With tonight’s lockdown announcement from the government, Osiris Games inc. Proud Lion Comics will be closed for the next three weeks.
We aim to re-open after the Easter holidays (assuming the lockdown has been lifted and we are able to safely re-open).
We will do our best to ship out or deliver any orders we can, but this will depend on postage and courier services continuing to operate, and whether we are allowed to access our business premises. If these services are unavailable or we are unable to enter our store, all shipments will be delayed, but will be dispatched as soon as possible.
All customers with outstanding orders will be invoiced for any items still held. These invoices will be sent later this week. We don’t do this lightly, but we are doing everything in our power to make sure you still have your local comic and gaming stores in Cheltenham when this emergency passes. If you are unable to pay for your order due to financial difficulties, please email us as soon as possible - talk to us, so we can make the best decisions for everyone involved.
Thank you for supporting us at this very difficult time. In addition to settling your invoices from us, please do consider purchasing gift vouchers for use afterwards or donating the price of a coffee. It all helps and we are extremely grateful for everyone who has done so thus far. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Play games, read comics, and most importantly, stay safe. See you all on the other side.
Please note: we have paused rollout of this service for the time being to ensure our volunteer drivers’ safety.
As promised, we can offer local delivery to supplement our existing shipping options.
Neither Rae nor I are able to drive, so we are relying on some trusted volunteers to facilitate this service. We will be charging a delivery fee to help cover their petrol costs, and compensating their time out of our pocket.
Please see below for the areas covered and the initial delivery costs. Please contact us via email to make arrangements for any order you'd like delivered using this service.
Please note that we will not be delivering every day, but only one day per week to the blue area and one day per week to yellow area. Current projection is Wednesday afternoon for Cheltenham and Thursday afternoon for Gloucester.
We will not be able to give you a timed delivery window, and are likely to be delivering during daytime exclusively, so this service is probably most suitable for customers who are self-isolating and can receive a delivery at any time. We will let you know which day we are coming.
If you need contactless delivery to protect you or our volunteers, please let us know in advance.
Postcodes without highlighting are not eligible for local delivery at this time. Please use existing shipping options.
Delivery charges will not be refunded if there is no one available to receive your delivery. The order will be returned to the shop, and you will be liable for a new delivery charge for any further attempt.
We know this isn't very flexible, but please remember we are relying on assistance from volunteers that we are reimbursing and we don't want to take advantage of their goodwill.
This is a new service for us, assembled quickly to help us all during the COVID-19 crisis, so please be kind if there are any teething troubles.
Please contact us via email to make arrangements for any order you'd like delivered using this service.
Despite all best intentions, sometimes you simply have no choice but to move home. Of course, moving back in with your parents is often stressful, not least because they've turned your old room into a gym or rec room!
Well, here at Proud Lion Comics that's exactly what we're faced with. Due to the pressure of COVID-19, we're moving back into 8 St George's Place - aka Osiris Games - effective immediately.
This enables us to consolidate our cleaning efforts during this pandemic and reduce our overheads so that we can do our best to keep afloat, but obviously its going to be a challenging time ahead for us.
New opening hours
Osiris Games incorporating Proud Lion Comics will have new opening hours starting from Wednesday 18th March 2020. These can be found on our websites, but most weekdays we will be open from 11am-4pm and then 4:30-7pm. We will use the break between 4-4:30pm to have a daily deep clean phase. Updated opening hours can be found on the front page of our websites.
The shop at 8 St George's Place will be closed for half an hour starting at 4pm during the week to allow us to deep clean the store. Our regular cleaning has been extended to include a renewed focus on door handles, card machines, our tablets and computers, and you'll be able to wash your hands with soap and hot water whilst in store. We will also have hand sanitiser available for anyone who needs it. However in addition to this, we feel it is prudent to have an extra phase of cleaning ahead of any evening gaming events for the foreseeable future.
We have had to amend our Reservation Service terms and conditions to insist that customers collect their pull lists every month without fail. Cash flow is critical for small businesses at this point. If you cannot make it in every month - especially if you are self-isolating - please request a monthly invoice and we'll send one over to you.
We appreciate this comes as a lot of you are struggling to pay your bills as well. We aren't suddenly becoming callous monsters - if you need some additional consideration, please get in touch and we'll do our best to come to some arrangement that keeps us all afloat.
Monthly invoices for your pull list can include shipping for home delivery. We can send out your comics via a Royal Mail tracked or signed for service, or using a courier service - whichever ends up being the most economical, unless you have a specific preference. Just ask!
We are just finalising a way of offering low-cost doorstep deliveries of existing stock or pull lists. More details coming soon!
Direct delivery on graphic novels
We recently teased our new Direct Delivery service but as yet haven't had chance to explain further. This is a direct fulfilment service, with graphic novels and manga sent directly from one of our trusted suppliers to your door. Please email us for a quote on any graphic novels you'd like us to order for you. This is a great way to get new reading material and support a local business, and for now we're offering a promotional offer on Direct Deliveries - shipping is just ONE PENCE per book.
Reduced stock levels
Please note due to this move, and the expected downturn in footfall trade due to social distancing and self-isolation, we will be dramatically reducing the amount of stock we hold for the foreseeable future. This means it is critical that you use our weekly FOC blog to pre-order the comics you want, and we will be encouraging everyone to use our Direct Delivery service (see above) for graphic novels and manga.
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19. A lot of small businesses are in the same boat as us - or worse in the case of small theatres, pubs and restaurants - and we urge you all to shop local as much as you can in the coming weeks.
We ask anyone who shows symptoms of the virus to stay away (you're all awesome but please understand why we're saying this) and to act as per the recommended NHS advice at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
If anything changes again as things develop, we will of course update you ASAP - via social media and email where possible.
In response to last night's Government briefing on COVID-19, we have taken stock and decided to implement the following initial responses.
Due to the cosy confines of our premises at 293 High Street, we will be open today from 12-4pm. Access will be restricted to a single group of 1-4 customers at anyone time. Please knock to gain entrance.
This is a temporary measure for today only.
We will have further updates this evening regarding the rest of the week and the foreseeable future, and we are exploring new home delivery options too.
Parking in all council-run car parks will be free of charge every afternoon during Cheltenham race week, for customers arriving from 1pm onwards.
From Monday 9th to Friday 13th March 2020 inclusive, visitors can enjoy the town centre for longer thanks to free parking.
Car parks allowing free parking to customers arriving after 1pm each day from Monday 9th to Friday 13th March 2020 includes the High Street car park, close to Proud Lion Comics:
The full list of Cheltenham Borough Council car parks allowing free car parking during this time can be found here.
Please note this does not include privately operated car parks like the Euro Car Parks one next to Osiris Games.
Campaign two has the whole team here gripped, and we're delighted to say that there's a growing number of ways to bring the magic of Exandria home with you. From graphic novels to comic books, from roleplaying game supplements to beautiful art books, we've got you covered.
Now, the current Vox Machina Origins II comic book has had a few slight delays recently, but rest assured the comic creators, the cast of Critical Role and Dark Horse Comics are all hard at work to bring you the next issue. Issue #5 is currently scheduled for later this month, with the concluding issue #6 expected in early March.
In the meantime, to whet our appetites, here's a look at what's available now and what's also been announced (so far!) for later in 2020 (presented in chronological order):
AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER FROM OUR SISTER STORE:
That's right Critters - this year Vox Machina is part of Free Comic Book Day!
We're still waiting on further confirmation about this next one - it may be that an alternate version is released for the UK/overseas market, with a different ISBN to the one below.
Rest assured though, as soon as we can stock it - we will! Watch this space!
THE WORLD OF CRITICAL ROLE
TEN SPEED PRESS
(W) Liz Marsham and cast of Critical Role
Dive deep into the history of the world’s most popular fantasy RPG livestream with the cast of Critical Role in this definitive guide featuring never-before-seen illustrations and photos.
This haversack of holding definitely has more goodies to discover, including the recently announced official Critical Role Funko POP! Vinyl and whatever comes out of their partnership with McFarlane Toys!
To pre-order any of the items above, pop into either store, check out the Osiris Games webstore, or send us an email at the usual addresses.
Stay turnt my friends!
Diamond Comics UK have informed us that - once again - due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control, a few pallets of stock didn't arrive at their warehouse in time for distribution this week.
As a result the following titles from Image, Boom, Vault, Oni Press and Aftershock will be not be available in the UK until Wednesday 12th February.
This Saturday, the best little comic book convention that could returns to Jury's Inn.
We'll be there from 10:30am with an array of show-special prices on graphic novels, new comic books, variants covers, plus a few shiny surprises and bonus bargains!
You'll be able to find us at Table 10 on the day!
For more information, head to OKTrueBelievers.com
We know you're all a little sick of BFCM, but a quick bargain before Christmas is always nice! Why wait until the January sales?
Don't forget, these items are only available in store this year - not online, but we can take payment over the phone during opening hours for collection at a later date, or email us and we can send you a digital invoice.
Please note during busy periods, priority will always be given to customers in the shop.
A full list of what we have on offer this year can be found at the bottom of this blog post.
HALF PRICE GRAPHIC NOVELS!
OR FIVE SALE GRAPHIC NOVELS OR MORE FOR ONLY £5 EACH!
The selection above includes copies of The Boys signed by the artist, and we also have a selection of Yu-Gi-Oh manga reduced to £4 each.
FUNKOS FOR ONLY A FIVER!
PLUS REDUCED TOYS, STATUES AND MORE!
Local Comic Shop Day, the day celebrating the independent spirit of local comic book specialty shops, returns for its fifth annual event on Saturday 23rd November.
Local Comic Shop Day is conceived and implemented by ComicsPRO comic book specialty retailers to call attention to locally owned independent comic book specialty stores, celebrating their vital role in being the primary fire-starters of pop culture with a range of exclusive - and often very limited items - available on the day!
These items are only available in VERY limited quantities and there is a strict, no reservation or pre-sales policy for Local Comic Shop Day, imposed upon us by the organisers. We recommend getting to the shop for opening time on Saturday - 10:00am - to have your best chance to get the items you might want!
Think of this as the comic book shop equivalent of Record Store Day!
Here's everything we'll have available on the day: