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From left to right, the Pointy-Haired Boss, Dilbert, Alice, and Wally all sit at a table. The Pointy-Haired Boss holds a piece of paper and says "Starting today, all passwords must contain letters, numbers, doodles, sign language and squirrel noises."
"Announcement of changes in company password policy". From left: the Pointy-haired Boss, Dilbert, Alice, and Wally
(Pub. September 10, 2005)
Author(s)Scott Adams
Websitescottadams.locals.com (subscription only)
Current status/scheduleRunning
Launch dateApril 16, 1989; 35 years ago (1989-04-16)
End dateMarch 26, 2023; 15 months ago (2023-03-26) (no longer syndicated; still running as a webcomic)[1]
Syndicate(s)United Feature Syndicate (United Media, 1989–June 2011)
(Universal Uclick/Andrews McMeel Syndication, June 2011–March 2023)
Publisher(s)Andrews McMeel Publishing (until March 2023)
Self-distributed through Locals (since March 2023)
observational comedy,
surreal comedy
Followed byDaily Dilbert Reborn

Dilbert is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams, first published on April 16, 1989.[2] It is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office with engineer Dilbert as the title character. It has led to dozens of books, an animated television series, a video game, and hundreds of themed merchandise items. Dilbert Future and The Joy of Work are among the best-selling books in the series. In 1997, Adams received the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award and the Newspaper Comic Strip Award for his work. Dilbert appears online and as of 2013 was published daily in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries and 25 languages.[3]

In 2023, Dilbert was dropped by numerous independent newspapers as well as its distributor, Andrews McMeel Syndication (which owns GoComics, from where the comic was also removed), after Adams published a video where he called Black Americans that disagreed with "It's okay to be white" a "hate group" and said white Americans should "get the hell away from" them.[4][5] The video was widely described by sources such as The Economist and Reuters as containing "racist comments" and being a "racist rant".[6][7] Adams has stated during the controversy that he disavows racism.[8] The following month, Adams relaunched the strip as a webcomic on Locals under the name Daily Dilbert Reborn.

Publication history


Dilbert began syndication by United Feature Syndicate (a division of United Media) in April 1989.[9]

On June 3, 2010, United Media sold its licensing arm, along with the rights to Dilbert, to Iconix Brand Group.[10] This led to Dilbert leaving United Media. In late December 2010, it was announced that Dilbert would move to Universal Uclick (a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, known as Andrews McMeel Syndication) beginning in June 2011,[11] where it remained until 2023.

In September 2022, Lee Enterprises ceased running the strip in what Scott Adams reported as 77 newspapers as the publisher declined to include the strip in a new comics page that was instituted throughout the company. He said that he had received complaints about Dilbert mocking the environmental, social, and corporate governance movement, but that he was not sure if that was the reason for the cancellation.[12][13] The San Francisco Chronicle, owned by Hearst Media dropped Dilbert in October 2022 saying the move came after strips joked that reparations for slavery could be claimed by underperforming office workers.[14]

In February 2023, hundreds of newspapers owned by media conglomerates including Andrews McMeel Syndication dropped the comic in response to a YouTube video published by Adams on February 22, 2023,[15] during which he advised white people to "get the hell away from black people" following publication of a Rasmussen Reports poll which Adams said showed that African-American people collectively form a "hate group".[16][17][18][19][20] The poll found that 53% of African-Americans agree with the statement "It's okay to be White", while 26% disagreed, and 21% responded they were "not sure".[21] Gannett, including its USA Today network (including the Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and The Arizona Republic) also dropped the strip following Adams's comments.[22] Such major newspapers as The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Plain Dealer all ceased to syndicate Dilbert and published editorials denouncing Adams.[23][24][25][26][27][28] The Los Angeles Times also stated it had removed four Dilbert cartoons from its pages in the preceding nine months when they did not meet the newspaper's standards.[25] In response, Adams announced that on March 16, 2023, he would launch Dilbert Reborn on the subscription website Locals, describing it as "spicier than the original".[29]



