Sunday, May 29, 2005

New Comics in June (6-1-05)

Amazing Fantasy #9
Aquaman #31
Astonishing X-Men #1 Var Cvr Poster
Atomika #3
Batman: Dark Detective #1 (of 6)
Batman Villains Secret Files 2005
Bear #3
Beowulf #2
Beauty GN
Blood of the Demon #4
Blue Monday vol 4: Painted Moon TP
Concrete Human Dilemma #6 (of 6)
D3 GI Joe Arashikage Showdown GN
Darkstalkers #6
Day of Vengeance #1 - second ptg
Day of Vengeance #2 (of 6)
Detective Comics #807
DF GI Joe Campbell Premiere Litho
Dracula vs King Arthur #1 (of 4)
Ex Machina vol 1: The First Hundred Days TP
Exiles #65
Fantastic Four Foes #5 (of 6)
Fathom Prelude #1
Firestorm #14
First Appearance Series 3 Batgirl Action Figure
Gambit #11
Green Lantern #1
House of M #1 (of 8)
Human Race #3 (of 7)
Imaginaries #2 (of 4)
Incredible Hulk #82
Incredibles Dash Poster
Inquest Gamer Cho Spider-Man Cvr #123
Intimates #8
Invincible #23
It’s Par for the Course, Charlie Brown HC
Jim Lee Batman #608 Poster
Jim Lee Superman #204 Poster
JSA #74
Justice League Unlimited #10
Last Hero Standing #1 (of 5)
Lethal Instinct #1
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #4
Marvel Must Haves NYX 4 & 5
Marvel Team-Up #9
Matador #2 (of 6)
Metal Gear Solid #9
Mora #3
Nightmare on Elm Street #1
Noble Causes #10
OMAC Project #1 - third printing
OMAC Project #2 (of 6)
Ororo: Before the Storm #1 (of 4)
Pact #2 (of 4)
Rann/Thanagar War #1 - 2nd ptg
Sentry TP
Seven Soldiers Zatanna #2 (of 4)
Shadowhawk #2
Shanna the She-Devil #5 (of 7)
Shi: Ju Nen #4 (of 4)
Small Gods #9
Smoke #1 (of 3)
Son of Vulcan #1 (of 6)
Spider-Girl #87
Strange #6 (of 6)
Stray Bullets #38
Super Char. Design & Poses vol 2: Heroine SC
Superman #218
Superman/Batman #20
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #11
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 1: The Fantastic TP
Uncanny X-Men #460
Villains United #2 (of 6)
Walking Dead #19
Walt Disney’s Vacation Parade #2
Warmachine Miniatures: Kossite Woodsmen
Warmachine Miniatures: Kossite Woodsmen Box Set
Warmachine Miniatures: Stalker Bone-Jack
Warren Ellis’ Atmospherics GN
X-Force Shatterstar #4 (of 4)
X-Men Unlimited #9
Y - The Last Man #34

That's right, ladies and gentlemen; like always, the bolded titles are the ones that are particularly good or particularly hot right now. Better come out and pick them up while we've got them!!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

A visit from Morpheus

I had a dream last night that I visited Haven on a Saturday, and along with the usual gaming groups was a "superhero club."

The group was basically four stereotypical comic book dorks — their leader bearing a close resemblance to The Simpsons' Comic Book Guy — who decided that they were going to be superheroes in order to honor the characters they read about.

They were seated in the section of the store behind the bookshelves — where some of the video shelves are. There were four people at their table. Three of them were wearing spandex uniforms that resembled the MiracleMan outfit, but instead of an MM logo on the chest, there was an SH logo (for super-hero). The fourth member of the group was dressed as The Tick.

I expressed my unease about the group to Josh, and he told me something to the effect of "they don't bother us if we don't bother them."

Friday, May 20, 2005

Big Comics Week! (5-25-05)

