Please Help OK Comics!

When I attended the Thought Bubble One Day Comics Convention in Leeds last year I picked up some Comics from the OK Comics stand. The guys probably won’t remember me but I remember them being friendly, helpful and recommending some great picks that I later bought from them. They had invited me to come down to check out the shop and sadly I didn’t get the chance.

On Twitter yesterday I saw a twit(is that the official term) doing the rounds that the Shop was in financial trouble due to building work pretty much ruining the passing trade. I headed over to the Ok Comic website and found this more detailed Press Release on the situation with a plea from the guys on how us comic fans (especially if you’re based in Leeds can help).

People who have visited OK Comics over the last couple of weeks will have noticed scaffolding outside our shop. Thornton’s Arcade is being renovated.
The work was due to start in February when it would have least effect on trade, and last for six weeks in total. The work was to be carried out in three stages, two weeks per stage… this hasn’t happened.
The first stage of the work started in June and is now moving into it’s fifth week. It’s not known how long it will last.

The ongoing work, the presence of scaffolding, workmen, dust and noise has had a massive negative effect on the amount of people visiting our shop.

OK Comics has never been about making money. It’s important that the bills get paid, staff get wages, and that stock is paid for. But it’s not a high profit venture. It’s about comics, and the people who read them.

There is a bare minimum the shop needs to take to continue trading.
The reduction of income because of the renovation work has, in one month, damaged OK Comics very badly, and threatened our ongoing existence.

Our regular customers have been great. Enduring the restricted conditions to continue buying comics and graphic novels from us. But we’ve lost pretty much all our passing trade and all our casual browsing customers. New customers have dried up almost completely.

Please help.
If there is a book or comic you were thinking of trying, do OK Comics a favour and try it now.
If you’ve ordered something and have yet to pick it up, do it today.
Recommend OK Comics to your friends.
If it’s been a while since you collected your standing order, do it very soon.
If you’ve got a friend who’s got a birthday coming up, buy their present from OK Comics now.

We’ll continue to sell back issues for 50p (we recently acquired two great new collections), and we’ll be running sales and special offers daily over the next few weeks (details of which will be posted here, on twitter and facebook).
We’ll continue to receive new comics and graphic novels regularly every week.

Please help OK Comics through this, hopefully temporary, difficult time and we can continue to provide comics and books for years to come.

Cheers, Jared
OK

So you know the situation and what you can do to help…What are you waiting for?

Also please spread the word about OK Comics as the last thing I’m sure any of us comic fans want to is comic shop go under.

The online shop seems to be undergoing maintenance at the moment but I hope they get it back up and running soon as I would definitely buy some comics from the website to help support them. They’ve also got a comic courier style bag which is just the thing for a comic convention so I may pick up one of those bad boys as well.

You can also buy comics from their ebay page http://stores.ebay.co.uk/okcomics

Let’s see if we can’t help the guys through this period. Head over to the OK Comics website to help and see what you can do today!

GS Reporter: Nuge

5 comments

  1. matt pease /

    I drove down on Saturday (140 mile round trip) and picked up a few new comics and a couple of back issues! it’s Great little store! every time i’m in Leeds i pop in and thumb through their back issue collection, and I’ve found a few gems.

    i have one of the OK comic courier bags and i use it all the time for comics/magazines and it’s even good enough to carry my laptop in a pinch!

    i really hop these guys can pull through the trouble and stay in business!

    GS Reporter: Matt

  2. Staticgirl /

    Hmmm very close to my work Leeds office and I’m in charge of setting the location of team meetings…..
    September = Leeds, I think.

    • geeksyndicate /

      lol you know it makes sense!

  3. It’s a fantastic little independent comic shop in Leeds. They have a pretty extensive back catalogue that there is definitely something for everyone.

    The staff are friendly and awesome with their recommendations too, we all need to get behind this store as there are no where near enough good people running great shops like these anymore!

  4. yeah, let’s support OK comics. let’s help them and share passion

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