Category Archives: Baby pandas

What if we wished …

What if we wished on the moon…do you think it might happen then? In Pandamorphosis, the cat wishes on the moon that she would be loved as much as the pandas were. It didn’t quite turn out the way she planned, now did it?

So, if Lun Lun wished that her girls would always be as sweet as they are now…

wished

Would it be such a bad thing?

Well, it COULD happen like that.

Panda On
Bob T Panda

What could it hurt?

Baby Panda Season

What better distraction is there to world events, the 2016 presidential election, and the lack of cake at my house, than BABY PANDA SEASON ??????? Pandas are popping out all over, and while we wait to see if Lun Lun (mom of the Meihems) or Lady MacBear of Edinburgh are going to gift us with bouncing baby pandas, we must be satisfied with reports and pictures of panda kiddies in China and Belgium.

So to celebrate Baby Panda Season, we here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire and Fabulous Furry Friday bring you some of our favorite cartoons about….baby pandas! (What? you thought it was going to be about the gross national product forecasts or the effect on global economies if Britain leaves the EU?)

"Howdy do! I'm Mr. Wu! Who are you?"

“Howdy do! I’m Mr. Wu! Who are you?”

Yo ho ho and a bottle of BooBeer!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of BooBeer!

And then just one year later, Meihem ensued!

Oh, those southern Belle pandas!

Oh, those southern Belle pandas!

And then along came PINKY!

Such a little darling! How could her big brother resist spoiling her?

Such a little darling! How could her big brother resist spoiling her?

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Princess Pinky is drawing a line in the sandbox. Even as a baby, she was a force to be reckoned with.

But then we had no new baby pandas till 10 months ago when Pinky’s little brother Bubba arrived…although that event was a mixed blessing…

PP: um, dis is not going to interrupt my presidential campaign, is it?

PP: um, dis is not going to interrupt my presidential campaign, is it?

One of Mei Xiang’s twin cubs did not survive, and Pinky dealt with the loss as only Pinky can…

Mr Bun has a question, daddee.

Mr Bun has a question, daddee.

I love Pinky’s resilience! But we would not be doing our job here if we did not include one of my favorite baby Bubba ‘toons.

Bubba's first feature role!

Bubba’s first feature role!

He's small for now, but Bubba Bei Bei is shaping up to be a whole lot of panda!

He’s small for now, but Bubba Bei Bei is shaping up to be a whole lot of panda!

I hope we have distracted you sufficiently from the trials and turmoil of the real world.
Be the Bear, everyone!
Bob T Panda

 

 

And you thought Pinky had reformed

Tell me you didn’t fall for that adorable little tear-stained face, turned up to Mommee, saying, “oh no, mommee. pinky will never do that again.”

And you thought Pinky had reformed…

Really, Pinky....It's not nice to tease your little brother.

Really, Pinky….It’s not nice to tease your little brother.

I know I shouldn’t do that, but excited/angry/scared pandas are so much fun to draw.
My bad.

Be the bear,
Bob T Panda

On the Evening of Friday the 13th: While running errands in my car this afternoon, I heard the horrific news from Paris. It makes me so sad to know that there is so much intolerance and hatred in the world. To the people of Paris, you are living through what some of us only experience in nightmares. I wish for peace and an end to violence. It feels strange to inhabit my insular little world filled with pandas while you are under attack. The only thing I know how to do is to continue attempting to bring beauty and laughter to the world. Be the bear.

We R All Endangered.

...we will always have Paris....

…we will always have Paris….

According to the inestimable Janet Reid it is “Party with Your Bear” day tomorrow. I’m sure she wouldn’t make that up. Pass the cuppycakes.

The Campaign of Bob…

The campaign of Bob does not run smoothly. No, really. Did you think it would? Well, you are in the wrong place for things to run smoothly. Just saying. What? Did you think you had tuned in to an episode of Little Den on the Prairie or something?

No, this is panda satire! It’s hard! It’s gritty! We are endangered! Excuse me, now it is time for my nap. But first…

And how did Pinky manage to hack into my computer again?

And how did Pinky manage to hack into my computer again?

You would think that Mama Mei would be happy that Pinky is taking her little brother in paw to teach him a few things. Not to mention being proud that her little girl is so tech savvy!

Meanwhile, in other news, Amazon has opened a store in Seattle, and I am thrilled. I would be more thrilled if they actually put my books in their stores, but that may be too much to hope for.  If you live in Seattle, and happen to drop by their store, put in a good word for pandas, okay? We are endangered, you know.

And progress on my coloring book is humming along. I hope to finish compiling it in the next week, so I can get it out in the world (via Amazon!) before the holiday shopping season. I am also working on a major revision of “The Case of the Picturesque Panda” so that it is a middle grade graphic novel. Some major changes are afoot (a paw?) and I can’t resist sharing one of the sample pages here:

Yes, Mr. Wu gets to be the smart one!

Yes, Mr. Wu gets to be the smart one!

I’d love to know what people think about the color, style of the illustrations, whatever you want to tell me. and I…um…promise I’ll read it and won’t ignore any negative things you might have to say. I might whimper a bit, but you don’t mind do you? This is a VERY long term project, so don’t be expecting this one any time soon, but you will be among the first to know when it is finished!

Well, pandas wait for no man!
Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda

 

 

 

Everything Wants to be Round

I’ve been having so much fun watching the newest of the DC panda cubs reach milestone after milestone…surviving, getting his black and white markings, opening his eyes, and getting fatter, and round and fatter…and…fatter.

This was bound to happen sooner or later.

Feed me, Mama!

