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I Appear to Have Been Careless, Once Again

Hey everyone, friends to bears and all. Popping in on a Friday with a sad announcement. I just learned that my dear friend, friend to bears, and especially friend to Princess Pinky Bao Bao has departed from this world.

Judy Young was among the first of the panda people I met IRL when I stepped out from behind the ‘toons to go to the National Zoo to meet the real life panda fans for the first time in 2012. Tai Shan had already moved to China. Pinky Bao Bao had not yet been born. I remember coming to the zoo, going to the Panda House and Cyndi Anderson picked me out of the crowd with her innate panda sense.

Judy was among the people who I met that day, there in the back room at Lillie’s restaurant, just beyond the gates of the zoo. In the 11 years since we met, Judy has been a staunch supporter of all my creative pursuits. She hosted me several times when I visited DC. She was an extremely talented photographer, and like the panda whisperer Mollie Rivera, had an unerring instinct for soulful photographs of our beloved bears.

The real world is a little poorer today. I am reminded that life can be short. That we never know when our last chance to tell someone how much they mean to us and how much they have added to our life. I am reminded that I have one last person in my corner, having been so careless as to let them slip off the earth with no word of farewell.

I hate that the pandemic years robbed me of almost 3 years of seeing my friends at zoos around the country and the world. I’m mad that I won’t get to see her when I hope to visit our pandas one last time before they go to China. I’m sad she won’t have another chance to go to China and see the pandas.

Fuck cancer.

As you know, pandas are big fans of Shakespeare.

If you feel like it, please feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Judy Young in the comments. I know I’m not alone in being devastated at the news that she is gone.

Panda on
Bob T Panda

I’m pretty sure I need one of these.

Imagine! I could be taking a nap on the couch, and just when I need to wake up, it would come over and nudge me, bringing me a cold drink and a snack! I realize these inventions are created for people with mobility issues, but what a boon for the laziest among us!!! I think I need another nap! Binky! fetch me a soda!

One small step for pandas!

I welcome our robot overlords!!!

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Support Pandas, Get Cool Stuff!

Just a reminder that the PDXWildlife Auction is still going on, but time is running out!  If you were waiting to bid on some of the panda packages, there is no better time than now!

Here’s the Link!

We’ll see you tomorrow for another episode of Beary Poppins! I mean, I hope you are staying home safely and not traveling this holiday weekend. And I hope you have figured out that you don’t have to cook a turkey and can just eat an entire pie by yourself for dinner!

Tis the Season, right?

Available at PDXWildlife Auction!

Now go bid on something for the PDXWildlife auction!

In case you might be interested….

Sunday Funday!

…I have a new Kickstarter campaign running since this past Thursday. For those of you who don’t know about Kickstarter, here’s how it works:

and that’s what it’s all about!

Some of you may remember some earlier campaigns: (Not to mention what the panda kindergarten did to Mehitabel!)

Get ready…….


Think of the next couple weeks like NPR and their pledge drives!

There was my campaign to raise funds for a trip to see pandas in China…


Isn’t it time for a cuppycake?

Of course, Pinky was happy to help!


Pinky: what’s wrong wif dis cookie?


Did Bubba eat the cookie?

But this time, it’s ALL ABOUT PINKY!!!!! (Or, at least a pinky pin!)

Pinky pin! #ClapLouder Final size approximately 1.25″x1″

Panda on (over to my Kickstarter site!)
Bob T Panda

Update!: We’ve already reached funding minimums! Huzzah! I’ll be posting some stretch goals TOMORROW!!!!

International Women’s Day

I really hadn’t planned to go on strike today, but some people involved with International Women’s Day thought it would  be a good thing if all women went on strike, so you could see what we actually do around here.

So I leave you with a very short post (which I am actually writing on Tuesday) which I hope you’ll read, if not on Wednesday, then on Thursday when I share this post around the inter webs.

Now, go pick up your own socks.*

international woman's day

…and due to the International women’s day strike of 2017

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Irony abounds, because I am kind of a slob. Bears in the woods and all that!!*

Pardon us for technical difficulties…

I am just as bummed as you all are for my lack of being able to post these last two days.  We had a major windstorm in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night, and that coupled with massive rainfall in the days preceding the windstorm left the ground mushy which apparently is not the desired state if you want really big trees to stay in the ground.

you will, however be happy to know that I haven’t let the lack of power at the headquarters for The Institute of Contemporary Panda Satire keep me from creating new cartoons. I just got a couple of cute little battery powered LED lamps so I could see to draw, and my freestanding propane fireplace is keeping me toasty.

PSE has said our power should be restored by tomorrow morning, so by afternoon I should be able to scan THREE new cartoons to share with you on Sunday! Huzzah!

and no, I don’t have a generator, nor do I plan to get one. They are noisy and stinky, and I kind of like the quiet  of a day without electricity. Thanks for all your notes of concern, and thanks for my Verizon equipped ipand so I don’t totally lose touch.


Bob to Panda, being the bear.


Mr. Wu has a surprise coming….

…and it is not necessarily a good one. Sigh…There comes a time in a young bear’s life, when he is pushed out into the world.  We don’t know if Bai Yun and her betrothed bear Gao Gao will hear the flapping of the storks wings one more time, but nevertheless, unlike so many young people these days, living at home with mom providing three meals and laundry service is not an option for Mr. Wu.

Sing ‘ho” for the life of a bear.

