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Big Nate is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. Originally launched on January 6, 1991, the comic has since inspired book collections and theatrical performances.[1]

Big Nate
Author(s)Lincoln Peirce
Current status/scheduleRunning
Launch dateJanuary 6, 1991
Syndicate(s)Newspaper Enterprise Association
Genre(s)Humor, school life, readable



Big Nate follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, a spirited and rebellious sixth-grader, along with his classmates and teachers at Public School 38, and other people and animals in the fictional town of Rackleff, Maine. He is portrayed as a boy with little interest in studies or conforming to standards. The lack of interest leads him into several conflicts with his social studies teacher Mrs. Godfrey, who he considers his nemesis. Peirce also focuses on Nate's home life and friendships with his best friends, Francis and Teddy. Answering questions from fans in the Washington Post,[2] Peirce revealed the following about the creation of the strip:

Big Nate started out as more of a "domestic humor" strip than it is now. It was my intention to feature a lot of stories about Nate's single dad, and all the comic possibilities inherent in that. But before too long, I realized that the part of the strip that I enjoyed most was the school humor. I'd been a teacher myself, and schools can be very funny places.


Wright familyEdit

  • Nate Wright: The comic strip's main character. Nate is in sixth grade and 11 years old, a talented cartoonist, drummer, chess player, and prankster, as he plays funny and difficult pranks on Prank Day (the last day or 2nd last day of school). He is somewhat vain, believing himself to be irresistible to girls despite being rejected repeatedly, a brilliant sports player despite his lack of athletic abilities, and a genius despite his below-average grades. Nate spends much of his time in detention, in the art room drawing comics, or playing drums for his garage band, Enslave the Mollusk, which also comprises his friends Francis, Teddy, and Artur. It was assembled and suggested by Nate, after a high school band called the Distempers performed at the spring dance (except that their lead singer sneezed during "Stairway to Heaven" and fell off the stage.) Nate is desperate to own a dog as he is a dog person who is ailurophobic, but almost never gets his wish, as his father does not want to own a dog. He also hates cats (ailurophobia), figure-skating and egg salad, but loves "Cheez Doodles". Surprisingly, Nate's most well-known talent is that he is a skilled chess-player, to the complete confusion of his friends and family. Nate is also well known as being able to detect vibes. He even tried to teach Chad Applewhite this ability but failed. Nate is also known for having a very accurate sense of smell.
  • Martin Earl "Marty" Wright: Nate's father, a balding, overweight divorcee who lost his job in the eighth novel of the series (eventually getting another one). Like his son, he is somewhat clueless about his own failings, and considers himself a professional musician despite his indescribably horrible singing voice and initially poor steel-string guitar playing, an athlete despite his inherent laziness, and an expert golfer, though he constantly cheats or loses his ball. He is a health nut and always tries to hand out healthy alternatives to candy on Halloween (raisins, prunes, etc.), which are always rejected by trick-or-treaters. He also was the hero of the first Mud Bowl according to Big Nate Blasts Off! His first name was first stated on 7/28/05.
  • Ellen Wright: Nate's fifteen-year-old sister. Unlike Nate, Ellen is responsible and hardworking and loves cats and figure-skating. Nate is always compared to Ellen in school by teachers. She is Nate's constant rival, and he enjoys playing pranks on her. Ellen also dates Gordie on and off, who works at the comic book store, Klassic Komix and has previously dated Kenny Smithson, the captain of the football team and is considered her crush. They briefly broke up before reconciling. She is 4 years older than Nate.
  • Marge Wright: Nate's grandmother. She and her husband, Vern, have a slightly tense relationship, as she sometimes nags him about giving up her career for married life and for generally being lazy and perverted.
  • Vern Wright: Nate's grandfather. He enjoys stating his opinion without consideration, using his age to show off. He is shown to have a tattoo, and he also likes Junior Mints.
  • Ted Wright: Nate's lazy uncle, an overweight, unemployed man-child who lives in Nate's grandparent's basement. He dropped out of college and since then has never held down a job. He is oblivious to his family's hints that he move out and find work, and spouts sci-fi and musical trivia at the drop of a hat. He is a big fan of World of Warcraft.

