Dilbert

Dilbert

Overview
Dilbert is an American comic strip
Comic strip
A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions....

 written and drawn by Scott Adams
Scott Adams
Scott Raymond Adams is the American creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation....

. First published on April 16, 1989, Dilbert is known for its satirical
Satire
Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement...

 office humor
Office humor
Office Humor generally refers to sarcastic, funny, and or witty comments, commentary or depictions of and about common white-collar office working environments. The modern offices' environment has been a source of comedy ever since the rise of white-collar jobs...

 about a white-collar
White-collar worker
The term white-collar worker refers to a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work, in contrast with a blue-collar worker, whose job requires manual labor...

, micromanage
Micromanagement
In business management, micromanagement is a management style where a manager closely observes or controls the work of her or his subordinates or employees...

d office
Office
An office is generally a room or other area in which people work, but may also denote a position within an organization with specific duties attached to it ; the latter is in fact an earlier usage, office as place originally referring to the location of one's duty. When used as an adjective, the...

 featuring the engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

 Dilbert
Dilbert (character)
Dilbert is a fictional character and the main character and protagonist of the Dilbert comic strip. He is a white collar office worker who has a rare medical condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical , an idea that was explored in the animated...

 as the title character
Title role
The title role in the performing arts is the performance part that gives the title to the piece, as in Aida, Giselle, Michael Collins or Othello. The actor, singer or dancer who performs that part is also said to have the title role....

. The strip has spawned several books, an animated television series
Dilbert (TV series)
Dilbert is an animated television series spin-off of the comic strip of the same name, produced by Adelaide Productions, Idbox, and United Media and distributed by Columbia TriStar Television...

, a computer game, and hundreds of Dilbert-themed merchandise
Merchandising
Merchandising is the methods, practices, and operations used to promote and sustain certain categories of commercial activity. In the broadest sense, merchandising is any practice which contributes to the sale of products to a retail consumer...

 items. Adams has also received the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award and Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1997 for his work on the strip.
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Dilbert is an American comic strip
Comic strip
A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions....

 written and drawn by Scott Adams
Scott Adams
Scott Raymond Adams is the American creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation....

. First published on April 16, 1989, Dilbert is known for its satirical
Satire
Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement...

 office humor
Office humor
Office Humor generally refers to sarcastic, funny, and or witty comments, commentary or depictions of and about common white-collar office working environments. The modern offices' environment has been a source of comedy ever since the rise of white-collar jobs...

 about a white-collar
White-collar worker
The term white-collar worker refers to a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work, in contrast with a blue-collar worker, whose job requires manual labor...

, micromanage
Micromanagement
In business management, micromanagement is a management style where a manager closely observes or controls the work of her or his subordinates or employees...

d office
Office
An office is generally a room or other area in which people work, but may also denote a position within an organization with specific duties attached to it ; the latter is in fact an earlier usage, office as place originally referring to the location of one's duty. When used as an adjective, the...

 featuring the engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

 Dilbert
Dilbert (character)
Dilbert is a fictional character and the main character and protagonist of the Dilbert comic strip. He is a white collar office worker who has a rare medical condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical , an idea that was explored in the animated...

 as the title character
Title role
The title role in the performing arts is the performance part that gives the title to the piece, as in Aida, Giselle, Michael Collins or Othello. The actor, singer or dancer who performs that part is also said to have the title role....

. The strip has spawned several books, an animated television series
Dilbert (TV series)
Dilbert is an animated television series spin-off of the comic strip of the same name, produced by Adelaide Productions, Idbox, and United Media and distributed by Columbia TriStar Television...

, a computer game, and hundreds of Dilbert-themed merchandise
Merchandising
Merchandising is the methods, practices, and operations used to promote and sustain certain categories of commercial activity. In the broadest sense, merchandising is any practice which contributes to the sale of products to a retail consumer...

 items. Adams has also received the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award and Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1997 for his work on the strip. Dilbert appears in 2000 newspapers worldwide in 65 countries and 25 languages.

Themes


The comic strip originally revolved around Dilbert
Dilbert (character)
Dilbert is a fictional character and the main character and protagonist of the Dilbert comic strip. He is a white collar office worker who has a rare medical condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical , an idea that was explored in the animated...

 and his "pet" dog Dogbert
Dogbert
Dogbert is Dilbert's anthropomorphic pet talking dog from the Dilbert comic strip. According to creator Scott Adams, the character is being based on, if not a member of, the beagle breed.-Characterization:...

 in their home. Many plots revolved around Dilbert's engineer nature or his bizarre inventions. Also prominent were plots based on Dogbert's megalomania
Megalomania
Megalomania is a psycho-pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence. 'Megalomania is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs'...

cal ambitions. Later, the location of most of the action moved to Dilbert's workplace, and the strip started to satirize technology, workplace, and company issues. The comic strip's popular success is attributable to its workplace setting and themes, which are familiar to a large and appreciative audience; Adams said that switching the setting from Dilbert's home to his office was "when the strip really started to take off."

Dilbert portrays corporate culture as a Kafkaesque world of bureaucracy
Bureaucracy
A bureaucracy is an organization of non-elected officials of a governmental or organization who implement the rules, laws, and functions of their institution, and are occasionally characterized by officialism and red tape.-Weberian bureaucracy:...

 for its own sake and office politics that stand in the way of productivity, where employees' skills and efforts are not rewarded, and busy work
Busy work
Busy work is a term for work or assignments that are time consuming, but not useful. It is typically used to refer to schoolwork which is time consuming for students but not educationally valuable, but can also refer to procedures or paperwork in a bureaucracy which is unnecessary...

 is praised. Much of the humor emerges as the audience sees the characters making obviously ridiculous decisions that are natural reactions to mismanagement
Management
Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively...

