The Longest Strip
If you were watching NBC “The Today Show” last week, you found out that the comic strip, “Big Nate” was a part of a Guiness World Record breaking event, setting a record for the longest comic strip at 3,920 feet.
Congrats to Lincoln Peirce, the creator of “Big Nate,” the school children who contributed to this epic work as well as the people of Harper Collins.
I’ve followed Mr. Peirce’s work for some time now and have discovered more and more amazing things about him and his work as a cartoonist and author. Mr. Peirce created “Big Nate” nearly 20 years ago and now has become an incredible hit, BUT, there’s a deeper lesson to be learned here…the lesson of “staying power,” and discipline, determination and dedication.
That’s unheard of in the world we live in today.
If it doesn’t work out in a week we are done with it…and it stinks that we are like that sometimes!
This also is convicting to me both as a writer and a cartoonist and minister!
For A Cause
What I love about this huge endeavor is that it was more than just a big fat publicity stunt. Harper Collins is going to donate $10,000 worth of books to a non-profit geared towards promoting educational material and books to those less fortunate and underprivileged.
Once again, this is prove that cartoons can be for more than just laughs. They can change and impact lives forever! Cartoons have done that for me during times of being bullied and teased and they do it for somebody out there that’s feeling misunderstood, disconnected, alone or scared. Think of the kind of affect that cartoons, comics, art and illustration have on us all.
I’m grateful to have met Mr. Peirce in person and am grateful for every good and awesome cartoonist and artist looking to help move youth and adults forward in life!
It should encourage anyone, be it an author, minister, blogger, teacher or cartoonist (amateur or otherwise) to push to do it “BIG!”