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About Panda in Chief

Anne Belov paints, writes, makes prints, and is the founder of The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire. You can find her paintings at the Rob Schouten Gallery and Fountainhead Gallery, her cartoons on The Panda Chronicles, and her new book here. She also writes regularly for The Whidbey Life Magazine, a free journal of art and culture on Whidbey Island. Her main regret in life is that there is no MacArthur Grant for Panda Satire.

July is the birthday month for the Real Wu Self and the Meihems!

…and a bunch of other pandas besides!

And it’s Sunday Funday, once again unless of course you are one of the many people and animals that are traumatized by loud exploding things going off in your neighborhood. They never seemed to both Mehitabel all that much, but I hate them. Mostly I worry that a stray firework will set the tinder dry woods on fire. Why the rights of people to blow things up and terrify animals and people with PTSD is more more important than my right not to be terrorized by fire and noise, I’ll never know.

But let’s have some pandas, and maybe we can ignore everything beyond our (closed) windows! 

Should Pandas pay their own way?

Did I mention that we’ve launched project #3 in the Panda Pin Project? I DIDN’T???? Well then!

The Wu the Pirate patch! approx size 3.5″ tall Check it out here!

What makes a panda run? Cuppycakes, of course!!!!

what will the panda kindergarten do next?

Isn’t tomorrow Panada Day?

Oh Panada, Oh Panada, how tasty are your maple leaves….

Huzzah for Rumpy Dog!

And it’s almost time for the Tour d’ France!

Sometimes real life news stories make it Just. Too. Easy

Don’t forget to check out the Mr. Wu Pin Kickstarter Project!

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

GO GO GO!!!!!!!

How NOT to start a Kickstarter campaign:

  1. Wait till the absolute last minute to start actually setting up your project
    2. Figure “I’ve done this so many times before. I have the items designed, what could possibly go wrong?”
    3. Hit a technical glitch within the Kickstarter site.
    4. Go to sleep and hope it will be fixed by morning
    5. Glitch has not self corrected. Send request for help to Kickstarter support.
    6. Get no response from Kickstarter.
    7. Send another request to the help line.
    8. Get no response.
    9. Troll Kickstarter on Twidder (heh) but (mostly nicely. (mostly)
    10. Send another desperate email to help line.
    11. Kickstarter fixes glitch.
    12. Launch project from phone, without sending out sufficient notice, late on Friday afternoon.
    13. Send out the same ‘toon you sent out yesterday, announcing the ACTUAL launch of the project, as opposed to the one announcing it yesterday, when I was not actually able to launch.

My Bad! But Hey! We’re LIVE!!!!!

Mr. Wu IS a pivotal panda in the rise of panda satire! Better late than nebber!

The Wu the Pirate patch! approx size 3.5″ tall

Panda on!
Here’s the link!
Bob T Panda

Put a Panda on it 3.0!!!!!

Get Ready…Get Set…NOT YET!

I think we are almost ready to launch our new Kickstarter Pin Project, featuring, the one, the only, the irresistible Real Wu Self! At noon today PDT, we are planning to be ready to launch. Despite the fact that I am a bit behind on this, due to several circumstances beyond my control, and a rather overwhelming need to take naps the last couple weeks, I am approaching readiness for this project!

Important Update!!!!:

Due to my lackadaisical attitude that “Oh, I’ve done lots of projects and they always confirmed my set up really quickly” I still don’t have all the clearances I need to go ahead and launch Wu’s project tomorrow. I’m hoping that approvals will magically take place over night and I will still be able to launch at my scheduled planned time of Noon, Thursday June 27, but if I can’t, then I will keep you posted! For those who supported the last 2 projects, I can send out messages via Kickstarter, and for the rest of you, I’ll post an update here, Twidder, and Fezbook. Sigh…that’ll learn me!

Let’s see what Mr. Wu himself has to say about this!

Mr. Wu IS a pivotal panda in the rise of panda satire!

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

psst! want a sneak peek at the preview? Here it is!

The Panda Kindergarten Keychain! Huzzah! Final size approx. 1 3/4 inches wide

“I love the sounds deadlines make, as they go whooshing by”

That’s a quote from one of my favorite writers of all times, the late Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and many other books. And alas, I have missed a self imposed deadline. 🙁

I had hoped to be ready to launch the next series of pins and patches today, but one thing an another (I lost 2 weeks due to an unavoidable and unexpected trip) has kept me from this meeting this deadline. I’m trying very hard to get everything up and running for Thursday June 27th instead, so stay tuned! I’m close to ready, with a few more things to do, and get my project approved by the Kickstarter folks.

Read on after today’s ‘toon to get a sneak peek at the designs for the pin and patch designs!

And now…who are YOU calling a snowflake?

I’m not a snowflake. You are a snowflake!

Thanks to all who alerted me to this very important story about an albino panda caught on the panda cam in China, in the Quinling region! (You know it must be true if the Smifsonian reported it!)

And now, a little sneak peek at the next pins!

The Wu self! Final size will be about 1 1/4 inch wide

The Panda Kindergarten Keychain! Huzzah! Final size approx. 1 3/4 inches wide

The Wu the Pirate patch! approx size 3.5″ tall

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Be sure to stay tuned here or over at Fezbook on the Your Brain on Pandas group (ask to join!)

