Friday, August 8, 2014

Doctor Who Premiere Party in Sacramento at Stirling Bridges Pub and Restaurant

Painting of Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who
by Jeremy Rathbone, 2014
On Saturday, August 23, takes over Stirling Bridges Restaurant and Pub for a viewing of the Doctor Who premiere, featuring Doctor no. 12, Peter Capaldi.

It'll be a night of fun and games and adventure and food and drink and vendors and fundraising for Shriner's Children's Hospital. More than 100 people are expected. Maximum capacity is 300.

For complete details visit's event listing on Meetup or Facebook.

Note: If you can't make that, or if you want to see it again, check it out on the big screen at local theaters on Monday, August 25, 2014. Here's a link to the Doctor Who premiere at Century Theaters  on Ethan Way. It's the theater nearest Empire's Comics Vault.

Doctor Who Premiere Party in Sacramento

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time: Arrive early to get a seat; table sharing in effect to maximize space; first come, first served

Showtime: 8pm

Stirling Bridges (Map)
5220 Manzanita Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Stocktoncon features Ben Schwartz, indie panel and Sacramento creatives

Empire's Comics Vault's owner, Ben Schwartz, will participate in an Indy Publishing Panel discussion with Justin Orr, Jusscope Press, and Hainanu Saulque, aka, Nooligan, at this weekend's Stocktoncon.

In addition to running Empire's Comics Vault, Ben also publishes comics via ECV Press.

From what we've read on the article,
"Pop culture event grows to two days in third year", this is going to be two days of pop culture awesomeness -- yes, we said, "AWESOMENESS."

Break Into Indy Publishing

Attend the panel discussion, and meet and speak with Justin, Nu, and Ben on Saturday, August 9th at 12 pm in the hotel board room.

Location: Stockoncon, Stockton, CA
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Sacramento Region Local Creatives at Stocktoncon

You'll also find Empire's Comic Vault's Artist of the Month, Jeremy Rathbone, exhibiting at Stocktoncon this weekend.

Ben and Eben, writers
Ben and Eben Burgoon
Then, at 2 pm on Saturday, in the same room as Ben's panel, shop favorite Eben Burgoon will teach on the topic, "Writing with Pictures."

Saturday at 4pm be sure to check out the 501st Legion (favorites at our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con) in the University Plaza Hotel Ballroom.

Jason Dube, founder of Scattered Comics and the Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group (which meets in the shop every Tuesday night at 6pm) will also host a panel at Stocktoncon. Jason and Scattered Comics are also regular favorites at our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

The Scattered Comics panel takes place Sunday at 12 pm in the University Plaza Hotel Board Rooms. Artist Krysten Reis, a favorite at Empire's Comics Vault's annual Creative Women Mini-Con, will be a panelist in addition to several others. More information at

Stocktoncon Programming Schedule

Source: Stocktoncon's Facebook Page


SATURDAY -- Kings Room 1 (Stockton Arena)
11am Comics Road Show (A-1 Comics) 10:30am
12pm Garage Art Studio
1pm Cosplay/Nerd Business Panel
2pm Cosplay and Acceptance
3pm Telltale Games Voice Actors
4pm Body Painting and Cosplay (Lee Kohse)

SATURDAY Kings Room 2 (Stockton Arena)
11am -Sac Horror Film Festival
12pm - Comics in Education - John Bultena
1pm - Star Trek - Daryl Frazetti
2pm - Davidson L. Haworth
3pm - Trivia w/Zombie vs. Shark
The "Marvel Masterpiece Theater" panel scheduled for 4pm has been cancelled.

SATURDAY University Plaza Hotel Ballroom
11am - Q&A with Billy Zabka/Marty Kove
12pm - League of Legends Voice Actors
1pm -Q&A with Danny Glover
2pm - Q&A with Denise Crosby
3pm - Geek Fashion
4pm - 501st Legion/Rebel Forces/Mandolorians
5pm-7pm - Costume Contest
7pm - StocktonCon Rockage Showcase

SATURDAY University Plaza Hotel Board Rooms
11am - Lazy Bones Studios (Ken Thomas)
12pm - Independent Creators with Justin Orr, Hainanu Saulque and ECVPress' Ben Schwartz
1pm - Collecting at Cons - Shawn Marshall
2pm - Writing the Pictures with Eben Burgoon
3pm - House of Doodle
4pm - Action Lab Comics Presents


SUNDAY Kings Room 1 (Stockton Arena)
11am - JLI - Jon Guerzon
12pm - Draw Simpsons/Futurama with Tone/Bill
1pm - Draw My Little Pony with Tony Fleecs

SUNDAY Kings Room 2 (Stockton Arena)
11am Creatures & Characters of Star Trek/Star Wars
12pm Creatures & Characters of Star Trek/Star Wars
1pm Drawing Star Wars (Lee Kohse/Dan Parsons)

SUNDAY University Plaza Hotel Ballroom
11am - Kevin Gill Show w/Hacksaw Jim Duggan
12pm - Building Cosplay
1pm - Meet the StocktonCon Cosplay Guests
2pm-4pm -Kids Costume Contest

SUNDAY University Plaza Hotel Board Rooms
11am - Image Comics with Landry Walker and Justin Greenwood
12pm - Scattered Comics Presents
1pm - Go Genius Go with Michael Aushenker/Marcus Collar

Empire's Art Gallery features Jeremy Rathbone in August

Artist Jeremy Rathbone
Artist Jeremy Rathbone and Boba Fett.

