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Overview

Wally practices work avoidance as if it's some New Age religion, Alice resorts to violent measures to relieve stress, and Dilbert remains cluelessly above it all. Throw in a boss who manages via buzzwords, and you have the main players in the favorite strip among office dwellers everywhere: Dilbert. It's a cast of characters all too familiar to most, which accounts for no small part of its amazing success. It seems that everyone knows, has worked with, or unknowingly is a Dilbert type.

This Dilbert day-to-day takes on a new look for 2009 with every one of the strips in full color.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740774638
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Format: Box Calendar
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Adams was born in Windham, N.Y., and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1979. Initially conceived as a doodle, Dilbert was formally launched in 1989 and netted Scott a Reuben Award in 1997.

Author's web site: dilbertblog.typepad.com/

Biography

Back when he was a lowly office worker slaving under fluorescent lights and drinking bad coffee at an unsatisfying string of office jobs, Scott Adams would try to stave off some of the mind-numbing boredom he faced each day by doodling a little comic strip about a hapless office drone he called Dilbert. As he worked, Adams filed away the fodder for his fledgling comic strip. Today, Dilbert is officially an empire -- and Adams is the CEO.

Adams didn't start his career path intending to become a workplace warrior. As he told FamousVeggie.com, he graduated high-school as valedictorian "because the other 39 people in my class couldn't spell ‘valedictorian.'" After earning a B.A. in economics at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, Adams went on to earn an M.B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley. Adding an interesting twist to his education, he also managed to pick up a Certified Hypnotist diploma from the Clement School of Hypnosis in 1981.

After college, during his often-brief tenure at a series of low-paying, low-on-the-totem-pole jobs at corporations from Crocker National Bank in San Francisco to Pacific Bell in San Ramon, Adams started to wonder if his sanity-saving doodles really could rescue him from a life spent working for The Man. Acting on a tip from a kindly fellow cartoonist, he picked up the 1988 Artist Markets guide and simply followed the instructions on how to get syndicated. He mailed out fifty sample Dilbert strips, and was offered a contract by United Media within weeks.

Adams's first attempt writing an actual book was 1996's The Dilbert Principle, which became a number one New York Times bestseller and one of the top-selling business books of all time. More than just a compilation of Adams's cartoons, the book included essays on the trials and tribulations of corporate culture. "Each one is on target and deliciously sardonic," said Booklist in its review. "Sometimes too true to be funny." Today, the strip continues its clip as the fastest-growing cartoon of all time, and is enjoyed daily by 150 million people in 1,900 newspapers, in 56 countries.

Transitioning from comic compilations to full books was a challenge for Adams. As he admitted to Salon.com, "Drawing the comic strip is fun -- it can actually increase my energy. I feel good when I'm doing it, and I feel good when it's done. But writing just sucks the energy right out of me. I find that after about an hour of writing sometimes I have to jump on the floor and fall asleep, right now. It's so much harder than it looks."

When he's not helping Dilbert bring a smile to the faces of the working wounded, Adams moonlights as a restaurateur, running two successful Stacey's Cafés in Northern California. He has also founded the Scott Adams Foods company, home of the Dilberito™ -- a protein-packed burrito perfect for the office microwave.

Good To Know

Adams describes himself as a "a cat-loving, vegetarian tennis player."

His past jobs include bank teller, computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, loan officer, corporate strategist, and pseudo-engineer. Says Adams, "I was incompetent in each of those fields, but for some reason no one ever noticed."

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    1. Hometown:
      Danville, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 8, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Catskill, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hartwick College, 1979; M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    A most useful and entertaining calendar.

    I picked this calendar (2010) because I have always enjoyed Dilbert cartoons. Little did I realize how much additional value beyond the current date and cartoon humor was included. The back side of each page has puzzles of many flavors, such as scrambled words, sudoku, "Brain Teasers" just to touch on a few. There are household tips, history i.e. "On this date in history", "Worlds Best Bad Jokes and Puns" trivia, quotes etc. The answers to the puzzles are on the back of the next day's page. Every page has room for additional notes, and there are even occasional "Lists" for grocerys, Notes for the Babysitter, etc.

    If you enjoy Dilbert, I highly recommend this calendar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    The usual Dilbert

    As with most of Scott Adams Dilbert work, I find some of it incredibly funny and some of it just plain flat. But, either way, it's a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Great calendar.

    If you love Dilbert this calendar will brighten your day!

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Can't Go Wrong With Dilbert

    Dilbert IS the office. Excellent calendar.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

    Dilbert's always awesome

    Now in color every day! Always entertaining, always worthy of at least one day a month you can take a page and tape it to your boss' door or another colleague.

    If you work from a cubical, you should read Dilbert.

    Go to Dilbert.com and sign up to get a daily cartoon delivered free to your email box...

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    If you don't get it...

    You don't work.....hilarious as usual!

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    great for office dwellers

    Funny, great to read at the office.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Fun to read

    This calendar is fun to read.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH!

    It's Dilbert... enough said. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    If you like Dilbert ...

    If you like Dilbert and don't follow the daily comic strip, this is a must have.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Funny

    So far every day has been great.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Lots of laughs!

    This is a must have for anyone that works in an office. I've been giving this to my husband for years and he loves it. Even my sons get a kick out of the humor.

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    Posted December 10, 2009

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