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Jeff Kinney: a failure for not getting into newspapers
The Richmond Times-Dispatch profiled Jeff Kinney about the success of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I think this admission is a life lesson for all of us.
“I always think of myself as a cartoonist who couldn’t crack into newspapers,” he said recently by phone.
Kinney created the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” main character, a middle school student named Greg Heffley, after accepting that he would never land his dream job of producing a daily comic strip.
Yet “not good enough” for an adult comic strip could translate into “great” from a kid’s perspective, he eventually decided.
And I can’t help but also remember the news story about Jeff, who despite all his success with the series, chooses to keep his day job with Poptropica.com simply because he enjoys it.