Tom Toles for November 01, 2020

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    Concretionist  9 months ago

    Wow. One of my favorites hits the re-runs. Darnit. However, since I’m retired already, I guess I’d better grant the same to others.

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    saobadao  9 months ago

    OMG, I’m so sad. Farewell good soul. I will miss you.

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    nixie224  9 months ago

    You’re an all time great, Tom. Will miss you.

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    superposition  9 months ago

    All the best Mr. Toles. Thank you, for all you’ve done.

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    cessna172  9 months ago

    Tom, enjoy your retirement – you will be missed.

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    Daeder  9 months ago

    Thanks, Tom, for all the great cartoons, and especially for helping us all get through the last four years! We will miss you! Take care!

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    zwillyc_70707  9 months ago

    Nothing but best luck to you Tom. And you will watch your last wish fulfilled in 3 days time.

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    anymouse77  9 months ago

    All things must pass. Tom Toles will be missed.

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    Fflashbang  9 months ago

    Let’s have some likes for Mr Tom Toles, send him off with record likes. Good work Tom and thanks.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 9 months ago

    !5,000 cartoons is a lot, and yet leaves us wanting more. You are leaving on a high note.

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    Strob Premium Member 9 months ago

    As if 2020 didn’t suck enough. Many thanks.

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    rionmorrison69  9 months ago

    Best of luck in your new adventure!

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    Donald Benson Premium Member 9 months ago

    Really going to miss this. I’d settle for reruns now.

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    Teto85 Premium Member 9 months ago

    From one long haired liberal to another, the honor and privilege have been ours. Thank you so very much for your wit and wisdom and sharing it with us.

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    dsTrekker Premium Member 9 months ago

    Fifty years! That’s quite an accomplishment! I’ve always liked your concise way of cutting to the heart of the matter. And I like the vow you made when you were 5. Enjoy your play! At last.

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    kballweg Premium Member 9 months ago

    Well at least he held on through the — what I hope will be — the Trump finale. Well so long and thanks for the fish as they say. You will be missed.

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    SHIVA  9 months ago

    Thank You Tom for all the chuckles you’ve given us, and now with a blank sheet, let’s see what life has in store for you for your next adventure!!!

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    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member 9 months ago

    So long and thanks for all the toons!

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    parellel3  9 months ago

    NOOO!! Don’t leave us now! (Or ever). I will now remember 2020 as the year Tom Toles went back to playing.

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    S&C = Dismayed&Depressed   9 months ago

    Nooooooooooo. Awwww…darn it…I’m going to miss that little guy … have been a marvelous read every day. Sheesh….thank you for being a shining light. When you are playing and having a great time, just remember that we’re still here if you want to dabble up a panel or two…. sigh… enjoy yourself. Bu bye

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member 9 months ago

    Fair winds and following seas. Thanks for showing us, once again, that a picture is worth a thousand words.

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    Imagine  9 months ago

    Well deserved play time. You more than earned it. Enjoy. It seems ironic that this should come literally 2 days before what will probably be the most significant election in the country’s history. I was really looking forward to your views on this in the coming week or weeks. And I hope your request is fulfilled in spades.

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    sevaar777  9 months ago

    A wonderful cartoonist, and even better human being. Best of everything, And many thanks, Mr. Toles.

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    braindead Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, you are a hall-of-famer!

    Whenever the spirit moves you, we’ll all be happy if you come out of retirement now and then.

    In any case, enjoy your well deserved retirement!

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    jeff_elbel  9 months ago

    What a career. Tom Toles made me laugh. He made me think. He stoked my indignation. He often did those three things at the same time, which was always jarring. I hope Mr. Toles enjoys a long retirement and sees some of the change he fought for.

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    basilisk Premium Member 9 months ago

    Goodbye, Tom, and thanks for all the wonderful cartoons

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 9 months ago

    I would like to say Have a good and long life and Au revoir .

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    Old_Curmudgeon   9 months ago

    Thanks, Mr Toles – {4 beats/line}

    Mornings and evenings and afternoons,

    we’ve gained by perusing Toles’s cartoons

    and we’ve laughed and we’ve learned thru insightful lampoons

    of politicians as risible goons

    {and of Trump, – who with Hitler and Nixon communes

    as the utmost quintessence of Looney Tunes}.

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    jmdavies Premium Member 9 months ago

    You’ll be sorely missed. Enjoy the ride into the sunset, cowboy.

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    seamusrmacdonald  9 months ago

    Thank you Tom, you have greatly enriched so many lives, certainly mine. We are sorry that you are retiring and hope you make at least some further comments on life and the times we live in. Live long and prosper!!

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    hermit48  9 months ago

    QUITTER!!!!!! (just kidding, welcome to the grey set) Now you can spend the next twenty avoiding the honey-do lists!

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    SeanT  9 months ago

    Thanks for the laughs and the confirmation bias!

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    fred.grenouille  9 months ago

    What all the rest have already said! I’ll miss your wit and your truth. Have a good future, sir!

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    condoriaco  9 months ago

    I never thought I’d be so touched by reading your farewell. Now I realise howmuch you had become part of my life. Enjoy your retirement and stay health I will greatly miss you.

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    EdMeiller Premium Member 9 months ago

    You leave a hole in the editorial universe. Stay safe Mr. Toles.

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    Judeeye Premium Member 9 months ago

    Mr. Toles will be very much missed by this reader. Thank you!

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    Pogostiks Premium Member 9 months ago

    Wishing you a long and healthy retirement. Many thanks!

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    rdfrdf Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr Toles, for all the laughs! You will be missed. Take care!

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    Lantern Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks for a bit of sanity during these insane times! Enjoy retirement, I know I do!

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    sappha58  9 months ago

    Enjoy your retirement, Mr Toles, and thank you for all you have given!

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    PeterPirate  9 months ago

    Oh dear. For the last 20 years the only political cartoonists I read regularly have been Oliphant and Toles. Not sure what I am going to do now.

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    the gecko  9 months ago

    THANK YOU! Enjoy a deadline free retirement. And you’re right about artificial intelligence screwing things up… Trumps intelligence is clearly artificial and look how much he has screwed up!

