Seven Years of Highly Defective People Hardcover – Aug 1 1997
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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:
..in the Business world
...& his ego
...Attempts to join the Consumer Society
..the Early, Vulnerable days
...Reveals his Sarcasm
..& the many occupations
..Schemes to Conquer the World
-Ratbert ("Timmy" is the best EVER!!!!)
-Dilmom & Dildad
-Bob & the dinosaurs
-Asok (he's cool!)
-Tina the Tech Writer
-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.....
The majority of Adams' annotations refer in some way to the central joke of a certain strip; occasionally he also discusses artistic points and story arcs. Sometimes the comments are even funnier than the actual strip. All in all, it's an enlightening peek into the creative process of making a comic strip. Aspiring artists and fans of the genre should definitely have this book, and if you don't, borrow it from someone who does.
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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... Read morePublished on June 9 2011 by Bart Breen
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. Read morePublished on July 7 2003
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... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001
Seven Years of Highly Defective People is a marvelous Dilbert book. It exposes the characters, and how they got started. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2001
Scott Adams's offbeat humor is accentuated here alongside the original outlet, the best of Dilbert comic strips. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2001
Scott Adams is widely known for creating one of the most unconventional and hilarious comic strips ever: Dilbert. Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by D. Litton
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 20 2001
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 morePublished on May 10 2001
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 morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by TC LMT