John takes on the Great Scot­tish Swim

Rutherglen Reformer - - Dressing With Danielle - Jonathan Ged­des

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/ john­lees927

More in­for­ma­tion on Sink, in­clud­ing how to sign up to get free is­sues sent out when it launches, can be found at sink.comix­

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