Monday, September 28, 2015

Creative Women Mini-Con and storewide SALE

This Saturday, we have a sale you don't want to miss and an amazing line-up of local and national creative women for you to meet. You'll meet women-in-comics trailblazer Barbara Randall Kesel  and the first woman to ever write a Transformers comic book Mairghread Scott (her new title Toil and Trouble is a fantastic read).

On the locals front, you'll meet Sacramento favorites Julie Okahara, Madelyne Templeton, Etta Jean, and many more. PLUS, we have some creative women who are completely new to the con scene. 

Want to know who else will be there? Here's the complete Creative Women Mini-Con listing.

Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: Starting at 11 am.
Cost: FREE

Everything is on sale this Saturday. Here are the details.

50% off Back Issues
15% off Toys & Statues
10% off Graphic Novels

*Savings Club Members, be sure to check your email for your October 2015 Member Bonus. You're going to love what you find. (Not a member? Learn how to join in this email).

First woman to write Transformers comic Mairghread Scott at Creative Women Mini-Con 2015

The first woman to ever write a Transformers comic book, Mairghread Scott, will join us this Saturday, October 3, 2015 for our 3rd annual Creative Women Mini-Con.

Mairghread wrote the four issues series, Transformers: Windblade, making her the first woman to ever write a Transformers comic book. She worked with an all female team, including Sarah Stone, who attended Creative Women Mini-Con 2014.

First creator-owned series Toil and Trouble

Mairghread's first creator-owned series, Toil and Trouble, published by BOOM! Studios, has its first issue on comic book shelves now. describes Toil and Trouble this way: "This six issue miniseries weaves together the story of Macbeth from the point of view of the three witches, offering a unique glimpse into the world of one of Shakespeare’s biggest tragedies and delivering a closer examination into the darker parts of the human soul."

Learn more about Toil and Trouble in this Mairghread Scott interview at The Mary Sue.

Connect with Mairghread online on Twitter, @MairghreadScott, on her website,, or on Tumblr, MScottWrites.

More of Mairghread's work can be seen in Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Rescue Bots as well as the comic books Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy, and Transformers: Combiner Wars.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Women-in-comics trailblazer Barbara Randall Kesel at Creative Women Mini-Con 2015

Barbara Randall Kesel
We're over-the-moon excited to have editor and comic book writing veteran Barbara Randall Kesel join us for Creative Women Mini-Con 2015.

Barbara blazed a trail for other women to follow as an early female influence in the comic book industry. In a piece written for, Jennifer M. Contino says about Kesel, "Moved by the bad stereotypical way that most female characters were portrayed, she sent DC Comics a ten-page letter informing them of her views and suggestions for how to ‘fix’ problems and make improvements." Dick Giordano called her for a meeting.

Barbara has worked at DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, CrossGen, and Dark Horse Comics. She served as "head writer" at CrossGen and is well known for writing the popular comic book, Meridian, featuring a young, female heroine named Sephie. She has also written Sigil, Ultragirl, Legends of the Dark Crystal, and Ghost Whisperer, among others.

As an editor, Barbara was recognized in 1996 with a Harvey Award for Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August in the Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work.

To learn more about Kesel's work with Womanthology, listen to the Worst Comic Podcast Ever interview.

Right now, in the shop, we have available a collected edition of Hawk & Dove written by Barbara and numerous issues from #1 and #44 of Meridian.

We're excited to have this comic writing legend join us for Creative Women Mini-Con. Talk to Barbara on Twitter at @barbarakesel. Follow Barbara on Facebook.

Creative Women Mini-Con 2015
Date: Saturday, October 3
Doors open: 11 AM
RSVP on Facebook

For the full line-up of exhibitors and guests, read our post, "Announcing 2015's Creative Women Mini-Con guests."

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thanks for joining us at Crocker-Con 2015

We had an amazing time at Crocker-Con 2015. There's nothing better than enjoying a really chill time relaxing in the Empire's Comics Vault Mobile Lounge. Having a drink. Eating some food. Visiting with friends.

Relaxing in Empire's Mobile Lounge. #CrockerCon 2015

Ben held a 50/50 win/loss ratio for all Jenga matches. Here's a great photo from a video we posted to Snapchat (add "EmpiresComics" for more spur of the moment fun).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Crocker-Con 2015 Exhibitors Instagram List

Tonight -- Thursday, September 10, 2015 -- is the night from 5pm - 9pm! We'll be at the Crocker Art Museum with Empire's Comics Vault's Mobile Lounge.

There will be a costume contest -- AND by the way, cosplayers get in free. It's also free for Crocker members. College students get a $2 discount. Pay at the door or register online.

Take a pick with the Delorean (thanks to the California Automobile Museum) and meet lots of artists, writers, cosplayers, and comic book creators. Happy hour is from 5-6 pm and there will be $5 drink specials all night. The event is sponsored by Submerge Magazine.

Jenga Challenge

Come play Jenga with Ben. Beat him and you'll earn $10 in back issues (Terms: no actual value. Back issues bins only. Wall comics excluded. No change given).

