Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, almost 5 years ago

    Yeah, giving the principal delicious mini chocolate cakes looks like bribing. How much longer can gina take the pressure of this bet?

  2. Agent54

    Agent54 said, almost 5 years ago

    Gina has not come to terms she is a suck up and it bugs her it works for other people.

  3. Hans Horst

    Hans Horst said, almost 5 years ago

    Looks like Gina is headed for detention herself!

  4. NightHawk2005

    NightHawk2005 said, almost 5 years ago

    Please let this twist tomorrow. It wouldn’t be funny at all if Nate wins this bet.

  5. Nachikethass

    Nachikethass said, almost 5 years ago


    It would be a twist if he does. Unfortunately, I believe your wish will come true. Nate will never be allowed to win…

  6. chunky77

    chunky77 said, almost 5 years ago

    I agree Sreejay. It does become too predictable and repetitive. An occasional “Nate actually wins” would be a breath of fresh air and could lead to some funny personal growth and changes for him. We all know Lucy pulls the ball away, Lincoln, throw us a curve!

  7. Justin Wondga

    Justin Wondga said, almost 5 years ago

    GO NATE, GO!

    Allow me to analyze the situation.

    Gina has 10 bucks at stake. 10 bucks – to a kid, at least – is like a year’s salary.

    Nate has a day of being Gina’s personal servant for a day. To Nate, this is like a year of imprisonment at Guatanimo Bay in Cuba.

    But both have their pride at stake – and I think Nate is going to win. Both Gina’s and Nate’s pride are about the exact same size – only one is pink and the other is blue.

    As the saying goes, pride goeth before a fall. Which will suffer hubris? Nate – or Gina?

    I think Nate is putting his pride aside in order to win the bet. Gina, however, is not, and her pride will fall and Gina will eat crow. Hubris is a big, scratchy, weird-tasting pill to swallow.

    The teaching staff have all the power in the world to send Nate to detention. They can only send Nate to detention if they have only the slightest reason – case in point, Mrs. Godfrey gave Nate detention for being 15 seconds late to class. But they can’t send Nate to detention for no reason whatsoever, unless he is being blamed for something else.

    The thing is – Nate is being on his best behaviour – he is being respectful to authority (the teachers), the school property (the soda machine) and its rules (not being absent or tardy, handing in homework on time, etc.)

    If he makes an honest mistake, he admits to it, apologizes and offers a reasonable solution – exactly when he left his homework on the kitchen table.

    And he is being nice to authority (teachers and principal), showing them that he does indeed respect them, rather than fear or hate them.

    And Nate does respect his elders who respects him – such as School Photograph Guy – a bald, fat, bespectacled gentleman who is most likely single and still lives with his Mother – but Nate respects him, all the same.

    Not sure how Nate treats Coach John (who harbours nothing but contempt for his students) or the school janitor, but I don’t ever remember seeing Nate’s “Oh, How I Hate Her” rhetoric for Mrs. Godfrey as to Coach John. Nate just usually sucks it up and rolls his eyes, while Coach John is oblivious to the indifference from his students.

    And Gina is being at her worst. Gina WANTS Nate to misbehave, to show disrespect, so she tries to hedge her bet by being a tattle-tale. And I have a sneaking suspicion that she will try to sabotage Nate.

    I’m really rooting for Nate, here – because he is being good.

    Gina, I’m not rooting for – as she, as evident in this strip, turned to the dark side and tried to tattle on Nate, trying to sabotage the bet. Unfortunately for Gina, Nate is too darn clever.


    I really mean it. No gender bias or anything, but Gina is not a very nice little girl and thinks only for herself. Nate, while he does think a lot about himself, he does consider others and can be a good guy when he wants to be.

    Lincoln Pierce is a good author – he’s teaching a lesson to kids – if you can’t be good for goodness sake, at least be good in order to show up your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.


  8. Justin Wondga

    Justin Wondga said, almost 5 years ago

    Oh, and Charlie Brown DID indeed get to kick the football. It was on a TV special. YouTube it, and you’ll see what I mean.

    Charlie was turned invisible, so Lucy couldn’t see him. And Charlie did indeed kick the football. It was Charlie Brown that had to throw the “curveball” by playing Lucy at her own game.

    But the concept of Charlie turning invisible is fantastic. The concept of Nate avoiding detention is very real.


    But. You, Lincoln Pierce, are the author and your moral rights are preserved.

    But keep in mind, this is the strip that I read first, and is my sole reason to get up early in the morning.

    GO NATE, GO!

  9. Justin Wondga

    Justin Wondga said, almost 5 years ago

    Go to 8:30 on this YouTube video. Charlie does indeed kick the football. It took some magic to do it, but it indeed happen in the Peanuts canon.


  10. n8isgr8

    n8isgr8 said, almost 5 years ago

    Nate is smarter than u think gins.

  11. wwh85cp

    wwh85cp said, almost 5 years ago

    This is indeed a long arc for Lincoln, but one of my favorite strips, 9 Chickweed Lane, did an arc covering every weekday between 11/16/2009 and 9/25/2010 to tell a flashback story to World War 2 and its aftermath. There were a few extra strips in Oct. ’09 and a followup on in Oct ’10, but the story was a long (and truly excellent ) one. Linc, take note – with the right story to tell, our attention spans CAN last longer than a week!

  12. bignate

    bignate GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago


    Do you guys actually read the strip? I’ve let Nate win PLENTY of times. He was the goaltending hero of the big soccer match against Jefferson a few years ago. Back when I wrote story lines about the chess team, Nate won regularly. Once, when Gina tried to point out that Nate had improperly received a higher score than he deserved on a test, Mrs. Godfrey let Nate keep the higher score and chewed Gina out. So that’s that.
    Believe me, I have no desire to see Nate win all the time, OR lose all the time. So I try to find a balance. But in my opinion, you have to put plenty of losses and disappointments in your protagonist’s path. Otherwise, where’s the incentive for people to keep reading?
    Thank you all for the feedback, and I hope those of you who are convinced you know what’s going to happen will post your comments when this storyline is resolved.

  13. Tim Price

    Tim Price GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    This is by far the funniest storyline for Nate in a long time. Thanks, Lincoln!

  14. Nancy

    Nancy said, almost 5 years ago

    looks like the Principal’s in his pocket too!

  15. astar15

    astar15 said, almost 5 years ago

    anyone up for brownies

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