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John Lees is a comic book writer based in Glasgow, Scotland.  You can find a full selection of his published credits available for sale on ComiXology.

John’s first published comic, The Standard, launched worldwide January 2013.  A deluxe hardcover collection was funded through Kickstarter in 2015.  To read the whole series online, visit thestandard.comixtribe.com.

And Then Emily Was Gone, John’s breakout comic, was released in 2014, with a Free Comic Book Day special following in 2015.  For more information, go to https://visitmerksay.wordpress.com/, or for the latest news visit the official Facebook page.

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare was released in 2015, with a collected edition in early 2016.  For the latest updates, check out the Oxymoron’s official Facebook page.

The And Then Emily Was Gone creative team reunited for Quilte, a horror oneshot released as part of the 2016 Halloweenfest.  To read the book for free, go here.

John began 2017 by writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #6 for IDW Publishing, working with Nick Pitarra.

John’s current project, Glasgow-based crime thriller Sink, launched in comic shops worldwide in September 2017, fast becoming John’s most successful comic yet.  The first volume is available to read for all who subscribe at sink.comixtribe.com.  For more information, visit the official Facebook page.

Following the critical acclaim, reader popularity and multiple award wins for Volume 1, Sink returned for a second run of issues, starting with the release of Sink #6 in November 2018. The series is still ongoing.

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  1. Hey John,

    I’ve just launched a new comic and wondered if you’d be interested in reviewing it? if so, feel free to drop me a line!


  2. Hey John, met you at GCC ans bought the standard, then my brother and I attended a GLOW meeting, you may remember. Just thought I’d leave a message without being a pest, I’ve sent you off a wee email(to the address that was on your card anyway) about a college course related thingy, and to gauge your interest in perhaps delivering a talk to the class. Hope to hear from ya soon! Cheers

  3. John, is there anywhere I can purchase a copy of And then Emily was gone #1? Been looking for it everywhere to no avail……any help is much appreciated.
    Keep up the awesome work!

    1. I don’t know if I ever replied to this, Guy, if not, sorry. But AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #1 will be in comic shops worldwide from July!

  4. Hi John,

    Love your stuff.

    I have an anthology project, and I’m looking to work with different small press people in the UK. Do you have a contact email and I can send you details of the project, to see if you are interested.

    Many Thanks,


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