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    HeidiHobbs  9 months ago

    Thanks, has been great. I’ve looked forward to your posts everyday. Will miss them. Good luck, enjoy your retirement. Stay healthy.

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    VegaAlopex  9 months ago

    I miss Herblock.

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    BubbleTape Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you. Good luck. Hope you have fun.

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    Needtolaugh Premium Member 9 months ago

    Farewell Tom! I’ve enjoyed your work for many years. You tell it like it really is! Thank you!

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    bkincaid  9 months ago

    We will miss your world-view daily. Thanks for your contributions to society, and enjoy your retirement.

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    angier3824 Premium Member 9 months ago

    I wish you many wonderful years of retirement. I enjoyed your work immensely.

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    Màiri  9 months ago

    Stay engaged, avoid boredom, live a long time.

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    baroden  9 months ago

    Thank you! I’ve appreciated reading your work for many of those years. I’ll miss you! Enjoy!

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    Paul Gundlach Premium Member 9 months ago

    I had no idea this was coming. Thank you for making my newspaper reading so much better for most of my life.

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    PraiseofFolly  9 months ago

    At this the end of your fifty-year career, Tom Toles, be assured you did not perform your art in vain. Thanks for your service.

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    cdward  9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Toles, for everything. You have been an anchor to me for years. You have no idea how much I will miss you. But your work will inspire others to carry on. Well done, good and faithful man.

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    hcdrake2000  9 months ago

    Thank you Mr Toles Have a wonderful retirement

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    scote1379 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks , Good on you, Enjoy !!!

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    Laurie St. Onge-Merges Premium Member 9 months ago

    I’ve only come to know this strip in the last three or so years, but I have loved every single one. You always nail the subject of the day so perfectly. You will be missed, but I hope that you have a happy “no more deadlines” to reach retirement. Enjoy and thank you for all you’ve given to us.

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    gopher gofer  9 months ago

    it’s too soon…

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    Kkrnc74 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Our loss, indeed! Enjoy your well earned retirement!

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    jgreathead  9 months ago

    I’m Stunned!

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    boyswank  9 months ago

    Another casualty of 2020. Mr. Toles has comforted my afflictions during the Trump Era, and I will miss observations. I hope I won’t need his genius as much in the next four years. Thank you and good luck to you, Tom!

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    Tralfaz Premium Member 9 months ago

    Mr. Toles, I will miss your brilliant cartoons. Sincerely wishing you a long, happy, and healthy retirement.

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    Durak Premium Member 9 months ago

    Calm seas and following winds, shipmate!

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    DHBirr  9 months ago

    Your witty and insightful cartoons have been a much-enjoyed part of my day for so many years. But welcome to the ranks of the retired.

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    p31893189  9 months ago

    Will miss your insightful commentaries

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    Zebrastripes  9 months ago

    Enjoy retirement Tom and your work was fabulous, to say the least! You will definitely be missed! I have to say, you drew a killer trump! I salute you!

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    Random Nick Premium Member 9 months ago

    I wish you all the best. You will leave a void in all your faithful readers, but that’s part of life too. You have earned the right to go out at the top. Again, all the best to you!

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    Calvin Nelson Nelson Premium Member 9 months ago

    Awe. Not another one. Thank you for all the funnies over the years! Best of luck.

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    laura  9 months ago

    Thank you Mr. Toles for being a daily bright spot for many years. Enjoy your play time. It is well earned. You will be missed.

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    walstib  9 months ago

    Tom, you perfected drawing a mouth as an a-hole better than any of your peers. You will be missed. Enjoy!

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    Terry Limpert Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, you’ll be missed….

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    psstevens  9 months ago

    You will be missed.

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    wrd2255  9 months ago

    We’ll miss you! Fine artwork, brilliant ideas and messages.

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    mrgooch  9 months ago

    Been a long strange trip since the Student Union/Spectrum days at UB. Well done!

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    eclairewl Premium Member 9 months ago

    Oh, no. You’ll be sorely missed.

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    Zenbran  9 months ago

    Enjoy your retirement Tom. You certainly deserve it. We need a big favor, though? Put out a strip every so often and let us know how you are doing.

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    pkatz  9 months ago

    Tom, I have enjoyed your for years. I will miss your smart insight.

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    sally222 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you Tom Toles, and may your days and nights be delightful!

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    Donald Hubin Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks for the many years of terrific, insightful, and clever cartoons.

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    Melki Premium Member 9 months ago

    I’m sorry to see you go, Mr. Toles, but that is a marvelous finale. Best of luck to ya!

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    Pickled Pete  9 months ago

    I got up for a bright and cheery day. . . but now, as I read this, a cloud hangs over my head. . . thank-you sir, for the many years of enlightenment. . . Happy Days!

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    Kirsten Reitan Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you Tom for all your years of drawing and sharing your viewpoint so succinctly. I became your fan when you drew for the local Buffalo paper. Enjoy your play time!

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    a2zed99  9 months ago

    Sad but expected…will miss his witty political humor,he left us with a very apropos farewell message. Thanks for your great work Tom Toles, and we will heed your sage advice.

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    gayle454  9 months ago

    BRAVO! Enjoy your retirement.

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    Denver Reader Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks Tom!

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    Paul Hartmann  9 months ago

    Thanks for everything! You’ll be missed, but you’ve earned your retirement. Live well.

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    smoore47  9 months ago

    Thanks man, and smooth sailing.

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    a2zed99  9 months ago

    When Toles left the Buffalo News—Adam Zyglis replaced him as Political Cartoonist-he is also very good….would be good to find out where he is published now. GOComics anyone?

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    js2  9 months ago

    Well this one caught me by surprise. One of the greatest political cartoonists of all-time, a Pulitzer Prize winner. Unashamedly liberal but always willing to call out dishonesty or corruption regardless of party, he was the unequaled master of the double-entendre and his caricatures were second to none. And always with his cartoonist’s aside delivered from his drawing table in the lower right hand corner. Brilliant. His voice will be sorely missed.

