Moving back to the retrospective, here are the first published images of Frankie Greene and Indigo Brown:
I had the crazy idea that Frankie's love for "diversity" meant that she would have an unrequited crush on Ellison. Perhaps this could have been a bit of commentary on how blacks can feel fetishized by white people who champion "the cause" to the point of putting their black acquaintances on display. However, the eventual tension between Frankie and Indigo served this purpose much better. Also, with the creation of more female characters, there were others who seemed more likely to try to date Ellison--like Sarah, for instance.
Unlike the current strips, which each use half of an 11" by 17" piece of paper stock, these early ones were drawn on a whole piece of unlined paper. Looking at them now, these look incredibly amateurish, and Ellison looks way too old to be a guy in his 20s. Nevertheless, they do set the template for what was to come.