Lincoln Peirce

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Lincoln Peirce
Peirce at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born Lincoln Peirce
October 23, 1963 (1963-10-23) (age 54)
Iowa, USA
Occupation Cartoonist
Known for Big Nate comic strip
(1991 – )

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. Peirce was the storywriter for animated shorts that appear on Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.

Early life[edit]

Peirce grew up in Durham, New Hampshire, where he attended Oyster River High School. When the time came for him to move up to college, he attended Colby College in Maine, where he created a weekly comic strip called "Third Floor" for the school newspaper. He later earned a graduate degree from Brooklyn College and also studied at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He taught art and coached baseball at Xavier High School, a boys high school in New York City, for three years before moving to Maine in 1992 and started writing Big Nate. Peirce is married to Jessica Gandolf.


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 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. His Big Nate books have been featured on Good Morning America and in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

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.[2]

The Big Nate strip has been in reruns since December 31, 2017, due to Peirce's unrelated family matters, with no firm timetable for his return.[3]

Max and the Midknights[edit]

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


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

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