The comic strip originally revolved around the character Dilbert and his "pet" dog Dogbert in their home. Many early plots revolved around Dilbert's engineer nature, bizarre inventions, and megalomaniacal ambitions. Later, the setting of most of the strips was changed to Dilbert's workplace and the strip began to satirize technology, workplace, and company issues. The strip's popular success is attributable to its workplace setting and themes, which are familiar to a large and appreciative audience.[30] Adams said that switching the setting from Dilbert's home to his office was "when the strip really started to take off".[31] The workplace location is Silicon Valley.[32]

Dilbert portrays corporate culture as a Kafkaesque world of bureaucracy for its own sake, where office politics preclude productivity, employees' skills and efforts are not rewarded, and busy work is praised. Much of the humor involves characters making ridiculous decisions in reaction to mismanagement.





The strip's central character, Dilbert is depicted as a technically-minded engineer. Until October 2014, he was usually depicted wearing a white dress shirt, black trousers and a red-and-black striped tie that inexplicably curved upward. After October 13, 2014, his standard apparel changed to a red polo shirt with a name badge on a lanyard around his neck.[33] He is a skilled engineer but has poor social and romantic lives.

Pointy-Haired Boss (PHB)


Dilbert's boss, known only as the Pointy-Haired Boss, is the unnamed, oblivious manager of the engineering division of Dilbert's company. Adams states that he never named him so that people can imagine him to be their boss. In earlier strips he was depicted as a stereotypical late-middle-aged balding middle manager with jowls; it was not until later that he developed his signature pointy hair and the jowls disappeared. He is hopelessly incompetent at management, and he often tries to compensate for his lack of skills with countless group therapy sessions and business strategies that rarely bear fruit. He does not understand technical issues but always tries to disguise this ineptitude, usually by using buzzwords he also does not understand. The Boss treats his employees alternately with enthusiasm or neglect; he often uses them to his own ends regardless of the consequences to them. Adams himself wrote that "he's not sadistic, just uncaring". His level of intelligence varies from near-vegetative to perceptive and clever, depending on the strip's comic needs. His utter lack of consistent business ethics, however, is perfectly consistent. His brother is a demon named "Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light", and according to Adams, the pointy hair is intended to remind one of devil horns.



One of the longest-serving engineers, Wally was originally a worker trying to get fired to obtain a large severance package. He hates work and avoids it whenever he can. He often carries a cup of coffee, calmly sipping from it even in the midst of chaos or office-shaking revelations. Wally is extremely cynical. He is even more socially inept than Dilbert (though far less self-aware of the fact), and references to his lack of personal hygiene are not uncommon. Like the Pointy-Haired Boss, Wally is utterly lacking in ethics and will take advantage of any situation to maximize his personal gain while doing the least possible amount of honest work. Until the change to "business dorky" wear of a polo shirt, Wally was invariably portrayed wearing a short sleeved dress shirt and tie. Adams has stated that Wally was based on a Pacific Bell coworker of his who was interested in a generous employee buy-out program—for the company's worst employees. This had the effect of causing this man—whom Adams describes as "one of the more brilliant people I've met"—to work hard at being incompetent, rude, and generally poor at his job to qualify for the buy-out program. Adams has said that this inspired the basic laziness and amorality of Wally's character. Despite these personality traits, Wally is accepted as part of Dilbert, Ted, Alice, and Asok's clique. Although his relationship with Alice is often antagonistic and Dilbert occasionally denies being his friend, their actions show at least a certain acceptance of him. For Asok, Wally serves as something of a guru of counterintuitive "wisdom". Wally exasperates Dilbert at times but is also sometimes the only other co-worker who understands Dilbert's frustrations with company idiocy and bureaucracy. While Dilbert rages at the dysfunction of the policies of the company, Wally has learned to use the dysfunction to cloak, even justify, his laziness.



One of the more competent and highest paid engineers. She is often frustrated at work because she does not get proper recognition, which she believes is because she is female. She has a quick, often violent temper, sometimes putting her "Fist of Death" to use, even with the Pointy-haired Boss. Alice is based on a woman that Adams worked with named Anita, who is described as sharing Alice's "pink suit, fluffy hair, technical proficiency, coffee obsession, and take-no-crap attitude."



