Tag Archives: National Zoo

Huzzah Huzzah! Bubba is on the move!

Allow me to pontificate a little schmoopilly here…

While there is a lot of work and planning in putting together a crowd funding campaign, there is also a LOT of fun involved too. I love designing little things from my drawings, but what I love most is interacting with you all!

When I see names that I know from Fezbook and Twidder, and even from real life, I get a little thrill. It’s almost like we are having a conversation: Hey! I like what you’re doing here! I wanna make sure you can keep doing it!…Chatting back and forth in the messages makes me feel a little less isolated in my studio. And to all the new people, whose names I don’t recognize, thank you for climbing aboard the panda bus!

Bubba’s pin! Funded in just over 3 hours!

So very Bubba, right?

And since we funded so quickly, I thought we should up the ante with a little stretch goal…visit us at Kickstarter today and climb aboard!

It’s not a party if you didn’t bring cuppycakes!

Because without Ping Ping, Bubba would only have his big zizzy Pinky to play with!

By the way, there were still a few Pinky pins available as of Tuesday afternoon!

Meanwhile, things are heating up in the other Washington…

Devin’s Cow goes to Washington

Panda on!
Bob T panda

Hope is the antidote to despair…

I’m feeling a little short on hope, to be honest. It feels like the world is spinning out of control and that the proliferation of evil is increasing exponentially, and those that bring hope and joy and help and comfort into the world have to run triple time with no hope of catching up. There are so many holes in the dam and we just don’t have enough fingers. My heart goes out to the people of New Zealand who have received our unwanted evil export of hate and violence.

Our pathetic excuse of a president says white extremist violence isn’t a thing, and the clueless Howard Schultz thinks that all the people booing and criticizing him means that the people really want him and are excited. Wrong on both counts, you clueless numpties.

But we have to keep hoping, until there is no hope left. Don’t we?

It was #NationalPandaDay yesterday…let’s have some pandas.

Atlanta twin panda cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan and older prother Po

Huzzah! a guest appearance by little Po! (This was before we knew the Meihems and Po were girls)

In the words of Winnie ther Pooh, “I think it’s time for a little something.

How many times do we have to remind you….

Nothing gets my spirits up more than baby Pinky!

Never say “No” to a Pinky!

Bao Bao is unhappy

Could Mama Mei Xiang really be contemplating letting Pinky loose on the pandy kindy?

deleted footage from press conference

Pinky answers difficult questions from the press in her own way.

 

Be the Bear
Bob T panda

Spring Back, Fall Forward

It’s that time of year again! But Washington State is considering being on DST all year long. Since we are only on Daylight Losing Time for about four months, I’m not unopposed to the idea. The only bad thing, I would not have the reminder/excuse to keep running this ‘toon!

It’s time to Spring Back!!!

Bob explains daylight savings time to the panda kindergarten

spring back, fall forward?

As luck would have it, we are also entering….

The Panda Season of Love!!!

I hope people haven’t had enough of silly love songs!

it’s the panda, the panda season of love!

A panda by any other name, would smell…well, they would just smell…

The Scottish pandas have had a few disappointments…

A bear by any other name, would still smell pretty funky.

“It was dark….there were men in masks….”

Not only that, but Panda Scout Cookie sales are ending soon!

On my honor, I will try…to eat as many cookies as I possibly can….

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Everything still continues to be about Pinky

Who would have guessed, on that day back in 2013 that a very (very!) small panda would capture the imagination and delight of not only this nation but the entire world? She has truly taken on a life of her own, both the actual Bao Bao, but also her ‘toon bearsonification, Princess Pinky.

What do you say to a celebration of all things Pinky? Pinky: the early months

Bubba: what about all fings mee?
Pinky: be quiet, boo boo!

And just how did the panda kindergarten get her address?

Pinky gets a present!

Pinky tests her powers….

National Zoo cub makes mom Mei Xiang disappear

oops.

Princess Pinky is fooled by Mei Xiang at the National Zoo

Oh Princess Pinky, mom has a trick or two up her paw, I think…

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Pinky is in the HOUSE! (At least till Mommee talks to Nancy)

Oopsie. I think maybe Pinky is in the wrong House.

Surely you knew there would be a phone call from THE House to the PANDA House.

Pinky is in the House!!!!

Get Speaker Nancy on the phone!

Be the Bear!
Bob T panda

 

The State of the Pandas Address (especially Pinky!!!!)

Who wouldn’t want to listen to what these pandas have to say? I know I would!

Tune in now, as Pinky addresses Congress!

Even Nancy Pelosi listened enthusiastically!

Panda on!
BobT Panda

Tune in on Thursday for the dramatic conclusion. (there may be yelling.)

How do you spell “emergency collusion”?

What cunning plan has Pinky devised? Will they be able to sneak out of the house? Will Mommee Mei find out? Will Bubba be grounded? Has Bubba learned anything from Pinky? And what about Ping Ping?

Let’s find out!

I see trouble in my crystal ball…

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Pinkstarter update: Pin design has been finalized, submitted and approved and the order is in. A team of pandas is standing by to make our pins! Stay tuned!

Bubba is a role model

Pinky: or mebbee he is a ROLL model.
Bubba: dat’s not funny!
Ping Ping: Ping!!!!

But let’s get on with the show!

Note to Bubba: never listen to Pinky

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

To those in the know: Pins have been ordered! Huzzah!

 

Please, not another ShutDown!

As some of you may know, I try to work a bit ahead on my ‘toons, so that power outages, snowpocalypses, and gallivanting around do not interfere with my schedule of posting ‘toons for your enjoyment. So, sometimes, they are a bit out of sync with what is going on out in the world.

But in this case, even though this series of ‘toons was about the ORIGINAL half-baked, harebrained, ill-advised shutdown, since we are on the eve of another potential shutdown, it is all too appropriate that I run this series now. Really, I hope the Congresspersons can keep HWMNBN from doing the foolish and destructive thing this time, but I have to say, I’m a tiny bit apprehensive. Fortunately, no one has figured out how to shut down the Panda Chronicles yet!

Let’s get these pandas on the road! There’s no time for a shutdown at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire!

Dis. Will Not. STAND!!!!!

BTW, I’m happy to say that the responses to my Kickstarter survey are rolling in! I just started the ordering process for the pins, so hopefully, by the time they get here, I should have the labels all ready to go and you will get your Pinky Pins quickly! I’ve already started designing Bubba’s pin and hope to be ready to launch that project by the end of March!

Be the Bear!
Bob T (Essential Worker) Panda

It’s Sunday Funday! Let’s have Fun with PANDAS!!!!

The sky is gray, but it’s all black and white at the Panda Chronicles!

Yes, it’s Sunday, which is now our day for Encore Presentations of all of my (and I hope your) favorite ‘toons. I spent yesterday at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle. It was fun and overwhelming and I came home with piles of new books to read, saw many of my writer/illustrator buddies from SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and was in the presence of more people than I usually see in a year.

If I find books in my now huge to-be-read pile that I love, I’ll be sure to pass these titles along as I know many of you love to read things that aren’t even about pandas!

But now, let’s have some of those pandas you love!

I just saw another news story on Twidder about this…

“I’ll have one of these, and one of these, and one of these, and one of…”

what fresh horror

…and she ate the just right cuppycake all up!

31 days

Oh come on…hasn’t that ever happened to you? One minute there are two dozen cuppycakes just sitting there, and the next minute they’re gone?

let there be cake!

Inspired by a TRUE story!

I need to go have some cake!

Panda on!