Category Archives: It’s a WUnderful Life

31 Days of Pandas: Day It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Crispmoss

Yes it is Day 25 of 31 Days of Pandas, otherwise known as Crispmoss among the panda set. I would like to point out that it is 46 degrees inside my house, as the electric power has not yet returned. Because of my extreme dedication, I am at the library, preparing this and the next few days of 31 Days of Pandas posts so not a single post is late.

Am I wonderful, or what????

For those who said “Or what,” I am going to tell Pinky you said that and she will do something to you I’m sure. Maybe give you a medal, maybe poof you, I don’t know. Just for that, I am going to torture you with extending Pinky in Wonderland for one more day and instead, bring you this encore presentation of everyone’s favorite holiday classic…

Have yourself a pandy little Christmas….

It’s a Wonderful Life, starring non other than The Wu Self! Enjoy!

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Thank goodness Bee the Bear still has her magical wand from the last adventure.

It's a wonderful life

Wu is a good bear at heart….

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Bee the bear tells it like it is

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What part of “you don’t exist” didn’t you get? Ha ha! I love that line!

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You won’t like this, Mr Wu!

It's a Wonderful Life Parody

Those darn cats!

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Repeat after me, “It’s a story” ‘kay?

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Everytime a bell rings, a panda gets a cuppycake.

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Yay! The heartwarming schmoopy ending!

Pandaing through the snow…
BobT Panda

Day 21: 31 Days of Pandas

I know I am way too MEAN, to have two stories with scary bits and a whole lot of suspense going on at the same time. Well, all I can say to that is…

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Ahem….

But! As promised, today, I bring you all the final chapters of It’s a WUnderful Life, so then you’ll only have ONE story to be worried and apprehensive about. Well, one panda story and the debacle in DC, where the GOP has just decided to take most of your money, your healthcare, and anything that is happy and give it to very wealthy people. Unless you are a very wealthy person yourself and then will you take me for a ride on your private airplane? Ahem.

But enough about the fall of Democracy and the desecration of the Constitution… Here’s the next episodes of It’s a WUnderful Life!!!

It's a Wonderful Life parody

Repeat after me, “It’s a story” ‘kay?

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Everytime a bell rings, a panda gets a cuppycake.

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Yay! The heartwarming schmoopy ending!

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A bear and his mom…together forever?

And now you know why Wu is such a well behaved, responsible panda, helpful and loving to all his little cousins! Unlike another panda we could name…

Speaking of Pinky, book editing and formatting is well underway for the next exciting Panda Chronicles Book release! I hope to have everything done by the end of the year, and then the uploading and approval process starts, so hopefully, I will have it ready by the beginning of February. Stay tuned for more news on The Pinky Defense: Book 8 of the Panda Chronicles!

I will also have a special ‘toon for Christmas Day, so don’t forget to check back here. I will have a very special Christmas carol for you to share with your family and friends! Huzzah!

Panda on as if your life depended on it!
Bob T Panda

Day 19: 31 Days of Pandas

A quick update

Several people contacted me today because they know I live in Western Washington. I was no where near the terrible accident that happened on the Seattle-Portland Amtrak route. (I’m not ducking blame, just wanted you to know that I am safely at home.) It must have been a horrifyingly scary event. The pictures send major chills up my spine. I know many people who travel the stretch of I-5 daily, as well as people (myself included) who regularly take the train from Seattle to Portland. My thoughts are with the people who were so terribly injured and frightened by this accident. The pictures are chilling.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wu learns what life would be like if there were no more baby pandas…

It's a Wonderful Life parody

What part of “you don’t exist” didn’t you get? Ha ha! I love that line!

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You won’t like this, Mr Wu!

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Those darn cats! I really hated this part of “It’s a Wonderful Life” too.

Oh man! What is going to happen next????

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Day 18: 31 days of Pandas

WE are tumbling head over paws towards the end of the year, the shortest day of the year, and Christmas too! The pandas have been working on a special Christmas Carol that they are eager to share with you. I think they will have rehearsed enough by Christmas. Hee Hee.

But now, it’s time to begin that most beloved of holiday classics…

It’s a WUnderful life!!!!

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Thank goodness Bee the Bear still has her magical wand from the last adventure.

It's a wonderful life

Wu is a good bear at heart….

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Bee the bear tells it like it is

POOF!

