Thursday, November 30, 2017

Upcoming Brian Wood interview

Our INTER -VIEWS series has featured comic book creatives like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron, and Brian Michael Bendis.

We're excited to next interview Brian Wood!

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 6:00 PM, we're sitting down with comic book writer Brian Wood for an interview. It will be LIVE, ONLINE, and you are invited to join us.

Brian has written titles such as The Massive, Star Wars, Rebels, Aliens: Defiance, Robotech, Briggs Land, Mara, Black Road, DMZ, Northlanders, and so many more.

Have something you'd like us to ask Brian? Let us know online, on Twitter or Facebook.

Also, to make sure you don't miss the interview, add the event to your Facebook calendar or visit the interview's broadcast page on YouTube and click "Set Reminder."

To connect with Brian on Twitter, follow him at @BrianWood. We'll see you there!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Black Friday Weekend SALE!
Let's keep this simple. Three days of sales!
Read on for details.


Savings Club Members: Make sure you check your email for additional Black Friday Benefits. Not a member? More info below.

Friday, November 24
(BEST SALE DAY!)
Hours: 9am-8pm
  • 35% OFF Graphic novels
  • 40% OFF Toys, posters, and statues
  • 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
  • 50% OFF Variants & Hard to Find Comics
Saturday, November 25
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
  • 25% OFF Variants & Hard to Find Comics

Sunday, November 28
Hours: 12pm-5pm
  • 50% OFF Back Issues
  • 20% OFF Toys, posters, statues, and games
  • 15% OFF Graphic novels

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sacramento's Ultimate Creative Women Showcase

Creative Women Mini-Con returns for its 5th year -- and this could be our best year yet. We've assembled thirteen of the region's most talented creative women. And we're throwing a sale in celebration (details below).

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Empire's Comics Vault

Click here to add the event to your FB calendar.


Everything You Need to Know About Creative Women Mini-Con 2017

In this post, we'll share:

  • A complete list of this year's creative women -- an interview link and social media links
  • Sale details
  • What to expect at the mini-con
Sale Details
  • 50% off Back Issues
  • 25% off Toys
  • 15% off Trades
  • Members: check your email for October's benefit so that you can level up your sale discounts!

What to expect at Creative Women Mini-Con

  • Admission is free.
  • When you support an artist by making a purchase at their table, they keep all their earning. Pay the artist directly, not the store at the counter.
  • Art purchased from the Art Gallery wall should be purchased from the store counter, not the artist's table.
  • The event starts at 11 am and goes until 4 pm.
  • Need food? Visit one of the restaurants in the shopping center and bring it back to the shop if you'd like. Feel free to sit at the couches to take abreak.

2017 Creative Women Mini-Con Exhibitors

Take a moment to enjoy the interviews we did with each exhibitor. Also, below you'll find a little about each creative woman, a link to their most recent interview, and links to some of their online profiles.



Angela Davis: Angela sold her first commissioned painting at fifteen. She's done commissioned pieces for the Deftones' Chi Cheng. She's also collaborated on a coloring book for the city of Sacramento.

Bianca Kim: Bianca creates embroidered fabric pinback buttons with short sayings that can be worn on backpacks, purses and jacket collars. She shows at the Stockmarket craft fair in Stockton, CA. She started 2017 by showing her work in Empire's Comic Vault's art gallery in January and then offered a beginner course for embroidery in her booth at the Stockmarket craft fair in Stockton.
Interview | Etsy | Twitter: @FreshBiscuitsBK | Facebook | Instagram: @FreshBiscuits

Felicia Ann: Felicia is an illustrator and digital painter from Oakland, CA. Of Chinese-Malaysian descent, she blends her rich Southeast-Asian heritage with her enthusiasm for modern science and astronomy. Her art is expressed in the female form, with ethereal portraits that connote her personal exploration of femininity.
Interview | FeliciaAnn.com | Facebook |Instagram: @Felishita