Friends and classmatesEdit

  • Artur Pashkov: A very friendly, intelligent, and well-liked exchange student from Belarus.[3] He is in Nate's class and is Jenny Jenkins' boyfriend. Jenny's liking for Artur and Artur's ability to beat Nate at chess (and almost anything else) makes Nate take an instant dislike to Artur. Artur was the Boys' Age-Group Chess Champion of Belarus before moving to the United States. Artur speaks somewhat broken English as a second language. He is very innocent, gentle, kind, and (most of the time) unassuming. He regards Nate as his best friend and is generally unaware of Nate's personal dislike of him. He went with his father, a college professor, to Turkey for 6 months, during which time Nate tried to start going out with Jenny. Artur is a nice boy who is trying to please Nate, including letting Nate beat him at chess at one point. While Nate somewhat views Artur as a friend, he is quite jealous of Artur's talent and better luck.
  • Randy Betancourt: One of Nate's other rivals which Nate sometimes refers to as "Randy Buttancourt". Randy once got Nate into detention in the chess club bake sale by using Nate as a scapegoat. In Big Nate Strikes Again, he creates a fleeceball team called the Raptors and gets revenge on Nate by injuring him, stepping hard on his foot, after Nate accidentally hurts Randy's nose. Usually, Nate tries to avoid confrontation with Randy, but once when Randy was bullying Francis, Nate jumped on Randy "like a rabid wolverine." They became friends on a field trip after a Jefferson student shoved Nate in Big Nate Blasts Off. Their new friendship is strengthened when the two boys are in the PS 38 Ultimate Frisbee team in the Mud Bowl. Randy and Nate discover they are very effective at playing together. From rivals, they go on to become great buddies. However, in the comic strip, they still remain as rivals. In one comic, it is revealed that his mom writes him a note in his lunch bag and calls him "Lil Dumpling". Randy was caught stealing a My Little Pony book at Classic Comix. Randy once got a dislocated shoulder, after Nate ducked when Randy attempted to tackle him.
  • Jenny Jenkins: Nate's classmate since grade one. She is his biggest crush, however, she used to despise Nate (though Nate was absolutely oblivious, believing Jenny is hiding her true feelings). She briefly moved to Seattle but moved back on June 8, 2013. She is blonde with blue eyes and dates Artur. She has no feelings for Nate and up to 2016, couldn't stand Nate. But on April 11, 2016, it was stated that Nate doesn't like Jenny anymore, so Jenny doesn't hate him and they are friends now. She tends to go berserk when something embarrassing is done to her (e.g. when Nate trips and spills egg salad on her). In older comics, it is mentioned that she and Sheila Stapleton were best friends.
  • Dee Dee Dorcas Holloway: A friend of Nate mentioned in Big Nate Strikes Again and also reappeared in Big Nate Goes For Broke and Big Nate Flips Out. She is a member of the drama club and is considered by Nate to be a drama queen. Nate does not like her much at first, but she gradually becomes a part of Nate's friend group and a major character. Dee Dee and Nate are now friends and are comfortable with each other. She is a very good artist and cartoonist, and once hosted a large party.
  • Breckenridge Puffington III: Nate's most recent met student. He's somewhat shy and is a huge fanatic of plants. Teddy is constantly messing up his first name. He considered Nate his "buddy," but Nate thinks the opposite about him. Nate said to his friends once that Breckenridge is a stiff, boring, has an annoying voice, and is a wuss. Nate was constantly wondering if he had met Breckenridge before. Apparently, his name was Bobby at the Honey Hive 7 years ago, and he used to bully Nate when they were toddlers. He was a contributing member of Nate's Non-Stoppers winning the scavenger hunt and even found the Granny Peppers Mural. He has only appeared once in 2015 and in a drawing in Big Nate Blasts Off.
  • Nick Blonsky: Nick is mentioned in the first two books. In the first, Nate says even Nick was raising his hand along with everyone else but he had a pencil up his nose. In the second, Nate says he is a horrible project partner because he is usually 'digging for gold'. He makes his first major appearance in the fifth book. He steals a camera that Nate borrowed from Mrs. Godfrey, which results in Francis getting in trouble. Nick says he stole the camera just because he wanted to see Nate and Francis fight. Dee Dee records the conversation and Nick gets suspended from school for a week. Nick is also a known liar. He has never appeared in a comic strip but was mentioned on October 16, 2014.
  • Francis Butthurst Pope: Nate's number #1 friend, Francis is very intelligent, and this upsets his friends from time to time. He has a gap between his teeth and lets people bully him often. Nate and Francis frequently make fun of each other, but he states that this is how they operate. He also likes to read ‘The Book of Facts’ which annoys Nate and Teddy. Nate and Francis often argue about cats vs dogs as Francis is a cat person, he also has a cat named Pickles. Contrary to Nate's feelings for them, Francis is friendly with both Mrs. Godfrey and Artur. Francis plays the electric guitar in Enslave the Mollusk and dates Sheila.
