Tom Sloan Cartoon: Do Inventions Come In Pairs?

Written by Tom Sloan

Inventions often need a complementary invention to work perfectly. Tom Sloan wonders what you could pack into a two-car garage, especially when it looks like this.

aNewDomain — With every great invention comes other inventions to make the first invention have meaning. What does that mean? When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, he had to invent two inventions. The microphone and the speaker. Without one, the other was useless. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but that would be futile without the electricity to power it.

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Cartoon by Tom Sloan

What good is a CD without a CD player? For that matter, what good are bowling pins without a bowling ball? Sometimes the inventions that follow are totally unexpected.  

Walk through a mall. Every 50 feet is another kiosk that sells cell phone cases. That gigantic market was something the cell phone people never originally imagined. Which brings me to this point. If you had a flying car, would you park it in your regular garage or build a special one for it? The photograph of this one is real and not altered in anyway. I drove past it near Allentown, PA and had to take a picture. Could this be the home of My Favorite Martian?

For, I’m Tom Sloan.

Tom Sloan has drawn cartoons and illustrations for numerous publications — including the original BYTE magazine. Not limited to print, Tom’s cartoons and collages are displayed in museums and galleries throughout the United States. He’s also an accomplished animator. He’s created animations for such as clients Sesame Street, HBO, Nickelodeon, Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room, Burger King and McDonalds.