A new comics store, Venus's Comic Shop, is scheduled to open July 8 at Union Station. Local comic book creator and store co-owner Raymond Francis told us the store is named in memory of Venus Winston, a D.C.-based comic book writer/artist who passed away in December after a battle with cancer. A portion of the store's monthly profits will be donated to cancer research, Francis said. Other members of the store's team include Robert Spencer, Zach Winland and Rishawna Gould. The store will have a booth (table 606) at AwesomeCon next weekend, and several members of the team will participate on various panels (Crucial Crisis Comics is their comics venture).