Big Nate is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce and distributed by NEA since January 7th, 1991. The strip revolves around eleven-year, eleven-month-old Nate Wright, a radical rebel in the sixth grade, his school friends, teachers, and his enemies. It has eight spin-off novels, which were published from 2010 to 2017, as well as an animated adaption by Nickelodeon set to release from 2020 to 2021.
Big Nate follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, a rebellious yet spirited male sixth-grader, along with his fellow classmates and teachers. He is portrayed as a boy with very little interest in studies or conforming to standards, which has led him into several conflicts with his social studies teacher Mrs. Godfrey, whom he considers to be his nemesis. Strips also focus on Nate's home life and friendships with his best friends Francis and Teddy. Answering questions from fans in the Washington Post, Peirce revealed the following about the creation of the strip:
Awards and nominations
|2011 - 2012||Big Nate: In A Class By Himself||Great Stone Face Book Award - Grades 4-6||Won|||
|2012||Big Nate: Strikes Again||Colorado Children's Book Award - Junior Novel||Nominated|||
|2012||Big Nate: In A Class By Himself||Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Grades 3-5||Won|||
|2013||Big Nate: Goes For Broke||Buckeye Children's Book Award - Grades 3-5||Nominated|||
|2013||Big Nate: In A Class By Himself||Garden State Children's Book Award - Children's Fiction||Won|||
|2013||Big Nate: In A Class By Himself||Golden Archer Award - Intermediate||Nominated|||
|2013||Big Nate: In A Class By Himself||Young Reader's Choice Award - Junior/Grades 4-6||Nominated|||
|2015||Big Nate: Flips Out||Golden Archer Award||Nominated|||
|2017||Big Nate series||Milner Award||Won|||
Big Nate has been running from January 7, 1991, to December 31, 2017, before going into hiatus which ended on July 16, 2018.
- The series takes place in a fictional town called Rackleff which is located in Maine, despite there being a street called Rackleff which is in Maine and a senior community called that in Canby, Oregon.
- When it comes to the title of each Big Nate book, every comic collection has the word “big” lowercase while actual novels have “BIG” uppercase.
- Almost all Big Nate books have Jeff Kinney's quote, "Big Nate is funny, big time.", on the top of the front cover.
- "Big Nate" is named after the author's older brother, Johnathan. He realized the name had the name "Nathan" within it, and soon after, he started calling him "Big Nate".
- The comic strip went on a brief hiatus from December 31th, 2017 to July 15th, 2018.
- 2011 Great Stone Face Book Award. FictionDB.
- Great Stone Face Book Award : Past Winners.
- 2012 Colorado Children's Book Award.
- 2012 Kentucky Bluegrass Award. FictionDB.
- 2013 Buckeye Children's Book Award. FictionDB.
- 2013 Garden State Children's Book Award. FictionDB.
- 2013 Golden Archer Award. FictionDB.
- 2013 Young Reader's Choice Awards. FictionDB.
- 2015 Golden Archer Award. FictionDB.
- Atlanta Kids Honor 'Big Nate' Creator Lincoln Peirce With Milner Award. GoComics (October 24, 2017).
- The Milner Award Previous Winner.