Dilbert's anthropomorphic pet dog is the smartest dog on Earth. Dogbert is a megalomaniac intellectual dog, planning to one day conquer the world. He once succeeded, but became bored with the ensuing peace, and quit. Often seen in high-ranking consultant or technical support jobs, he constantly abuses his power and fools the management of Dilbert's company, though considering the intelligence of the company's management in general and Dilbert's boss in particular, this is not very hard to do. He also enjoys pulling scams on unsuspecting and usually dull customers to steal their money. However, despite Dogbert's cynical exterior, he has been known to pull his master out of some tight jams. Dogbert's nature as a pet was more emphasized during the earlier years of the strip; as the strip progressed, references to his acting like a dog became less common, although he still wags his tail when he perpetrates his scams. When an older Dilbert arrives while time-traveling from the future, he refers to Dogbert as "majesty", indicating that Dogbert will one day indeed rule the world again, and make worshipping him retroactive so he could boss around time travelers.



Catbert is the "evil director of human resources" in the Dilbert comic strip. He was supposed to be a one-time character but resonated with readers so well that Adams brought him back as the HR director. Catbert's origins with the company are that he was hired by Dogbert. Dogbert hired him because he wanted an H.R. Director that appeared cute while secretly downsizing employees.[34]



A young intern, Asok works very hard but does not always get proper recognition. He is intensely intelligent but naive about corporate life; the shattering of his optimistic illusions becomes frequent comic fodder. He is Indian and graduated from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). The other workers, especially the Boss, often unwittingly trample on his cultural beliefs. On the occasions when Asok mentions this, he is normally ignored. His test scores (a perfect 1600 on the old SAT) and his IQ of 240 show that he is the smartest member of the engineering team. Nonetheless, he is often called upon by the Boss to do odd jobs, and in meetings his ideas are usually left hanging. He is also seen regularly at the lunch table with Wally and Dilbert, experiencing jarring realizations of the nature of corporate life. There are a few jokes about his psychic powers, which he learned at the IIT. Yet despite his intelligence, ethics, and mystical powers, Asok sometimes takes advice from Wally in the arts of laziness, and from Dilbert in surviving the office. As of February 7, 2014, Asok is officially gay, which never affects any storylines but merely commemorates a decision by the Indian Supreme Court to uphold a British-era anti-gay law,[35][36] a decision which was overturned on September 6, 2018.[37]



The CEO of the company is bald and has an extremely tall, somewhat pointed cranium. He is only slightly less clueless than the Pointy-Haired Boss.



An engineer who is often seen hanging out with Wally. He is referenced by name more often in older comics, but he is still seen occasionally. He has been accepted into Dilbert's clique. He has been fired and killed numerous times (for example, being pushed down a flight of stairs and becoming possessed), in which case a new Ted is apparently hired. In addition to this, he is often promoted and given benefits over the other employees. Ted has a wife and children who are referenced multiple times and seen on at least one occasion. Adams refers to him as Ted the Generic Guy, because whenever he needs to fire or kill someone he uses Ted, but slowly over time Ted has become his own character.



Also known as Tina the Tech Writer. She has a less forceful personality than Alice and often seems to get taken advantage of by the other employees. Her job of writing technical directions for her company's software cannot be an easy one as none of their products work as designed.



Carol is the long-suffering secretary (she prefers the title Executive Assistant) to the Pointy-haired Boss. Her hair style is a much smaller triangle than that of Alice. She hates her job, but once told Dilbert that spending time with her family of a husband and two children is like fighting porcupines in a salt mine, although when the job gets to be too much she is glad to get back to them.



Introduced in 2022, Dave is the strip's first black character, although he identifies as white, messing up the company's ESG and diversity scores, possibly deliberately, as it is not clear whether he is serious or not. Dave has proved controversial, with at least one newspaper chain deciding not to run the strips featuring him.[38]



Elbonia is a fictional non-specific under-developed country used when Adams wants "to involve a foreign country without hurting overseas sales". He says "People think I have some specific country in mind when I write about Elbonia, but I don't. It represents the view that Americans have of any country that doesn't have cable television—we think they all wear fur hats and wallow around waist-deep in mud".[39][note 1] The entire country wears the same clothing and hats, and all men and women[40] have full beards. They are occasionally bitter towards their wealthier western neighbors, but are quite happy to trade with them. The whole country is covered in mud, and has limited technology.

