The fifth issue of the 2000AD-inspired zine Sector 13, offering a great mix of strips, will get its launch at Enniskillen Comic Fest this weekend. At over 40 pages, this is the biggest issue of the anthology not-for-profit zine yet, offering a mixture of colour and black and white strips.
Produced by the Sector House 13 fan group based in Belfast with the aim of encouraging and supporting new writers and artists, the zine is created with the assistance of the cosplayers, artists and writers from within the group and further afield.
While the editor is Peter Duncan, he considers the title is very much a team effort, with an editorial team built around a core group including Peter, Laurence McKenna and Simon McKnight.
This issue comes with a cover featuring Cosplayer Ella McKnight in a photograph enhanced by 2000AD cover artist Adam Brown. The use of cosplayers on the cover and in the opening story in each issue of Sector 13 continues this time round but is taken a little further.
The title’s ongoing photostory, “When I Lost Control” is continued in two further tales, “Interlude” painted by Donna Anita Black and “The Long Walk” with art by Scott Twells, alongside six other stories set in the worlds of 2000 AD…
“When I Lost Control” by Laurence McKenna, Peter Duncan, featuring the Sector House 13 Cosplayers is another tale set around Sector 13 and the Judges who operate from it.
In “The Lament of Gravlax“, the Zquidians are Earth bound, and ready to harvest. But it’s modern times and there are new regulations. What could possibly go wrong? Story and Art by Cat Byrne.
In “Judge Whatley” , when ancient gods menace Mega-CIty-One. who ya gonna call? Judge Whatley! Script by Peter Duncan, art by Joseph V Parangue. Judge Whatley logo by Patrick Brown
“Gronks: The Gronk With No Name“: A Gronk walked Into a bar… It can only be another story from writer Alan Holloway, with art by Ed Day!
“Interlude“: Judge McBride muses on Knight’s much wider implications for all of Sector 13. Script by Peter Duncan., art by Donna Anita Slack
“The Terror of Titus Tower“: There’s something in Titus Tower. It’s too much for the PSI Judges, so call Judge Morrin… Script by Mark Keenan, art by Morgan Brinksman
“Revengers: Deadend! (Some Assembly Required)“: Delivered by wire transfer from Eire City one and not Intended to cash In an a big movie release. No sir! Davy Francis would never do that…
“The Long Walk“… Following events In Sector 13, Judge Knight is alone, but even in the Cursed Earth there are people who need his help. Story by The Parlour Posse and James McBride, script by Peter Duncan, art by Scott Twells, lettered by Patrick Brown
• If you’re not at Enniskillen Comic Fest, Sector 13 Issue Five can be pre-ordered here for £7 including delivery via Paypal (Sector13@boxofrainmag.co.uk).
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.