Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Explains Cloning, Blouse Monsters, Voting Machines, Romance, Monkey Gods, How to Avoid Being Mistaken for a Rodent, and More

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Everyone knows Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, as the king of workplace humor. His insights into the crazy world of business have long been on display in his hugely popular comic strip and bestselling books like The Dilbert Principle. But there?s much more to life than work, and it turns out that the man behind Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an equally outrageous take on life outside the cubicle.

Adams ventures into uncharted territory in this collection of more ...

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Overview


Everyone knows Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, as the king of workplace humor. His insights into the crazy world of business have long been on display in his hugely popular comic strip and bestselling books like The Dilbert Principle. But there?s much more to life than work, and it turns out that the man behind Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an equally outrageous take on life outside the cubicle.

Adams ventures into uncharted territory in this collection of more than 150 short pieces?on everything from lunar real estate to serial killers, not to mention politics, religion, dating, underwear, alien life, and the menace of car singing. He isn?t afraid to confront the most pressing questions of our day, such as the pros and cons of toothpaste smuggling, why kangaroos don?t drive cars, and whether Jesus would approve of your second iPod.

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Editorial Reviews

Time
This offbeat pundit is welcome news, on or off the comics page.
Myles Knapp
Very few writers can make you laugh out loud. The latest book from Dilbert creator Scott Adams is one of those books. Adams covers some topics you won't find in your local family newspaper. If it were a movie, it would be rated somewhere between PG and R. And hilarious.
Contra Costa Times
Booklist
One can't help comparing this random collection of quips to similar observations by Dave Barry, and the results are just as witty.... Keep this handy for your next flight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591842309
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 809,265
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Adams launched Dilbert in 1989, and the strip now appears daily in more than two thousand newspapers in sixty-five countries. His business books include The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, both #1 New York Times bestsellers. Overall, Adams has published 23 books with more than ten million copies in print.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    9/9/13 Only 2 out of 66 reviews are about the book and they were

    9/9/13 Only 2 out of 66 reviews are about the book and they weren't very helpful. The rest are underage nook/texters who are chatting about growing boobs and other juvenile chatter. Go away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    FUNNY !!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Don't get the sample.

    It does not even pass the intro.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    awsome book

    great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    From Katniss to number 2

    Tell your family get over it, and soeak to you father when ever you feel like it. And avout your bf. Take him in the bed give to him hard you know what i mean. And break it off after. Now thats revenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Help advice

    Please tell me what i should do about my messed up life first im scared to call my dad because mi school going on a trip and i need to call my dad but im scared cause my family really doent like him the next ting is my boyfriend i admit is sorta a player and we had to split school cause i git accepted to ib and he goes to brinkly and he has another gf i just know what should i do hes in facebook but hes on instarahm and kik but i dont have a phone and i secretly have a facebook page and another thing all these people have so many friends on facevook i dont and the most important thing how do i talk my family into getting me a ipod touch ipone or ipad Please please respond quick oh yeah sinse i knoe he has a gurlfriend im planing on going with this cute boy justin how do i get himvto notice me without him getting freaked out about me sayin hey out of the bkue we sit next to each other in spainsh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    CRYSTALGIRL IS IN TOWN

    She is waiting giving people advice in siscrys in res twenty

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Need help please!!!

    Theres a girl ive known for a while and i think she knows i like her but im too afraid to ask her out. I really want to but i cant! We normally talk over email because i dont see her much. She always laughs when im around and looks down when i look at her. Shes always giving me drawings and stuff- but she gives drawings to everyone. Also she blushes alot when im around. Does she like me and how do i ask her out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    To below

    Be yourself. Dont go and try to be those other girls..your cute and beatiful the way you are sweety...- purplepinkypanda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Help please

    We are getting uniforms this year for school. I want to know how i can look and feel cute if i look like every other girl?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    To below from Anna

    Thank you sooo much! That was a quick response!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Funny

    Its a good book FUNNY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Awesome sword + question

    o::::]::::::::::::::::::::::> how do i talk to my parents about sex?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Advice needed...

    My friends make fun of me because I live on a farm. What should I do?
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    To athena

    I need advice my gf wont talk to me and i dont know if she dumped me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    To below

    I am jordan athenas son i am saying this on her behalf. She is ether just mad at you or in love in with your bestfriend. Atjena said to let you geuss wich one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Need puburty help

    I think i might be develaping brests because it is hard under my nipple and hurts need help right away . Btw i am 11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    PLS PLS HELP ME

    ok um hi. im jenna. so recently i got my period and of course im using a pad (obvi) but i play basketball a lot and i know a tampon would work better, but i tried annnnd well um i couldnt bring myself to do it. so PLEASE PLEASE help me out here!!! thxxxxxxx so increds much!!

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