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nooligan's Big Barda an Empire's Comics Vault exclusive

One of the things I love most about the Sacramento comic scene is the huge amount of creative talent right here at our fingertips. You have writers, artists, sculptors, painters, crafters and so much more.

One creator that has made his mark both locally, and now nationwide, is Sacramento native Hainanu Saulque (, but maybe you know him as Nooligan.

His classic design and stylistic use of space makes his work unmistakable and perfect for display on any wall. All of his pieces are limited edition so that means you can’t wait till the next con to get the piece you want since it may not be there.

Down here at Empire's Comics Vault, we have a very special piece done just for the shop. You won’t find this Big Barda print anywhere else and it is limited to only 50 prints. Make sure you get yours before they go. ^Ben

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Announcing 2015's Creative Women Mini-Con guests

Our third annual Creative Women Mini-Con is Saturday, October 3, 2015. The official hashtag for this year's event is #CWMC2015 (see the results on Twitter or Instagram).

The 2013 and 2014 events had some amazing guests, and this year will be no different. Please note, that, while this year's event is full, we are still accepting applications in the unlikely event that a spot opens up.

Welcome the 2015 Creative Women Mini-Con guests

Watch our blog for individual profiles on each creative woman along with video interviews. And now... the list!

Barbara Kesel
Barbara Randal Kesel: Barbara has done work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Crossgen, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. She is well known for her writing of Crossgen heroine Sephie in Meridian. She has also written Ultragirl, Legends of the Dark Crystal, Ghost Whisperer, and Hawk and Dove, among others. We're excited to have this comic writing legend join us for Creative Women Mini-Con. Talk to Barbara on Twitter at @barbarakesel. | Learn more about Barbara Randal Kesel
Note: Kesel is pronounced "KEES-uhl"

Just added: Mairghread Scott!

Mairghread Scott
Mairghread Scott: Last year you met Transformers: Windblade artist Sarah Stone. Now the other half of the Transformers: Windblade creative team joins us for this year's Creative Women Mini-Con. Mairghread is an animation and comic book writer who is launching Toil and Trouble, her first creator-owned series, at Boom Studios' imprint, Archaia, in September. Catch up with Mairghread on Twitter at @MairghreadScott.

Angelina Brewer: If it's pinup, rockabilly, or geek, Angelina digs it. From framed art to wearable art, you'll want to check out this first time exhibitor at Creative Women Mini-Con. You'll be amazed by her perler bead art. Check it out on Facebook.

Madelyn Templeton
Madelyne Templeton: Madelyne joins us for the first time this year and brings a gorgeous array of art to the event. She has been covered in more than 15 different publishing magazines around the world. Check out her work on Instagram: @madelynjt

Amanda Johnson and J. Alana Christensen, A Different Studio: Amanda and Alana bring cool art into your everyday life. Themes include eastern and western forms of comics and illustration. Check them out on Facebook.

Kimberly Greve: Kimberly is currently working on the art for her first graphic novel, "Bride of the Wolf God," written by her husband. Connect with Kimberly on Twitter before you meet her at the mini-con: @ellazara.

Erminia Saucedo
Erminia Saucedo: Generation 1 of Transformers started in 1984. A year later, during the Search for Alpha Trion, Elita-1’s all female squad was introduced. They appeared in only one episode. Erminia, aka, "Minnie," and a task force of thirty people from around the globe are bringing them back. Learn more about this project on its Tumblr page, Transformers Elite. We're proud to welcome Minnie as the representative of this project.

Etta Jean: We're proud to welcome Etta back to another Creative Women Mini-Con. Etta is a fantasy writer and author of  The Chronicle Series and The Shaughnessy File. Talk with Etta on Twitter at @EttaJeanFantasy.

Julie Okahara: Julie has displayed in Empire's Art Gallery and exhibited at our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con. We're pleased to introduce you to the imaginative and thought-provoking paintings of Julie Okahara. Visit for a glimpse of her work.

Rachel Unzueta
Rachel  Unzueta: We're especially pleased to have Rachel join us at the Creative Women Mini-Con for the first time. Prior to this she has kept her art private except for the occasional online fan art posting. We're certain you'll love her art as much as we do. Check it out.

Sarah Rene Straub: Sarah and her art return to Creative Women Mini-Con. Catch up with Sarah to find out about her recent and new projects, and make her art your own. You'll find her at @SketchyKraft on Twitter.

Lauren Bennett: Lauren joins us for the first time this year. She's a "mostly" self-taught artist who loves character design, illustration, and sequential art. Take a peek at her art on Tumblr before you meet her at the mini-con.

Kristine Wendt: Kristine's art has been featured in Empire's Art Gallery and her comic has graced Empire's Comics Vault's local shelf. Tweet Kristine at @KristineArt and follow her adventures on Instagram at @KristineArt.

Crystaline Owen
Crystaline  Owen: Crystaline is a "California grown painter with big hair and big dreams." Need we say more? All that's needed is action: gaze upon her gorgeous art.

Jen Monson: Multi-talented artist Jen Monson returns to Creative Women Mini-Con. From paintings to sculptures to wearables, Jen's art pleases fans. Explore @jenuoneart on Instagram to find your favorite piece.