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Ever wonder what goes through a comic artist's head?
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.