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    suzalee  9 months ago

    Sad to see him go

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    scottbru Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Tolls! Your cartoons have been great! Will miss them….

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    Redd Panda  9 months ago

    If that’s not a graceful exit, I don’t know what is.

    Happy Trails, Old Fella.

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    ctb11365  9 months ago

    I started following TOLES in Buffalo in 1980, when he was with the Courier Express. I’ll miss him, but he deserves a good long retirement. THANK YOU Tom Toles!

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    Kilrwat Premium Member 9 months ago

    Godspeed Mr. Toles. You’ve earned some fun. Thank you for making the world a better place!

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    Hickory  9 months ago

    Mr. Toles, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for years of entertaining insights.

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    econn3  9 months ago

    Cheers to a wonderful career. Still love your Trump character.

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    JonShay  9 months ago

    So long, Tom! I’ve enjoyed starting my day with your wit and your insight. To me, you join a pantheon that includes Bill Watterson, Charles Schultz, and Gary Larson.

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    Blaidd Drwg Premium Member 9 months ago

    Mr. Toles, a fitting last comic. Great to the end. Take my word for it, retirement is the Best! Panel 3 should be made into a T-shirt. And I agree with P6, because there is so much false intelligence around. Best Wishes & Stay Safe.

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    Twobit  9 months ago

    I always looked forward to your cartoons. You will be missed. Have a great retirement.

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    lonecat  9 months ago

    Among other things, Toles has been the master at finding a visual representation of an idea. Among other things.

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 9 months ago

    Some.. should be considered essential service and not allowed to retire.. We… need him.. especially at this time.

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    billrobinsonmusic  9 months ago

    One of the all-time greats. Retirement is inevitable—I’ve had to do it myself…Time for a party. Thank you for a lifetime of service.

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    artmer  9 months ago

    Good job, sir, good job.

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    William O'Connor Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for everything, Tom! Your talent and vision will be missed. Enjoy your play time.

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    Michael G.  9 months ago

    Peace unto you!

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    pc368dude  9 months ago

    I, for one, am going to miss you,Mr. Toles. Have a great retirement – you have earned it many times over.

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    katzenbooks45  9 months ago

    Thank you for all your wonderful commentary! You will be sorely missed. Enjoy your retirement (I know you will if Biden wins!)

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    Sisterdame  9 months ago

    We will miss your drawings. Thanks, from Denmark/Europe

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    meetinthemiddle  9 months ago

    I’d say the world still needs you, perhaps now more than ever. But 50 years is a long slog. Enjoy your rest. You’ve certainly earned it.

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    mikemck  9 months ago

    Farewell and thank you

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    mjkaswan Premium Member 9 months ago

    We will miss you! Thank you for your insight, and for making us laugh occasionally.

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    akachman Premium Member 9 months ago

    Gaaaaaaaaaaah! Don’t leave us!

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    Drag0nr1der  9 months ago

    really going to miss your wry sense of humor. Happy Retirment

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    kv450  9 months ago

    You will be missed. Thanks for creating my favorite image of the Candy Corn Skidmark

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    Comics fan Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you!

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    Mary Finkelstein Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks for all of your commentaries through your cartoons. Enjoy your retirement!

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    rmfrye Premium Member 9 months ago

    So sorry to see you go. All the best to you. We’ll miss you.

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    mourdac Premium Member 9 months ago

    Welcome to your well-deserved world of retirement, Mr. Toles. May every day be filled with enjoyment.

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    KathyParrish Premium Member 9 months ago

    So glad for you, sad for us. Your cartoons always hit the nail squarely on the head and let me know I’m not alone in the fight. Enjoy!

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    OldCoal  9 months ago

    You will be missed. Happy retirement. Play a lot.

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    bobandrosa  9 months ago

    So sad.

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    oldchas  9 months ago

    I can’t say too much I retired two years ago. I hope Mr Toles enjoys his retirement years for a long time.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, we SHALL do our best to return sanity and dignity to America on Nov. 3 BY VOTING OUT THE REPUBLICANS WHEREVER WE CAN… STARTING WITH THE MANIAC IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

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    tvdffry Premium Member 9 months ago

    Bittersweet to see your last cartoon. Imagine — waking up each morning with no deadline! So happy for you.

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    Shades78  9 months ago

    Found Mr. Toles in the early 1980’s when I “lived” in Western New York and took the Buffalo paper. Got his Mr. Gazoo book when it came out. Loved his take on the state of our existence. He will be missed. I hope, like so many comic strips here, his older work is rerun.

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    Thomas R. Williams  9 months ago

    One of the best who will be sorely missed.

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    jf2735  9 months ago

    What will we dooooooo?

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    WestNYC Premium Member 9 months ago

    Never look back Toley.

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    fatmarauder  9 months ago

    Thanks — enjoy

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    Steverino Premium Member 9 months ago

    The reason artificial intelligence is so popular is because there’s so little of the real thing.

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    Bookworm  9 months ago

    When you get old (and retired), such as I have done, you tend to fall into little daily routines. One such little routine was enjoying Mr. Toles’ daily offering. It often made me think, sometimes made me mad, but always, always, made me smile (even when I disagreed). But when you’re old (and retired), such as I am, it’s a wrench when your routines are disrupted or abruptly ended. But I console myself by thinking of how I have been enriched by Mr. Toles, and I can only add to the accolades my own poor “Well done, Sir. Thank you, and God Speed.”

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    imagenesis  9 months ago

    Dear Tom, I didn’t see this coming, but there’s a time when everybody moves on. I wish you a happy retirement, you will be dearly missed! I did not commented much on your comic, but rest assure there was not a day going by without visiting your work! As I read your farewell, I wanted to cry, I’m gonna miss that little guy on his working table on the bottom corner of every single last panel with that clever comment to wrap the conversation up. You are loved and respected by us, your die hard audience! This is not a goodbye, it is a salute to you sir, we may come across somewhere else like on social media as an example, if we do, please say hi, you will always have a friend on me! (@EngelAnael, Twitter) If we don’t for any reason, I wish you, your loved ones, and friends all the best!P.S. Let’s vote for a better tomorrow and to rescue a nation held captive by… “and I agree with Tom on this…” that maniac! We need someone with morals and a good heart back on the White House!