  • Teddy Square Root Ortiz : Nate's number "1A" best friend, Teddy is a comedic character who frequently cracks jokes and annoys Nate. Like Francis, Teddy likes Artur and is a member of Enslave the Mollusk. His middle name is the square root symbol since his parents are math teachers. In Big Nate: Flips Out, it is revealed that he is fluent in Spanish. He plays the musical keyboard in Enslave The Mollusk. In 1994, it is revealed that Teddy is half Mexican, and half Puerto Rican. In 1994, it is revealed that over the summer Teddy gets to live in Mexico with his grandparents, however, this stopped happening in 1996. Teddy also knows a lot about the Civil War, as his dad is an expert of the Civil War, and has been teaching him facts since he was a baby.
  • Gina Hemphill-Toms: One of Nate's schoolmates and rivals. Gina is a nerd. She weighs 123 pounds (56  kilograms) as a result of no exercise. Gina spends 18 hours a day studying and wears nerdy, thick glasses. Gina always gets an A-plus on her assignments, but sometimes she gets them because the teachers like her. She is an enemy of Nate and likes to get him in trouble. Gina never gets detention, except for three incidents: One time because Gina tired to correct an error of Nate's test to in an attempt to lower Nate's grade, in Big Nate Strikes Again for screaming in the library, and recently she got five detentions for belittling Nate by making him be nice to her all week and forcing him to tie her shoe (Nate also got two detentions for accidentally hitting Mrs. Godfrey with her shoe). Gina also has a crush on Chad Applewhite.
  • Chad Applewhite: Chad is one of Nate's good friends. He is a chubby kid with red hair and freckles. He is obsessed with eating and food. In Big Nate: In a Class By Himself; Nate mistakes him for Todd. He is willing to help Nate with all his schemes. When he is selling things with Nate, because he is so cute, the customers end up buying all the things he is selling. Chad has appeared in the comics since on February 16, 2006.
  • Kim Cressly: A very big girl who at one point decided Nate was her boyfriend and refused to take "no" for an answer. Nate spent much of his time trying to avoid her before she started dating Chester. When Nate's team was unable to find a sponsor, her family's bakery became the sponsor, giving the name the Cream Puffs, much to Nate's horror. She then joined and "dated" Nate, though he attempted to object many times. This was before she dated Chester, but she continued on the team anyway.
  • Chester Budrick: Chester Budrick is a male student at P.S. 38 and a school bully. Chester is mostly seen either in detention, bullying Nate, etc. He is also dating Kim Cressley, who previously had a crush on Nate. He is also shown to play on the school baseball and basketball team. Chester's appearance is unknown and has been teased throughout the series. In Big Nate Strikes Again, it was revealed he has a beard and tattoos and looks like he has been on growth hormones. He is 6 foot 6 inches and weighs 300 pounds (136 kilograms).
  • Marcus Goode: Marcus is "the popular kid" in school, though it is difficult to understand why. He is a narcissistic bully. Two members of his gang are Andy and Dennis. In 2011, Nate joins his posse but then realizes that it isn't that fun. After Marcus teases Artur, Nate reaches his breaking point and quits, earning a black eye when standing up to him when he used Francis' dumb technique of only saying "I'm not afraid of you." He ran against Nate for student president once in 2009 and lost to Nate.
  • Gertrude, "Trudy": Nate developed a crush for Trudy on a ride to the fair. Nate couldn't find her after the ride and tries to find her. Eventually, he finds her at the same school as him. She is in 7th grade, while Nate is in the 6th grade. After an initial misunderstanding, they started dating in October 2015. They dated from October 15, 2015, to March 25, 2016.
  • Angie: Nate's first girlfriend who was first seen on July 14, 1997, and went as a couple from July 30, 1997, to February 12, 1998.
  • Kelly: Nate's girlfriend who was first seen on July 10, 2001 and went as a couple from July 20, 2001 to April 11, 2002 because when Jenny broke up with Ronnie, Nate wanted to go with her but she went with someone else and this was all Nate's fault.
  • Daisy: Nate's girlfriend who was first seen on February 18, 2017, and went on as a couple from March 18, 2017, to April 01, 2017. Their first date was seen on March 20, 2017. The date didn't go well so they had to break up.
  • Abby Wilson: Nate's girlfriend who went on as a couple for five minutes and ten seconds on April 24, 1997.
  • Ruby: Nate’s current girlfriend who was introduced in the eighth book, Big Nate: Blasts Off, It was shown that Randy Bentacourt also had feelings for her, but when Nate says he was not moving to California for his dad’s new job, she kissed him on the cheek, she also played in the mud bowl.

