Stick To Drawing Comics Monkey Brain

by Scott Adams

Portfolio | February 13, 2009 | Hardcover

Stick To Drawing Comics Monkey Brain is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Everyone knows Scott Adams, the creator of "Dilbert," as the king of workplace humor. His brilliant insights into the crazy world of business have long been on display in his hugely popular comic strip and bestselling books like "The Dilbert Principle." But there's much more to life than work, and it turns out that the man behind Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an equally outrageous take on life outside the cubicle.
Now Adams ventures into uncharted territory in this hilarious collection of more than 150 short pieces on everything from lunar real estate to exploding bladders, not to mention politics, religion, dating, underwear, alien life, and the menace of car singing.
In his essays on Helpful Critical Guy syndrome (HCGS) and the Who Cares Most (WCM) Method, Adams shares his recently acquired insights on married life. He shares his diet secret that involves experiencing a wrenching personal problem to lose weight or, if that fails, buying stretch pants and growing a goatee. He also gives expert advice on how to appear smarter than you are (two words: "zeitgeist" and "eponymous").
Adams isn?t afraid to confront the most pressing questions of our day, such as the pros and cons of toothpaste smuggling, why kangaroos don?t drive cars, and whether or not Jesus would approve of your second iPod.
His ?optimistic cynicism? enlivens his no-holds-barred rants about stupidity, Komodo dragons, getting old, nose snorkeling, and the end of humanity.
He even takes us behind the scenes of his process for creating "Dilbert," showing a series of strips that he wasn?t allowed to run in their original form.? And he reveals why a syndicated comic strip can never show a police officer firing a gun?but a donut that shoots bullets is totally fine.
Why has Adams decided to leave his comfort zone with this book As he writes:
"?Every time I try something different or unlikely, someone says the equivalent of ?Don?t quit your day job. When I venture into areas clearly outside of my expertise, I hear ?You?re in way over your head ? and, lately, ?Stick to drawing comics ? But if I had listened to that sort of advice in the past, I never would have done anything interesting in my life.?
?Was it smart to write this sort of book, or will it turn out to be another in a long list of my failures and embarrassments Beats me. Thank you for giving it a chance.? "

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.64 × 2.5 × 0.47 in

Published: February 13, 2009

Publisher: Portfolio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1591841852

ISBN - 13: 9781591841852

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny, Silly and Slightly Offensive Rating: 3.5 Scott Adams is the creator of the infamous Dilbert comics, which I must admit to never having read. If anything though, not being a Dilbert groupie makes me an unbiased reviewer. The title of Scott Adam’s latest book is pretty reflective of its contents: funny, silly, self-deprecating and slightly offensive. The book contains over 150 short pieces which are not so much stories as they are random musings on human behavior, dating, sports, travel, dieting and everything in between (and some topics that I could definitely have lived without, such as Chinese striptease funerals). Adams also includes some Dilbert comic strips and provides some background explanation and commentary on them, which I found pretty interesting. Adams is a good writer and there were quite a few times when he did make a good point or provided some interesting insight. Then I would question my opinion after reading on to a crazy comment, such as the idea of the asterisk being the most obscene letter in the English language (I wasn’t aware that it was a letter…hmmm). But to be fair Adams adds that “the asterisk protects you from seeing naked cuss words that would otherwise blind you and put you on the slippery slope to porn addiction”. Thanks for clearing that one up Mr. Adams  On a serious note, this book cannot nor should not be taken too seriously. It’s intended to make people laugh and so it succeeds. There were some sections I loved, others I liked, some I found offensive and others just left me dumbfounded. No matter what my specific reaction was though, I think the point is that I did react. It made me think. It made me laugh. It made me blush. It is my understanding that all of the pieces in the book originated from Adams’ blog which would explain the over all offbeat nature of the writing topics, which definitely makes it a unique read. This book is a good one to leave on your night table and read every once in a while for a good laugh or in some cases a good scare. It’s the kind of book that can be picked up at any time and read in any order over and over again, which I probably will. Finally I’ll leave you with Adams’ thoughts on marriage (from the back cover): “Now I’m married, and that means I have to explain myself a lot. I can no longer leave a hot iron on my shirt just to see how long it takes to burn it, then draw more comics and buy another shirt. Suddenly that sort of thing is wrong”. http://bookopolis.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A (wonderfully terrifying) Glimpse Into the Mind Behind Dilbert Scott Adams' at his best! Chock full of rants, musings, and just plain random ideas and thoughts display the genius that is Scott Adams. So much more than just Dilbert, "Stick to drawing comics monkey brain" covers humourous topics from everyday life (we all know we've had similiar thoughts) from airport screening to the existence of God to trying to pull one over on the Boss. A must read!
Date published: 2008-01-19

