If Don Quixote lived in modern America (in Toledo, Ohio, instead of Toledo, Spain), it would not be chivalry novels sending him out to be a questing knight. Today's Don Q. would grow his garden of delusions out of superhero comic books. When Don Q. Manchego takes the hero identity of Don Q. Public, his circle of comic book geek friends are concerned, moreso when his adventures actually succeed. More
When Don Q. Manchego, a middle-aged janitor in Ohio, takes the hero identity of Don Q. Public, his circle of comic book geek friends (including Felonious Monk, Bad Feng Shui, and the ever-wise Herm-Aphrodite) are concerned about public embarrassment and the potential of physical harm coming to their friend. The situation is not improved by the constant presence of the charming but clueless enabler, Pancho Sanchez, who imagines he is Don's sidekick.
But it becomes more difficult to talk Don out of his adventures when they actually succeed, despite a complete lack of superpowers, or even advanced skills.
When Don meets and idealizes a truly unattainable woman (a terminal cancer patient), his heroic ideals are pushed to an even greater extreme, and his friends must concoct a scheme that appeals to his sense of heroism in order to keep him alive.
John Opsand Sutherland is a writer of video games, short and long fiction, poetry, and screenplays. Obviously, there are some focus issues here. He lives with too many cats and a tolerant woman in Seattle.
Great story about a very real guy and the world and relationships we live in. Hilarious fun, but so much heart the whole time. Don Q. Public is an unlikely hero who makes me want to go around righting wrongs and trusting friends more. All the better if you remember the original Don Quixote, but this story stands on its own anyhow. You probably have superpowers too, and love really wins in the end.