“Big Nate” and “By and By”

February 20, 2016
My sketches and the "Big Nate" book sitting on my desk in the newsroom (c) Cartoon Daily News, Kendall Lyons 2012

My sketches and the “Big Nate” book sitting on my desk.

This week, I found out that Lincoln Peirce has published his final novel for his “Big Nate” series. It’s not really a sad occurrence because he did a fantastic job in sharing his character, Nate Wright, with readers through his well-written books.

It was just time to complete the novel journey and I respect that.

The good news is that Mr. Peirce will continue his “Big Nate” comic strip and I am very much grateful for that.

Mr. Peirce’s work has influenced my webcomic “By and By” and my main character, Walter Ayo, in multiple ways.

First, Mr. Peirce, through his novels, showed me that I have to keep it fun and simple when it comes to writing and illustrating. I also learned that my character has to walk us through the experiences of their life, no matter how immature, silly, funny or serious it get’s.

Also, the drawing style of “Big Nate” helped me with how I envisioned “By and By” as well. I would often study the work of Lincoln Peirce and that helped improve my work immensely.

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