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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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12.02.2019 - Terrence Marks:


Happy 20th NDVersary! Isabel's first comic, Namir Deiter, began twenty years ago this weekend - November 29 1999. The "first" comic was added a bit later. Here we are, 20 years and over 9000 comics later*, still going! Back when Isabel started - and Namir Deiter is entirely Isabel's thing - there weren't a lot of women doing online comics, especially about girls and relationships.
Namir Deiter carried on for fifteen years before she completed it - and started the sequel three weeks later.
Whether you've been here since the beginning or are just joining us now, we're glad to have you. It's been a long journey. Not THE longest. But pretty respectable. We've made a lot of friends and had a lot of good times along the way. And some not-so-good times, but that will happen to anyone in the space of twenty years.
*: Counting Namir Deiter, You Say it First, Nicole and Derek, Wonderkittens, NamirDeiter.net bonus comics, and everything else. About 2/3 of that is in the greater Namir Deiter continuity. You don't need to read all that to follow along, but you're welcome to and we're not going to try to talk you out of it. Our current comic, Nicole and Derek, is a sequel to both Namir Deiter and You Say it First, give or take some timeline tweaks. Which are probably Shelby's fault.

Also, this year, we will not be doing our traditional Christmas card exchange. We're sad that we won't be able to. We got rid of our PO Box a few months ago, because they're only open during business hours and, well, we work during business hours. We hope to send something out to donors and will be confirming addresses in the near future.

11.13.2019 - Isabel Marks:
Hey guys, sorry for not posting on here for a couple weeks... they've been weird ones. Between getting Inktober funk to being told I am losing eye sight in one of my eyes... I've been feeling high stress, low motivation as of late. I'm trying to work past it... to get this arc done with (even though it technically wasn't a Halloween arc... it was a Halloween arc) but I've just felt sort of disheartened. Meh. Anyway... really good chance of no Inktober next year, unless science comes out with a magic pill that magically fixes all my issues.
10.29.2019 - Isabel Marks:
Hey guys... we're going to be doing something a little differently and try to actually blog here instead of just waiting for something cool to happen in the comic, so these little news update will usually be just us rambling about things, and if there's one thing I'm good at doing is rambling.

I've been up to a lot of gaming things... and I realize I have the taste of a 13 year old. One of the things I've recently got into is Digimon ReArise, a game on the iPhone. I've always liked the idea of Digimon, but I only have so much room for things with -mon in the name, and usually Pokemon takes up that spot (am I the only one indifferent about Sword and Shield? Man that makes me feel old). It's a Gatcha game that I understood enough to get through the initial tutorial (something which Pokemon Masters failed to do for me). I'm still trying to figure out how to play the game "correctly", which I know I'm not doing. I'm torn between using some cool Digis I pulled and the ones that game recommends I use, which are powerful, but not as cool looking (I have a Dark Gatomon and an Angelmon. There's no way I'm not using them). If I grind enough I can have a team of devils with Angelmon being their designated driver. I'm playing this game the way I wanted to play Pokemon Go, where if it was up to me, I'd have a team of 6 pink Pokemon with high CPs that I use for raids and the like. I've gotten Terrence to play ReArise, but deep down he's indifferent to the game (he missed the Digitrain entirely, while I had an Izzy folder in my school binder and still remember the Wizardmon card I pulled from a Taco Bell toy meal back when they still had them). It's a complicated game that feels like Masters and FEHeroes, but the tutorial let me understand enough so I could (slowly) learn to play the game through use. I'd recommend it if these kind of games are your thing. Also, I really want a Wizardmon in this game. D:

08.29.2019 - Terrence Marks:
We had some iPad issues and didn't get that fixed until late in the day. Good news is it's fixed. Normally, we'd stay up late and get the comic finished. Unfortunately, we've got some medical tests scheduled tomorrow. We hope you have a happy Labor day.
08.26.2019 - Terrence Marks:
So, what's happening this week? One update is happening, on Friday.
Why? Isabel's computer has been overheating and randomly crashing which makes it difficult to make comics. We've added another fan, which should keep things going a bit longer. Also, we've got a bit more medical things to deal with this week. Further tests. And she had a crown come off last week and we're still dealing with that. So it's been a bit trying lately, for her. We thank you for your patience and support.

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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.