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Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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Scott Adams "is a VERY tough act to follow." --Suzanne Tobin, Washington Post
In the tradition of The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert 2.0 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Scott Adams's Dilbert, the touchstone of office humor.
This special slipcased collection--weighing in at more than ten pounds with 600 pages and featuring almost 4,000 strips--takes readers behind the scenes and into the early days of Scott Adams's life pre-Dilbert and on to the success that followed when Dilbert became an internationally syndicated sensation.
Divided into five different epochs, Dilbert 2.0 gives readers a glance at some of Adams's earliest strips, like those created for Playboy, and a peek at an abundance of special content ranging from numerous rejection letters to Adams's first cartooning check, and more.
Adams personally selected the material for this collection and offers original comments and humorous asides throughout. Also included is a disc that contains every Dilbert comic strip to April 2008.
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Entire weeks of strips are excluded from the pages, and storylines are often missing strips, making them harder to follow and leaving out punchlines. The missing strips detract greatly from the collection.
I simply don't see why Dilbert 2.0 wasn't done as a two-volume collection with every strip for $150.
Why I say "an almost ultimate collection" is because the *book* does not contain all the published strips. There are entire weeks missing and several of the series are missing strips either making the story incomplete or cutting off part that makes that series funny. Though you'd have to read from beginning to end to notice this, it does detract from a collection that could--and should--have contained all the strips.
What will allow me to toss most of my old paperbacks is the included DVD containing all the strips to present day ("present day" being May 2008). They're sorted by date and in yearly folders. (A simple searchable database by business subject would have been helpful for quickly finding relevant items, but beggars can't be choosers.)
This is a good collection for all who like Dilbert and a great gift for any fan. It is well worth the (discounted) price I paid.
Best of all, the back of the book has a CD with a collection of all the Dilbert cartoons! I had no idea that I couldn't live without a Dilbert CD, but now that I've tried it, I can't!
I should mention that the book, in a classy slip case, weighs about 9 pounds and is, therefore, a poor candidate for reading in bed - unless your bed happens to have a desk attachment suitable for holding large, heavy books. Although I was, for my own political reasons, sorry to see that the book was printed in China, I must say that the production values are very high and that the packaging is very attractive.
All in all, a book you'll be happy to have on your coffee table with a CD that you'll be happy to keep by your PC.
While you do need to check the dimensions and weight, this should be a must have for any Dilbert fan. The cartoons and the background provided by Scott Adams are interesting enough, but to also get a disc with every cartoon published to date is incredible value, I would honestly have paid this just for the disc!
This really is the ultimate collection and gives both Scott Adams and Dilbert the recognition they deserve.
Then I saw what this collection actually was; for those thinking this is a complete collection, it is but only with a caveat. Included with this book, which is a collection of Scott Adams' personal favorites and highly acclaimed strips, is a DVD that includes every strip ever produced at the point of the publication of the book. Every strip afterward they point you to the Dilbert website to view. So you get a complete collection of Dilbert strips, just not in print format.
The extra information Adams provides in the margins in regards to some of the strips is the equivalent of audio commentary on a DVD. It's nice to get some of the insider info on the thinking behind the strips. It's also fun to see some of the strips that had to be edited for newspapers in completely unedited format. So you see the censored comic and the uncensored original which is a treat.
I would have liked a little more information on the process of making the strips within the book itself, but what Adams includes, a brief history of the birth of Dilbert, is informative without being overwhelming.
A great collection, but perhaps not worth MSRP.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, the first strip I read I laughed out loud. A must have for any fan of Dilbert, and anyone with a sense of humor who works in a business setting.Published 8 days ago by jpcguy89
Bought it for my hubby and he didn't realize it was so heavy , but he is enjoying reading it.Published 4 months ago by Sylvia
As others have noted, not all the comics over the 20 year period that this book covers are in the actual book. If they were, the book would be much bigger. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sruly
Love Dilbert and these books are very high quality. High quality and funny? Yep.Published 11 months ago by Joshua Harley