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Seven Years of Highly Defective People [Hardcover]

Scott Adams
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Aug. 1 1997 Dilbert Books (Hardcover Andrews McMeel)
It has grown so quickly that it is now generating a worldwide sensation. "Seven Years of Highly Defective People" revisits the introduction and development of all that is Dilbert, allowing Adams to share with readers his thoughts about the formation of his character's lives.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! June 9 2011
By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious July 7 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars SEVEN YEARS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE COMICS Dec 10 2002
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:
..& Dogbert
...& Technology the Business world
...& women
...& his ego
...Attempts to join the Consumer Society
..the Early, Vulnerable days
...Reveals his Sarcasm
..& the many occupations
..Schemes to Conquer the World
...Saves Dilbert
-Ratbert ("Timmy" is the best EVER!!!!)
-Dilmom & Dildad
-Bob & the dinosaurs
-Asok (he's cool!)
-Tina the Tech Writer
-Elbonians (crack-ups!)
-The Boss
-Wally (my fav character)
-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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Dilbert fan Dec 28 2001
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SEVEN YEARS OF HIGHLY DEFECTIVE PEOPLE is a must buy for anyone who likes Dilbert. Reading it is a hilarious review of Dilbert comics from 1989 to 1995-- all of them conveniently grouped by theme or person.
Scott Adams also includes his own notes after many of the strips, and they are both funny and revealing. Through his frequent discussions of the histories of the characters, one gains a greater apprecation for the many changes Dilbert has gone through.
I would highly recommend this book to any Dilbert lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectcular Dilbert Book
Seven Years of Highly Defective People is a marvelous Dilbert book. It exposes the characters, and how they got started. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Only an In-DUH-Vidual would miss out
Scott Adams's offbeat humor is accentuated here alongside the original outlet, the best of Dilbert comic strips. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001 by "bcme123usa"
5.0 out of 5 stars A shining tome of laughter and comedy!
Scott Adams is widely known for creating one of the most unconventional and hilarious comic strips ever: Dilbert. Read more
Published on July 13 2001 by D. Litton
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Miami Review
The customer from Miami needs to learn to spell. (i.e. The comics can stand on "there" own. The correct word is "their".
Published on June 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars As a member of Dogberts New Ruling Class,..
I felt it was my duty to tell all of you Induhviduals How good this book is (And also cuz I have nothing to do) It is really good, and there are a lot of funny comments by Scott... Read more
Published on May 10 2001 by "charmed337"
5.0 out of 5 stars This book never gets old
I don't know how many times I have re-read this book and I still love it. I really enjoy Mr. Adam's notes and how he shows the evolution of some of his characters. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by TC LMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever wonder what goes through a comic artist's head?
Well, now you can find out, thanks to Scott Adams' annotated compilation of selected Dilbert strips. Read more
Published on May 10 2000 by CMS
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This Dilbert comic is my favorite. Whenever I read it, I just can't stop laughing. Every Dilbert fan should get this book! It's really great!
Published on Jan. 7 2000
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