P.S. 38 school staffEdit

  • Mrs. Clara Godfrey: Nate's ultimate hated teacher, his social studies teacher. Nate spends much of his time trying to avoid her outside of class and antagonizing her in class, making up several nicknames for her, like Venus de Silo, Godzilla, Dark Side Of the Moon, etc.. Nate has been known to exaggerate her physical features in his comics. Nate always refers here to the 'Creature Teacher' and hates her the most due to her rude attitude and the fact that she is a cat person. Additionally, he frequently draws her as a parody of The Devil. Nate also thinks that 6th grade would have been much easier for him if his older sister Ellen had not been there first. The relations between Mrs. Godfrey and Nate are not entirely negative, though. She allows Nate to create reports in cartoon form, giving him an outlet for his creativity and energy. She once saved Nate from choking on a peppermint. She has two daughters named Katrina and Meghan, and her maiden name is Lessard. She shares Nate's love for Star Trek: The Next Generation, a fact that is especially horrifying to him. She is a fan of Gina, and favor's her, however once sending her to detention.
  • Mr. Ken Rosa: Nate's art teacher, Mr. Rosa is a soft-spoken and mild-mannered man but somewhat overworked and embittered about his career. As a result, Nate enjoys a lot of freedom in art class. He also enjoys sketching pictures of his teachers. Mr. Rosa has a master's degree in art, but he has to work at an ice cream shop called Sweet Licks all summer long to make ends meet.
  • Principal Wesley Nichols: The principal of P.S. 38. Nate and the other students are very friendly towards him, but do not really treat him as an authority figure; he is bewildered by the students. On the rare occasion he goes out of his office, he soon retreats. He is sometimes snappy to Nate and Nate is taken aback by this, but of all the teachers (besides Mr. Rosa, Mrs. Shipulski, and Mrs. Czerwicki) he is probably the one Nate gets along best with; he sometimes helps the cartooning club and treats Nate's antics with good humor most of the time. He has a niece named Noelle, who is one of Nate's classmates and never gets in trouble. His first name was revealed when he was interviewed on the news in Big Nate Lives it Up. He is usually the victim in the worst prank on each Prank Day.
  • Mrs. Geraldine Shipulski: Principal Nichols' secretary. She prides herself on her 18.5 BMI. Nate flatters her by calling her a "cougar," among other things. She has 22 million Twitter followers as shown in the recent comics in which one of them revealed her first name. It is mentioned that she is 62. Nate once gave her a box of Snowcaps on Secretary's Day.
  • Mrs. Czerwicki: She is a school volunteer who supervises the students in detention. She is friendly with Nate. She reads romance novels while sitting in detention. Mrs. Czerwicki sometimes plays table football with him. In one strip it is revealed that she wears a wig and was once an actress.
  • Mr. Galvin: Nate's science teacher. He has a crush on Greta Van Susteren. He has almost no visible sense of humor and conducts a very boring class. According to Nate, he is the Oldest Teacher present in school.
  • "School Picture Guy": Not only showing up every year as the school picture photographer, this character often shows up in unexpected places doing odd jobs such as a birthday clown, DJ or a school board meeting reporter. "School Picture Guy" often has some amusing nuggets of wisdom about the job he is doing, or for whatever is on Nate's mind at the moment. He is known to be a fan of Star Trek. His actual name has never been revealed.
  • Coach Calhoun: Nate's main PE teacher. He is also Nate's friends' baseball, soccer, and basketball coach.
  • Coach John: He is a substitute for Coach Calhoun. He is a soccer coach of Nate. He is a former coach (now substitute coach) who is known to use "tough love" speech tactics with his pupils and likes to make them do wind sprints, even when they are in a classroom. In Big Nate Flips Out, it is revealed that Coach John wears a toupee. In Big Nate Flips Out, it shows Coach John's toupee blow off in the wind. He is bad with names (although he knows Nate's last name well). He usually comes up with nicknames for Nate like "Porcupine," "Speedy," and "Cactus Head".
  • Mr. Staples: The math teacher. He likes to tell corny knock-knock jokes. Was born in China.
  • Mrs. Clarke: Nate's English teacher, his second favorite teacher behind Mr. Rosa. It was mentioned that Mrs. Godfrey and Mrs. Clarke are good friends.
  • Mrs. "Hickey" Hickson: The school librarian. She is a middle-aged woman who does not tolerate insolence from anyone. She is the first person to ever send Gina Hemphill-Toms to detention in Big Nate: Strikes Again.
  • Ms. La Chance: Nate's French teacher.

