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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1st edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836236688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836236682
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989, while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

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What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989 while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

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I truely enjoyed reading this book, it kept me laughing.
"autumngreer"
Scott Adams is widely known for creating one of the most unconventional and hilarious comic strips ever: Dilbert.
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This book looks much like other Dilbert books in format: page after page of comics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Scott Adams' Dilbert comic strip is simply brilliant; Dilbert is the embodiment of the typical white collar working man. Other comic strips may be funny, but Dilbert personally connects with huge numbers of people in ways no other comic strip has ever come close to matching. It's really amazing how a single three-frame daily comic can say so much so well. I feel a particular affinity to both Dilbert and his creator Scott Adams. Adams' first job was a bank teller position, as was mine. I am also quite familiar with the whole cubicle phenomenon, and while my own work experience was never quite as dysfunctional as that of Dilbert, I can relate to and understand very well the types of management decisions, innovatively silly programs and campaigns, and team-building charades that take place in Dilbert's workplace. You don't have to be a cubicle veteran to "get" Dilbert, though, and Adams' humor is so razor-sharp and grounded in common sense that Dilbert's fans should be and are legion in number.
Seven Years of Highly Defective People makes a great introduction to Scott Adams' brilliant comic strip. Not only do you get a sampling of Adams' best creations from the time of the strip's appearance in 1989 to 1996 and the publication of this book, you get a great introduction to the characters who share Dilbert's world. You can see the progression of the The Boss over time and marvel at the appearance and growth of his increasingly pointy hair, watch Dilbert's coworker Alice evolve from a nondescript female character to the triangle-haired attitude-laced pistol she came to be. Wally has always been Wally, but this guy makes any comic strip frame better and funnier just by lending his presence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Dodds on August 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
The best part about this collection is that Scott comments on individual strips, saying what he likes (or doesn't like) about them or commenting on early stages of his characters' development. The strips are arranged (initially) by character, taking you through their changes over seven years. Some have changed dramatically, like the boss, who was originally tall and thin and now is short, rotund, and pointy-haired. Scott even explains the minor characters, like accounting trolls, dinosaurs, and generic co-workers. On their own, the strips would have been a good collection, but the comments by Scott Adams really make this collection fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Breen VINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dilbert is the signature comic of the cubicle generation. It never ceases to amaze me how an engineer who wrestles to keep his characters even looking consistent, because he is admittedly not a great artist, has managed to make so much of his strip. The reason, of course, is that he understands the climate and atmosphere of so many of us who walk the mazes of cubicles chasing the corporate cheese. He's captured the cynicism, the drollness and the other elements that help us cope with the impersonal affronts that greet us regularly.

If you have every other Dilbert, you may want to think before picking it up as it has no new material. It does however, have the unique arrangment that shows the development of so many characters. The notes themselves add an element that gives insight into the twisted mind of Adams.

Viva la Dilbert!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you've been a fan of "Dilbert" from the beginning, (or have tracked down the old collections) there is little here that you haven't seen before; this is mostly a collection of reprints of old Dilbert strips; what's new is that Adams has put in commentary between the strips. Sometimes, this is funny enough to be worth the price of admission, and the overall overview of the evolution of the various characters is not without interest, but really, an entire book of reruns is mostly not worth paying for. On the other hand, for people who enjoy Dilbert, but AREN'T familiar with all the old strips, this should be a delightful way to catch up on the history of the strip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "autumngreer" on July 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for Dilbert fans. Its shows the evolution of dilbert and characters to what we see today, along with author notes. I truely enjoyed reading this book, it kept me laughing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "christianrockfreak" on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
A single cartoon that I have laughed the hardest at, the longest at, as to be a Dilbert. Scott Adams has jokes that may step over the line in a businessman's perspective, but if you're a comics fan, its like gold.
In this book, we have the best of the beginning, the outrageous of the origin, the super of the Seven. In this book, you will get no new comics, but something that I think every popular comic strip compilation should have. Comments from the author. Somehow, they enrich your reading by providing insights such as: if Adams thought it was dumb, what parts of this outrageousness actualy IS true. Or presenting a phrase that kills him (with laughter!) every time (can you chant?). I'm glad he took the time.
In this book, Adams has a few paragraphs/a page or two about every character, as small as its role may be.
The characters include:
-Dilbert
..& Dogbert
...& Technology
..in the Business world
...& women
...& his ego
...Dies
...Travels
...Attempts to join the Consumer Society
-Dogbert
..the Early, Vulnerable days
...Reveals his Sarcasm
..& the many occupations
..Schemes to Conquer the World
...Saves Dilbert
-Ratbert ("Timmy" is the best EVER!!!!)
-Garbageman
-Liz
-Dilmom & Dildad
-Bob & the dinosaurs
-Catbert
-Phil
-Asok (he's cool!)
-Tina the Tech Writer
-Elbonians (crack-ups!)
-The Boss
-Alice
-Wally (my fav character)
-Carol
-Critters
-Dogbert in Hats
-Ted the Generic Guy
-Slapstick (the phrase, that isn't a person!)
He missed janitor.
Ah, well. This-esp. with the insight comments from Adams-belongs on the shelve of anyone who likes comics (or anything) in the 90's. Or if you like Dilbert, or laughing 'till you strain something.....
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