100 Bullets #61
Adventures of Superman #640
Amazing Spider-Man #520
Archie #557
Armor X #3
Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs #2
Batgirl #64
Batman #640
Batman Dark Detective #1 (of 6) - reorder
Batman Dark Detective #2 (of 6)
Batman Mini-Statue by Jim Lee
Billy the Kid’s Old Time Oddities #2 (of 4)
Blood of the Demon #1 - reorder
Blood of the Demon #2 - reorder
Blood of the Demon #3 - reorder
Captain America #6
Catwoman #43
City of Tomorrow #2 (of 6)
Common Foe #1 (of 4)
Day of Vengeance #2 (of 6)
DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1 (of 4)
Desperado Primer
Diamond Dateline May 25 2005
Doom Patrol #12
Excalibur #14
Expatriate #2
Fantastic Four #527
First Appearance Series 3: Batgirl Action Figure
First Appearance Series 3: Nightwing Action Figure
Flash #222
Fruits Basket vol 1 (of 11) GN
GI Joe #43
GI Joe Master & Apprentice vol ii #4
Girls #1
Green Lantern #1
Grimoire #3
Incredible Hulk #81
Jade Fire #1
JLA #114
Legend #4 (of 4)
Legion of Super Heroes #6
Machine Teen #1 (of 5)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #0
Marvel Free Previews #22 June 2005
New West #2
New X-Men Hellions #1 (of 4)
OMAC Project #2 (of 6)
Otherworld #3 (of 12)
Outsiders #24
Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow Talking 18-in AF
Power Pack #3 (of 4)
Previews vol xv #6
Rann Thanagar War #1 2nd ptg - reorder
Rogue #11
Runaways #4
Secret War from Files of Nick Fury
Sentry TP
Seventh Shrine #2 (of 2)
Spellbinders #3 (of 6)
Stormbreaker Saga of Beta Ray Bill #5 (of 6)
Super Character Design & Poses vol 1 SC
Teen Titans Go #19
The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty TP
Tomarts Disneyana Update Spring 2005 #60
Toxin #2 (of 6)
True Story Swear to God vol 2: This One Goes to 11
Ultimate Iron Man #2 (of 5)
Ultimates 2 #6
Wizard Comics Magazine #165
Wolverine Soultaker #4 (of 5)
X-23 #6 (of 6)
X-Men #170
Year One Batman Scarecrow #1 (of 2)
Young Avengers #4 - reorder
Zorro #1

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Sith happens

A bunch of the Haven Regulars made the paper again.
A group of hard-core "Star Wars" fans who have watched and dissected the first five movies had some pretty definite opinions about the finale - "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" - when they gathered a few days ago. ...

"It's about light sabers," John Burgess said in a condescending tone.

"I don't have a lot of hope for it," Jason Morgan said. "I think (director George) Lucas went in the wrong direction."

"Guess what. Anakin Skywalker turns out to be Darth Vader." Josh Olive, owner of Haven Comics in Madison, said, laughing at the movie's worst-kept secret. "It's the last one; no more waiting."

"I think it's going to be sad," said Liana Thompson.

"It's definitely much darker," said her husband, Dan Thompson.

While her friends were getting excited about the finale, Cris Billingsley acted like she couldn't really care less about all the "Star Wars" buzz. Why?

"Hayden Christensen," Billingsley said in reference to the actor who plays Anakin Skywalker. "I've got the trilogy and don't like any of the new ones. Excited about 'Episode III'? No, I'm more excited about the new 'Harry Potter' movie."


Friday, May 13, 2005

The New Stuff (5-18-05)

10th Muse vol 2 #1
30 Days of Night Bloodsuckers Tales #8
Authority Revolution #8 (of 12) (mr)
Batman Dark Detective #2 (of 6)
Batman Gotham Knights #65
Batman Jekyll and Hyde #2 (of 6)
Birds of Prey #82
Black Panther #1 Poster
Black Panther #4
Books of Magick Life During Wartime #11
Castlevania the Belmont Legacy #3 (of 5)
Classic Illus JR #508 Goldilocks & Three Bears
Conan #16
Daredevil #73
Donald Duck and Friends #328
Ex Machina #11
Exiles #64
Fables #37
Gambit #10
GI Joe: Arashikage Showdown GN
Goon #12
Green Lantern Secret Files 2005
Hawkman #40
Hercules #2 (of 5)
JLA Classified #7
Lions Tigers & Bears #4 (of 4)
Livewires #4 (of 6)
Lucifer #62 (mr)
Manga University Costume Coll SC
Manhunter #10
Marvel Knights 4 #18
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #14
Marvel Must Haves NYX #1-3
Mickey Mouse and Friends #277
New Thunderbolts #8
New X-Men #14
Official Handbook Marvel Universe Teams 2005
Powerpuff Girls #62
Powers vol 8 Legends TP
Rex Mundi vol 2 River Underground TP
Robin #138
Sailor Moon Novel #4 Mars Attacks
Sailor Moon Novel #8 Diamonds Not Forever
Sailor Moon vol 11 Pocket TP
Seven Soldiers Guardian #2 (of 4)
Simpsons Comics #106
Sonic the Hedgehog #149
Spider-Man Breakout #2 (of 5)
Spider-Man Human Torch #4 (of 5)
Star Wars Empire #31
Star Wars Obsession #5 (of 5)
Superman #217
Teen Titans #24
Toxin #2 (of 6)
Ultimate X-Men #59
Uncanny X-Men #459
Wizard Mega Postermania 2005
Wolverine #28
X-Men The End Heroes and Martyrs #3 (of 6)
Young Avengers #4

Monday, May 09, 2005

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Free Comic Book Day was a big success at Haven, so I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped make it such a great day.

First of all, to all the customers who came in and bought stuff, THANK YOU!! Having some of our regular customers in the store helped to create a little Haven atmosphere for all the folks coming in for the first time; we picked up several new subscribers as a result!

