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The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Nine

DIAMOND HAS DATES!!!!!!!!!! OK. Diamond UK has finally come up with some (understandably) tentative dates. We already had 11th May as the date for the delivery of the product that was intended for release back on March 25th. They are now suggesting 20th May as the date for the resumption of regular, weekly deliveries. So - if all goes according to plan, we can begin to get back to normal sometime soon. I have no idea if the shop will be able to be open by then - we are dependent on the Everyman for that, and let's be honest, it's going to be a while before cinemas reopen. But if we're getting new comics, we'll make sure we get them to you. There is, at long last, a light at the end of the tu

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Eight

DIAMOND REMAINS SILENT - BUT THE BOSS IS LIVE ON THE WEB TONIGHT! The brief update we got on Sunday suggested that more information would follow on Monday. Well, while there's a lot of info online about what is happening in the US, we're still waiting. As I said yesterday, this isn't a complaint as such - I imagine that the logistics of getting product from a mostly shut down United States across the Atlantic to a mostly shut down UK are particularly nightmarish, so we're happy to be patient, and we'll tell you when we know something. UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! Bleeding Cool reports that Diamond boss Steve Geppi will be talking to the Comic Book News YouT

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Seven

STILL NO UPDATE FROM DIAMOND Although the order deadline for April Previews has been extended, so you might want to check out the online version at the link below. There's still time to get your advance orders in. GEOFF JOHNS ATTACHED TO GREEN LANTERN TV SHOW Johns has a long history with the Lanterns - he wrote the comic for eight years or so, and was responsible for introducing the concept of the "emotional spectrum", alongside many other events and storylines now considered integral to the character. He's only onboard as an Executive Producer, which means his hands-on involvement will be limited, but the fact that he's been brought on board means there will be a pair of eyes that actually

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Six

NO INFO YET FROM DIAMOND UK The Wafle is late today because we were hoping to have an update regarding the reopening of Diamond. Nuffin yet - we'll keep you posted... WE HAVE NO OTHER NEWS Yep. it's a really slow news day. WATCH STARCOPS! One of the most underrated SF shows of all time, this is a gritty near future crime drama made by the BBC in the mid eighties. Reluctantly reassigned from a case involving a mysterious drowning, Chief Inspector Nathan Spring, shortlisted for the post of Commander of the International Space Police Force, the "Star Cops", becomes embroiled in the investigation of a series of unexplained spacesuit failures on the space station Charles de Gaulle. Proper hard S

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Five

DIAMOND BEGINS TO SHOW SIGNS OF REOPENING Don't get too excited, but as DC confirm they are putting some titles on "Final Order Cutoff" (which is industry speak for "these titles are about to go to print, so if you don't order them now you can't be sure to get any") regardless of whether Diamond is operating or not, Diamond UK have contacted retailers to tell us that they will definitely have those titles available to order. No actual details beyond that yet, we're expecting an announcement tomorrow. MARVEL HALVES EDITORIAL STAFF It has been reported (by the Guardian, make of that what you will) that Marvel Comics has furloughed about half of its editorial staff as the COVID-19 lockdown cont

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Four

MARVEL MAINTAINS STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO NOT RELEASING NEW CONTENT UNTIL IT CAN BE IN STORES Which as a retailer I have to say I rather appreciate. Marvel confirms that unlike DC, they will absolutely not be releasing new digital content next week. This means there has been no new Marvel stuff for five whole weeks, and that must be hurting. As previously reported DC has sought other methods of distribution - we will watch with interest how that pans out. A rather interesting side effect of DC's action has been the casting of Diamond as "the good guys" in the eyes of many US retailers. That's actually quite the achievement... TANK GIRL HEADS STATESIDE This is not insignificant news. Created b

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Three

COULD KEVIN SMITH AND JOE QUESADA RETURN TO DAREDEVIL? "Probably not", would be our guess, given that this whole story comes out of some idle Twitter chatter between the two about a possible sequel to their acclaimed Guardian Devil storyline from the late nineties. What Kevin Smith actually said was: "Part of me is just like, 'Never touch the character again,' A miracle happened, and your name is attached to that miracle, so don't ruin the miracle by going 'Let me tell you another Daredevil story!' 'Oh that one's terrible!'" Which, call us crazy, doesn't seem like the "teasing a return" that some of the more click-baity news sites have been trumpeting. That said, he also said that he'd retur

The Geeks at the Gates (and on the Radio) Episode 52: Corrupting Alice, the Doctor Who Sessions cont

As Alice continues her exploration of modern Doctor Who, and joins Hat and Regie over Skype to discuss what became known as "The Year of Specials" featuring the Tenth Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennent. Click the image below to go to the download page, or search "Geeks at the Gates" wherever fine pods are casted. In the discussion of the special "Planet of the Dead" we all struggled with the name of the actor who played Barclay, and went on to star as Chris in the movie Get Out. He is in fact Daniel Kaluuya: As we discussed the departure of the Tenth Doctor, we went back over his relationship with Donna, and discussed some of the following clips, shared here partly to illustrate our discu

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty Two

NEW "FEMALE CENTRIC" STAR WARS SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT I always wonder why studios use terms like "female centric" in press releases because it doesn't really mean anything. Would you describe The Mandolorian as "male centric"? Anyway. More Star Wars, which we're always minded to regard as a good thing. Leslye Headland, the creative brain behind the hit Netflix series Russian Doll is at the helm, and that's pretty much all we know - Lucasfilm/Disney are being unsurprisingly silent about any details of characters or plot, which allows the fan community to have some fun discussing (OK, it's Star Wars fandom, so arguing) which corners of the Star Wars Universe would be best explored. THE DAY COMI

The Daily Waffle: Episode Thirty One

SANDMAN SERIES "READY TO GO" AT NETFLIX There's probably a full scale Wednesday Waffle in this story. Gaiman's Sandman is arguably one of the most influential comics series ever written - if you were a slightly pretentious student type in the nineties (and, dear reader, I really, really was) it was absolutely the "go-to" book. As a narrative it's a series that still stands up, and still sells well, but do we need a TV version? Well, we're getting one. Over on his Tumblr page Gaiman has stated that the scripts for season one are written - which clearly implies the probability of a season two, and casting is underway. Obviously everything is on hold right now, but Morpheus will be coming to a

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Nine

ALTERNA COMICS DITCHES DIAMOND On the heels of DC's decision to use alternative distribution in the U.S. while Diamond is out of action, the publisher Alterna Comics has decided to ditch Diamond altogether. This is unlikely to cause Diamond much concern, Alterna is a very small outfit. It doesn't affect us as a retailer much either. We sell very few copies of Alterna titles and if this move means that we can't get them anymore (they currently have no distribution outside the U.S. if they're not using Diamond) it will make almost no impact. This is a development worth noting, nevertheless. If nobody else follows, nothing will change, but if Alterna are the first domino in a row, this could be

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Eight

MIXED REACTION FROM US RETAILERS TO DC'S INTENTION TO FIND ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION On Friday Newsarama reported that DC Comics will begin rolling out new product on April 28th using non-Diamond distribution. This hasn't been universally well received by US retailers. Some regard working through new and untested distributors who only handle one publisher as an unwanted hassle, others are annoyed because they feel that they are being pressured to re-open their stores before they feel that it is safe to do so. We'll see how this pans out. DESTINATION VENUS HAS A NEW TWITTER - BUT WE GAVE YOU THE WRONG TWITTER HANDLE At least until we get the age mix up with our original page sorted, we are now

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Seven

DIAMOND UK TENTATIVELY MAP OUT FUTURE DELIVERY/DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE Finally the news we've been waiting for! Diamond have announced that they intent to ship the delivery intended for 25th March on Monday 11th May. Once that delivery is confirmed, I'll let people know and will arrange to invoice everyone who has new comics coming in, and arrange for delivery. Diamond is further speculating that there will then be actual new releases from publishers towards the end of May. Meanwhile Newsarama is reporting that DC Comics will begin rolling out new product on April 28th using non-Diamond distribution in the US (it's currently unclear how this affects the UK) - if this is true then Diamond will

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Six

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK SERIES COMING FROM HBO Developed by J.J. Abrams as part of his deal with Warner Media, as reported HERE. NEW FIREFLY COMIC TO EXPLORE LIFE, DEATH AND AFTERLIFE OF WASH The comic, written by Ethan Young, takes place during that scene from Serenity as Wash experiences flashbacks to key points in his life. Because we needs something to make us sad right now... Click HERE to read more. FREE EBOOKS! We recommended Scott Sigler's excellent audiobook podcast a few days ago. But if you prefer to read the written word, he has you covered there too. To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of his podcast your Future Dark Overlord has made a raft of his work free in ebook format - inc

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Five

DESTINATION VENUS HAS A NEW TWITTER At least until we get the age mix up with our original page sorted, we are now @DestinationVen1 on Twitter. Give us a follow! JUNE RELEASES NOW ON DESTINATION VENUS WEBSITE Well, titles scheduled for June release at any rate. Click HERE to go to the page. Not quite everything is up yet, but should be by the end of the day. And yes, I know I said that yesterday, but this time I actually mean it. Almost certainly... WATCH GERRY ANDERSON'S STINGRAY ON YOUTUBE More than sixty years old and still holds up! Enjoy! PREVIEWS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ONLINE Click HERE for the main catalogue, HERE for the UK pages and HERE for Marvel, Image and DC. COMIC CONTEST STILL ON

Quiz Night! The Geeks at the Gates Episode 52 - Regie hosts a quiz

Steve Dempster, the Geek Pub Quizmaster himself is one of the four founding Geeks, so what better when we're all in lockdown than to do a quiz over Skype? Except Steve is a key worker, working harder than ever right now, and Helen, Mrs Geek Pub quiz is locked up with a four year old and a new born, and so was also unavailable for quiz hosting duties. So, join us as Regie puts the questions to Hat, Liz, and new geek Aiden! Only two things for the shownotes - first we mentioned Arnie and his tiny horses. This is what we meant: Cute and disturbing... Also, Regie offered the competitors 10 bonus points if they could name the film in which Freemen Lowell was the main character. They couldn't, an

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Four

DC ANNOUNCES NEW CHARACTER It's good to know that even though everything in comics is pretty much shut down at the moment, some publishers are still looking to the future. Click HERE to read the Australian Broadcasting Company's report on the launch of Thylacine. JUNE RELEASES NOW ON DESTINATION VENUS WEBSITE Well, titles scheduled for June release at any rate. Click HERE to go to the page. Not quite everything is up yet, but should be by the end of the day. And yes, I know I said that yesterday, but this time I actually mean it. Almost certainly... JIM STARLIN - CREATOR OF THANOS - HAS A KICKSTARTER FOR A MUCH LOVED CREATOR OWNED CHARACTER We thought Starlin might never draw again after a

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Three

NETFLIX SIGNS "FIRST LOOK" DEAL WITH BOOM! STUDIOS There's no word yet on which BOOM! properties may be developed into Netflix shows, but I for one would love to see a show based on Lumberjanes or The Avant Guards - click HERE for BOOM!'s announcement. JUNE RELEASES NOW ON DESTINATION VENUS WEBSITE Well, titles scheduled for June release at any rate. Click HERE to go to the page. Not quite everything is up yet, but should be by the end of the day. And yes, I know I said that yesterday, but this time I actually mean it. Almost certainly... SEE KEVIN CONROY READ FROM "BATMAN ADVENTURES CONTINUE" The best Batman! We might not have new comics for you, but we can at least give you this: PREVIEWS

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty Two

NOTHING HAPPENED YESTERDAY Well, that's not true. Lots of things happened. My wife developed a taste for 1950s Sci-Fi "B" movies for a start, which is wildly out of character and makes me wonder if I might get her to read her second comic in thirty years before all of this is over... But no, nothing comics related happened. Everywhere would have been closed yesterday even if we weren't on lockdown. Maybe something will happen today. I'll tell you tomorrow. REGIE STARTS TO GET ON TOP OF ADMIN Which means that if you placed an order for gift vouchers in the last week or so and don't have your unique numbers yet, you will soon. JUNE RELEASES NOW ON DESTINATION VENUS WEBSITE Well, titles schedul

The Daily Waffle: Episode Twenty One

GROUP OF INFLUENTIAL US RETAILERS HAVE A PLAN FOR POST COVID-19 DISTRIBUTION As reported by Rich Johnson of Bleeding Cool HERE. The usual cautions regarding Bleeding Cool apply. JUNE RELEASES NOW ON DESTINATION VENUS WEBSITE Well, titles scheduled for June release at any rate. Click HERE to go to the page. Not quite everything is up yet, but should be by the end of the day. And yes, I know I said that yesterday, but this time I actually mean it. Almost certainly... ROBERT KIRKMAN'S HISTORY OF COMICS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE Co-Creator of The Walking Dead, Outcast and so much other comic related stuff Robert Kirkman presents his view of the history of comics. Watch the first episode here! PREVIE

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