John takes on the Great Scottish Swim
They are the popular comic and cartoon characters who fight crime from the sewers of New York City.
However the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are set for a taste of Burnside in an upcoming adventure, after a local comic book writer was picked to script their newest tale.
John Lees is well known on the Scottish comic scene for books like The Standard and last year’s Oxymoron.
He is also currently training for a charity swim this weekend at Loch Lomond, which will raise cash for a cancer charity.
But he is set for a taste of Turtles after the American comic publisher IDW asked him to script an issue of an upcoming series.
John said: “Getting to write a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic is crazy!
“Some of my earliest memories as a kid involve being Turtles mad - I had the toys, I watched the cartoons and I must have watched the first film about 100 times.
“So to get to add to that world is a huge deal for me.
“Writing a script and coming up with dialogue for Michelangelo, a character whose action figure I used to play with, is just surreal.”
John’s story will introduce Wyrm, a villain from the original 1980s comics, into the current line.
It will feature in issue six of TMNT Universe, with art by Nick Pitarra.
He added: “It was really fun having the freedom to reinvent this character for a new generation, and play around with making him quite frightening, though hopefully frightening in a way that won’t scare the kids too much.”
Following that John will also be releasing his newest original work, Sink, a crime and horror tale inspired by urban Glasgow legends, including the one about clowns kidnapping kids.
However he’s got another challenge coming up this weekend, as he takes on the Great Scottish Swim this Saturday, August 27.
After completing the Swim 22 challenge for Diabetes UK last year, John was looking for another test this year, and decided to try the Loch Lomond challenge, which will see him swim two miles.
It is for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity close to the writer’s heart after his grandad passed away due to cancer.
He said: “I’ve been working on my technique and conditioning and building up my distance training at the pool.
“Just this week I managed to swim 5km in a single session so I’m getting in maybe the best shape I’ve ever been in from all the exercise, too.
“It’s not quite Adam Peaty but I’m certainly feeling a lot healthier.
“More importantly, though, I’m now within the final £100 of reaching my fundraising goal for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“I want to say thank you so much to all the people who’ve been kind enough to donate.”
Anyone wanting to donate to John’s cause can do so at https:// www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ johnlees927
More information on Sink, including how to sign up to get free issues sent out when it launches, can be found at sink.comixtribe.com