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Available from today as a free download from www.Getmycomics.com and www.Boxofrainmag.co.uk a 160 page all-ages pdf in the style of the annuals you used to get at Christmas.  Featuring a very special text story written by Steve MacManus in the style of Battle summer speical or annuals.

With contributions from, Mike Higgs (Pow!, Smash!, Buster etc.), Nigel Parkinson (Beano), and the cream of the UK small press scene, coming together with leading professionals from comics like, Beano and 2000 AD our aim is to raise funds for 'NHS Together' and to promote the work of creators who have seen their income badly hit by the cancellation of Comic Cons across the country.

In their annual awards, announced yesterday, the Irish Comic News web-site (the Irish equivalent of DowntheTubes), named Sector 13 as best Anthology comic of 2019.  This is pretty special for a 2000 AD fanzine as zines like ours don't often get a look in.  Comics featuring fan-tributes to their favourite comic creations are not normally fare for awards.

I like to think that our decision at the start of last year not to use Dredd, or Johnny Alpha or other top-line characters (except in very exceptional circumstances) had something to do with this.   Sector 13 uses the worlds of 2000AD but with our own characters.  We have the Judges of Sector 13, based arround our cosplayer.   We have specialist Judges, Whatley and West who deal with very particular threats to mega-city one and we have introduced SD Agents, Billy Camo and Hurt Box, written by W D McQuaid and drawn by Paddy Brown.

Add to that stories inspired by Misty and a fantasy story by Will Simpson and you can see that we are trying something different.  The nomination was an honor but to win is a real thrill.  You can see details of all the winners, including Michael Carroll and the 2000 AD dominated, Enniskillen Comicsfest.  great company to be in.


We have taken a wee rest in the early months of 2020, but we're just getting back to things now.   I'm reading scripts and ZenArcade is champing at the bit to get back to the Sector 13 photostories.   

If you've never read an issue of Sector 13, take a look at our web-page and see what you think or our "Award Winning Comic" - love saying that.

And if you've ever thought of an idea for a future shock or a story set in one of the worlds of 2000AD, or fancy drawing a comic story, then do, please contact us on Sector13@Boxofrainmag.co.uk.

Web-page here.  https://www.boxofrainmag.co.uk/sector-13/

All issues are still available  (Issues 1 & 2 are compiled into a single comic and stocks of issue 3 are very low).  £7 for single issue in the UK, paypal to the editorial address and a wee gift (while stocks last) if you use the Family and Friends option to save us a bit on charges.  Details of overseas prices and multiple issue orders on the web-page. 


Books & Comics / Sector 13
« on: 31 December, 2019, 12:28:31 PM »
Sector 13 Issue Six, available now.  Seven stories, 44 pages, £7 (inc UK p&p) - paypal to Sector13@boxofrainmag.co.uk.

Stories by 2000AD legend and Game of Thrones concept artist, Will Simpson and Julia Round, author of "Gothic for Girls", the story of Misty comic.

Full details here https://www.boxofrainmag.co.uk/sector-13/

General / 10 Day Delay on Deliveries to Northern Ireland and Ireland
« on: 07 November, 2019, 09:36:03 AM »
Just placing my order for the 2020 specials and I see that there is a message that orders to ROI and Northern Ireland, including subscription deliveries, are subject to possible delays of 10 days.  Could someone explain why? 

So far everything I've received from Rebellion here in Belfast has come via the Post Office.  Should be no reason for delays. 

Two years after our first issue, issue five is ready for Enniskillen Comics Fest 2019.  Now 44 pages, magazine size with some fantastic artists featured along with our unique cosplayer photostory.   

Available for £7 (inc UK postage and packing) via paypal to sector13@Boxofrainmag.co.uk 

Details of international prices and available back-issues at https://www.boxofrainmag.co.uk/sector-13/

Cover by Adam Brown, featuring Cosplayer Ella McKnight.

General / Sector 13 Issue 4 Launched Friday 25th January.
« on: 22 January, 2019, 11:56:29 AM »
Fresh in from the printer and due to be launched on Friday in the Parlour Bar, Belfast, Issue 4 of Sector 13.