Xiao Liwu and Bai Yun

Too soon, too soon, a Wu and his mom will go their separate ways…

There is still work to be done to prepare for the launch of the  Pandamorphosis kickstarter project. But also in panda satire news this month, Here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire, we are donating $1 to Pandas International for each Panda Chronicles book sold for the entire month of February. Huzzah!

Here’s today’s image from Pandamorphosis!

"Just what does she see in pandas?" thought the cat...

“Just what does she see in pandas?” thought the cat…

Stay tuned….
Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda



Huzzah for Pandas International!

Because Mr. Wu got soooooo much screen time in December, he has graciously allowed us to pre-empt his weekly forum today.   (XLW: what dat mean grasshusly? is dat ’bout bamboo?)

We are big fans of Pandas International for many reasons.  First, they do stuff for pandas (and as we have said before, without pandas, there could be no panda satire!) But also, for some strange reason, they think we’re pretty funny! So of course we can’t help but jump up and down and say, “They like me! They really like me!”

They have asked us to share some of our cartoons with them, for Christmas cards and for their annual auction program. When given the challenge of coming up with a cartoon for a fairly straight/serious subject, it is fun to see where my mind takes me.  Last year’s funding focus was for enrichment items to keep the pandas entertained.  Of course I had to have my own point of view:

I am such a dork.

I am such a dork.

This year, they would like to help fund laboratory equipment and so I came up with this idea for a cartoon for their program.

pandas in the laboratory

Can you calibrate the cuppycake?

But this was not quite enough help to lend to pandas, and so I thought I’d have a special promotion.  To help support the work that Pandas International does, I have decided (because, you know, I’m the decider around here) that for each and every Panda Chronicles book sold through either Amazon or my Createspace stores during the month of February 2014, I will donate $1 to Pandas International.  Really!


The panda Chronicles supports Pandas International

It’s just like the panda says! Buy my book and real pandas benefit!

So, if you were thinking about adding to your collection of Panda Chronicles books, February would be a great time to do it.  There are now 3 books in the series, starting with The Panda Chronicles Book 1: Your Brain on Pandas, moving on to The Panda Chronicles Book 2: Wheel…of….Pandas! and my most recent release, The Panda Chronicles Book 3: Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten!  and soon, very soon, maybe even before the end of February (no pressure, of course) The Panda Chronicles Book 4: The Book of Wu, which contains all the cartoons to date starring Mr. Wu!  It will start with his early days in the den and continue with all five of his extended play adventure stories! Huzzah!

I know I always say this, but this really is my best book yet.

So…support pandas, buy my books and be there bear!
Bob T. Panda

We’re Back! Did you miss us?

Hello Panda Fans!  It seems that several of you may have missed us over the weekend as we were doing some site renovations.  You will most likely see some twiddling and refining as time goes on, as I wanted to get the pandas up and running (we can so run!) even though everything is not cuppycake perfect as yet!

Much excitement has been happening in the land of pandas…the Atlanta twinkies are now 7 (or is it 8?) weeks old and getting cute enough to send Mr. Wu into a tailspin of anxiety over his cuteness ratings (more on that coming Wednesday.)  The newest panda in our nation’s capitol has survived a full week+ a few days and is getting fat and loud.  Huzzah!  I caught a glimpse of “starter ears” on the Facebook pictures this morning. Huzzah!

But all is not hunky-dorey…The New Yorker magazine ran an expose on the secret life of pandas, much to the embarrassment of guy pandas everywhere.  “Did he HAVE to tell that story?”,  more than one panda was heard to mutter around the pandasphere this morning.

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

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

Of Course Gao Gao, stud muffin of the SDZ had no complaints about the article!

Meanwhile, work on Book 3 of The Panda Chronicles is proceeding.  Stay tuned here to be the first to know when it is ready.  Speaking of staying tuned, as a result of a change in web hosting, it seems that all my subscribers disappeared in the transition (for the blog, not the newsletter) so if you would still like to receive new cartoons in your inbox 3 times a week, please re-subscribe via the form/button that says “Invite Pandas to Your Inbox” near the top of the righthand column.  You don’t want to miss a single episode, especially with Mr. Wu starting on a new adventure next week!

till next time!

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda


Huzzah! It is April Fools Day and time to get your copy of Book 2 of The Panda Chronicles!

Yes, It is the day that you all have been waiting for…um, you have been waiting for this haven’t you? Well, we here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire are so excited that we got frosting all over our faces when we tried to eat our breakfast cuppycakes….OK maybe that is too much information, but we wanted you to know just how excited we were to bring you the next installment of our magnum opus of Panda Satire: The Panda Chronicles Book 2: Wheel… of …Pandas!

And because you, here at Panda Satire Central have been such loyal followers of our own brand of panda humor, you get a special discount available during Launch week, April 1 -7 2013! Just for coming here to read the latest in panda satire, you get 20% off the cover price by using this code  CAY98R4U when you visit our createspace e-store!

Look out Mehitabel!   here comes the panda kindergarten!

Look out Mehitabel! here comes the panda kindergarten!

And because we want to save Mehitabel from the panda kindergarten, we are also extending this discount to The Panda Chronicles Book 1: Your Brain on Pandas  (use the same discount code: CAY98R4U for launch week!) There is an easy link between the two pages, so you can get them both in the same order!

Save the Pandas!  Collect the whole set.

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

Wheel...of ...PANDAS! It's HERE!!!!!!!!

Wheel…of …PANDAS! It’s HERE!!!!!!!!