Category Archives: A to Z challenge

Zippity Zoom* It’s the last day of the A to ZZZZZ Challenge

* Thanks and apologies to Nancy A.( who coincidentally just sold her first book! Huzzah!)  for using your title, but hey! Z’s, you know?

Yes we have reached the zenith of the A to Z (some might say the nadir), the zero hour, my zombie like stare, from too many hours staring at zee computer. (talk about cheap shots!)  How can I equate something that starts with “Z” to pandas? why, zoos, of course!

But, I promised you a new cartoon, didn’t I? And without any more zigzagging from zonked out cuppycake crazed pandas, here ’tis:

Zee mystery is about to begin!

Zee mystery is about to begin!

But I think you need a few more cartoons to make this a worthy finale, and what could be more appropriate than a couple of episodes of ZooNooZ, the only news show that looks the same whether you spell it upside down, frontwards, backwards, or upside down and backwards!  It’s like a multidirectional palindrome!

Did he really have to tell them THAT????

Did he really have to tell them THAT????

What happens in Vegas.....

What happens in Vegas….. (notice the lampshade? you might want to remember that later.)

Bears are on the ball!

Goodnight everyone!

Thanks for letting the pandas come and play at the A to Z Blog Challenge. We now return you to our regular schedule of pandas.

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

Y? Because I LIKE pandas, that’s Y

Yoohoo! here I am, having successfully made it to the penultimate day of the A to Z Bloggers Challenge, where I have worked my way through the alphabet, demonstrating the relevance of all letters to pandas.  Yes, you’ve had to yawn through my yackkety-yakking, yadda, yadda, yaddaing about pandas, but so what? It could be worse, couldn’t it?

Couldn’t it??????

Besides, what could be cuter than pandas wearing yarmulkes?

Today, you are a bear.

Today, you are a bear.

Or even better, pandas doing yoga:

yoga for pandas

All salute the sacred cuppycake!

And then we have the Year of the Rabbit…

The year of the bunny.....

The year of the bunny…..

Oh that panda kindergarten!

Oh that panda kindergarten!

The Year of the Dragon…

the year of the dragon, panda kindergarten

Huzzah! it’s the year of the Dragon!

I skipped the year of the snake, because…hello? snakes? and moved right on to the Year of the Horsie!

panda cubs on rocking horses

Huzzah! It’s The year of Pandas on Horsies!

And lest we forget, The Panda Chronicles operates under the banner of Your Brain on Pandas! OK, well maybe it’s my brain that’s on pandas.

I want to send a special shout out to a couple of the blogs that I really enjoyed and either was already following or am now following: The Art of Not Getting Published, The Ninja Librarian,  and The Pedestrian Writer. There are many more good blogs that participated, and I look forward to working my way through the list as what with writing a post everyday, I had less time to read other blogs than I had hoped I would.

Meanwhile, progress is progressing on Pandamorphosis, my wordless picture book. Stay tuned to this very blog for very excited announcements when it is ready to hit the street.  Meanwhile, my interview about Kickstarter on Whidbey Air Radio’s show Isle of the Arts, has been rescheduled for next Monday.  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

Till then, Be the Bear and Panda On!
Bob T. Panda

X marks the spot

What X-citement we have had the month! Despite the X-erable weather and heck…I can’t hardly find any words that start with X without cheating. X-scuses, X-scuses…

Meanwhile, we are recovering from our X-hausting bout with yet another version of this winter’s cold and flu season.  On Wednesday we will be back with a new cartoon (a REALLY new cartoon!) and hopefully, we will resume our normal schedule of a new cartoon every Sunday and Wednesday, as well as an “encore presentation” for Fabulous Furry Fridays.

Thank you to all the A to Z-ers who came to visit this month.  I hope you will stick around and say hi from time to time.  There are some new blogs that I am now following, as well as a couple that I already followed.  Posting daily did not give me as much time as I had hoped for visiting other blogs, but with the list still accessible (yes?) I hope to rectify that situation.