Panda on and don’t lose hope!
Bob T Panda

Day 16: 31 Days of Pandas

It’s Day 16, we have crossed the threshold of halfway through 31 Days of Pandas! Are we having fun yet? Well, we are if we stay off of Fezbook or Twitter or the news, lest we hear…um anything. So today, Mini Bob visits The British Museum and poses with an Elgin Marble or two. I always thought they were actual marbles, like cat’s eyes and whatever those other marbles you play with, are, but instead, they turn out to be a bunch of marble statues and building parts that the English guy Lord Elgin swiped from Greece. Not being a very good visitor, now was he?

31 days

It’s all greek to Mini Bob.

 

And now, we return you to: it’s a WUnderful Life! Starring The Wu Self!

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You won’t like this, Mr Wu!

It's a Wonderful Life Parody

Those darn cats!

It's a Wonderful Life parody

Repeat after me, “It’s a story” ‘kay?

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Everytime a bell rings, a panda gets a cuppycake.

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Yay! The heartwarming schmoopy ending!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

 

Day 17: Everytime a Bell Rings

Oh my! The suspense here at 31 Days of Pandas is getting too much to bear…get it? Too much to…oh, never mind. You knew I had a weird sense of humor already, so no complaining in the cheap seats.

Let’s get back to it’s a Wunderful Life, shall we?

It's a Wonderful Life parody

Repeat after me, “It’s a story” ‘kay?

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Everytime a bell rings, a panda gets a cuppycake.

It's a Wonderful Life, parody

Yay! The heartwarming schmoopy ending!

You didn’t think I was going to make you wait another day for the heartwarming schmoopy ending did you? what kind of bear do you think I am?

Don’t answer that!

And while you are doing your holiday shopping, why not add a Bee, the bear, mug to your collection! Yours for the asking (well, and your credit card) from Pandyland at CafePress!

 

Bee, the Bear

Bee, the Bear

and on the other side...

and on the other side…

Be the Bear! and tune in for more pandy fun tomorrow and Saturday, with a brand new ‘toon on Sunday, starring…hmmmm could it be Pinky and Bubba? We’ll see!
Bob T. Panda

Day 16: It’s a Wonderful Wu

Yes, it’s a wonderful Wu, and a Wun-derful Life! Huzzah! We are back with the next episodes for your panda satire watching enjoyment.

Sit back and enjoy the show!

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You won’t like this, Mr Wu!

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Those darn cats!

Oh this is so traumatic! I hate to upset the wu self, but a writer has gotta do what a writer’s  gotta do. No one ever said it would be pretty.

Meanwhile, you could head over to Pandyland at Cafe Press and show your support for the Wu-self this holiday season!

The Wu self(i.e.) mug!

The Wu self(i.e.) mug!

...and on the other side...

…and on the other side…

Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda

 

Day 14: It’s a Wun-derful Life

We are back with another holiday classic, It’s a Wun-derful Life! Huzzah! Mr Wu is given the gift of seeing what the world would be like if he had never been born. But why are we standing around here talking?

On with the show!!!!

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Thank goodness Bee the Bear still has her magical wand from the last adventure.

It's a wonderful life

Wu is a good bear at heart….

Oh the suspense is killing me! What is going to happen next?

Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda

PS: Several people commented that they wished the PandyClaws and his sleigh (and a tiny Pinky Panda) image was on a coffee mug. Well, guess what! Now it is!

Have yourself a Pandy little Christmas...

Have yourself a Pandy little Christmas…

An Art Historical Interlude

Inspector Panda’s mysterious client, Babette de Panda, is weaving a tale about an alleged inheritance from her great-great-great-great-great-great grandmama. The Art Historical Division at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire has recently uncovered documents that support her claim that pandas emigrated to France in the late 1880’s, and posed for many of the artists of that period.

Portait of the mysterious "Madame 'P' "

Portait of the mysterious “Madame ‘P’ “

Portrait of Madame ‘P’

By John Singer Sargent

In the late 19th century, Japanese prints were not the only novelty from the Far East to create a stir in the London and Paris Art scenes. The recent discovery of pandas by westerners had artists scrambling to find pandas to model for paintings.

James McNeill Whistler employed one very popular model for his painting, Arrangement in Black, White, and Gray, as did several other artists, including John Singer Sargent.

