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The Wednesday Waffle Issue 18: Almost the end, and more Marvel-ous news!


Merry Christmas to all our customers. It has been, I think you can all agree, something of a year. We started 2020 with such high hopes and with ambitious plans to expand and develop the business into something new and innovative.

Then 2020 actually happened, and things went very much awry.

We nearly crashed and burned more than once. Like many small businesses Destination Venus struggled through both lockdowns and we absolutely would not have survived without the generous support of our wonderful customers. (That's you - yes you, reading this now. Yes, you.) We can't thank you enough, but we promise we'll try.

If you're reading this, then Destination Venus is now closed until after Christmas. We have every intention of opening between Christmas and New Year, but we're not announcing anything too far in advance because the COVID rules are changing so fast. Keep an eye on the website or our social media and we'll be sure to keep you up to date.

Once again, a huge thank you to all our customers, Hat, Liz, Alice and Steve who have been the core of The Geeks at the Gates this year, everyone who was interviewed, and to all the fine people at Harrogate Community Radio who give us their platform every week. If you're a subscriber to the podcast version of GATG a sincere apology for being so inconsitent - it's an editing time issue and we have just about resolved it.

All that remains it to wish you a very Merry Christmas. See you next week for the final Waffle of the year. Until then - here is the news:


Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) has traditionally been held on the first Saturday in May. Obviously comics store on both sides of the Atlantic were locked down on the first Saturday in May this year, and so for 2020 Free Comic Book Day became the "Free Comic Book Summer" with the free titles being spread out over July and August.

It worked, but not as well. The sense of having "an event" just wasn't there. So, next year it's back, no longer in May, but back on a single day, now 14th August 2021. There's been no clear explanation for the change, although logic suggests that the industry is more confident that we'll be free of lockdowns and social distancing by mid-August that it is about May.

Stay tuned for more details throughout the early part of 2021!


Hard on the heels of the announcements of the next wave of Marvel projects on the big and the small screen, bookies are beginning to lay odds on who will play whom. At the moment Giancarlo Esposito, who is currently pleasing fans with his performance as Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian, is odds on to take the role of Doctor Doom in the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie.

He has certainly shown great "evil dictator" cred in The Mandolorian, so I can certainly see him as the dictator of the Eastern European nation of Latveria. Not that he's the only person being suggested for the part. Irish actor Cillian Murphy, of Peaky Blinders face is also tipped as a contender for the role, as is Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen. Of those three, Murphy could certainly bring the kind of unhinged intensity that would make