Category Archives: the essential pandaness of being

Black Lives Matter

As a country, we have done a fairly terrible job protecting the rights, the health, and well-being of all our citizens. The government’s response to the peaceful protests against police brutality against African American and Latino citizens of our country is only proving the point: There has to be a better way to keep people safe.

We live in a country that has chipped away at the services that serve people of all but the top tier of the economic classes. Health care, school nurses, mental health services, art and music classes in schools: programs that give students  a chance to express themselves. Instead, police departments are given more money for more weapons and more armored vehicles. Do you feel safer? I don’t think I do. When did they start putting armed guards in schools? Doesn’t it make more sense to have fewer guns?

It lifted my spirits to see that the mayor of Washington DC had arranged to paint “Black Lives Matter” in 50 foot high letters on the street fronting Lafayette Square.

Of course Bubba, Ping Ping and Pinky wanted to help…

Well, it WAS a good messaging opportunity…

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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!

100 Years of Solitude

Gee. I hope it’s not going to last that long, no matter how much this first week feels like it has already been 100 years long. I hope it gets easier. But although I am still healthy, covid19 cases are growing in Island county. In theory, I’m pretty safe. I work at home, I don’t go out to crowded places much, but when every door handle is a ticking time bomb, and knowing how extremely contagious this virus is, it does not give one much peace of mind.

In times of trouble, we need art and laughter more than ever.

Doesn’t impeachment seem like a million years ago?

A bear can dream, am I right?

I have a lot of thoughts, having a bit of extra time to think, so I thought I would share it here.

Also, if I put these nuggets of wisdom between the ‘toons, it will be harder to just scroll past it and get to the good stuff. 🙂

The transition from staying home most of the time to staying home all the time (except for one post office run and maybe a weekly trip to the grocery store) is not a big one, but somehow it feels significant. It feels different. I’m trying to remember to talk to people on the phone, not just text or tweet at them. I’m trying to keep in mind that even though I am not on the front lines in health care or restocking grocery store shelves, creating humorous panda satire, and beautiful paintings (and felty pandas!!!) is still important.

Don’t get mad. Get even.

Rising up from behind the stories of inept and malignant “leadership”, are teachers and writers and artists who are making broad and generous offers to share what they have created online, so that families who are suddenly homeschooling or coordinating online learning from their closed schools, have interesting, joyful content for children.

Theater companies are offering their seamstress services to hospitals to make mask to protect the doctors and nurses on the front lines.

Governors and mayors are stepping forward and doing what needs to be done to keep their people safe, when the federal government drags it feet.

And of course everyone is starting their own podcast!

Because of course she does!

So much FLANNEL!!!!

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been creating panda satire for more than 12 years, starting in early 2008.

In all that time, as the readership has swelled, some people have been here almost from the beginning and some are more recent friends and readers.  For those who are new here, most of the ‘toons are here in the archives for you to read, to get to know all the characters that reside here in Pandyland.

This is not a land with millions of followers. But those of you who have decided to get on board the panda bus, well, I think you are pretty special. (You obviously have excellent taste in humor) Our numbers may be modest, but our love of pandas and warmth of spirit are mighty. It makes my day when I get a card (in the actual mail!!!) from one of you. It makes me feel like what I do matters.

When I see references to cuppycakes, comments and conversations in the voice of the characters of The Panda Chronicles (Otherwise known as panda improv) It makes me smile and makes my heart lighter. It makes me feel like I have created something significant. I have created characters that have come to life in minds other than my own.

Who would ever imagine Pinky would do something to offend someone? #ClapLouder

Make no mistake. These are dark times.

If we are to get through them, we need each and every one of us to keep that panda light in our hearts. We need to believe that there will be a rising up against the malignant force that has taken hold in the center of our government. We need to believe that good hearts and good spirits will prevail. ( We need to VOTE in November)

Pinky: when are people gonna learn dat pinky knows da best!

Being endangered means never having to say you are sorry.

bears will be bears!

Let Pinky be Pinky!

George Washington Bridge lane closure satire.

Princess Pinky Bao Bao…what have you done now?

Panda on, Panda on!
Bob T Panda

The Notorious RPG does not take any guff from ANYONE!!!

Need I say more?

They don’t call her “notorious” for nothing!

She’s small
She’s cute.
Don’t mess with her.

