All my characters are based on me in some way, but my life is extremely boring and I tend to make decisions which end up keeping it that way. Kumquat represents skills I wish I had and an optimism I possibly had at one point, but also has little regard for the feelings of others nor much apparent need for their approval!
kumquat's interactions with yibrick are my favorite to write the dialog for, which made me re-evaluate what yibrick's role was, which had been based on something I meant to do with the pre-yibrick character in a much older comic strip, which does not necessarily need to affect this one!
3 row comics are much easier to vary the shapes of, but I have often experienced that those are hard to follow, or waste a lot of space. These books are expensive enough to print without entire pages being devoted to single panels!