Lincoln Peirce is a cartoonist/writer and the creator of the comic strip Big Nate. It appears in more than two hundred U.S. newspapers and online daily at

Lincoln Peirce lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Maine.

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To Be a Scorpio!

Did you know that Scorpios are loyal, passionate, resourceful? Who does this remind you of? If you said, Nate Wright, you would be correct. Recall how enterprising Nate is in BIG NATE: ON A ROLL, when he is trying to sell more Warm Fuzzies than Artur.Nate comes up with all kinds of resourceful plans that don't always work out the way he anticipates.
Scorpios are jealous, fiercely independent and have extreme relationships. Jealous! Nate is jealous of Artur, his Arch-Rival. And extreme relationships are exactly the way I would describe Nate's interactions with Gina and Mrs. Godfrey, aka Godzilla. AS for independence, only Nate could come up with POOR NATE'S ALMANACK as the way to do a report on Ben Franklin (See BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN).
Last but not least, Scorpios are supposed to be excellent surgeons. Maybe that's why Nate created Doctor Cesspool!
Nate is not the only Scorpio in our midst. Artur is a Scorpio. Lincoln, BIG NATE CREATOR EXTRAODINAIRE is a Scorpio. And Jessica Macleish, Assistant Editor of the Big Nate series!
Happy Birthday, Scorpios!
Phoebe the Big Nate Editor
Thu, 10/25/2012

NYCC, Part 3

Dear Big Nate Fans,


Another entry about Comicon! Maybe it's because it was sold out. And over 100,000 people attended. As promised, I'm going to tell you what people DO at Comicon besides wear costumes of superheroes and get signed copies of BIG NATE books. 


But first, I must make a correction. The careful readers probably realized that we did NOT show a photo of LEGO SUPERHEROES. If you are a fan of Star Wars, you realized that we showed a Lego model of Darth Maul. I admit, although I remembered that he is in PHANTOM MENACE, I could not remember the name of the villain. Luckily, our intern Breana Cole is a huge Star Wars fan. She recognized Darth Maul right away. So a big shout-out to Breana (Incidentally, Breana is helping us edit DOODLEPALOOZA, the next BIG NATE activity book, coming your way in next fall.


Okay, back to Comicon. People check out exhibits and the newest video games. We saw huge lines of people just waiting for a turn to try out a new game. You could buy t-shirts and figurines. And of course there were plenty of comic books on sale. The Vintage comics (pictured above) were wrapped in plastic. Some of them were under lock and key. It made me wish I had held onto ARCHIE comic book collection.


At Comicon, I was looking around to see if I could find any CUL DE SAC comic book collections by Richard Thompson. I know that our Big Nate creator, Lincoln Peirce is a big fan of CUL DE SAC. So I thought I'd give it a try. I started by reading MIGHTY ALICE. It includes an introduction by Lincoln. One of the first cartoons I read was about Alice, who decides to wear a box of BLAMMO cereal as her Halloween costume. I thought, Alice would fit in perfectly at Comicon (Remember all the people wearing boxes as their costumes! It also reminded me of the year we put our son Sam in a box of Cheerios as a costume (He was very young at the time and shockingly, he actually could fit in a gigantic cereal box! I admit that it was not easy to walk in it.) While Alice cannot exactly compare to Gina, my second favorite Big Nate character, there are no flies on Alice - no one can get the best of her - which is why I like her so much! I just love the writing in the CUL DE SAC comics so I'm very grateful to Lincoln for introducing me to the genius of Richard Thompson.


Please join me in wishing a very, very happy birthday to our Big Nate creator this month. More on Scorpios in the next blog!


Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor

Mon, 10/22/2012

NYCC, Part 2

Dear Big Nate Fans,
As promised, here are more details about Lincoln and my first New York Comicon experience. We both attended on Sunday, KIDS' DAY. It was a big treat to see so many comic book fans at the Convention Center...dressed as their favorite super heroes. We saw many Batmans and Robins, both boy and girl Robins. And Lego superheroes.(See photo, above.) We saw TeenAge Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers and a family of Incredibles.
Lincoln signed BIG NATE books for a blue dinosaur and Super Jackson, aka Aqua Lad. The Big Nate fans were super lucky because Lincoln drew a picture of Nate in every book he signed, unless you requested another Big Nate character. You know who I would have wanted in my signed Big Nate book: Gina, of course!
Lincoln and I were most intrigued by the people who wore box costumes. We were trying to imagine how people wearing their massive boxes managed to walk the very, very crowded convention aisles, not to mention the New York City streets and subways!  
Comicon was kind of like Halloween before Halloween minus the candy. If you like to dress in costume, Comicon is the place for you!
Next blog: what do people do at Comicon?!
Phoebe the Big Nate Editor
Thu, 10/18/2012

Lincoln Peirce at NYCC!

