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A Day of Thanks, No Matter Where you Live

I tried to get a new ‘toon done for today…I really did.

But I decided it was a better thing for me to spend some time painting and then a little time outside in the garden, and there might also have been a nap. Mebbee. Our story will return next week and we will find out just who was causing Mommee Mei’s landline dial phone to ring.

I want to say a few things about our beloved, fetid hellsite Twidder. I have gotten to know so many of you there and after a couple years of bumbling around there, I finally figured out how to use it in a way that made sense to me. I really hate starting new things and trying to figure out how not to lose any of my friends from the different groups I gravitate towards.

There is of course, the most beloved PandaTwitter.

That’s where I will find most of the people who dearly love our black and white bears. These are the folks that I can revel in a bit of panda improv, a fun way to get a little playfulness into our lives. Those who live close to DC generously share the photos and videos that they take when visiting our favorite pandas. If I did not have those daily reminders of how much I love the pandas and the community that has sprung up around them, it would make me sad.

Then there are my friends from the world of writing and illustrating for kids. what I’ve learned from you could fill an entire bookshelf. I know that at least some of us will find each other as we wander the internet diaspora. To @markeology, creator of the infamous #cookiepitch, I say to you, never before have I had so much fun coming up with crazy ideas for books that dare not be written.

Then there are the people I follow who are tweeting about the things I think are important.

The journalists and the legal community and other writers who are saying the things that need to be said, about fairness and inclusion and corruption and just plain evil. Twitter has been where I find those people and subjects that I need to explore further.

But with the takeover of Twidder by He Who Must Not Be Encouraged by Naming Him, I see dark times ahead. I think about my cousin Ruth’s husband Bill, whose family sent him and his sister to live in England as children in the 1930s. They left Austria while they still could. I believe some of his family was not so lucky. The tyrants and thugs who smashed the windows of Jewish merchants in 1930’s Germany have their contemporary counterparts today. HWMNBEbNH plans to let those whose transgressions on Twidder were so bad that they were suspended, back on as early as next week. He has already invited TFG back on.

As vulnerable people begin to suffer assaults by these trolls, can I really sit by and try to hide in my pleasant little corner of Twidder? I kind of don’t think so. So in the not too distant future, I will be packing my twitter posts and heading for kinder lands. Some of us have already landed on Mastodon. You can, of course, still find me here. You can even subscribe and get your panda ‘toons sent directly to your email inbox. (Signup is on the upper right of the main page, and maybe on the bottom if you are reading this on your phone.) You can also read my weekly blatherings on Substack.

I hope we don’t lose touch. Know that your support means a lot to me.

And hey! Don’t you want to find out who called Mommy Mei?

Be the Bear!
Bob T don’t forget me! Panda

To Poot or Not to Poot

If you think what Pinky is doing over at Poot’er is wild, you should get a load of what’s happening at Twidder!

One minute He who must not be Offended is firing all the people who actually know how to do anything, and the next minute he is trying to hire them back because he doesn’t know how to the run the joint. Hard to decide whether to stay or go. So many people and pandas that it’s my only avenue of contact, weighed against knowing how abusive he is being to the people who work there.

I’m sure Pinky would never behave like that.

Have YOU been bearified?

Be the Bear!
Bob T tweet ya later Panda

The Entire Cast of YBOP Republican Characters Have Been Replaced With Spineless Jellyfish

I mean…it was bound to happen!

Will we change Mittens to a jellyfish? Hmmm…I think he needs to be something more dangerous. Maybe he will just be represented by a flaming dumpster. What do you think? After all, Gary Trudeau never actually drew W in his ‘toons…

Be the Bear
Bob T is mulling things over Panda

Did you remember to head over to Substack for the last installments of The Wizard of Wu and the complete A Halloween Carol! What are you waiting for?

Fat Bear Week Scandals Abound!

Once again, I must point out that we, the crack reporting team at ZooNooZ, had uncovered this story BEFORE the recent revelations of voter fraud broke out regarding that little trollop Holly stuffing the ballot box as if it were a garter belt at a backwoods bear stripper bar.

You can be sure ZooNooZ will be covering this malodorous malfeasance in a future broadcast. But for now, let’s deal with the CURRENT scandal!

How many scandals can one bear?

Be the Bear
Bob T is scandal free Panda

Don’t forget to check out my Substack Noozletter. It’s the only place to read The Wizard of Wu this year! Part 2 is now available for your panda-ing pleasure!

You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way the GQP Blows

(and do they ever!)

This ‘toon practically wrote itself, with the help of one of my #WriterTwitter acquaintances!

