The nerd?

willful // ornery // arrogant

Story: Rick's World
Setting: anywhere, 1998
Created: 1998


Full Name Nicholas Dikley Age 24 Species Human
Nicknames Nick (by everyone) Birthday ??? Gender Male
Prefers Nick Zodiac ??? Pronouns He/Him
Character Group Rick's World Religion nonreligious Sexuality ???
Group Role Zamir Background American Relationship Status Single?
Day Job Mailman? Birthplace ??? Living Situation With his brothers

Nick was a major character in 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 the characters from the comic turn up in my other projects, and Rick was in the 2007 version of Catband, but I'm not sure if any of them will 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.

At first glance Nick seems like a painfully stereotypical nerd-- thick black-rimmed glasses, clothes that look like his mama picked them out, always choking on his retainer-- but that's what he wants you to think. Nick fancies himself very smart, but in reality he's just as dumb as his brothers, and he doesn't know much about anything.

He's not a bad guy, but he's stubborn and always very sure of himself, even when he should definitely listen to others. When it comes down to it, he's just as much a fool as the others.

He's fearful and cowardly by nature, but honestly that's the appropriate response to half the messes he and his brothers get into.

Height: 5'9"/175cm Build: Average
Eyes: Green Hair: Blond, short, curly

Nick's usually wearing a striped turtleneck, penny loafers, and sensible trousers. He wears thick glasses and has his short curly hair combed into some hairdo straight out of The Simpsons.


Slick Oldest Brother

Slick is Nick's oldest brother by two years, but half the time these two are in competition, and Rick's like the parent.


Rick Older Brother

Rick is Nick's older brother by a year and the one who keeps his brothers in line. Nick's usually trying to rebel against his advice, but he really should listen to his brother.


Olga Friend

Olga is Rick's best friend, smart, patient, and understanding, and she helps him keep the brothers out of trouble.


Veronica Love Interest? / 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... which might be mutual.


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