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''Igdoof'' was created by Jeff Kinney while studying computer science<ref name="washingtonpost1994" /> (later changed to criminal justice<ref name="washingtonpost1994" />) at the University of Maryland.<ref name="cbsnews">[https://www.cbsnews.com/news/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-authors-better-dream/ ''CBS News'', "''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' Author's Better Dream"]</ref> It was published in ''Diamondback'', the campus newspaper, from 1990<ref name="independent">[https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/jeff-kinney-an-audience-with-the-king-of-geek-chic-8395982.html ''Independent'']</ref> to December 13, 1993.<ref name="terp">[https://terp.umd.edu/confessions-of-a-wimpy-kid/ TERP]</ref> ''Igdoof'' was a success during its run, with merchandise being produced and sold.<ref name="washingtonpost1994" /><ref>[https://www.gymkanahistory.com/19921993 University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe History]</ref> Kinney commented, "This could possibly be the biggest thing ever to happen to me."<ref name="washingtonpost1994" />
 
''Igdoof'' was created by Jeff Kinney while studying computer science<ref name="washingtonpost1994" /> (later changed to criminal justice<ref name="washingtonpost1994" />) at the University of Maryland.<ref name="cbsnews">[https://www.cbsnews.com/news/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-authors-better-dream/ ''CBS News'', "''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' Author's Better Dream"]</ref> It was published in ''Diamondback'', the campus newspaper, from 1990<ref name="independent">[https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/jeff-kinney-an-audience-with-the-king-of-geek-chic-8395982.html ''Independent'']</ref> to December 13, 1993.<ref name="terp">[https://terp.umd.edu/confessions-of-a-wimpy-kid/ TERP]</ref> ''Igdoof'' was a success during its run, with merchandise being produced and sold.<ref name="washingtonpost1994" /><ref>[https://www.gymkanahistory.com/19921993 University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe History]</ref> Kinney commented, "This could possibly be the biggest thing ever to happen to me."<ref name="washingtonpost1994" />
  
Kinney was kicked out of university after an incident in which he used bright green poster boards and they disintegrated from rain, staining the campus.<ref name="terp" /> He spent "about three years" sending ''Igdoof'' to syndicates, although none of them agreed to publish it.<ref name="cbsnews" /> Kinney then got a programming job and created ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' as a side project.<ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /><ref name="cbsnews" /> The original draft of the book was 1300 pages long<ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /><ref name="cbsnews" />, and was published online on [[FunBrain]]. At {{wp|Comic-Con}}, Kinney showed ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' to [[Abram Books]] editor [[Charles Kochman]], who "instantly loved it."<ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /> Kinney was surprised at Kochman wanting to publish ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' as a children's book, having written it as "a primer or a nostalgia piece for adults."<ref name="cbsnews" /><ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /> Once the series was published, it became popular worldwide, and Kinney retired attempts to get ''Igdoof'' published.
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Kinney was kicked out of university after an incident in which he used bright green poster boards and they disintegrated from rain, staining the campus.<ref name="terp" /> He spent "about three years" sending ''Igdoof'' to syndicates, although none of them agreed to publish it.<ref name="cbsnews" /> Kinney then got a programming job and created ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' as a side project.<ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /><ref name="cbsnews" /> The original draft of the book was 1300 pages long<ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /><ref name="cbsnews" /> and took 8 years for Kinney to write.<ref>[https://twitter.com/wimpykid/status/1258955703030611968 Tweet by Jeff Kinney]</ref> It was then published online on [[FunBrain]], with a new page being posted every day. At {{wp|Comic-Con}}, Kinney showed ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' to [[Abram Books]] editor [[Charles Kochman]], who "instantly loved it."<ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /> Kinney was surprised at Kochman wanting to publish ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid'' as a children's book, having written it as "a primer or a nostalgia piece for adults."<ref name="cbsnews" /><ref name="washingtonpostreflection" /> Once the series was published, it became popular worldwide, and Kinney retired attempts to get ''Igdoof'' published.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:19, 11 May 2020

Igdoof is a comic by Jeff Kinney. It is a precursor to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and was published in the University of Maryland's campus newspaper. Igdoof's name comes from "a plastic dinosaur he and a former girlfriend had christened using nonsense syllables."[1]

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Igdoof, a college freshman[1][2], lives in a dorm with his neat roommate, Ralph. Igdoof "says exactly what he wants and has no inhibitions," inspired by "exactly what [Kinney] would be if [he] were allowed to be."[1]

Kinney later planned to change Igdoof's plot to Igdoof and Ralph sharing an apartment, and Ralph having an "entry-level job" while Igdoof attends night school.[1] Following requests from syndicates, he changed the plot to Igdoof in high school.[3]

History[edit]

Igdoof was created by Jeff Kinney while studying computer science[1] (later changed to criminal justice[1]) at the University of Maryland.[4] It was published in Diamondback, the campus newspaper, from 1990[5] to December 13, 1993.[6] Igdoof was a success during its run, with merchandise being produced and sold.[1][7] Kinney commented, "This could possibly be the biggest thing ever to happen to me."[1]

Kinney was kicked out of university after an incident in which he used bright green poster boards and they disintegrated from rain, staining the campus.[6] He spent "about three years" sending Igdoof to syndicates, although none of them agreed to publish it.[4] Kinney then got a programming job and created Diary of a Wimpy Kid as a side project.[2][4] The original draft of the book was 1300 pages long[2][4] and took 8 years for Kinney to write.[8] It was then published online on FunBrain, with a new page being posted every day. At Comic-Con, Kinney showed Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Abram Books editor Charles Kochman, who "instantly loved it."[2] Kinney was surprised at Kochman wanting to publish Diary of a Wimpy Kid as a children's book, having written it as "a primer or a nostalgia piece for adults."[4][2] Once the series was published, it became popular worldwide, and Kinney retired attempts to get Igdoof published.

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