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Why “Big Nate” Rocks: A Review on the Comic and Books

From Right to Left, "Nate Wright" and "Francis" of "Big Nate" by Lincoln Peirce

From Right to Left, “Nate Wright” and “Francis” of “Big Nate” by Lincoln Peirce

Once again, I LOVE comics and cartoons! But, hey, no duh right!

But there’s a comic and book that I MUST recommend again and again from time to time and that is “Big Nate.”

Lincoln Peirce has been writing and drawing “Big Nate” for over 20 years now and the series is as fresh in its content as the beginning. Peirce has taken the art and idea of a boy with an ego and has gone all kinds of incredible directions with his main character, Nate Wright and his best friends Francis and Teddy.

I started getting into this particular series during Christmas 2012 and I got into not long after Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” I quickly related to the main character and the “Big Nate” narrative quickly made me remember the days of my Jr. High years.

You can still read the comic strip and the books are on sale in stores with full narratives and other books consist of a collection of comic strips over the past years.

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Inspiration for “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth”

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One year before I wrote “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth,” I did a LOT of drawing.

Anytime I found a lonesome sticky note, I would start sketching. Before I knew it, sketching on sticky notes became my thing. I became more and more inspired and I began to create this character with wavy hair and glasses.

It wouldn’t be until a few months within that same year that I would name him “Miles Cooper.”

Most of the stories I write, whether they are short stories are big book stories, I normally focus on a kind of coming-of-age tale. The story of a boy or girl who finds themselves in an adventure that unleashes their true identity is a kind of storyline that has always fascinated me. This is mostly the case with me because, for me, Elementary and Jr. High was one of many of the defining moments in my life.

22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth” made things even more interesting (and more a challenge) because I had to take Miles Cooper and put him in a setting I didn’t originally plan for him: a sharer of life and experiences. The more I got into writing, the more I realized it actually worked. Mainly because if you look at books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or Judy Blume books like “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” you find the main characters sort of telling their story, sharing their obstacles with the reader. Those are fun reads and fun to write.

The added bonus was the adding of the cartoons I drew into the book. I enjoyed that as much as I did writing more than 50,000 words.

“22 Life Lessons for Personal Growth” is available for purchase online right now.

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My latest book, "22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth."

My latest book, “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth.”

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Day 5 – Miles Cooper in My Newest Book

Introducing 11-Year-Old Miles Cooper, by Kendall Lyons(c) Cartoon Daily News, 2013

Introducing 11-Year-Old Miles Cooper, by Kendall Lyons(c) Cartoon Daily News, 2013

 

Met with success coach CJ Small on Friday and after a long weekend of catching up to a few things, it has been decided!

Miles Cooper will appear in the new book.

Writing on the couch is always nice! (c) Cartoon Daily News, 2013.

Writing on the couch is always nice! (c) Cartoon Daily News, 2013.

The book is dealing with personal growth lessons, lessons that are told from Miles Cooper’s perspective, and yet, are geared to both kids and adults.

Right now, I’m writing multiple chapters on various topics like purpose, acceptance, bullying, friendship, money, dating and so much more.

I am writing later at night with longer hours. But, it has become both exciting and fun. I should be done very soon. And to add to the excitement, I get to do more drawing.

Miles won’t be the only character in the book either. He’s got his best friend by his side and I am likely adding a female.

I love this concept! It reminds me a LOT of the kind of works that inspired me: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or the “Big Nate” books.

While my book is not exactly like those books, the fact that such great work was able to communicate the struggle of growing up, junior high life and bullying, I know that it is very possible. They are like pioneers to me.

With that being said, I got much writing to do and I have not forgotten about updating you guys!

My desk area where I do some of my writing. Also, inspired by my action figures of Sonic, Tails and Much More! (c) Cartoon Daily News, 2013.

My desk area where I do some of my writing. Also, inspired by my action figures of Sonic, Tails and Much More! (c) Cartoon Daily News, 2013.

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Middle Schoolers Can Attend Online Courses Hosted by Wimpy Kid Creator

Author, Jeff Kinney, of the book "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." In this pic, he's at the San Diego Comic Con.

Author, Jeff Kinney, of the book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” In this pic, he’s at the San Diego Comic Con.

I am so passionate about teaching and showing children and teens how to write effectively and the author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is doing exactly that.

Jeff Kinney, the spin doctor behind “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is holding an online writing camp for middle-school aged students. And guess what, it’s not too late for your kid to participate…for a small fee of course.

The program is in association with the website BoomWriter and WGBH.

The “BoomWriter Storytellers Camp” is not for adults, otherwise, as a writer and author I would be in this class as of right now.

Alas, puberty has surpassed…you Jr. High folks got it good right about now!

You have a choice to pick a class in fiction or mystery. Enrolling in a course is $99.00.

That may sound expensive, but the investment is so worth it, especially if you have a kid or know a kid that can benefit from this beneficial exercise on writing, creativity and the privilege to publish his or her first book.

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