Category Archives: Pinky for President

Mommee Mei has a Good Idea

Seriously, I consider myself extremely fortunate that I’m not trying to do my work AND trying to home school three bickering panda cubbies.What’s a panda to do? My sleeping habits are in tatters, there always seem to be piles of dishes in the sink, and I don’t know if democracy is actually over or if I can ever go back to the grocery store and not feel like everyone has a reverse magnetic force field around them. If I had to listen to Pinky and Bubba fight all day…well…

When will I wake up from this nightmare and discover that President Hilary has made Panda Satire a national treasure?

You can’t get more socially distant than sending everyone to their room!

Wands up, everyone!
Bob T Panda

Pinky Can NOT be Silenced!!!

You can’t keep a good Pinky down! 

We wisely decided to skip any April Fools Day Tomfoolery, since there is not a whole lot out in the world that is particularly funny. My days continue to be several hours too short. I don’t know where the time goes, while at the same time, time seems endless. The loss of my regular routine leaves me not knowing what day it is. At least I have the great outdoors, where I can indulge in my hobby of moving rocks from one part of the property to another.  (I bet you think I’m joking about that!)

I’m trying to keep all the balls in the air: painting, panda satire, felty panda production. It is all good work, and I have to keep reminding myself is is important that we keep our spirits as high as we can. The tweets and FB mentions of people who are sick, people who have died, people who have lost their jobs, are overwhelming and the only way to keep from being crushed by the volume of misery, is to step to the side and…think about pandas.

So that’s what I’m doing. Taking a step back for an hour or two, so I can keep carrying on.

Keep calm and Panda On!

Stay out of my airspace!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

Pinky’s Coronavirus Chronicles

What with the zoo being closed and no one able to come and hear Pinky’s cubpaign speeches, Pinky is going to have to come up with some other ways to get her message out. I can’t lie: (unlike some others who MUST NOT BE NAMED) This whole virus thing is damn scary.

I keep reading about well known people getting the virus and being very sick from it. I read about the doctors and nurses and first responders of all kinds facing this thing down, with less than adequate supplies and equipment. I can’t give up hope that we will come out the other side of this, but at the same time, it is very frightening.

It’s a good thing we have Pinky on our side!

It’s nothing that a little cocoa can’t fix!

Wands up, everyone!

Bob T Panda

BTW: I have ordered the Washi tape, and hope to have it in about 3-4 weeks. I’m going to get organdized and then will start taking orders for it. Stay tuned everyone!

Bubba Saves a Burrito While Pinky Saves America

What does everyone do when they are stuck at home for social distancing?

Children’s book authors and illustrators prepare and provide online content, so that all those kids who are out of school have some extra stuff to keep them engaged. While this is a wonderful contribution, keep in mind that these same people have lost what for many is a major income stream, giving school presentations. The generosity of the kid lit community is awe inspiring. If you are able to, buying their books would be a great way to thank them.

If you have kids at home who are looking for some fun content, check out the SCBWI Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources. It is awesome! They plan to update it weekly.

Everyone else is starting a podcast!

In case you were wondering, that is a burrito sitting on the desk in front of Bubba

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Pinky Still Has a Plan for Dat

I am sad to hear that Elizabeth Warren is thinking of dropping out, but it seems there is no path to victory for her. I can’t get in to all my thoughts about it here. Suffice to say, that if people didn’t second guess themselves into not voting their hearts, she would be doing much better.

Who will win the nomination? Still too early to tell, but who ever it is, I’ll vote for them. I already cast my vote for Warren for next Tuesday’s WA primary, and while some may say I threw my vote away, especially if she has already dropped out by then, I don’t think I did. It made me happy to vote for a smart, dedicated public servant who I think would have made an excellent president. Now, if we take back the Senate, I could wish for her as Senate Majority leader. Then some things would get done.

But meanwhile, Pinky is still in the race!

Cocoa with liddle marshymallows?

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

BTW! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend!

Bob explains daylight savings time to the panda kindergarten

spring back, fall forward?

What the Heck is a Caucus, Anyway?

Despite my 40 years in Washington (the one on the upper lefthand corner), I think I went to one Presidential Caucus my entire time living here. Don’t yell at me. The first 10 or so years I was here, I was usually working during those times (caucuses are not very accommodating of people who have to work evenings). The rest of the time, well, the idea that I would choose my candidate by having to actually talk to other people and couldn’t just make up my mind in private, that really doesn’t appeal to me.

I went to one in 2008, and had planned to go to the 2016 one, but the flu took care of that. But this year, WA finally got the message and now we have a “normal” primary, where we can vote whenever the heck we want (once we have our ballots and before the March 10 deadline). I love our all vote by mail state system. And my record for voting (other than caucuses) is darn near perfect!

But what were Pinky and Bubba doing at the Iowa caucuses?

Pinky is always getting Bubba in trouble! It’s more important than ever that EVERYONE votes!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Pinky Saves America…yet again!

Well, we really dodged a terrible disaster! Yesterday, Friday the 13th came on a MONDAY!!!!! Um…I never actually admitted that my sense of humor has ever risen beyond that of a 7th grader, so, ya know…whatebber!