Nate's comic strip creationsEdit

Some earlier strips would show the weekly adventures of Nate's own comic strip creations, drawn on notebook paper in a more childlike drawing style. Few of these characters have appeared in more recent strips. Nate's characters include -

  • Dr. Cesspool: An inept surgeon whose mistakes in the operating room tend to be either fatal or debilitating. He has an assistant named Maureen Biology, who also serves as Cesspool's love interest.
  • Chip Chipson and Biff Biffwell: Two inept TV reporters who sometimes appear in other strips interviewing the characters. Nate also has them interview characters like Santa Claus, Mother Nature, the Sandman and sometimes Mrs. Godfrey or his own father.
  • Ken Doolittle: A talent TV show host. Ellen is often drawn on his show failing at some activity or making a fool of herself.
  • Dan Cupid: A cupid who sometimes neglects or messes up his job to bring happy couples together.
  • Superdad: Nate's parody of his own father as 'The world's only balding superhero with a slight paunch,' who sometimes appears with Ellen as his 'dimwitted sidekick.' Superdad usually avoids fighting crime or facing danger, preferring to lie on the couch or delegate his job to 'Chore Boy' (Nate himself.)
  • The Snuggles Family: A parody of a saccharine, wholesome middle-class family, consisting of husband Bob, wife Honey, son Timmy, daughter Punkin and dog Fluffy. Haven't been seen since 2015.
  • Moe Mentum: A Hollywood stuntman stuck doing dangerous stunts in badly directed action or horror flicks.
  • Slim Stubby: A country-western singer struggling with being a second-rate celebrity, who is a possible parody of Slim Dusty.
  • The Pilgrims of Plymouth: These strips would appear the week of Thanksgiving. Instead of showing the traditional 'First Thanksgiving,' the strip would show the Pilgrims having a wild party, complete with dunk-tanks and bikini mud-wrestling. Haven't been seen since 2015.
  • Leo Tard: Dance Instructor for the totally hopeless. Series of strips mocking Nate's sister Ellen's dancing abilities.
  • Ultra-Nate: Nate's parody of himself, but a superhero with super strength, flying, and super suction.
  • Mega-Chad: Appears in Big Nate in the Zone and Big Nate Lives it Up as Ultra Nate's sidekick. This was never seen in a comic strip, and thus is not very well known.
  • Teddy-Titan: Appears in Big Nate Lives it Up as a usual head.
  • Captain Frantastic: Another sidekick character whom appears in Big Nate Lives it Up.
  • Action Cat: A comic about a cat getting run over by vehicles. There were a few Action Cat comics in 1993, but there haven't been any of them ever since, probably due to some complaints about those strips being too violent.
  • Luke Warm, private eye: Nate's comic strip about a detective he made up. Luke is very clumsy, and not very efficient.
  • Everlovin' Ellen: An early comic about Ellen's life as a soap opera.
  • Claude The Stupid Ideas Fairy: Nate’s comic character that appeared in multiple books including “Big Nate: In The Zone”. He is depicted as a small fairy that gives bad advice to others.



