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Fabulous Furry Friday Gets Ready….

…for 31 Days of Pandas!!!!!

I am making a bit of a change to this years festivities, as with my various projects, I am a bit overloaded to do a new cartoon every day. (Booo! Hisss! Quiet in the cheap seats, you pandas!)

As you might remember, I am working on revising my story about Mr. Wu and Inspector Panda, where they are faced with a painting that may (or may not) have been stolen. Not to mention an international panda of mystery! Anyway, here is my plan for this year’s 31 Days of Pandas:

A new cartoon posted every Sunday, multiple episodes each day from some of my longer stories, and, sketches from my work in progress, staring the aforementioned Mr Wu in what I hope will be my first traditionally published middle grade graphic novel. But have no fear! Should the folks in trad. publishing say, “oh no! this is too weird! We can’t publish this! A Panda Detective? Bah, Humbug!” We will bring it to you as all the other Panda Chronicle books have been brought to you, via Leaping Panda Press! Huzzah!

So to get us off to a good start, here are the drawings that I have come up with so far, along with some colorful character sketches.

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

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

Hmmm...there is something familiar about this scene...

Hmmm…there is something familiar about this scene…

Mr Wu and Inspector Panda...a dapper duo, if I ever saw one!

Mr Wu and Inspector Panda…a dapper duo, if I ever saw one!

Babette, Minette, and several views of Mr Wu.

Babette, Minette, and several views of Mr Wu.

And because we need to laugh….

I really had no idea what she was up to.

“I didn’t know lawyers could run so fast” hahahahahahahaha!

Be the bear!
Bob T. Panda
Happy 31 Days of Pandas!

Oh yeah! and don’t forget to give the Gift of Pandas this year! Please visit my book page as well as my page on Fine Balance Images’ Gratitude Gallery, where you can buy beautiful full color reproductions of some of my favorite illustrations from Pandamorphosis. and for you black and white Friday special, don’t forget Pandyland, where you can buy “Vote for Bob” and “Pinky for President” gifts to delight your friends and family. Or buy them for yourself…I won’t tell.

31 Days of Pandas: Day 22

Well.

Babette has absconded with all the paintings that the panda kindergarten art historians had so painstakingly collected, taking off for parts unknown on the S.S. Tipandic. Will we ever see Babette or the paintings again? Hmmm…I think they (or at least Babette) may turn up sooner or later. Thus, The Case of The Picturesque Panda draws to a close. And because I have them done, and because I have an idea for the rest of 31 Days of Pandas, I give to you, as my little gift, both today’s as well as tomorrows episodes. Which means I have to get back to work to get tomorrow’s holiday extravaganza started.

Oh well…a panda satirist’s work is never done.

"hey boss, am I going to get paid for this?"  "Um...well, you are what is known as an unpaid intern."

“hey boss, am I going to get paid for this?”
“Um…well, you are what is known as an unpaid intern.”

Can you believe those Meihems? blaming everything on Pinky?

Can you believe those Meihems? Blaming everything on Pinky? At least the mystery of Mr. Wu’s tape has been solved.

Keep being the bear!
Bob T. Panda

31 Days of Pandas: Day 20!

Oh, this is getting so exciting! Here we are at day 20 of 31 Days of Pandas and only three more episodes of Inspector Panda’s mystery, The Case of the Picturesque Panda to come! I am on the edge of my seat!

Tomorrow’s post will include my Year in Review post, as well as the next episode of Inspector Panda, but now, let’s just sit on the edge of our seat, have a cuppycake, and get on with the show!

All right all you unruly little pandas! Be quiet for a minute!

All right all you unruly little pandas! Be quiet for a minute!

Hey…where DID Babette go?

I guess you’ll find out tomorrow.

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

31 days of Pandas: Day 19

…and not only is it 31 Days of Pandas: Day 19, it is also Fabulous Furry Friday!  Huzzah! There are only a few more episodes of Inspector Panda’s first full length mystery, The Case of the Picturesque Panda, and I have a question for everyone.

What would you think if I released it as an e-book, as a short work all by itself? Would this be of interest to anyone? Write me in the comments as an informal poll. Eventually it will be published in an all Inspector Panda print book of the Panda Chronicles, but it will take a while before I have enough new Inspector Panda pages to do that.

Meanwhile, Babette is hatching the next part of her plan….

Getting out the back, Jack....

Getting out the back, Jack….

And meanwhile, on The Cuppycake Cookbook front, here is another version of the Princess Pinky Cuppycake!

Good enough for a princess to eat!

Good enough for a princess to eat!

Until tomorrow,
Be the Bear
Bob T. Panda

31 Days of Pandas: Day 17

Well, we are really getting down to the nitty gritty, aren’t we? Inspector Panda is in the home stretch of his first full length adventure and the cuppycakes are flying! Mr. Wu has found what is lost (though he still won’t tell us what’s the big deal about his little piece of tape.)

