Friday, July 29, 2005

Friday, July 22, 2005


Hey, everybody!

Now is the time to share the news - Haven is moving! We haven't determined the new location as of yet - we're still deciding between a couple of spots - but don't worry; just because we're going doesn't mean we're going away!

We'll still be in the Madison area, hopefully in a more visible, more accessible location, and we'll still have the same great selection and same awesome group of guys at the store to help you out with whatever you need. We'll still be carrying awesome comics, and we'll still be playing HeroClix, War Machine, Munchkin, D&D, Vampire, and just about anything else you can think of. We'll let you know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE when and where we'll be moving - stay tuned to your email and to the store blog for more updates!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're holding a huge sale! No, they're not going as crazy as they did when I was out of town, but this will still be a pretty sale. If there's something you've been itching to buy but haven't been able to talk yourself into, now is the time! Back issues are on sale, Trade Paperbacks, T-Shirts, Gaming Books, all kinds of stuff - come on down to the store and check it out!

Looking forward to seeing you guys at Haven!

Joshua aka Big Josh

HUGE Comics Week Again!! (7-27-05)

Albion #2 (of 6)
All Star Batman and Robin #1 - Reorder, SO GOOD!
Amazing Spider-Man #522
Astro City: Family Album TP
Astro City: Life in the Big City TP
Astro City: The Dark Age #2 (of 16)
Batman Dark Detective #6 (of 6)
Belle Starr, Queen of Bandits #1
Beowulf #3
Black Panther #6
BTVS PX DLX OMWF Buffy AF - for you, Jeremy!
Catwoman #45
City of Tomorrow #4 (of 6)
Courtney Crumrin Tales #1
Damn Nation #1 (of 3)
Daredevil vs Punisher #2 (of 6)
Doom Patrol #14
Dreamland Chronicles #2 (of 24)
Edgar Allan Poe: Fall o/t House of Usher & Other Tales
El Arsenal #1 (of 3)
Fantastic Four #529
Flash #224
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Homeland #2 (of 3) – damage replacement
Giant Size Spider-Woman #1
Gimoles #1 (of 4)
Godland #1
Gypsy #1
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Hellboy: The Island #2 (of 2)
Hercules #5 (of 5)
Hero Squared #1 (of 3)
House of M Excalibur Prelude TP
Hulk Destruction #1 (of 4
Hypothetical Lizard #3 (of 4)
Imperial Dragons #1 (of 6)
JLS Classified #10
JSA Classified #1
Legion of Super Heroes #8
Lions Tigers & Bears TP
Machine Teen #3 (of 5)
Manhunter #12
Marvel Previews #24
Marvel Select Flip Magazine #2
Metal Gear Solid #11
Neil Gaimans Neverwhere #2 (of 9)
New X-Men #16
New X-Men Hellions #3 (of 4)
Nightcrawler #8
Nightwing Year One TP
Official Handbook Marvel Universe Avengers 2005
OMAC Project #4 (of 6)
Otherworld #5 (of 12)
Outsiders #26
Previews Catalog vol XV #8
Pulse #10
Pulse House of M Special Ed #1
Queen & Country Declassified vol 3 #2 (of 3)
Runaways #6
Shonen Jump #33
Silent Dragon #1 (of 6)
Spellbinders #5 (of 6)
Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures vol 3 TP
Star Wars Republic #77
Superman/Batman #21
Superman Our Worlds at War vol 1 TP - Special Order
Superman Our Worlds at War vol 2 TP - Special Order
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #33
Teen Titans Go #21
Tick: Days of Drama #1
Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Manga GN
Tomb Raider/Witchblade/Magdalena/Vampirella One Shot
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 13 Hobgoblin TP
Uncle Scrooge #344
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #659
Wizard Anime Insider Full Metal Alchemist
Wizard Comics Magazine #167
Wonder Woman #219
X-Men #173
Year One Batman Ras al Ghul #2 (of 2)

WOW - what a week! We've got all kinds of awesome titles coming out this week, including a non-comic book hit: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. That's right! You can buy the latest Harry Potter book and support your favorite comic book store at the same time!

We've also got All Star Batman & Robin #1 coming back in, so we'll have a few copies for the folks who missed it the first time. Batman, by Frank Miller and Jim Lee, is awesome! If you're not on board yet, what are you waiting for?!?!

If you've been reading New Avengers, then you need to know more about Spider-Woman, and Giant Size Spider-Woman #1 is a great place to start. This book contains a few old stories that Bendis pulled out as relevant to the new series as well as a new story by the man himself. Bendis loves this character and she figures pretty prominently in the New Avengers, so check this out ASAP!!

