+ One of the
hardest parts of my job is figuring out what other people will think is funny.
Youd think that would be easy, but my own sense of humor is far from the
mainstream. I cant assume others will laugh at the same things I find funny.
Dilbert was a composite of my potato-shaped co-workers at Pacific Bell, when I
had a cubicle job of my own.
+ Most success springs from an obstacle or
failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming
a successful executive.
+ There are 6 billion people on Earth. I like to
think they all like my cartoons. If anyone has names of people who don't, please
send them to me, and I will have my goons visit them immediately.
is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
I'm a combination of several characters. Physically, I'm a thinner, shorter, balder
version of Dilbert. Same glasses. But attitude-wise, I'm pure Dogbert, with a
dash of Wally.
+ You will not see politics in 'Dilbert,' because it runs
in about 57 countries, and I have to tell you that the Lithuanians are not watching
the Gore/Bush saga too closely.
+ If there are no stupid questions, then
what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to
+ No cartoonist has ever been hugely successful just on
the Web, unless you count "Dilbert" which used its Web success to get
into more newspapers. But someday, cartoons will only be on the Web. I just don't
know how long that will be.
I have a theory
that everyone is born with a similar quantity of luck, but its distributed
unevenly over a lifetime. Some people have their bad luck early in life, followed
by good luck for the rest of their lives, and vice versa.