Frankie is a gender non-conforming ten year old kid, who uses the pronoun "they." They live in an apartment in Sun City with their Grandma, who runs the local hardware store. Frankie loves skateboarding, making costumes, drawing comics, and playing the drums in their neighborhood brass band.
They make lots of costumes out of cardboard: giant cats, monster tacos, and unicorns. Frankie makes up songs about who they are in their costumes, in a world of make-believe.
Frankie also draws comics about an imaginary planet called "Z," where people can shapeshift between being different genders whenever they want. People on Planet Z can also time travel to other dimensions, like a dimension where everything is made of pizza, a dimension where everything goes backwards, etc. Sometimes we see little scenes of things happening Planet Z pop up in the show.
Frankie’s best friend is Jesse. Frankie and Jesse can often be found going on adventures in their neighborhood together. Jesse likes dancing, riding his bike, making zines with Frankie, dressing up, and playing the baritone horn in Brass Revolution.
Jesse lives down the street from Frankie with his two dads, Eli and Marcus. Jesse likes to wear jewelry, skirts, nail polish, and sometimes makeup.
Grandma Dolores started Lilac Community Hardware in Sun City 25 years ago. She turned the back room into a workshop where she teaches people how to build stuff. People of all ages come in during open hours, and Dolores helps them with their projects. The community donates materials that would otherwise be thrown away; wood, tubes, cardboard, fabrics, etc. Most of the projects are made from recycled materials.
Grandma also takes salsa dance classes at the community center.
Sometimes Frankie and Grandma improvise music together; Grandma plays the acoustic guitar, while Frankie plays the bongos, and they make up lyrics.
Eli (left) is is one of Jesse’s Dads. His partner Marcus is Jesse’s other Dad. Eli started the The Pink Tiger Cafe in Sun City, and hosts lots of community events there. He has an after school program where he teaches kids how to make food. He hosts monthly community potlucks too, and a Food Not Bombs program where people can come get a free meal to eat.
Janice is an 18 year old high school student. She volunteers after school twice a week at the collective bookstore, and organizes an all-ages monthly story circle where people share stories from their lives, based on a different theme each month.
Frankie and Jesse learned how to make zines from Janice. She has a mobile pop-up library that she brings around town on her bike.
Lily is a trans elder woman. She started the Sun City Community Garden 30 years ago, where people to grow vegetables and have gatherings. Lily is often in the garden, and teaches Frankie and Jesse how to grow vegetables. She shares stories stories from her life with them, and talks about self-love. At some point, she might become the mayor.
Carl runs a space in town called The Tune Room. Kids can come in to write, produce and record their own songs. Carl is also a member of Brass Revolution Marching Band. Both Frankie and Jesse go to The Tune Room and write songs about their feelings, which are periodically music videos on the show.
DJ Rebel Grrl plays the best music in town on her KSUN radio show, "Everybody’s Got A Little Light Under The Sun!" Frankie and Jesse developed their musical styles from listening to DJ Rebel Grrl's radio show. She also hosts and spins music at a monthly all-ages dance party which everyone in town loves to go to.