Almost unnoticed, another new character appeared quietly and without any fanfare. She didn’t even have a name at this point. In fact, she had started out as simply a sketch in a sketchbook. Big hair was becoming a big thing at my old high school where I still went to sketch every week, and I think I put her in the strip as a one-off simply because I liked drawing her hair.
From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Five