Two questions I am often asked:
  1. How far in advance do you work?
  2. How quickly can you publish a comic on a current event?
Today I will indirectly answer both questions by talking about something else entirely. I assume you've all been following the story of the Apple engineer who left a prototype 4G iPhone at a beer garden. I found this story too delicious to resist, but I worried that the story would become stale before my comics would work through the pipeline. I think the soonest I can get something published is in about a month, perhaps a bit sooner, but I've never tested it.

I drew two comics while considering my options. In the end, I thought it wasn't worth the extra friction to push them to the front of the line. And it would be June 18th before they ran in their normal position, which seemed too far in the future. So here now, exclusively for you blog readers, the totally unfinished first drafts of those comics.  You will never see these in newspapers.

Take a moment to marvel at the fact that I didn't need to add anything to the story as it has been told in the media. All it really needed was Wally. I don't think any of us will ever know what really happened. I based the comic on the media's speculation of events. Remember that I'm in the parody business and not the truth business.

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Apr 27, 2010
Scott, just on the off chance you haven't discovered the awesome power of Twitter, rest assured this is about to go viral ... a little bird told me. ;-)

Apr 26, 2010
The first one was so funny it completely would have justified the effort if you had tried to get it published this week. Seriously. Everyone would have been talking about it. It explains the situation better than the media has; people outside the usual Mac-fanboys haven't heard that version and would have loved it.
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Apr 26, 2010
"All it really needed was Wally." ... All anything EVER really needs is Wally.
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Apr 26, 2010
Scott - rather than post the comics in your blog, you should have just left them in a bar. Think of all the free publicity you'd get when somebody sold the "secret Dilbert Cartoon prototypes" to Gizmodo.
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Apr 26, 2010
I didn't have anything to say except "Brilliant!"...

So here's my ASCII rat, Blinky.

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Apr 26, 2010
How long till that guy's nickname is "Wally"?
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Apr 26, 2010
Newspapers? Is that some new app for the iPhone? Haven't heard of it. I'll check Facebook...
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Apr 26, 2010
You do realize that once this post makes the rounds in Cupertino, the person who lost the prototype will forever be called "Wally" up there.
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Apr 26, 2010


These two were much better than the published strip today. Nice work Scott.
Apr 26, 2010
Dilbert has a Mouth AND eye Pupils in today's strip!
Who are you and what have you done with the Real Dilbert?
Apr 26, 2010
Ok, here's my vote for a current event Dilbert in every Monday blog!
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Apr 26, 2010
"Remember that I'm in the parody business and not the truth business." I like that. Extra truthfulness points for you, Scott!
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Apr 26, 2010
Perhaps you should keep them just in case. Around June or July is usually when they announce the new iPhone, and by that time people will remember the lost phone story again. So you could possibly still be relevant.
Apr 26, 2010
I can imagine the trail of strips that would follow. Introduction of the phone into your network causes physical harm and destruction (makes your PC's power supply/display/disk/mouse/keyboard commit suicide or shorts out your house/business's power) or it introduces a mega-virus into the system, taking down all communications, worldwide. The possiblities are endless.
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