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Seven Years of Highly Defective People Hardcover – Aug 1 1997


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (Aug. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836251296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836251296
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,134,331 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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Well, now you can find out, thanks to Scott Adams' annotated compilation of selected Dilbert strips. More than just another re-hash of old favorites, "Seven Years" is one of the better comic collections I've seen. Adams' individual analyses of each character is, perhaps, the closest you will get to studying actual Character Design theory for comic strips. Of course, he mentions nothing about the drawing style (how hard is it to draw Dilbert & friends anyway?) but if you want to know what goes into making memorable comic strip personalities, this book has it. Sadly, the inter-character chemistry isn't on a level with Peanuts, so don't expect any amazing insights on how Dilbert and Dogbert get along.
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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I did not want to like this book. I had recently started to join the school of thought that criticizes the "Dilbert" comic strip. The argument goes like this: cartoonist Scott Adams, is making lots of money pointing out the absurdity, the ridiculousness, of much of corporate America. In addition to being on best-seller lists on a regular basis, copies of his strips can be found in many office cubicles. Proof, fans say, of just how apt and accurate his strip is. But now that he has the attention of corporate America, what does he do with that power? He just writes more silly books. Why doesn't he try to change things? He can make a difference but he apparently prefers going for the jokes. As Bob Dole would say, "Where's the outrage?" Well, that was the argument. And I confess it made some sense to me. "Dilbert" seemed funny at first but after a while, like Dave Barry's columns, grew stale. So I started this new book - with a title longer than the list of jibes Adams makes against management - with a grudge against it. But by page 10 I was chuckling. By page 30 I was laughing out loud. And by page 50 I'd decided that I was more interested in enjoying this book than contemplating any deeper meanings or implications behind the strip's popularity. And enjoy it I did. I'd forgotten about some of the minor characters Adams created, such as the employee who has mastered the ability to attach himself to the backs of others. Or the time Dilbert was scheduled to make a speech and his colleagues showed up carrying pillows in preparation. And the time that Dilbert is walking behind a lady when a book falls out. "You dropped this little book titled 'Attractive women's secret guide to avoiding Dilbert'," he said. "Wait a minute!Read more ›
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