To all the Regulars who helped out - we couldn't have done it without you! Jeremy (Tiptoe) did an awful lot of work behind the scenes to make the day a success, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Creepy Dave also worked a lot in the days leading up to FCBD, and we owe him huge too. John Burgess (End Game) ran HeroClix demos for kids ALL DAY LONG, and he did a great job getting them excited about a game they can come up to Haven and play every weekend! Jason Morgan (The Potential) designed the awesome t-shirts everyone was wearing - and which we sold six of - and he helped out for the entirety of the day, which was much needed. Davis (Mr. Indifferent) helped with some of the earlier in the week planning stuff, and Kerry came in and got people hyped about comics and gaming at Haven. Doug Malcolm ran an excellent Star Wars Minis demo. We had an awful lot of people do an awful lot of work to make this day a success, and I just want all of you to know that we appreciate it, not only for FCBD, but every day. THANKS, GUYS!!

Teeny Titans

Teen Titans game a go for GameBoy
Robin, Cyborg, and the rest of the Teen Titans will battle evildoers on Nintendo's GameBoy Advance later this year. Majesco will publish the game, featuring superheroes from the Cartoon Network and Kids WB cartoon series, based on the DC Comics series. The game will arrive on Xbox, PlayStation2, and GameCube in 2006. In the multi-player superhero action game, players can switch control between all five Titans, as they battle archfoes Slade, Jinx, Gizmo, and Mammoth.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Supes, PhotoShopped

PhotoShop Phriday takes on the star of the upcoming Superman movie.

New Comics (5-11-05)

House of M #1
10th Muse vol 2 #1
Action Comics #827
Adam Strange #8 (of 8)
Aquaman #30
Arana Heart of the Spider #4
Astonishing X-Men #10
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #191
Batman Strikes #9
Battle Hymn #2 (of 5)
Blade of the Immortal #101
Breach #5
Captain America & the Falcon #14
City of Heroes #1
Conan & the Jewels of Gwahlur #2 (of 3)
Darkness #20
Deal with the Devil #1 (of 4)
Desolation Jones #1
Desperadoes Banners of Gold #5 (of 5)
District X #13
Don Bluth vol 1 Art of Animation Drawing TP
Elsinore #1 (of 9)
Ex Machina #1 - promo copy
Excalibur #13
Fables #37
Fantastic Four #526
Gambit #10
Gotham Central #31
Green Arrow #50
Green Lantern Rebirth #6 (of 6)
Grimjack Killer Instinct #4 (of 6)
Jack Staff #8
JSA #73
Judo Girl #1 (of 4)
Karney #1 (of 4) (mr)
Killer Stunts Inc #1 (of 4)
Majestic #5
Man with the Screaming Brain #1 (of 4)
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #3
Marvel Nemesis Imperfects #1 (of 6)
Marvel Team-Up #8
Mary Jane Homecoming #3 (of 4)
Mnemovore #2 (of 6)
Night Club #1 (of 4)
Nightwing #108
Outsiders #23
Punisher #21
Punisher Cell One Shot
Rann Thanagar War #1 (of 6)
Raymond Feist’s Wood Boy #1 (of 2)
Scooby Doo #96
Soulfire Collected Ed #1
Star Wars Tales #23
Superman the Wrath of Gog TP
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10
Ultimate Spider-Man #77
Usagi Yojimbo #83
Witchblade #85
Wonder Woman #216
X-Men Phoenix Endsong Ltd Ed Variant Cover #4
X-Men The End Heroes and Martyrs #3 (of 6)

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Haven in the news

Oooh... there's an article about Haven and Free Comic Book Day in the Go section of today's Times.
"They say you can't get something for nothing, but they're wrong," store owner Joshua Olive said. "There's absolutely no purchase required to get a free comic book.

"Our visitors on May 7 can get a sneak peek at 'Revenge of the Sith' thanks to a special 'Star Wars' comic. They'll also see The Batman Strikes, a thrilling all-ages title focusing on a young Dark Knight. They can also grab Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four and experience a team-up with these favorite characters."

See Josh's post below for more details about the event.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


That's right, everybody; it's that time again! And this year, we're trying to make it bigger and better than ever!

First of all, let's get the details out of the way. Free Comic Book Day starts THIS SATURDAY, May 7th, at 10:00, and goes on until the last person has left. This is an all day event, and it should be a ton of fun.

We've got a lot going on:

Free Comics to give away to people of all ages, in genres for just about every taste.

Gaming Demos for War Machine, HeroClix, Mage Knight, Star Wars Minis, Munchkin, and the brand new Anachronism.

A drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate.

Professional Comics Artist Andy Price will be doing FREE sketches for customers! His work is amazing, folks; what better way to get a cool sketch of your favorite superhero than to get it done, for free, by a professional?!

Also, in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, check out tomorrow's newspaper for an article about the event at Haven. Listen to WZYP all week for our really cool radio commercial. Check out Channel 31 WAAY Friday morning at 6:50 a.m. - I'll be on there, touting FCBD to anyone who is awake at that hour, and we'll also have a full-fledged story run on Channel 31 Friday afternoon/evening for the 5:00, 6:00, and 10:00 news to promote the event.

Tell all your friends! We want this to be the biggest and best Free Comic Book Day yet!