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    Smitty  9 months ago

    thanks for all the chuckles, guffaws, snorts, and hoots, Mr. Toles! You will be missed.

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    Kip W  9 months ago

    From now on, I’m keeping all my eraser crumbs, just in case.

    Thanks for a lot of wonderfully pointed and deceptively mild analysis disguised as funny little drawings, Mr. Toles.

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    fusilier  9 months ago

    Ave atque vale.


    James 2:24

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    Tom Toles, you have been one of the best cartoonists on the editorial page, and we’ll miss you! Thanks for all the toons!

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    marc.ackerman  9 months ago

    You’re genius was evident from your time at The Spectrum. Thank you for all you’ve shared and taught us.

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    Oh no!

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    jim.fulton  9 months ago

    Thank you for years of thought-provoking enjoyment. We’ll all keep our eyes open for any new ways you happen to express your creativity and insights from time to time. Best wishes on your next adventures!

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    gigagrouch  9 months ago

    Sad to see you go, Tom. Thank you for your work!Enjoy your retirement (i hope it was voluntary!)

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    William Robbins Premium Member 9 months ago

    Man… I’ll miss you. I blame you for jinxing Hillary with your Casey at the bat toon, but fare thee well.

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    rorie  9 months ago

    Thank you for offering a smile and laughter, but most of all clarity. I’ve looked forward to your work and now wish you a great time playing like the rest of us who have retired from work we love.

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    mcness01  9 months ago

    Thank you Mr. Toles for sharing your talent, wit, artistry and intelligent viewpoint with us for all these years. You will be missed. Please enjoy your well deserved retirement.

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    capgras1000  9 months ago

    Did not see this coming and am selfishly very sad. Thank you for helping to keep it in perspective all these years.

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    Great work.

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    trosthom  9 months ago

    Thank you Tom! Good luck!

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    Thank You, you will be missed.

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    As if 2020 weren’t already bad enough…

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    Thank you, Mr. Toles. Your voice will be missed.

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    Toles is always the bright start of my days. I’m really gonna miss him, but wish him all the best.

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    Thank you, Mr Tom Toles.

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    Thank you, Tom Toles, for the delight you’ve brought me each day. You have my love and best wishes.

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    hawkeyec Premium Member 9 months ago

    I’m so sorry to see you go. I was getting a bit suspicious it was near the end over the last few months. You sir, were the best and one of the few daily observers of our collective polity. I shall truly miss you. Stay safe.

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    6.6TA Premium Member 9 months ago

    I am not sad: This is Mr. Toles’ choice. But, hint to WAPO: rerun all of Mr. Toles’ cartoons, one at a time, and you will see your circulation increase!

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    dan12david Premium Member 9 months ago

    I, too, started out 50 years ago at my college newspaper as a long-haired liberal editorial cartoonist (majoring in engineering). Alas, I opted for a job in the corporate world. I remained an avid consumer of cartoons, especially political commentary, with some pangs of regret that I did not pursue that direction. Tom Toles’ work has been a favorite of mine for many years. This news comes as a shock. I wish Tom well in his retirement, but mine will no longer be the same without a daily dose of his art to ponder and appreciate.

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    lineaster  9 months ago

    from one old liberal to another a profound thank you. enjoy your new world. you’ll be missed

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    Mel-T-Pass Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for your service, Mr Toles. You will be sorely missed.

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    Buffalo Doug  9 months ago

    SAD. My favorite cartoonist for years. Since Buffalo. Enjoy your retirement and thanks!

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    What a beautiful exit comic! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement. In case you haven’t realized it, you will be sorely missed here. Thank you!

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    brotherbill1952  9 months ago

    I will miss your work. Thank you for all you’ve done.

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    Thank you Mr. Toles.

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    Thank you. Enjoy retirement! You were the first read every morning for years and I will miss you.

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    Jimathai Premium Member 9 months ago

    A sad day indeed… but happy for you Mr. Toles. Thanks for all that you contributed.

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    Mickey M. Sparkman Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, you will be missed after all these years! Best wishes to your in the future.

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    You’re an amazing ediorial cartoonist, and I will miss seeing your thoughts expressed in excellent cartoons. Thank you for your years of terrific work!

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    I guess now you’ll have time to devote to new Randolph Itch cartoons…?

    Sorry, I’m in denial. Stay thirsty, my friend.

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    Banjo Gordy Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, I followed your commentary & cartoons in the Washington Post in the mid 90s, & when you were featured in Go Comics. You may be “retired from deadlines”, but the “pen of truth & wit” will nerve grow cold!

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    rreed2315  9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Toles for all the years of great cartoons. I miss them already.

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    JackDeurloo  9 months ago

    Retirement is just another journey I find it a wonderful experience

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    billscat  9 months ago

    thanks, Tom . . . you will be missed

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    poplife  9 months ago

    Mr. Toles, you humor and insight will be sorely missed. I can honestly say that on more occasions than I can count I laughed out loud while reading your editorial cartoons. I will miss your presence as one of the best parts of my mornings. Enjoy every moment in the next chapter of your life and a heartfelt “thank you” for the enjoyment you brought to mine!

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    PoodleGroomer  9 months ago

    Leave a desk and drawing board in the corner and let him keep the office key for one more if he gets inspired or bored. He is always welcome to come wandering through and visit.

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    RSHAFFE1  9 months ago

    As a longtime “comic addict” (I go back to “Mandrake the Magician”) Toles is one of the best! Enjoy your retirement!

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    It has been a wonderful run, Tom. We always saw eye to eye with a chuckle. Like Pat Oliphant you rate at the top. I’ll miss you, now go have some fun!

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    kathrynkolb  9 months ago

    I’m going to miss him so much!

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    ChazNCenTex Premium Member 9 months ago

    Congrats on making it through all the turmoil. So much to still comment on. Don’t put your pens & pencils away completely.

