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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Movie night with Sacramento Roller Derby

It's a wonderful week to be a comic shop. Here's what's happening this week.

FRI | 7:00 PM | Feb. 15, 2019
Movie Night

Join us to watch The Producers. Plus, trivia, candy, popcorn, and the Sacramento Roller Derby's athletes! Plus, a special deal on tickets to their February 23rd opening bout. Need we say more? (Add to FB calendar)

SAT | 11:00 AM | Feb. 16, 2019
Sac Brick Builders Meetup

Join us for the Jan meeting of Sac BB!  This month's theme is "Favorites"! Bring your favorite build or anything else that's your "favorite" and LEGO-related! (Add to FB calendar)

SAT | 5:00 PM | Feb. 16, 2019
Julie Okahara Art Reception

Join us for a meet and greet with artist Julie Okahara. (Add to FB calendar)

TUE | 6:00 PM | Feb. 19, 2019
Empire's Comics' Game Night

On February 19, we'll meet up at SacTown Brewery for an evening of friendly competition, childhood giddiness and great craft beer! Hosted by Empire's Comics Vault, it's Board Game Night! Feel free to bring your own game or to use one that's already there.

Children welcome until 8 p.m. No entry fee & no registration needed. (Add to FB calendar)


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thoughts on Matt Durand's The Dark Gun

Written by Matt Durand; Art by Taylan Kurtulus

Matt Durand's The Dark Gun will haunt you and inundate your mind with questions about violence and how it’s passed through generations, or if it’s something that is passed on. And they’re good questions.

Taylan Kurtulus' art feels bleak, no doubt by intention. We don't recall experiencing his art anywhere else, but we can tell you it works in this title. It’s a dark book, colored darkly, and full of shadows. It may even leave you with a sickly feeling.

A mind full of questions, a sickly feeling—and perhaps that was it’s intention. As much as we hope there’s a second issue, we hope there is isn’t.

Read this comic at your own risk. It just might leave you with a hole in the heart.

But in case you're wondering...
There is a second issue.

You can help bring the 2nd issue to life by taking action to support to the Kickstarter campaign. It only has a relatively few days to make its funding goal.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hanging Out with Writer Brenden Fletcher

We got what you want this week -- and every week. But let's focus for a moment, haha. Tuesday night, we're interviewing comics and animation writer Brenden Fletcher -- and you can join LIVE! Friday we'll learn to paint and take home our very own masterpiece. And all month long, Julie Okahara! Need we say more?

TUE | 6:00 PM | Feb. 05, 2019
Online Interview: Brenden Fletcher

Sit in as we talk to comics and animation writer Brenden Fletcher, the writing-mind behind Isola, Motor Crush, Batgirl of Burnside, and more. The LIVE interview will take place on Empire's YouTube Channel(Add to FB calendar)

FRI | 6:30 PM | Feb. 08, 2019
Happy Paint Night

In one session we'll sit down and paint koi. It'll be ready to take home and frame. Everything you need will be supplied, including instruction. $40. 10 seats available. Sign up online today(Add to FB calendar)

Artist of the Month: Julie Okahara

All month long come in to enjoy the pure imagination of artist Julie Okahara. Works are on sale. (Add to FB calendar)