Be da bear!
Bob T Panda

Introducing…Ruth Panda Ginsbear

I’ve been having so much fun making Felty pandas, which has the added benefit of keeping me off the streets and out of the bars. Not that I usually go to bars, but you know what I mean. Anyway, one of the Friends of the Felty Pandas (or FFPs for short) said, you really should make a Ruth Bader Ginsberg panda. I thought about it for a while, till I figured out how I could make her glasses and robe, with as little sewing as possible, and finally came of with:

The Notorious RPG :Soon to be available as a felty panda!

Of course, then she wanted to be in a cartoon, so…

Meet Ruth Panda Ginsbear

We will persist!

Panda on Friends
Bob T Panda FFP

It almost makes me want to go back to college…

There is way too much news in the news these last weeks, if you know what I mean. HWMNBN wants to sue the NYT for…um…telling too much truth? The purge of loyalists to the Constitution and the rule of law has begun…

And yet…

Sometimes, there is a little bit of news that will make you smile.

Paging Doctor Doobie…please report to the snack bar…

…and reach for the potato chips!

Lordy, I hope we can still laugh at least once in a while.

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

As a former Pennsylvanian, I am required by law…

…to celebrate Groundhogs Day!

In light of that fact (because we here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire know that NO ONE is above the law), we present to you, the first appearance in these ‘toons, of the one, the only, Punxutawney Phil!!!

Please hold your applause!

Phil is kind of excitable, isn’t he?

I’ve noticed that many of the smaller guest animals here are rather feisty! 

Be the bear everyone!
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

Happy Friendsgiving

It’s time for that holiday that is celebrated in the good old US of A, you know, the one where you get together with family you don’t particularly want to see, argue with Uncle George about what the current “resident” of the WH is really up to, the one where you eat way too much of food you don’t really like and then it’s time for PIE!

Once I moved far, far from home, and got to have this holiday extravaganza with friends of my own choosing, my attitude changed somewhat. (I do like pie, and why doesn’t anyone still make the sweet potato casserole with melted marshmallows on top?) I continue to be thankful for spending time with people I love.

Last Supper, Cupcakes, DaVinci

Princess Pinky says, she is thankful for cuppycakes and da panda kindygarten and her magical wand!

And now we know about all the cultural/genocidal implications of our first National Holiday, which I won’t get into here, but need to be acknowledged. That makes celebrating this holiday kind of cringe-worthy, and yet…

I think it is a good thing to be thankful for the many things that have come our way. If we can separate the history of white europeans invading these shores, and all that followed afterward (because, if you aren’t an indigenous person, you are an immigrant no matter how many generations ago your ancestors got here) I think that is okay to have a holiday in which we acknowledge what we are thankful for.

So here’s a list of some of the things I’m thankful for:

Friends
Artistic talent
Pandas
Good health
A home of my own
Trees that surround my house
Pandas
People who appreciate (and buy!) my art, my writing and panda satire
Did I remember to mention pandas?
Friends who like to visit pandas
Cuppycakes
Books
Art museums
Cats!
Scottish terriers
A convenient grocery store
#PandaTwitter
Coffee

I could go on!

Coffee tastes better when you have it with Pinky!

But meanwhile, it’s time to get ready for 31 Days of Pandas!!!!

That’s something we should all be thankful for! As we head into full on impeachment mode, we may be watching, in real time, the 45th “president” of these here United States dissolve, self destruct, maybe even burst into flames in front of our very eyes! We are going to need all the funny we can get if we want to get through this alive!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

PS: There is still time to get in on my fabulous felt panda-palooza! For all the info, read this post!

Who Knew Weather Could be so Controversial?

Between HWMNBN revising official weather maps with a sharpie, and the wild thunder and lightning storm that crashed through the Seattle area on Saturday night, weather is not just a boring topic for people looking for a non-controversial topic. The story that caught my eye a few weeks ago, was of a thunder storm in Florida (of course) where the lightning got a bit out of…um…hand.

Boy am I glad the lightning didn’t hit near MY house!!

Maybe if it is thundering and lightning, you may want to hold off going to the little bear’s room.

I tip of the hat and a round of cupcakes to all of you who let me know that their Mr. Wu Pins and Patches arrived! I’ll be getting to work really soon on the next round of goodies, so that they can be produced and mailed before the holidays!

For those of you who missed these offerings, I will be setting up a new page right here at Panda Chronicles headquarters, so that you can peruse the pandas and get your own!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda