Before we get started here, I’d like to welcome my most recent subscribers! Hope you enjy the fun!
Be the Bear!
Okay, maybe I should ask people whether they want to be singled out for the Roll…of…Honor…but…NAH! It’s the old saying, it’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission. Today’s Roll of Honor honoree is none other than Henry Nicholls, who wrote The Way ofthe Panda. This is a real book about panda history and panda science, and as someone who is often accused of “only looking at the pictures in art books and reading the cartoons in The New Yorker,” I actually read and enjoyed Henry’s book. So what did Henry do that landed him on the Roll of Honor? Well, he stumbled across this very blog while he was writing his book, and contacted me asking both how I got into panda satire and whether I knew any other examples of it. I never even knew there was such a thing as panda satire! And then, I “offered” to let him use one of my cartoons in his book, and he fell for it….I mean he graciously accepted. Not only that, he listed my blog address and gave me a photo credit. So, The Way of the Panda contains the first internationally print published version of one of my cartoons. And, he put a link on his blog, also named The Way of the Panda, to The Panda Chronicles! Is that cool, or what? Definitely Roll of Honor material. So thanks Henry.
I don’t know what most people think I do all day, but it is definitely NOT sitting around on my fuzzy butt drinking margaritas and eating bon-bons. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if some magical fairy godperson (I’m not picky) would swoop down and drop a big bag of money so I could sit around drawing PANDA CARTOONS for days on end? I have fans now! (Well at least 28 of you are subscribing and some of those AREN’T because I personally threatened you with bodily harm and excessive whining if you didn’t.) People are depending on me for frequent applications of panda satire!
Around the beginning of October, someone on NPR always announces that the annual MacArthur Fellowships have been awarded and gosh darn it I didn’t get one again this year. Sigh… So there I was, lamenting my failure to receive large bags of money once again, and darned if I didn’t think of a cartoon to celebrate the season. So, I hope someone on the committee that selects people for the grant is reading this, because this category has long been neglected among MacArthur recipients.
Be the Bear (who was feeling better enough to draw a new cartoon!)