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.

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.




    Saturday, March 15, 2014

    Hot new comic boards in!

    As everybody knows, comic book collecting is on the wane. The market never fully recovered from the speculator bubble bursting in the late 90s, and every year, those lovingly preserved copies of Death of Superman in your Uncle Eugine's closet are worth less and less.

    But that just leaves more room for the hot new collectibles market: comic book backing boards! Haven just acquired a gorgeous collection of some rare and highly collectable boards. Check 'em out!



    A Fleer UltraStiff from 1983. As you can see, it's in Very Fine condition, with some light blunting on the corners. I've been collecting comic book boards for 20 years, and I've never seen an '83 UltraStiff with a grade this high!



    A BCW 1996, special limited edition, Fine+. Instead of the usual eggshell white, BCW released this variant in ivory white! Only 80,000 of these were ever printed!



    A 1991 DiamondPro CardBro, Near Mint. Can you believe somebody found this beautiful board stuck behind a copy of Detective Comics #27? Thank God they didn't trhow it out!

    We've got a lot more collectible comic book board, plus new comic book boards every week! Stop by and get started in this exciting hobby! And remember, it's not a speculation bubble, it's a speculation balloon, almost certain to expand forever and ever without ever bursting!

    My Little Pony tournament! Saturday, March 22nd

    Hey, card-slingers! Haven Comics invites you to come down and join us for a friendly, all-ages tournament with the My Little Pony Collectable Card Game! You can bring your own deck (although we will have them for sale as well as booster packs), learn the game, and have lots of fun!

    THERE WILL BE PRIZE SUPPORT! We will have prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the tournament. This is meant to be a fun, friendly event so just do your best and let's all learn the new card game together!

    Noon to 1pm will be the "Learn & Trade" part of the day, where people can help teach one another the basics of the game and check out if anybody is trading for cards. Then from 1pm-5pm we will host our first even MLP CCG Tournament!

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday's Comics!! (3-19-14)

    New Warriors #1


    ADVENTURE TIME #26
    ALL NEW INVADERS #3 ANMN                                
    AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE #1
    ANIMAL MAN #29                                          
    APHRODITE IX #9
    AVENGERS WORLD #4 ANMN                                  
    BATMAN 66 #9                                            
    BATMAN AND AQUAMAN #29                                  
    BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY ESCAPE BOARD GAME
    BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #8                                
    BATWOMAN #29                                            
    BIRDS OF PREY #29                                        
    BPRD: HELL ON EARTH #117                                  
    BTVS SEASON 10 #1
    DAREDEVIL #1 ANMN                                        
    DARK HORSE PRESENTS #34
    DEATH TP
    DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF WEIRD #2 (OF 5) – S/O #3              
    DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF WEIRD #3 (OF 5)              
    FIREFLY BOARD GAME: BREAKIN’ ATMO EXPANSION
    GHOSTBUSTERS #10                                        
    GHOSTBUSTERS #11                                        
    GI JOE #14                                              
    GI JOE DISAVOWED TP VOL 03                              
    GI JOE DISAVOWED TP VOL 04                              
    GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #29                          
    HARBINGER: BLEEDING MONK #0.2014
    HARLEY QUINN #4                                          
    HELLBOY FIRST 20 YEARS HC
    IRON MAN #23.NOW ANMN                                    
    JUDAS COIN TP                                          
    KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #206
    MAGIC: THE GATHERING - THEROS #5 (OF 5)                    
    MARVEL KNIGHTS HULK #4 (OF 4)                            
    MAXX: MAXXIMIZED #5                                      
    MS MARVEL #1 2ND PTG PICHELLI VAR
    MS MARVEL #2 ANMN                                        
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #17                  
    NEW AVENGERS #15                                        
    NEW WARRIORS #1 ANMN                                    
    NOAH HC
    NOVA #15 ANMN                                            
    POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #20                              
    RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #29                            
    REVOLUTIONARY WAR: WARHEADS #1                            
    RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS #1                                
    SAGA TP VOL 03
    SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #3          
    SHADOWMAN #16
    SIMPSONS COMICS #210                                    
    SIXTH GUN #39                                            
    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #258
    STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & CRY OF SHADOWS #4 (OF 5)
    STAR WARS: DAWN O/T JEDI - FORCE WAR #5 (OF 5)
    SUICIDE SQUAD #29 (EVIL)                                
    SUPERGIRL #29                                            
    SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #10                          
    SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2                            
    SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6                                    
    SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 COMBO PACK                        
    TERMINATOR: ENEMY OF MY ENEMY #2 (OF 6)                  
    THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #20 ANMN                            
    THUNDERBOLTS #23                                        
    TMNT: UTROM EMPIRE #3 (OF 3)
    TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE #100                      
    TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #27 DARK CYBERTRON      
    TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #9 (EVIL)                        
    UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW ANMN                              
    UNWRITTEN VOL 2 APOCALYPSE #3
    WAKE #6 (OF 10)
    WINTER SOLDIER: BITTER MARCH #2 (OF 5) ANMN              
    WITCHER #1 (OF 5)                                        
    WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2 ANMN                              
    WONDER WOMAN #29                                        
    X-MEN #12 ANMN
    X-O Manowar #23

