Big Nate

Mischief. Moxie. Dreaming Big. Why Middle-Grade Readers Love Big Nate.

Big Nate burst on the publishing scene in 2010 and has been on the best-seller list ever since with more than 6 million books sold.

It all began in 1991 when the comic strip starring Nate Wright – self-described genius, sixth-grade Renaissance Man, and all-time record holder for most detentions – launched in newspapers, where it gained a steady following. Once kids took notice, the Big Nate collections skyrocketed to The New York Times best-seller list, where they’ve remained a staple.

Adored by kids ages 7 to 70, Big Nate uniquely captures the universal experience of being a kid – of trying to navigate, make sense of, or (in Nate’s case) conquer the world – through relatable situations and spot-on humor. It’s a celebration of growing up.

Fun Facts About Big Nate:
  • Best-seller: New York Times best-seller list for more than three years with more than 9 million books sold since 2010
  • Widespread Appeal: Popular comic strip syndicated in more than 300 U.S. newspapers and featured on digital destination with millions of monthly unique visits
  • Pop Star: Big hit on, the ever-popular virtual world for kids. Big Nate Island was the site’s biggest launch ever, visited by 2.2 million kids in the first week and more than 30 million since February 2009.


Founded in 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal is the world’s largest independently owned feature syndicate and a publishing industry leader. Distinguished by a creator-first approach and the uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture, Andrews McMeel specializes in comics, illustrated humor and inspirational content, with a remarkable roster of talent across syndication, book, calendar, and greeting card publishing, digital consumer experiences, and entertainment licensing, including dozens of New York Times best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award-, and Emmy Award-winning creators.


Shelly Barkes
Senior Brand Marketing Manager
Andrews McMeel Universal
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