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  • Big Name Fan: Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has cited Big Nate as an influence on his work. On some of the published novels, he's quoted on the front cover saying "Big Nate is funny, big time." The Loud House creator Chris Savino is also a fan of the strip, having named the lead character Lincoln in homage to Lincoln Peirce.
  • Colbert Bump: The comic was relatively unknown before it got an island based on it in Poptropica, sparking interest in the strip for many kids who regularly visited the site.
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  • Name's the Same: Nate's best friend Francis Pope is completely unrelated to Pope Francis.
  • Old Shame: Lincoln Peirce did a lot of comics in his teens and early twenties that he isn't so proud of. He specifically mentioned once that he "drew comics savaging the teachers [he] didn't care for." He also did a comic in college called Third Floor that he called "a Doonesbury rip-off".
  • Technology Marches On: Nate stated in a strip published in the early 2000s that "Nintendo is so nineties." After the releases of the wildly popular Wii and Nintendo DS, that isn't so true anymore.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The strip was originally called Neighborhood Comix.
    • Nate was originally two characters: two brothers called Marty and Nate. Marty looked like the final character of Nate, and Nate had blond spiky hair, with a red shirt. The publisher of the strip, United Media, worried that Nate looked too much like Calvin, so the final character combined Nate's name and Marty's looks and personality. Marty's name was recycled into Nate's dad's name.
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  • The Wiki Rule: You bet.
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