Oh my goodness! It’s Day 31!!!! It’s New year’s Eve in my time zone. for some of you, it’s already next year! What ever time zone you are in, take a deep breath, sleep in, if you can, and think about how you are going to combat authoritarianism this year!
I’m going to do it by speaking out here, and in the real world, and keep drawing my ‘toons that speak my truth!
Keep being the bear!
WE need to do better in 2020! What can possibly go wrong?
It’s Day 30 of 31 Days of Pandas! Thank you for joining me for this month-long Pandapalooza! It is always fun dipping into the archives to see what floats to the surface!
We are looking at a very stressful year ahead. HWMNBN is not going to go quietly into the night like Nixon did. He is going to go kicking and screaming and saying UNFAIR WITCH HUNT all the way. We need to be very brave and stand up for the Constitution and for Democracy. We need all the pandas and frosting that we can get!
To that end, let me leave you with some of my all time favorite ‘toons from over the years!
Ever wondered where all these pandas came from?
The panda kindergaten knows where you live.
An explorer’s work is never done.
Pinky answers difficult questions from the press in her own way.
Thanks a lot, Leslie. I think you gave Pinky this idea.
Oh those red pandas! They are such characters!
…and due to the International women’s day strike of 2017
Well *bleep* and take your *bleep* and stick it *bleep*!!!!
2019- We introduced Frank and Mikey late in 2018 (when they allegedly ate Supreme Court nominee Bart Kravenclaw) and I think these (non-panda) bears are here to stay!
I hope you enjoyed this look back at panda satire through the years since we started this blog! Tune in tomorrow for the 31st day of 31 Days of Pandas, and all next month as we do our Year in Review on Sundays!
We are so close to the end of 31 Days of Pandas that I can almost taste the cuppycakes that I get to have once I get done setting up all of these posts! I’m hard at work, thinking about what the pandas are going to get up to next year! These little bears keep me on my tippy toes!
Which reminds me…
are you SURE it’s not “carbonated”?
I’m sure Greta Thunberg would applaud Bob’s efforts to reduce his carbonated foot print.
well, what if I….
Pandas LOVE science! They are also very good at literature!
What do you mean by “was?”
Bob’s first foray into the realms of literature …
…a little something?
be the bear
Bob T Panda
By the way, I am hard at work inventing the reward levels for the felty panda project, which I am calling Hold Me Closer Tiny Panda! I’m very excited, as I have always felt that the only way you get good at something is to do it a lot! To that end, even though the project hasn’t started yet (look for it to start around the 9th of January, for Kickstarter’s #Make100 initiative) I am already making pandas! I keep designating ones I want to keep, as well as refining my panda felting techniques. Stay tuned! as soon as I have a bit more done on the project page, I’ll share it with you here so you can follow along and be ready for the launch!
Oh my. We are almost at the end of the 2019 edition of 31 Days of Pandas. Recently, one of my readers asked how 31 Days of Pandas got started. Maybe what they actually asked was “What the heck were you THINKING!!!!????”
As I recall, the first year I did this, it was in November, and an illustrator friend had just completed A Monster a Day during the month of October. Another popular one-a-day art project for artists is Inktober, where people post a drawing a day during the month of October. While I have not participated, I’ve seen some great drawings posted for Inktober, and I think for those looking for a kick in the pants to do some regular drawing, I think it is a fine thing. Since making art is my day job, there is less of an incentive, and it feels like another thing on my lengthy “to do” list. Don’t let my attitude stop you from trying this!
My original 30 Days of Pandas was to create a drawing that every day, in honor of Po’s Birthday! I added a new panda to the drawing every day for a month. This turned out to be more work than I thought, as I had to re-scan the drawing every time I added a panda. It did turn out to be a really fun drawing, though!
Days one and two!
I think I need to have the ballon panda as something on Redbubble!
And the final image…
30 Days of Pandas!
I hope you enjoyed this look back at the origins of 31 days of Pandas!
Yesterday’s ‘toon made me think about all the other occasions that Mei Xiang delivered some resolutions for Pinky, so I thought that today’s ‘toon round up could feature those ‘toons! (Pinky: I don’t know why! I’m already perfect!)
Is Pinky perfect? You be the judge!
You say you want a resolution, well, you know, it is hard to change a bear….
Once again proving the intransigence of Pinky, and the omnipotence of Mommy Mei
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!
