Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 3 years ago

    And the words may even be more clear than in the original version from The Kingsmen.

  2. kamb8

    kamb8 said, almost 3 years ago

    Mr. Peirce, I’ve a question for you. I’ve noticed that most strips have a gag that they use often, with small variations, like one of the characters in “Pearls Before Swine” calling Stephan Pastis (the cartoonist) an idiot. Most cartoonists (that I know of) have something similar to this, which I assume they use when they need to make a strip and don’t have a brilliant idea gnawing their drawing hand. But, unless you count Nate trying to convince Francis that dogs are better than cats (which I don’t), I haven’t noticed a fallback joke in “Big Nate”. So my question is where do all your original ideas come from? Are you a humor mastermind who can just create funny ideas out of nowhere? Do you take ideas from your life? Do you take suggestions (Enslave the Mollusk!)? Something else? I’m curious.

  3. Flashold

    Flashold said, almost 3 years ago

    Can it be tuned with small snacks?

  4. franbarces

    franbarces GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    ha ha ha true!!!!

  5. Mr Buddy

    Mr Buddy said, almost 3 years ago

    I feel bad for Nate

  6. jploch5408

    jploch5408 said, almost 3 years ago

    Will the stomach do the “controversial” lyrics? Tune in tomorrow….

  7. TheSnoopster

    TheSnoopster said, almost 3 years ago

    The breakfast was oatmeal and raisins, huh?
    No wonder the stomach wants to sing Louie Louie

  8. bignate

    bignate GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    I have plenty of fallback scenarios that I use repeatedly in the strip — like Nate wishing for a dog each Christmas, the kids playing Monopoly on New Year’s Eve, the ongoing sports dramas, etc. I also have lines that I like to use, like “Oh, how I hate her” or “I can’t take it.” But I don’t think returning to similar themes or using the same line means you’re telling the same joke. As Charles Schulz said, being a cartoonist means doing the same thing over and over again without repeating yourself.

    I never take suggestions for the strip, because I enjoy the process of coming up with ideas on my own. But of course, on occasion, things will happen in real life that give me an idea for the strip — like my son playing in a short-lived rock band called Enslave The Mollusk, or a little girl from our carpool misreading the “Chez Linda” on the front of Nate’s baseball uniform as “CHEEZ Linda.” Mostly, though, I get ideas from just sitting and thinking about the kinds of situations and/or conversations that Nate might find himself in.

  9. Strod

    Strod said, almost 3 years ago


    Wait, the name Enslave The Mollusk comes from a real (if short-lived) band?
    That is AWESOME!!

  10. Strod

    Strod said, almost 3 years ago

    Nate, at least you caught Jenny’s attention!

  11. Rusty

    Rusty said, almost 3 years ago

    Way to respond Lincoln Peirce!

    It makes me sad to think of the negative comments that you receive here, but I suppose you can see that people wouldn’t be coming here unless they liked your work.

    Thank you for what you do. And it is nice to see Jenny smile at Nate.

  12. ncalifgirl58

    ncalifgirl58 said, almost 3 years ago

    So much for math today. lol

  13. Robin Westgate

    Robin Westgate said, almost 3 years ago

    Given Nate’s inability to discern what constitutes an oldie, I’m impressed his friend even knows the song “Louie Louie.” (I hope not from reruns of “Animal House.”)

  14. Justin Wondga

    Justin Wondga said, almost 3 years ago

    I’m enjoying this series of strips. When I turned 13, I hit my growth spurt along with all the chemical reactions that come with puberty. Believe me, a growling stomach in the classroom would have been the least of my embarrassments!

    One thing that kicked in – big time – when I was coming of age was an appetite. Is Nate entering puberty? Are we going to hear his voice deepen, see his shoulders broaden and Mrs. Godfrey start to mellow with age?

    Unlike Harry Potter, For Better Or Worse and other long-running works of fiction, Nate Wright, his family, his friends and his teachers never seem to age. I’ve seen this in many other strips – notably “Fox Trot”.

    Archie comics is experimenting with the gang from Riverdale where Archie, Reggie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead are now growing up in a masterstroke of storytelling – two story arcs, one where Archie weds Betty, the other where he weds Veronica – employs a “Sliding Doors” style of storytelling. I read this series with great fascination, as it adds a new dimension to the Archie canon.

    My question to you, Mr. Peirce (hope I spelled it correctly this time!) – why do cartoonists (like yourself) never allow your characters to age? I asked Dan DeCarlo many years ago (of Archie comics fame) the same thing, and he answered succinctly, “Preservation of innocence!”. I asked Mark Evanier (who works closely with Sergio Aragonés’ GROO), he answered somewhat jokingly, “Job security!”. What’s your take on the agelessness of your characters?

  15. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, almost 3 years ago

    At least Jenny’s liking this.

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