.

Themes explored include:
  • Engineers' personal traits
    • Idiosyncrasy
      Idiosyncrasy
      An idiosyncrasy is an unusual feature of a person . The term is often used to express eccentricity or peculiarity. A synonym may be .-Etymology:...

       of style
    • Hope
      Hope
      Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. It is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "look[ing] forward to with desire and reasonable confidence" or...

      lessness in dating (and general lack of social skills
      Social skills
      A social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. The process of learning such skills is called socialization...

      )
    • Attraction to tools and technological products
  • Business ethics
    Ethics
    Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality—that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime, etc.Major branches of ethics include:...

  • Esotericism
    Esotericism
    Esotericism or Esoterism signifies the holding of esoteric opinions or beliefs, that is, ideas preserved or understood by a small group or those specially initiated, or of rare or unusual interest. The term derives from the Greek , a compound of : "within", thus "pertaining to the more inward",...

  • Incompetent and sadistic
    Sadistic personality disorder
    Sadistic personality disorder is a diagnosis which appeared only in an appendix of the revised third edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . The current version of the DSM does not include it, so it is no longer considered a valid...

     management
    • Scheduling and budgeting without reference to reality
    • Failure to reward success or penalize laziness
    • Penalizing employees for failures caused by bad management
    • Micromanagement
      Micromanagement
      In business management, micromanagement is a management style where a manager closely observes or controls the work of her or his subordinates or employees...

    • Failure to improve others' morale, lowering it instead
    • Failure to communicate objectives
    • Handling of projects doomed to failure or cancellation
    • Sadistic HR
      Human resources
      Human resources is a term used to describe the individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, although it is also applied in labor economics to, for example, business sectors or even whole nations...

       policies with evil
      Evil
      Evil is the violation of, or intent to violate, some moral code. Evil is usually seen as the dualistic opposite of good. Definitions of evil vary along with analysis of its root motive causes, however general actions commonly considered evil include: conscious and deliberate wrongdoing,...

       rationale
  • Corporate
    Corporation
    A corporation is created under the laws of a state as a separate legal entity that has privileges and liabilities that are distinct from those of its members. There are many different forms of corporations, most of which are used to conduct business. Early corporations were established by charter...

     bureaucracy
  • ISO audits
  • Budget
    Budget
    A budget is a financial plan and a list of all planned expenses and revenues. It is a plan for saving, borrowing and spending. A budget is an important concept in microeconomics, which uses a budget line to illustrate the trade-offs between two or more goods...

    ing, accounting
    Accountant
    An accountant is a practitioner of accountancy or accounting , which is the measurement, disclosure or provision of assurance about financial information that helps managers, investors, tax authorities and others make decisions about allocating resources.The Big Four auditors are the largest...

    , payroll
    Payroll
    In a company, payroll is the sum of all financial records of salaries for an employee, wages, bonuses and deductions. In accounting, payroll refers to the amount paid to employees for services they provided during a certain period of time. Payroll plays a major role in a company for several reasons...

     and financial advisors
  • Stupidity
    Stupidity
    Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense. It may be innate, assumed, or reactive - 'being "stupid with grief" as a defence against trauma', a state marked with 'grief and despair...making even simple daily tasks a hardship'....

     of the general public
    • Susceptibility to advertising
      Advertising
      Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, although political and ideological advertising is also common...

    • Susceptibility to peer pressure
      Peer pressure
      Peer pressure refers to the influence exerted by a peer group in encouraging a person to change his or her attitudes, values, or behavior in order to conform to group norms. Social groups affected include membership groups, when the individual is "formally" a member , or a social clique...

    • Susceptibility to flattery
      Flattery
      Flattery is the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject....

    • Gullibility in the face of obvious scams
  • Fourth World
    Least Developed Countries
    Least developed country is the name given to a country which, according to the United Nations, exhibits the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development, with the lowest Human Development Index ratings of all countries in the world...

     countries and outsourcing
    Outsourcing
    Outsourcing is the process of contracting a business function to someone else.-Overview:The term outsourcing is used inconsistently but usually involves the contracting out of a business function - commonly one previously performed in-house - to an external provider...

     (Elbonia)
    • Dilapidation
      Dilapidation
      Dilapidation is a term meaning in general a falling into decay, but more particularly used in the plural in English law for# the waste committed by the incumbent of an ecclesiastical living...

    • Bizarre cultural
      Culture
      Culture is a term that has many different inter-related meanings. For example, in 1952, Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of "culture" in Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions...

       habits
    • Lack of understanding of capitalism
      Capitalism
      Capitalism is an economic system that became dominant in the Western world following the demise of feudalism. There is no consensus on the precise definition nor on how the term should be used as a historical category...


Elbonia


The Republic of Elbonia is a fictional country
Fictional country
A fictional country is a country that is made up for fictional stories, and does not exist in real life, or one that people believe in without proof....

 in Dilbert and Plop: The Hairless Elbonian
Plop: The Hairless Elbonian
Plop: The Hairless Elbonian is an experimental spinoff of the Dilbert comic strip, both by Scott Adams. It follows the life of the titular Elbonian who, having absolutely no hair, is unusual in his country...

.
Elbonia is supposedly located somewhere in the former Soviet bloc: a strip dated April 2, 1990 refers to the "Tiny East European country of Elbonia." It is an extremely poor, "fourth-world
Least Developed Countries
Least developed country is the name given to a country which, according to the United Nations, exhibits the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development, with the lowest Human Development Index ratings of all countries in the world...

" country that has abandoned Communism
Communism
Communism is a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of a classless, moneyless, revolutionary and stateless socialist society structured upon common ownership of the means of production...

