I’d like to talk some more about the protagonist of my mini-series, Sheldon Gillis.
Sheldon Gillis is 14 years old and lives in the town of Flatlands in North Dakota. He was born to Marianne Gillis, who gave birth to him while still in high school. For many years, Sheldon has been bullied for unknown reasons. Sheldon always tried to fight back, but was physically overpowered. Things change though when his uncle Jack (Marianne’s older brother) returns after a 15-year trip to Japan, bringing back him with knowledge of the Japanese martial art of aikijutsu. From here on, Sheldon undergoes training to learn this style, the unarmed fighting style of the samurai.
As you can see in the above picture, Sheldon wears a gi of red and black tied with a white belt during his training. Most of his training involves practicing the techniques with his uncle, but also physical conditioning.
Sheldon evolved quite a bit. When I originally conceived his personality, he was quite reckless and impulsive. This original personality was based on Bert Raccoon from the 1980s TV show, the Raccoons. However, this clashed during the writing of the scripts. I wanted Sheldon to be targeted for no reason at all; someone always talking and acting recklessly would definitely attract the wrong attention. So I changed him into something more like the movie characters played by Bruce Lee.
So what does that mean? Sheldon is not someone who goes looking for trouble. I wanted his opponents to be the instigators; they are the ones who start the fights and basically Sheldon ends up fighting when he has no other choice.
I’ll have a page or two up in the next few days of Sheldon’s adventures.