esteemed teacher, Koo Schadler. Now I am back in the painting and panda central studio, where I belong. Hopefully my newfound skills in painting will give me more time to…draw pandas!

Pinky is in trouble … Again!

Oh that Pinky! Trouble seems to follow her like a long streamer of toilet paper stuck to her paw. She would not get in nearly so much rouble if it weren’t for the Meihems yanking her chain and egging her on! If only there was some rational….some defense that she could call on..

Well, we’ll think about it and get back to you on Wednesday.

In the meantime, there’s no trouble like Pinky trouble!

trouble…trouble…trouble…It starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for Pinky!

Hmmm…maybe I need to do a pandacized version of The Music Man!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

All Pandas Eve and a Scary Story

I am fortunate to live in the rainy Northwest, rather than fire swept California. My heart and good wishes go out to the thousands of people who have lost their homes and businesses from the fires that spread across northern California last week. Those who have known me for a long time know I have my own fire story, which happened 22 years ago last month. It was a scary event. I don’t know that I ever truly processed what happened, but I was traumatized for a long time.

I recently stumbled on the account of one man’s recent brush with fire in the California disaster. But this account was done in comics form, as he is a graphic novelist/comics artist. Here it is, in case you’d like to take a look. I hope someday I can do as well with my own story.

But meanwhile, we have another kind of scary story to tell!

scary

Ha ha! That Pinky is so clever!

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Do Not Attempt to Adjust Your Computer

Oh dear. I was so good whilst I was in China, I had scheduled all my posts in advance, and now that I am home, I have not gotten back in the habit. so apologies for this day’s ‘toon being a few hours later than usual. Just in case you thought that you were not receiving the emails!

But! We have a story to continue, so without further ado about pandas…

Ha ha! Oh that Pinky!

Don’t forget to tune in Friday for the final installments of that beloved holiday classic, A Halloween Carol! In case you want to review, here’s the first part!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

…In Which Ping Ping Comes to Live at the Panda House

Everyone who is a fan of Winnie the Pooh stand up and wave your hands in the air. Huzzah! Remember when Kanga and Roo, and then Tigger first came to live in the enchanted forest? “Why has he come, and when is he leaving?” were questions that were bandied about by Certain Intolerant Inhabitants of the forest. (italics courtesy of A A Milne) It’s not all that different at the panda house and I’m pretty sure you might have a very good idea who might feel that way.

Exactly.

Let’s look in at the Panda House to see who has arrived now…

panda house

Be careful Ping Ping! The Panda House might not be…um…completely safe.

I’m still working on adding all my trip notes and pictures to the site, but re-entry to the real world is taking longer, with more moving parts than I had planned for.  Regardless, I hope to get some more posts and pictures posted on the Pandatastic Voyage page this week! Stay tuned!

I also used my entire back log of stored ‘toons while I was in China, so I am slowly starting to do an extra ‘toon here and there so that I am NEBBER late with your weekly ‘toons, because I’m just that kind of bear!

We’ll have more from Ping Ping later this week, as well as the exciting conclusion of A Halloween Carol, starring the junior pandas of the Panda Chronicles! Stay tuned!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Pinky and the Meihems work things out…

I bet everyone (especially their moms) are breathing a deep sigh of relief that Pinky and the Meihems are managing to work things out. Then there is the small issue of mebbe Bubba glowing in the dark (“just a liddle!!!!”) See? I told you everything would work out okay.

Well, at least in Pandyland they will.

PINKY AND THE MEIHEMS

All’s well that ends well, right? RIGHT????

Hey, has everyone heard about the butter sculpture of Justin Trudeau with two panda cubs on his lap? Maybe they can use it to make frosting after the festival is over. Yip and Jip’s second birthdays are just around the corner!

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Bob T Panda

Girls will be girls

Really, Pinky and the Meihems will always be friends, even if their truces seem to be temporary at best. Everyone knows that three girls are a very volatile social structure, especially when two of them are twin sisters. I find it kind of reassuring, that even after all the hubbub at the party, the Pinky and the Meihems can have a nice (mostly) friendly Skype session to rehash the big night.

No harm done, right, girls ???

girls

Everyone knows the party isn’t over till you can sit down and re-hash it!

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Bob T Panda

Why does mommee get so mad …?

Gee, it beats me, Pinky, could it have something to do with…oh…I don’t know, the fact that you tried to poof your little cousins into oblivion? Possibly? Who knows! Maybe she’s just being hormonal or something. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll figure out some way to get out of being grounded before too long. She can’t stay mad forever!

And Poor Bubba! Getting grounded after getting poofed while protecting the little twins! Life just isn’t fair sometimes.

But now, on with the show!

mad

I think I see a slight resemblance to a Pinky tantrum…just saying.

And just look at that smug look on Pinky’s face! She knows she won’t stay in trouble for very long!

Panda on!

Pinky and Bubba’s birthday week continues!

There are sooooo many ‘toons about Pinky and sooooooo many ‘toons about Bubba (Pinky: AND PINKY!!!!!!) that I thought this Friday’s wrap up should be about…guess who!!!! Let the birthday week encore presentations continue! (While you catch your breath for the next exciting episode of Being Endangered is SUCH a Curse!!!)

One day is not enough! We demand a birthday WEEK!

But first, in honor of Mei Xiang’s delicate condition….

Mei Watch! My favorite show!

summer vacation

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

“If Pinky is grounded, can I have her dessert?”

Mommee Mei puts her foot down.

Complete with a flashback to the Meihem’s party just a few weeks ago…

Remember Pinky’s first birthday?

If you think that maybe elephants never forget, they have nothing on pandas.

Is this any way to treat our Nation’s most adorable icon?

The forces of Meihem are only barely in check.

Bubba’s first feature role!

What goes around, comes around…

March

Whats a protest without pandas?

Stay tuned for more episodes of Being Endangered is SUCH  a Curse, as well as next Fabulous Furry Friday’s tribute to the next US birthday bears, Six and Sebben! And if you’d like to read the whole stories that we’ve shared with you here, you can find most of them in Book 5: Pandapocalypse NOW!, Book 6: We R Endangered, and Book 7: Don’t call mee boo boo!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda