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In Which Winnie the Pooh Enters the Public Domain

I have often discussed my abiding adoration of the Bear of Little Brain (and no, I’m NOT talking about Bob!) so it was with great excitement and anticipation that I read that Winnie the Pooh had entered the public domain this year.

This means that anyone can include Pooh Bear and his friends, and representations thereof, in their own creative works! This only applies to the original A.A. Milne/ Earnest H. Shepard version, which is fine, since I have always considered the Big Mouse World version as a crime against art. My first introduction to the World of Pooh Bear was via the original (and far superior) black and white drawings. I still think they are what made me want to be an artist, and maybe led me to making stories with pandas.

Of course, there must be a commemorative ‘toon for the occasion!

We’ll have to wait a few more years for Tigger, as he first appears in the 1928 House at Pooh Corner, which is not yet in the public domain!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

The Year in Review

What a year, huh? While like 2020, we would really rather forget 2021, it is good to look back and acknowledge so that maybe we won’t do the same the things again. Mebbee. Anyway, looking back at the ‘toons of each month is always a good way to remember the year, rather than looking at the actual news, which is kind of depressing.

So…let’s start with January!

well…THIS happened…
Mittens has left the building.

Annnnnnd on to February !

I think we’ve seen enough of Mittens to last us a lifetime, so let’s declare 2021 the Year of Bikkie! (and his Beary good friend Mr, Poppee!)

Ebbryone needs a Beary Poppins!

Remember Pinky’s “Workout wif Bikkie” Videos?

See, Mommee! No tigers!
Bikkie is a Beary deep thinker!

Well, that’s it for January and February 2021 Year in Review! Join us next Sunday when we look back on March and April of 2021!

New ‘toons coming this week! I think mebbee Bikkie’s snow day and something something something else!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Move Along, Nothing to See Here

There wasn’t anything important happening today, was there?

I definitely considered not posting anything today, being the day that democracy almost went down the golden toilet, but then I decided we needed a little humor along with remembering that day, one year ago, it could have ended up a whole lot worse.

At this point, it is good to remember that the Republican Party didn’t think that shooting and killing 20 school children and their teachers was a sufficient reason to institute any kind of gun control, so why would we think that if members of Congress had been killed, that the GQP would have had any qualms about about tossing democracy in the dumpster.

I watched the commemoration of the anniversary as I worked today. Combined with the new information that has been released and what I watched in real time, it is clear that we came this ][ close to living under a vindictive dictator.

As I watch the GQP attempt to dismantle democracy, defund public libraries, constrain what teachers can teach their students, dismantle women’s reproductive rights, and deny a global pandemic, not to mention TFG’s role in allowing it to rage out of control and causing the deaths of almost a million Americans, I have to wonder what they think they will ultimately gain.

One thing you learn living on an island, is that everything is connected and we are all dependent on each other. Every once in a while I think about what would happen if the ferries stopped running and the bridge went down. within a week (probably less) we’d be out of gas, grocery store shelves would be stripped clean, and once the first wind storm hit, we’d lose electric power and we’d would descend into anarchy. The mainland could probably survive for about 2 weeks till it all went to shit.

Well…that took a dark turn…

What do you say we cut the first rant of the year short and get to the new ‘toon?

Nixon’s Ghost has some feelings

I promise we’ll have more fun here at The Panda Chronicles this year. Just maybe not today!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

It’s that time of year again!

Time for the presentation of resolutions to Princess Pinky!

Every year, Mommee Mei shares a list of resolutions for Pinky (Bubba only gets one: chew your food). While we wait for this year’s list, let’s look back on the resolutions she has “shared” with Pinky in years past!

But first, Pinky “helps” the panda kindergarten with their resolutions!

Princess Pinky helps with new years resolutions
You say you want a resolution, well, you know, it is hard to change a bear….
resolution
Once again proving the intransigence of Pinky, and the omnipotence of Mommy Mei
resolutions
Pinky: “rules are for other pandas.”
Bubba: my resolution was just to chew my food more, an’ mebbee not eat so much frosting. Ping: ping!
You would think Pinky would already have improved her behavior by now…
It was either this or a double semi-tractor trailer!

How will Mommee deliver Pinky’s resolutions this year? ‘Toon in on Tuesday to find out!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

Day 31 ~ 31 days of Pandas

This is it! The last day of the year!

We thought this would be a better year than 2020…ha ha…joke’s on us! Sigh…we did get the vaccine, but thanks to certain people who were all in on “personal bodily autonomy” (for this, anyway) who yelled (often right in people’s faces) “MY FREEDUMB!!!!” we have had to cope with ever more contagious and more deadly mutations of the virus. Probably the next one will spread just by reading about it on the inter webs.

But here we are. We have (hopefully) survived (this far). We will be back in the new year with more panda satire and more pandas to introduce. Bebe Maurice’s tiny sisters Fleur and Snowy will be making their debut in these pages. We will have our annual Year in Review where we look back at the ‘toons of last year. It’s always very interesting (to me, anyway) to see what ‘toons leap out at me as the most consequential or interesting or funny.

There is another Olympics for the pandas to compete in. They kind of missed this year’s Olympics, not really remembering that it was happening at all. But this is the Winter Olympics, and those are the Olympics that pandas like best!

The New Year is the Year of the Tiger, and Pinky is ready for it! Don’t tell Mommee, okay? Pinky has an upcoming campaign to start raising money for, so fire up the selfies with tigers! Really, don’t tell Mommee about this!

And now, let’s see what New Year’s Eve has in store for us at the Panda House…

And because it is still one of my favorite New Year’s Eve ‘toons…

new years eve party, panda kindergarten
The panda kindergarten at their best…or is that worst?

Have a safe an happy new year! See you in 2022!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Chrispmoss at the Panda House!

This ‘toon always deserves a second look!

panda
You better watch out….
31 days
Who didn’t have a sibling like Pinky?
pandas
Sad.

Sigh…remember when we thought that once Mittens lost, we would be rid of him? This ‘toon was written before the attempted overthrow of the government on January 6th.

It’s time to call it a day, Mittens!

I hope everyone had at least some joy over the recent holidays. It’s been a really hard year for most of us, and very terrible bad year for others. While some of us had the privilege to hide out from the day to day perils and anxieties, others were out on the front line, doing the work that needs to be done.

Many people are saying that The Panda Chronicles helps them get through the insanity that surrounds us, and I am so happy that I can do something useful from my fortress of solitude! I hope that I can keep writing and drawing about my favorite pandas far into the future! Thanks to all of you who cheer me on and find my panda ‘toons funny. Who would have guessed?

Tomorrow we return to The Bears of the Baskervilles. It’s been long enough since the last episode appeared here, that I thought it would be a good idea to start from the beginning. For the next 4 days, I’ll recap the earlier ‘toons, ending with the exciting ending/new ‘toons from the story. Huzzah!!!!

Snow and cold temperatures arrived here last night, so since I am stuck on my snowy hill, I guess I’ll get some work done!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Day 25 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

THIS IS IT! THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE 12 DAYS OF CRISPMOSS!!!!

On the twelfth day of Crisp-Moss, My Panda cam Did See….
MX: no, Pinky, you may NOT have a Bamboo-tini!
I can’t hear you….
F-F-F-FI-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-VE Cuppycaaaaaaakes!
whew!
Everybody sing!

Well, here we are, heading into the final days of the year. We have passed the solstice and the sunlight will be creeping back, a few seconds longer each day. It has been my privilege and joy to share these ‘toons with you. I kind of hoped we would be out of the pandemic days (not to mention the political nightmare we still can’t wake from) but here we are.

I hope these panda ‘toons have helped you get through whatever form your year has taken, and I plan to continue writing and drawing these ‘toons and sharing them with you.

Stay strong, stay safe, be kind, and don’t take any crap from the forces of darkness!

I hope you are able to safely gather with the people (and bears) you care about the most this holiday season, whatever you do or don’t celebrate! Save me some pie!

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda!

