this is pretty much going to be a stand in for me when i do the comics.
i associate myself and see myself more as a cat than anything else. and considering the amount of trouble i usually find myself getting into, seems about right as well. since, chequers functions as a double for me, he'll be reasonably accurate down to the height issue as well. PS i do in fact, have a turtle neck.
bonus points for you if you can figure out what his surname means.