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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.
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.
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.
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.
I received my copy of Dilbert 2.0 yesterday. I'd rate the product print and bind quality as top notch. This is a huge book, almost 2 inches thick (~600 pages) and very heavy. The book itself comes in a card board case. The image you see here on the product description page is that of the card board case. I'll try to put some pictures of the real product soon. I was very impressed with the overall quality of this book (especially considering the fact that Amazon regularly sells this for more than 50% off its MSRP). The pages are soft to touch and semi glossy. This book is divided into various segments of approximately 4-5 years each, namely The Early Years, The Dot Com Bubble, The Modern Era and such. The Introduction section was a pleasant surprise. Instead of the usual boring acknowledgments and inspirations and whatnots, Scott Adams decided to provide a flashback of how Dilbert came into existence. It's best if I don't reveal much here and simply say that I found it to be very readable, likable and funny. I haven't yet started reading the actual Dilbert comics yet but it doesn't really matter. All I wanted was to have my very own collection of the best of Dilbert. The included CD also has colorful images of the regular characters on top and is pretty to look at. I don't really plan on inserting it in my computer ever. I'm a fan of Dilbert/Scott Adams and I'm very happy with this purchase. Now I'm looking to score a good deal on Dilbert 6-Piece Action Figures Set.
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I love dilbert, and 20 years of it who could ask for more.Published 3 months ago by Goddy McGoderson
Due to the previous bad reviews, I waited until now to buy this book, but I just had to have it because I like Scott Adams and Dilbert. But there are so many problems. Read morePublished 3 months ago by YellowSubmarine
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 6 months ago by jpcguy89
Bought it for my hubby and he didn't realize it was so heavy , but he is enjoying reading it.Published 11 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 13 months ago by Sruly