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Complete Guide to Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019

NOTE: This post will continually be updated until the day of the event. LAST UPDATED: MARCH 7, 2019  On Saturday, May 4, 2019 we’re th...

Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Map for Free Comic Book Day Festival

We're taking over the parking lot for all of our Free Comic Book Day Festival activities. Read all about the event on our Complete Guide to Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019. AND here's the map to help you figure out parking

Plus, this year, we're planning to have our exhibitors out-of-doors! It's going to be an amazing comic book festival. Coming soon, we'll post complete festival details. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Let's talk with The Baboon's Creator Jamie Jones

Nothing but fun waiting for you this week! Here's the lineup.

SUN | 12:00 PM | Mar. 10, 2019
Heroes Fan Experience Ticket Sales

Get your tickets for the Hardly Heroes Fan Experience for the Avengers: Endgame movie--and make sure you don’t miss out on in-theater festivities! With Hardly Heroes you'll even get your seats before the general public! The two movie events will be April 25 at 6pm and April 27 at 10:30am. (Add to FB calendar)

TUE | 6:00 PM | Mar. 12, 2019
Jamie Jones Interview--LIVE Online

Jamie Jones is a comics creator with an exciting new, all-ages, project in the works, called "The Baboon." We're excited to talk to him about this new project. Find the campaign on Kickstarter. (Add to FB calendar)

THU | 6:30 PM | Mar. 14, 2019
Graphic Novel Discussion: DeptH

From master storyteller Matt Kindt comes a tale of underwater intrigue. Let's talk about it. (Add to FB calendar)

FRI | 7:00 PM | Mar. 15, 2019
Movie Night at Empire's Comics Vault

We have another classic movie headed your way and more popcorn too. Come out for a good time. We have couches. (Add to FB calendar)

SAT | 11:00 AM | Mar. 16, 2019
Sac BrickBuilders Meetup

It's been a little while since our last movie crew--and now it's time! Marvelous things are in store. Hope we'll see you there. (Add to FB calendar)

SAT | 2:00 PM | Mar. 16, 2019
Card Game BETA-Play! 

In Alchemental, there can be only one Keeper of the Celestial Sphere. Do you have what it takes to forge the Philosopher's Stone and take the Celestial Throne? Whoever forges the Philosopher's Stone first WINS! (Add to FB calendar) This new game comes from the mind of talented artist, writer, professor, art historian Kristine Balog!

SUN | 1:00 PM | Mar. 17, 2019
Carrie Alskar Art Reception

Come out and meet the artist behind the art! Illustrator/painter Carrie Alskar brings amazing creations to life. Carrie is our artist of the month for March. (Add to FB calendar)


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

ISOLA Colorist Michele Assarasakorn

It's already a banner year for us! We interviewed ISOLA writer Brenden Fletcher, and now we're going to interview ISOLA colorist Michele Assarasakorn! All that and more... 

TUE | 6:00 PM | Feb. 26, 2019
Online Interview: Michele Assarasakorn

Ben talks with illustrator and colourist Michele Assarasakorn. Michele is the master colourist on one of our favorite books, Isola. And we are hyped about talking with her. The LIVE interview will take place on Empire's YouTube Channel. (Add to FB calendar)

WED | 6:00 PM | Feb. 27, 2019
Cosplay Model Sketch

We're bringing in cosplay model Myke Soler for this months sketch. $10 at the door. The model thanks you in advance. (Add to FB calendar)


Artist of the Month:
Carrie Alskar

All month long come in to enjoy the gorgeous art of Carrie Alskar. Works are on sale. (Add to FB calendar)


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Let's talk about Wet Moon

This week we'll discuss Sophie Campbell's Wet Moon graphic novel. Also, join us offsite for board games and craft beer. Details below.

TUE | 7:00 PM | Feb. 19, 2019
Game Night

It's the 3rd Tuesday of the month--and you know what that means! Craft beer and tabletop games. Empire's Comics Vault takes the show on the road to host a night of fun. Children welcome until 8 p.m. No entry fee & no registration needed!  (Add to FB calendar)

THU | 6:30 PM | Feb. 21, 2019
Graphic Novel Discussion

An unusually usual day-to-day story in the Deep South, set in the gothic, swampy southern town of Wet Moon, a place fraught with lousy love lives, teen angst, and shadowy locals. As Cleo Lovedrop heads off for college at the local art school, she's haunted by her melancholic past: a lost love, a lost child. (Add to FB calendar)

SAT | 7:00 PM | Feb. 23, 2019
Sacramento Roller Derby Home Season Opener

Join us at The Rink for a doubleheader featuring two roller derby bouts. First, the B team, Bruin Trouble, will face Sonoma, followed by the A team, Capital Maulstars, taking on Santa Cruz. Plus, there will be a bar, merchandise, and raffle prizes. Tickets available in the shop. (Add to FB calendar)


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Complete Guide to Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019

NOTE: This post will continually be updated until the day of the event.

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 we’re throwing a party to celebrate comic books and the Sacramento creative and geek community—and you’re invited!

Our official event hashtags are:

Not only that, but we’re giving away 20,000 free comic books. The event includes:

2019 Free Comic Book Day Festival

DATE: May 4, 2019
(Add this event to your FB calendar)
Doors open at:
  • 8 a.m. for Savings Club Members
  • 9 a.m. for new guests


Here's a list of *confirmed* guests for this year's festival. MORE TO COME!

  • Wandering Boba - our festival favorite returns! 
  • Good Jo Coffee - this mobile coffee trailer brings great coffee to you! And by good coffee, we mean organic, locally roasted, fair trade coffee.

Artists and Writers
  • Nick Dragotta - East of West. ’Nuff said.
  • Justin Greenwood - Illustrator extraordinaire best known for his work on comic book series like The Last Siege, The Fuse, Stumptown, and Wasteland.
  • Jared Konopitski - His works have been exhibited or featured across the country and around the world, but he calls Sacramento home.
  • Melissa Pagluica - Her art will transport you above the clouds and delight your soul.
  • Julie Okahara - Her art makes us squeal with delight!
  • Jen Monson - Whimsy, fascination, and geekery. We’ve never seen anyone traverse diverse media as adeptly as Jen.
  • *NEW* Exhibitors just added (below)!
  • Kyrun Silva, Taurus Comics - Comic book creator, writer, and artist bring comic books to life in the real world. 
  • Ghost Thunder Collective with David Andry, Hannah Moore, Christopher Alvarez - A joint project. Arts. Comics. Crafts.
  • Dan Bethel - A simultaneous comicker/English professor/podcaster doing his best to not screw up. Comic book creator of Long John. Half of the mastermind team behind one of Sacramento's best kept secret podcasts, For All Intents And Purposes.
  • Kristine Balog - Author of Caravaggio Of Oil and Blood. Comic book creator (writer and artist) of Caravaggio's Darkness.
  • Rachel Strum - Owner of Citrus Atelier, local wand-maker Rachel Strum handcrafts fantasy wands and whimsical gifts. 
  • Lee Nordling - Graphic novel and comics innovator.
  • Mach Yeager - Art director, graphic designer and creative consultant in Game & Graphic Design, Illustration, and Animation Production.