Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pathfinder Munchkin -- Sunday 12/29

Haven will host a free demo of the new Pathfinder Munchkin next Sunday (Dec. 29th) from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come play with us. Loot treasure! Kill goblins! Stab your friends in the back!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Andy Price signing

This past Saturday, we had a huge crowd for our Andy Price signing. Besides having a ton of fun, we collected a box-full of toys for Toys for Tots! A big thanks to everybody who everybody who came out, and especially everybody who gave to Toys for Tots.

Some of the decorations we set up for the signing


Andy makes a scary face.


The line moved pretty slowly at times, but people seemed to enjoy talking and hanging out with other pony-fans.


Some of the prizes for the Toys for Tots raffle


Pinkies Pie


Haven Comics: Alabama's most dog-friendly comic shop


Bro-hoof!


Super-cute pony fans


Scootaloo


Andy doing his thing


A cake celebrating 1,000,000 copies of My Little Pony sold in its first year


The lovely Alice Price pulling winners for the raffle


Some of the lucky prize winners


All the toys we collected for Toys for Tots. It was a great haul!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Andy Price Signing 11/23!

The Andy Price signing is TOMORROW! Can you believe it?

Join us Saturday, November 23rd, from noon-4pm and come play pony games! Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots and get entered in our awesome pony raffle (each toy is another entry in the raffle!). Come hang out with other My Little Pony fans and get pony high-fives!

High-hoofs?  Whatever, just come and hang out!

You also don't want to miss the transformation that has taken over Haven. Let's just say that things are getting a little seasonal around here...



You've got to see it in person to believe it, folks. Come out and join us for another wonderful signing featuring Andy Price. Consider it our special gift... to you.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Autographed Batman storyboard lithograph

We just got this in today: a storyboard litho from Batman: The Animated Series, shadowboxed and autographed by Mark Hamhill. It looks awesome in our game-room, but wouldn't it look even better in yours?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My Little Pony prizes!

As we announced last week, we're having another Andy Price signing November 23rd. And since it's the holidays, we've decided to team up with Toys for Tots!

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, and you will be entered into a pony-tastic raffle. We've gotten some great prizes, as you can see below.



My Little Pony headphones and fashion belt.



$25 in Build-a-Bear Cub Cash (enough for a pony of your choice from the Build-a-Bear Workshop.)



Cookies for Santa cookie cutter kit



Hand-stitched OC pony, Candy Cane



An original, custom sketch by Andy Price himself, artist of the best-selling My Little Pony series. (PLEASE NOTE! The sketch pictured is for illustration purposes only. Andy will talk with the winner to create a custom sketch just for them.)

And besides the raffle, we'll also have crafts, treats, and of course, Andy Price himself! The signing will be Saturday, November 23rd, from noon to four-ish. Go here for more information.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

My Little Pony artist signing!

Saturday, November 23rd, celebrate Hearth Warming Eve with us and meet Andy Price, illustrator of the hit My Little Pony comic!

Andy will be signing comics from noon to five. We will have hot apple cider and other Hearth Warming treats, as well as crafts for fillies and foals of every age.

And just to make things 20% cooler, we are teaming up with Toys for Tots. Everypony who brings in a new, unwrapped toy will be entered to win a ponytastic prize package! The package will include, among other awesome things, an autographed sketch by Andy Price himself!

UPDATE: You can see some of the prizes you might win here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The secret origin of Mary Jo Duffy

I was reading some old Wonder Woman comics and found this letter on the final page of Wonder Woman #216. It's from Mary Jo Duffy, a future editor for Marvel and writer on DC's Catwoman series.

The letter appeared in the March 1975 issue of Wonder Woman. Assuming Wikipedia is the irrefutable information source high school sophomores hope it is, Mary Jo was twenty-one when she wrote it. It tickles me that, in one letter, she touches on big cultural issues (the accurate representation of feminism) and utter minutiae (whether Wonder Woman should use Amazonian oaths in her alter ego). Truly, a mighty editor was in the making.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Two great Halloween events coming up!