And now, here are some X-cellent encore presentations.  (I’m X-cited about tomorrow, Y? Because, duh, Panda Yoga, hello?)

hey, are dere any more cuppycakes?

X-cessively bad taste

Mr Wu tries to take charge

X-treme jealousy

mr wu speaks out.

X-treme angst

And to all you folks out there that are thinking of launching your own crowdfunding project out there in the real world, my radio interview on Whidbey Air got rescheduled to next week, due to my sore throat and fever that I was X-periencing this weekend.  I’ll post the link here next Sunday so you can tune in, because it gonna be LIVE!!! See ya then!

Be the Bear
Bob T. Panda

Woe is me

They say you should never explain, and never apologize on blogs, just go about your business, but with only 4 letters left to go in the alphabet, I must (I must) throw myself on the mercy of my panda fans, and tell you that I came down with the “spring crud cold” and have not been able to hold my head up to make a new cartoon.  Plus I have had to cancel my appearance on a local radio show, where I was going to talk about Kickstarter.


But at least, I can pull something from the archives to tide you over till I feel less worse. (Today is brought to you by the letter “W” for Whoops.)

Wizard of Oz spoof

From The Wizard of Wu

Keep being the bear without me.  Talk amongst yourselves.
Bob T. (cough cough) Panda

I’m Very glad this month is almost over.

Veritable verisimilitude and vice-versa, vis-a-vis this month of alphabet charms!  I vacillate between vast  and vacuous vacancies in my mind.

But what does this have to do with pandas? Verily, I say verbosely, these valiant bears are valuable, to the tune of a million dollars a year rent per panda pair. Well, better vamoose, before the vandals (aka the panda kindergarten) vanish with the cuppycakes!

Escape!  Come with me, little cake, so we can be alone together.

There is a cake in the vicinity!

See you tomorrow, hopefully with a little longer post. Time is vanishing today!

Be the Bear,
Bob T Panda

Under the influence…


Ultimately, we try to understand the ubiquitous appeal of Pandas. Is it their understated and unabashed cuteness that puts us under their spell? Is it their unadorned and unadulterated style that makes them the unanimous choice of untold millions of their fans? Such unassuming bears are uncanny in their unceasing, unbearable cuteness of being.

pandamorphosis illustration

Don’t you just hate it when your refrigerator is infested by…pandas? But it’s really cute, right?

Meanwhile, I’m making a few appearances around the interweb.  You can read my post comparing art to farming over at the blog of The Little Brown Farm (the place on Whidbey to meet all your cheese-y desires).

I’ve also made a recent visit to Cordelia’s Mom, Still, to talk about the inadvisability to use the excuse, but I’m too old, to start something new.

Legalize cake today!  Prevent illicit cuppycake activities.

Going Undercover! (And where did that little panda get that money?

Hang on to your hats, kids, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

I should have posted this one yesterday, on the day of “T”, but I totally spaced it!

Keep being the bear!
Bob T. Panda

To bee or not to bee…

Oh, wait, I used the Shakespearian pandas yesterday and though I expected a tsunami of turpitude, I was not troubled by taboos while I tabulated more ways to be tacky.  It is a tribute to pandas that they are so versaTile, though rarely tactful. Occasionally they are tawdry and throw tantrums, but not terrible ones.

Today is brought to you by the letter”T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “Panda”

You say sumi-e, I say Tsunami

You say sumi-e, I say Tsunami

I should tell you about Pandas around the cyber web! On Monday, April 28th, I (in the guise of my non-panda alter ego) will be on Whidbey Air Radio’s show Isle of Arts talking about Kickstarter with hosts Mary Rose Anderson and Annie Horton. The show airs LIVE at 1 PM PDST and you can tune in here.  I’ve had three successful Kickstarter projects, and assisted on about twice that many.

Meanwhile, the panda kindergarten  is up to their usual treachery, terrorizing poor Mehitabel…

Mehitabel thanks you!

