Sunday, July 20, 2014

The greatest TV show ever filmed (at Haven)

So what do Haven employees get up to after the store closes? Well, Alex Humphrey and his friend, Richard Werder, use the store as a set for their webseries, Killing Time. Yes, Haven has its own TV show!

Please keep in mind, though, that Haven has it's own very-very-not-safe-for-work TV show. It is wall-to-wall with herpes jokes, Mangum jokes, and masturbation montages. And even if you're ok with some masturbation montages, you're probably going to be offended by these particular masturbation montages.

But with that caveat in mind, please enjoy the comedic stylings of Alex Humphrey and Richard Werder. And if you really like their work, be sure to stop by the Killing Time Facebook page to get updates on the series.





Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Batman '89

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Burton's Batman arrived in theaters. With a new superhero movie popping up every couple of weeks these days, it's hard to remember what a seismic event that was, especially for a ten-year-old kid like myself. Batman was already fifty years old by point, but to my limited perspective, superheroes were relegated to Saturday morning cartoons and the occasional comic book my parents bought to keep me quiet on long car trips. Once Tim Burton's movie appeared, though, it really seemed like everybody was talking about it.

For me, not only did I see Batman multiple times that summer, I also attended my first ever comic book convention (a scrappy little affair at the Wheeler Basin Public Library.) I saved my allowance for weeks to buy a Batmobile toy. (Tim Burton's Batmobile remains my favorite version to this day) and began watching reruns of the Adam West Batman TV show religiously.

Recently, I re-watched the movie for the first time in a decade or so, and I was struck by how...offbeat it is. I hate when people call superhero media "campy" because it's usually accompanied by an unspoken assumption that superheroes shouldn't be any fun or, god forbid, something a kid might enjoy. But the 1989 Batman is definitely a Tim Burton movie. A whirl of whimsy and lurking dread, it has as much in common with Nightmare Before Christmas as The Dark Knight Returns. The props and art deco set designs make it impossible to say if the movie is set in the 1930s or sometime in the near future. Where Heath Ledger created a Joker who was terrifying other, Jack Nickolson's Joker was much more of a puckish, pied piper character. At ten years old, even though I knew he the bad guy, it was impossible to watch him bopping through the art museum, "improving" all the paintings, and not want to be him a tiny bit. And then you have Robert Whul's Knox, wandering through the movie, commenting on the action like a one-man, Borcht Belt chorus. Seriously, what the hell was up with Knox?

The movie isn't perfect. Neither Michel Keaton nor Kim Basinger seem to have any idea how to play their characters, and the batsuit looks so stiff and cumbersome, I'm pretty sure a hard shove would have trapped Batman on his back like a turtle. Still, that summer twenty-five years ago marked the first time since Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent that superheroes took a central place in popular culture. Moreover, that summer began a lot of the obsessions and loves that would define my life.

Since then, superhero movies have become big business, and especially with DC/Warner properties, deathly serious business as well. I can't imagine them releasing anything as idiosyncratic, as bizarre, or and brilliant anytime soon.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Roleplaying clearance sale!

With the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons coming soon, we need to make some room. That means a huge sale of roleplaying books. We've got Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, Game of Thrones, and more... all 30% off! Come down and check them out.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Free Comic Book Day Success!!

Free Comic Book Day was a monster success, with hundreds of people flocking to Haven for free comics, killer sales, some great costumed heroes, and, possibly, a trip through time and space with K9 in the Tardis.  We even had the Ghostbusters on hand just in case any unwanted supernaturals reared their ugly heads!

Lots of pics to be posted soon - but a big shout-out to all of our great customers and friends who came out for the event and made it such a huge success.  A big thank you goes out to the cast and crew of Haven Comics who made it all possible:  Kris, Kalisa, Mike, Alex, Steve, Stephen, Rachel, Jason, Erin, Mandy, Wesley, and Adelyn.  You guys all rock!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Comic Book Day raffle run-down



This year's Free Comic Book Day is shaping up to be our biggest one yet, and we're putting together a raffle to match. And what's even better, you'll have multiple chances to win!

Every purchase gets you an entry in the raffle. Every five dollars you spend gets you an extra chance to win.

Win what you ask? Gaze covetously on some of the prizes we're offering:

  • Two day passes* for Con Kasterborous, North Alabama's Dr. Who convention.
  • $50 gift certificate from Haven Comics
  • Handmade plush Wookie by local artist Kalisa L.
  • A slipcase edition of My Little Pony #1, signed by artist Andy Price
  • LEGO: Marvel Superheroes for Xbox
  • Two autographed novels by local author Kristopher Reisz
  • A scented candle prize pack from Yankee Candle

    Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 3rd, from 10 to 6. Come join the fun!
    * Er, that's two passes, each good for one day.
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Free Comic Book Day is a-brewin'



    Are you ready for the best Saturday in all time and space!



    Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 3rd. This year, Haven is teaming up with Con Kasterborous, North Alabama's Dr. Who convention, to make it the best one we've ever had! To make that happen, we're gonna have some or all of the following: free comics for all ages, cupcakes, laser tag, raffle prizes, trained velociraptors jumping through flaming hoops, a Jack Kirby look-a-like contest, a TARDIS, great deals on back issues and other merchandise, rolling a d10 to determine your discount on RPG books, Ghostbusters, Chris Evans dancing like an organ-grinder's monkey while you throw nickles at him, more cupcakes.

    Which of these amazing things will we have? Which ones am I making up? You'll have to come by May 3rd to find out! But the one thing we're sure to have at Free Comic Book Day is tons of fun for everybody!

    Edited to add: Click here to see a list of raffle prizes you can win.

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    Haven's Birthday this Wednesday!

    Join us as we celebrate Haven's 13th birthday! 



    There will be cake!

    There will be comics!

    There will be... adventure and excitement? For someone out there, I'm sure. 

    If Haven Comics were  a comic book instead of a comic book store, we'd have so many issues and trades by now that there would be a Haven Omnibus collection. People would argue whether original Haven or modern Haven is the best. There would be at least three artist changes and an awkward period in the nineties that no one wants to remember. There would be Haven Comics action figures, a Haven Comics cartoon, and a movie that would have probably sucked but the diehard fans would enjoy anyways.

    Feel free to stop on by and say hello to friends old and new. The community that surrounds Haven Comics is what makes it the best little comic book store in Alabama and we are proud to be a nexus of comic geeks, gaming nerds, and all their patient spouses and family members that wait in the car while they browse. It has been a wonderful 13 years so far and we're looking forward to many, many more.