34 print collections and novel books, and six activity books have been published.

Title Publication date Description ISBN Publisher
Add More Babes!: Awesome Big Nate Comics January 7, 1992 First collection, covers strips from 1991. ISBN 0-88687-682-6 Topper Books
Big Nate: Dibs on this Chair 2001 (June 11, 2013 for new eBook edition) Covers strips from 1997. TBA (new eBook edition) Andrews McMeel Publishing (new eBook edition)
Big Nate: Pray for a Fire Drill 2001 (June 11, 2013 for new eBook edition) Covers strips from 1997. TBA (new eBook edition) Andrews McMeel Publishing (new eBook edition)
Big Nate: Makes a Splash 2001 (June 11, 2013 for new eBook edition) Covers strips from 1997. TBA (new eBook edition) Andrews McMeel Publishing (new eBook edition)
I Smell a Pop Quiz!: A Big Nate Book June 7, 2008 (June 11, 2013 for new eBook edition) Covers strips from 2005 to August 26, 2006. ISBN 0-615-19719-1 (For original version, TBA for new eBook edition) United Media (Andrews McMeel Publishing for new eBook edition)
Big Nate: From the Top October 19, 2010 Covers strips from August 28, 2006 to April 1, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4494-0232-7 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Out Loud[4] April 26, 2011 Covers strips from April 2, 2007 to November 4, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4494-0718-6 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate And Friends December 6, 2011 Covers strips about the titular character's many friends from 1997 to 2007. ISBN 978-1-4494-2043-7 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? May 8, 2012 Covers strips from November 5, 2007 to June 8, 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-208694-5 HarperCollins
Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing August 21, 2012 Covers strips from June 9, 2008 to January 9, 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-208696-9 HarperCollins
Big Nate Makes the Grade August 21, 2012 Covers strips that are school-related. ISBN 978-1-4494-2566-1 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: All Work and No Play (A Collection of Big Nate Sundays) October 23, 2012 Covers Sunday strips from 1998 to 2000. ISBN 978-1-4494-2567-8 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Game On! April 16, 2013 Covers strips that are sports-related (basketball, baseball, and soccer). ISBN 978-1-4494-2777-1 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Genius Mode May 7, 2013 Covers strips from January 11, 2009 to August 9, 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-208698-3 HarperCollins
Big Nate: I Can't Take It! October 15, 2013 Covers Sunday strips from 2000 to 2004. ISBN 978-1-4494-2937-9 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike April 1, 2014 Covers strips from 2002-2006 and only ten Sunday strips from 2008-2009. ISBN 978-1-4494-3635-3 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Mr. Popularity May 6, 2014 Covers strips from August 10, 2009 to March 7, 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-208700-3 HarperCollins
Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild October 14, 2014 Covers strips from March 8, 2010 to October 9, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4494-3634-6 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate's Greatest Hits January 7, 2015 Covers every Big Nate strip published in 1997, including the strips from the three 2001 Big Nate books. ISBN 978-1-4494-6489-9 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Say Good-Bye To Dork City March 17, 2015 Covers strips from October 10, 2010 to May 14, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4494-6225-3 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Welcome To My World September 22, 2015 Covers strips from May 15, 2011 to October 30, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4494-6226-0 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka March 1, 2016 Covers strips from October 31, 2011 to April 21, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4494-6227-7 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs September 6, 2016 Covers strips from April 22, 2012 to October 13, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4494-6228-4 Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Epic Big Nate October 25, 2016 A 25th anniversary special for the series, not only containing cartoons throughout the 25-year history of the comic strip, but also an exclusive Q&A with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, behind-the-scenes looks at Big Nate: the Musical and its world record largest comic strip, and excerpts of Lincoln Peirce's sketchbook from childhood to the present day. ISBN 978-1-4494-7195-8 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: What's a Little Noogie Between Friends? February 28, 2017 Covers strips from October 14, 2012 to April 13, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4494-6229-1 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: A Good Old Fashioned Wedgie August 29, 2017 Covers strips from April 21, 2013 to October 5, 2013, and the May 25, 2014 strip used as the book's title strip. ISBN 978-1-4494-6230-7 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Silent But Deadly March 20, 2018 Covers strips from October 6, 2013, to March 29, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4494-8991-5 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate Goes Bananas September 18, 2018 Covers strips from March 30, 2014 to September 13, 2014, excluding the May 25, 2014 strip used as the title strip for Big Nate: A Good Old Fashioned Wedgie. ISBN 978-1-4494-8995-3 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Payback Time! March 19, 2019 Covers strips from September 22, 2014 to March 14, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4494-9774-3 Andrews McMeel Publishing
Big Nate: Hug It Out! September 3, 2019

