Saturday, December 14, 2013

Scott Adams: Dilbert strips

Scott Adams:  Dilbert strips

Early Years

I was born 6/8/57 and raised in Windham, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. I graduated high school as valedictorian because the other 39 people in my class couldn't spell "valedictorian."
I moved to Northern California in 1979 after college and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since.


Day Jobs

I worked at Crocker National Bank, San Francisco, 1979 to 1986, in a number of humiliating and low paying jobs, including teller (robbed twice at gunpoint), computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, and commercial lender, to name a few.
I moved from the bank to Pacific Bell, San Ramon, California, and worked there from 1986 through June 1995. I worked in a number of jobs that defy description but all involved technology and finances. The most recent job was in a network technology laboratory. My business card said "engineer" but I have never been an engineer by training.
From 1989 until 1995 I worked my day job while doing the Dilbert comic strip mornings, evenings and weekends.

How I Became a Syndicated Cartoonist

Dilbert is a composite of my co-workers over the years. He emerged as the main character of my doodles. I started using him for business presentations and got great responses. A co-worker suggested I name the character Dilbert. Dogbert was created so Dilbert would have someone to talk to.
On the advice of cartoonist Jack Cassady I bought a book called "1986 Artist Markets" and followed the instructions on how to get syndicated. I drew fifty sample strips and mailed copies to the major cartoon syndicates. You can see them here:
Click to see the first fifty strips.
United Media called a few weeks later and offered a contract. I accepted. Dilbert was launched in 1989 after several months of further developing the strip. That was my first cartooning for profit.


Dilbert appears in 2,000 newspapers in 70 countries, making it one of the most successful syndicated comic strips in history.


The Dilbert web site,, was the first syndicated comic strip to go online in 1995 and is the most widely read syndicated comic on the Internet.


I've authored a number of Dilbert and non-Dilbert books.

Dilbert Books with a Combination of Text and Comics

  • The Dilbert Principle (#1 New York Times Best Seller)
  • Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook (#1 New York Times Best Seller)
  • The Dilbert Future
  • The Joy of Work
  • Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel

Dilbert Books with Comics Never Published in Newspapers

  • Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies
  • Clues for the Clueless

Non-Dilbert Fiction Books

  • God's Debris
  • The Religion War
  • Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!

Dilbert Comic Reprint Books

  1. Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons
  2. Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies
  3. Clues for the Clueless
  4. Shave the Whales
  5. It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone
  6. Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy
  7. Still Pumped from Using the Mouse
  8. Fugitive from the Cubicle Police
  9. Casual Day Has Gone Too Far
  10. Seven Years of Highly Defective People
  11. I'm Not Anti-Business, I'm Anti-Idiot
  12. Journey to Cubeville
  13. Don't Step in the Leadership
  14. Dilbert Gives You the Business
  15. Random Acts of Management
  16. Dilbert: A Treasury of Sunday Strips
  17. Excuse Me While I Wag
  18. When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View?
  19. Another Day in Cubicle Paradise
  20. What Do You Call a Sociopath in a Cubicle?
  21. When Body Language Goes Bad
  22. Words You Don't Want to Hear During Your Annual Review
  23. Don't Stand Where the Comet Is Assumed to Strike Oil
  24. It's Not Funny If I Have to Explain It
  25. The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head
  26. Thriving on Vague Objectives
  27. What Would Wally Do?: A Dilbert Treasury
  28. Try Rebooting Yourself
  29. Positive Attitude
  30. This is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value


I worked as writer and executive producer for thirty episodes of the Dilbert animated television show that ran on UPN in 1999 and 2000.


I am co-owner of Stacey's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton, California. And I'm the owner and ironically incompetent active manager for Stacey's at Waterford, in Dublin, California. See for details.


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