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Day 9 And now a special request…

Greetings Panda fans.  Many (if not all) of you know that in addition to being the leading practitioner of Panda Satire in the world (Hey! Until I hear different, I’m claiming it!) I’m also a painter, who shows and sells her work.  I live in a wonderful little corner of the world, which besides abounding in natural beauty, has more artists, musicians, writers, actors, chefs and artisanal farmers than you can shake a stick at.  (Shaking only, no hitting please.) A little over a year ago, some dedicated, hard working folks thought it would be a really good idea to have an information resource that benefitted both the creative types that live and work here, but also anyone who wanted one publication in which to read about all the amazing stuff that’s going on around here.

And so, Whidbey Life Magazine was born, an online resource for all the arts and culture on Whidbey Island.! There are a small band of us who write for the magazine, but the magazine is mostly fueled by the hard work of its founders, Jan Shannon and Sue Taves, not to mention our long suffering, cat herding editor, Patricia Duff. So now, they would like to add a twice yearly print magazine to the mix, so as to reach even more people who want to know what all the fuss is about on Whidbey Island. They have started an Indiegogo campaign to make that a reality.

Of course, the pandas wanted to…um…help:


Don’t believe EVERYTHING the panda kindergarten says!

I know that many of you who are reading this might not live here, but I hope you’ll take a little time from your day to see what we are doing here, and maybe even support this project. You can read WLM  here and see if we offer something you would enjoy and like to support. And then, check out our Indiegogo project. And…um…a date with George Clooney is NOT one of the perks.  Just sayin’.

The panda kindergarten is waiting to take your call.

Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda


A Bear By Any Other Name Would Smell…well, that’s it.

It is spring time and pandas are in the mood for loooooove.  From San Diego Z00 (where they let the panda cam show some RATHER personal stuff, if you ask me, to Edinburgh, Scotland, where the happy (panda) couple have been hired to promote….deodorant.  No, I am not making this up.   The Royal Zoo in Edinburgh Scotland has played let’s make a deal with manufacturers of deodorant, to have the Scottish Pandas appear in their advertising.  I can’t make stuff up this good, no way.  Since I am not able to receive TV commercials from Scotland, it was, however, left to my imagination to bring you the commercial.  (OK, I DID make this up.)

A bear by any other name, would still smell pretty funky.

Stay tuned this week for more panda product placement!

Be the Bear

Bob T. Panda

Alas, Poor Twinkie…we will miss you……

cuppycakes, ode to a twinkie Cuppycakes are in the news once again!  This time, it’s not cuppycake confiscation, but the demise of an American institution…yes, those little packaged snack cakes that are alleged to have a shelf life of a million years, are on their way out!.  I suppose that it is no mystery why the maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread has filed for bankruptcy.  I can’t remember the last time I ate one.  But still….

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

Bob’s Year in Review!

This is the time of year that we cleverly slack off creating any new material, (though in our defense, we probably drew more new cartoons this year than the last 2) and show some of our favorites in a lame, but effective, “year in review” format!  But don’t worry, we have new cartoons in the works that will start appearing in 2012!  The really great thing about  a lousy economy is that I need to cheer myself up with extra panda satirizing. Everybody wins!

Here’s one of my favorite cartoons of the year, starring the panda kindergarten, of course!

Halloween pandas

I especially like the little panda that uses toilet paper to make a mummy costume, but hey, that’s just the way I am!

And what would this year be without the introduction of Babette de Panda, panda child of Victory Schouten.  In Babette’s cartoon persona, she has learned much from her mentor and great Muppet friend, Miss Piggy.

cartoon soap opera

And of course, our 30 Pandas in 30 Days feature for the month of November! (Still available as a poster from Pandyland at Cafe Press!)

30 days of pandas

Be the Bear!

See you for more Year in Review tomorrow!

Bob T. Panda

Will Scotland Be Brave in the face of the Panda Kindergarten?

Nobody expects the Panda Kindergarten!  Or was that the Spanish Inquisition?  No matter.  While the tune Scotland the Brave runs through my head, the Panda Kindergarten continues to get ready for Tian Tian and Yang Guang‘s arrival.  Bagpipes Beware!  What next? MacBear, or should I say, The Scottish Cartoon?

The Scottish pandas

Be the Bear!

Bob T Panda

Alas, Poor Chi Chi, I Knew Her…

Yes, panda fans, it’s time for the Scottish Play…er…cartoon I mean.  Here at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire we never miss the opportunity to make fun of current events in the panda world.   Well, actually, we’ll make fun of anything, whether it’s about pandas or not.  The return of pandas to Great Britain for the first time in almost 40 years is an event to be celebrated!  ( My panda historian friends will correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that Chi Chi, who lived at the London Zoo from 1958 until her death in 1972, was the last panda who lived in Great Britain.

The Scottish Cartoon

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda


While we wait for the arrival of the Scottish pandas….

Of course we know that Tian Tian and Yang Guang are not actually Scottish,  I mean, it’s not like they are some exotic variation on Scottish Terriers, after all.  But still, our heart starts to go pitter patter just a bit when we think of pandas gracing the British Isles once again.  As you know, pandas have trod these paths before, and not so very long ago at that.  Am I speaking of Chi Chi, who lived at the London Zoo from 1958 until her death in 1972?  Why no! I’m speaking of the Torch Bears recent visit to Westminster Cathedral to start their round the world journey back to London for the 2012 (Panda) Olympic Games!

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

Once again it’s time for WHEEL….OF…PANDAS!

OK, because I just think they are so much more funny when seen all together, here are all three episodes of Wheel…of…Pandas!  Yes it’s true, a new episode was completed today! Pretty neat, huh?

Episode 1

And yes, the new episode presented, of course by the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire, in all it’s glory,episode 3:

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda


The 2008 Earthquake in China

I know, I know. This was extremely tragic, horrific, and a whole lot of other bad things.  However, we at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire firmly believe in the healing power of laughter and hope you do too.  Because when it was all over and we had all seen the pictures of pandas being rescued and the devastation that the earthquake caused, the American pandas need to relieve the tension with a few cartoons.

Mehitabel would like to point out that she is NOT as insensitive as she is sometimes made out to be here.

The reference to a panda having a gun is from a earlier cartoon based on, you guessed it, the right to arm bears.

Here at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire  we pride ourselves on the fact that there is no joke too lame for us to find a way to relate it to pandas.

Be the Bear!

The Continuing Saga of the Pandadelphia Story

As we continue our journey into advanced stages of Pandaphilia, something really exciting (if you have a kind of boring life, it was exciting) happened.  I got a comment from a writer who was working on a book about pandas.  He wanted to know how I started doing “panda satire” and whether I knew of other examples of pandas as humor material.  Of course I had to look up his blog, to make sure he wasn’t some nut job, (or at least a harmless one, hopefully). He turned out to be Henry Nicholls, a serious writer of popular science with many magazine articles and a previous book to his credit.  One thing led to another, and  I  offered to let him use one of my cartoons to appear in his book. Yay!  It certainly was  one of my proudest moments when I got my copy of The Way of the Panda hot off the press, with my very own cartoon in it.  Attention Panda Shoppers!  If you haven’t read this book, get it now! (available through Amazon and maybe your local bookstore.) Pandas, of course have written some of their own books as well:

But of course, sometimes when pandas write books, their um…fact thingies are not always um…welll…correct.

Well, till next time,

Be the Bear!