Day 24 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

It’s Crispmoss Eve! Do you have your cookies ready for Santa Paws?

OOOOO! Pinky is a star!
F-F-F-FI-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-VE Cuppycaaaaaaakes!
whew!

Yes!!!! Tomorrow is the GRAND FINALE! KEEP SINGING!!!!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda!

I had a little inspiration on Twidder the other evening, and thought I’d share it with you hear, especially for you non- angry bird people!

‘Twas the night before Crispmoss
and all through the den,
the pandas were snoring 
again and again

The pandas were sleeping
all snug in their beds
while visions of cuppycakes
danced in their heads

when out in the passage
there came such a clatter
did Redd just show up?
with his antics and chatter?

So Larry arose 
and went out in the hall
He was very brave 
though he is very small.

For Larry, the mouse,
He had a large task
he advises the panda kids
If they would ask!

Of course there was Pinky
who knew everything,
all that she asked, what
would Santa bring?

“Clap louder! Clap louder”
she said in a huff!
“Whatever he brings,
well, it won’t be enough!”

“I made up my list-
there’s volume 1 here”
Larry just stared,
Bubba wiggled his ears.

“yoo can’t boss around Santa”
her brother said sweetly.
“hah!” said the princess
“there’s no one to keep me!”

Then Ping in his dog suit
and Mikey and Frank
ran into a wall
in a little toy tank.

“you’re going to wake mommee!”
Said Pinky, aghast.
“now clean up dis mess,
and do it real fast!”

The bears all looked sheepish,
this was such a fuss.
Then Mikey and Frank said,
“That wasn’t us.”

“What is that racket?”
Mommee said with a yell,
“You all will be grounded
if no one will tell”

“Who wrecked the tank
right into the wall?”
The small pandas scattered
and ran down the hall

“It sure wasn’t us!”
As they ran out of sight
Merry Crispmoss to all
and to all nighty night!

Merry Crispmoss!

Day 23 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

The 12 (GASP) Days of Crispmoss continues some more!

Oh no! Not again!
F-F-F-FI-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-VE Cuppycaaaaaaakes!
whew!
No WONDER I didn’t get any presents!
F-F-F-FI-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-VE Cuppycaaaaaaakes!
whew!

Are you still singing?

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Day 11 ~ 31 Days of Pandas

Seasonal Drinks

Those who know some of my history know that in the mid to late 1980’s I worked for Starbucks Coffee, when it it was just a local Seattle coffee emporium, before some guy named Howard got his hands on it and um…made it what it is today. (You can interpret that any way you’d like).

I’ve been amused/annoyed/encouraged to read of the unionizing efforts of some of the retail Starbucks stores in the Buffalo NY area. Encouraged, because I think that workers demanding a fair workplace with livable wages is a good thing and I’m glad to know that these workers are standing up for their rights.

Amused, because I know it is probably driving Howard batshit to have workers puncturing his carefully crafted image of himself as the benevolent corporate overlord, and (failed) presidential candidate.

And annoyed, because the organizers and the reporters keep referring to this as the first attempt at unionization at Starbucks.

Ahem!

Somewhere around 1986 or ’87, the actual first union at Starbucks organized and was formed, starting at the roasting plant and then including the Seattle stores. It was not easy. We had great assistance from UFCW local 1001 in the persons of Jerry Patterson, Janet Boyd, Dave Schmidt, and Pam Blauman. I still consider them friends today. (Dave died this year from cancer and the world is a poorer place without him) They helped us navigate the treacherous waters that Starbucks flung in our path.

We had just (finally) negotiated our first contract when Howard bought out the company. He immediately dragged us back to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract, despite telling us he wouldn’t do that, before the sale of the company. It got so nasty, that I left a few months later, as soon as the new contract was done. It was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, so, um…thanks?

Note: the union only lasted a few years at the roasting plant, and less at the stores, but we were the first union there. Just so ya know!

Anyway, my experience there has inspired several ‘toons, including this one!

whipped cream
Can I have EXTRA extra whipped cream?

Don’t forget to ask for extra whippy cream!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda