Tag Archives: Pandas

It’s going to be a long, hot summer…

…and probably not in a good way.

I have to admit, the last couple days have been very hard. More than 100,000 people have died in the US from COVID19. Protests have turned into riots, which seem to be fueled by HWMNBN pouring gasoline on the flames, as well as the very real possibility that those white supremacist groups that showed up at state Capitols with not so much as a slap on the wrist, are showing up, to increase the violence and use the (mostly) peaceful protesters as cover.

HWMNBN’s Liar General is claiming that these are “radical left extremists.” I’m pretty sure this is a lie. Audible violence is mere blocks away from the homes of people I care about. I am safe (for the moment) in my forest hideaway and feel very fortunate that this is so.

There is not much I can do from here, besides send adorable, funny pandas out into the world.

Here ya go!

Our lack of taste is only exceeded by our sense of the absurd.

And just how did the panda kindergarten get her address?

Who’s the bear???!!!

Varooooooomba! Thanks to Lynnie Ness for alerting us to the “off label” use of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.

panda movie

social media for pandas

panda kindergarten naughtyness

this old den 2nd episode

The panda kindergarten is so very helpful.

He’s small for now, but Bubba Bei Bei is shaping up to be a whole lot of panda!

This one is still my favorite:

See? I told you it was broken!

I hope these ‘toons with no whiff of HWMNBN helped heal your hearts a little this morning! Panda on, everyone!

Many thanks to those who are sharing pictures of your newly arrived panda masks! They are absolutely adorable, and it gives me great pleasure to know that Pinky, Bubba, Bee (the Bear) and young Pirate Wu are keeping you all safe! 

Take care everyone!
Wands Up!
Stay Safe!
Bob T Panda

It’s Mourning in America …

Before we get to our weekly round-up of pandas, I just want to give voice to the thought that is in most of our minds. This Monday is Memorial Day, the day we, as Americans, pause to remember those who died protecting our country in the armed services. By tomorrow, more than 100,000 people will have died in this country from COVID 19.

Academic statistical models tell us that had we only started physical distancing and stay at home orders one week earlier, we would have less than half this number of deaths. We can’t change the past, but we can still influence the future. stay home if you can. Wear a mask if you can’t. While you still might have to go to work, do what you can to maintain distancing and stay out of crowded situations when you are able.

Do we want this all to be over? You bet! Is it going to happen immediately? Probably not. What helps me is keeping in touch with my friends and the panda online community.  Is constantly reading political commentary helpful? Probably not, but it does give me some good material for ‘toons, amIright? Better to spend more time watching panda videos.

So, let’s see what pandas have to say about all this…

March

Whats a protest without pandas?

inauguration

Hey, save some cuppycakes for me!

international woman's day

…and due to the International women’s day strike of 2017

pinky defense

Would YOU believe this panda?

reality

Do we HAVE to go?

And, even truer now, than they were two years ago….

Just how crazy do we think it’s going to get?

Next to Mittens, we all look pretty normal, don’t we?

Someone forgot to take their meds today, I think.

Lock that cat up, for crying out loud!

We shall overcome, but only if we remember to vote, all the way up and down the ticket! Don’t forget, ‘kay?

 

Panda On, Everyone!
Bob T Panda

Thanks to Jon Oliver who alerted us to this great new sporting event!

 

Sunday Funday Salutes…Our Pandas to the North

As if the global pandemic was not enough pain for those of us in North America, the Canadian pandas are going to be going back to China. Their bamboo, which is about 99% of their diet, comes from China, flown in every couple days (or is it once a week? I can’t remember and I am too lazy to look it up.) has been hard to come by, what with the flight reductions during the pandemic.  Most pandas have a preference for the bamboo they like to eat, and even if the US and Canada weren’t having their own problems, you can’t switch out Seattle boo for Chengdu boo, no matter how convenient that would be.

So, Er Shun and Da Mao are heading back to China, much to our dismay.

Meanwhile, HWMNBN continues to throw tantrums, tell lies about the scope of the pandemic and I’m guessing, will be tweeting up a s**tstorm after the inspiring speech that President Barak Obama gave at the Virtual Commencement on Saturday. It was nice to be reminded what someone with empathy and intelligence sounds like.

But it’s Sunday and that means it’s time for some pandamonium! Let’s look back at the ‘toons about the Canadian pandas and the place they held in the world of Panda Satire!

Pinky and the Twinkies, eh?

“If Pinky is grounded, can I have her dessert?”

What do you mean you left a note saying they are at my house?

Bubba is having so much fun with his new friends!

Hey! Where did Bubba and Mr. Bun go?

Hey! watch where you put that torch!

It’s a good thing that Pinky taught Bubba how to use Skype!

Packing is such a chore! And a surprise visit from a friend can make it go so much faster!

long goodbye

The Long Goodbye, or “Toronto Farewell”

our story

Mommee pandas have laser vision. Don’t even think you can hide, Bubba.

There’s always time for another cupcake!!!

So THAT’S how Pinky got there so quickly!

I wonder what this button over here does….AAAAAHHHHHHHH!

 

By the way, it sounds like masks are shipping over at Redbubble! If you need some masks, wouldn’t you breathe a little easier if they had pandas on them?

Be(e) the Bear!
Bob T Panda

May the Fourth Be With You ( day late, but…)

Even though I saw the original Star Wars movie when it came out, it took me years to get this joke. What can I say? Sometimes I am not all that on top of things.

Meanwhile, COVID19 rages on as does the Malignant Orange Menace. Wearing masks is recommended and so the good folks at Redbubble added masks to their line up of products that artists can add their creative stamp to.  If you need a mask, I hope you’ll check out my offerings at Redbubble!

Meanwhile, Pinky has decided to contribute to the mask making cause…in her own way, of course…

Wait…we get paid?

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Just one of the new designs for my shop at Redbubble!

Bears will be Bears!

Due to some operator error (some might say incompetence!) the post I set up for today has disappeared! I was having some site issues that I hope are resolved now, so BEAR with me (ha ha! Get it?) while I reconstruct (or try to)…

A Sunday Salute to BEARS! (and cuppycakes)

another cartoon inspired by real news!

Thanks again to Henry Nicholls for alerting me to this story

girl power

Will there be cuppycakes?

feel

Not even CUPPYCAKES????

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?

I like bears.

The worst thing is the bears always reset the radio preset buttons and change the seat position!

So, Mikey…how was the Grand Ol’ Opry?

Those grizzlies are awfully sneaky!

It wasn’t us!!!!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

So how’s everybody’s social distancing going?

TBH, my life is not significantly different than usual, but I do feel the effects of staying home just about all the time. There are parts of it which are nice, and parts that I am ready to be done with, but most of those reflect the amount of privilege I have in my life. For instance, I don’t have school aged children or elderly parents living with me. I sympathize with those who are trying to get their work done (or even have a moment to themselves) with too many people in a too small living space.

But I do have more time to make felty pandas and design *new* things with pandas on them!!!

Is this fun, or what? (Please note, the pink displayed on the screen is not accurate, due to the differences between screen and print colors)

But what the heck is washi tape? I had to look it up too.

It is similar to masking tape, but of course with fun designs. I’m looking at the 30mm width, which is just under 1 1/4 inch wide. The same folks who facilitate my socks, pins and patches have been adding new products to their available lines and I thought this was too cool to pass up. Let me know if you think this is a good idea. I’m planning on ordering 50 rolls of each. I’m gettin ready to order some, so stay tuned and I’ll let you know how to order.

But now, Let’s have some more pandas! We need extra pandas to keep our sanity (such as it is) in these treacherous times!

Visit the Panda Ranch!

Speaking of being mauled by bears…

cheerful

Or how about some cuppycakes?

panda bites man who hugged him

“I felt so violated!”

What do you think of my blob?

I hope you enjoyed this look back to some of the very early panda toons! Who knows what Pinky is getting up to on her day off! I don’t think we want to know. Stay safe, everyone!

Wands up, everyone!

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

100 Years of Solitude

Gee. I hope it’s not going to last that long, no matter how much this first week feels like it has already been 100 years long. I hope it gets easier. But although I am still healthy, covid19 cases are growing in Island county. In theory, I’m pretty safe. I work at home, I don’t go out to crowded places much, but when every door handle is a ticking time bomb, and knowing how extremely contagious this virus is, it does not give one much peace of mind.

In times of trouble, we need art and laughter more than ever.

Doesn’t impeachment seem like a million years ago?

A bear can dream, am I right?

I have a lot of thoughts, having a bit of extra time to think, so I thought I would share it here.

Also, if I put these nuggets of wisdom between the ‘toons, it will be harder to just scroll past it and get to the good stuff. 🙂

The transition from staying home most of the time to staying home all the time (except for one post office run and maybe a weekly trip to the grocery store) is not a big one, but somehow it feels significant. It feels different. I’m trying to remember to talk to people on the phone, not just text or tweet at them. I’m trying to keep in mind that even though I am not on the front lines in health care or restocking grocery store shelves, creating humorous panda satire, and beautiful paintings (and felty pandas!!!) is still important.

Don’t get mad. Get even.

Rising up from behind the stories of inept and malignant “leadership”, are teachers and writers and artists who are making broad and generous offers to share what they have created online, so that families who are suddenly homeschooling or coordinating online learning from their closed schools, have interesting, joyful content for children.

Theater companies are offering their seamstress services to hospitals to make mask to protect the doctors and nurses on the front lines.

Governors and mayors are stepping forward and doing what needs to be done to keep their people safe, when the federal government drags it feet.

And of course everyone is starting their own podcast!

Because of course she does!

So much FLANNEL!!!!

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been creating panda satire for more than 12 years, starting in early 2008.

In all that time, as the readership has swelled, some people have been here almost from the beginning and some are more recent friends and readers.  For those who are new here, most of the ‘toons are here in the archives for you to read, to get to know all the characters that reside here in Pandyland.

This is not a land with millions of followers. But those of you who have decided to get on board the panda bus, well, I think you are pretty special. (You obviously have excellent taste in humor) Our numbers may be modest, but our love of pandas and warmth of spirit are mighty. It makes my day when I get a card (in the actual mail!!!) from one of you. It makes me feel like what I do matters.

When I see references to cuppycakes, comments and conversations in the voice of the characters of The Panda Chronicles (Otherwise known as panda improv) It makes me smile and makes my heart lighter. It makes me feel like I have created something significant. I have created characters that have come to life in minds other than my own.

Who would ever imagine Pinky would do something to offend someone? #ClapLouder

Make no mistake. These are dark times.

If we are to get through them, we need each and every one of us to keep that panda light in our hearts. We need to believe that there will be a rising up against the malignant force that has taken hold in the center of our government. We need to believe that good hearts and good spirits will prevail. ( We need to VOTE in November)

Pinky: when are people gonna learn dat pinky knows da best!

Being endangered means never having to say you are sorry.

bears will be bears!

Let Pinky be Pinky!

George Washington Bridge lane closure satire.

Princess Pinky Bao Bao…what have you done now?

Panda on, Panda on!
Bob T Panda

It’s a Pardon-Palooza!

Yesterday was International Panda, World Panda Day or National Panda Day, depending on your news source.  Around here, EVERY day is Panda Day, or at least Pinky Day, so not much different!

Meanwhile, it seems that the COVID-19 virus has reached panda-demic levels, which has the added benefit of taking our attention from all the crimes of HWMNBN. That is a benefit for him, not us. Time will tell if he actually held up the testing of suspected cases because he was hoping to get an exclusive test deal from a German pharmaceutical firm, for the US only. Could he have been holding tests up, not only to downplay the threat, but also to profit from the pandemic? Really?

But he seems like such a nice guy!!

I’m sure they are all innocent, just like Mittens!

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Please stay safe out there, everyone! Washington is on modified lockdown, but I have plenty of ink, paper, and felting wool to get me through. Take care of yourself, okay? I can’t afford to lose any readers!

 

Beware, the Ides of Pinky!

Hey, it’s the Ides of March today, March 15th! I’m not entirely sure what the reference is from, but I think it might be something Shakespearean.

With that in mind…

After all, the playings the thing….

As people hunker down into self isolation or quarantine, it has been suggested that you read or watch something funny or uplifting to counter each thing you read about COVID19 or HWMNBN.

The Panda Chronicles is here to help!

Mr. Wu was very expressive and creative...By request!

We are sailing in uncharted waters. All schools in Washington State are closed, people are being asked to self isolate, voluntarily for now. I’m doing what I can to say home (actually, pretty easy as I work at home) and not amass ridiculous quantities of toilet paper and canned soup. (I do need to up my frosting supply! I need to keep my strength up!)

For now, the best service I can provide to humanity is to share funny stuff, so here we go!

new years eve party, panda kindergarten

The panda kindergarten at their best…or is that worst?

yoga for pandas

All salute the sacred cuppycake!

Pandanastics star, PO of Atlanta Zoo, practices for the Olympics, while the Torch Bears continue their around the world journey. Where will they turn up next?

This looks kind of dangerous, doesn’t it?

Maybe Pandas DO have a better idea…..

Princess Pinky helps with new years resolutions

You say you want a resolution, well, you know, it is hard to change a bear….

deleted footage from press conference

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

And remember, the best advice we can give you to stay healthy is…

pandas in the laboratory

Can you calibrate the cuppycake?

Stay safe, everyone! let’s be careful out there!

I can’t afford to lose any readers!

Panda on!
Bob T Panda!

As a former Pennsylvanian, I am required by law…

…to celebrate Groundhogs Day!

In light of that fact (because we here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire know that NO ONE is above the law), we present to you, the first appearance in these ‘toons, of the one, the only, Punxutawney Phil!!!

Please hold your applause!

Phil is kind of excitable, isn’t he?

I’ve noticed that many of the smaller guest animals here are rather feisty! 

Be the bear everyone!
Bob T Panda