And The Tick is back! That's right, The Tick has returned! Don't miss it!!

See you at Haven!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Scotty's been beamed up...

For all you Star Trek fans out there — here's a little info on how Scotty got beamed up.
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion, according to the Web site. He was enjoying a busy career as a character actor when he auditioned for a role as an engineer in a new space adventure on NBC in 1966. A master of dialects from his early years in radio, he tried seven different accents.

"The producers asked me which one I preferred," Doohan recalled 30 years later. "I believed the Scot voice was the most commanding. So I told them, 'If this character is going to be an engineer, you'd better make him a Scotsman.' "

The series, which starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as the enigmatic Mr. Spock, attracted an enthusiastic following of science fiction fans, especially among teenagers and children, but not enough ratings power. NBC canceled it after three seasons.

When the series ended in 1969, Doohan found himself typecast as Montgomery Scott, the canny engineer with a burr in his voice. In 1973, he complained to his dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're going to be Scotty long after you're dead. If I were you, I'd go with the flow."

"I took his advice," said Doohan, "and since then everything's been just lovely."

"Star Trek" continued in syndication both in the United States and abroad, and its following grew larger and more dedicated. In his later years, Doohan attended 40 "Trekkie" gatherings around the country and lectured at colleges.

The huge success of George Lucas' "Star Wars" in 1977 prompted Paramount Pictures, which had produced "Star Trek" for television, to plan a movie based on the series. The studio brought back the TV cast and hired director Robert Wise. "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was successful enough to spawn five sequels with the cast of the original TV show; other films, featuring cast members of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," have followed.

The powerfully built Doohan spoke frankly in 1998 about his employer and his TV commander.

"I started out in the series at basic minimum — plus 10 percent for my agent. That was added a little bit in the second year. When we finally got to our third year, Paramount told us we'd get second-year pay! That's how much they loved us."

He accused Shatner of hogging the camera, adding: "I like Captain Kirk, but I sure don't like Bill. He's so insecure that all he can think about is himself."

James Montgomery Doohan was born March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia, youngest of four children of William Doohan, a pharmacist, veterinarian and dentist, and his wife Sarah. As he wrote in his autobiography, "Beam Me Up, Scotty," his father was a drunk who made life miserable for his wife and children.

At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."

The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.

After the war Doohan on a whim enrolled in a drama class in Toronto. He showed promise and won a two-year scholarship to New York's famed Neighborhood Playhouse, where fellow students included Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone.

His commanding presence and booming voice brought him work as a character actor in films and television, both in Canada and the United States.

Oddly, his only other TV series besides "Star Trek" was another space adventure, "Space Command," in 1953.

Doohan's first marriage to Judy Doohan produced four children. He had two children by his second marriage to Anita Yagel. Both marriages ended in divorce. In 1974 he married Wende Braunberger, and their children were Eric, Thomas and Sarah, who was born in 2000, when Doohan was 80.

In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he ever got tired of hearing the line "Beam me up, Scotty."

"I'm not tired of it at all," he replied. "Good gracious, it's been said to me for just about 31 years. It's been said to me at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on the freeway. I hear it from just about everybody. It's been fun."

Monday, July 18, 2005

Abadazad panel at Comic-Con

Back when CrossGen was around, Haven had a lot of subscribers to its titles, so this news should be pleasing for a lot of you...
Asked about the possibilities of other former CrossGen properties returning, and if any returns would be contingent on the success of "Abadazad," Bowen said that future development of the collection of properties acquired by Disney would not be contingent upon this project at all, noting that "Way of the Rat" is optioned at Castle Rock, and "Ruse" is optioned at Beacon. Bowen also named "Meridian" as a property she felt would be worth a second... or third look in terms of future development. Along with saying that there are four to five other former CG properties she would like to explore, Bowen said that both Buena Vista Games and Jetix are interested in developing the CG properties as well, and Disney has been approached by comic book companies who are looking to license out the properties, both to reprint the older material, and to create new, ongoing series.