Elbonia is located somewhere in the former Eastern Bloc: a strip dated April 2, 1990, refers to the "Tiny East European country of Elbonia." It is an extremely poor, fourth-world country that "has abandoned Communism".[41] The national bird of Elbonia is the Frisbee.[42]



The Pointy-Haired Boss's brother Phil. His full title is Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light & Supreme Ruler of Heck. His job, one step down from Satan, is to punish those who commit minor sins. His 'Pitch-Spoon' is feared by those who do. He is known to 'Darn to Heck' people who do things like using cell phones in the bathroom, steal office supplies, or those who simply do something annoying. In one strip, it was mentioned that being in Heck is not as bad as being in a cubicle.



Ratbert is an escaped lab rat who lives in Dilbert's house. Ratbert was not originally intended to be a regular, instead being part of a series of strips featuring a lab scientist's cruel experiments. The character is often seen in strips set in Dilbert's home and is frequently a foil / co-conspirator in Dogbert's machinations.



The popularity of the comic strip within the corporate sector led to the Dilbert character being used in many business magazines and publications, including several appearances on the cover of Fortune Magazine.[43] Many newspapers ran the comic in their business section rather than in the regular comics section—similar to the way that Doonesbury is often featured in the editorial section, due to its pointed commentary.[44]

Criticism and parody


Media analyst Norman Solomon and cartoonist Tom Tomorrow claim[45] that Adams's caricatures of corporate culture seem to project empathy for white-collar workers, but the satire ultimately plays into the hands of upper corporate management itself. Solomon describes the characters of Dilbert as dysfunctional time-wasters, none of whom occupies a position higher than middle management, and whose inefficiencies detract from corporate values such as productivity and growth. Dilbert and his coworkers often find themselves baffled or victimized by the whims of managerial behavior, but they never seem to question it openly. Solomon cites the Xerox corporation's use of Dilbert strips and characters in internally distributed 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 2, 1998, strip[46] and in his book The Joy of Work with a sarcastic reiteration.

In 1997, Tom Vanderbilt wrote in a similar vein in The Baffler 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.

In 1998, Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead, chided Dilbert for crude drawings and simplistic humor. He wrote,

Long since psychically kidnapped by the gaudy, mindlessly hyperactive world of television, (readers) no longer demand or expect comic strips to be compelling, challenging, or even interesting. Enter Cathy. And Dilbert. Sure, comics are still funny. It's just that the humor has almost no "nutritional" value. In the tiny space allotted to them, daily strips have all too successfully adapted to their new environment. In this Darwinian set-up, what thrives are simply drawn panels, minimal dialogue, and a lot of head-and-shoulder shots. Anything more complicated is deemed "too hard to read". A full, rich drawing style is a drawback. Simplicity, even crudity, rules.[47]

Adams responded by creating two comic strips called Pippy the Ziphead, in which Dogbert creates a comic by "cramming as much artwork in [it] as possible so no one will notice there's only one joke", and it's "on the reader".[48] Dilbert says 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."[49] In September of the same year, Griffith mocked Adams's Pippy the Ziphead with a strip of the same name drawn in a simplistic, stiff, Dilbert-like style set in an office setting and featuring the characters Zippy and Griffy retorting, "I sense a joke was delivered." "Yes. It was. My one joke. Ha."[50]

In the late 1990s, amateur cartoonist Karl Hörnell began submitting a comic strip to Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen that parodied both Dilbert[51] and the Image Comics series The Savage Dragon. This became a regular feature in the Savage Dragon comic book, titled The Savage Dragonbert and Hitler's Brainbert—"Hitler's Brainbert" being a loose parody of both Dogbert and the Savage Dragon villain identified as Adolf Hitler'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's cartooning style.[51]



Adams has invited readers to invent words that have become popular among fans in describing their own office environments, such as induhvidual. This term is based on the American English slang expression "duh!" The conscious misspelling of individual as induhvidual is a pejorative term for people who are not in Dogbert's New Ruling Class (DNRC).[52] Its coining is explained in Dilbert Newsletter #6. The strip has also popularized the usage of the terms cow-orker and PHB.[53][54]



In 1997, Adams masqueraded as a management consultant to Logitech executives (as Ray Mebert), with the cooperation of the company's vice-chairman. He acted in much the way that 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 change their existing mission statement for their New Ventures Group from "provide Logitech with profitable growth and related new business areas" 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".[55][56][57]

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 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 that it creates. The result was both whimsical and practical.[58][59]

This project was followed in 2004 with designs for Dilbert's Ultimate House[60] (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.[61] For instance, to save time spent buying and decorating a Christmas tree 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.



In 1995, Dilbert was the first syndicated comic strip to be published for free on the Internet.[62] Putting his email address in each Dilbert strip, Adams created a "direct channel to [his] customers", allowing him to modify the strip based on their feedback.[62] Joe Zabel stated that Dilbert had a large influence on many of the webcomics that followed it, establishing the "nerdcore" genre as it found its audience.[63]

In April 2008, United Media instituted an interactive feature on Dilbert.com, allowing fans to write speech bubbles. Adams has spoken positively about the change, saying, "This makes cartooning a competitive sport."[64][needs update]



Adams was named best international comic strip artist of 1995 in the Adamson Awards given by the Swedish Academy of Comic Art.

Dilbert won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award in 1997,[65] and was also named the best syndicated strip of 1997 in the Harvey Awards.[66] In 1998, Dilbert won the Max & Moritz Prize as best international comic strip.[67]



