Hello Panda Fans! It seems that several of you may have missed us over the weekend as we were doing some site renovations. You will most likely see some twiddling and refining as time goes on, as I wanted to get the pandas up and running (we can so run!) even though everything is not cuppycake perfect as yet!
Much excitement has been happening in the land of pandas…the Atlanta twinkies are now 7 (or is it 8?) weeks old and getting cute enough to send Mr. Wu into a tailspin of anxiety over his cuteness ratings (more on that coming Wednesday.) The newest panda in our nation’s capitol has survived a full week+ a few days and is getting fat and loud. Huzzah! I caught a glimpse of “starter ears” on the Facebook pictures this morning. Huzzah!
But all is not hunky-dorey…The New Yorker magazine ran an expose on the secret life of pandas, much to the embarrassment of guy pandas everywhere. “Did he HAVE to tell that story?”, more than one panda was heard to mutter around the pandasphere this morning.
Did he really have to tell them THAT????
Of Course Gao Gao, stud muffin of the SDZ had no complaints about the article!
Meanwhile, work on Book 3 of The Panda Chronicles is proceeding. Stay tuned here to be the first to know when it is ready. Speaking of staying tuned, as a result of a change in web hosting, it seems that all my subscribers disappeared in the transition (for the blog, not the newsletter) so if you would still like to receive new cartoons in your inbox 3 times a week, pleasere-subscribe via the form/button that says “Invite Pandas to Your Inbox” near the top of the righthand column. You don’t want to miss a single episode, especially with Mr. Wu starting on a new adventure next week!
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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.