I have often discussed my abiding adoration of the Bear of Little Brain (and no, I’m NOT talking about Bob!) so it was with great excitement and anticipation that I read that Winnie the Pooh had entered the public domain this year.
This means that anyone can include Pooh Bear and his friends, and representations thereof, in their own creative works! This only applies to the original A.A. Milne/ Earnest H. Shepard version, which is fine, since I have always considered the Big Mouse World version as a crime against art. My first introduction to the World of Pooh Bear was via the original (and far superior) black and white drawings. I still think they are what made me want to be an artist, and maybe led me to making stories with pandas.
Of course, there must be a commemorative ‘toon for the occasion!
We’ll have to wait a few more years for Tigger, as he first appears in the 1928 House at Pooh Corner, which is not yet in the public domain!
What a year, huh? While like 2020, we would really rather forget 2021, it is good to look back and acknowledge so that maybe we won’t do the same the things again. Mebbee. Anyway, looking back at the ‘toons of each month is always a good way to remember the year, rather than looking at the actual news, which is kind of depressing.
So…let’s start with January!
Annnnnnd on to February !
I think we’ve seen enough of Mittens to last us a lifetime, so let’s declare 2021 the Year of Bikkie! (and his Beary good friend Mr, Poppee!)
Remember Pinky’s “Workout wif Bikkie” Videos?
Well, that’s it for January and February 2021 Year in Review! Join us next Sunday when we look back on March and April of 2021!
New ‘toons coming this week! I think mebbee Bikkie’s snow day and something something something else!
There wasn’t anything important happening today, was there?
I definitely considered not posting anything today, being the day that democracy almost went down the golden toilet, but then I decided we needed a little humor along with remembering that day, one year ago, it could have ended up a whole lot worse.
At this point, it is good to remember that the Republican Party didn’t think that shooting and killing 20 school children and their teachers was a sufficient reason to institute any kind of gun control, so why would we think that if members of Congress had been killed, that the GQP would have had any qualms about about tossing democracy in the dumpster.
I watched the commemoration of the anniversary as I worked today. Combined with the new information that has been released and what I watched in real time, it is clear that we came this ][ close to living under a vindictive dictator.
As I watch the GQP attempt to dismantle democracy, defund public libraries, constrain what teachers can teach their students, dismantle women’s reproductive rights, and deny a global pandemic, not to mention TFG’s role in allowing it to rage out of control and causing the deaths of almost a million Americans, I have to wonder what they think they will ultimately gain.
One thing you learn living on an island, is that everything is connected and we are all dependent on each other. Every once in a while I think about what would happen if the ferries stopped running and the bridge went down. within a week (probably less) we’d be out of gas, grocery store shelves would be stripped clean, and once the first wind storm hit, we’d lose electric power and we’d would descend into anarchy. The mainland could probably survive for about 2 weeks till it all went to shit.
Well…that took a dark turn…
What do you say we cut the first rant of the year short and get to the new ‘toon?
I promise we’ll have more fun here at The Panda Chronicles this year. Just maybe not today!
Sigh…remember when we thought that once Mittens lost, we would be rid of him? This ‘toon was written before the attempted overthrow of the government on January 6th.
I hope everyone had at least some joy over the recent holidays. It’s been a really hard year for most of us, and very terrible bad year for others. While some of us had the privilege to hide out from the day to day perils and anxieties, others were out on the front line, doing the work that needs to be done.
Many people are saying that The Panda Chronicles helps them get through the insanity that surrounds us, and I am so happy that I can do something useful from my fortress of solitude! I hope that I can keep writing and drawing about my favorite pandas far into the future! Thanks to all of you who cheer me on and find my panda ‘toons funny. Who would have guessed?
Tomorrow we return to The Bears of the Baskervilles. It’s been long enough since the last episode appeared here, that I thought it would be a good idea to start from the beginning. For the next 4 days, I’ll recap the earlier ‘toons, ending with the exciting ending/new ‘toons from the story. Huzzah!!!!
Snow and cold temperatures arrived here last night, so since I am stuck on my snowy hill, I guess I’ll get some work done!
Somewhere around Christmas Eve of 2014, Pinky bit the ouchie wire and went up in the Dreaded Hemlock and would not come down! Then Bob told a fib about it and was suspended (obviously Chris Cuomo should have learned this lesson from Bob and not made a similar mistake!) only to be replaced by none other than…
I hope you enjoyed today’s encore presentation commemorating Pinky’s trip up the hemlock!
See you tomorrow for more from the holiday archives!
As you probably noticed, the Tuesday ‘toon was not only late, but totally missing in action. We had some wild wind, starting Sunday night and continuing on through Monday evening.
I expected the power to go out sometime Sunday night, so was pleasantly surprised to still have electricity on Monday morning. LOTS of time to finish ‘Tuesday’s ‘toon …hahahaha!
Not so much…
Life on Whidbey is full of power outages, although these days they are mostly not as long or as frequent as they used to be. But all the rain and then high winds took many trees down where they landed on wires. This wind was one of the more fearsome ones we’ve had in a while, and while branches bounced off the roof, no trees fell on my house or driveway. Okay, so there was one that missed my house by about 15 feet and took out some big rhododendrons…
But here I am talking about me, while you are waiting for your ‘toon!
Did I mention how much I love the Muppets?
What I really want to know, is did Ted Cruz’s daughters get mad at him for attacking Big Bird?
And remember! The good thing about me being late is that there will be a new ‘toon tomorrow too!
Be the Bear! Bob T stay-out-of-trees-in-a-wind-storm Panda
Yes, yes, there should be cake too, but as today is Election Day in many states, nothing would make me happier than knowing you voted. Well, knowing you voted AND I got a nice big piece of cake with lots of frosting!
Fezbook lists November 1st as my birthday, but it is really just the first day of my Birthday Season! My Birthday season goes for a while yet, so if you missed wishing me a happy day yesterday, you still have LOTS of time! So much time! So much CAKE!!!
But now, for our feature presentation for today (remember that whole Election Day thingie?)
Apparently there was some confusion about why Bob was all bandaged up. This is most likely due to my disjointed way of posting ‘toons. So that there is no confusion, I will post both of the zebra interview ‘toons here. There will be a third one coming, but who knows when?
You asked for it, and you got it! But is this the end? ZooNooz thinks not! We have just received word that officials have decided to attempt a sting operation, wherein they use undercover zebras to lure the remaining two zebras on the loose! Is this another of Pinky’s selfie fundraising schemes?
Enquiring minds want to know!
Be sure to ‘toon in on Thursday for the next chapter of The Bears of the Baskervilles. our 2021 Halloween extravaganza!