The straight man.

stupid // optimistic // responsible

Story: Rick's World, and an older version of Catband
Setting: anywhere, 1998 or New York City, 2007
Created: 1998


Full Name Richard Dikley Age 25 Species Human
Nicknames Rick (by everyone) Birthday June 15 Gender Male
Prefers Rick Zodiac Gemini Pronouns He/Him
Character Group Rick's World Religion nonreligious Sexuality Straight
Group Role Archie Background American Relationship Status Single?
Day Job Works at a pancake restaurant Birthplace ??? Living Situation With his brothers

Rick was the main character of a long-running comic strip I made-- and even sold subscriptions* to-- throughout elementary and middle school called Rick's World. It was juvenile for sure, but it was my first serious comic project, and these guys still have a special place in my heart.

Sometimes Rick or his family turn up in my other projects, and Rick was in the 2007 version of Catband, but I'm not sure if he'll be in the comic this time. This profile is here mostly for fun and for posterity, and while I'll upload some art and describe the characters as they were, I don't necessarily stand by some of the content anymore, since I made it when I was a child.

It was a gag-a-day strip about the misadventures the Dikley brothers would get into in a world much saner than them, their relationships with their remarkably patient friends, and sometime appearances by the long-lost cousins who gave glimpses into what this family was really like. Like Catband, it was a story about a bunch of 20-something idiots trying to make their way through the world, screwing up everything all the time, but still doing it together and with love.

*A quarter would buy you a lifetime subscription, which is to say I'd re-draw every new strip for you to have a copy of in perpetuity. I didn't quite get rich off my rates, but I was probably able to get a few quality Pokémon stickers from the vending machine outside the sporting goods store.

Absolutely not the sharpest tool in the shed, Rick might have a bigger shoe size than age-- or IQ, but he's cheerful, enthusiastic, and amiable, and makes friends wherever he goes. He keeps, with varying levels of success, his even dumber brothers Nick and Slick out of trouble, and he's generally a good-natured doofus who tries his best to be the straight man while surrounded by other lunatics. He's the heart of the comic and its anchor, trying to take care of everyone else while he can hardly take care of himself, all the while seeming like he should be a shoo-in for the Darwin Awards.

He's a terrible driver, but still the safest in the family; he's petty and irrational, but still the most logical mind available. He's a guy who tries his best and somehow manages to barrel his way through the world without anything going too badly, with the optimism, obliviousness, and sheer good luck (or perhaps pity by Fate) to somehow get him through all the trouble he and his family wind up in. Rick's a man of humble ambitions, who enjoys his job at the comic's version of IHOP, loves caring for his brothers and pets, and spending time with his best friend Olga, though he's probably too oblivious to realize the way that she loves him.

His favorite pastime is watching Wheel of Fortune, and his greatest fear is Teletubbies.

Height: 5'10"/178cm Build: Lanky
Eyes: Green Hair: Blond, disastrous

Rick is lanky and bumbling, with a big nose and a long face dwarfed by his untameable blond hair.

I designed him when I was a little kid so, like the lovechild of Archie comics and 1990s newspaper strips that he is, the Rick's World version of him wears a blue sweater with a big flaming "R" on it, big ol' '90s blue jeans and giant chunky sneakers. The Catband version was much less goofy-looking, but I don't have any pictures of that uploaded here.


Slick Older Brother

Slick is Rick's older brother by one year, and though he's big, mentally most people would paint him as a child. Slick is shy, often silent, and peculiar; he dresses like a surfer but is afraid of water, he's refused to have his hair cut for years, he only eats specific things-- but he's well-loved and Rick would never let any harm come to him.


Nick Younger Brother

Nick is Rick's younger brother by a year, and he arguably causes more trouble than Slick. He's a "nerd" who isn't very nerdy, but fancies himself much smarter than he is, and he's obstinate and contrary just when he wants to be right. Rick loves him, of course, but the man has got to chill.


Olga Love Interest? / Friend

Olga is Rick's longtime best friend, and though he's oblivious to her-- and let's be real, probably even his own-- feelings, she loves him even for all that he is. They'll figure it out someday, probably, but in the meantime they're too busy for any of that, saving Slick and Nick from whichever latest disasters they've gotten themselves tangled into.


Veronica Friend

Veronica is another of the brothers' friends, and she's Olga's best friend. She's kind, down-to-earth and friendly, unphased by the family's chaos, and she cares greatly for Nick.


Peter Cousin

Peter is one of the brothers' many cousins, and he's the closest to Rick in role and demeanor... but he lives in a tree.


Quigley Cousin

Quigley is another cousin. Quigley's a mess, moreso even than his giant bird's nest of a hairdo.


Tom Cousin

Tom is the "respectable", filthy-rich cousin who despises the rest of his family. Too bad he's no genius either.


Steve Cousin

Steve's another peculiar cousin. He's in love with his car, Sweetums.

Pet's Name: Vic Species: Cat
Sex: Male Breed: Domestic shorthair

Vic is the Dikley family's orange tomcat. Smart, brave, and levelheaded, he's Rick's confidant in a chaotic world.

Pet's Name: Mick Species: Dog
Sex: Male Breed: Hound mix

Mick is the brothers' sleepy, sensitive dog. He's a brown hound mix who loves affection and pets and gets nervous when things are unstable.

Pet's Name: Sick Species: Hamster
Sex: Male Breed: Syrian

Sick is the boys' hamster. He earned his name because he's known for eating too fast and throwing up his food. The brothers love him, though he's afraid of Slick.

Pet's Name: Bic Species: Ballpoint pen
Sex: n/a Breed: Blue, clicky

Bic is Rick's pet... ballpoint pen?

Coding by hedgemaze, lowkeywicked, & WeltDerAthanasie // See gallery for image credits