Mexico, Nov 17 (EFE) .- The American writer and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, author of "El Diario de Greg", today presented his twelfth book in this illustrated series in front of more than 300 children, who entered the world of this anti-hero on his first visit to Mexico City.
Kinney shared his taste for caricatures as a child at a school in the Mexican capital. how the diary began and the techniques to draw the protagonist.
Enthused to meet the creator of this illustrated novel for children and young people, the children saw Kinney draw the "egocentric, fantasy and lazy" teenager in trouble.
"Two points up, curved nose and big, the hardest part is the head because it has to come out a perfect circle, a I also go wrong sometimes, "he explained to the children while drawing Greg Heffley on the tablet where he portrays his characters.
Kinney told the children that it took him eight years to draw and write "everything that happened to him in real life" to make the first "Diario de Greg", published in 2007.
"I was drawing as a small child and I thought: I will not care draw as a child, "said the five-time winner of the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards favorite book.
The author recalled that when he started drawing, Greg was looking for "techniques to make it more and more simple", which he shared with the children's audience, which did not stop participating with the book in hand.
He told that in the cartoons he saw of Boy, like Big Nate and Peanuts, noticed that "many of the characters were bald" like Charlie Brown and with "very big features".
Then he taught the little ones how to create different emotions that made the "anti-hero Greg" look happy, nervous and hungry, as he defined it.
The cartoonist, who started writing the "Diary of Greg 12: Flying I'm going" in the Caribbean Mexican, he invited Mateo and Daniel to the stage to evaluate what they learned in Jeff's technical class to draw Greg and his brother Manny, who they signed with their eyes covered.
Jeff changed the drawing of little Daniel for a note that said: "I promise to do all my homework" and that this signed blindly, which sparked the laughter of the Small.
Considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to Time magazine, Kinney said that in his childhood he "looked for the cartoons every morning in the newspaper", highlighting Sunday as his favorite day "because they were in color".
The meeting concluded with a round of questions from the children to the author and the signing of autographs of this book, translated into 52 languages in more than 60 countries and of which more than 194 million copies have been sold.