Feed me, Mama!

Meanwhile, I don’t think that Pinky was in the least reformed after her adventure in A Halloween Carol. ( You can see them here if you missed them.) As you can see, she has hacked into my computer again and put her headline over mine. Hmmph!

In other panda satire related news, by popular demand, I am working on a Panda Chronicles Coloring Book. If you hadn’t already noticed, coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Adults are jumping on the bandwagon, and getting their own sets of colored pencils and big boxes of colorful marker pens.  These will be available in short order (I hope) as I recently published The Panda Chronicles Book 6: WE R Endangered, so the process is fresh in my mind. I will let you know here on this very site (as well as on Fezbook and Twidder) when the pandas create a colorful swath through the pages of Amazon.

Speaking of Amazon, They have just opened a brick and mortar store at University Village in Seattle (We used to call it Village of the Damned when I worked for a coffee behemoth which shall remain nameless.) If you are a Seattle person, who might occasionally visit said VotD, please stop in and ask for my books. I would love to see the Panda Chronicles in a live bookstore in Seattle. I would happily send you a signed bookplate or three! You can contact me through the “Contact” page. Handy, that!

Till we meet again,
Be the Bear
Bob T. Panda

 

A Bei Bei Bubba Interlude

Editors Note: After almost four months of having cartoons done weeks in advance, I find myself finishing a cartoon mere hours before it is to go live, in order to stay on schedule. What can I say? I have been having way too much fun, what with visiting artist friends, a small gathering of the panda faithful, and then last week, a trip out of state to a writers conference/workshop.

Actually the last bit is pretty exciting, and it has some future implications for the state of panda satire. I can’t say just what may transpire, but I think something will. I’ll tell you when there is something to tell.

But in the meantime, Pinky’s baby brother Bubba Bei Bei is growing in leaps and bounds, or at least grunts and rolls. And he’s small and doesn’t take long to draw.

He's small for now, but Bubba Bei Bei is shaping up to be a whole lot of panda!

He’s small for now, but Bubba Bei Bei is shaping up to be a whole lot of panda!

We are all celebrating the fact that Pinky and Bubba’s panda cam has not been shut down. Huzzah! And it would be very naughty of me NOT to mention that our latest collection of The Panda Chronicles has been published and is now available on Amazon! Huzzah!

We’ll be back on Friday with encore presentations of your favorite pandas, and another episode of A Halloween Carol on Sunday. See you then!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Huzzah! Huzzah!

Things are hopping in Pandyland, AKA the National Zoo in Washington DC. On Saturday, August 22nd, Mama Mei Xiang gave birth to not one, but TWO cubs. We are still on pins and needles, because panda cubs are really, really, really little, not to mention fragile. So, they are a little too small to appear in cartoons often, but I couldn’t resist letting one of them make a brief appearance with her big sister, Princess Pinky Bao Bao.

Huzzah!

PP: um, dis is not going to interrupt my presidential campaign, is it?

PP: um, dis is not going to interrupt my presidential campaign, is it?

How will having twin siblings affect the ever more attitudinal Princess Pinky, as she vies for the Cake Party nomination in next years presidential race?

Well, we just don’t know, Dude.

Huzzah!

Be the bear…
Bob T Panda

Triple Trouble Part the Second

All I can say is, Pinky had best adjust her attitude and make peace with the smaller pandas, because the pitter patter of little paws may happen even closer to home, if you get my drift.

Triple Trouble indeed!

Triple Trouble indeed!

Meanwhile, the Panda Season of Love is in full swing, and you know what that means. Even more little pandas on the horizon. Wow.

Huzzah!

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

No Princess Pinky :o( Huzzah! It’s the Twinkies!

What with all the attention Princess Pinky has been getting in this cartoon, the Atlanta Twinkies feel they have been slighted.  get in line behind Mr. Wu, fellas.  You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Today, however, is Pinky-less. apologies to her fans.

Atlanta twin panda cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan and older prother Po

Huzzah! a guest appearance by little Po!

Me me me! Gimmeee!

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

 

Make Way, Make Way! A Panda Princess Approaches…

Oh, long have we waited for this day! Our Panda Princess, now just over three weeks old, born into the seat of Panda Power in Washington DC.  A recent statistic hit the FaceWaves today, 38 panda cubs were born around the world this year, with 34 of them surviving.  A major accomplishment in Panda Proliferation, indeed!

And now, for her debut appearance in these pages, we present…

And just how did the panda kindergarten get her address?

And just how did the panda kindergarten get her address?

Meanwhile, back at the drawing board, We await the arrival of another bundle of joy…yes, the proof copy for Book 3 of the Panda Chronicles may just be waiting for me at my post office box.  As soon as I make sure I didn’t make any boo-boos (or that the printer didn’t) I can push the old “publish” button and make The Panda Chronicles Book 3: Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten available to panda satire fans everywhere.

If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ve already had a sneak peak at the cover. So if you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, you can see it here for the first time!

Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten!

Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten!

and the back cover is just as cool!

didn't I tell you?

A Big Pandy thanks goes out again to Stevi Grega for contributing this tagline.

A small bit of housekeeping:

Due to changing the platform on which The Panda Chronicles appears, I seemed to have misplaced all my subscribers, from the previous incarnation.  I f you still wish to have pandas arrive in your inbox whenever I publish a new post, you will have to re-subscribe.  Thanks for understanding the limitations of  my being a bear of limited technology aptitude.  Newsletter subscriptions were unaffected by this change, in case you were wondering.

Don’t forget to tune into Mr. Wu Wednesday!

Be the Bear

Bob T. Panda