Here's two great events we have planned for the Halloween season…

Saturday, October 26th, from 8 pm to midnight, Haven regulars will be running games at the Huntsville-Madison Library's teen masquerade ball. The ball is open to teens in middle and high school. Along with a host of Halloween-themed games (Zombie Munchkin, Zombie Fluxx, and Ghost Blitz among others), the ball will feature food, dancing, and crafts. For more information, check the library's website.

And on Wednesday, October 30th, from noon to 7 pm, Haven will be participating in Halloween ComicFest 2013, along with comic shops all across the country! We will have free comics for all ages, treats, and special deals. Wednesday only, we'll have 25% off all games, back issues, and graphic novels. To check out all the comics available on Wednesday, check out the Halloween ComicFest website.

So come out to the masquerade ball or ComicFest and celebrate Halloween with us!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In your satin tights / Fighting for your rights

I recently bought a bunch of old Wonder Woman comics. Was a bit tickled to see that the previous owner (or maybe his mom) went through and erased the ladies' cleavage. I can't decide if this is creepy or absolutely adorable.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVING LEGEND #1 (OF 4) (RES)
NEW COMICS FOR WEDNESDAY 10-02-13

 
ACTION COMICS #24                                      
ALL NEW X-MEN #17
ALL NEW X-MEN SPECIAL #1  
ARCHIE #648
BATMAN #23.3 PENGUIN STANDARD ED 
BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3 RAS AL GHUL STANDARD ED          
BATMAN COURT OF OWLS BOOK & MASK SET (N52)            
BATWING #24                                             
BUSHIDO #1 (OF 5)                                       
CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVING LEGEND #1 (OF 4) (RES)        
DARBY POP FREE PREVIEW BOOK (NET)                         
DAREDEVIL DARK NIGHTS #5 (OF 8)                     
DETECTIVE COMICS #24   
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #9 (OF 12) IDW
EARTH 2 #16                 
ELEPHANTMEN #51 (MR)                             
FAIREST #20 (MR) 
FANTOMEX MAX #1 (OF 4) (MR)      
FOREVER EVIL #2 (OF 7)    
GFT GIANT SIZE 2013 (UNLEASHED PT6)
GFT WONDERLAND DOWN RABBIT HOLE #5 (OF 5)
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #194              
GI JOE COBRA FILES #7                     
GREEN ARROW #24                                       
GREEN LANTERN #23.3 BLACK HAND STANDARD ED          
GREEN LANTERN #24                                 
GREEN LANTERN #24 COMBO PACK                        
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #6             
HINTERKIND #1 (MR)                              
HUNGER #3 (OF 4)                                 
INFINITY HUNT #2 (OF 4)                                 
IRON MAN #16                             
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.3 DIAL E STANDARD ED                
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.3 SHADOW THIEF   2.99  DC
LAZARUS #4 (MR)                  
MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #1 (OF 5)                  
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #1
MIGHTY AVENGERS #2 INF             
MORNING GLORIES #32 (MR)                        
MYSTERY SOCIETY DELUXE HC                          
OCCULTIST #1 (OF 5)                                    
PATHFINDER GOBLINS #3 (OF 5)                            
PHINEAS AND FERB MAGAZINE #19                        
SAVAGE WOLVERINE #9                                     
SHADOWMAN #11 REG MARCUS TO                        
SONS OF ANARCHY #1 (OF 6) (MR)                     
STAR WARS #2 (OF 8) LUCAS DRAFT (C: 1-0-0)           
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN NOW #4                      
SUPERMAN #23.3 HEL STANDARD ED                          
SWAMP THING #24                                       
THUNDERBOLTS #16 INF                                    
TMNT VILLAIN MICROSERIES #6 HUN (C: 1-0-0)         
TRINITY OF SIN THE PHANTOM STRANGER #12             
WITCHING HOUR #1 (MR)  

GREEN LANTERN #24

"LIGHTS OUT" part one! Relic arrives on Oa as this massive story kicks off! Can the different Lantern Corps come together to stop this powerful enemy? Lights Out will see Lanterns die, others change allegiances-and nothing will be the same ever again! Trust us: We MEAN IT!


