Sometimes I will come up with a character that is based on someone I meet. Such is the case with Johnny Chlorine, who is based on my friend John (himself a pool guy). I ended up making a diorama of the world of Johnny Chlorine out of painted sea shells and sharks teeth found near my home in Venice, Florida.
Another big inspiration for Johnny Chlorine is video games from the 1980s (ones I grew up with) featuring characters that had to do their jobs and fight off obstacles (Dig Dug, Burger Time, and Paperboy to name a few).
Being in Florida, a big obstacle for Johnny Chlorine is alligators and frogs (adorable frogs)
In the tradition of Donkey Kong, Johnny Chlorine has a son named Johnny Chlorine Junior.
Johnny Chlorine Junior helps fight of bloodthirsty Mosquitoes. Junior gets help from friendly Dragonflies.
Menacing Trees are also a big pain in the neck for Johnny Chlorine.
Murders of crows wreak havoc on Johnny Chlorine's pools, as do pesky Water Beetles.
Johnny Chlorine's biggest helper is Stormy Daniel, a rain cloud with lightning who fills up pools for Johnny Chlorine and gives him a day off once in a while.