    Sunday, March 02, 2014

    This Week's Line-Up!! (3-5-14)

    Rogue Trooper #1 (Subscription Variant)

    ACTION COMICS #29 3
    ADVENTURE TIME: FLIP SIDE #3 (OF 6)
    ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #10
    AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4
    ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 04 SPLINTER SPECIES
    APOCALYPSE AL #2 (OF 4)
    ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #18
    AVATAR: LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 07 RIFT PART 1
    AVENGERS AI #10
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1
    BATWING #29
    BLACK COAT GN: BLACKEST DYE
    CAPTAIN AMERICA #18 ANMN
    DAY MEN #3
    DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF DOOM FAST FORCES 6PK
    DETECTIVE COMICS #29 (GOTHTOPIA)
    DETECTIVE COMICS #29 COMBO PACK
    EARTH 2 #21
    FAIREST #24
    FOREVER EVIL #6 (OF 7)
    FOREVER EVIL #6 (OF 7) COMBO PACK
    FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #6 (OF 6)
    GREEN ARROW #29
    GREEN LANTERN #29
    GREEN LANTERN #29 COMBO PACK
    GRINDHOUSE: DOORS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT #6 (OF 8) 3
    HEAVY METAL #267
    IRON MAN #22
    LOBSTER JOHNSON: GET LOBSTER #2 (OF 5)
    LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #2 ANMN
    MAGNETO #1 ANMN
    MEGA MAN #34
    MOON KNIGHT #1 ANMN
    MUNCHKIN GETS PROMOTED
    NEW WARRIORS #2 ANMN
    NIGHT OF LIVING DEADPOOL #4 (OF 4)
    NOVA #14 ANMN
    PUNISHER #3 ANMN 3
    ROGUE TROOPER #1
    SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #3
    SECRET #6
    SHE-HULK #2 ANMN
    SONIC SUPER SIZED SUPER DIGEST #6 6
    STARLIGHT #1
    STORMWATCH #29
    SWAMP THING #29
    TALES OF HONOR #1
    TERMINATOR: SALVATION - FINAL BATTLE #4 (OF 12) 3
    TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER #17 (EVIL)
    TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER #2
    TWILIGHT ZONE #3
    UNCANNY X-MEN #18
    VAMPIRE DIARIES #3 3
    VEIL #1 (OF 5)
    VELVET #4
    WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1
    WILD BLUE YONDER #4 (OF 5)

    WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1 ANMN

    Saturday, March 01, 2014

    Warhammer sets!

    We're dipping out toes into the Warhammer water, gonna see what happens.

    Ork Boyz, Skeleton Warriors, Chaos Knights, Space Marine Assault Team, and Warriors of Minas Tirith. Small sets $10, Large sets $17.

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    The Drowned Forest

    Hello. I wrote a book.

    The Drowned Forest is a ghost story set along the Tennessee River. It's about 15-year-old Jane who suffers a crisis of faith when her best friend, Holly, drowns. When Holly returns, Jane has to delve into the folklore of the old South to put her friend to rest and move on from the tragedy herself.

    Not only is The Drowned Forest available at the best comic shop in the universe, but each copy sold at Haven comes with an exclusive, variant ending, hand-written by the author himself!



    What could this special, Haven-only ending possibly be? Well, if I told the whole internet, it wouldn't be special, would it? But check out these loyal Havenites' reactions to the amazing twist.

    So stop by and pick up a copy of The Drowned Forest, browse the back issues, or just talk about how cool the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer was, because there's always something to do at Haven.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    This Week's Comics!! (2-26-14)


    ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #10                              
    AQUAMAN #28                                              
    ASTRO CITY #9                                            
    AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #24                                    
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN #8                                      
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN #8 COMBO PACK                            
    BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #28                              
    BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC                  
    BEWARE THE BATMAN #5                                    
    BLOODSHOT & HARD CORPS #0.2014
    BRIGHTEST DAY SYMBOL T/S XL
    CATACLYSM: ULTIMATES LAST STAND #5 (OF 5)                
    CATWOMAN #28 (GOTHTOPIA)                                
    DAMSELS #13                                              
    DC HEROCLIX LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICK
    DC UNIVERSE VS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5 (OF 6)        
    DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #3                                  
    DEADPOOL #24                                            
    DISNEY MUPPETS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC
    DOC SAVAGE #3                                            
    ELEPHANTMEN #54
    FANTASTIC FOUR #1 ANMN                                  
    FLASH #28                                                
    FOREVER EVIL ARGUS #5 (OF 6)                            
    FUTURAMA COMICS #70                                      
    GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #169
    GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF DEAD: ACT ONE #2 (OF 5)          
    GHOSTBUSTERS #13                                        
    GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #12 ANMN                            
    HALO ESCALATION #3                                      
    HARLEY QUINN #1 2ND PTG                                  
    HAWKEYE #15                                              
    INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #19                                  
    JUDGE DREDD #16                                          
    JUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #200                      
    JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #28 (EVIL)                          
    KING CONAN CONQUEROR #1 (OF 6)                          
    LARFLEEZE #8                                            
    LIFE WITH ARCHIE #34
    MANHATTAN PROJECTS #18                                  
    MARVEL PREVIEWS MARCH 2014
    MARVEL UNIVERSE: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #23
    MIGHTY AVENGERS #7                                      
    MIRACLEMAN #3                                            
    MLP FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC 100 PENNY PRESS #1              
    MUNCHKIN GETS PROMOTED
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #2                        
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #2 10 COPY INC        
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #2 SUBSCRIPTION VAR      
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #15 - Reorder                  
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01            
    MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 03            
    ORIGIN II #3 (OF 5)                                      
    POWERPUFF GIRLS #6                                      
    PREVIEWS #306 MARCH 2014
    RAT QUEENS #5
    REGULAR SHOW #10
    REVENGE #1
    REVOLUTIONARY WAR SUPERSOLDIERS #1                      
    ROBOCOP BETA ONE SHOT                                    
    SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #42                            
    SECRET AVENGERS #16                                      
    SERENITY LEAVES ON THE WIND #2 (OF 6)                    
    SERENITY LEAVES ON THE WIND #2 (OF 6) JEANTY VAR        
    SEX #11
    SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #10                        
    SONIC UNIVERSE #55
    SONIC UNIVERSE #56
    SPACE INVADERS IPHONE CASE
    STAR TREK KHAN #5 (OF 5)                                
    STAR TREK ONGOING #30                                    
    STAR WARS LEGACY II #12
    SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28 ANMN                            
    SUPERMAN #28                                            
    SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1                                    
    TEEN TITANS #28                                          
    THUNDERBOLTS #22 ANMN                                    
    TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #8
    TMNT ONGOING #31
    TMNT UTROM EMPIRE #2 (OF 3)
    TOMB RAIDER #1                                          
    TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #99                        
    UNCANNY AVENGERS #17                                    
    WALKING DEAD #122
    WOLVERINE #2 ANMN                                        
    WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #42                                  
    WORLDS FINEST #20                                        
    X-FILES CONSPIRACY: TRANSFORMERS #1                      
    X-FILES CONSPIRACY: TRANSFORMERS #1 SUBSCRIPTION VA      
    X-O MANOWAR #22
    YOU SHALL DIE BY YOUR OWN EVIL CREATION TP
    ZOMBIE DICE DELUXE ED

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    We got Wookies!

    Tired of flying solo? Looking for a trusty co-pilot? Hire one of our handmade Wookies!

    Regular-sized Wookie ($35) is knitted from angel hair yarn for a luxuriant pelt. Itty-bitty Wookie ($15) makes the perfect Life Day present for that special smuggler in your life. (And if you got that Life Day reference, seriously, you need a plush Wookie.)

    Blurry cellphone shot...



    All Wookies made by Huntsville artist Kalisa L. and exclusive to Haven Comics, the best comic shop in the galaxy.

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy trailer

    I can't believe Rocket Raccoon is getting a movie before Wonder Woman. And it looks aweome! Seriously, DC/Warner, this is getting embarrassing.

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    My Little Pony Collectible Card Game Wrap Up!

    Last Saturday was our very first My Little Pony card game tournament! We had a small but lively crowd throughout the day and I think it's safe to say that our fun had been doubled. There were a few Ultra Rare card pulls, lots of learning how to play the game, and a very dramatic play of Nightmare Moon in the tournament. All in all, it was a good day.



     Look at all this friendship being had!


    Teaching the rules of the game so that everyone could play.


    Look at all that concentration! Everyone took their pony cards very seriously.

    It was a great day, and we hope to host more MLP CCG game days! Please keep and eye on the blog and our FaceBook page for all our upcoming events!

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    My Little Pony CCG this Saturday!

    Hey, card-slingers! Haven Comics invites you to come on down and join us for a friendly, all-ages tournament with the My Little Pony Collectable Card Game! You can bring your own deck (we will have them for sale as well as booster packs), learn the game, and have lots of fun!

    THERE WILL BE PRIZE SUPPORT! We will have prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the tournament. This is meant to be a fun, friendly event so just do your best and let's all learn the new card game together!

    Noon to 1pm will be the "Learn & Trade" part of the day, where people can help teach one another the basics of the game and check out if anybody is trading for cards. Then from 1pm-5pm we will host our first even MLP CCG Tournament!