Someone asked earlier in the thread if Dixie from What's New was based on anyone in particular. The answer is no, she was originally just an amalgamation of characteristics that Foglio found attractive. Then, he said, "When I met someone with those traits (and those measurements), I married her." (paraphrased) Later on he started basing the character more on his wife, Kaja, to the point of changing her from a redhead to a blonde during the Duelist years. Kaja Foglio talks about all this stuff in the What's New? collections from Studio Foglio.