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    ChristopherBurns  9 months ago

    I understand the need to retire or die at your desk. You’re cartoons have been the only thing I read in the morning and I miss them when you go on vacation. Now I’ll miss them forever. Vaya con dios.

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    dotjames  9 months ago

    Tom, I am so going to miss your cartoon perspective on politics, esp. in the previous 4 years of the “maniac.” Thank you, good luck & enjoy playing in your retirement.

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    well-i-never  9 months ago

    Well, darn. I hope for 2021 and your good health.

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    bobhoward9  9 months ago

    Bless you for all the years of telling truth to those in power and standing up for the people!

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    How will I face the dat without Tom Toles’s wry perspective?

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    Say it ain’t so, Tom!

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    Mayor Snorkum Premium Member 9 months ago

    The good news: Tom Toles is leaving at the height of his powers. The bad news: Tom Toles is leaving. Enjoy the rest of your life, sir, and may it be a long one.

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    r_p_wells  9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Tolea for your years of service.

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    pickalittletalkalittle  9 months ago

    Have a good play time! You deserve it. Thank You for making me laugh and helping me preserve my sanity through these times. May all of life’s good blessing come your way. Thank You.

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    perryed  9 months ago

    Thanks Tom! Always appreciated your humor! Enjoy your retirement, you will be missed!

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    Thank you, Mr. Toles!

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    Tom, we will sorely miss the masterful balance of raw truth, exposé, satire, caricature, humor, warmth, anger, and irony you are able to portray in a single simple powerful image. They say much more than words ever could. And they’ve said the right things for many decades. Thank you sir for your life’s work.

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    Northgalus2002  9 months ago

    Happy retirement, Mr. Toles. I’ve read your work in the Washington Post for years. You were right up there with Herbert Block and Pat Oliphant! God willing, we will elect Biden/Harris in a few days and flip the Senate from red to blue! Then we will start doing what Trump SHOULD have done with Covid back in February and March (i.e. national mask mandates, listening to the experts, etc.)! Oh, and rejoining the Paris Accord on climate change. We likely won’t fix all the damage Trump caused in the next four years (it’s easier to break things than fix them, after all), but putting the grownups back in charge will be an important first step! As James Baldwin wrote, “Not every problem that is faced can be solved, but no problem can be solved that isn’t faced”.

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    halvincobbes Premium Member 9 months ago

    Good luck and thanks for everything. You’ve been a bright light for a long time.

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    Noooooo!!! Don’t leave us Tom! There aren’t that many rational minds out there for us to lose one.

    Ok, now that that is out of the way, many thanks Mr. Toles. I’ve greatly enjoyed your work over the years and will sorely miss it. Enjoy your time “playing”. :-)

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    Ivan Araque Premium Member 9 months ago

    Saddest news today, we’ll miss you, Tom, Godspeed.

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    But if ya gotta go…wishing you a long, healthy, & happy retirement!

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    Streetlight2  9 months ago

    Find some new challenges that you might enjoy in retirement. You can’t let your brain or body go to pot. It’s been great viewing your talent these past years. Maybe you could become a guest cartoonist? I’m just hoping!

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    JohnTheFoole  9 months ago

    Umm…OK, Bye! (Heavy sigh…)

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    Henry Robertson  9 months ago

    Enjoy your retirement, Tom, you’ve earned it. We’ll miss your sharp wit and ironic take on things.

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    Thanks Tom. Smooth sailing in your retirement.

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    Gah! NOooooo.

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    mikeryba  9 months ago

    Every time I had just read a Toles cartoon, I’d reflect with admiration on his creativity in both pen and word. And, always with great respect for all my fellow readers’ comments.

    A tough act to follow. So, whatcha got in the wings, Washington Post?

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    thomaspwrs  9 months ago

    Thanks for all your wit and for all the insights hidden within, Mr. Toles. We will miss seeing that part of you in the public space. You will go down with Oliphant and Szep in my book… all legends of political commentary through art and humor.

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    All the best, Tom. If the repubs steal THIS election next week, I hope you won’t have to flee the country.

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    Another Take  9 months ago

    Man, this is a sad day for political cartooning and for me. Maybe Tom will return to continue to skewer Trump if he wins. That would be a very high price to pay though.

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    Thank you sir, for allowing us into your worldview, and for the enjoyment your body of work. Well done.

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    Sharont6  9 months ago

    I just recently became a fan! I will miss your daily toons. But I truly hope you enjoy retirement! I am retired and enjoy it immensely when I avoid politics! Happy for you!

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    Bobbers Premium Member 9 months ago

    Well done, you good and faithful servant of the people!!!!

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    masterchip Premium Member 9 months ago

    The retirement bell TOLES for thee. Thank you, Sir, for your service.

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    Michael Manchester  9 months ago

    He will be sadly missed. Thanks for all 50 years!!

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    Fair winds and following seas….

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    Pequod  9 months ago

    Bravo, Mr. Toles. Bravo!

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    Aw, shucks! Is this for real?? Surely he can hang on for one more to gloat over Trump’s banishment . . . ?

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    Loopy Frogger Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks Mr. Toles for all of the wonderful cartoons through out the years. You have given me and many others wonderful memories and pushed us to think. Have a great time in your retirement and may you live long and prosper.

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    Thank you and happy retirement. You will be missed.

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    bigheadx  9 months ago

    YOU will be missed, Mr. Toles. Enjoy your retirement.

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    dj95054 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Gonna miss you, man.

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    chryssanthi Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for all the thoughts and smiles. Enjoy your retirement.

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    biz.gocomics  9 months ago

    Thank yo, Tom! (Now I have to find a NEW second favorite political cartoonist…)

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    A situation of national significance arises. It lands on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. What is the president’s initial reaction?

     • George H. W. Bush: “What is the decent thing to do?”

     • Bill Clinton: “What is the friendly thing to do?”

     • George W. Bush: “What is the expedient thing to do?”

     • Barack Obama: “What is the right thing to do?”

     • Donald Trump: “What is the profitable thing to do?”

