Dilbert character jug produced in China by Treasure Craft of Compton, California, circa 2000. "Dilbert" is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams, first published on April 16, 1989. It is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office with engineer Dilbert as the title character. The comic strip originally revolved around Dilbert and his "pet" dog Dogbert in their home. Many early plots revolved around Dilbert's engineer nature, bizarre inventions, and megalomaniacal ambitions. Later, most of the action moved to Dilbert's workplace and the strip began to satirize technology, workplace, and company issues. Dilbert's necktie forms the handle of the jug.