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Tom Toles is worth a thousand words


By Ezra Klein  |  May 19, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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Don't you mean "ToTo ThouWor" Captain FinReg?

Posted by: pj_camp | May 19, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

he stole this from Jon Stewart btw.

Posted by: visionbrkr | May 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

what about a weeping octopus, a squid who cant see its own ink...a bivalve that cant shut out the dispersant.
sand castles with a real moat of sludge.
the possibilities are endless.
not just in cartoons.

Posted by: jkaren | May 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

F'ing brilliant. But then, Toles almost always is.

Which brings up something I wondered back when Toles was still up in Buffalo, and we were still stuck with a long-past-his-prime Herblock as the WaPo's editorial cartoonist:

Why can't editorial cartoons be like the comics-page comics? Why can't an editorial cartoonist have his work syndicated in hundreds of papers, rather than being stuck in just one? Who made up that silly-ass rule?

Posted by: rt42 | May 19, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, Toles basically has a thousand words in there. Prolly wrong time to use that phrase, Ezra.

Posted by: popopo | May 19, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Two of my friends were making jokes about the "Top Hat" on the Monopoly board before Jon Stewart used that line last week. It's a fairly obvious pop culture reference point, and I think Toles has drawn it out to its logical conclusion beautifully, and in fact much better than the Stewart one-liner. I just wish the little Monopoly tycoon fellow was in there in the cartoon somewhere.

As mentioned in another thread today, it is not necessarily true that someone with a perception that is similar to or the same as something you may have seen or heard on TV has "stolen" the idea, and you really should not leap to that assumption and presume facts which are not in evidence.

Posted by: Patrick_M | May 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

popopo, there's about 62 words even if you count his signature and the copyright statement.

rt42, editorial cartoonists are syndicated. but few papers run even as many as one editorial cartoon per day (the New York Times, for example, runs syndicated cartoons but only four per week), and many papers want a local editorial cartoonist to comment on local news, whether for sound business reasons or just for pride.

Posted by: WarrenTerra | May 19, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse


you are right, stolen is the wrong word although I would say that unless your "friend" is on TV or the radio that i don't know that Toles got it from them. Either way it is very clever and as mentioned Toles is very good at this brand of humor.

Posted by: visionbrkr | May 19, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"...although I would say that unless your "friend" is on TV or the radio that i don't know that Toles got it from them. "


I am not saying that Toles got the Monopoly-Top Hat connection from my friends or that Jon Stewart got it from my friends, or that anybody "got it" from anybody else.

I am reasonably confident that my friends, Jon Stewart, and Tom Toles all made the connection on their own. And (of them all), Toles made the most of it.

"Great minds think alike" and all that.

Posted by: Patrick_M | May 19, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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