Dear Big Nate Fans,

I had a Sunday full of Big Nate…because Lincoln Peirce was in New York City for Comicon! I took a photo of Lincoln during one of his Big Nate signings. (See above). We were thrilled that so many kids and their parents and their teachers knew all about BIG NATE and were such huge fans. We found out that a lot of kids began to like reading and books because they enjoyed reading BIG NATE so much. I just wish Lucas also could have had a chance to meet Lincoln in person.

Who is Lucas? I met Lucas through his dad, Peter Johnson, who is also one of my dear Harper authors. Peter wrote the novel, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JOHN SMITH, JR. AKA HOUDINI. Through his dad, I learned that Lucas is a huge fan of BIG NATE. How huge? Check out his cool note, below.

Dear Ms. Yeh:

I just wanted to say thank you for the Big Nate books, HERE GOES NOTHING and WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I've already read each one at least 4 times. I am looking forward to meeting you in person and to see where all the Big Nate books are actually published. 



Phoebe's postscript: I am a fan of anyone who has read BIG NATE 4x!!! Go, Lucas!

P.P.S. More on NYCC in the next blog!

Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor

Mon, 10/15/2012

Big Nate, Code Creator

Dear Big Nate Fans,

For fans in the tri-state area (that means New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), it's count-down to NEW YORK COMICON. On Sunday, don't forget to swing by the Andrews McMeel booth #821 from 10:30-11:30 AM and Harper booth #1000-1001 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM to meet Lincoln Peirce IN PERSON and get signed copies of BIG NATE books. This will be my first Comicon experience. I have heard that you will run into super heroes such as Batman and Robin walking the aisles. If only I could run into Ultra Nate, too! If you know your Nate comix, you need no introduction to ULTRA NATE!)

Those of you who read the last blog may be wondering about the mystery code in the art. If you are a careful reader of the illustrated books, you know that Nate invents codes for fun. One of my favorite pieces of art from BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF is a page from Nate's notebook (pictured above). I can assure you that my sixth grade Social Studies notes on the War of 1812 looked NOTHING like Nate's notes (You will recall that Gina is one of my favorite characters because I confess, she and I have a lot in common. But I digress.) I admit, it is super cool that Nate made up his own code. At the office, we call this one the semaphore code because it reminds us of semaphore symbols. (Semaphore is a code of flag signals used by sailors). The lucky owners/readers of BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN know that this code also shows up in BN#2. But in BIG NATE ON A ROLL (aka BN#3), Nate has created a new code. How cool is that!

I hope to see plenty of Big Nate fans on Sunday!

Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor

Wed, 10/10/2012

Perplexed: An Answer

Dear Big Nate Fans,
No doubt you have been dying from suspense to learn Ethan's sage advice to PERPLEXED. See art above.
Since Ben Franklin is such an interesting person, I kept on thinking about him even after I wrote the last blog. I started wondering how he would fit into Nate's world. I decided that he would get along with Teddy because they probably have the same sense of humor. And Ben would appreciate Francis and Chad's interest in trivia since Ben was very curious himself. I'm afraid Ben would probably find Mr. Galvin quite shocking. And as for Mrs. Godfrey, let's not go there. 
As for Nate, that goes without saying.
On Thursday morning I had a chance to give tri-state (for us this means, New York City, Long Island and Westchester, New Jersey and Connecticut) librarians a sneak preview for books we are publishing from January to June. They were astonished to learn that Nate turns into a NEAT FREAK in BN #5. Shocking; right?
Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor
Mon, 10/08/2012

Nate Wright, Cartooning Genius

Dear Big Nate fans,
While getting revved up for New York ComiCon, I began thinking about all the brilliant comix Nate has created, for example, Doctor Cesspool, a surgeon you would never want to meet up with and Ultra-Nate, the super-hero you definitely want in your corner.
Since I have been spending most weekends in Philadelphia, my thoughts then turned to the comix in BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN. In addition to True-Life Comix starring Mrs. Godfrey, BIG NATE #2 is full of Nate's comix about or inspired by Benjamin Franklin such as Colonial Comix, Poor Nate's Almanack (featuring Doctor Cesspool!); Ben Franklin Starring in Man on the Street and as the hero of Time Travel Comix in which Ben, under Nate's tutelage, acquires a taste for cheez doodles.
While Ben Franklin was born in Boston, he is most associated with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, where he also served as Governor. You probably know all about Ben, one of our Founding Fathers, his inventions and his famous kite-flying experiment. Like me, Ben was an editor. Like Nate, Ben was a journalist. (Recall Nate's Classroom Chatter). But most of all, Ben's writings were hilarious. Just like Nate's.
Pictured above, in the style of Ben's advice column, a hapless student, Perplexed, seeks help from the mystery columnist, Ethan R. Twig.
Check out my next blog entry for Ethan's advice to Perplexed. If you can't wait, go to a library (one of Ben’s inventions) and check out BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN!
Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor
Thu, 10/04/2012