Kitty Sue and the Three Pandas

Once upon a time, three pandas lived a quiet life in the forest…

story

This story seems a little, but not entirely, familiar!

pandas

What a perfectly charming cottage! I wonder who lives there…

kittysue

In a cabin in the woods…

commercial

These guys are so full of themselves!

pandas

unhand…um…unpaw that cuppycake!

what fresh horror

…and she ate the just right cuppycake all up!

boundary issues

unauthorized search and seizure is SOOOO tiring!

sleepy

UNHAND MR. BUN THIS INSTANT!

episode

Is this episode exciting? you bet it is!

discovery

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

And now, for some alternative facts!

kidding

Pandas are very misunderstood, in so many ways….

pandas

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

(In case you were confused about the ending, in the words of Dee Martin Wintle: They ate Kitty Sue!!!!!)

Happy Solstice, everyone, no matter which hemisphere you’re in!

Be da Bear
Bob T Panda

There is some pretty foul air floating around DC. could it be…

…FREEDOM GAS?????

Ahem…You Know Who just officially “launched” his reelection campaign, although how you can tell it from his business as usual, I just don’t know. Mr. Badger suggested that I not listen to the news any more, so that my blood pressure doesn’t shoot through the roof, and I don’t have nightmares about the concentration camps at the border.

But if I did that, I wouldn’t have heard this story to make fun of (because we DO need an extra dose of humor in our lives, especially at times like this!)

What’s that smell? Could it be…The smell of FREEDOM??

You gotta STOP Hey! What’s that sound…

I SWEAR I DID NOT MAKE THIS UP!!!!

Be the bear
Bob T Panda

The end of something wonderful…

Did I scare you? I didn’t mean it was the end of The Panda Chronicles or anything like that. I meant that it is the end of boo shoot season, the favorite season of pandas everywhere. I read that Zoo Atlanta had announced the end of the season, when the wonderful fresh bamboo shoots were no longer available.

I imagined myself to be a fly on the wall of Six and Sebben’s hammock room…

Let’s listen in, shall we?

Will these two ever get along?

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Get ready for Mr. Wu!

In about a week and a half, I will hopefully be ready to launch another Kickstarter project! This time it is all about the Wu Self and of course, the pandy kindy! If you missed your chance to get Ping Ping and Bubba’s pins, don’t despair! I have more pins available! Those who ordered through my Kickstarter project are already starting to receive their pins! It makes me happy to think of Bubba and Ping hopping out of the envelope and racing around your houses. They’ll be hungry, so be sure to have some cuppycakes on hand!

But now, let’s get on with the Wu self! Huzzah!

And I bet you are happy to see that Little Mr. Wu is safe and sound!

“Wu calls his dance, ‘Ode to a Weaf’ “

An explorer’s work is never done.

“You are right and Wu is wrong…I’ll never do it again, mommy.”

I really love this one of Mr. wu getting yelled at by Bai Yun . 🙂

We’re in for it now, Binky!

Xiao Liwu gets a bath

Are you SURE you weren’t in an earlier scene?

If “trouble” ever had a proper name, that name is Babette de Panda…

He who laughs last, laughs…um…last.

Of course, these stories and more are all in Book 4 of the Panda Chronicles, The Book of Wu!

If you missed the chance to get pins via Kickstarter:

How to order pins

Did you miss your chance to order your pins through my Kickstarter project? Here is the information, as well as simple steps to order yours!

Available pins: ($15 each)

Bubba
Ping Ping
Pinky (very limited quantities)

Available Patches: ($12 each)
Bubba and friends (somewhat limited quantities)

Shipping costs:
USA: $5
Canada: $10
Everywhere else: $15

Step 1: Whaddya want?
name and quantity of pins and patches

Step 2: email me at yourbrainonpandas@gmail.com and tell me:
what you want
where to mail them to (your address)
confirm items and costs

Step 3: Pay via PayPal
My PayPal address is:  https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/annebelov
I think you can pay from other countries (several people have done this)

If you are in the US, you can ask about payment by check in your email.

The picture under the headline “Buy a Panda a Cuppycake,”  of the panda in the bowler hat is a link that will also take you to my PayPal thingie.

Be the bear
Bob T Panda

Pinky is at it again!

Back when I was freshly out of college, I had moved up to Western MA, and worked in a variety of restaurants, while trying to keep painting. The split shift I usually worked, didn’t leave a lot of time for painting on work days, so I fell into watching soap operas during my several off hours. The Young and the Restless was one show I remember.

But in Pinky’s case, it should be The Young and the Relentless!

Watch out, Bubba! Pinky is on the loose!

Bubba and Ping pins should be arriving soon! If you missed an opportunity, send me a message or comment!

Be the Bear
Pinky 2020
Bob T Panda

For the bears, by the bears, and to the bears!

I know you have been bouncing up and down, just like Redd all weekend (BOUNCY BOUNCY BOUNCY!!!!) waiting for the conclusion of FRANK AND MIKEY’S LATEST ADVENTURE! Well, wait no more!

Let’s get on with Bears Behaving Badly!!!!

So, Mikey…how was the Grand Ol’ Opry?

BTW, the pin packages are all bundled up and ready to go! I’m headed off to the Post Office later today! Start looking for Bubba and Ping pins later this week!

Be da Bear(s)
Bob T panda