dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Dilbert: the real surreal......

So far, I've spent a lot of time talking about the domestic 'comedies' that seem to dominate the page; while they do show family members at work, the office is not the center of most of the universes we see. When it comes time to discuss funny office workers, Scott Adams's Dilbert is pretty much the place to start; Beetle Bailey might have been around longer but so few people actually live on forgotten military bases that it's hard to identify with his adventures. However, nearly everybody has spent time in an office being mismanaged by an idiotic bully who lets trends and sooth-saying take the place of thought. What I find interesting is that the artist once said that despite peopling his office with sadistic talking animals, troll-like accountants, employees who turn into dishrags when their life force is sucked out of them and other surreal elements, people tell him that he's accurately described their working life. That's because even though the evil director of human resources might not actually be a cat in real life, a lot of them channel Catbert. Bear with me as I look at the man with the curled-up tie and his freakish co-workers. 
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