May 112013
 

Synopsis:

Dubbed “the cartoon hero of the workplace” by the San Francisco Examiner, Dilbert is the cubicle-bound star of the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed, and e-mailed comic strip in the world.As fresh a look at the inanity of office life as it brought to the comics pages when it first appeared in 1989, this 40th AMP Dilbert collection comically confirms to the working public that we all really know what’s going on. Our devices might be more sophisticated, our software and apps might be more plentiful, but when it gets down to interactions between the worker bees and the clueless in-controls, discontent and sarcasm rule, as only Dilbert can proclaim.

Hott Review:

What I liked: I’ve never really read comics but I’m on a journey to lighten up so I thought I’d start with this. It was light hearted and fun.
What I didn’t like: Is this really how bad it’s gotten? I think that’s the entire reason I didn’t enjoy this more — I was trying to determine how much of this is really how things work.

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Author: Scott Adams
Source: Netgalley
Grade: B

Author Bio:

Back when he was a lowly office worker slaving under fluorescent lights and drinking bad coffee at an unsatisfying string of office jobs, Scott Adams would try to stave off some of the mind-numbing boredom he faced each day by doodling a little comic strip about a hapless office drone he called Dilbert. As he worked, Adams filed away the fodder for his fledgling comic strip. Today, Dilbert is officially an empire — and Adams is the CEO.
Adams didn’t start his career path intending to become a workplace warrior. As he told FamousVeggie.com, he graduated high-school as valedictorian “because the other 39 people in my class couldn’t spell ‘valedictorian.'” After earning a B.A. in economics at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, Adams went on to earn an M.B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley. Adding an interesting twist to his education, he also managed to pick up a Certified Hypnotist diploma from the Clement School of Hypnosis in 1981.
After college, during his often-brief tenure at a series of low-paying, low-on-the-totem-pole jobs at corporations from Crocker National Bank in San Francisco to Pacific Bell in San Ramon, Adams started to wonder if his sanity-saving doodles really could rescue him from a life spent working for The Man. Acting on a tip from a kindly fellow cartoonist, he picked up the 1988 Artist Markets guide and simply followed the instructions on how to get syndicated. He mailed out fifty sample Dilbert strips, and was offered a contract by United Media within weeks.
Adams’s first attempt writing an actual book was 1996’s The Dilbert Principle, which became a number one New York Times bestseller and one of the top-selling business books of all time. More than just a compilation of Adams’s cartoons, the book included essays on the trials and tribulations of corporate culture. “Each one is on target and deliciously sardonic,” said Booklist in its review. “Sometimes too true to be funny.” Today, the strip continues its clip as the fastest-growing cartoon of all time, and is enjoyed daily by 150 million people in 1,900 newspapers, in 56 countries.
Transitioning from comic compilations to full books was a challenge for Adams. As he admitted to Salon.com, “Drawing the comic strip is fun — it can actually increase my energy. I feel good when I’m doing it, and I feel good when it’s done. But writing just sucks the energy right out of me. I find that after about an hour of writing sometimes I have to jump on the floor and fall asleep, right now. It’s so much harder than it looks.”
When he’s not helping Dilbert bring a smile to the faces of the working wounded, Adams moonlights as a restaurateur, running two successful Stacey’s Cafés in Northern California. He has also founded the Scott Adams Foods company, home of the Dilberito™ — a protein-packed burrito perfect for the office microwave.

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