Saturday, July 25, 2015

Comedy night at Empire's Comics Vault

You know us: always trying something new. I mean, what else were we supposed to do with Empire's Comics Lounge?


No admission fee, however, please bring some small bills so you can toss them in the tip jar.

Date: Friday, July 31, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm

Follow these funny people on Twitter and chat them up:
Kim Martel @TheKimMartel
Joe-Joe Louis @BuckyGums
Jon Gomora @JonGamora
Luke Soin @EpicTikiComedy
Emma Haney @EmmaMHaney

Sacramento Model Demetra Wendy Manning at Empire's Comics Artist Meetup

We're excited to announce that our next live model for Empire's Comics Artist Meet-up is Demetra Wendy Manning.

About Demetra Wendy Manning

Demetra enjoys theatre, dress up, glitter, and the preciousness of snails, so it’s probably not surprising that she eventually became a Professional Faerie.

Under the alter ego of ‘Wendy’, she can be found riding her dragon with trunks full of magic tricks, balloons, face paint, and presents for children all over northern California.

Past modeling experience includes sculpture work and posing for painting. She’s a Taurus and a Hufflepuff, and you best believe her cookbooks are written in cover-to-cover.

Event Details

Live Model Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Time: Come as early as 5 pm, starts at 6 pm
Cost: $10
Add to your FB Calendar

Empire's Comics Artist Meet-up welcomes all levels of artists. We meet every Tuesday night. We feature live models on the last Tuesday of each month. Except for the live model session, there is no charge for the meetup.

Check our Facebook Events page for information by date. Join 183 other artists in Empire's Comics Sketch-A-Day Facebook group to share your art and see the art of other locals.

Rolly Button Program returns

Jen redeemed her Rolly Buttons for
back issues for her husband.
We're excited about bringing back the Rolly Button Program (this link takes you to the complete program details, how to earn charts, and prize redemption charts).

In a "halfshell" this is what it's all about:
  1. Do stuff around the store or online and earn Rolly Buttons
  2. Save them up until you have enough for the prize you want
  3. Redeem them for the prize
Some things have changed.

For example, now Rolly Buttons may only be earned once per day. So if you Snap a comic book review, you earn 1 Rolly Button, and then have to wait until the next day to earn more.

Rolly Buttons redeemed for free back issues!
Also, you may only earn up to 3 buttons per week -- EXCEPT for the one exception: you earn 4 Rolly Buttons for writing a pre-approved blog post (we have some submission guidelines). For writing a blog post, you'll receive the buttons the week following when your post hits the blog, and you won't be eligible for any more buttons that week.

Got Rolly Buttons? Spend 'em.
Email ronnie @ to discuss a post you might like to write.

Prize levels are lower. Our top prize level used to be 50. Now it's 39.

There are new prizes. We'll be adding more as we think of them. Suggestions are welcome. What would you like to earn?

Give the program a try. It's really easy. We also thought carefully about what we thought would be cool to have you share...

We've tried to design it so that the things you post are ultra-annoying to your friends on social media. For example, you could post a picture of your favorite painting from Empire's Art Gallery. 

Happy husband of Jen, pictured at the top
A second thing we wanted to accomplish is to promote the love of comics, comic book art, and comic book reading. Thus, the comic book review option or the post sharing your favorite pick of the week. Comics are cool and we think everyone should give them a try -- whether they buy them from us or from some other Sacramento shop.

We hope you enjoy the revamped Rolly Button Program and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer reading programs from Sacramento Library,, and Rolly

Summer reading is important. This 2:46 minute video will tell you more about why summer reading is so important for children (and adults!). This year we're supporting three local programs. Even better, we're going to share with you a way to maximize your prize earnings!

Three great summer reading programs

We're supporting three summer reading programs:

1. The Sacramento Library's summer reading program, Read to the RhythmSign up today.

3. Rolly's Summer Reading Program (you're reading about it in this post)


Earn lots of summer reading prizes

Here's how to earn lots of prizes by reading this summer.
  • When you participate in the Sac Library's summer reading program, you can earn a prize from the Sac Library.
  • If one of the books you read for the Sac Library's summer reading program is a graphic novel, then you're halfway to earning a prize in Heroic Girl's summer reading program. Here's how. Here are a few graphic novel suggestions for various age groups recommended by
  • When you've read your first five books for the Sac Library's summer reading program, enter that information into the Sac Library's summer reading website.
  • You'll receive a prize notification in your inbox on the Sac Library's summer reading website.
  • Prize notification sample.
  • Print out that prize notification and show it to us. We'll let you select a free comic book! Children get to select from select children's comic books. Adults get to choose from a number of select comic books for older readers (there are some great options!). Note: one free comic book per individual.

Rolly's Summer Reading Program

So, in a nutshell, Rolly's program is for you to join the Sac Library's program, read five books, and bring us the print out (or show us on your smartphone), so that you can receive a free comic book to add to your summer reading stack!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Now accepting exhibitor applications for Creative Women Mini-Con 2015

We get enough requests to exhibit at our two annual mini-cons that we've decided it might be a good idea to implement an applications process. We've set up an online form to facilitate this process.

Apply to exhibit at #CWMC2015

At this time we are only accepting applications for Creative Women Mini-Con 2015. Applications will remain open until we are full. We have room for 12-15 exhibitors, depending on the type of exhibit.

Feel free to have a look at previous Creative Women Mini-Con posts to learn more about past events.

Feel free to apply and to share this post with others you think may be interested.

UPDATE: Applications will be reviewed and invitations sent out by August 30, 2015. No additional communication may happen with applicants prior to that time. The event takes place on October 3, 2015. You can add the Creative Women Mini-Con FB Event to your calendar to make sure you don't miss it.


Exhibitors, Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Your favorite comic shop on Snapchat

Add "EmpiresComics" on Snapchat to join the fun

It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we're goofier and sillier than you know. And with pugs running around, there's always plenty of cuteness for us to share too.

What else? Keep reading...

We also provide reviews, top picks, and secret, momentary bonus offers and discounts. Catch them while you can.

Best of all: pugs.


And Captain Dylan Hunt.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Sacramento Model Kait Lovett at Empires Comics Artist Meetup

Kait Lovett
Join us Tuesday, June 30 for Empire's Comics Artist Meetup and you'll get to draw a live model. $10 at the door.

Show up as early as 5 pm to get a great spot. These events fill up quickly. Modeling starts at 6 pm.

Need some drawing motivation between our artist meetups? Find out about our Sketch-A-Day group below.

About Sacramento model Kait Lovett

Our third live model, Kait Lovett, is a 26 year old bad ass mother... of one.

Kait views the world as her playground and wakes up every morning excited for life's newest adventure.

Says Kait, "I live life to the fullest, with no regrets. I enjoy lifting weights, being outdoors, riding horses, shooting, hiking, and spending time with my family.  I aspire to take own path through life using kindness and love every step of the way."

Live Model Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Time: Come as early as 5 pm, starts at 6 pm

Empire's Comics Artist Meet-up welcomes all levels of artists. We meet every Tuesday night. We feature live models on the last Tuesday of each month. Except for the live model session, there is no charge for the meetup.

Check our Facebook Events page for information by date. Join 183 other artists in Empire's Comics Sketch-A-Day Facebook group to share your art and see the art of other locals.