Tag Archives: Pandas

GO GO GO!!!!!!!

How NOT to start a Kickstarter campaign:

  1. Wait till the absolute last minute to start actually setting up your project
    2. Figure “I’ve done this so many times before. I have the items designed, what could possibly go wrong?”
    3. Hit a technical glitch within the Kickstarter site.
    4. Go to sleep and hope it will be fixed by morning
    5. Glitch has not self corrected. Send request for help to Kickstarter support.
    6. Get no response from Kickstarter.
    7. Send another request to the help line.
    8. Get no response.
    9. Troll Kickstarter on Twidder (heh) but (mostly nicely. (mostly)
    10. Send another desperate email to help line.
    11. Kickstarter fixes glitch.
    12. Launch project from phone, without sending out sufficient notice, late on Friday afternoon.
    13. Send out the same ‘toon you sent out yesterday, announcing the ACTUAL launch of the project, as opposed to the one announcing it yesterday, when I was not actually able to launch.

My Bad! But Hey! We’re LIVE!!!!!

Mr. Wu IS a pivotal panda in the rise of panda satire! Better late than nebber!

The Wu the Pirate patch! approx size 3.5″ tall

Panda on!
Here’s the link!
Bob T Panda

Put a Panda on it 3.0!!!!!

Pinky is at it again!

Back when I was freshly out of college, I had moved up to Western MA, and worked in a variety of restaurants, while trying to keep painting. The split shift I usually worked, didn’t leave a lot of time for painting on work days, so I fell into watching soap operas during my several off hours. The Young and the Restless was one show I remember.

But in Pinky’s case, it should be The Young and the Relentless!

Watch out, Bubba! Pinky is on the loose!

Bubba and Ping pins should be arriving soon! If you missed an opportunity, send me a message or comment!

Be the Bear
Pinky 2020
Bob T Panda

The panda is political…

Every once in a while, someone will send me a message or comment saying that they can no longer read my ‘toons because “it’s just too upsetting, how political they have become.” I try to take a deep breath and calmly explain the history of cartoons (political), the rights of the artist to determine the content and style of our own work, and then we get to pandas….

And I have to remind/inform/exclaim that pandas are the most political animal, and most politically used animal in existence. Panda loans (and before them gifts of pandas) are used to curry favor, or reward the recipient. It’s really a pretty simple concept. You are nice to us? We will let you have a couple of pandas. Oh, but all the kids are ours, and that will be $1M a year to rent them, bamboo and cuppycakes not included.

But could pandas be up to something more sinister?

Bwahahahaha!

Speak into the flower pot!
Bob T Panda

BTW: “President” Mittens is visiting the UK again. I hope he behaves himself this time!

Yep, that old Mittens…he’s SUCH a charmer!

More from the Animal Justice League!

Sometimes the news does not disappoint.

Also, did you know elephants make 300 pounds of poo a day? *True fact learned at Pan Diego Zoo this weekend*

Look who’s here!

Only a couple more days till the end of our Kickstarter project! Now’s the time to make sure you are getting what you want or sign up if you haven’t already!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Join the Moooooovement!

You knew that Mehitabel would have to interview Devin Nune’s Cow, didn’t you? Of course you did! We at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire never miss a chance to join what ever punny moooovement is happening out on the inter webs, and this one is just so much fun! If you hang out on Twidder, do head over to @DevinCow and give a follow! They are trying to reach a million followers, just to annoy Devin Nunes, and who can fault them for that?

I mean, if we didn’t have Devin to heckle, I’d have to spend all my time heckling Howard Schultz!

Who doesn’t love a good bovine bon mot?

Moove over! You’re crowding me!

For those (panda) history buffs among you, you should know that this weeks marks the 47th anniversary of the Nixon Pandas arrival in Washington DC. I count myself among those who saw these labeled bears in person (bearson?) in the late ’80’s, a few years before the passing of Ling Ling.

As such, it is the custom here at the Panda Chronicles to replay the cartoon I wrote, commemorating the 40th anniversary of their arrival. Enjoy!

The first “official” pandas that came to live permanently in the USofA

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

PS: you still have time to visit the Bubba Pin Kickstarter project, Don’t Call Mee Boo Boo! Don’t be the only panda fan without Bubba, Pinky, and Ping Ping’s commemorative pins!

Paris Burns, but Babette Persists…

Such a sad day for Paris, for all of France, for the entire world. The Cathedral of Notre Dame has burned, the gargoyles and the world weeps.  Many love it as a religious symbol, many love it as a work of art, a piece of history, a part of culture, a thing of beauty. Who knew how much wood is used in making a stone cathedral. A lot, apparently, because the centuries old wood went up like a torch.

I know if Babette knew of this, she would be devastated.  Maybe she’d even quit running for president.

it was a total coincidence that Babette’s ‘toon should run today.

Meanwhile, over on Kickstarter, things are going fast and furry…I mean furiously! Do take a peek if you haven’t yet pledged!

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

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

Are Surveillance Cameras Fair to Bears?

Countless grizzlies, pandas and other bears who have been caught unawares on cameras would growl a resounding NOOOO! Wild pandas have been caught on camera, and now…now, lovable grizzly bears Frank and Mikey may have been unjustly accused of a crime!

But then, just where did those fuzzy dice come from? The Shameless Commerce Division of Car Talk, perhaps?

Ruh Roh….

WE’re just 1 week away from the next Panda Chronicles Pin Project, so stay tuned! Sneak peek at our next design coming…um…soon!

Be the bear, everyone!
Bob T Panda

You say “billionaire” like it’s a dirty word…

With apologies to that other Bob:

I pity the poor billionaire,
Who wishes the poor folks stay home.
He thinks that they all should just vote for him,
And then they should leave him alone.

I sure hope Pinky doesn’t find out about this.

Life is a banquet…at least if you are a billionaire…

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Coming soon! The panda season of love!

Whew! Peel me off the ceiling!

Let’s start today’s post with a rousing cheer for all of you who supported me in my Kickstarter campaign to make the FIRST Panda Chronicles collector series pin!

Huzzah!!!!!! But now, let’s check in on the newest RED Panda babies at the Woodland Park Zoo…

Wee are pandas too!!!!

And now…Some final thoughts on my pin project…

I’m very excited that we had such a huge success, and reached the minimum amount needed to do the project, (on the FIRST DAY!!!), with a couple of add ons, to make them even more pandarific!: A printed card on which the pins will be mounted on AND, a stamp will be made for the back, that I can continue to use as I do more pins from this same manufacturer.

You might wonder why I choose the Kickstarter platform to do my projects and the main reason is this: I am a one person operation, with all sorts of plates and balls (and sometimes roaring chainsaws) in the air at the same time. The thing I love to do most is to make art and write and draw pandas (and engage in a liddle panda improv on twidder and fezbook) Soooo, if I can condense the ordering and fulfillment time into a short, finite period, it means I can spend most of my time making art, and a shorter, more focused time getting it to you.

This is also why coming up with an assortment of products (tee-shirts! Pillows! Jewelry! Phone covers!) doesn’t work very well in a one person shop. Turning my studio into a warehouse of products takes space and time, not to mention the product development and fulfillment research time. (Not to mention money.) One of my goals for this year is to develop my Redbubble shop so that those more varied products ARE available, but I won’t have to make, store, or ship them.

I like using Kickstarter to develop ideas that don’t exist in the instant order world of places like Cafe Press and Red Bubble. It allows me to design (fun!!!) and have someone produce the pins, and know that I have enough interest to make the project viable.

I’m really excited to get these pins in your hands. I’m hoping to design a new pin about every two months and I hope you’ll like the first ones enough to collect the whole set! Your enthusiastic response allows me to get some extra pins, so that a couple times a year, I can have special pin set sales (once there are enough pins to make sets!) and as new followers jump on the panda train, I’ll have previously made pins so that people can have all of them, at least till they’re all gone!

Thank all of you who supported this project, once again! I hope you’ll let me know who YOU think should have the honor of being on the next pin!

Thanks for Being the Bears,
Bob T Panda

Pinky pin! #ClapLouder