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Stick To Drawing Comics Monkey Brain

by Scott Adams

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.64 × 2.5 × 0.47 in

Published: February 13, 2009

Publisher: Portfolio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1591841852

ISBN - 13: 9781591841852

From the Publisher

Everyone knows Scott Adams, the creator of "Dilbert," as the king of workplace humor. His brilliant insights into the crazy world of business have long been on display in his hugely popular comic strip and bestselling books like "The Dilbert Principle." But there's much more to life than work, and it turns out that the man behind Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an equally outrageous take on life outside the cubicle.
Now Adams ventures into uncharted territory in this hilarious collection of more than 150 short pieces on everything from lunar real estate to exploding bladders, not to mention politics, religion, dating, underwear, alien life, and the menace of car singing.
In his essays on Helpful Critical Guy syndrome (HCGS) and the Who Cares Most (WCM) Method, Adams shares his recently acquired insights on married life. He shares his diet secret that involves experiencing a wrenching personal problem to lose weight or, if that fails, buying stretch pants and growing a goatee. He also gives expert advice on how to appear smarter than you are (two words: "zeitgeist" and "eponymous").
Adams isn?t afraid to confront the most pressing questions of our day, such as the pros and cons of toothpaste smuggling, why kangaroos don?t drive cars, and whether or not Jesus would approve of your second iPod.
His ?optimistic cynicism? enlivens his no-holds-barred rants about stupidity, Komodo dragons, getting old, nose snorkeling, and the end of humanity.
He even takes us behind the scenes of his process for creating "Dilbert," showing a series of strips that he wasn?t allowed to run in their original form.? And he reveals why a syndicated comic strip can never show a police officer firing a gun?but a donut that shoots bullets is totally fine.
Why has Adams decided to leave his comfort zone with this book As he writes:
"?Every time I try something different or unlikely, someone says the equivalent of ?Don?t quit your day job. When I venture into areas clearly outside of my expertise, I hear ?You?re in way over your head ? and, lately, ?Stick to drawing comics ? But if I had listened to that sort of advice in the past, I never would have done anything interesting in my life.?
?Was it smart to write this sort of book, or will it turn out to be another in a long list of my failures and embarrassments Beats me. Thank you for giving it a chance.? "

About the Author

Scott Adams, Cartoonist Scott Adams was born and raised in Windham, New York in the Catskill Mountains. He received a B.A. in economics from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a certified hypnotist. Adams worked in a bank for eight years and, while a bank teller, was robbed twice at gunpoint. He also worked for Pacific Bell for nine years and describes both jobs as "humiliating and low paying jobs." It was during this time, that Adams created the character Dilbert. He was entertaining himself during meetings by drawing insulting cartoons of his co-workers and bosses. In 1988, he mailed some sample comic strips featuring Dilbert to some major cartoon syndicates. He was offered a contract and Dilbert was launched in approximately fifty papers in 1989. Adams began working on Dilbert full time as well as speaking, writing, doing interviews, and designing artwork for licensed products. Dilbert is published in over 1,200 newspapers and has a hard cover business book called "The Dilbert Principle."
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