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    Savta4  9 months ago

    Thanks for the memories…

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    Pat Towey Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for the years of intelligent cartoons, Tom. Have a wonderful retirement.

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    jnimoy  9 months ago

    Will miss your wit and wisdom. Have fun out there.

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    OMG! Tom, you will be missed!

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    ronpolimeni  9 months ago

    Your humor and incite will be sorely missed by my wife and myself Mr. Toles. Best wishes for for the future and getting back to playing. Although it came as a bit of a shock, well done on your last contribution.

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    SapphireSkies Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for the most consistently insightful editorial cartoons I’ve found. I will miss them enormously, but you are entitled to enjoy the rest of your life doing whatever makes you happy. Farewell!

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    Kip W  9 months ago

    A brief synopsis, including stuff Mr. Toles drew as a 17-year-old!

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    jresh0 Premium Member 9 months ago

    We’ll sorely miss you, but there’s no doubt you’ve more than earned time to play!

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    gopogogo Premium Member 9 months ago

    One word: Bummer. Ok, couple more: Thanks, will miss you!!

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    Not the Smartest Man On the Planet -- Maybe Close Premium Member 9 months ago

    Vaya con Dios, Mr. Toles. You will be missed.

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    thank you.

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    gnorth22 Premium Member 9 months ago

    All the best Tom. I hope to join you in that great rest in about 6 months.. We will miss you, but all will continue to carry the flags of humor and a fight for the good.

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    sipsienwa Premium Member 9 months ago

    Happy trails. But please come back for one last time on January 20. 2021

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    You have been one of my favorites for years. Have a fun filled retirement.

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    Jody H. Premium Member 9 months ago

    Please feel free to create on a whim and share it with the world, whether it’s on Instagram, or twitter, or even a rock in a field near your house! The next few months, especially, will be richer for your occasional bursts of insight.


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    wsedrel  9 months ago

    Oh no!!! Well, best of luck, T T, & pray for the future of our republic (“…if we can keep it.”, to quote Ben Franklin, another great commentator.)

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    Billconner Premium Member 9 months ago

    Say it ain’t so, Tom-been too many years enjoying your work to say good bye now! Good Luck!

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    wiatr Premium Member 9 months ago

    Congratulations on your retirement and keeping your hair for 50 years. We’ll miss you.

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    Yes good luck and Thanks. I’m going to miss you.

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    Ave atque vale. Many thanks for entertaining and enlightening us for so long.

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    bustertheclown  9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Toles! Have enjoyed and appreciated your work since your days in Buffalo.

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    bandidoirlandes  9 months ago

    Will miss your cartoons!!! Thank-you for helping keep us sane. Your cartoons will be missed but I will start rereading them like several other strips!!!

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    Tales of the Boojum Premium Member 9 months ago

    I remember discovering your cartoons in the Santa Cruz Comic News when I was in college and you’ve been one of my favorite political cartoonists ever since. (Loved that cute little Ronald Reagan! You probably could have sold plush toys.) Thanks for all the laughs and insights. Enjoy retirement and thanks again.

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    mkvinc Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, when you become bored with retirement, you can start yur cartoon again.

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    MFRXIM Premium Member 9 months ago

    I will be going back to the beginning for a history lesson. Thanks Tom!

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    cracker65  9 months ago

    It’s been a pleasure reading your comics Tom. Good luck. You will be missed.

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    PaulZelman Premium Member 9 months ago

    Job well done, indeed! I’ll miss your work. Have fun!

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    If Trump is re-elected, you will not run out of new material.

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    Tom! I’m really going to miss you and your perspective. I hope retirement is all you deserve. Thank you and be safe ♥

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    Shinrinder Premium Member 9 months ago

    Love you, man. Best of luck. Enjoy playtime.

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    Karin Jones Premium Member 9 months ago

    sorry to see you go but best wishes!

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    johnscar Premium Member 9 months ago

    No, no, NO! Mr. Toles – you have been the best political cartoonist EVER. Your commentary has been so on-the-ball, funny, insightful. I am so very sad. Well, have a good life (I’m retired too and am enjoying it) and thank you so very much for your wonderful editorial cartoons. And do not worry, Trump will NOT be our president come January 2021. It may be violent, but we will persevere.

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    Nuper Nocte  9 months ago

    My heart is absolutely broken.

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    willie_mctell  9 months ago

    It’s been a great run. Thank you.

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    mengelji  9 months ago

    Thank you very much, Mr. Toles. We’ll miss you! Please have a seat over there beside Conrad, Herblock, Bill Mauldin and various others. I’m sure you’ll all have plenty to chat about.

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    Sad news. another great commentator/cartoonist has folded his pages and retired

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    ragsarooni Premium Member 9 months ago

    May your retirement be long & restful,filled with everything you always dreamed about! ;-)

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    parkerinthehouse  9 months ago

    I love you. Dance like nobody’s watchin’

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    I will really miss this guy’s work.

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    I’m not cryin’~You’re cryin’

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    Mr Toles, you are among the good ones.

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    l3i7l  9 months ago

    Thanks, Tom, for the years of your art and insight. Glad to hear you are still going to be a long-haired subversive, by starting an arts retreat. Creative expression is a great way to give shape to a better world.

    If you folks are interested, Tom was interviewed yesterday, about cartooning, and his retirement, on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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    Z Blair Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for the refreshing truth you’ve shared in your years of cartooning. Cheers to your new journey.

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    eideard  9 months ago

    Brought a tear to my eye, bro’…even though I’ve been retired 20 years. Took me a few years to comprehend how really good it felt. Keep a couple time pressures around to remind you what it felt like. Make them about an hour long…tops. We’ll all miss you. Hope you give us the occasional thought in paper and ink.

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    chromosome Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for your fine cartooning! I will miss your work, but hope you enjoy your next adventure!

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    remarknj Premium Member 9 months ago

    You will be missed! Norbert and Jocelyne

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    lazysenora  9 months ago

    Though I highly recommend retirement, I will miss you. Enjoy!