. Most of the nation is covered with waist-deep mud
Mud
Mud is a mixture of water and some combination of soil, silt, and clay. Ancient mud deposits harden over geological time to form sedimentary rock such as shale or mudstone . When geological deposits of mud are formed in estuaries the resultant layers are termed bay muds...

, which the residents use to build houses. The fictional Elbonia has some visual and thematic similarities to the fictional country of Lower Slobbovia in Al Capp
Al Capp
Alfred Gerald Caplin , better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner. He also wrote the comic strips Abbie an' Slats and Long Sam...

's long-running strip Li'l Abner
Li'l Abner
Li'l Abner is a satirical American comic strip that appeared in many newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished town of Dogpatch, Kentucky. Written and drawn by Al Capp , the strip ran for 43 years, from August 13, 1934 through...

, where the impoverished citizens, who suffered under corrupt government, were perpetually seen in waist-deep snow. Dogbert has been the ruler of Elbonia both in the strip and on the short-lived TV show.

The national bird
Bird
Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic , egg-laying, vertebrate animals. Around 10,000 living species and 188 families makes them the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. They inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Extant birds range in size from...

 of Elbonia is the Frisbee
Frisbee
A flying disc is a disc-shaped glider that is generally plastic and roughly in diameter, with a lip. The shape of the disc, an airfoil in cross-section, allows it to fly by generating lift as it moves through the air while rotating....

.
There are "mud weasels" living in the mud that can bite people.

Popular culture


The popularity of the comic strip within the corporate sector has led to the Dilbert character being used in many business magazines and publications (he has made several appearances on the cover of Fortune
Fortune (magazine)
Fortune is a global business magazine published by Time Inc. Founded by Henry Luce in 1930, the publishing business, consisting of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, grew to become Time Warner. In turn, AOL grew as it acquired Time Warner in 2000 when Time Warner was the world's largest...

).

The Toronto Star
Toronto Star
The Toronto Star is Canada's highest-circulation newspaper, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its print edition is distributed almost entirely within the province of Ontario...

, The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail is a nationally distributed Canadian newspaper, based in Toronto and printed in six cities across the country. With a weekly readership of approximately 1 million, it is Canada's largest-circulation national newspaper and second-largest daily newspaper after the Toronto Star...

, Montreal’s La Presse,The Gazette
The Gazette (Montreal)
The Gazette, often called the Montreal Gazette to avoid ambiguity, is the only English-language daily newspaper published in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with three other daily English newspapers all having shut down at different times during the second half of the 20th century.-History:In 1778,...

, the Florida Times Union, the Indianapolis Star, the Providence Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....

, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Windsor Star
Windsor Star
The Windsor Star is the regional newspaper of Windsor, Ontario , and is owned by the Postmedia Network Inc. Since 1923, the publication's main office is located at 167 Ferry Street in the downtown area...

, The Economic Times
The Economic Times
The Economic Times is an English-language Indian daily newspaper published by the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.. The Economic Times was started in 1961. It is the most popular and widely read financial daily in India, read by more than 8 lakh people...

and San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
thumb|right|upright|The Chronicle Building following the [[1906 San Francisco earthquake|1906 earthquake]] and fireThe San Francisco Chronicle is a newspaper serving primarily the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, but distributed throughout Northern and Central California,...

, among other publications, run the comic in their business section rather than in the regular comics section, similar to the way in which Doonesbury
Doonesbury
Doonesbury is a comic strip by American cartoonist Garry Trudeau, that chronicles the adventures and lives of an array of characters of various ages, professions, and backgrounds, from the President of the United States to the title character, Michael Doonesbury, who has progressed from a college...

is often carried in the editorial section due to its pointed commentary.

Criticism and parody


Media analyst Norman Solomon
Norman Solomon
Norman Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, antiwar activist, and current candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting...

 and cartoonist Tom Tomorrow
Tom Tomorrow
Tom Tomorrow is the pen name of editorial cartoonist Dan Perkins. His weekly comic strip This Modern World, which comments on current events, appears regularly in over 90 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada as of 2006, as well as on CREDO Action and Daily Kos, where he is its comics curator...

 claim that while Adams' caricatures of corporate culture seem to project empathy for white-collar workers, the satire ultimately plays into the hands of upper corporate management itself. Solomon describes the characters of Dilbert, none of whom occupy a position higher than middle management, as dysfunctional time-wasters whose inefficiencies detract from corporate values like 'productivity' and 'growth', a very favorable outlook for managers. Though Dilbert and his office-mates often find themselves baffled or victimized by the whims of managerial behavior, they never seem to question it openly. Solomon cites the Xerox
Xerox
Xerox Corporation is an American multinational document management corporation that produced and sells a range of color and black-and-white printers, multifunction systems, photo copiers, digital production printing presses, and related consulting services and supplies...

 corporation's use of Dilbert strips and characters in internally distributed 'inspirational' pamphlets:


"Xerox management had recognized what more gullible Dilbert readers did not: Dilbert is an offbeat sugary substance that helps the corporate medicine go down. The Dilbert phenomenon accepts—and perversely eggs on—many negative aspects of corporate existence as unchangeable facets of human nature...As Xerox managers grasped, Dilbert speaks to some very real work experiences while simultaneously eroding inclinations to fight for better working conditions."


Adams responded in the February 2nd, 1998 strip and in his book The Joy of Work, simply by restating Solomon's argument, apparently suggesting that it was absurd and required no rebuttal.

In 1997, Tom Vanderbilt
Tom Vanderbilt
Tom Vanderbilt is an American journalist, blogger, and author of the best-selling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do .-Personal life:...

 wrote in a similar vein in The Baffler
The Baffler
The Baffler is a left-wing magazine of cultural, political, and business criticism that was founded in 1988 and published until the spring of 2007. It was revived in 2009, with the first issue of Volume 2 published in January 2010...

magazine:


"Labor unions haven't adopted Dilbert characters as insignia. But corporations in droves have rushed to link themselves with Dilbert. Why? Dilbert mirrors the mass media's crocodile tears for working people—and echoes the ambient noises from Wall Street."


