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am 11. Mai 2000
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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am 13. Juli 1999
Dieses Buch ist wunderbar! Haben sie sich schon immer mal gefragt, woher all diese Charaktere kommen, die zusammen mit Dilbert in Cubeville leben? Scott Adams hat dieses Buch so aufgeteilt, daß jeweils ein Kapitel einer Figur aus dem Comicstrip gewidmet ist. Natürlich nimmt Dilbert selbst den größten Teil ein, aber man lernt auch, wie der Boss entstanden ist, oder woher die Elbonier kommen. Besonders gut hat mir der Abschnitt über Wally gefallen, den Erfinder des Buzzword-Bingo, ein Spiel, das man auch wunderbar in der Uni spielen kann.
Zwar sind die in diesem Buch enthaltenen Comicstrips bereits in anderen Büchern abgedruckt worden, aber dadurch, daß Adams neben die Comicstrips Bemerkungen gekritzelt hat, kann man altbekannte Strips nochmal aus einem ganz anderen Blickwinkel lesen. Mir hat dieses Buch außerordentlich gut gefallen, gerade weil man ein wenig Einblick in Scott Adams Gedanken gewinnen konnte und nun ein größeres Hintergrundwissen zu den einzelnen Figuren des Strips hat. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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am 19. Oktober 1997
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! I knew there had to be some kind of conspiracy," he protests while she calls in, with a special phone, "Mayday! Mayday!" Most of the cartoons in this book were included in earlier books but this time he comments on the individual panels, observing where he messed up and what his intentions were. He also announces which of his strips were the most popular. He also explains the meaning behind certain characters and their occupations. "I decided to make Catbert the Director of Human Resources at Dilbert's company. It's the perfect fit. Like (human resource) directors cats don't care if you live or die. And they enjoy playing with you before downsizing you." Adams also writes such self-deprecating remarks as, "I'm not smart enough to be a scientist, so I make my money by mocking them." He also explains an attempt at audience feedback. He created the character Liz so that Dilbert could experience having a girlfriend. "Many readers asked me to allow Dilbert to lose his innocence with Liz, so to speak," he said. So Adams asked fans if they wanted that to occur. "The women who wrote were almost unanimous in their desire for Dilbert to get lucky. But the men were split evenly. Half wanted Dilbert to do the deed and half said, in effect, 'I don't think Dilbert should get lucky until I do.'" If you need to relax and laugh, this book is perfect. Just be careful sharing the book with others at work: half the reason it is so funny is because it is so true in capturing personalities and management practices. And that is as scary as it is amusing.
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am 8. Oktober 1997
This was a great book that approaches Dilbert in a way that is new and exciting. Rather than just having another collection of Dilbert comic strips (which would not be that bad in and of itself), Scott Adams goes into what he was thinking when he wrote certain comic strips. It adds life to the characters to know where they came from, whether they were meant to be main characters, and who inspired their creation. (I'm not sure that I would want to be the inspiration behind some of the characters in Dilbert). Also knowing what kind of things went on in Scott Adams' head when writing some of these strips is hilarious. It makes reading Dilbert (even the ones that I have read before) that much funnier. I have recommended this book to many friends, and I would recommend it to anyone else as well.
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am 22. Mai 1998
I would read strips of Dilbert from the newspapers and find it extremely funny, but sometimes I would find some of the strips rather confusing. After reading this book, and laughing so hard with tears in my eyes, I have been unable to get enough of Dilbert. Everyone one else I lent this book to also experienced the same phenomenon. If you've never been introduced to Dilbert, this is definately the book you should get. It filled with the best strips & explanations by the author himself. It's a timeless piece and can be read over and over again. And for Dilbert fans, this is definately a keeper.
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am 17. Dezember 1998
Zwar sind für eingefleischte Dilbert-Fans einige "alte Bekannte" dabei, was die vertretenen Strips angeht. Aber Scott Adam's witzige Kommentare, wie und warum er zu welcher Figur gelangt ist erlauben einen klasse Eindruck in die "Biographie" der Charaktere. Ebenso lustig (für Leute, die sich eh über Amerikaner und political correctnes amüsieren) die Hinweise von Adams, welche Gruppe sich wegen welcher Figur in welchem Strip beschwert hat und sich auf den Schlips getreten fühlte. Scheinbar lebt man auch als Cartoon-Zeichner gefährlich, wenn man es allen rechtmachen muß.
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am 12. Juni 1998
THIS BOOK IS PERHAPS THE BEST THING THAT SCOTT ADAMS HAS PRODUCED SO FAR. I WAS WEARY OF BUYING ANY THE TREASURIES BEECAUSE IT SEEMED A LITTLE PRICY FOR SOMETHING THAT WAS OVER SO QUICKLY. OUTSIDE OF THE DILBERT FUTURE, I DIDN'T FIND ANY OF THE BUSINESS BOOKS TOO FUNNY. BUT I HAD TO GET THIS. NOT ONLY IS IT A BEST OF BOOK, BUT IT GIVES YOU BACKGROUND ON EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE DILBERT UNIVERSE, AND HALF THE TIME, ADAMS'S COMMENTS ARE AS FUNNY AS ANYTHING ELSE. ULTIMATELY, IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BUY ONE DILBERT BOOK, MAKE THIS THE ONE.
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am 5. November 1997
Scott did an Awesome Job with this one.

95% of the strips are commented with funny and intresting insights. The comics on there own are great, but the comments go a long way in changing it from a simple book of comics to some really great reading.
It's well worth its price for the loads of insight.
Did you catch the hidden meaning when Dilbert's tie layed flat?
Intrested in a biographic pictorial of the Dilbert Gang?
Check it out!
All I can say is "IT WAS GREAT"
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am 25. März 1999
Scott Adams wrote here a wonderful overview of the past seven years of Dilbert. He has comments under each of the comics, giving an idea of their origins and what he thinks of Dilbert and himself. If you are interested in the history of Dilbert and Adams, this is the book to buy. Otherwise, just buy the other books and see every comic ever made, and not just an overview! (Besides, then he'll make more money and keep making more Dilbert!! :) )
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am 1. Juli 1998
Even though some of the strips are in other books, this one is worthed your money! There is a selection of strips, and Scott Adams comments them on the side. The final art looks great. Those that don't understand all the characters or just got hooked to Dilbert now, is a good starter: all of them are explained with a little text - even the origin of each character!
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