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A Sense of Deja Vu…

…wait, haven’t we been here before? or did we never leave? What with all the cake and partying amongst the younger set of pandas, we can hardly keep our hero’s whereabouts in our minds.  Mr. Wu traveled undercover to the National Zoo and the National Gallery to see if Babette’s (alleged) painting was there, but it was not to be found.

Hey! Are we being followed?

Hey! Are we being followed?

Art historicallizing makes me hungry too, not to mention sleepy. And who is that mysterious figure on the right? Is there some duplicity at work here? How will Inspector Panda and Mr Wu find the right museum with Babette’s (alleged) painting? How will they get there? Tune in next week for our next exciting episode of Inspector Panda and the Case of the Picturesque Panda!

Meanwhile, on the Pandamorphosis front,  it is now available on the Kindle as well as through iBooks. I’m a lover of print books, but I know that you more modern types like to have books on those little machines.  If you bought Pandmorphosis via Amazon as a print book, you can get it for your Kindle for only 99 cents. And if you want to access the books all in one spot, you can head over to my book page here! OK, enough with the commercials!

I hope you have all recovered from the cuteness overload that was Princess Pinky’s Birthday party.  Many thanks to my on the scene panda friends in Washington DC, who shared their fabulous pictures of the fuzzy birthday girl. Huzzah!

Be the (slightly sticky) Bear!
Bob T. Panda

More from Inspector Panda…

…and his latest mystery.  Or maybe more accurately, a little more on Babette’s story of her great-great-great-great-gasp-great-great grandmama. There will be an art history quiz at the end.

For those of you who have missed the first 4 episodes, you can see Episode 1: hereEpisode 2: here, and Episode 3: here. And just because I’m that kind of bear, I am reposting episode four, along with today’s episode:

Why DOES Mr Wu have a piece of tape on his right ear?

Episode four of The case of the Picturesque Panda…

And now, for today’s episode….

Let's see who stayed awake during art history classes!

Let’s see who stayed awake during art history classes!

I told you there would be a quiz, didn’t I? The first 5 people to CORRECTLY identify all five of the painting references (by artist, extra credit for titles) will receive a small envelope full of panda swag. You can leave your answers in the comments. I will contact the winners for their addresses. (US addresses only, sorry, Vicky, but you should be getting a whole BOX of panda swag any day now!)

And I would be remiss, if I did not mention that yesterday was Canada Day, better known around here as Panada Day! Thanks again to Liam Francis Walsh who suggested this drawing:


Oh Panada, Oh Panada, how tasty are your maple leaves....

Oh Panada, Oh Panada, how tasty are your maple leaves….

And would someone please tell the morons who are setting off fireworks NOW, that the 4th of July is FRIDAY?????

Sigh…being the bear….
Bob T. Panda


Announcing the World’s FIRST PandaRama!

The pandarama

As if I don’t have enough to do, today I invented the world’s first Pandarama!  Why?  I say, why not? After all, what could be better than multiple layers of pandas in the round, as it were?  This impressive bit of cutting and pasting was actually inspired by a real art historical phenomenon. I am of course speaking of Mesdag’s Panorama, which still exists in the Hague in Holland.  Mesdag was a late 19th century painter with enough family money to have a lovely little mansion in the Hague which is now a jewel box of a museum.  He got this idea to make a giant painting in the round, of the seashore, and got a bunch of his artist pals to join him in painting this big circular painting in a building where it still resides today. On walking up the stairs, you find yourself in a large circular room, and you are at the beach!  There is sand and everything.

I don’t know that I will make a pandarama that you can walk into, but I will make more. It’s just way too fun.

Be the Bear!

Close-upof the Pandarama