Bill Griffith, in his daily strip Zippy the Pinhead
Zippy the Pinhead
Zippy is an American comic strip created by Bill Griffith. The character of Zippy the Pinhead initially appeared in underground publications during the 1970s...

, used his strip as a forum to criticize Adams' artwork as simplistic. Adams responded on May 18, 1998, with a comic strip called Pippy the Ziphead, "cramming as much artwork in as possible so no one will notice there's only one joke...[and] it's on the reader." Dilbert notes that the strip is "nothing but a clown with a small head who says random things" and Dogbert responds that he is "maintaining his artistic integrity by creating a comic that no one will enjoy." In September of the same year, Griffith mocked Adams by mimicking his Pippy the Ziphead creation with a strip showing stiff, Dilbert-like creations in an office setting and one of the characters saying, "I sense a joke was delivered."

In the late 1990s, an amateur cartoonist named Karl Hörnell began submitting a comic strip parodying both Dilbert and the Image Comics
Image Comics
Image Comics is a United States comic book publisher. It was founded in 1992 by high-profile illustrators as a venue where creators could publish their material without giving up the copyrights to the characters they created, as creator-owned properties. It was immediately successful, and remains...

 series The Savage Dragon
Savage Dragon
Savage Dragon is an ongoing American comic book series created by Erik Larsen, published by Image Comics and taking place in the Image Universe. The comic features the adventures of a superheroic police officer named the Dragon...

to Dragon creator Erik Larsen
Erik Larsen
Erik J. Larsen is an American comic book writer, artist and publisher. He is best known for his work on Savage Dragon, as one of the founders of Image Comics, and for his work on Spider-Man for Marvel Comics.-Early life:...

. This soon became a regular feature in the Savage Dragon comic book
Comic book
A comic book or comicbook is a magazine made up of comics, narrative artwork in the form of separate panels that represent individual scenes, often accompanied by dialog as well as including...

, titled The Savage Dragonbert and Hitler's Brainbert ("Hitler's Brainbert" being both a loose parody of Dogbert as well as the Savage Dragon villain identified as Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party , commonly referred to as the Nazi Party). He was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and head of state from 1934 to 1945...

's disembodied, superpowered brain). The strip began as a specific parody of the comic book itself, set loosely within the office structure of Dilbert, with Hörnell doing an emulation of Adams' cartooning style.

In the Family Guy episode "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington", Peter comments that the business world is funny. The scene then cuts away to a parody of Dilbert, after which Peter remarks, "Well, sometimes the business world is funny."

Dilbert has occasionally been criticized for alleged "insensitivity" and off-color jokes, as documented by Adams in The Joy of Work
The Joy of Work
The Joy of Work by Scott Adams is a two-part book, the first offering recommendations as to how office workers can find happiness at their cubicle desks and the second sharing Adams' formula for creating humor, based on his experience penning the Dilbert comic strip.-Synopsis:The first part of the...

. One of the most widely-attacked strips involved the Pointy-Haired Boss being saved in an airplane crash due to nun
Nun
A nun is a woman who has taken vows committing her to live a spiritual life. She may be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live her life in prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent...

s being onboard ("You were saved by prayer?" "No, padding. They don't do a lot of aerobics at the nunnery."). The comic was published the same week as the death of Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa , born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu , was a Roman Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, in 1950...

, leading to a huge backlash. His depiction of Elbonia has also drawn criticism from a variety of corners.

In It's Not Funny If I Have To Explain It
It's Not Funny If I Have To Explain It
It's Not Funny If I Have To Explain It is the 24th Dilbert comic book from Scott Adams.-Plot:The book is a collection of Scott Adams favorite Dilbert comics from 1997 to 2004...

, Adams recounts having been attacked for the alleged political content of his work, although in the case of one such strip (where oil drilling kills a unicorn) he excuses himself by saying "I just thought the image was funny." In particular, a series of strips in which Dogbert worked as a talk radio host drew criticism from conservatives for his supposed attack on Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III is an American radio talk show host, conservative political commentator, and an opinion leader in American conservatism. He hosts The Rush Limbaugh Show which is aired throughout the U.S. on Premiere Radio Networks and is the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United...

 (which Adams denied in Seven Years of Highly Defective People). Earlier strips did engage in a degree of low-key political satire (for instance, a series of strips in 1992 where Dogbert runs for President), but since the early 1990s Adams has mostly focused the strip on corporate issues.

Language


Terms invented by Adams in relation to the strip, and sometimes used by fans in describing their own office environments, include “Induhvidual.” This term is based on an American English
American English
American English is a set of dialects of the English language used mostly in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of the world's native speakers of English live in the United States....

 slang
Slang
Slang is the use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's language or dialect but are considered more acceptable when used socially. Slang is often to be found in areas of the lexicon that refer to things considered taboo...

 expression “duh!” The conscious misspelling of individual as induhvidual is a pejorative term for people who are not in the DNRC (Dogbert's New Ruling Class
Dogbert's New Ruling Class
Dogbert's New Ruling Class, or DNRC, is the official Dilbert fan club. It is a group of people who, according to Dilbert author Scott Adams, will form the new ruling elite once Dogbert conquers the Earth...

). Its coining is explained in Dilbert Newsletter #6.

The strip has also popularized the usage of the terms “cow-orker” and PHB
Pointy-Haired Boss
The pointy-haired boss is Dilbert's boss in the Dilbert comic strip. He is notable for his micromanagement, gross incompetence and unawareness of his surroundings, yet somehow retains power in the workplace...

