Dilbert: 2011 Day-to-Day Calendar (英語) カレンダー – Day to Day Calendar, 2010/7
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Newspapers aren't the only place to get your daily fix of Dilbert. This best-selling Dilbert calendar format features a cartoon each day. And it's in color.
I really enjoyed the 2010 Dilbert day-to-day calendar. And it really was a page per day.
Now I have opened the 2011 new-and-improved calendar and it has 52 fewer pages! The Saturday and Sunday dates are combined AND the weekend comic is a three panel strip, not the eight panel Sunday comic like the 2010 calendar had. So the Andrews McMeel executives won't give up any of their bonus money but we have to settle for less product, printed in China to boot!
After reading other reviews here I'm now aware that Amazon has lumped all the calendar years together so we really don't get a clear ratings picture of this specific 2011 calendar but it looks like there are many more complaints about the current 2011 issue.
I'd call in a complaint to Andrews McMeel but Dogbert would put me on hold until I die of dehydration!
The big problem with the 2011 calendar, though, is that there are only 6 strips per week. There are no Sunday strips included in the calendar! Instead, Saturday and Sunday are combined on one page with the usual 3-panel daily strip. What a loss! Granted, I don't spend time at my desk on Sunday but I do enjoy those strips as a bonus on Monday. (And no, I don't read ahead!)
Also, my particular calendar arrived with the calendar separated from the binding that holds it to the backer. The pages are still stuck together like a pad of paper but they just rest on the backer rather than being attached to it. I may try gluing it. Maybe just an isolated occurrence or maybe evidence of cheaper binding process.
However this years calendar is beyond horrible. It looks like it was designed by a three year old and was then outsourced to China for printing and assembly. I will explain:
1. Craftsmanship - When I got the calendar in the mail, I took it out and tried to set it up. The cover and binder promptly fell off the calendar, it now has the glue backing that the pages are stuck to exposed on the top. Since the calendar attached to the plastic stand with sticky glue on the back cover, the calendar doesn't "stick" to the plastic stand anymore, since it only has the glue and pages left.
2. Where's Sunday? - For whatever illogical and inconceivable reason, they removed Sunday from the calendar. They combined the weekends into one page, so now you have pages for "Mon", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu", "Fri", "Sat/Sun". I can't understand why they did this. The whole reason I use page-a-day calendars is because I can never remember what the date or day of the week is. It is only through the habit of removing a page every morning that I have any clue what month/day/year I am living in. I'm serious. I don't keep track of time like other people do. So combining the weekends like this really throws me off.
3. The Font - The old Dilbert calendars had an easy to read font for the date and day of the week. They used a bold black font on a white background, something that everyone is accustomed to and can read easily. Now they have a thinner black font with a white highlight on a lime green background. It actually is harder to read, especially when you wake up in the morning. The obnoxious orange seal on the bottom right of every page with Scott Adams name only adds to the visual aggravation.
To conclude, the calendar is in almost every way horrible. I love the Dilbert strips, and the strips are the only enjoyable thing about this. I will be shopping around for another page-a-day calendar to use, and probably won't buy another Dilbert one. I think one of these days when I am bored I will go through and read all the strips in this one, and then throw it out.