Coming Soon: “The Panda, the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy: A Parody”, a cartoon collection by Paul Magrs

The Panda, the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy: A Parody”, a cartoon collection by Paul Magrs

Harper Collins are to publish a hardback collection of Paul Magrs Panda cartoons this September, much to the delight of his fans. (And yes, we mean Paul, not Panda, a character who first debuted as a character in his popular Iris Wildthyme novels!)

In The Panda, the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy: A Parody, surely soon-to-be million-copy bestselling sort-of inspirational parody… here’s how Paul, who began working on the cartoons earlier this year, describes it…

Danger: Some Rude Words Ahead…

Panda Cartoon by Paul Magrs

Enter the world of me, Panda, plus my sometime-friends Cat and Teddy. You will find us living our best lives, trying (and occasionally succeeding) to be kind to each other. The cat is quite nice but can be a little bit selfish. Teddy can come across as very nice, with his squeaky voice and looking so tiny and helpless.

But I must warn you, Teddy can be a vicious little backstabber, actually.

This is a book of nice illustrations and some words from which you will likely gain some sort of inspiration.


Panda Cartoon by Paul Magrs

“Just because you’re struggling, it doesn’t mean you’re failing… But it might do.”

“Nothing beats kindness,”said the cat. “Gin does”, said Panda.

Panda Cartoon by Paul Magrs

“If you don’t stop saying inspirational things to me, I’m going to punch you up the hooter.”

“You OK, hun?’ asked Panda, but he was just taking the piss.

“We’re just so, so lucky to have each other as friends, and it’s going to make a marvellous book.”

Paul Magrs - and friend
Paul Magrs – and friend

In a 25 year writing career, Manchester -based Paul Magrs has published novels in every genre from Literary to Gothic Mystery to Science Fiction for adults and young adults. His books include the Iris Widthyme time travel adventures, a recent re-issue of All The Rage, a story set against the Eurovision Song Contest, and the wonderful, funny “Brenda and Effie Mysteries”, which began in Never the Bride, re-released last year, beginning the saga of Brenda, the long lost Bride of Frankenstein.

Paul has also taught Creative Writing at both the University of East Anglia and Manchester Metropolitan University, and now writes full time.

Panda Cartoon by Paul Magrs

On sale from 30th September 2021, you can pre-order The Panda, the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy: A Parody here (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

Paul Magrs is online at

Panda: A Biography on the TARDIS Data Core Wiki

Which includes the information that while Panda may have debuted in the audio adventure Wildthyme at Large, but did you know he’s first mentioned in “Teenage Kicks”, a short story by Paul Cornell for Doctor Who Magazine?

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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