. The word “frooglepoopillion” is occasionally used for an extremely large number, a word coined by the marketing
Marketing
Marketing is the process used to determine what products or services may be of interest to customers, and the strategy to use in sales, communications and business development. It generates the strategy that underlies sales techniques, business communication, and business developments...

 department at the company where Dilbert works, in a strip where it was revealed that the company owed so much money that no word existed to describe the number.

Some fans have used “Dilbertian” or “Dilbertesque” to analogize situations in real life to those in the comic strip.

The lamentation "You had ones? Lucky you, all we had were zeros!", commonly used in IT industry, also originated in a Dilbert comic strip. This dates from a strip from September 1992, in which Dilbert responds by saying "You had zeros? We had to use the letter 'O'".

Management


In 1997, Scott Adams masqueraded as a management consultant to Logitech
Logitech
Logitech International S.A. is a global provider of personal peripherals for computers and other digital platforms headquartered in Romanel-sur-Morges, Switzerland. The company develops and markets products like peripheral devices for PCs, including keyboards, mice, microphones, game controllers...

 executives (as Ray Mebert), with the cooperation of the company’s vice-chairman. He acted in much the way he portrays management consultants in the comic strip, with an arrogant manner and bizarre suggestions, such as comparing mission statements to broccoli soup. He convinced the executives to replace their existing mission statement for their New Ventures Group, “to provide Logitech with profitable growth and related new business areas,” with “to scout profitable growth opportunities in relationships, both internally and externally, in emerging, mission-inclusive markets, and explore new paradigms and then filter and communicate and evangelize the findings.”

To demonstrate what can be achieved with the most mundane objects if planned correctly and imaginatively, Adams has worked with companies to develop “dream” products for Dilbert and company. In 2001, he collaborated with design company IDEO
IDEO
IDEO is an international design and innovation consultancy founded in Palo Alto, California, United States with other locations in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Munich, Shanghai, and Singapore, as well as Mumbai, Seoul, and Tokyo. The company helps design products, services,...

 to come up with the “perfect cubicle”, a fitting creation since many of the Dilbert strips make fun of the standard cubicle desk and the environment it creates. The result was both whimsical and practical.

This project was followed in 2004 with designs for Dilbert’s Ultimate House (abbreviated as DUH). An energy-efficient building was the result, designed to prevent many of the little problems that seem to creep into a normal building. For instance, to save time spent buying and decorating a Christmas tree
Christmas tree
The Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century...

 every year, the house has a large (yet unapparent) closet adjacent to the living room where the tree can be stored from year to year.

Awards


In addition to the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards won by Adams, the Dilbert strip has received a variety of other awards. Adams was named best international comic strip artist of 1995 in the Adamson Awards
Adamson Awards
Adamson Awards is a Swedish award awarded to notable cartoonists, named after the famous Swedish comic strip "Adamson" .They have been presented by the Swedish Academy of Comic Art at the annual Gothenburg Book Fair since 1965...

 given by the Swedish Academy of Comic Art.

Dilbert was named the best syndicated strip of 1997 in the Harvey Awards and won the Max & Moritz Prize as best international comic strip for 1998. In the Squiddy Awards
Squiddy Awards
The Squiddy Awards, also known as The Squiddies, were the annual awards given by the participants in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.comics through 2004. The awards are named after the humorous typo "Suicide Squid"...

, Dilbert was named the best daily strip of 1996 and 1997, and the best comic strip of 1998 and 2000. The strip also won the Zombie Award as the best comics strip of 1996 and 1997, and the 1997 Good Taste Award as the best strip of 1996.

Comic strip compilations


Books in bold indicate special compilations or original strips.
  1. Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons
    Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons
    Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons is the first anthology of Dilbert comic strips. It features six months of comic strips, and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour....

    — April 16, 1989 (first strip) to October 21, 1989
  2. Build a Better Life By Stealing Office Supplies
  3. Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless
    Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless
    Clues For The Clueless is the sequel to Dogbert's Build A Better Life By Stealing Office Supplies. Over the course of 15 chapters, Dogbert provides a twisted look at how to be polite. It features an introduction done by Scott Adams under the alias of Dogbert. The book retails at £5.99 in the UK...

  4. Shave the Whales
    Shave the Whales
    Shave the Whales Is the 4th Dilbert book. It features 9 months of Dilbert comic strips and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour.-Plot:...

    — October 22, 1989 to August 4, 1990
  5. Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy!
    Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy!
    Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy! Is the 5th Dilbert book. It features 9 months of Dilbert comic strips and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour...

    — August 5, 1990 to May 18, 1991
  6. It's Obvious You Won't Survive By Your Wits Alone
    It's Obvious You Won't Survive By Your Wits Alone
    It's Obvious You Won't Survive By Your Wits Alone Is the 6th Dilbert book. It features 19 months of Dilbert comic strips and an introduction by Scott Adams. The book's Sunday Strips are in color...

    — May 19, 1991 to December 13, 1992
  7. Still Pumped from Using the Mouse
    Still Pumped from Using the Mouse
    Still Pumped from Using the Mouse is the 7th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and includes an introduction by Scott Adams...

    — December 14, 1992 to September 27, 1993
  8. Fugitive From the Cubicle Police
    Fugitive From the Cubicle Police
    Fugitive From the Cubicle Police is the 8th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It's 224 pages with several strips missing from 1993 and includes an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour and is sold at the retail price of £8.99 in the UK...

    — September 28, 1993 to February 4, 1995
  9. Casual Day Has Gone Too Far
    Casual Day Has Gone Too Far
    Casual Day Has Gone Too Far is the 9th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and includes an introduction by Scott Adams...