Cover features Cosplayer, Jay Scout with a little magic sprinkled by Ryan Brown.

40 A4 pages with an even better mixture of stories than previous issues.

In the UK it costs £7 inc P&P. payment via Paypal to Sector13@Boxofrainmag.co.uk

International postage is detailed on our web-page along with details of back issues still available and some other fine comics with no links to Dredd (so I'll stay silent on them - except to say they are very funny!).

Posting of orders will begin on Wednesday this week.


I've just seen this featured on a Facebook Page, a new, free online comic with art by Ryan Brown and Simon Bisley.  Ryan's done a few covers for 2000AD but I think this is his first interior art.   A really nice job I think.  Maybe more Heavy Metal than 2000AD, but a great read - especially for free.


Books & Comics / Sector 13 - Belfast Based Fanzine
« on: 14 May, 2017, 01:31:51 PM »


Over the past few months 'Sector House 13 - The Pit Crew', a 2000AD fan group from Belfast, have been hard at work putting together a Fanzine for the recent Enniskillen Comics Festival.  Sector 13, edited by Tharg's Irish cousin, Fitztharg, is the result.

We involved as many members of the group as possible drawing writers, artists, photographers and cosplayers from among our ranks to come up with a zine that we are all very proud of. 

                           Our Cover

At 24 A4 pages, the zine features a unique Mega-City One photostory a tale of Judge Death and one of Fitztharg's Future Shocks.  We have a few copies of the first print left, if you would like one, or would be interested in getting involved in future issues drop a line to our e-mail address, Sector13@boxofrainmag.co.uk or send £5.50 (post paid) via paypal using the same address (UK only - if you are elsewhere drop a note to the address and we will sort something out).

      From "Justice Perverted", a tale of Mega-City One

      "Inside We're Dancing" our Future Shock

Sector 13 is a non-profit Fanzine.

I'm never quite sure where to post that I've updated the Splank! comics blog.  Any Suggestions as to the most appropriate place?

But just to say that yesterday I posted a short review of Jonathan Fisher's self-published collection of short stories along with some comments on Skip Tobey, a comic by Andy Herd.  Please check out the blog and then go on and contact Jonathan and Andy to take in some excellent comics.  Link is included below.


You might also be interested in a couple of previous posts that I did not mention here.  A few words on a Forgotten cartoonist from World war 1 and also my comic highlight of the year, it might not be what you are expecting.



Spent friday reading The Mean Arena researching a new blog post.  Thought I'd leave it aside for a day or two following the news of artist, Steve Dillon's death.

So jumping ahead to what I'd intended to be next weeks main post, this time a few words about Misty, one of the Pat Mills comics we sometimes tend to forget.


Other Reviews / Space Captain
« on: 22 October, 2016, 12:53:03 PM »
Anyone else read Space Captain by Michael Park and Chris Baldie?  A great self-published comic that would not be out of place in the Megazine.   Would, perhaps, be a bit of a change of pace but would fit very well and is certainly up there in terms of quality.

I've written about it a few times on my Blog! Be interested to hear what others think.

Blog Posts



Chris and Michael's Space Captain web-site.


Links / Splank! Blog - Sports in 2000AD
« on: 15 October, 2016, 12:37:43 PM »
Is it rude to mention my own blog here?

Splank! is a blog about old British comics and the current self-published and small press scene in the UK and Ireland.  Posts go up a couple of times a week.  Currently working on a series of articles on Sports in 2000AD.  Second post just published today and you can find it here http://splankblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/the-rise-and-fall-of-sports-comics-in_15.html

Be great to hear from any of you.

Welcome to the board / Hi Guys
« on: 09 October, 2016, 10:31:01 AM »
Just joined.  Longtime reader of British Comics, write a Blog called Splank! about old British Comics and new self-published comics from the UK and Ireland.  I've just started a series of articles on Sports comics in 2000AD which some of you might find interesting.  Second part should be published later this week.


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