Talk about an apparent case of self-insertion, that only sort of is. The red haired kid in these images from Donald Kruse's Gorilla Soup! more or less resembles me as a kid. Having no knowledge of that, the author suggested that the main character wear glasses, have red, curly or wavy hair, have freckles and buckteeth. Well, I didn't have buckteeth, and am proud to still not have buckteeth, so I guess art really need not imitate life.