    — February 5, 1995 to November 19, 1995
  10. Seven Years of Highly Defective People — 1997; strips from 1989 to 1995, with handwritten notes by Scott Adams
  11. I'm Not Anti-Business, I'm Anti-Idiot
    I'm Not Anti-Business, I'm Anti-Idiot
    I'm Not Anti-Business, I'm Anti-Idiot is the 11th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages. It includes an introduction by Scott Adams...

    — November 20, 1995 to August 31, 1996
  12. Journey to Cubeville
    Journey to Cubeville
    Journey to Cubeville is the 12th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It has 224 pages. The Sunday Strips are in color. It includes an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humor and is sold at the retail price of £8.99 in the UK...

    — September 1, 1996 to January 18, 1998
  13. Don't Step In The Leadership
    Don't Step In The Leadership
    Don't Step in the Leadership is the thirteenth Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 279 strips across 127 pages, and has one Sunday strip missing from January 18...

    — January 12, 1998 to October 18, 1998
  14. Dilbert Gives You the Business
    Dilbert Gives You the Business
    Dilbert Gives You the Business is number 14 in the Comic strip compilation series by Scott Adams and contains hundreds of comics divided into 39 sections with each one detailing a different part of business life...

    — Collection of favorites before 1999.
  15. Random Acts of Management
    Random Acts of Management
    Random Acts of Management is the 15th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and includes an introduction by Scott Adams...

    — October 19, 1998 to July 25, 1999
  16. A Treasury of Sunday Strips: Version 00 — 2000; color version of all Sunday strips from 1995 to 1999
  17. Excuse Me While I Wag
    Excuse Me While I Wag
    Excuse Me While I Wag, a book of comic strip humor, is the 17th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and includes an introduction by Scott Adams.-Characters:*Dilbert, the main character and engineer...

    — July 26, 1999 to April 30, 2000
  18. When Did Ignorance Become A Point Of View?
    When Did Ignorance Become A Point Of View?
    When Did Ignorance Become A Point Of View? is the 18th Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and includes an introduction by Scott Adams...

    — May 1, 2000 to February 4, 2001
  19. Another Day In Cubicle Paradise
    Another Day In Cubicle Paradise
    Another Day In Cubicle Paradise is the nineteenth Dilbert book by Scott Adams. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and includes an introduction by Scott Adams...

    — February 5, 2001 to November 11, 2001
  20. What Do You Call A Sociopath In A Cubicle? Answer: A Coworker - A compilation of strips featuring Dilbert's coworkers
  21. When Body Language Goes Bad
    When Body Language Goes Bad
    When Body Language Goes Bad. Is the 21st Dilbert book. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour...

    — November 12, 2001 to August 18, 2002
  22. Words You Don't Want to Hear During Your Annual Performance Review
    Words You Don't Want to Hear During Your Annual Performance Review
    Words You Don't Want to Hear During Your Annual Performance Review is the twenty-second Dilbert book. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humor...

    — August 19, 2002 to May 25, 2003
  23. Don't Stand Where the Comet is Assumed to Strike Oil
    Don't Stand Where the Comet is Assumed to Strike Oil
    Don't Stand Where the Comet is Assumed to Strike Oil Is the 23rd Dilbert book. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour...

    — May 26, 2003 to February 29, 2004
  24. It's Not Funny If I Have To Explain It
    It's Not Funny If I Have To Explain It
    It's Not Funny If I Have To Explain It is the 24th Dilbert comic book from Scott Adams.-Plot:The book is a collection of Scott Adams favorite Dilbert comics from 1997 to 2004...

    — 2004; strips from 1997 to 2004, with more of Adams' handwritten notes
  25. The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head
    The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head
    The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head Is the 25th Dilbert book. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humor...

    — March 1, 2004 to December 5, 2004
  26. Thriving on Vague Objectives
    Thriving on Vague Objectives
    Thriving On Vague Objectives Is the 26th Dilbert book. It features 280 strips across 128 pages and an introduction by Scott Adams. Its genre is humour...

    — December 6, 2004 to September 11, 2005
  27. What Would Wally Do? — 2006; strips focused on Wally.
  28. Try Rebooting Yourself
    Try Rebooting Yourself
    Try Rebooting Yourself is the twenty-eighth Dilbert book. It contains all of the daily Dilbert comic strips published between September 12, 2005, and June 18, 2006.-Plot:In the book is the return of Hammerhead Bob and the second return of The Topper...

    — September 12, 2005 to June 18, 2006
  29. Positive Attitude — June 19, 2006 to March 25, 2007
  30. Cubes and Punishment — 2007; a collection of comic strips on workplace cruelty.
  31. This is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value
    This is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value
    This is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value is the thirty-first Dilbert book. It contains all of the daily Dilbert comic strips published between March 26, 2007, and January 5, 2008. ISBN 0740772279, ISBN 9780740772276...

    — March 26, 2007 to January 5, 2008
  32. Freedom's Just Another Word for People Finding Out You're Useless — January 6, 2008 to October 12, 2008
  33. 14 Years of Loyal Service in a Fabric-Covered Box — October 13, 2008 to July 25, 2009
  34. Problem Identified: And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution — 2010
  35. I'm Tempted to Stop Acting Randomly — July 26, 2009 to May 2, 2010
  36. Your Accomplishments Are Suspiciously Hard to Verify - 2011 http://www.andrewsmcmeel.com/products/?isbn=1449401023
  37. How's That Underling Thing Working Out For You? - May 3, 2010 to ?

Business books

  • The Dilbert Principle
    The Dilbert Principle
    The Dilbert principle refers to a 1990s satirical observation by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams stating that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management , in order to limit the amount of damage they are capable of doing...

  • Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook
    Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook
    Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook is the second Dilbert business book by Scott Adams, published in 1997. Written from the point of view of his unscrupulous alter-ego, Dogbert, it complemented The Dilbert Principle by analyzing the stupidities and inadequacies of 1990s management from a...

  • The Dilbert Future
    The Dilbert Future
    The Dilbert Future is a book published by Scott Adams as a satire of humanity that breaks the net motivations of humanity down into stupidity, selfishness, and "horniness", and presents various ideas for profiting from human nature...

  • The Joy of Work
    The Joy of Work
    The Joy of Work by Scott Adams is a two-part book, the first offering recommendations as to how office workers can find happiness at their cubicle desks and the second sharing Adams' formula for creating humor, based on his experience penning the Dilbert comic strip.-Synopsis:The first part of the...

  • Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
    Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
    Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel is a satirical Dilbert book written by Scott Adams. It was originally published in 2002.-Premise:The chief premise of the book is that everyday actions of humanity are neither consistently honest nor criminal, but rather weasel...

  • Slapped Together: The Dilbert Business Anthology (The Dilbert Principle, The Dilbert Future, and The Joy of Work, published together in one book)

Other books

  • Telling It Like It Isn't — 1996; ISBN 0-8362-1324-6
  • You Don't Need Experience If You've Got Attitude — 1996; ISBN 0-8362-2196-6
  • Access Denied: Dilbert's Quest for Love in the Nineties — 1996; ISBN 0-8362-2191-5
  • Conversations With Dogbert — 1996; ISBN 0-8362-2197-4
  • Work is a Contact Sport — 1997; ISBN 0-8362-2878-2
  • The Boss: Nameless, Blameless and Shameless — 1997; ISBN 0-8362-3223-2
  • The Dilbert Bunch — 1997; ISBN 0-8362-2879-0
  • No You'd Better Watch Out — 1997
  • Please Don't Feed The Egos — 1997; ISBN 0-8362-3224-0
  • Random Acts of Catness — 1998; ISBN 0-8362-5277-2
  • Dilbert Meeting Book Exceeding Tech Limits — 1998; ISBN 0-7683-2028-3
  • Trapped In A Dilbert World - Book Of Days — 1998; ISBN 0-7683-2030-5
  • Work—The Wally Way — 1999; ISBN 0-8362-7480-6
  • Alice in Blunderland — 1999; ISBN 0-8362-7479-2
  • All Dressed Down And Nowhere To Go — 2002; ISBN 0-7407-2931-4
  • Dilbert's Guide to the Rest of Your Life: Dispatches from Cubicleland — 2007; ISBN 0-7624-2781-7
  • Dilbert Sudoku Comic Digest: 200 Puzzles Plus 50 Classic Dilbert Cartoons — 2008; ISBN 0-7407-7250-3
  • Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert
    Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert
    Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert is a 576-page special edition collection of Dilbert cartoons released on October 21, 2008. The book contains about 6,500 strips selected by Dilbert's creator Scott Adams over the course of the strip's history. The collection also includes Adams' commentary on...

    — 2008; 576 pages, ±6500 strips, and Scott Adams' notes from 1989 to 2008.

Merchandise

  • Corporate Shuffle by Richard Garfield
    Richard Garfield
    Richard Channing Garfield is a mathematics professor and game designer who created the card games Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, BattleTech CCG, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle , The Great Dalmuti, Star Wars Trading Card Game, and the board game RoboRally...

     — 1997; A Dilbert-branded card game similar to Wizard of the Coast's The Great Dalmuti and the drinking game President
    President (game)
    Asshole , an Americanized version of Dai Hin Min, is a card game for three or more in which players race to get rid of all of the cards in their hands in order to become President in the following round...

  • The Dilberito
    Dilberito
    The Dilberito is a vegan microwave burrito produced by Scott Adams Foods, Inc. and named after the comic strip character Dilbert.First announced in The Dilbert Future, the Dilberito came in flavors of Mexican, Indian, Barbecue, and Garlic & Herb and was sold through some health food...

    , a vegetarian burrito
    Burrito
    A burrito , or taco de harina, is a type of Mexican food. It consists of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped or folded around a filling. The flour tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it more pliable. In Mexico, refried beans or meat are sometimes the only fillings...

     with 100% Daily Value of 23 vitamins and minerals
  • There was a line of Dilbert mints which had names along the lines of Manage-mints, Accomplish-mints, Perform-mints and Improve-mints
  • Dilbert: the Board Game — 2006; by Hyperion Games; A Dilbert-branded board game that was named one of Games magazine's Top 100 Games
  • Day-by-Day calendars featuring the comic strip are available every year.
  • Dilbert: Escape From Cubeville was released in 2010 in the Dilbert store section of dilbert.com

Animated series


Dilbert was adapted into a UPN
UPN
United Paramount Network was a television network that was broadcast in over 200 markets in the United States from 1995 to 2006. UPN was originally owned by Viacom/Paramount and Chris-Craft Industries, the former of which, through the Paramount Television Group, produced most of the network's...

 animated television series, which ran for two seasons from January 25, 1999, to July 25, 2000. The first season centered on the creation of a new product called the "Gruntmaster 6000," including the idea process and testing by one Bob Bastard. The second season had no connecting story arc; plots varied from Wally finding disciples ("The Shroud of Wally") to Dilbert being accused of mass murder ("The Trial"). The second season two-episode finale included Dilbert getting pregnant with the child of a cow, a hillbilly
Hillbilly
Hillbilly is a term referring to certain people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas of the United States, primarily Appalachia but also the Ozarks. Owing to its strongly stereotypical connotations, the term is frequently considered derogatory, and so is usually offensive to those Americans of...

, Robot
Robot
A robot is a mechanical or virtual intelligent agent that can perform tasks automatically or with guidance, typically by remote control. In practice a robot is usually an electro-mechanical machine that is guided by computer and electronic programming. Robots can be autonomous, semi-autonomous or...

