April 16, 2019

"Isn't if funny that Dilbert's tie flips up, like Trump's?"/"It's collusion. Tie collusion."

Conversation at Meadhouse after encountering this Scott Adams tweet:

24 comments:

Fernandistein said...

Is Dilbert from Paracas?

John henry said...

I seem to recall that there is some significance to Dilbert's tie flip. IIRC, he once went on a date and the tie hung straight down.

Ahhhh yes. Bing (and Wikipedia) is our friend. Google is NOT

"Many readers asked me to allow Dilbert to lose his innocence with Liz, so to speak. But I didn't see any way I could do that in a comic strip and get it past the editors. So I developed a secret sign. I told the people who receive the Dilbert newsletter that if Dilbert ever got lucky with Liz, I would draw his normally upturned necktie flat one day."

The flat-necktie strip was printed on August 9, 1994, in which Dogbert suspected that Dilbert had gotten lucky; ironically, the tie was shown flattened after Liz stated she did not believe in fornication


John Henry

Kay said...

Congrats to Dilbert! Been reading over some of his classic strips this morning.

Ann Althouse said...

@John Henry

Trump uses the same signaling.

traditionalguy said...

Scott Adams and Donald Trump have become almost twins that think alike. Making Dilbert Great Again.

John henry said...

Lots has been written over the years about the sexual symbolism of neckties.

Donald Trump may be signaling with his overlong necktie, though that is the fashion in parts of the world, has been the fashion in the US and will probably become so again at some point when the fashion gods so decree.

I am missing your point about how PDJT uses his necktie like Dilbert. Could you elucidate please?

I've been reading Dilbert off and on since inception. Usually binging with a Dilbert book or, now, reading several weeks of strips at a time on the web. I am finding Scott Adams even more interesting. I was reading his daily blog during the campaign and when he evolved into a podcast, have been listening to it most days. Hint, download the audio only as a podcast. I use the App Podcast Addict on my phone. The Periscope, with video, is boring and who has time to sit and watch.

Adams is an extremely interesting guy.

John Henry

Phidippus said...

Anyone who mocks Dilbert (or Trump) for their upturned ties is probably just jealous that their signalling device hasn't pointed that way in a long time.

Yancey Ward said...

I stopped reading the comics page when "Calvin and Hobbes' ended at the end of 1995, but I still occasionally pick up "Dilbert" books to catch up with that one.

I was a bit surprised to find "Dilbert" is now 30 years old. Also made me realize that it is almost the 30 year anniversary of the "Bloom County's" ending (yes, I know it started up again a few years back, but just isn't the same).

gilbar said...

it doesn't just flip up
IT FLIPS UP TO THE RIGHT!

Conspiracy!
Collusion!

Michael K said...

I discovered Dilbert when Adams was still working for Pac Bell and doing the strip before work.

That was about 1995. He got his ideas from other engineers at work. The boss in the strip looks like Adams' boss and was why he got "invited" to leave.

n.n said...

It's a magic trick. It's sexual innuendo. It's a comic vehicle.

Unknown said...

The first Dilbert book was actually not a strip collection, but a book of office humor called Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies. This remains one of the funniest he as ever done, with many xeroxable pages pertaining to corporate life.

Also, props to Adams on how much his drawing skill has improved, and on making his dilbert site the only one I am aware of where you can search (and almost always find) old strips based on the dialog only.

MikeD said...

Pre-dating Trump's candidacy, in October 2014 Dilbert went "business dorky in dress & the tie was gone. The stretches involved to "tie" things to President Trump are reminiscent of the 1940's comic book Plastic Man!

tcrosse said...

We no longer speak of Trump's alleged KGB ties.

Birkel said...

Quasi-collusion, of course.
Kid tested.
LLR-quasi-approved.

Danno said...

I remember cutting out or printing those particular Dilbert strips that resonated with the matters that were observed or experienced in our office. Great fun.

Fen said...

"I stopped reading the comics page when "Calvin and Hobbes' ended "

Calvin Ball!

You forgot to touch 42nd base!
The invisible one?
Yes!
How can you tell?
....

iowan2 said...

"Build a better life through stealing office supplies"

Thought I might spring for a copy of the book, but I don't have $895.00 +shipping and handling this month. Maybe later.

Bilwick said...

I've got something that turns up whenever I read the opening of the Declaration of Independence . . . and it isn't my tie. It's the equivalent of the "wide on" Buttigieg gets when he reads Gramsci.

Anonymous said...

OK

RoyalAssInga said...

again

JML said...

iowan2, Go to Abe Books - you can pick it up for a few dollars.

When I got the job here in NM back in Management, my co-worker sent me her Dilbert book on management. She has since disowned me because, TRUMP! I wonder how she feels about Scott Adams now...

chuck said...

I saw my first Dilbert strip posted on the bulletin board at the Fire Pond laser tracking facility. That would be back around 1991-92 when I was there as part of a project.

Unknown said...

Yikes! I don't even know why there are any $900 copies! I just linked to the first one I saw without even looking at the price. Here's one for $10 and it lists used copies for much less.

Sorry about that!