This one is not “resolution” based, but is one of my all time favorites!
Wow! 31 Days of Pandas is on the downhill slide once again! I hope it’s been as much fun for yours it was for me to revisit these classics of panda satire! January will feel almost like a vacation since I won’t have to post every day!
Where we’re at….
I’ll be back on my schedule of new ‘toons every Tuesday and Thursday, and a selection of favorite ‘toons from the archives on Sundays. In January, our encore presentations will focus on the year in review, as I look back to see what was going on each month of the year.
You might have noticed that I didn’t not get around to putting out a new book in January of 2019, and before I knew it, it was December! How the heck did THAT happen? Well, I guess we were all a bit distracted by the fall of Democracy and the various crimes in plain sight by HWMNBN. It was suggested to me, that I look at the ‘toons from 2018 & 2019, and do a compilation on ‘toons about politics! I think that could be very instructive!
I am in the midst of my usual year end practice of looking where I’ve been, and figuring out where I’m going. The political mess has led me to spend too much time raging on Twitter and seeing if You Know Who has had a stroke or committed any overt acts of violence in public. It’s a dilemma: I want to hang out with you all, but I also need to get paintings, pandas (and of course needle felted pandas!!!!) done. So, no more mornings on the internet. Hanging out with you all will be my reward at the end of the day after I’ve actually gotten something done!
Meanwhile, let’s see what Pinky and Bubba are up to. Isn’t it time for Pinky to get her list of resolutions for the new year from mommee?
You would think Pinky would already have improved her behavior by now…
I hope you are spending the morning in your PJ’s, surrounded by those you love. Holiday’s are not all they are cracked up to be, for many people, so if you have a complicated relationship with supposed joyful times of year (whatever holiday you do or don’t celebrate) cut yourself a great, big length of slack. Just remember, if your holiday is not what you wish it was, Donald tRUmp’s is turning out even worse than that. 🙂
Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy our feature presentation (starring Pinky!!!)…
101 Bebe Panda-Nation!
Zank hebben…for leettle bears!
Wait…who did you say is the star?
How many times do we have to tell you, DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR!!!!!
Babette can talk anyone into anything.
When trouble arrives, it’s time to call for some MEIHEM!!!!!
This may be a job for…Inspector Panda!!!!
Inspector Panda has arrived! He’ll…um…solve everything!
Where is Babette taking them?
Cue the scary music!!!!
Will Pinky save the day?
How about that! Pinky DID save the day!
Happy New Year’s Eve and a (Im)peachy New Year!
Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda
My sincerest thanks, and fondest thought are with you all! Thanks for another great year in panda fandom!
Yes, it is indeed Christmas Eve at last! Huzzah! Brew up some cocoa, get your cookies all lined up, in order of preference, and get ready to watch another holiday classic tomorrow, ALL episodes of 101 Bebe Pandas!
But now, I promised you the conclusion of our newest holiday (instant) classic…
Mei Xiang’s Nightmare Before Christmas! Get out your hankies so you are ready for the happy ending!!!
I TOLD you there would be a happy ending! Would I lie to you?
Bob ho-ho-ho T Panda Treason’s Greetings!
Just in case you need something festive for your holiday caroling…oh Tidings of treason and Greed!
It is Day 23 of 31 Days of Pandas, and that means it’s Christmas Eve EVE!!! I bet you didn’t know that was a thing? Egg nog and cookies all around! Meanwhile, You Know Who is STILL impeached, even if he doesn’t accept it, and if anyone was going to get coal in their Christmas stocking, it would be him.
But now! let’s watch the final episodes of Bears Under the Big Top! Huzzah!
…and it all ends with Mr Wu’s Birthday party! Huzzah!
See? I TOLD you it would all be okay in the end!
Bob T I’ve been very, very good Panda
Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the final installment of Mei Xiang’s Nightmare Before Christmas!
We are past the solstice! Is it getting lighter yet? Well, not really! It has been raining like mad, trying to catch up on the rather dry November we had. I’m sure the trees are thirsty, and really, I’d rather have rain than snow. This time last year, I was was stuck at home, because it snowed I couldn’t get down the hill, my power was out, and my car was in the shop because I had hit a deer a week earlier. So a little rain? Meh!
Meanwhile, it’s time for the next episodes of…
Bears Under the Big Top (starring the Wu Self!)
Happy Day 22 of 31 Days of Pandas!
Be the Bear
Bob T Panda