Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ben Interviews Bendis April 21 at 3 PM Online

This Friday, April 21, 2017 Ben interviews Bendis -- and we can't wait. 3 PM can't get here fast enough, tick tock, tick tock.

Not only is Brian Michael Bendis one of the hottest modern comic book creators -- he's also the ultimate fan of comic books.

We hope you'll join us. If there's anything you'd like to ask him, let us know in the comments as soon as possible.

You can watch online here starting at 3 PM tomorrow (or shortly thereafter).

Just to whet your appetite, we're including his TEDxCLE talk for your viewing pleasure.

Brian Michael Bendis at TEDxCLE: "The little boxes"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vaulty Award Winners Recognizes Best Comics of 2016

Our podcast crew, Cracking the Vault's Tony Asaro, Amy Nunag, and Patrick Clarke, recently recognized the best in 2016's comics via our annual comic book awards, The Vaulty Awards.

This year we added a Listener's Choice selection, so now your favorites are recognized also.

Don't miss out on these awesome comics, available in a comic shop near you.

Episode 90 of the podcast (listen here) announced the winners, but we've put them in print for you right here.

So, without further ado, here are the winners!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Year of the Creatives Begins Today

You probably noticed how much we love Sacramento. If not, just take a look at our calendar of events -- past and present.

In 2017, we've decided to really connect the dots. We're celebrating creatives and creative acts all year long.

Get into Sacramento's creative culture

We hope you'll join us in getting to know Sacramento's creative culture. Maybe you'll learn something about our creative community that you didn't know or hadn't experienced before. If you do, please share it with us.

Do something creative you haven't done before

Today is the first day of 2017. Three hundred and sixty-four days from today what creative endeavors would you like to have accomplished? Better yet, how about 90 days from now? What one or two new creative endeavors are on your bucket list? Let's do it -- together -- because we have one or two things on our list also.

Next time you're in the shop, asks us what we're up to and let us know what's on your list. Also, stay tuned for new opportunities to experience Sacramento's creative culture.

And if you're not already on our mailing list, you might want to sign up. It's going to be an exciting year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Art, Music, Comics, and Community in December

We have a month full of good times just waiting for you.


All month long, the gorgeous art of Sarah Kraft is featured in Empire's Art Gallery. Be sure to join us for her art reception on December 17.


We're all about the bands -- especially Ghoul School and Dog Rifle! They're playing Empire's After Hours on December 16.

Check out their melodious tunes and then come see them live in the shop.


THIS FRIDAY, we're bringing all the best laughs and putting them into the shop for Empire's After Hours' Stand Up Comedy. This is for mature audiences only (i.e., not for the kids!).


On December 8, join our comic book discussion group as we talk about Empowered (Vol. 1) by Adam Warren.

A whole bunch of us from the shop are going to see Rogue One on December 15. Want to join us? There might be space.

Finally, our annual TOY DRIVE with Sacramento Comic Creator's Group runs through the 17th. Please bring toys and other gifts for children in need. We'll deliver them to the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home where they'll be placed with children. If you want to go above and beyond, check out their Wish List.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday WEEKEND SALE!!!!!

Friday, November 25 (BEST SALE DAY!)
Hours: 9am-8pm
35% OFF Graphic novels
40% OFF Toys, posters, statues and games
Back Issues $5 and under ONLY .50c
Back Issues $5.01-$10 ONLY $1
Back Issues $10.01-$15 ONLY $2
Back Issues $15.01+ 75% OFF

Saturday, November 26
Hours: 11am-8pm
25% OFF Graphic novels
30% OFF Toys, posters, statues and games
Back Issues $5 and under ONLY $1
Back Issues $5.01-$10 ONLY $2
Back Issues $10.01-$15 ONLY $3
Back Issues $15.01+ 50% OFF

Sunday, November 27
Hours: 12pm-5pm
50% OFF Back Issues
20% OFF Toys, posters, statues and games
15% OFF Graphic novels