Lincoln Peirce

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Lincoln Peirce
Peirce at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Lincoln Peirce

October 23, 1963 (1963-10-23) (age 55)
Known forBig Nate comic strip
Spouse(s)Jessica Gandolf

Lincoln Peirce (born October 23, 1963) (pronounced "purse"[1]) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the successful Big Nate comic strip, and the Big Nate novels. He was the storywriter for animations that appear on Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.

Early life[edit]

Peirce was born on October 23, 1963 in the city of Ames, Iowa. He grew up as a child in Durham, New Hampshire. At the age of 7 or 8, he was first introduced to comic strips. He was educated at Colby College and Brooklyn College. He later became an art teacher for high school.[2]


Peirce is the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, which debuted in 1991 and appears in 200 newspapers in the US and online daily at GoComics and Poptropica. In the Netherlands his books are called Niek de Groot. He has also written several animated shorts for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. A fan and collector of classic country music, Peirce also hosts a local radio show devoted to honky tonk and western swing on WMPG.

In addition to the Big Nate comic strip, Peirce is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Big Nate novel series.

Big Nate[edit]

Big Nate, Peirce's second attempt at a comic strip, debuted on newspapers on January 7, 1991. The story revolved around the eccentric life of a sixth-grader named Nate Wright, and his family, friends, schoolmates and teachers. Though initially meant to center on Nate's family, the strip eventually began to center on Nate, his friends, classmates, teachers, and middle school P.S. 38. The comic strip has spawned many collections, a musical, and a children's book series.

The novel series is written and illustrated by Peirce himself, and published by HarperCollins. They include:

On February 16, 2016, the eighth book in the series, Big Nate Blasts Off, was published, marking the end of the series.[3]

Max and the Midknights[edit]

On April 10, 2018, it was announced that Peirce's new book, Max and the Midknights, would be released to the public on January 8, 2019. The publisher is Crown Books.[4]


  1. ^ Peirce, Lincoln (August 27, 2004). "Comics: Meet the Artist". The Washington Post.
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  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  4. ^ "New Novel Coming from 'Big Nate' Author Lincoln Peirce". Retrieved 2018-04-24.

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