Curse the panda kindergarten!

Run,kitty, run!

Run,kitty, run!

Thanks once again to the folks at the A to Z for hosting this blog challenge.  Um…how many more letters do we have to go?

Meanwhile, we pay tribute to Bee the Bear, one of the cutest pandas to ever come across my desk.

Bee, the Bear

Bee, the Bear

Ta Ta, and of course, today is brought to you by Bob T. Panda, with a capital “P” and that rhymes with “T” and that stands for “THE”

Be the bear!

A Salute to Pandas (What, you thought I was going to say “Penguins”?)

Salutations! Wow, here we are, all the way to “S” on the fun and fabulous A to Z Blog Challenge.  I don’t know what number “S” corresponds to, because I can only count up to four, having only four paws.

So, silly of me to suppose that a Salute to Pandas (please sound trumpet or saxophone every time I say, “Salute to Pandas” preferably with some sound effects) could be sabotaged  when everyone knows that pandas are sacrosanct. I mean, it would be sacrilegious to sacrifice the Salute to Pandas by subsuming it to some less salubrious day. We sacrifice the simplistic and saccharine in subservience to the satirical and the sarcastic. We see no schadenfreude nor schmaltz as we scamper and schmooze through our schedule.

Here’s a sample:

Sochi Winter Olympics, Pandas

I keep hearing the song “bears on the Run” going through my head…the ski run, that is!

And a day without the Dance of the Sugar Plum Pandas is just not worth starting.

sugar plum pandas


sugar plum pandas


I bet you smiled.
And what could be better than pandas recreating Shakespeare?

After all, the playings the thing....

After all, the playings the thing….

And of course, pandas have their secrets!

The secret lives of the wild panda!

The secret lives of the wild panda!

And last, but hardly least, who could resist the Scottish Panda Kindergarten!

The Scottish pandas

Save some pie for me!

Stay tuned for tomorrows A to Z installment!

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda!

Enjoy these Rabble-Rousing Pandas…

…while I rack my brain for recollections of words that start with the letter “R”

While ragamuffin rabble rousing renegades run rampant raising hell around the panda kindergarten classroom, I request that you recall your favorite reads of childhood.  Do you remember rambling tales of ransomed rascals? Stories of rebels rebounding through rebirth and revelation? Recall recalcitrant renegades rebuffing requests to rebuild? Rah Rah!

The letter “R” rejoices for the panda kindergarten!

The panda kindergaten knows where you live.

The panda kindergaten knows where you live.

to repeat…

The panda kindergarten captures Mr Wu

Evilness is one thing, but there must be snacks! An episode of “The Wizard of Wu”

Look out Mehitabel!   here comes the panda kindergarten!

Look out Mehitabel! here comes the panda kindergarten!

But sometimes, there is redemption….

Today, you are a bear.

Today, you are a bear.

Thanks again to the A to Z blog challenge for hosting all of us and bringing new readers to our shores, even if it is mostly each other.  Huzzah!

Be the Bear, Right?

Bob T. Panda

Pandas: Bears of Quality

Not to be confused with koala-tea (which mercifully is not strained) quality is something pandas have lots of.  They are the quintessential perfect house pet because they are so quiet. They do not quack, quibble, nor quaffle through quagmires. Rarely quarrelsome, unless they are queasy; when questioned they are quick witted.

Today is brought to you by the letter “Q”  Thanks to the folks at the A to Z! You guys are the bears. Today, we feature Mr. Wu as he goes off on a quest!  Want to read the whole Wizard of Wu saga? Get The Book of Wu or one of our other collections of The Panda Chronicles!

where happy pandas eat bamboo, oh why, oh why, can't...Wu?

where happy pandas eat bamboo, oh why, oh why, can’t…Wu?

The wicked cat of the west attacks Mr Toasty

That cat is pure evil!

Have a happy saturday everyone!

Be the Bear
Bob T. panda