Meanwhile, my tiny panda Kickstarter has been chugging right along! I started making needle felted pandas because I needed a hobby that was kind of stress reducing. So what did I do? I turned it into a major production. I guess that’s just the kind of bear I am! Fortunately, I love repetitive tasks, and if needle felting is anything, it has a lot of repetition. Also fortunately, I can imagine I am stabbing certain people who must not be named right through the heart! Fun for the whole family!

Meanwhile, Pinky has firmly embraced the whole podcast thing! Stay tuned for the next episode of…

Pinky Saves America (Pinky: do I has to do EBBRYFING?????)

Mommee Mei, in her wisdom, thought Pinky needed a co-host!

Panda on ebbryone!
Bob T Panda

Everybody who’s anybody has a podcast!

Well, except for me, unless that means I’m not anybody! One of my favorite podcasts is Pod Save America, which bills itself as “a political podcast for people who aren’t ready to give up or go insane”. Another is The Daily Beans, (News with Swearing)  by the women who brought us Mueller She Wrote. Between these podcasts, and listening to the podcast version of Rachel Maddow, I am able to stay informed and outraged, even without a television!

Of course, Pinky decided she should have her OWN podcast!

BTW, it is a mere two days before I unleash my felty panda Kickstarter on the world! You can get a preview here, and sign up for launch time notification! Huzzah!

Panda on everyone
Bob T panda

Day 3 – 31 Days of Pandas

You knew it had to happen sooner or later: Pinky would declare herself above the law! It was bad enough that Mittens did it, now Pinky is getting her inner criminal on!

So what if pandas are endangered! Does that mean they are above the law?

Obeying Pinky is not in the Consditooshun!

Be the bear and Buy Stuff with Pandas!
Bob T Panda

My annual note about Panda Commerce:

I started writing these ‘toons in early 2008, after reading an article in the Atlantic Magazine about the Panda ranches in China. I did not know where this compulsion to draw pandas was going to take me, I just knew I had to draw them. And so I drew, and eventually I started this website.

Because one of the reasons I started drawing panda ‘toons was because I was depressed because the economy had crashed and no one was buying art, it was important to me that this panda portal would be forever free to anyone who wanted to read my ‘toons. If they could help me, well, maybe they would cheer up other people who needed to be cheered and might not have the resources to subscribe to something as silly as panda satire.

So here we are, 11 years later! I still keep this blog and the archives available and free to to all. I do, however, spend time and resources drawing these toons and keeping them here for you. And so, I have run several Kickstarter campaigns, I now have a page on Redbubble where you can buy things with pandas on them, and my first non-Kickstarter Sock project was a big success. Buying things with my pandas on them, through me, Kickstarter, or Redbubble helps to support my work with Panda Satire.

My ‘toon collections, which are all available on Amazon,  also help to keep me in ink and paper. I hope eventually to get my graphic novels published through traditional publishing, but that is kind of the long game. For those who really want something special, I do sell my original ‘toons, once they have been published in a book.

For those that have the means and inclination to buy things with pandas, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who don’t, I hope you’ll keep coming back to read the new ‘toons, comment on the goings on of Pinky, the Meihems, Bubba, and all the rest of the pandas. Art is not art until it has been seen and appreciated. Everyone of you are welcome here. It wouldn’t be nearly so much fun without you!

Panda on! It’s time for 31 Days of Pandas!!!!

We hardly got to know you…

I know everyone is still feeling very sad, at the departure of our “little bear”. It has been bittersweet, what with all the posts on Twidder and Fezbook of Bubba when he was weally widdle. Hopefully, another round of ‘toons of Bubba’s childhood along with the trials and tribulations of being the little brother to an international super star and Smifsonian Icon, will make everyone just a little less sad.

Thanks for all who posted the pictures of him in his new home. I really loved the BFX base. We spent 2 days there visiting pandas. The yards are large (at least as large as Bubba’s yard back home) and full of mature trees. From the pictures, it looked like many of the trees in his yard did not have tree guards, so he gets to do his favorite activity, climbing. While he had a similar reaction as Pinky had to his first introduction to panda bread, he seems happy about all the bamboo shoots!

Let’s have some Bubba ‘toons, okay?

And then there was the day he had to figure out what to wear for his debut…

How IS this different from Pinky’s normal bossiness?

Funny how Pinky sneaks in to almost all of Bubba’s ‘toons!

My! You are quite the good looking fellow!

You keep using that word “share”, mommee!

Bubba: but why should I be in trubble?

I’ll talk! I’ll talk!

Pinky and the Twinkies, eh?

“If Pinky is grounded, can I have her dessert?”

uh oh…

What do you mean you left a note saying they are at my house?

Bubba is having so much fun with his new friends!

Hey! Where did Bubba and Mr. Bun go?

I hope you enjoyed this extra big Birthday Season* dose of pandas! Like bubba says, we might be da victims of a repressive regime, so we need all the pandas (and laughs) we can get! Panda on everyone!

 

Be da (widdle) Bear!
Bob T Panda

*Yes, it is STILL my birthday season!!!!