Hannah Moore: Hannah has always been crafty and enjoyed small objects. She keeps things cute for Ghost Thunder. The animal kingdom, cartoons, comics, and video games are constant inspirations.
Interview | GhostThunder.com | Twitter: @Clonie | Facebook | Instagram: @CuriousZoology | Twitter: @_GhostThunder

Heather Merrifield: Heather's focus is to capture moments that might otherwise not be captured, be it in action shots, everyday moments, or the strange and unusual. She will show at an upcoming exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
Interview | Facebook | Instagram: @HeatherLeeArtPhotography

Jen Monson: Jen is constantly delighted by new ideas. She uses trial and error to explore new approaches to her art. Her ultimate goal is to help others feel a sense of peace and joy. A smile on someone's face is the ultimate final touch.
Interview | Twitter: @JenMonson | Facebook | Instagram: @jenuoneart | Etsy

Kassandra Gamez: Kassandra is a comics creating artist. She's worked at some cool companies, but maybe not in the art department, for example, dA and Disney Interactive. Kassandra is a huge fan of comics, zines, and Corgis. This will be her first time exhibiting at CWMC. 
Tumblr | Twitter: @Kozispoon | Instagram: @kozispoon | DeviantArt

Kelly Van Gaasbeck: Kelly's focus is storytelling and whimsical thoughts. She works mostly with ink, metallic and monoprints. She spent 2 years in Japan, teaching and learning and wandering across the country, where she came to love telling stories in small spaces.
Interview | Facebook | Instagram: @Fireflirt

Kristine Balog: Kristine is an Art Historian, oil painter, and author who has dedicated her life to the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. She is both an academic and creative, teaching Art History as a profession and channeling her passion into creating comic books and authoring novels. She has authored numerous academic articles and has been teaching at the collegiate level for five years.
Interview | KristineBalog.com | Twitter: @KristineArt | Facebook | Instagram: @KristineArt |

Maia & Kaimani: Maia and Kaimani are 9 and 8 years old, respectively. Both Maia and Kaimani are enthusiastic artists who enjoy making comics, drawing, painting, jewelry making and pretty much flexing their imaginations in any creative capacity. Growing up with empowering and inspiring storytelling such as the films of Hayao Miyazaki and shows like Steven Universe, they are also equally influenced by their comics-making dad, their jewelry-making mom, and Sacramento's thriving comics and art scenes.
Interview

Megan Risk: Megan works primarily in the traditional mediums: graphite, colored pencils, pressed pastel, etc. Recently she's expanded into the digital art world, mixing it with the traditional mediums. While she started working in portraits and landscapes, she has also explored the realms of horror, supernatural, fantasy, and superhero. Megan sold her first commission when she was 23.
Interview | MeganERisk.com | Twitter.com: @MegERisk | Facebook | Instagram: @MeganERisk

Rachel Strum: Local wand-maker Rachel Strum handcrafts fantasy wands. With a background ranging from illustration to stained glass, Rachel’s experience in mixed media has inspired wands unlike any others. Beginning by hand selecting quality supplies, pairing gems individually with wood bases, and then intensively layering mixed media, her wands capture the imagination and inspire a sense of beauty. The delicate balance between beauty and practicality within all her whimsical creations has sprouted from the needs in her life, be it simple toys or giant strawberry pillows. Transforming common materials into playful creations is a labor of love inspired by Rachel’s belief that everyday should come with a touch of magic.
Interview | Etsy | Facebook | Twitter: @CitrusAtelier

Sarah René Kraft: Sarah is a Sacramento-based illustrator, colorist, storyteller, and all around sketchy lady. Experience her work in the illustrated comic world of the Greek mythology-inspired “Blind Follies,” and her upcoming artbook in progress "Lemiscus," among other various arts and projects.
Interview | Instagram: @SketchyKraft | Twitter: @SketchyKraft | Facebook

