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Article: Scott Adams Hands Dilbert Pen to Fans

    From TheNewYorkTimes.com:  Scott Adams Hands Dilbert Pen to Fans 

    Author: Brad Stone, 4/18/08 

    For almost two decades, fans have written to “Dilbert’s” creator, Scott Adams, with ideas for strips, gags and punch lines.

    Now they can bring their notions right to the panels of “Dilbert” itself.

    In a good illustration of how media is becoming ever more conversational and interactive, United Media, “Dilbert’s” syndicate, is revamping Dilbert.com, letting the fans take up the cartoonist’s pen and tinker with, and then widely distribute, each strip. (Click for full article.)

Web Upgrade Feedback

    Our web site upgrade (BETA) reminds me of a local restaurant in my area. The owner painted the storefront a hideous purple, the sort of color that is an insult to all buildings. He did it without city approval, and it got the residents up in arms. Everyone was talking about the restaurant with the awful color. A month later, the owner repainted with an inoffensive color and everyone was happy. In the meantime, the controversy made this restaurant universally known in the area. I drove past it the other day and it was packed. Damn, I wish I had thought of that idea with my own restaurant.

    We weren’t nearly that clever with our web site redesign, but something like the purple restaurant happened by accident. The majority of people who left a comment had bitter (and totally valid) complaints. We used way too much Flash, the servers slowed to a crawl, the navigation of strips was klunky, and so on. We plan to fix all of that in the next week or two. The developers won’t be getting much sleep. We’ve already made the site much quicker.

    Meanwhile, traffic on Dilbert.com doubled. And the new features, particular the Mash Ups and the archive search functions are a big hit. People either loved that the strips are now in color or hated it, but everyone had a strong opinion. That’s what I love about Dilbert readers. It makes my job a lot more interesting.

    Linux users were the most vocal in their complaints. (Who saw that coming?) Your numbers are small but your power is mighty. Just for you, we’re working on a bare bones page with only the strips, text navigation, and not much else. Look for that in a week or so. You’ll be able to jump from there to the main page if you want to experience the new features like regular folk.

    In the meantime, you can always use the new (legal) Dilbert RSS feed. It’s just the strips, the way you like it. Click here:
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/DilbertDailyStrip

    We appreciate all the comments. We’re looking at them carefully and making changes. Some will say we shouldn’t have inflicted this messy Beta version on the public. There’s merit to that argument, but if I was worried about embarrassing myself in front of millions of people, I would need a new job.

    Thanks for working with me through this upgrade. I apologize for the messy start.

    P.S. My blog hasn’t officially moved to this page yet. You can read the regular posts at the old site:
    http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/

DILBERT UNLEASHED!!!

    Welcome to the almost-too-incredible-to-believe BETA version of the new Dilbert web site! We spent most of the past year, and a small fortune, to unwrap all the pent up Dilbert goodness and provide it to you for free, embracing the new realities of intellectual property on the web.

    The site is still in BETA. You’re getting a preview of future wonders. Please be patient. This is a generation beyond any comic web site, and it gets bumpy when you pass beyond the rim. Take a sneak peek at these new features: 

    PUNCH LINES: Write your own punch lines for Dilbert strips – just type them right into the panel – and e-mail them to friends!

    Soon you will be able to write the entire strip, collaborating with others, in what we call Group Mash! (One person writes the first panel, another writes the second, and so on.) Readers can vote the best ones to the top of the heap. That way you get the attention and credit you need to make life worth living. 

    Starting today, mocking the idiots in your workplace is a competitive sport! This is going to be fun. I’ll participate in the Punch Lines and Group Mashes too. Look for my contributions under username ScottAdams.

    ANIMATION: We’ve animated Dilbert online. Several strips are already done and we plan to add one per day. You have to hear the new voice for Dogbert.

    FAVORITE LISTS: Create lists of your favorite Dilbert comics and share with others. 

    ARCHIVE EXPANDED: Now the free Dilbert archive extends back to 2001. We’re working on putting the entire archive online.

    COLOR: All online strips are in living color. They look sensational. 

    SEARCH: Filter the archive by favorite characters. For example, find all the comics in the archive featuring Dogbert or Catbert or Asok, etc., plus any combination of characters.

    DILBERT BLOG: My personal blog is moving to this page. And you’ll be able to vote on comments, so the wisest and funniest float to the top. 

    The site has so many features and options it will take you a while to discover them. Send me your comments at scottadams@aol.com.

Press Release: Cubicle Chaos Now Available on Mobile Phones…

    Favorite Office Antics from Dilbert’s Cubicle Chaos Now Available on Mobile Phones 

    From: Namco Networks, 3/18/08

    Namco Networks brings fun, Dilbert-inspired game play, downloadable comics, and sweepstakes on AT&T to consumers nationwide 

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – (March 18, 2008) – Namco Networks, the leading publisher and developer of mobile games and entertainment for mass-market casual gamers, today announced the availability of its much anticipated mobile game, Dilbert Cubicle Chaos. Another original game through its partnership with United Media, a leading independent licensing and syndication company which licenses Dilbert, Namco Networks continues to bring popular brands to consumers for the mobile platform. Dilbert Cubicle Chaos contains rich features such as downloadable Dilbert comic strips* and bonus game levels….” (Click for full press release.)

Article: “Dilbert” retells story of Iowan fired over comic

    From DesMoinesRegister.com:  “Dilbert retells story of Iowan fired over comic 

    Author: Clark Kauffman, 2/20/08 

    Is it a case of art imitating life, or life imitating art?

    “Dilbert,” the newspaper comic that routinely ridicules self-important office managers, is taking aim this week at an Iowa company that fired an employee for posting a “Dilbert” strip in the office.

    In a bit of self-referential cartooning, “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams has penned a series of strips that indirectly describe the plight of Dave Steward, a former security supervisor for Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. Steward, 50, a resident of Fort Madison, was fired by the casino last fall after seven years of employment. He had posted on an office bulletin board a “Dilbert” strip in which the protagonist compares his bosses to a bunch of “drunken lemurs…” (Click for full article.)

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