 DNA, "several dozen engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

s", an elderly billionaire, and an alien
Extraterrestrial life
Extraterrestrial life is defined as life that does not originate from Earth...

, eventually ending up in a custody battle with Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Steve Austin , better known by his ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is an American film and television actor and retired professional wrestler...

 as the Judge. Featured voice actors included Daniel Stern
Daniel Stern (actor)
Daniel Jacob Stern is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles in the Hollywood films C.H.U.D., Diner, City Slickers and the first two Home Alone films, and as the narrator for the television series The Wonder Years.-Early life:Stern was born in Bethesda, Maryland to a...

 as Dilbert
Dilbert (character)
Dilbert is a fictional character and the main character and protagonist of the Dilbert comic strip. He is a white collar office worker who has a rare medical condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical , an idea that was explored in the animated...

, Chris Elliott
Chris Elliott
Christopher Nash "Chris" Elliott is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman, starring in the cult comedy series Get a Life and for his recurring role as Peter MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond...

 as Dogbert
Dogbert
Dogbert is Dilbert's anthropomorphic pet talking dog from the Dilbert comic strip. According to creator Scott Adams, the character is being based on, if not a member of, the beagle breed.-Characterization:...

, and Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin
Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American actress, stand-up comedienne, television personality, New York Times best-selling author and an LGBT rights advocate. Griffin first gained recognition for appearances on two episodes of Seinfeld, and then for her supporting role on the NBC sitcom...

 as Alice.

New animation


On April 7, 2008, dilbert.com presented its first Dilbert animation. The new Dilbert animations are animated versions of original comic strips produced by RingTales
RingTales
RingTales is an animation production company that creates short online cartoons from existing print comics. Their flagship series, The New Yorker Animated Cartoons, was nominated for a 2008 Webby Awards for Online Animation.-List of series:...

 and animated by Powerhouse Animation Studios
Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc.
Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc. is an Austin, Texas-based animation studio that develops and produces traditional and Flash animation for television series, motion pictures, video games cinemas, commercials, and the internet...

. The animation videos run for around 30 seconds each and are added every weekday. On December 10, 2009 the RingTales produced animations were made available as a calendar application for mobile devices.

"Drunken lemurs" case


In October 2007, the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, Iowa
Burlington, Iowa
Burlington is a city in, and the county seat of Des Moines County, Iowa, United States. The population was 25,663 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 26,839 population in the 2000 census. Burlington is the center of a micropolitan area including West Burlington, Iowa and Middletown, Iowa and...

, notified its staff that the casino was closing and they were going to be laid off
Layoff
Layoff , also called redundancy in the UK, is the temporary suspension or permanent termination of employment of an employee or a group of employees for business reasons, such as when certain positions are no longer necessary or when a business slow-down occurs...

. An employee of seven years, David Steward then posted on an office bulletin board the October 26, 2007, Dilbert strip that compared management decisions to those of "drunken lemurs". The casino called this "very offensive"; they identified him from a surveillance tape, fired him, and tried to prevent him from receiving unemployment insurance benefits. However, in December 2007 an administrative law judge ruled that he would receive benefits, as his action was not intentional misbehavior. Scott Adams said it might be the first confirmed case of an employee being fired for posting a Dilbert cartoon. On February 20, 2008, the first of a series of Dilbert strips showed Wally being caught posting a comic strip which "compares managers to drunken lemurs". Adams later said that fans should stick to posting Garfield
Garfield
Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since June 19, 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield ; his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Arbuckle's dog, Odie...

strips, as no one gets fired for that.

Dilbert.com's interactive cartoons



In April 2008, Scott Adams announced that United Media
United Media
United Media is a large editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service based in the United States, owned by The E.W. Scripps Company. It syndicates 150 comics and editorial columns worldwide. Its core business is the United Feature Syndicate and the Newspaper Enterprise Association...

 would be instituting an interactive feature on Dilbert.com, allowing fans to write speech bubbles and, in the near future, interact with Adams about the content of the strips. Adams has spoken positively about the change, saying, "This makes cartooning a competitive sport."

See also

  • Dilbert's Desktop Games
    Dilbert's Desktop Games
    Dilbert's Desktop Games is a collection of Dilbert-related games for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 98SE, & Millennium Edition.-List of games:Can-O-Matic 2Elbonian AirlinesBoss EvadersProject Pass-OffEnduring FoolsCEO SimulatorTechno Raiders...

    , a PC game
  • The Dilbert Principle
    The Dilbert Principle
    The Dilbert principle refers to a 1990s satirical observation by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams stating that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management , in order to limit the amount of damage they are capable of doing...

  • Peter Principle
    Peter Principle
    The Peter Principle states that "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence", meaning that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently. It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J...

    , the opposite (and original basis) of the Dilbert Principle
  • Plop: The Hairless Elbonian
    Plop: The Hairless Elbonian
    Plop: The Hairless Elbonian is an experimental spinoff of the Dilbert comic strip, both by Scott Adams. It follows the life of the titular Elbonian who, having absolutely no hair, is unusual in his country...

    , another comics series by Scott Adams
  • Superiority
    Superiority (short story)
    "Superiority" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1951. It depicts an arms race, and shows how the side which is more technologically advanced can be defeated, despite its apparent superiority, because of its own organizational flaws and its willingness to...

    , a 1951 short story by Arthur C. Clarke
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey, and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein,...

     which anticipates some themes of Dilbert
  • Seagull manager
    Seagull manager
    Seagull Manager is a term used to describe a management style of interacting with employees only when a problem arises, making hasty decisions about things they have little understanding of, then leaving others to deal with the mess they leave behind...

    , management style

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