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The Wednesday Waffle Issue 19: Happy New Year - opening times, costumes and saving cinemas!




EDIT - DESTINATION VENUS CLOSED PHYSICALLY DUE TO TIER 3 COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. WE REMAIN OPEN ONLINE


Since this Waffle was published Harrogate has moved into Tier 3 restrictions. As a "non-essential" shop we are technically allowed to open, but as a "hospitality venue" the Everyman Cinema is not and if the cinema is closed, then so are we.


We will of course remain fully open online and will continue to deliver your comics to your door. We look forward to welcoming you back under the stairs when we step back down to Tier 2.



NEW SPIDER-MAN COSTUME REVEALED!


Predictably, we don't like it - although our initial reaction might be to the cover as a whole, that yellow background really isn't helping...

Amazing Spider-Man #63 variant cover by Dustin Weaver (c)Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #63 variant cover by Dustin Weaver (c)Marvel Comics

Debuting on the variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man #61 (scheduled to ship in March 2021 and available for pre-order shortly through the website, although if you want one just message us and we'll reserve one for you) the suit has been designed by Dustin Weaver and puts us somewhat in mind of the "Captain Universe" costume:

Spider-Man as Captain Universe - Artist Unknown (c) Marvel Comics
Spider-Man as Captain Universe - Artist Unknown (c) Marvel Comics

Of course, this isn't the first time Spidey has changed his suit - the black costume that led to the creation of Venom being the most obvious example. The classic red and blue onesie is pretty iconic and will doubtless make a return sooner or later.


In the meantime can we suggest that ASM readers invest in sunglasses?



COULD SUPERHERO BLOCKBUSTERS SAVE CINEMA?


We live under the stairs in a cinema. 2020 has been a hard year for retailers like ourselves, but it's been every bit as hard - if not harder for our friends at The Everyman Cinema Harrogate and cinemas like them. Between enforced closure under COVID-19 restrictions, the fact that there have been very few new releases for them to show, and the fact that as people have been forced to stay home many households have invested in upgrading their home cinema set-ups and may be dis-incentivised to make the trip out to the movies.


It's that latter issue that poses perhaps the greatest threat. Although there are cinemas that did not survive the loss of revenue caused by lockdown, those that did can look forward to a time when such restrictions end. The same is true of the lack of new movies to show - new content will eventually arrive, and in the meanti