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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.
About the Author
Scott Adams was born in Windham, NY, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1979. Scott has won multiple National Cartoonists Society Awards, and the Dilbert strip has received a Harvey Award and won the Max and Moritz Prize as best international comic strip.
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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.
There's the perennially unfortunate Dilbert, responsibility-shirking Wally, victim of male chauvinism Alice, the ultimate saboteur the Pointy-haired Boss, soulless HR Director Catbert, and sneak consultant Dogbert, among others. This massive collection of office humour is likely to last another two decades at least. If you finish them early, you can always look back and refresh your memory while enjoying it.
The author and publishers could easily have taken the cheap way out and assembled the comics with no extras to speak of, but almost every strip has commentary from the author himself. Everything from artistic inspiration style to his dealings with his bosses and letters from fans is included.
On the bright side, and raising it to 5 stars, the publishers included a CD which DOES have all of them (after all, it's not like each comic takes up a lot of memory on the CD)
Great book for any Dilbert Fan
And this book is the greatest collection of Dilbert strips to date.
The book weighs in at over 9 lbs. It is cloth bound, hardcover with a beautiful slipcover. The paper is thick and high quality. The notes icluded about many of the strips are amusing and informative. In all, there are almost 2000 cartoons reproduced here.
But, as many have noted, this is not a complete collection of Dilbert cartoon (kind of...I'll get to the DVD shortly).
Many have pointed to the Deluxe and multi-volumed editions of Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes (which ARE complete sets) and complained about the shortcomings. Well, I don't think that those are necessarily fair comparisons. For starters, this comic is stoll being published. So, even on the release date, this type of set would NOT be complete. Secondly, Dilbert has a much greater catalog then then either of those 2 strips. At the time of publication, there were over 6500 Dilbert cartoons in existance (that was over 1 year ago, so we must be getting close to 7000 comics). Calvin and Hobbes had 3160. The Far Side had approximately 4300. So, even 1 year ago, there were more then DOUBLE the number of strips for Dilbert then there were for Calvin and Hobbes (which needed a 3 volume set).
So, this set would have needed 3-4 volumes (9 lbs each) to give us an up to date collection of cartoons. Although there is a precedent for this (witness the Peanuts set-all 17,897 strips, are being reprinted in an encyclopedic set which will requireabout 25 volumes to complete), this is not something that most comic strips can pull off unless they were relatively short lived (ie: Far side and Calvin and Hobbes). So, the publishers got around this by including all 6500+ strips to date (at time of publication) on a DVD that you can view on your computer. The set up is basic, but it fills in the gaps left by the book.
Someday, when this series is behind us, such an encyclopedic work will be done, but for now, this is the Dilbert collection for any enthusiest or casual fan. It is currently priced under $50, which is a good value (I was fortunate to get it from Amazon's gold box for $34-an absolute steal for a book of this quality).