Sarah Troedson: Sarah is a composer working in silk, gemstones, pearls, crystals, precious metals, glass, and yarn. Handmade lamp-worked glass beads, silk cord, silver charms, bamboo fiber and baby alpaca yarn are the notes in her music. Colors and textures are the melody and harmony. The "music" she composes is fine jewelry, crochet and woven accessories created with a sense of joy.
Interview | RocksMapsandCrafts.com | Twitter: @RocksMapsCrafts | Facebook | Etsy




Friday, August 25, 2017

Cosplay Sketch Featuring Model Jennifer Ravensong





Whether you’re a cosplayer or an artist — or both — be sure to participate in our twice-a-month Cosplay Sketch.

Meet the model and talk cosplay, then have a seat and sketch, paint, sculpt, or draw the model. Entry is $10 at the door — and all proceeds go directly to the model.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 6 - 9 PM, cosplay model Jennifer Ravensong will pose as Poison Ivy for your sketching pleasure (click to add this event to your FB calendar).

Check our Facebook calendar for additional upcoming sessions.

Who Is Cosplayer Jennifer Ravensong?

Jennifer Ravensong (on FB at J Ravensong Productions | Instagram | Twitter) is a fictional character, with a solid mythology.

Known in some parts as the Villainous Vixen Ravensong, no one knows who the Lady Ravensong truly is; her name and face have changed so many times.

What is known is that she will never remain the same for very long, always changing and morphing to blend into her environment. 

She is known to win the affections of men and women alike, only to bring them to their undoing. A black widow by nature and a siren at heart, she will woo unsuspecting victims with the beauty of her words and song and is sure to drive you to madness. 

While it is said she has a heart of gold, very few have seen past her walls, but to those she holds dear, she is an angel in disguise.

But never trust a villain or a woman….especially a villainous woman.

She was trained in the Companion arts from birth and was then discovered to have a very high count of metachlorian.

She trained in the Jedi arts under Mace Windu before she was betrayed utterly and turned to the darkside. Now a Sith, she carries her light saber with her always but only resorts to its use in the trickiest of situations.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

6 Stand-Up Reasons To Laugh Your Freckle-Muffin Off Friday Night


6. It’s 100% Free laughs. Every last Friday of the month, starting at 8 PM. Check out FB Calendar for upcoming events and the lineup.

5. Our host’s own laughter will crack you up. It’s so contagious. He’s Mr. Joe-Joe Louis. He holds a PhD in English and is the creator and producer of both Comedy Night at Empires and the Secret Moving Van Show, both in Sacramento. He is also the creator of Joe-Joe Has Fun, a twice-daily Let's Play show starring both him and comedian Kim Martel.

Joe-Joe Louis, Sacramento comedian
Joe-Joe Louis, Sacramento comedian

4. There may — or not — be singing. Especially if Christian Amaral has anything to sing about it. He is the co-host of the monthly High Anxiety Variety Show, as well as the creator of 3 failed podcasts.


3. People wear cool stuff with, like, skulls. Yeah, skulls. Take Robert Barry, for instance. As the creator and writer behind the long standing pop culture site retroCRUSH, he's written hundreds of essays, interviews, and film reviews. Can’t wait to see what he wears Friday night.

Robert Berry, comedian
Robert Berry, comedian
























2. One comedian may be punnier than the others.
We’re talking about Damian Harmony. He, along with his partner Daniel Humbarger, has run the Capitol PUNishment pun tournament in Sacramento for the last year. He is a father of two, and could really use the money from comedy so that his kids can eat meat sometimes. So, please, make good use of the tip car. See also, bullet point #3, again.

Damian Harmony, Comedian
Damian Harmony, Comedian

And the #1 reason to laugh your freckle-muffin off with us every last Friday of the month is...

1. Random stuff happens, for example, A.J. DeMello landing in the #1 spot of this post. Oh, yeah, lots more random headed your way. With a delivery ranging from caveman to out right joker, A.J.'s sharp, no-nonsense material and nonchalant pacing leave audiences laughing and hurting.