Bob the Panda was born somewhere in China in August or September sometime ago. He enjoys bamboo, sleeping, and bamboo. When not sleeping or eating bamboo, Bob enjoys cake, especially cake with lots of frosting!
Since Bob’s Graduation from the panda kindergarten, he has acquired the job of keeping the current panda kindergarten in line. This is a difficult , if not impossible job.
Bob is the great -great -great – great nephew, on his mother’s first cousin’s side, of Su-Lin, the first panda to come to America.
Bob is the star of, along with Mehitabel the cat, Babette de Panda, and the panda kindergarten of six books of the collected Panda Chronicles. The Panda Chronicles Book 1: Your Brain on Pandas and The Panda Chronicles Book 2: wheel…of…Pandas! The Panda Chronicles Book 3: Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten and The Panda Chronicles Book 4: The Book of Wu. Not to mention… The Panda Chronicles Book 5: Pandapocalypse Now! and The Panda Chronicles Book6: We R Endangered. The newest additions to the Panda Chronicles library are The Panda Chronicles Coloring Book and The Panda Chronicles Book 7: Don’t call mee Boo Boo
Works in Progress: Stay tuned for news on my graphic novel(s) starring the wonderful Wu self, as most valuable assistant to Inspector Panda!
Bob’s other favorite books:
The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine Croke
The Way of the Panda by Henry Nicholls
Pandamorphosis by Anne Belov
Mehitabel the Cat
Mehitabel was born on Whidbey Island in 1996. The adored and self proclaimed, Princess of the Universe, has lived a charmed life as the inspiration for Way Better Than Working Cartoons. She generously agreed to share the stage with pandas in late 2007, although in her opinion they have completely overstepped their position in the cartoon hierarchy. She was named for the star character in that well loved book, Archie and Mehitabel. She believes that pandas are over-rated.
A sad note: While literary cats can live forever, real cats are not quite so indestructible. Mehitabel passed out of life on earth in January 2017, just 3 months shy of her 21st birthday. You can read my tribute to Mehitabel, The Last Good Day, here.
Mehitabel’s favorite books:
Archie and Mehitabel
The Incredible Journey
Simon’s Cat (also videos!)
Mehitabel’s favorite activities:
Killing small, helpless birds and mice
Sitting on the drawing paper when pandas are being drawn
Panda Wrangler in Chief
(For several year I tried to fly under the radar, but since the publication of Pandamorphosis, I decided to fly the panda flag proudly. I wear a number of different hats, painter, writer, and now cartoonist and illustrator. )
Anne Belov has been drawing and painting since the time she could hold a crayon. After receiving a BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art, she moved west and, since she didn’t learn everything the first time, went to art school again, receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. She now makes her home on Whidbey Island. Her chief regret in life is that there is no MacArthur Grant in the field of Panda Satire. There are, to her knowledge, no pandas in her backyard.
I am represented by Gordon Warnock at Fuse Literary, in all things literary.
Assorted and sundry pandas:
Joining Bob and Mehitabel at the offices of The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire are the unruly mob known as the panda kindergarten. They have recently been joined by new recruits Princess Pinky, Mr. Wu and the Meihem twins of Atlanta.
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