And now, on with the show, as 31 Days of Pandas presents the next episode of:

The Case of the Picturesque Panda!

Oh those Meihems!!!!!!

Oh those Meihems!!!!!!

You knew all the little pandas were going to get in a cuppycake brawl, didn’t you? Uh oh, Is pinky going for her magical wand? Stay tuned for tomorrows exciting episode of The case of the Picturesque Panda!

And now, a reminder from our sponsor…um…which is me, Bob T. Panda, reminding you that The Panda Chronicles books and Pandamorphosis make lovely holiday presents, so buy bunches of them and give them to everyone you know. And each of my books that you buy this months will help actual pandas, as I will be making a donation for each of my books sold during the month of December to Pandas International, which helps real pandas!

Don’t touch that dial! we’ll be back with more tomorrow!
Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

31 Days of Pandas: Day 16

Late yesterday, so I could be early today. It’s always a juggling act trying to keep up with every day posting, especially after the events of the weekend. Living in a rural area, power outages are part of the package. Fortunately there are not nearly as many, nor do they usually last as long. Depending on where you live and the number of people affected, your power could be restored sooner or later. Mine just happened to be later this time.

OK, quit whining and give us some pandas. Okay! Okay! On with 31 Days of Pandas and the Case of the Picturesque Panda!

Uh oh, the panda kindergarten forgot to wear their seat belts.

Uh oh, the panda kindergarten forgot to wear their seat belts.

I just love drawing excited pandas! Well, time to get busy on tomorrow’s cartoon. This is getting really exciting!

Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda

31 Days of Pandas: Day 15

Yes, yes, you’re a Lebowski, I’m a Lebowski…so what? Oops. wrong line. I’m late, I’m late, so without any further ado…

Babette de Panda: I have got to get some new minions!

Babette de Panda: I have got to get some new minions!

Sometimes 31 Days of Pandas gets the better of me… Not to mention the power outage.
More tomorrow!

Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda

Day 11: 31 days of Pandas

The panda kindergarten (with the impressionable young Mr. Wu in tow) is speeding towards the exciting conclusion of The Case of the Picturesque Panda, but we are going to stretch this out a bit. BwaHaHa!!!!! And as one of our faithful readers has commented, “the only thing scarier than a panda driving a car and not looking where he’s going, is a panda driving a car not looking where he’s going and eating a cuppycake!”

So, on with the show! Not to mention, 31 Days of Pandas!

Look out for that car!

Look out for that car!

Don’t you hate it when the driver turns around to talk to someone in the car while they are speeding down the…um…sidewalk?

See you tomorrow for the Friday cliffhanger. Bwahahahaha!

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

Day 10: 31 Days of Pandas

Are you having fun yet? I know I am, and the pandas just keep on coming your way, with  31 Days of Pandas and all the panda fun you can bear.

Today’s cartoon was inspired by one of my favorite “motifs” in Calvin and Hobbes. I’m talking about the ones where Calvin and Hobbes are rocketing along in Calvin’s sled or wagon, over some impossibly steep, rocky cliff, all the while having a philosophical discussion with Hobbes, who is looking on in horror, just before they crash.

Look out for that....

Look out for that….

I think even the car is horrified by the pandy kindy driving style.

See you tomorrow!

Be the Bear
Bob T. Panda

Day 9: 31 Days of Pandas

and more from Inspector Panda…or at least the pandy kindy, erstwhile art historians and…um…daredevil drivers!

what could be better than small pandas driving cars?

what could be better than small pandas driving cars?

And now, a word from our sponsor, WOOZPPAH! Did you know that the elephants were going to be leaving Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo? So, enquiring bears want to know, “why not pandas?” Pandas are cute and cuddly, and bring smiles to the faces of everyone who sees them. Well, maybe some grouchy people might not like pandas, but I bet if they spent some time looking at pandas, they wouldn’t be so grouchy, would they?

Here are the main points we would like to share with the-powers-that-be-at Woodland Park Zoo:

1. The Western Washington climate is perfect for pandas!
2. Bamboo grows really, really well here. (just ask someone whose neighbors planted it on their fence line.)
3. Edinburgh Zoo also has limited parking in a residential neighborhood, and they have created a timed ticket reservation system so that a regulated number of panda fans can visit each day.
4. Pandas are cuter than any other animals.
5. I would buy a membership and so would a lot of other people.
6. Panda tourism!
7. um…Pandas!

I’ll be writing more about this in days and weeks to come, but it’s never too early to start asking the zoo, “why not pandas?”

Woozppah!

Woozppah!

yes!

yes!

Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda