Saturday, November 14, 2015

Now You See Me...

Havenites!  It occurs to me that folks might come here looking for information on Haven, and it looks like we're not making frequent updates.  That's partially true - as it turns out, we've migrated largely to our Facebook page.  If you don't see anything here - see what we're up to on Facebook at!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Free Comic Book Day is THIS Saturday, May 2nd.  As always, this is a great event, with lots of free comics to choose from for all age groups!

Marvel Comics is kicking off a universe-wide shakeup with their FCBD book this year, a must-have for all Marvel fans!

And Haven will be hosting the awesome folks from Geek Forge who bring a lot of cosplay experience and expertise to the table.  All cosplayers (family friendly) are welcome!

The Ghostbusters will be there too, so if you need someone to know who it is.

Our local MIB from Steven Jackson Games will be there to run some fun games like the Kobolds Ate My Baby! expansion for Munchkin.

And Wonder Woman of North Alabama will be there too, as Haven is helping her to support the New Hope Children's Clinic with our fund-raising raffle of nerdly goodness!

All in all, this is going to be an awesome day, and we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Library Game Day

This last Saturday, Haven partnered with Rocket City Table Gamers and The Huntsville-Madison County Library for for an open-invite Dungeons & Dragons session. The game was part of the library's Madison County Reads program of events which are continuing throughout March.

Everybody had a blast, including one girl who'd never roleplayed before, but turned out to be surprisingly handy with a battleaxe. And a huge thanks to Kerry Jordan of Rocket City Table Gamers for coming up with such a thrilling, chilling, goblin-gut-spilling adventure!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday hours

Just a quick note to assure folks we will be getting our regular shipment of comics in Wednesday. We've also got lots of plenty of stocking stuffers and last minute gifts for that special geek in your life. Our holiday hours are as follows:

Monday: 12 to 6
Tuesday: 12 to 6
Wednesday: 10 to 4
Thursday (Christmas): Closed
Friday: 10 to 7
Saturday: 10 to 6
Sunday: 12 to 6

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.