Comic strip compilations



Title Strips collected Date published Pages ISBN Notes
Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons April 16, 1989 – October 21, 1989 October 1992 112 978-0886876883
Shave the Whales October 22, 1989 – August 4, 1990 April 1994 128 978-0836217407
Bring Me the Head of Willy the Mailboy! August 5, 1990 – May 18, 1991 March 1995 128 978-0836217797 The strip dated March 31, 1991, was not included.
It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone May 19, 1991 – December 13, 1992 August 1995 224 978-0836204155
Still Pumped from Using the Mouse December 14, 1992 – September 27, 1993 March 1996 128 978-0836210262
Fugitive From the Cubicle Police September 28, 1993 – February 4, 1995 September 1996 224 978-0836221190
Casual Day Has Gone Too Far February 5, 1995 – November 19, 1995 March 1997 128 978-0836228991
I'm Not Anti-Business, I'm Anti-Idiot November 20, 1995 – August 31, 1996 March 1998 128 978-0836251821
Journey to Cubeville September 1, 1996 – January 4, 1998 August 1998 224 978-0836267457
Don't Step in the Leadership January 12, 1998 – October 18, 1998 March 1999 128 978-0836278446
Random Acts of Management October 19, 1998 – July 25, 1999 March 2000 128 978-0740704536
Excuse Me While I Wag July 26, 1999 – April 30, 2000 April 2001 128 978-0740713903
When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View? May 1, 2000 – February 4, 2001 September 2001 128 978-0740718397
Another Day in Cubicle Paradise February 5, 2001 – November 11, 2001 March 2002 128 978-0740721946
When Body Language Goes Bad November 12, 2001 – August 18, 2002 March 2003 128 978-0740732980
Words You Don't Want to Hear During Your Annual Performance Review August 19, 2002 – May 25, 2003 October 2003 128 978-0740738050
Don't Stand Where the Comet is Assumed to Strike Oil May 26, 2003 – February 29, 2004 May 2004 128 978-0740745393
The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head March 1, 2004 – December 5, 2004 May 2005 128 978-0740751134
Thriving on Vague Objectives December 6, 2004 – September 11, 2005 November 2005 128 978-0740755330
Try Rebooting Yourself September 12, 2005 – June 18, 2006 October 2006 128 978-0740761904
Positive Attitude June 19, 2006 – March 25, 2007 July 2007 128 978-0740763793
This is the Part Where You Pretend to Add Value March 26, 2007 – January 5, 2008 May 2008 128 978-0740772276
Freedom's Just Another Word for People Finding Out You're Useless January 6, 2008 – October 12, 2008 April 2009 128 978-0740778155
14 Years of Loyal Service in a Fabric-Covered Box October 13, 2008 – July 25, 2009 October 2009 128 978-0740773655
I'm Tempted to Stop Acting Randomly July 26, 2009 – May 2, 2010 December 2010 128 978-0740778063
How's That Underling Thing Working Out for You? May 3, 2010 – February 12, 2011 November 2011 128 978-1449408190
Teamwork Means You Can't Pick the Side that's Right February 13, 2011 – November 20, 2011 April 2012 128 978-1449410186
Your New Job Title Is "Accomplice" November 21, 2011 – August 26, 2012 May 2013 128 978-1449427757 Strips from August 27, 2012, to October 7, 2012, were not collected.
I Sense a Coldness to Your Mentoring October 8, 2012 – July 14, 2013 October 2013 128 978-1449429386
Go Add Value Someplace Else July 15, 2013 – July 20, 2014 October 2014 168 978-1449446604
Optimism Sounds Exhausting July 21, 2014 – August 1, 2015 November 2015 168 978-1449463007
I'm No Scientist, But I Think Feng Shui Is Part of the Answer August 2, 2015 – July 23, 2016 November 2016 208 978-1449471965
Dilbert Gets Re-accommodated July 24, 2016 – June 10, 2017 November 2017 144 978-1449484392
Cubicles That Make You Envy the Dead June 11, 2017 – April 29, 2018 November 2018 144 978-1449493783
Dilbert Turns 30 April 30, 2018 – February 24, 2019 October 2019 159 978-1524851828 Features the top 50 Dilbert comics of the last decade.
Eagerly Awaiting Your Irrational Response February 25, 2019 – January 12, 2020 October 2020 144 978-1524860714
The Office Is a Beautiful Place When Everyone Else Works from Home January 13, 2020 – November 29, 2020 December 2021 144 978-1524868963
Not Remotely Working November 30, 2020 – October 17, 2021 December 2022 144 978-1524875633 The October 18, 2021 through March 12, 2023 strips will not be published in collection by Andrews McMeel.


Title Date published Pages ISBN Notes
Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies: Dogbert's Big Book of Business November 1991 112 978-0886876371
Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless August 1993 112 978-0836217377
Seven Years of Highly Defective People August 1997 256 978-0836236682 strips from 1989 to 1995 with handwritten notes by Adams
Dilbert Gives You the Business August 1999 224 978-0740700033 collection of favorites before 1999
A Treasury of Sunday Strips: Version 00 August 2000 224 978-0740705311 color version of all Sunday strips from 1995 to 1999
What Do You Call a Sociopath in a Cubicle? Answer: A Coworker August 2002 224 978-0740726637 compilation of strips featuring Dilbert's coworkers
It's Not Funny If I Have to Explain It October 2004 240 978-0740746581 strips from 1997 to 2004 with more of Adams's handwritten notes
What Would Wally Do? June 2006 224 978-0740757693 strips focused on Wally
Cubes and Punishment November 2007 224 978-0740768378 collection of comic strips on workplace cruelty
Problem Identified: And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution July 2010 224 978-0740785344
Your Accomplishments Are Suspiciously Hard to Verify August 2011 208 978-1449401023
I Can't Remember If We're Cheap or Smart October 2012 208 978-1449423094

Business books


Other books



  • Young Dilbert in Hi-Tech Hijinks — 1997; A Dilbert-branded computer game aimed at teaching young children about technology.
  • Corporate Shuffle by Richard Garfield — 1997; A Dilbert-branded card game similar to Wizards of the Coast's The Great Dalmuti and the drinking game President.
  • The Dilberito, a vegan microwave burrito offered in four flavors: Barbecue with barbecue sauce, Garlic & Herb with sauce, Indian with mango chutney, and Mexican with salsa.
  • Totally Nuts — 1998; A limited edition Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor whose description was listed as: "Butter almond ice cream with roasted hazelnuts, praline pecans & white fudge coated almonds".
  • A line of Dilbert mints that possessed the names Accomplish-mints, Appease-mints, Appoint-mints, Empower-mints, Harass-mints, Improve-mints, Invest-mints, Manage-mints, Pay-mints, Perform-mints, and Postpone-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 — 2010; A Dilbert-branded board game released in the Dilbert store section of dilbert.com.
  • Dilbert's Desktop Games, a video game designed for the PC.

Animated series


Dilbert was adapted into a UPN animated television series starring Daniel Stern as Dilbert, Chris Elliott as Dogbert, and Kathy Griffin as Alice.[68] The series ran for two seasons from January 25, 1999, to July 25, 2000. The first season centered around the creation of a new product called the "Gruntmaster 6000". It was critically acclaimed and won an Emmy Award, leading to its renewal for a second season. The second season did away with the serial format and was composed entirely of standalone episodes, many of which shifted focus away from the workplace and involved absurdist plots such as Wally being mistaken for a religious leader ("The Shroud of Wally") and Dilbert being accused of mass murder ("The Trial"). The second season's two-episode finale included Dilbert getting pregnant with the child of a cow, a hillbilly, robot DNA, "several dozen engineers", an elderly billionaire, and an alien, eventually ending up in a custody battle with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the Judge.

When UPN declined to renew the series for its third season, Adams stated, "I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience." Adams wrote on Twitter in 2020. "That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America."[69] The four-disc DVD called "Dilbert: The Complete Series" was released and contains thirty episodes. The first disc contains episodes 1–7, the second disc contains episodes 8–13, the third disc contains episodes 14–21, and the fourth disc contains episodes 22–30.

Animated web shorts


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 and animated by Powerhouse Animation Studios. The animation videos run for around 30 seconds each and are added every weekday. The comic shorts have a different voice cast than the television series, with Washington-based radio personality Dan Roberts providing the voice of the title character.[70] On December 10, 2009, the RingTales produced animations were made available as a calendar application for mobile devices.[71]

Cancelled film adaptation


As early as 2006, Adams and United Media had been struggling to get a film adaptation of the comic strip off the ground. Adams envisioned the idea as a live-action film, with Dogbert and Catbert as animated characters.[72] Film director Chris Columbus was in talks to direct the film in 2007, with Tariq Jalil on board as producer.[73]

In May 2010, it was announced that a live-action Dilbert film was in development. Ken Kwapis was announced as director, fresh off the heels of He's Just Not That Into You and directing several episodes for NBC's The Office.[74] Jahil remained as producer, with Phoenix Entertainment and Intrigue Entertainment joining the producing team.[75]

But in December 2017, in an interview by The Mercury News, Adams said that it would be impossible to make the film after his public support of Donald Trump.[76]

"Drunken lemurs" case


In October 2007, the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, Iowa notified its staff that the casino would soon be closing for business. David Steward, an employee of seven years, then posted on an office bulletin board the Dilbert strip[77] of October 26, 2007, 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 benefits. However, an administrative law judge ruled in December 2007 that he would receive benefits, as his action was deemed as justified protest and not intentional misbehavior. Adams stated that it might be the first confirmed case of an employee being fired for posting a Dilbert cartoon.[78] On February 20, 2008, the first of a series of Dilbert strips showed Wally being caught posting a comic strip that "compares managers to drunken lemurs".[79] Adams later stated that fans of his work should "stick to posting Garfield strips, as no one gets fired for that."

Guest artists


On February 29, 2016, Adams posted on his blog[80] that he would be taking a six-week vacation. During that time, strips would be written by him but drawn by guest artists who work for Universal Uclick.[81] Jake Tapper drew the strip on the week of May 23.[82] The other guest artists were John Glynn, Eric Scott, Josh Shipley, Joel Friday, Donna Oatney and Brenna Thummler. Jake Tapper also drew the cartoon strip the week of September 23–28, 2019.

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