02.16.2020 - Terrence Marks:
Hope you had a happy Valentines Day and/or a productive Half-Price Candy Day. One final week of questions. Hope you're enjoying them. We're having a lot of fun with this and we hope you are too. Thank you to everyone who sent in questions - especially Tyler, who sent in a whole lot.
Isabel is getting over a cold and we're both still coping with the loss of our cat Frankie. We expect to be back to regular comics next week. We're using the extra time to recover and put a bit more polish on the next storylines.
01.14.2020 - Terrence Marks:
It's question time! For the next three weeks, we're going five days a week. Make sure to come back Monday through Friday for daily updates! This starts now, so come back tomorrow.

Big thanks to everybody who sent in questions! Unfortunately, some of the Christmas-themed ones are going to have to wait - perhaps until the end of this year, if we remember. We had meant to do this in December but things kept happening. But December's loss is January's gain! See you tomorrow!

01.07.2020 - Isabel Marks:
Hi everyone, Isabel here... Terrence and I are still in mourning, but we're carrying on. I'm still just randomly crying when I think too much. I'm going to continue and finish up this story line before going into the N&D Asks arc. Thank you to everyone who sent in questions! Derek and Nicole will have their hands full with them.
01.02.2020 - Terrence Marks:
The new year is not off to a good start for us. Our cat, Frankie, passed away suddenly this afternoon. He was our youngest, at nine years old. We'd had him since he was a kitten. So we're having a bit of a rough time. Isabel isn't feeling up for comics right now. Hopefully next week. We hope that the year is off to a better start for the rest of you.

We were there when Frankie was born. His mother belonged to Isabel's sister. He was the smallest. We took him in and he quickly outgrew our other cats.

We used to tease him, say that his father was one of the raccoons that occasionally frequented their backyard. Not just because he had a grey mask and stripes on his tail. He'd steal food from the trash. He'd steal food from your hands if you weren't looking. He'd steal food from your hands if you were looking and he thought he was faster than you.

The first time I used can opener after I got him, he came running and demanding the tuna water. Before I had started opening the can. I'm not sure how he got the initial notion that tin cans meant treats, but he'd insist on getting his share every time. Which was awkward when I was opening anything else. I gave him some of the water from a can of green beans once. He let me know that he was grievously offended.

He'd always want to play. He'd drag over a toy or nip at my elbow to get my attention. And I'd wave it about for him and he'd ignore it. After a minute or two I'd set it down and get back to work, which was his cue to bite my elbow again. I think that was the real game.

He wasn't a well-behaved cat. We always had to be shooing him off tables, off shelves, and off Momo.

But he loved being held. Or at least he tolerated it better than any of our other cats. He put up with us and we put up with him. And really, what more can you ask of a cat.
01.01.2020 - Terrence Marks:
Happy New Year!
We're back! Thank you for sticking with us through all this! We've had a bit of a rough year and hope that 2020 will be better for us! And you!
We're going to be running some Nicole and Derek Asks after this story. Thank you all for sending in questions!

Happy Year of the Rat!

12.10.2019 - Isabel Marks:
Hey everyone, happy Tuesday! A quick update on the Holiday cards, the cards (which will be single sided this year) are sent off to the printers. Thursday is looking like the day they will be shipped out. This has been a trying year for us, which was a huge reason why I completely blanked on getting the cards made at an earlier date. It's all on me, sorry guys. Hopefully I can do a little something special for the .net crowd this year (assuming I don't have art related anxiety/ writers and or drawing block).

On another note, we're going to doing some N&D Asks this year for the Holidays/New Years. If you have a question, please send it to ask@nicoleandderek.com.

Hope you are all keeping safe and warm out there! The weather out here has been a bit colder than we're used to, but we'll get by. Talk at you all later!

12.03.2019 - 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.

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