|First appearance in comic||
|First appearance with dialog||
|Occupation||Freckle's Mother, Rocky's Aunt|
In the comic
Nina is witness to the aftermath of the incident that leads to Freckle receiving his nickname in "Baldface".
Nina once witnessed Rocky getting a sugar high off pancakes to the point that she moved him outside for the rest of the day and stated to Freckle that they would have oatmeal for breakfast in the future. She later found Rocky digging an extensive hole amongst her shrubs. This incident is depicted in "Pancakes".
Nina is depicted in color in "Preview 0027".
Nina was born on May 13, 1879 in Cork, Ireland, making her 48 years old at the time of the comic. She is strongly Irish-Catholic. According to Tracy, Nina's voice would be, "Overtly Irish, with that up-swinging lilt at the end of almost every sentence, making declarative statements sound more like questions…or in her case, righteous rhetorical interrogation. When speaking to Rocky, she would tend to sound exasperated".
She has a little bit of experience playing the piano and violin, though not recently. According to Tracy, Nina did not complete her primary education. Nina might have voted for Al Smith, the Democratic candidate during the 1928 presidential election, because he was Catholic, though she would have disagreed with some of his social policies. She is a non-smoker.
Nina seems to have a very stern demeanor, and appears to regard Rocky as somewhat of a ne'er-do-well, often being suspicious of his motives. Nina once spoke to Rocky and Freckle of the glories of St. Patrick's day...then promptly brought them to church. She seems to be somewhat more kindly disposed towards Freckle, though that may be because he is her son while Rocky is her nephew.
Nina's husband was named Carroll. He died of mundane causes. Nina's marriage was based more out of tradition and pragmatism than passion. Sophie, her sister (Rocky's mother), was less traditional, and Nina did not approve of her marriage. Nina and Ransom (Rocky's father) did not get along, which created some distance between Nina and Sophie.
Nina is depicted as a human in "Counterpart".
Nina is Freckle's mother. She is inadvertently responsible for Freckle's involvement with Lackadaisy, as she suggests that Rocky take Freckle with him when Rocky goes to "run errands", believing this might help Freckle with his depression over being kicked out of the police academy.
Though Nina appears to care for Freckle's well-being, she is also willing to invoke religion to make him feel guilty when she believes he may be deceiving her.
Tracy has noted that Nina has witnessed Freckle showing some instability, but has never seen it at its worst.
Rocky has not been fully honest with Nina regarding his occupation; she believes he plays the violin for a living. When Rocky decides to involve Freckle with Lackadaisy, he similarly lies to Nina, claiming he will be working as an errand boy for Little Daisy.
In regards to reader questions about how Nina and Freckle sustain themselves, Tracy has stated that Nina's husband left Nina and Freckle a small pension. Additionally Nina has held a number of part-time jobs since Mr. McMurray's death, and Nina also does some work as a seamstress. Nina and Freckle are essentially lower-middle class.
- ^ a b c d Forum post by Tracy - January 27, 2011
- ^ a b Nina's profile
- ^ Forum FAQ
- ^ a b Forum post by Tracy - October 6, 2009
- ^ Forum post by Tracy - September 9, 2009
- ^ "Daybreak"
- ^ "Shenanigans"
- ^ a b "Reciprocity"
- ^ "Correspondence"
- ^ a b Forum post by Tracy - February 24, 2011
- ^ "Somersault"