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    Michael Melody Premium Member 9 months ago

    Say it ain’t so, Tom. You’ve been my go-to political cartoonist for years. Mr. Oliphant now lives nearby in Santa Fe NM, and both of you have enhanced our lives. Congratulations on an exceptional career, but I wish you were carrying on. All best wishes,

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    Vidrinath Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you for everything Tom. Go play

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    Thanks so much ❤️❤️

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    byamrcn  9 months ago

    Great work over many years good sir…thank you for helping keep this newspaper tradition alive and well. Hope you’ll consider drawing one occasionally and just tossing it on the Internet someplace for everyone to enjoy…but either way enjoy whatever life brings you next.

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    Boomer Premium Member 9 months ago

    Sorry to see a sane voice go silent. Enjoy your well earned retirement.

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    Kurtass Premium Member 9 months ago

    Bye Tom, it has been a pleasure. Good luck in retirement. Where is the cake?

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    [Unnamed Reader - f624e5]  9 months ago

    Thanks for all your insight, and using your pen as a pokey stick against those who deserve it!

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    SandShark Premium Member 9 months ago

    Enjoy your retirement, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your work over the years!

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    Patinphx Premium Member 9 months ago

    You, your wisdom, and your wit will be sorely missed. Thanks and enjoy your retirement!

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    LoveBritTV Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you Tom for your commentary through the years. Your many readers will miss you (myself included…) Please enjoy your retirement. You have certainly earned it!

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    saurabh.dhar  9 months ago

    Lost for words, however thank you Mr. Toles….

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    Kentucky Ken Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks greatly for the gift of your work through the years. May you have many, many years of joy and wonder.

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    joshschr Premium Member 9 months ago

    Everyone deserves their rest, but I’m still counting this as among the reasons 2020 sucks.

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    Mats Dahlgren Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks for all the great work, Tom. You have given me tons of laughs and wonderful insights into American politics.

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    cooganm Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thanks, Tom

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    Ravenswing  9 months ago

    Rest well, Tom.

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    veset  9 months ago

    I’m gonna miss you pal. Good luck on your new life. As a retiree myself, it’s not a bad life. Enjoy.

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    ronfox18  9 months ago

    Thanks for the insights and memories.

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    wckrmcmurt  9 months ago

    Thank you Mr. Toles, I read you first for 25 years.If we were a monarchy you would be knighted – wait, we are.

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    Neilconnole Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you thank you Tolles for all the wonderful thoughts and humor you have spread over the years! Enjoy your retirement; you have EARNED IT!!

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    krogenguy Premium Member 9 months ago

    Time to Play, enjoy and thanks for the great and pointed cartoons.

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    PC Load Letter Premium Member 9 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Toles… Your cartoons have been a light in the darkness, particularly during these last four years. You’ll be missed!

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    dlc52 Premium Member 9 months ago

    He will be greatly missed! Great statements, deep insights.

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    NathanBowe  9 months ago

    Tom – You’ve always been my favorite political cartoonist, by far, and you’re going to be sorely missed. You have always done an incredible job of summing up a complex political situation in a single-panel cartoon, with an always-apt kicker at the bottom. Enjoy your retirement (for a week or two) then feel free to get back in the game. The country needs you. God bless!

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    jkn1027  9 months ago

    Thank you! Enjoy!

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    It's a Madd Madd World  9 months ago

    Thank you Tom for all the great comic

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    dtpimentel  9 months ago

    Check out the awesome tribute done by Adam Zyglis to Tom Toles.

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    Marykaybates  9 months ago

    Mr. Toles, you have brought me such solace since I first discovered your work more than 20 years ago. Thank you for your marvelous body of work and even more, thank you for the near daily sanity check that told me I wasn’t alone in thinking we were going off the rails. Cheers, and best wishes for a long, healthy, happy next chapter.

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    ajnotales  9 months ago

    We’ll miss you, Tom … any time you want to pick the pen up again, you’ll be welcome!

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    wi3leong Premium Member 9 months ago

    TT – thanks so much for the last 13 years. I only wish I had discovered you much earlier. All the best for a well earned retirement.

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    Timothy Young Premium Member 9 months ago

    No! Don’t go! Rats.

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    JohnTheFoole  9 months ago

    Will we still have Randolph Itch…?

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    downunder1993  9 months ago

    Thank you sir!

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    kbella1sal  9 months ago

    Good OnYa Tom! I miss You already. Enjoy your well-deserved Retirement, Enjoy Every Day!

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    JanaKralovna  9 months ago

    No!!!!! I’ll miss you!!!

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    parkerinthehouse  9 months ago

    I miss you

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    pipewriter  9 months ago

    Tom, yours were quite simply the best. I started every day with one.

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    Yontrop  9 months ago

    I was hoping for one last elephant.

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    knottytippet  9 months ago

    I’ve loved your work. Enjoy your play; you’ve earned it!

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    Godfreydaniel  9 months ago

    There were giants in the earth, in those days………….No more Oliphant, no more Herblock, and now no more Toles?!!!!! I know I’m being selfish when I wish for more Toles. (Like, ten more years or half an eternity more?) I can’t help it, I am that selfish. And if I hadn’t had my internet devouring my innards the last few days I would have posted this sooner. Please have a happy retirement, Mr. Toles.

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    robnvon Premium Member 9 months ago

    Tom, you’ll endure in a corner of my memory until I die and when that light flickers out I’ll be smiling. Thank you.

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    donut reply  9 months ago

    Dang, and I was disappointed when I found out he hasn’t written Randolph Itch in years.

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    llrdeemer  9 months ago

    I keep clicking here hoping he’s back!

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    AMBER1  9 months ago

    We will miss you! So god bless and be safe!

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    Patricia Hoffman Premium Member 9 months ago

    I will really miss you, but I wish you a long and happy retirement.

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    jamner  9 months ago

    WOW! congrats ! may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be at your back….. thank you for sharing your artwork and you insight

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    Wlly Blly  9 months ago

    It took 6 days from the publishing date on your cartoon Tom, but your request has been granted!!! The maniac is OUT!!

