Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Writing Group In Sacramento

Typebars in a 1920s typewriter
Typebars in a 1920s typewriter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Every Thursday night from 5-8pm we are offering writers a place to get creative. 

New Sacramento Writers Group

Write your novel or screenplay or short stories or fan fiction or stage play or comic book script or non-fiction book with us! 

Get out of the house and come down for some dedicated, distraction free writing where you can meet other local writers, get inspired and put some valuable words to paper.

What to Expect

We have tables and chairs and outlets available if you prefer to use your laptop. We carry water and sodas in the store. In our shopping center, there is a Pizza Hut, a Mediterranean food restaurant, and an American food restaurant. Feel free to bring some snacks for yourself or to share.

We play a variety of musical genres in the store, so if you're musical palate is finely tuned to your own collection, you may wish to bring headphones.

This is just a taste of what's new at Empire's Comics Vault in 2015!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Three Local Indie Comic Creators Making It Big

Let's face it. Before every famous comic book creator was a big deal, they were independent publishers trying to make it.

Well, tomorrow, Saturday, January 10, starting at 11 AM, we will have three amazing comic book creators in the store.

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Empire's Comics Vault (Yelp)

Three Independent Comic Book Creators We Love

Kris Saldaña, Writer, Huge Comics

Kris Saldaña, an Angelino currently residing in Sacramento, writes and publishes comic books and web comics.

As a recent college graduate, he wasted no time pursuing his dream of producing comics and has already released his first book, "Showcase."

Showcase tells the story of "kids at their last punk show. Who dies? Who lives? Who cares? It is a comic about choices and the things you hold on to." (Art by Ellie Fisher).

This thought-provoking story will make you take another look at your own connections to your decisions and influencers.

Kris is working on several new projects you'll want to hear about.

Sean Miller, Writer, Anchor Comics

Sean Miller is the married father of 3 and a Stockton, CA native, who started his art career in 2012.

His most notable notable work is the self-published title, "The Original."
The Original

"The Original" is the "world's very first super-hero who comes out of retirement to confront a group of heroes who, basically, start abusing their powers," said Miller in a Recordnet.com interview.

Be sure to connect with Sean on TwitterTumblr or Facebook.

Ramon Marcus Villalobos, Artist, NewCoolMeat.com

Photo: Courtesy of Let's Talk Comics podcast
Ramon Villalobos started reading comics in high school. After reading Dark Knight Returns and experiencing its art, he had an epiphany about sequential art's storytelling power.

Today, his portfolio of work is extensive. He drew "What If? Age of Ultron #2: Iron Man" for Marvel Comics. He has also worked for Dark Horse Comics and worked on an independently published comic, Abstract 3. He serves as the Lead Artist for Stockton-Con "and is his grandmother's favorite grandson." Ramon currently lives in Stockton, CA.

Support Local Creatives

Come down to meet them these local creators who have worked hard to produce their own comics, and of course, pick up their books -- or, "Support local!" as we always say.

If you do, then down the road when these gents are a big, big deal, you'll be able to say you met them way back when -- and you'll have a signed copy of one their creations to prove it! Who know, maybe it'll even be worth ONE MILLION DOLLARS. <GRIN>

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What's New at Your Favorite Comic Shop in 2015

Untitled sketch by Krysten Rose. December 2014.
Looking back at all the good things is great, but so is looking forward to new things. So, we've put
together a list of  6  7 things that are new this year. We think you'll like what we have for you. Which one is your favorite?

Of course, there are always more surprises just around the corner, so stay tuned.

Top 7 New Things at Empire's Comics Vault in 2015

1. Active students receive a 10% discount on all purchases February 2015 through May 2015! Students must show a valid student ID. That's all we'll accept, so make sure to get your student ID asap. If it's a junior high school, high school, or college ID and it's current, then the discount is yours.

Vote for Ugliest Sweaters

Things have gotten pretty ugly here at Empires! Our eyes have been assaulted with hideous sweaters from every decade, in a myriad of colors, varied prints and an array styles, sported by these fun entrants.

Now it’s time to share the ugly! Whose is the ugliest sweater in all the Empire? You decide. Check out the entries below and cast your vote using the voting tool in the righthand column of this website.

Voting starts now, Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Voting ballot will be set up here in the right hand column. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Voting closes on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time.

Winners will be announced right here on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

2014 Ugly Sweater Entries


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our 11 Favorite Things at Empires in 2014

We're finally saying goodbye to 2014, and we're doing it by sharing some of our favorite things about 2014. Think of it as our 2014 Highlights reel.

Here's our list of things we were most excited about for the shop. It ranges from really simple things to really spectacular things. So, here they are... in almost no particular order.

  • Window blinds. Hey, our windows face the east and the sun gets in your eyes when it's going down. 
  • IKEA Shelving. Really, it's the consistent look that the shelves provide that we really like. Woo, it looks SO good.
  • Jenga. Or should we say, JEEEEEENNNNNNGGGAAAAAAA! What a blast! And each game lasts about 10 minutes or less. You wanna piece of Ben. Challenge him.
  • Couches. What were we thinking not getting couches WAY sooner! We're a comic shop for goodness' sake. You're supposed to be able to chill and read your comics. 
  • Graphic novel discussion club. We're liking this better than we thought we would at first. The groups vary in size and the discussions range from hilarious to thought-provoking. It's what we love about comics, reading AND talking about them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Sale of 2014 is this Saturday

This Saturday, December 20 is our final sale of the year. It's also 5-days before that big day everyone gets presents, so if you waited till the last minute, this sale is for you.

And even if you've finished your holiday shopping early, it might be a fine time to reward yourself with the gift of comics.

A snapshot from our 2014 Creative Women Mini-Con and Sale.

14 Reasons to put one comic book title on an Empire's pull list

December 31 marks the last day to qualify for what might be the best benefit of our Comic Book Savings Program -- VIP Status at Free Comic Book Day in 2015. So, if you're thinking about it, don't hesitate, sign up with just one title on a pull list before the end of the year.

Rolly is ready for the Ugly Sweater Contest. Have you entered yet?

Besides that, our customers tell us they love Empire's Comic Book Savings Program. You might like it too.

Need 14 reasons? Ok, here's what people are saying about the program: