Here is an early sketch, circa July 2009. I can tell because if you look in the background you can see the outline of a sketch of this comic.

Nikki was one of the first characters to be developed, and yet she is the one that has been the hardest to really bring out as a character. Even now, she is not as fleshed out as the rest of the main cast. In addition to her personality, I struggled with her design. This was an early draft for her (I believe this is the first time I dropped drawing her with glasses), giving her a more elfin appearance to tie in with her bookwormish personality. This is also a reference to her playing video games with Chris, which was shown later, much to Chris’s dismay.

And yes, I too find the idea of Jorocks in a tux hilarious. How can you not?

Have fun!

~Stretch Longfellow~