CARROLLWOOD – Although it has been in business for many years, the iconic comic book store at 4229 Gunn Highway has been known as Heroes’ Haven since 2008.
Each week the shop receives the latest comic book releases and carries every comic book that is being published, according to Ivan Plaza, marketing director.
“Also, we have a back issue section with more than 500 long boxes full of comic books from the ’60s to the ’90s, as well as a dedicated section for bronze and silver age comics from the ’40s and ’50s,” Plaza adds.
As its name infers, the store carries superhero comic books, such as Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, but also comic books for kids as well as adventure comics, science fiction comics, horror comics and more.
“There’s something for everyone. All the same genres you find in movies, you can find in comic books,” Plaza said. “As a matter of fact, many of the recent TV shows and movies, such as ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘Wolverine’ and ‘Captain America,’ are based on comic book series. You don’t have to be an expert on comic books or a fan of any of the characters. If you walk in here, you’ll find something that you will like and want to keep reading.”
Along with its vast array of comic book titles, Heroes’ Haven sells action figures, statues, original artwork, table-top games, toys and posters, or as Plaza puts it, “anything comic book or pop culture related.”
Carrying all the latest comic books, as well as a hefty supply of back issues, comic-related books and niche market collectibles featuring characters from comics, video games and movies is what one would expect from any self-respecting comic book store. What sets Heroes’ Haven apart from the competition is the staff’s collective passion for all things comic book, and its eagerness to share their passion and expertise with customers.
“We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We love what we do, and we want our customers to feel like family and like they have come to a comic book club,” Plaza says. “We work in conjunction with the publishers to create our own exclusive custom covers and do limited print runs of those comics, so that our customers can have something special.
“We try to do a community event each month. For example, in January, we started our Indie Day, where we brought in local comic book creators to showcase their work. In February, we brought in Paul Pelletier and Tony Kordos, artists from DC Comics’ Aquaman, who signed covers for our customers. In March, Magnus Robot Fighter writer Fred Van Lente will be here to sign exclusive Heroes’ Haven covers.”
Each Saturday, Heroes’ Haven hosts classes, led by a graduate of the noted Joe Kubert Art School, who teaches students the art form of comic book creation, from story boards to inking, coloring and shadowing.
For more information, call (813) 269-8859.