Igdoof (found comics by Jeff Kinney; 1989-1993)

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The titular character.

Status: Found

Date found: Various dates

Found by: Villanova University, and various users

Igdoof was a comic strip that ran from 1989 to 1993, written by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It ran on the campus newspaper of Villanova University for approximately one year before he switched to the University of Maryland, where Igdoof spent its remaining run.[1] When Jeff Kinney ended the strip, he attempted to get it into newspapers but got rejected. In response, he decided to make a book, which would eventually become Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Igdoof was a comic featuring the titular character being a student in college. While there, he would have to deal with getting to class on time, having a roommate, and studying for tests.

Similarities between Igdoof and Diary of a Wimpy Kid[edit | edit source]

  • Igdoof draws himself identically to how Greg draws himself, the main character of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Igdoof’s younger brother’s design was recycled into Greg’s younger brother, Manny.
  • Igdoof writes a comic featuring “Ugly Eugene”. Ugly Eugene would eventually appear in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book.
  • Igdoof has a comic featuring "Pooshfa the Green Bean". Pooshfa would reappear in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book too, but with the name of Gareth.
  • One comic featured the "Fart Police", who would later appear in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book.
  • Igdoof's science experiment in one strip is "Do Plants Sneeze?", which would be used by Rodrick in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
  • Igdoof pitches "Jerome, the Guy with Incredibly Red Lips" in one strip. This character would go on to appear in the original online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Funbrain, and then later in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book along with Eugene and Pooshfa/Gareth.
  • One strip features "L'il Eugene", a precursor to "L'il Cutie" in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Even the same line, "Mommy, is rain just God sweating?", is used.

Availability[edit | edit source]

For a long time, very little was known about Igdoof, and most that were known about it came from a biography on Jeff Kinney. Only about a handful of Igdoof comics surfaced.

On June 10th, 2021, all Igdoof strips that ran between 1992 and 1993 were uploaded to the Internet Archive.[2]

Finally, on June 30th, 2021, all remaining Igdoof comics from Villanova University were found to be archived and preserved within Villanova University's own archival of The Villanovan newspaper.

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