MYSTERY SOCIETY DELUXE HC 

Together, Nick and Anastasia-husband and wife-are the Mystery Society. They are rich, resourceful, refined, and determined to uncover the paranormal secrets of the world's underbelly... and in need of new recruits. Their first case: finding the missing skull of Edgar Allan Poe. In the 2013 Special, our outlandish heroes plumb the depths of the ocean to carry out an exchange with an eccentric collector who isn't what he seems.


CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVING LEGEND #1 

When a top-secret orbital research station is dragged from the sky by an unknown alien force, army-of-one Steve Rogers finds himself caught between two global superpowers on the brink of war! But how does it involve Volkov - a decorated Russian officer he last crossed paths with during the closing days of World War II, who disappeared on an ill-fated lunar mission over forty years ago?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Next Week's Comics!! (9-18-13)

Infinity #3 (of 6)

ZERO #1
ACTION COMICS #23.3 LEX LUTHOR                          
ADVENTURE TIME #20
APHRODITE IX #5                                         
ARROW #11                                               
BATMAN #23.1 JOKER STANDARD ED                          
BATMAN #23.3 PENGUIN                                    
BATMAN 66 #3                                            
BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3 RAS AL GHUL                      
BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #2                               
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #23.3 CLAYFACE                   
BLOODSHOT & HARD CORPS #14                     
BPRD: HELL ON EARTH #111                                 
BRAVEST WARRIORS #10 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #11 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #12 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #5 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #6 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #7 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #8 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS #9 - S/O
BRAVEST WARRIORS TP VOL 01 - S/O                            
CABLE AND X-FORCE #14                                   
CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 INF                                  
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #20                                 
CYBER FORCE #6
DAMSELS MERMAIDS #5 (OF 5)                             
DAREDEVIL #31                                           
DC HEROCLIX BATMAN CLASSIC TV 24 CT GRAVITY FEED - S/O #66 
HEROCLIX BATMAN CLASSIC TV BATMOBILE - S/O #66
DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN YR TP TRIAL OF THE AMAZON     
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.3 SCARECROW                        
DISNEY PRINCESS MAGAZINE #16                            
DOCTOR WHO VOL 3 #13
FABLES #133
FF #11                                                  
FLASH #23.3 ROGUES                                      
FOREVER EVIL #1 (OF 7) - Reorder                               
GHOSTBUSTERS #7                                         
GREEN LANTERN #23.1 RELIC
GREEN LANTERN #23.3 BLACK HAND                          
HALF PAST DANGER #5 (OF 6)                              
HARBINGER #16
HARBINGER WARS TP
HELLRAISER: DARK WATCH #8
INFINITY #3 (OF 6)                                      
INFINITY #3 OF(6) CASTELLANI LEGO VAR - S/O                   
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.3 DIAL E                             
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.2 ECLIPSO                       
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.3 SHADOW THIEF             
MARVEL ADVENTURES: THOR/SPIDER-MAN DIGEST TP             
MORBIUS, LIVING VAMPIRE #9                               
MORNING GLORIES #31
NEW AVENGERS #10 INF                                    
PETER PANZERFAUST #14                                   
POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #14                             
POWERS BUREAU #7
SAVAGE DRAGON #191
SAVAGE WOLVERINE #8                                     
SECRET AVENGERS #9                                      
SINESTRO CORPS SYMBOL BLK T/S XXL
STAR WARS #1 (OF 8) LUCAS DRAFT
STAR WARS DARK TIMES SPARK REMAINS #3 (OF 5)
SUPERGIRL: COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE EIGHTH GRADE TP     
SUPERIOR CARNAGE #3 (OF 5)                              
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #18                                 
SUPERMAN #23.3 HEL                                      
SWAMP THING #23.1 ARCANE                                
TEEN TITANS #23.2 DEATHSTROKE                           
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #13                                 
THUNDERBOLTS #15 INF                                    
TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #0                        
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #31                               
UNCANNY X-MEN #12                                       
VENOM #41                                               
WOLVERINE MAX #11
WONDER WOMAN #23.1 CHEETAH                              
X-FILES SEASON 10 #4                                    
X-MEN LEGACY #17

