Re-tooling The Adventures of a Wheel Man

Hello all who have been following Johnny’s adventures in cycling. I’ve decided to make some changes to the characters that will help in developing many great strips in the future.

First of all, here’s some background on Johnny that I’ve put in place. Johnny was born in Columbia and immigrated to the United States as a young child. His last name is Fuentes and his father’s name is Bill. Bill was a fisherman in Columbia and took up being a boat mechanic on Lake Minnetonka. Johnny’s mother’s name is Maria and she works as a nurse at the local clinic.

Johnny’s life parallels mine in many ways. Just as with my Iranian decent, Johnny’s Colombian background will prove to be great fodder to the local bullies and bigots. For instance, just as I was compared to Ayatollah Khomeini, Johnny will be compared with Pablo Escobar. Just as I was made out to be a terrorist, Johnny will be the red herring for drug consumption and dealing.

I will draw upon my experience of being bullied an reacting to the bullying in unhealthy ways. This in no means is a way to get back at the city where I was raised. I’m using this new approach to The Adventures of a Wheel Man as a way to show how I could have handled my situation differently.

I have come to peace with those that abused and taunted me growing up. After all, they were only children being fed fear and divisiveness by the role models in society. Johnny will conquer these obstacles and become a real/wheel man 😉

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