Big Nate and NY ComiCon: Meet Lincoln!

Dear Big Nate Fans,
I know you have been eagerly awaiting Big Nate News so I apologize for being one day off our usual schedule. I feel a little bit like Nate when he's late handing in a school assignment.
Today's art continues an earlier theme about Nate and his superstitions. You already know he believes in fortune cookie fortunes and consulting a Magic 8 ball. In addition to wearing lucky socks, picture Nate with a lucky pen, pencil and eraser – especially on test days in Mrs. Godfrey's social Studies class. 
Today we are featuring a Big Nate comic as our way of getting ready for New York ComiCon (NYCC), one of the biggest comic book conventions in the country. In New York, it's held at the Javits Convention Center: 655 West 34th Street, starting on Oct 11.& (If you happen to be in San Diego, check it out next June). But no doubt you will be in school on the 11th. 
If you are very lucky (like Nate) and you live or plan to visit New York, perhaps you can attend NYCC on Sunday, Oct 14 AND MEET LINCOLN PEIRCE. Make sure you show up from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Andrews McMeel booth (#821) where Lincoln will sign his BIG NATE comic book compilations. Later, from 1:00 -2:00PM, Lincoln will sign BIG NATE GOES FOR BROKE at the Harper booth (#1000-1001). You will be lucky indeed to snag a signed Big Nate book.  And I understand there are some super cool things to check out in the exhibit halls of ComiCon!
Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor    
Tue, 10/02/2012

Guten Tag!

Dear Big Nate Fans,
Next week, publishing people from 110 countries will gather in Frankfurt, Germany for the Frankfurt Bookfair. It is the largest bookfair in the world. To celebrate, we thought you'd enjoy seeing the German edition of BIG NATE: GOES FOR BROKE, translated as "Get Lost, You Twerps!"div>
No doubt you are wondering about Super Nick. He is really Big Nate. But the name Nathaniel is not common in Germany. So Bertelsmann, the German publisher of BIG NATE asked if it would be possible to change Nate's name to Nick for the German editions. Lincoln agreed. He said, "This just makes me sound more versatile: not only have I written a book called "Big Nate," I've ALSO written a book called "Super Nick!"
The name "Nathaniel" is much more common in our country. The most famous person I can think of with this first name is the American novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne. He lived in the 19th century and went to school in Maine, where Lincoln lives. For those of you who have read Lincoln's blog, you may recall that "Nathaniel" is the name of Lincoln's older brother. Some of you may have enjoyed reading the Nate the Great chapter books when you were younger. And of course, there's BIG NATE, our fearless hero. Even when he suffers an injury, he saves the day and the honor of PS 38. How so, you ask? To find out, you must read BIG NATE: GOES FOR BROKE!
Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor
Thu, 09/27/2012

Rocking Out!

Dear Big Nate Fans,
Do you know about Bruce Springsteen? He has been on my mind, because he and his band just finished an amazing concert tour in Europe and the US. And Sunday, September 23rd just happened to be Bruce's birthday. So you may ask, what does this have to do with Nate?
The art from BIG NATE IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF will remind you that Nate is in a band, too: ENSLAVE THE MOLLUSK.  Nate started out as the lead singer. Once Artur joined, he became the lead singer, and Nate switched to vocals and drums. Francis plays the electric guitar. And Teddy rounds out the band on keyboards. (He is also responsible for lyrics, what Teddy has in common with Bruce!).
One of the ETM signature songs is "I Fought the Law." It sounds like a song Bruce and the E Street Band might have sung on their Wrecking Ball tour. Conversely, I can imagine ETM singing a song called "Wrecking Ball."div>
Nate's band also performs cover songs. Maybe like Bruce and his band, they've played "Twist and Shout" for their fans. But they probably don't play shows that last over 3 hours! 
Phoebe, the Big Nate Editor
Mon, 09/24/2012