Friday, September 06, 2013

Dragon Con 2013 Round Up

At this time last weekend you would have found me among the thronging herds of geeks that take over Atlanta, GA for the annual Bacchanalia that is Dragon Con. Were you there? Did you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow Whovians, Browncoats, and whatever you call people who like X-Files? Perhaps you didn't make it and had to watch all the twitter feeds of attendees as they posted endless streams of costumes and celebrity panels.

Maybe you were in Atlanta, but you went to the sportsball game instead. I don't judge! If you were, I hope you had fun and your team scored all the points. We're all geeks in one way or another, whether your obsession is passing yardage or building proton packs.

So what was there to be found this year at Dragon Con?
Photo shoots where it is the photographers that can't blink.

Local hero Andy Price, illustrator of the hit My Little Pony comics. Here he is shown posing with a few of his fashionable fans on Friday. It was impossible to take pictures any day after that as his booth was swamped with adoring pony fans.


 These beautiful ladies represent the different realms of Westeros from Game of Thrones. Each dress was detailed to reflect the different lands and each bore the motto of the noble house that claimed the territory.

There was a parade featuring superheroes, villains, Avatar the Last Airbender characters (shown), steampunk, Mad Max vehicles, Ghost Busters, marching bands, and more Storm Troopers than you could shake a Wookie at.

Overall, it was a massive celebration of everything nerdy. I can't even begin to list the highlights because the experience is so unique for each attendee. There's room for gamers both board and figurine based, plenty of celebrities to get autographs from, concerts and live performances, and just good old fashioned people watching. Share your Dragon Con experience with us in the comments!

As for me? Well, I managed to find something that caught my eye...


Thursday, September 05, 2013

New Star Wars / Old Star Wars


COURTESY OF CNN

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ...

An Empire has spread across the galaxy, and the few remaining Jedi defend themselves against the Sith. At the same time, a dispute over trade and treaties is interrupted by ... General Luke Skywalker?
A little confused?
 
That's because these familiar elements from "Star Wars" lore are part of George Lucas' rough draft for the first movie ("Episode IV: A New Hope" for the uninitiated), illustrated for the first time by Dark Horse Comics as "The Star Wars." The first of eight issues of the comic book series is out now.
When Luke is a much older man, Vader doesn't wear a helmet, Han Solo resembles a lizard and there is a character named Kane Starkiller, it might take some getting used to. But it's a fascinating part of movie history, no doubt.
 
CNN spoke separately to J.W. Rinzler, who adapted Lucas' script for comics, and artist Mike Mayhew.
 
CNN: What captured your interest when adapting this script?
 
Rinzler: It's so similar and yet so different at the same time. All the puzzle pieces are there but arranged to form a different picture. You've got Sith and Jedi, you've got a desert planet. You've got a planet with twin suns, an imperial city and a cloud city. When I read the rough draft, it had all those things which made me want to make it into a comic book. It's such a great story, George is a great storyteller.
 
CNN: Was it difficult to illustrate this story from a script written nearly 40 years ago?
 
Mayhew: Not at all. I've been in comics 20 years, and when I read the rough draft, I thought, I can make a comic of this tomorrow. It was just a very well-written screenplay, and that's what a comic book script is. This is genuinely George's first complete screenplay story of this tale, and it's wildly different.
 
