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Brisbane Adams and Kimberly Taylor had been friends, rivals and potential love interests when they worked in the Minerva Theatre. Just as they were getting close to figuring each other out, the Minerva Theater shut down. As their friends scattered to the winds, Brisbane - now jobless and homeless - was left to fend for himself. The only person he could turn to was his friend, rival and potential love interest, Kimberly Taylor.

The two of them faced the world, both its victories and defeats, together... and cautiously waited to see who would be the one to make the first move - who would say it first...

You Say it First is the sequel to Unlike Minerva. You could start there if you're a completist. Or we've got a nice jumping-on point about halfway in, if you're in a hurry.

It ran from 2004 and concluded in 2013. We recommend starting at the beginning.

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04.16.2018 - Terrence Marks:
Isabel (probably) has jury duty next week. So we're not sure what this week's update schedule is going to be.
It's funny. I've never been called in for jury duty. I've got a day job that pays me when I'm a juror. Isabel has been called in three times so far. We both agree that this is highly unfair. They've changed the system since last time and we're still not sure if we like it. Used to be, you'd call in every day for a week - maybe you went in, maybe you didn't. Now, you only have to call in on one day, but you're more likely to be called in.

So we've got a week of stressful uncertainty and possibly making life-altering decisions for a complete stranger.

We'll try to keep comics updated, but we'll see what happens.

04.10.2018 - Terrence Marks:
You may have seen #AdventureApril hashtag over on Twitter, Tumblr, and wherever else the cool kids hang out online these days. There's a bunch of prompts and you draw a thing each day and at the end, you've got a story or a framework or a bunch of cool drawings.
We're not doing it but our friend Julie Miyamoto is, and has featured a variety of characters from favorite online comics.
Shelby, Kimberly, and Blue have appeared, and we're glad to see them out adventuring (and hope you check it out as well)!
03.26.2018 - Terrence Marks:
We've moved webhosts! Again!
Why? The one we just moved to, there was a limit to how many PHP scripts we could run a day. Our entire archive is PHP scripts. We've got almost 9000 comics in the archive, so if a handful of people decide to read all of them, that's our quota and we're out of gas - come back tomorrow, folks.
And we were close to that quota. We could convert Spare Parts to an HTML-based archive, but that's not a big chunk of our total pageviews. We could set all the archives to a weekly view and hope that the comic doesn't become much more popular, but if we're planning on the comic not becoming more popular then we've got a bad plan.
I mean, we could force everyone to use weekly view but that just means we've got a slightly bigger pool of bandwidth to dole out. We were doing comics back in the early 2000s when this was a thing and bandwidth overages could kill a site, and we don't want to go back to the old days.
So we've moved. Again. Second time in a month. Fortunately, all the MySQL has been MySQLi-ized already and this time I've adjusted all the file paths so it should be easy to do again if we ever need to, and hopefully we won't. This time I went through all the extra files and obsolete pages and removed them.
Let me know if things don't work. I think I've got it all but there's a whole lot of stuff. Hope you like the new digs.
03.05.2018 - Terrence Marks:
We've got a new webhost! Almost everything has been moved over. We've had to adjust most of the site code and upgrade from mysql to mysqli. I still need to fix a few more of the little automatic things. All of the user-accessible stuff really ought to work, I hope. Please let me know if it doesn't.

That's been our whole weekend. Isabel needs some time off. I'm sorry about the short notice. We'll be back on March 12th and we hope to see you then.

02.14.2018 - Isabel Marks:
Happy 14th everyone, have yourself a nice treat and an excellent day!

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You Say it First  is © Terrence Marks and Isabel Marks, 2004-2013.
You Say it First has been on the web since February 2004 concluded in January 2013.