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If A Cuppycake Falls in the Forest…

…and there is no one there to hear it, who gets to eat the cuppycake?

Well, this may be a first for the Panda Chronicles, a cartoon with no pandas! However, this panda-less tale comes to us from none other than panda chronicler par excellence`, Henry Nicholls, Author of The Way of the Panda. Henry was kind enough to alert me to the story of a bear in Alaska, who followed his nose to a cuppycake birthday party.

I am not making (some of) this up.

Cuppycakes are to bears as toast is to otters.

Cuppycakes are to bears as toast is to otters.

And although there are no pandas in this particular episode, Mr B. Bear has agreed to appear on the Mehitabel Tonite! Show next week, to talk about his traumatic ordeal. Won’t that be fun?

And while you are thinking about cuppycakes, I think you should hop (or galumph, depending on how many cuppycakes you have eaten today) on over to V Something Speaks and read  the first recipe of The Panda Chronicles Cuppycake Cookbook! It celebrates Princess Pinky, who as everyone knows, is having her first birthday next month.

And, um…Mr Wu has his birthday next week.  We haven’t forgotten you, Mr Wu.  You will always be number one with me!

mr wu speaks out.

Woe is Wu…upstaged by a bunch of gurls!

You might want to watch the San Diego Zoo pandacam on Tuesday morning, for Mr Wu’s birthday party.  Last year his girlfriends at the zoo made him an absolutely spectacular cake for his first birthday, and I’m sure they will attempt to out-do themselves this year.

I hope you are off to a panda-ful week!

Be the Bear (any kind of bear, really!)
Bob T. Panda

Selfies at the Tour de France

Oh my, just when I thought that the practice of taking selfies couldn’t get any more absurd, (see this post) an observant reader told me that people were taking selfies at the Tour de France.  Not only were they taking selfies, they were stepping out into the flow of (really, really, really,) fast bicycle racers in order to do so.

We are talking about bicycle racers with only three fat cells in their entire bodies, who are probably already a little cranky because
A) Someone just compared them to Lance Armstrong,
B) It’s July,
C)There are not actually french fries every where in France,
and
D) Some moron with an iphone – who hasn’t been on a bike since 4th grade –  just stepped out in front of them and they crashed and cannot finish the race because their $12,000 Italian racing bike now looks like a leftover pretzel from the Bumpkin County Fair.

Of course, here at The Institute of Contemporary Panda Satire felt we had to address this issue, in the mature and respectful way that you have come to expect from us. (Insert fart joke here.)

Sometimes real life news stories make it Just.  Too.    Easy

Sometimes real life news stories make it Just. Too. Easy

Meanwhile back at the Zoo, panda birthday season has begun.  I hesitate to admit that I don’t know the birthdays of every U.S. born panda, let alone those born abroad, but Washington DC’s favorite #1 son, Tai Shan, celebrated his 9th birthday on July 9th, and the Meihem twins of Zoo Atlanta have their first birthday coming up this Tuesday! (Ya’ll come back for a special birthday ‘toon on Tuesday, OK?)

Meanwhile, in honor of the publication of my book Pandamorphosis, we are inviting you to post pictures of YOUR copy of Pandamorphosis on The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire page on Facebook.

Huzzah!

Be the Bear
Bob T. Panda

Zippity Zoom* It’s the last day of the A to ZZZZZ Challenge

* Thanks and apologies to Nancy A.( who coincidentally just sold her first book! Huzzah!)  for using your title, but hey! Z’s, you know?

Yes we have reached the zenith of the A to Z (some might say the nadir), the zero hour, my zombie like stare, from too many hours staring at zee computer. (talk about cheap shots!)  How can I equate something that starts with “Z” to pandas? why, zoos, of course!

But, I promised you a new cartoon, didn’t I? And without any more zigzagging from zonked out cuppycake crazed pandas, here ’tis:

Zee mystery is about to begin!

Zee mystery is about to begin!

But I think you need a few more cartoons to make this a worthy finale, and what could be more appropriate than a couple of episodes of ZooNooZ, the only news show that looks the same whether you spell it upside down, frontwards, backwards, or upside down and backwards!  It’s like a multidirectional palindrome!

Did he really have to tell them THAT????

Did he really have to tell them THAT????

What happens in Vegas.....

What happens in Vegas….. (notice the lampshade? you might want to remember that later.)

Bears are on the ball!

Goodnight everyone!

Thanks for letting the pandas come and play at the A to Z Blog Challenge. We now return you to our regular schedule of pandas.

Be the Bear,
Bob T. Panda

Make Way, Make Way! A Panda Princess Approaches…

Oh, long have we waited for this day! Our Panda Princess, now just over three weeks old, born into the seat of Panda Power in Washington DC.  A recent statistic hit the FaceWaves today, 38 panda cubs were born around the world this year, with 34 of them surviving.  A major accomplishment in Panda Proliferation, indeed!

And now, for her debut appearance in these pages, we present…

And just how did the panda kindergarten get her address?

And just how did the panda kindergarten get her address?

Meanwhile, back at the drawing board, We await the arrival of another bundle of joy…yes, the proof copy for Book 3 of the Panda Chronicles may just be waiting for me at my post office box.  As soon as I make sure I didn’t make any boo-boos (or that the printer didn’t) I can push the old “publish” button and make The Panda Chronicles Book 3: Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten available to panda satire fans everywhere.

If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ve already had a sneak peak at the cover. So if you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, you can see it here for the first time!

Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten!

Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten!

and the back cover is just as cool!

didn't I tell you?

A Big Pandy thanks goes out again to Stevi Grega for contributing this tagline.

A small bit of housekeeping:

Due to changing the platform on which The Panda Chronicles appears, I seemed to have misplaced all my subscribers, from the previous incarnation.  I f you still wish to have pandas arrive in your inbox whenever I publish a new post, you will have to re-subscribe.  Thanks for understanding the limitations of  my being a bear of limited technology aptitude.  Newsletter subscriptions were unaffected by this change, in case you were wondering.

Don’t forget to tune into Mr. Wu Wednesday!

Be the Bear

Bob T. Panda

 

 

 

 

It’s Mr Wu Wednesday and off we go with episode 2 of Mr Wu’s new adventure!

Off we go…into the wild blue….oh was that a clue?  What is in THAT BOX that the panda kindergarten brought for Mr Wu? Could it be……

Will the panda kindergarten get it put together before Bai Yun gets home?

Will the panda kindergarten get it put together before Bai Yun gets home?

Did they read the assembly instruction manual? Do they know what they are doing???!!!!!!?  I can hardly stand the wait!!!!!

To see what happens next, tune in next week for Mr Wu’s Big Adventure, Part the third. right here at our regularly scheduled blog.

Bwahahahaha!

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

And while you are in the neighborhood, check out my new post on Nothing Overlooked!

It’s a Windy Wu’sday, as Mr Wu prepares to greet his Panda Fans! Huzzah!

Up here in the panda-less Pacific Northwest, one thing we are never short of are wind and rain.  OK, that was two things, but they do kind of go together! Although, right now, we are having wind and SUN!  But I bet you wish I would quit blathering about the weather, and get the latest cartoon from Mr Wu up on this site.

OK, OK, here it is!

Don't you love "rear shots" of baby pandas?

Don’t you love “rear shots” of baby pandas?

And don’t forget,  Book 2 of The Panda Chronicles is about to be released!  Stay tuned on this very page or follow us on twitter @pandachronicle  and now you can like us on facebook on Bob The Panda‘s newly remodeled page.  Woot woot huzzah!  Huzzah!

Be the bear!

 

Monday, Monday! Please go away!

Just in case you were wondering, here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire, we really hate Monday mornings.  Why? because we have to get out of our nice cozy den and go to work.  Not to mention that it is 40 degrees and raining. On the other hand, we get to bring you the latest in Panda Satire, so it’s not all bad.

One of Bob's most endearing qualities is his willingness to believe in the inherent  goodness of the panda kindergarten.

One of Bob’s most endearing qualities is his willingness to believe in the inherent goodness of the panda kindergarten.

Later this week we may have some extraordinary panda history news for you.  I’m not going to tell you what it is, but if you know the connection between a New York dress designer, the Brookfield Zoo, and Taxis, you may have a clue to the subject of this news flash.

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

Monday, Monday! Please go away!

Just in case you were wondering, here at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire, we really hate Monday mornings.  Why? because we have to get out of our nice cozy den and go to work.  Not to mention that it is 40 degrees and raining. On the other hand, we get to bring you the latest in Panda Satire, so it’s not all bad.

One of Bob's most endearing qualities is his willingness to believe in the inherent  goodness of the panda kindergarten.

One of Bob’s most endearing qualities is his willingness to believe in the inherent goodness of the panda kindergarten.

Later this week we may have some extraordinary panda history news for you.  I’m not going to tell you what it is, but if you know the connection between a New York dress designer, the Brookfield Zoo, and Taxis, you may have a clue to the subject of this news flash.

Be the Bear!

Bob T. Panda

Another Fabulous Furry Friday!

Lance Armstrong has been in the news again, what with his tell all interview with Oprah Winfrey airing this week.  The TV reception here at the panda den is virtually non-existent, so we don’t know if he copped a plea or not.  It did remind us of something that happened in Pandyland during the last Winter Olympics, so that inspired us to choose the following cartoon for our encore presentation this week. (For some reason, almost everything reminds us of …um…us. Go figure.)

Pandas using performance enhancing substances? Say it isn't so!

Pandas using performance enhancing substances? Say it isn’t so!

Join us next week as we prepare for the Panda Season of Love!  Coming soon to a zoo near you!

Be the Bear

Bob T. Panda

It’s that time of year again….but no October surprise!

Sigh…

It’s the first week of October, and you know what that means.

Yes, this is the week the Mac Arthur Fellowships start getting awarded. And, as far as I know, there is still no category for “Panda Satire.”

Go Figure.

When will panda satire have it’s day?

 

Sigh…

Be the Bear

Bob T. Panda