The Wimpy Kid has finally done good — and his creator Jeff Kinney has even got a medal from France to prove it. The American creator of the bestseller “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books was made an officer of France’s Order of Arts and Letters on Monday, an honor also conferred on Nobel laureates T. S. Eliot and Seamus Heaney as well as music megastars such as Bono and David Bowie.
As the medal was pinned to his chest, Kinney, 48, said he never expected his stories to become such a cult children’s hit, selling more than 200 million copies worldwide and spawning four movies.
In fact, the cartoonist said that the misadventures of 12-year-old weakling Greg Heffley was initially aimed at adults nostalgic for their middle-school years.
But the geeky loser was quickly adopted as a hilarious anti-hero by a generation of children and teenagers.
“I always wanted to be a newspaper cartoonist,” Kinney confessed. “But I didn’t have the artistic talent.”
His eureka moment came “one day when I realized if I drew at my talent level, which was at the level of an 11- or 12-year-old boy,” it might work.
“The biggest surprise to me is being published at all, because the format was so unusual I didn’t think it would be published.
Source : AFP