    I’m hoping we can deal with your I-told-you-so and your prediction.

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    waltkamp  9 months ago

    I guess Toles anticipated the election’s outcome and decided he could safely retire. He did more than his share to relieve us of this “maniac”

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    FreyjaRN Premium Member 9 months ago

    I’ll miss you. You helped take my mind off my pain level.

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    Antidote  9 months ago

    Middle panel request: check! :)

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    comixbomix  9 months ago

    I once posted in a thread here, that, “a day without Toles is a day without brainshine”. I really feel that way today – I wish he could have hung around to celebrate this day. But I suppose I can understand why he couldn’t…

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    kennnyp  9 months ago

    Thank you Mr. Toles…your’s was the first comic i would read every day….and will continue to be…..i’m planning on hitting the ‘way back’ arrows everyday and enjoy your work all over again…..God Bless…and God Speed….k

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    wiatr Premium Member 9 months ago

    I think Mr. Toles is on to something with that 6th panel. AI is something that will have to be approached with great caution and not just left to the designers.

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    theshadowuu  9 months ago

    I miss Toms work SO much. He missed a wealth of material right after his retirement. But he DESERVES his retirement so I won’t sulk…much.

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    PeterPirate  9 months ago

    C’mon, Tommy! One more celebratory strip!

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    natalie1940  8 months ago

    Just catching up on my Toles views [80 yr. old tired gal] … and glad to send Tom Toles off with sincere thanks and true appreciation for his genius!! He will be sorely missed … but glad he’s doing what he wants! :)

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    455634  8 months ago

    we did it tom hes going away

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    Calvin  8 months ago

    Why not alternate between this final graphic and start with his first graphic to show us the progression of his career and messaging, please. Ray

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    I am devastated. You will be missed most dearly.

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    Wanye  8 months ago

    Tom, climate change is real. Population control would solve it. Enjoy your retirement. I’ve been retired for almost a dozen years now. I really miss working….. Not!

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    oldspacehound  8 months ago

    I will miss him and wish him well.

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    coop2003 Premium Member 8 months ago

    i start my daily comics read by hitting random for a few doses of mr. toles’ wisdom.

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    CW Stevenson Premium Member 8 months ago

    He will be “sorely” missed.

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    Calvin  8 months ago

    Go comix, please consider running Tom’s initial works alternating daily with this tribute so we can see his progression through the many years.

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    Calvin  8 months ago

    Maybe GC could run some of Tom’s early works alternating with this tribute entry so we late comers can see what he did early on to fully appreciate his great contributions.

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    Calvin  8 months ago

    Would like to see Tom’s earliest works interspersed on alternate days

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    NatureBatsLast  8 months ago

    One last thing Tom, get your pal Michael Mann to come clean about how fast climate change is really coming at us.

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    pamela welch Premium Member 8 months ago

    Geez, I miss you Tom ♥

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    kato1979  8 months ago

    Toles has been a wonderful addition to the American political cartoon scene. He will be sorely missed.

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    Jannie  8 months ago

    I kept me sane…I am retired 10 years now…but so will miss ur work

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    Patinphx Premium Member 8 months ago

    Thank you, Mr. Toles! We will miss your outlook. Enjoy retirement—or come back!

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    Frank Farkel  7 months ago

    The Maniac was voted out; the country screwed up big time not flipping the Senate, though there is still a chance with Georgia’s run-offs. Enjoy your retirement.

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    Artemis   7 months ago

    Thanks so much for your brilliant cartoons! Take care

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    alpha  7 months ago

    Thanks for all the thought-provoking cartoons. May you enjoy a fulfilling return to “play”.

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    SariKadison-Shapiro Premium Member 7 months ago

    Love Tom Toles!

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    Calvin  7 months ago

    Woulda been nice to have seen Tom’s early works interspersed daily with this final ‘toon so we could appreciate his manifold contributions to wit, satire and perspective……just sayin’

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    Suerreal Premium Member 7 months ago

    I’m reading random comics every day. This one from 1995 is highly applicable today:

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    Fuzzy Kombu  7 months ago

    Thanks, Tom Toles. Have fun. And maybe restart Norb, if you can get Daniel Pinkwater on board.

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    Calvin  7 months ago

    OK, it’s 2021 and time to change this page. Try interspersing Tom’s entire 15000 “comic’s” in sequence alternating with this final ’toon so we, the readers can appreciate his span of works. PLEASE!

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    CharleyHobbs  7 months ago

    the maniac is out and the senate is flipped. so good , so far

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    Kip W  7 months ago

    Happy 2021, Mr. Toles, and if you are seeing a good outcome here, you are at least somewhat responsible for keeping attention focused where it was needed.

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    Flatlander, purveyor of fine covfefe  6 months ago

    Gee you should have stuck around when the fat lady got to sing

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    NatureBatsLast  6 months ago

    Ok Gocomics….fill the damn void he left,

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    comixbomix  6 months ago

    Is there ever going to be a “Classic Toles”? Or would it be deemed too topical?

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    kennnyp  6 months ago

    from one old borderline-hippie ( kennedy democrat) from the sixty’s to another…. thanks for helping me stay sane…

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    buckman-j  5 months ago

    Good to see Go comics personnel are hard at work culling dated stuff. November. OMG!!!!

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    johnhbaggett  4 months ago

    Toles sounds like and idiot to me first of all he’s a Democrat, second of all he calls the best president in the history of our country Donald Trump an idiot now that’s really stupid and third because of voter fraud the Democrats got the biggest dumb ass they could find to be our president and between him and the Democrats they are probably going to destroy our country. Our economy is already tanking? How you like those gas prices lately? You can thank Biden because he decided to close the pipeline and force big tankers to burn gas and oil carrying it across America. How stupid can the left get? Every time I think they couldn’t get any dumber and they prove me wrong.

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    NASA Monkey  4 months ago

    Good point.

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    buckman-j  3 months ago

    Mr. Toles has retired, and it appears so have Go Comics so called editors. Bad form dudes

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    WCraft Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Best wishes and keep the hatred for the right flowing.

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