You can see why some of it was changed because there's no way they could have done it. It was just too ambitious.
 
When you look at movies now like "Avatar" and "The Avengers," it seems prophetic. Audiences expect all that action and set pieces, and one thing after another. I'm sure back then they looked at this and thought, "What's this guy thinking?"
 
The other interesting thing is you see the origins of the characters we know and love. Darth Vader is kind of a general, he's one of the main heavies but he's not a lord of the Sith. Here, Vader is really three characters: General Vader, this Lord of the Sith named Valorum, and this mechanical man. You think you know these characters and then you discover their truer origins.
 
CNN: What do you think fans will take away from this book?
 
Rinzler: Based on early fan feedback from the first issue, they're really enjoying this alternate universe, and they're getting to read a story that's being told by George. Even through my adaptation, you feel his voice. You see many of the things you love in "Star Wars" but in a slightly different way.
You have the Tusken raider moment surging in front of the binoculars, except it's not a Tusken raider, it's a different character. Fans are saying they're reading it two or three times to take it all in.
 
Mayhew: This to me is the greatest "what if" story in comics. What if this made it to the screen? The mind reels at the possibilities.
 
CNN: Is there one particular thing that is farthest away from the "Star Wars" we know and love?
 
Rinzler: Everyone seems to latch onto the fact that Han is a big green alien. That's pretty far! He doesn't have his own ship. His character is probably the most different, although he can already talk to Wookies. It's fascinating to see all this stuff starting out, in a way.
 
What's really fun is that R2-D2 talks in this one. There's a couple of points where I felt like "R2-D2 should say something here," and I added a line and that was really fun.
 
Mayhew: The characters in this story are much different than the characters in "Star Wars." The relationships are a lot different and to me, more intense. Leia's story is a little more complicated, and she's more a part of the action. Annikin is more of a trained Jedi than Luke was. The older General Skywalker to me is so much cooler than Obi-Wan. This character is like Captain America, a bigger than life hero.
 
CNN: Is there a possibility that this alternate version of "Star Wars" could live on beyond these eight issues, at least in the fans' minds?
 
Rinzler: Fans have been asking already about this, because so many things are hinted at particularly in the first issue, about the past, or characters in the periphery, or just spoken of and not seen. They'd love to see those mysteries explained, but we have a little movie called "Episode VII" coming up and that will take precedence.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Indestructable Hulk #12

The cover of Indestructible Hulk #12 is by Mukesh Singh. I know almost nothing about Mr. Singh except he managed to make a feathered dinosaur look pretty bad-ass. That feat alone vaults him to being one of the best comic artists of his generation.

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Her shoes look like a stenographer's"



In 2002, one of the earliest pictures of Wonder Woman was auctioned off for $33,000. Drawn by Harry G. Peter at the request of William Moulton Marston, the image is pretty close to the Maid of Might we know and love today.

Around the margins of the sketch, there's some back and forth between Peter and Marston about various details of the costume. You can read them on the Letter of Note blog.

And now a few more pictures of Wonder Woman, because really, you can't ever have enough...











Thursday, August 08, 2013

Slyvester McCoy is coming to Huntsville!

Sylvester McCoy is coming to Huntsville's own Dr. Who convention, Con Kasterborous! Considering this is only the con's third year, this is a huge get. Click here for more info.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wolverine: The Musical

Hand-made Ponies

Hooray, we have ponies! Each plush pony you see here was hand-made by an authentic American grandma who sang "You Are My Sunshine" while she sewed. This gives them 27% more snuggability than regular, mass-produced ponies. We have Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Big Mac, Doctor Whooves, Derpy, and Apple Bloom.

We also have My Little Pony picture frames, jewelry boxes, and photo albums. These are also grandma-made, except she sings a medley of Led Zepplin songs while making them. We're unsure why.