Artist of the Month: August 2014

Artist Jeremy Rathbone, from Sacramento, CA, will be featured in Empire’s Art Gallery for the month of August 2014, starting Tuesday, August 12.

Jeremy works in digital and acrylics and is well known for his Zombot collection. He enjoys science fiction and horror themes or a mashup of the two. He frequently displays at local galleries and conventions.

At Stocktoncon

This Saturday and Sunday he’ll exhibit at Stocktoncon, taking place at Stockton Arena. 

View more of Jeremy’s art in Empire’s Art Gallery or via @JeremyRathbone on Instagram

Watch for more information about Stocktoncon. 
One of four new prints available at Stocktoncon.
Batman by Jeremy Rathbone

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rumluck Release Party on Friday, August 8

Our Captain Dylan Hunt Welcome Party is this Friday, August 8, 2014 from 5-8 pm. 

That same night, right on top of that event, we're hosting a Rumluck Release Party in the shop, starting at 6 p.m.

If you supported local artist Hainanu Salque's Rumluck project, you'll be able to come by and pick up your copy. 

Please note that copies will *not* be on sale. ONLY those who supported the project and qualified for a book will be able to obtain one. Prints by the artist will be on sale to the public.

Dylan Update: Our poor pup has been sick, so we're not sure she'll make it. If she's up for it, however, then she will be there. We will continue with the refreshments and the sale. Also, Rolly will be present.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Crew

Thank you, Empire's fans! You really made a showing at last night's movie! Wow. And from the looks of the video we made you really loved it. Here's a photo from the night as a souvenir. Can't wait for Guardians 2, but there are so many great movies ahead for us before that.

Guardians of the Galaxy on July 31, 2014. Thanks for a great time.

If you are reading this and didn't make it last night, we hope you'll seriously consider joining us next time.

p.s. If you're in this picture, stop by to pick up the Rolly Buttons you earned!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Captain Dylan Hunt Welcome Party and Sale

Yes, we're talking about Captain Dylan Hunt the pug! And we're throwing a party to officially welcome her.

Visit our comic shop for fun, pugs and savings

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 8. The party starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.

We'll have snacks, drinks, pugs, couches, comic book and movie talk -- we'll probably still be talking about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy on 7/31! (are you joining us??) -- and, of course, a 3-hour sale... 'a threeee hour saaaale...'

The Dylan Welcome Sale

  • Bring the kids in for the sale and they'll receive pricing from Rolly's Comic Book Reading Club for Children! In this new program, new and back issues on the children's shelf are always available at 20% off cover price. Get more details and sign up your children at the shop!
  • 15% off trades, toys, back issues, variants. And if you sign up for Rolly’s Comic Book Savings Club, get 15% off any new comics you buy that night (instead of the regular 10% bonus).
  • Savings Club Members, aka, "Savers," will also receive 15% off anything in their saver.

Earn Rolly Buttons

Take a picture with Dylan or Rolly and post it on Instagram with the tag #EmpiresComics and #ThisPugNeedsAHug to receive double the usual Rolly Buttons! So, instead of one Rolly Button you'll earn TWO!


Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Time: 5-8 pm
Recap: Sale, snacks, drink, pugs, couches, good times. Kids get 20% off cover price on kids comics on kid's shelf. Savings Club Members get 15% off books in their savers. Everyone gets 15% off trades, toys, back issues, and variants. Note: New books on the new books shelf are not on sale.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Creative Women Mini-Con 2014 is Saturday, September 20

This year marks our second year of showcasing the talents of local, creative women in the Sacramento and greater Northern California region. We're excited to lead the way in celebrating these creative women, and we hope you'll join us for this year's event on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Looking back at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013

In 2013, we held our inaugural Creative Women Mini-Con. We featured twelve local, creative women and their creative works at our event. You took pictures with them. You talked to them about their craft -- from art to make-up to costuming to writing. This year it will happen again with creatives you may not have yet met.

2nd Annual Creative Women Mini-Con

Mark your calendars so that you don't miss this event, and watch our website for announcements of this year's guests.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 am - 4 pm (the store will be open until 8pm)