I'd love to see some of the series pick up where they left off, but if not that, at least finally collect the final issues in trade paperback format.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Another Slammin' July Comics Week! (7-20-05)

10th Muse vol 2 #3 - Shortage/Damage Replacement
Actor X-Men Forever #1 – Rare Alternate Cover
Adventures of Superman #642
Angel: The Curse #1, 2nd prtg – Shortage/Damage Replacement
Angel: The Curse #2 (of 5)
Astonishing X-Men #11
Authority: Revolution #10 (of 12)
Avengers Grummett Promo Poster
Batgirl #66
Batman Gotham Knights #67
Batman Jekyll and Hyde #4 (of 6)
Billy the Kid’s Old Time Oddities #4 (of 4)
Birds of Prey #84
Cable/Deadpool #17
Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy #5 (of 5)
Conan #18
Daredevil #75
Day of Vengeance #4 (of 6)
Defenders #1 (of 5)
Detective Comics #808
Donald Duck and Friends #330
Ex Machina #13
Exiles #67
Fantastic Four: House of M #1 (of 3)
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Homeland #1 (of 3) - Reorder
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Homeland #2 (of 3)
Gatesville Company #1
Girls #3
GLA #4 (of 4)
Gold Digger #65
Goon #13
Gravity #2 (of 5)
Grounded #1 (of 6)
Hellboy: The Island #2 (of 2)
House of M #4 (of 8)
Human Race #5 (of 7)
Incredible Hulk #84
Iron Man: House of M #1 (of 3)
JSA Classified #1
Killer Stunts, Inc #3 (of 4)
Lucifer #64
Lullaby Wisdom Seeker #4 (of 4)
Manhunter #12
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #2
Marvel Knights 4 #20
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #16
Marvel Milestones Dr Strange, Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner
Mickey Mouse and Friends #279
Mickey Mouse Meets Blotman
Mu #4
Mutation #1
Northwest Passage #1
Ororo Before the Storm #2 (of 4)
Powerpuff Girls #64
Red Sonja #1
Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #2 (of 6)
Robin #140
Secrets of the House of M #1
Seven Soldiers Shining Knight #3 (of 4)
Simpsons Comics #108
Soulfire Dying of the Light #0
Spider-Man House of M #2 (of 5)
Star Wars Clone Wars vol 6: On the Fields of Battle
Teen Titans #26
The Pulse vol 2: Secret War TP
Ultimate Spider-Man #80
Ultimates 2 #7
Villains United #1 third ptg
Witchblade #87
Wizard Anime Insider: Full Metal Alchemist
Wolverine #30
X-Men Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame #2 (of 5)

House of M is kicking into high gear, and it's getting really good, folks! This is the biggest What If?! Marvel has ever put together, and it is well worth the price of admission. Check these books out!

Ultimates #7 is finally shipping; come and get it!

Red Sonja #1 is hitting the shelves! After the release of the #0 issue a couple of months ago, everyone has been anticipating this series - and it's finally here. Pick up your copy ASAP, because this one is going to sell out pretty quick, I'm betting.

The second issue of the Forgotten Realms Dark Elf trilogy is shipping this week too, along with additional copies of #1. This book is selling like hot cakes; check it out while we've still got it in stock!

See you all at Haven!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Beyond the capes

Bookslut takes a look at Oni Press.
I have realized that explaining comics to people who don't read them and have no interest in reading them is really a lost cause; you can't convert the unconvertible. But there is a huge segment of the reading society who are slowly learning that comics come in many forms and address many subjects. ... Once you get past the capes, there is no place better to fix your sights then the wonderful, imaginative, always impressive, Oni Press.


I've been in tune with Oni for a while, and even I found a new book I want to pick up after reading this article.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Special Event at Haven tonight! (7-8-05)

Hey, everybody! Come on out to Haven tonight at 7:00! We're hosting Scott Oden, newly published local author of a historical fiction novel called Men of Bronze. It's a great book - received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, the highest recommendation they give - and Scott will be reading a few excerpts from the book tonight, selling and signing copies, and answering any questions anyone may have. This promises to be a fun event - I hope to see you all there!

If you want to find out more about the book before tonight's event, feel free to check out Scott's website at He'll be glad you stopped by.

What they're doing down south

This is an interesting turn for a comic shop...
groundZero, a west Mobile business dealing in collectible cards, comic books and games, has opened an all-ages music venue called the groundZero Stage.

The goal of the venture, according to promotional materials, is to present live music by local and touring bands to minors who otherwise would have little chance to see such performances.

I thought about trying something like this at Haven several years ago — not creating a standing concert venue, per se, but some of the members of local bands who hung around the store suggested us hosting a concert in the parking lot or something. It never panned out, though.

