While who wouldn’t love a holiday that’s all about chocolate, I have to admit that Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holiday. It always felt like a day that’s sole purpose is to make single people feel like crap, and even when I was a kid and they had the “everyone must have a card for everyone” rule in school, I only got the obligatory tiny flat “cards” and never one of those elaborate handmade ones that showed you were REALLY loved and valued.
On the other hand, if I’d had a rich and friend filled childhood, I wouldn’t have become an artist and a cartoonist, so it’s a win for everyone. Right? Am I right?
Aw, Pinky…Bubba loves you!
Panda Putti, for all you art history majors! Google it, everyone else!
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!
What? Being Pinky means always having to say you’re sorry, but…um…rarely doing it. One of my faithful readers from across the pond (you know who you are!) came up with this phrase and I think I’m going to “borrow” it. (I can credit you by name if you’d like, or you can remain anonymous,) but looking back over the last year’s accumulation of ‘toons, I see that, once again, Pinky has hogged the spotlight. So stay tuned early next year as book 8 of The Panda Chronicles goes to print. and I think I’m gonna call it The Pinky Defense.
Because when you know you are in the wrong, is there any better defense than The Pinky Defense?
“It was just a suggestion” Huzzah! It’s the Meihems!
And did somebody mention Book 8 of the Panda Chronicles? Heh! What better time then now to make sure you have books 1 through 7 in your home library. Visit my book page and make sure your library is complete! And what better present could there be this year (especially this year!!!) than the gift of laughter? I mean besides a huge bag of money so that you could move to Canada or Sweden…
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…
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.
Let’s look in at the Panda House to see who has arrived now…
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!
Really, if I had known that you know who would still be president, that Puerto Rico would be devastated by a hurricane and that you know who would insult rather than help them, well, I might have remained in the panda kindergarten. But against my better judgement, I came home to all of the current events.
It was really kind of nice not being able to access Fezbook and Twidder. well, except I missed you all, so there you have it. I am still trying to get over jet lag, get my photos organized and all that, but I did get back in the studio today. Huzzah!
And against your better judgement, here are all of you! Huzzah!