The site will remain active until I return. Its open for websales however they will not be processed until I come back. Apologies to all those who are awaiting their websales. Hopefully a lot of you will be happy over the next few days.
I will endeavour to complete any incomplete sales on my return.
Stay safe and be healthy.
Welsh Government Announce Two Week Firebreak Lockdown. ( 2020-10-19)
As you know from my previous post I am still grappling with the previous lockdowns backlog. However Mark Drakeford has announced that he will be putting everyone in Wales into Lockdown starting next Saturday for two weeks.
What I intend to do this week is to try and complete as many existing websales as possible and get them posted on or before Friday. After that then any new websales and existing incomplete sales will have to pause while restrictions are applied.
Cardiff has been in lockdown for the past three or four weeks but the current restrictions go much farther and place us back in total lockdown.
Please stay safe during this difficult and remember.
Comic Guru will keep going as long as you want me too. I know there is fear everywhere at the moment but always remember its out of love that we take these measures. Not just for our protection but for our loved ones and for those we don't even know.
First off let me just say that I am very grateful for your continued support and custom.
However we are still suffering from Lockdown related backlog of websales that I am attempting to track down at the shop. 26 of them to be precise. Now because of the scale of the problem its also slowing down completion of new orders submitted after we came back from Lockdown.
That and I had a chest infection they thought was Covid meant I had to take a week off as well.
Now the big problem is that my stock has been Sweded. Which I will explain.
A few times a year our shop is attented by Swedish exchange students who do work experience here for up to two months. The latest one, Gustav, was extremely competant so I left him to condense our entire back stock of comics, so we could merge the remaining comics that weren't sorted into alphabetical order, and make the process of tracking down websales far more efficient.
However after creating five long boxes of space which was excellent I then realised that he had not maintained the order while condensing the boxes despite my instructions. So now I have christened the disorder, Sweded, which has a double meaning which is very similar as it happens to what happened.
This has left virtually none of our boxes in actual alphabetical and numerical order. This has left us with a huge mountain to climb as due to the lockdown I am literally running a one man band here. Certain friends who are absolutely brilliant have been donating time to help with the search and if it wasn't for them we would have reached critical overload. However it does mean that there are a few that require fingertip searches in order to track down the final issues or I sometimes give up and try and source them from elsewhere.
Please understand that I am working as fast as I can but I also have to run the shop during opening hours which are now 1pm to 6pm. We were recently dealt a bit of a blow by the arcade which has stopped us working late as they have decided to no longer employ Night Security so our window of opportunity to find these difficult issues is now very low. Sometimes it can take a team of 4 people 5 or 6 hours to track down a single issue so you can imagine how it is now impacted with lockdown affects.
What I am basically saying is that I continue to look for the missing issues and upon either finding them or sourcing them from elsewhere promise to get them out to you. However if I cannot do either of those two things I always refund at the point of having posted them.
Please don't be upset as its no ones fault its just the current road we are all travelling. However if you do want an update please ring me on 02921328434 and we can discuss the progress of your order or confirm that it hasn't been sent our or that its been processed. I would rather have a phone call just in case your websale has been overlooked or heaven forbid lost than not know the issue was there until you get angry. All I ask is your continued patience until then.
Please stay safe, from Kristian Barry and the friends and contributors at Comic Guru.
Comic Guru Reopens! ( 2020-06-23)
As of 22/6/202 Comic Guru has reopened but with limited opening hours.
We will be here from 1pm to 6pm every day.
Regardless of Government advice we will be operating a two meters distancing within the shop.
Keep safe and hope to see you here soon.
In the shop for Customer Services Now until around 7.30pm this evening. ( 2020-06-13)
If you need help with an order or just want to ask a few questions I am available on the shops customer services line until 7.30pm this evening.
Just ring 02921328434 and you can get through immediately.
All the best, Kristian Barry
Greetings from Comic Guru Mail Order Team, ( 2020-05-31)
We have managed to find most of the websales and they are being posted now.
We will be coming in to find the rest at the end of the week. We will post on our Facebook page when we are next coming in to work.
Please remember that Wales is still under lockdown and due to several long term health conditions I am supposed to be self isolating which is why I am only driving in to work a few times a month.
I will endeavour to get in to finish off a few of these more stubborn items and anyone who needs customer services with me to discuss any outstanding orders or queries will have to wait until I am in work.
Those details will be posted on Facebook.
All the best, Kristian Barry
Stay Safe, and remember you aren't just protecting yourself with lockdown but all those you care about.
We are open for Mail Order! ( 2020-05-09)
Despite the Covid 19 Pandemic we are still open for websales.
Please be aware however that I will only be attending work once a fortnight and will deal with all outstanding issues during that time.
Please keep an eye on the Comic Guru Facebook page, link on the front page, and I will try and put up notices of when I am coming in.
All the best, Kristian Barry
Good News. ( 2020-04-15)
Today we were able to get in an find all of the extant Websales we have received over the lockdown.
Although not all of them have been completed (2 are currently waiting for replacements from Diamond) all of them will be posted tomorrow.
We will be getting a substantial order from Diamond tomorrow or the day after which should be going live on the site tonight or tomorrow. Please order in the usual way, however we will only be able to get in once a week to complete any websales.
Good luck stay safe and be careful.
All the best, Kristian and the Comic Guru Team.
Outbreak Offer Addendum. ( 2020-03-21)
In order to qualify for delivery you will have to have ordered £50 pounds worth of comics.
There will only be ten spots per day.
All the best, Kristian
C19 Outbreak Announcement! ( 2020-03-21)
To all of the extended friends and family of Comic Guru,
With the recent shutting down of pubs, cinemas and some public gathering areas we have been mulling over whether we should continue trading or shut the doors during this Pandemic.
Deciding what to do is a complicated issue as I am simply too poor to shut the doors and go home. I am also aware that people over the next three months (minimum) will need and indeed rely on entertainment through reading and gaming to name but a few.
We will eventually be locked down by the Government regardless maybe within the next seven days however until then I have to think of not only my safety but the safety of my customers and friends. I am in a high risk bracket and could potentially die if I become infected with this thing and so could my elderly relatives etc just like a lot of you at home.
So starting Monday I will be offering free delivery to everyone within a 10 mile slot in and around Cardiff. If your orders are significant I could be persuaded to travel further up the valleys however that is dependent on a number of factors.
The virus stays active on Cardboard and paper for between 12 and 24 hours so any parcel delivered should remain unopened during that quarantine period. I currently have no symptoms and have been practicing Social Distancing for some weeks so it is unlikely. However I deal with the public so its better to be safe than sorry.
The same goes for any of my Standing Order customers. I urge you to ring up and pay for your orders and they can be stored here until quarantine is lifted or posted out. Its up to you. There are a significant number of boxes here and in order for me to survive it will be neccessary for those who have ordered stuff through Comic Guru to pick it up. I will probably be ringing around shortly for some of the biggest culprits.
I am also willing to create curated packages for people as a mental health care package featuring one shots, mini series or story arcs which you can create the paramaters for.
Just ring up and all of this can be sorted out over the phone. 02921328434.
I appreciate this is genuinely scary stuff but we will all get through this as long as we look out for each other.
Please be safe and practice Social Distancing. Remember if you have them surgical gloves are a better preventative than a mask and use the phone to contact your Gran and Grandad as you wouldn't want to see them harmed.
All the best, Kristian Barry and the Comic Guru Team. Love you all and stay safe.