HUGE Comic Week, Folks!! (7-13-05)

100 Bullets #62
Action Comics #829
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #1
Angel: The Curse #1 2nd prtg
Angel: The Curse #2 (of 5)
Appleseed vol 1
Army of Darkness: Shop Til You Drop Dead foil #4
Assassin #1
Banana Sundays #1 (of 4)
Batman #642
Batman Strikes #11
Blade of the Immortal #103
Body Bags: Father’s Day #1 (of 2)
Breach #7
City of Heroes #3
Desolation Jones #2
Devil’s Keeper #1
Dork Tower #31
Fables #39
Fathom #2
Firestorm #15
Freshmen #1
Gravity #2 (of 5
Green arrow #52
Guncandy #1 (of 2)
Hawkman #42
Hercules #4 (of 5)
JLA #116
Last Avengers Story Press Poster
Last Hero Standing #5 (of 5)
Legend of Isis #2
Majestic #7
Man with the Screaming Brain #3 (of 4)
Marvel Knights 4 vol 3: Divine Time TP
Marvel Nemesis Imperfects #3 (of 6)
Medieval Lady Death #5
Medieval Lady Death/Belladonna #1/2
Mnemovore #4 (of 6)
Mutopia x #1 (of 5)
Nat Turner #1
New Avengers #7
New Avengers Neal Adams Variant #7
New Thunderbolts #10
New Warriors #2 (of 6)
Nightmares and Fairy Tales #13
Nightwing #110
NYX #6
Pakkins Land vol 2 #3
Penny & Aggie #2 (of 4)
Playset Magazine July/Aug 2005 #22
Punisher #23
Rann/Thanagar War #3 (of 6)
Ride vol 1 TP
Scooby Doo #98
Serenity #1 (of 3)
Seven Soldiers Guardian #3 (of 4)
Shadowhawk #3
Small Gods Special #1
Smoke #2 (of 3)
Sonic the Hedgehog #151
Spider-Girl #88
Spider-Man Breakout #4 (of 5)
Star Wars Tales #24
Super Manga Blast #53
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12
Toxin #4 (of 6)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #21
Ultimate Fantastic Four Variant ed #21
Ultimate X-Men #61
Ultimate X-Men Coipel Variant #61
Ultimate X-Men Marvel Retailer Edition #61
Ultimates 2 #1 Poster
Walking Dead #20
Weapon X Days of Future Now #1 (of 5)
Wonder Woman #218
X-Men The End: Heroes and Martyrs #5 (of 6)
Y-The Last Man vol 5: Ring of Truth TP
Zombie King #0

Okay, Firefly fans, this is the week you've been waiting for! SERENITY #1 ships this week!! This is going to be H U G E!! Come on out and snap up your copies of this book accordingly!

Friday, July 01, 2005

July's First New Comics (7-7-05)

10th Muse vol 2 #3
Amazing Fantasy #10
Aquaman #32
Archangels: The Fall #1
Army of Darkness: Shop Til You Drop Dead #4
Astonishing X-Men vol 1 Gifted TP – special order
Batman Dark Detective #5 (of 6)
Batman Hush vol 1 TP – special order
Batman Hush vol 2 TP – special order
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #193
Batman the Long Halloween TP – special order
Batman Year One Deluxe Edition HC – special order
Battle Pope Color #1
Blood of the Demon #5
Bonerest #1
Catwoman When in Rome #6 (of 6)
Coexisting One Shot
Daredevil vs Punisher #1 (of 6)
David: Shepherd’s Song #1 (of 3)
DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #2 (of 4)
Dead Eyes Open #1
Deal with the Devil #3 (of 5)
Emerald Shield Green Lantern Toyfare Figure – EXCLUSIVE!!
Exiles #66
Fables #38
Fantastic Four #527 - reorder/special order
Fantastic Four House of M #1 (of 3)
Fathom #2
Firestorm #15
Freaks of the Heartland TP
Fullmetal Alchemist vol 2 TP
Gotham Central #33
House of M #3 (of 8)
Hunter Killer #3
Incredible Hulk #83
Inquest Gamer #124
Intimates #9
Iron Man House of M #1 (of 3)
JSA #75
Judo Girl #3 (of 4)
Justice League Unlimited #11
Lexian Chronicles Full Circle #2
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #5
Marvel Team-Up #10
Matador #3 (of 6)
New Avengers #6 – damage replacement
New X-Men Hellions #2 (of 4) – damage replacement
Ocean #6 (of 6)
Shanna the She-Devil #6 (of 7)
Shonen Jump Aug 05 #32
Son of Vulcan #2 (of 6)
Space Ghost TP
Spider-Girl #88
Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Star Wars Empire #32
Superman #219
Superman Our Worlds at War vol 1 TP – special order
Superman Our Worlds at War vol 2 TP – special order
Ultimate Spider-Man #79
Uncanny X-Men #462
Usagi Yojimbo #85
Villains United #1- third printing
Villains United #3 (of 6)
Warmachine Miniatures Devout Light Warjack
X-Men New Age of Apocalypse TP
Y - The Last Man #35