If you think that this is my sleazy attempt to foist off a bunch of old cartoons as new material, well you just might be right. However, we have recently acquired some new fans, who may not have had the patience to delve through all the old material to learn about the history of pandas. Or at least the history of pandas as represented by the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire. So, while you explore the road to my pandapiphany, I will have a little time to work on some new cartoons. Pretty neat, Huh?
It all started innocently enough. I was reading the Atlantic Monthly magazine, and there was an article by James Fallows, who, at the time, was on a long term assignment to China. This part is absolutely true. He wrote an article about the research and breeding programs in China, and the article included pictures of many panda toddlers, doing adorable things like standing on their back legs and smiling at their attendants as they searched their pockets for treats. I was intrigued. Then, I happened (!) on youtube videos of little pandas playing in their playgrounds. Uh oh…. I was hooked.
Meanwhile, my cat Mehitabel was starting to get annoyed.
But there was no turning back.
We’ll return with further installment of the “Pandadelphia Story” in a day or two!
Be the Bear!