Sargent did a number of preliminary studies for his famous portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau, also known as Madame X. One of these less well-known minor studies portrayed one of Sargent’s favorite models, known only as Madame ‘P’. 

November 8th, 1883:
Madame Gautreau has taken leave of Paris for a month, so I am not able to continue working on her portrait. I have completed several studies, but I need her presence in order to work on the final commission. I am most vexed.

 November 10th, 1883:
Great fortune! One of my favorite models has just finished sitting for that horse’s ass, Jimmy W. I am exceedingly fond of Madame ‘P’, as she likes to be known. She has only recently come to Paris and I have done my best to make her “most welcome.”

 November 12th, 1883:
My study of Madame ‘P’ is going well. I hope to be able to complete a life size portrait of her for the next Salon Exhibition. There is a slight problem, in that she requires many naps throughout the day and has a prodigious appetite. She is the most amazing woman, able to crack large stalks of bamboo with only her teeth!

 November 26th, 1883:
That rascal Jimmy W. has unveiled his portrait of Madame ‘P’, calling it Arrangement in Black, White, and Gray, and has done so before I have been able to finish my portrait. I am most vexed. Madame ‘P’ came round the studio and was extremely apologetic, so what could I do but forgive her? 

 

"Arrangement in Black, White, and Gray" by James A. McNeil Whistler

“Arrangement in Black, White, and Gray” by James A. McNeil Whistler

December 18th, 1883:
Madame Gautreau has returned at last, but we had a terrible row over the state of her dress, which I had allowed Madame ‘P’ to wear during her sittings. I thought she looked quite the Parisian sophisticate in it. I had no idea Madame ‘P’s “personal habits” left so much to be desired.

The fragment of the diary ends here, but I believe that this does lend some credence to Babette’s claim that her great-great…um, whatever, grandmama did model for a number of the impressionists.

Hope you have a Fabulous Furry Friday, and the rest of the weekend as well.

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

It’s a WUnderful life: the epilogue

Happy New Year from The Panda Chronicles!

A short epilogue to It’s a WUnderful Life popped into my head as I was finishing up the previous episode, and so here it is, from my brain (on pandas) to your brain (on pandas.)

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A bear and his mom…together forever? What lengths will Bai Yun go to to get the hammock all to herself?

I just wanted to let you know about a few minor scheduling changes for the upcoming year.  I still plan on doing two new cartoons a week, plus a Friday encore presentation of an older cartoon or two.  Sometimes they will have themes that echo something that is happening in the real world or panda world, but mostly, they are just cartoons that I really like, and want to give you the chance to see them and tell me how funny I am. Mr wu will continue to control Wednesdays, at least for a while. Princess Pinky, the twins, and all the rest will have to share the sunday time-slot. Sorry.

The other change is that instead of posting on Monday, I will post on Sunday, later in the afternoon.  In fact, all posts will happen later in the afternoon, about 4 PM PST/PDST.  As much as I have tried to take myself in ..um…paw, I am powerless to resist the siren song of Facebook and other social media.  I love “meeting” and talking with you all there.  I plan to continue this, just not in my “prime work time.”  I have paintings to paint, and (more importantly) pandas to draw, and not enough of y work is getting done before I sign into have a lovely visit with you all.

I know you will all understand, and of course want these pandas to keep on coming your way, for which I am extremely grateful.  Your kind words, enthusiasm, (and yes, even your agitated responses to all the harrowing situations I have put Mr Wu in this last year) have touched me, delighted me, and spurred me on to greater heights of panda satire and drawing than I ever dreamed was possible. I hope you will want to continue reading The Panda Chronicles.  I love your comments, even when you yell at me.

If you would like to support my efforts here, there are three meaningful ways to do so:
1: share this blog with your humor loving friends.  They don’t even have to be panda fans.  The Panda Chronicles have converted more than one person to the cause of pandas!
2: Write a review of any or all of my books on Amazon and/or Goodreads. This really does help my visibility, which helps to sell more books.
3: (you knew this was coming) Buy my books! Buy them for yourself, buy them for presents.  You can go directly to Amazon from the Panda Chronicles: the Books page.

Here’s to the upcoming year in pandas! (and if you want to be the first to know, sign up for my free, every once in a while news letter to be in the know (if you know what I mean!) Just look for the sign-up form titled  Get Even More Pandas near the top of the right hand column!

Keep Being the Bears!
Bob T. Panda