Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nooligan Launches Art Book Kickstarter Project

Hainanu Saulque
Last night at 10 pm one of our favorite artists and comic book creators, Hainanu Saulque, aka Nooligan, launched a Kickstarter project to bring his art book, "RUMLUCK," to life.

As of this post, he's already 20% to goal and 29 days to go. There's no doubt in our mind that this project will fund, and you can be a part of it. It only takes a dollar. Please consider supporting this project today.

His style is classic, his art is amazing, and his passion for his craft comes through. This art book is sure to be a one of your personal treasures. We love it that much. Here's a quick video about his art and the project.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Store Signing with Ramon Villalobos and Sean Miller

Ramon Villalobos and Sean Miller will be in the shop for a comic book signing on Wednesday, April 16 at 12 pm Noon. Come on down and meet them.

Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 12 pm Noon

Ramon Villalobos currently lives and draws at various fast food establishments in Stockton, CA. He was plucked out of relative obscurity to draw What If? Age of Ultron #2: Iron Man for but prior to this he drew the independently published LP, wrote and colored the independently published Vitruvian Underground, and co-wrote and drew the independently published Frank and Elenore In.

He is currently working on another project for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and another independently published comic called Abstract 3. He also plays a vital role as the Lead Artist of Stockton-Con and is his grandmother's favorite grandson. You can see his work at

Sean Miller is a  30-year-old married father of three and native of Stockton, CA. He started his art career in 2012. Most notably, he self-published his book titled, "The Original". He's designed logos and done graphic design work for local businesses and the Lodi High Girls JV water polo team.

Sean is currently working on finishing The Original series and has a special "Silver-age" one-shot featuring The Original due late spring (illustrated by Canadian graphic designer Jeff Mitchell and written by Sean). See more from Sean at his Tumblr blog or at

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2014 is Saturday May 3rd

It is that time of year again. FCBD is only a month away and we have even more planned this year than any other year.

Our Best Comic Book Mini-Con Yet!

As always we will have a Mini-Con with some of Sacramento's best and most creative people. The Sac City Rollers will be here! The 501st Legion! Live Video & podcasts you can be part of! 15,000+ comics to give away for FREE! We will also have Supreme Pro Wrestling in the parking lot, with a full size ring, performing from 9am-11am.

This is going to be the best FCBD so far.  Stay tuned for the full details!


Hainanu Saulque - Artist and writer of Union St. Choir

Jared Konopitski - Painter and comic creator

Kyrun Silva - Writer and artist of the new indy title Shaman's Destiny

Michael Dorman - Thrillbent artist and artist for Moonstone's "Black Bat and Domino Lady - The Seer Stone"

Mach Yeager - Artist and writer for Digger Jones Adventurer and artist for John Solo: Secret Agent

Jason Dube - Writer, artist and publisher with Scattered Comics. He has worked on such titles as Scattered, Panda Days, Caffeine Poisoned, and Shadow Hunters.

Chris Cinder - Painter, designer and sculptor with themes that run from Star Wars to Cthulhu and toys with a superhero theme.

Felic Perez Jr. - Inker for the Dark Horse's Never Ending and Penciler for Trixie Dynamite.

Krysten Reis - Writer and artist for the new comic Curious Journey and cover artist for Trixie Dynamite

Sac City Roller - Our official Roller Derby team will be down here with info on their bouts and of of course on their skates.

501st - Everyone's favorite Star Wars group will be down with Storm Troopers and other SWU characters.

Supreme Pro Wrestling - A wrestling ring will be setup in the parking lot where Sir Samurai, Joe DeSoul, Dexter St Jock, D Torch and Bobby Hart will be wrestling from 9-11am.

Fist Full of Potions (podcast) - Local Gaming and geek podcast will be here recording live and talking to guests and fans alike.

Comics and Coffee - Jay Wheeler and ArtOf Fredrick-Allison Jr will be down doing live videos of the event and talking to guests and fans alike.

Richard Curtze - Local artist who has worked with ECV Press and loves to do sketch covers.

Hero Initiative - Helping Comic Creators in Need.

West Coast Avengers - Cosplay helping to raise money for the Shriners Hospital.

Timothy Green -Artist for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and more.

Eric Nguyen - Has worked for DC and Marvel and currently works on Dark Horse's X.

John Cottrell - An independent comic creator who has done work for Dark Horse.

Shane Murphy - Artist and writer for Birdland.

Michael Calero -Local artist will have plenty of great prints for sale.

Other Guests:
  • Melissa McCommon

Monday, March 17, 2014

Diamond Comics Interviews Ben

Ben Schwartz by Junior Bruce
Diamond Comics recently interviewed Ben about how he does things around the shop. The interview will be shared by Diamond with shop owners across the country.

If you've ever wondered about some of the internal aspects at Empire's Comics Vault, then you'll enjoy these excerpts.

Interview Excerpt

"We start planning for FCBD January 1st. The first thing we do is review everything that was done the previous year to make sure it all worked smoothly and refine if necessary. Just to keep things fun for the attendees we always add something more to make this year’s FCBD even better. Once we determine what it is that we are adding we begin contacting everyone who will be part of the event to allocate space and to begin promotion. 
For the entire month of May we continue the fun of FCBD each Saturday with FCBD Month. We use this as an opportunity to bring in customers on a weekly basis because if you miss a weekend you no longer qualify to participate in the next Saturday. Through the year we stockpile goodies such as posters, cards, Halloween comics, left over FCBD books from previous years, buttons and other fun stuff and each weekend has theme of Free stuff to give away. 
Each year we give out over 15,000 comics, have a mini-con that features artists, writers, local groups and clubs, derby girls and co-players come down, a fire engine is there for the kids and we have raffles and contests."

So are you as excited about Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2014 as we are? Did you notice that bit about "we always add something more to make this year's FCBD even better"? Follow us on our various social networks to make sure you hear about what that is this year.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Repeat Graphic Novel Sale This Saturday

50% off select graphic novels
Select titles only. Pictured titles
may not be included.
Last week many of you attended Sacramento's first Wizard World Comic Convention. As a result, lots of you missed our graphic novel, trades and collected editions sale.

We've heard you! So, we're bringing it back for one more day!

50% Off Comic Book Graphic Novels

This Saturday, March 15, 2014, receive 50% off select titles of graphic novels, trades and collected editions. The store opens at 11 a.m. See you there.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Graphic Novel 1 Day SALE!!!

I am cleaning house and I need more room for Graphic Novels. This means you benefit because for 1 day only, Saturday March 8th from 11-8pm, SELECT graphic novels are 50% OFF. I'm not talking a few...we are talking long box after long box.