After looking over the 10 With Tom I did with Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine cartoonist, I thought why not ask the 10 questions of Scott Adams, creator and Dilbert cartoonist, after all, it was Scott who was Stephan’s tipping point. He liked the strip when it was kind of new, talked it up and overnight it became a sensation, something like that.
Here are my 10 With Tom questions with Scott Adams.
Tom: Are you recognized on the street?
Scott: Almost never, except locally.
Tom: If you had to kill off one of your Dilbert characters, which one would it be and why?
Scott: I have a character named Ted the Generic Guy. I kill him whenever I need something bad to happen in the strip. After that, probably Dilbert, but he’d come back to life somehow later.
Tom: What newspaper(s) did your family subscribe to/read when you were a kid?
Scott: Albany Times Union
Tom: Which comic strip, past or present, would you like to crawl into and spend the day?
Scott: Sounds like a sad life any way you look at it. But I’d go with Mutts because I like pets.
Tom: Without looking, what color is Lucy Van Pelt’s dress?
Scott: I’m thinking yellow or red. My final answer is…yellow?
Tom: No. It’s actually blue.
Tom: What do you usually order at Starbucks?
Scott: Cafe Mocha (hot) with whipped cream.
Tom: Me too! Always.
Tom: Last book you read
Scott: Hard to Ignore by Dr. Carmen Simon.
Tom: What bores you?
Scott: Listening to someone describe food or TV shows.
Tom: Tell me about someone you envy.
Scott: Someone has a better life than I do? My life hasn’t always been easy, but at the moment it’s spectacular. I honestly can’t think of anyone I envy. (But envy isn’t a big part of my personality in general.)
Tom: Do you still feel that Trump will win the election? (I know you endorsed Hillary)
Scott: It wouldn’t be any fun if I changed my prediction now, would it? My prediction assumed Trump goes into a deep hole before powering out toward the end. So we are right on schedule.
Thanks, Scott. Good sport.
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