I mean…do they understand science at all?

Be the Bear
Bob T I’ll huff and I’ll puff Panda

Don’t forget to check out this week’s Substack NoozLetter with the middle part of the Annual Encore Presentation of The Wizard of Wu!

Geez, Not Again!!!!

If only we would stop discovering new crimes by the 45th former guy, maybe Nixon’s Ghost could have a little peace and quiet.

Hey! I started a New Thing!

It was suggested by one of my most faithful readers that I start a newsletter over on Substack. You can find such wonderful newsletters, like Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters From an American, and Joyce Vance’s Civil Discourse. They have helped me keep my sanity, as well as let me know when to start running around with my hair on fire. I’ve also been reading Steve Schmidt’s newsletter, The Warning, although most of his is only available by paid subscription. Since his hair is usually on fire, the shorter, free posts are about all I can handle. A little bit of truth goes a long way.

Mine is called Finding My Inner Panda. I think I will do most of my pontificating over there, keep posting new ‘toons HERE on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as I have been doing for several years now. I’ll also post ‘toons from the archives over there, as relates to my pontificating, or weeks that I don’t have anything to pontificate about.

I hope you’ll subscribe to Finding my Inner Panda. It’s free to subscribe, and because I have often been of limited means in my life for those extras, I will always keep it as a free version. However, I am working towards setting up paid subscriptions as well, so that those that are inclined and are able can send a little $$ my way. Once I’ve done that, the newsletter will show you that as an option, with instructions for becoming a paid subscriber.

Thanks to all who have signed up so far!

Originals from the Panda Cub Swap

Meanwhile, for those who have expressed an interest in acquiring originals of the illustrations from The Panda Cub Swap, I’m still figuring out pricing for the different sizes. They will be sold unframed. All are watercolor on archival illustration board. If you have a favorite from the book, send me an email or use the contact form and I’ll hold that one for you.

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Pinky is Available to be a Special Master

We appear to have reached the part of our ongoing Former Guy programming when everyone should have their hair on fire, if they don’t already. The whole “are they classified documents or are they not?” thing has led my hair to spontaneous combustion.

ZooNooZ has the latest:

Even Pinky could not have done something so inept and evil.

Be the Bear
Bob T I did not take any classified documents Panda

It’s International Red Panda Day This Week

International Red Panda Day falls on the third Saturday of September. The goal is to remind people that giant pandas are not the only creature that goes by the name of panda. (Pinky: as if!!)

So, here to celebrate the day, we bring you the red pandas of The Panda Chronicles!

Pinky, do you really think that Bubba will fall for this?
Mommee Mei puts her foot down.

I swear, there are red pandas in this ‘toon series…

Oh those red pandas! They are such characters!
“They’ll never catch me!”
Wee are pandas too!!!!
Unka Rusty has some seriously feisty opinions!

Hope you had a happy International Red Panda Day!

Be the Bear
Bob T are you sure they are real pandas Panda

How Can We Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

Here we are, almost two years into Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s 1st term in office, and the news is still Mittens Mittens Mittens. I can only hope that indictments are on the horizon, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

But meanwhile, here is a little good NooZ!

The book illustrated by yours truly, and written by author Beth Bacon officially hits the stands next week! One of the things that helps get books seen and read (besides buying it) is requesting that your local library buy it.

Most library websites have a page where you can request them to purchase a book for their collection. Here is the information you need to make a request:

Title: The Panda Cub Swap
Author: Beth Bacon
Illustrator: Anne Belov
Publication Date: September 6, 2022
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1592111645
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1592111640
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Histria Kids 

And here is a handy short link:

https://amzn.to/3L8t0Rb

https://amzn.to/3L8t0Rb

And in additional exciting nooz, the book has already won one of the numerous minor awards that are a regular thing in the children’s book world. The book has won the Mom’s Choice Award, which means we get to display the nifty little badge on the upper right corner (looks nice with the blue, don’t you think?)

You can also request that your favorite book store order it, if you don’t want to give more $$ to Amazon. Always buy the book with the cheerful baby panda on the cover saying “hi hi hi hi!”

Here’s today’s ‘toon. I promise I’ll get back to our favorite pandas next week!

This Saturday is the birthday of Six and Sebben, so I guess we’ll have to let them on the set of the Panda Chronicles for the Sunday Funday Archive ‘toon episode. Hold onto your wallets and your cuppycakes. and mebbee tell them the Panda Swap book is about them.

Be the Bear
Bob T my floor usually does look like an FBI crime photo Panda