Kinney Jeffrey “Jeff”

Fort Washington, United States

19.02.1971

Cartoonist, inventor of games, children’s writer

Jeffrey Patrick “Jeff” Kinney (born February 19, 1971) is an American game designer, cartoonist, producer, actor, movie director and author of children’s books including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. He is also attributed as the creator of the child-oriented website Poptropica. He also appeared in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films as Holly Hills’s father. Kinney was born and brought up in Fort Washington, Maryland, United States.
He has an older brother, sister and a younger brother. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park in the early 1990s. It was in college that Kinney created a popular comic strip, Igdoof, which ran in the campus newspaper, The Diamondback.
In January 1998, Diary of a Wimpy Kid officially began, when Kinney brought up the idea of a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, who writes illustrated stories about his personal life. In May 2004, FunBrain and Jeff Kinney released an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The website made daily entries until June 2005. He worked on his book for almost eight years, before showing it to a publisher in New York.
In February 2006, during the New York Comic Con, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc., to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series.
The book became an instant hit, with the online version receiving about 20 million views as of 2007. When many online readers requested a printed version, Kinney agreed, and in April 2007, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was published. To date, thirteen Wimpy Kid books have been released, including a do-it-yourself book and a movie diary. In April 2009, TIME named Kinney one of The World’s Most Influential People. In 2016, the series won a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Book.
Kinney works full-time as a writer and designer of online games. He also created the kid-friendly website Poptropica. Poptropica includes two islands called “Wimpy Wonderland” and “Wimpy Boardwalk”, where the Diary of a Wimpy Kid characters and events are featured in the Poptropica universe.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has 58 million copies in print worldwide as of 2010 and was developed into feature films for which Kinney served as executive producer and, in the case of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, as an POO. Kinney wrote a section for Guys Read which is a book series written by a number of authors. His contribution contains elements from his Wimpy Kid books. For example, one character gave his little brother cold spaghetti and told him it was hot.
In May 2015, Kinney and his wife Julie opened An Unlikely Story, a local bookstore and cafe in Plainville, Massachusetts.
Jeffrey Patrick “Jeff” Kinney (born February 19, 1971) is an American game designer, cartoonist, producer, actor, movie director and author of children’s books including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. He is also attributed as the creator of the child-oriented website Poptropica. He also appeared in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films as Holly Hills’s father. Kinney was born and brought up in Fort Washington, Maryland, United States.
He has an older brother, sister and a younger brother. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park in the early 1990s. It was in college that Kinney created a popular comic strip, Igdoof, which ran in the campus newspaper, The Diamondback.
In January 1998, Diary of a Wimpy Kid officially began, when Kinney brought up the idea of a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, who writes illustrated stories about his personal life. In May 2004, FunBrain and Jeff Kinney released an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The website made daily entries until June 2005. He worked on his book for almost eight years, before showing it to a publisher in New York.
In February 2006, during the New York Comic Con, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc., to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series.
The book became an instant hit, with the online version receiving about 20 million views as of 2007. When many online readers requested a printed version, Kinney agreed, and in April 2007, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was published. To date, thirteen Wimpy Kid books have been released, including a do-it-yourself book and a movie diary. In April 2009, TIME named Kinney one of The World’s Most Influential People. In 2016, the series won a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Book.
Kinney works full-time as a writer and designer of online games. He also created the kid-friendly website Poptropica. Poptropica includes two islands called “Wimpy Wonderland” and “Wimpy Boardwalk”, where the Diary of a Wimpy Kid characters and events are featured in the Poptropica universe.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has 58 million copies in print worldwide as of 2010 and was developed into feature films for which Kinney served as executive producer and, in the case of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, as an POO. Kinney wrote a section for Guys Read which is a book series written by a number of authors. His contribution contains elements from his Wimpy Kid books. For example, one character gave his little brother cold spaghetti and told him it was hot.
In May 2015, Kinney and his wife Julie opened An Unlikely Story, a local bookstore and cafe in Plainville, Massachusetts.
Books
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007)
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008)
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (2008)
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009)
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009)
• The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (2010)
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Kinney_(author)


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