Book seriesEdit

  1. Big Nate: In a Class by Himself – March 23, 2010
  2. Big Nate: Strikes Again – October 19, 2010
  3. Big Nate: On a Roll – August 16, 2011
  4. Big Nate: Goes for Broke – March 20, 2012
  5. Big Nate: Flips Out – February 5, 2013
  6. Big Nate: In the Zone – March 11, 2014
  7. Big Nate: Lives It Up - March 10, 2015
  8. Big Nate: Blasts Off - February 16, 2016

Activity booksEdit

  1. Big Nate Boredom Buster: Super Scribbles, Cool Comix, and Lots of Laughs (April 12, 2011)
  2. Big Nate Fun Blaster: Cheezy Doodles, Crazy Comix and Loads of Laughs (July 10, 2012)
  3. Big Nate Doodlepalooza: Scribble Games, Secret Codes, and Nonstop Laughs (July 9, 2013)
  4. Big Nate Laugh-O-Rama: Daring Drawings, Maze Madness, and Tons of Fun (July 8, 2014)
  5. Big Nate Super Scribbler: Cheezy Doodles, Crazy Comix, and Epic Laughs (July 7, 2015)
  6. Big Nate Puzzlemania: Super Scribbles, Goofy Games, and Tons of Fun (May 17, 2016)


In May 2013 a stage musical adaptation of the comic strip debuted at the Adventure Theatre MTC in Maryland.[5] The production's story centers on Nate, who tries to enter his school's Battle of the Bands competition but must try to avoid getting any more detentions, as too many would disqualify his band from competing. Critical reception for the musical has been positive.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Theatre Review: 'Small Nate' at Adventure Theatre MTC". MD Theater Guide. Archived from the original on 2017-11-12. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  2. ^ Tobin, Suzanne (August 27, 2004). "Comics: Meet the Artist". Washington Post.
  3. ^ Big Nate episode for May 7, 2001,
  4. ^ Archived 2011-10-28 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 01-14-2011
  5. ^ Cavna, Michael (May 4, 2013). "'Big Nate' Musical Debuts: Encouraged by 'Peanuts,' Lincoln Peirce's comic-strip hit comes to the Maryland stage". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Review: In 'Big Nate' musical, audience cheers on mischief maker". Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ Wren, Celia (May 26, 2013). "'Big Nate' travels outside comic strip borders in affable Adventure Theatre musical". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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