Saturday, June 14, 2014

15 Mostly Sacramento Podcasts To Check Out

Podcasting at Empire's
On our FB Page, we asked about local podcasts and you came through with quite a list! Here they are. They range from mostly geek related to horror to creatives to sports. If you come across an active Northern California podcast that should be included, let us know in the comments and we'll update the list.

In most cases we used their own podcast descriptions. If you'd like us to update your description, just let us know.

Please note: Some podcasts contain explicit material.

Active Sacramento podcasters 

  • Inside The Bucket: The official podcast of SandwichJohnFilms.com with contributors John Meneghetti and Matt Cummings (as well as special guests) who discuss the movie news, TV shows, reviews, giveaways and screening tickets. We are the largest distributor of online passes to screenings in the Northern California area. (Added 06.16.2014)
  • He’s Got Issues: Comic book news, highlights and reviews.
  • Metropolis Comix Podcast: The Metropolis Comix crew explore the hottest comics, latest comics news, and whats hot at Metropolis Comix
  • Fist Full of Potions / MultiTap Podcast: Fist Full of Potions = Gaming news and opinions. MultiTap = Gaming discussions from Now and Then.
  • Geek Life: Comics, games, movies, zombies. All that and much more.
  • Short Nerdy Guy: My name is jay and I love reading comic and drinking coffee, so I wanted to share my thoughts and my passion for these things that I love.
  • Geek Charisma: For the love of geeks, tune in.
  • The Gravy Age: Comic books, movies, and other geek news.
  • The Capeless Crusaders: Geeky goodness, news and reviews.
  • The Mouths of Madness: Horror, sic-fi, and all that.
  • cinePLEXED: A podcast about movies. Each week a bunch of fools get together and discuss the latest movie news, rumors, and trailers coming out of the world of cinema, as well as reviewing two films that we sometimes pick at random, and sometimes pick with a theme. cinePLEXED is also slowly turning into the umbrella name for our little network of podcasts, because we can’t afford to put all of our shows in their own feed.
  • The Junior & Leo Show: We explore the creative mind by talking shop with creators from a vast array of mediums. Actors, Writers, Comedians, Artists, Podcasters, Wrestlers, etc… we talk to them all!
  • SacAnnexSacramento sports, opinion, and laughs.
  • Geek Girl Crafts Podcast: We are three geek girls that love to craft and talk about our particular geek genres in excruciating detail -- from SF/F, conventions, anime, gaming, books, movies, and everything else in between. And then we'll talk more about costuming & cosplaying, fiber arts, and anything craft-related.
  • A Podcast for All Intents and Purposes: Nerdly info, fun, and happiness.
  • Empire’s Comics Vault’s Podcast, aka, Empire’s Open Podcast - Talking comic books, movies, television and other topics on the minds of the shop’s fans. 

Local podcasts on hiatus (we hope):

  • The Nerd Sharks: Um. Nerds. Talking. It gets crazy.
  • Con Nachos Podcast: A PODCAST OF TWO NOBLE HEROES TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS DO
  • Game of Bros: This is what happens when Bros get together and talk while recording.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thanks for a great Free Comic Book Month

One Saturday during Free Comic Book Month
Thank you for an amazing Free Comic Book Day and Month. This was our best year yet!

Great things at FCBD2014


We think there were a lot of great things about this year's FCBD.

For example, Sacramento's most amazing mini-con, lots of free comics, a VIP line, title pre-selection for Savings Club Members, an enormous sale, a 10% Off Bonus Coupon for Savings Club Members, and more freebies each and every Saturday all month long.

Oh, and this year, VIPs could bring a guest!

We hope you agree about those positive aspects. If you can think of something else, please use our online feedback form.

Improvement opportunities at FCBD2014

We heard there was some confusion between the difference between the regular line and the VIP line. We also heard that sometimes Savings Club Members were in the regular line and some folks from the regular line were in the VIP line. We already have a plan in place to fix that in 2015.

On some of the Saturdays during Free Comic Book Month, the lines took far too long -- especially on the last Saturday when we gave away free collected editions, trades and graphic novels. We're so sorry about that. You'll be glad to know that we've already worked out a plan to make that much smoother in 2015.

If you'd like to provide any additional feedback, we'd appreciate hearing it. Please use our online feedback form.

FCBD 2015 is going to be amazing

Look, Free Comic Book Day is for everyone. Whether you're a Savings Club Member at Empire's Comics Vault or not, everyone can enjoy free comics during Free Comic Book Day and Month. But if you really want to boost your experience, then definitely check out our Comic Book Savings Program.


Rolly's Summer Reading Program helps fight the summer slide

Sacramento comic book shop
Form for Summer Reading Program
Children's reading ability has a tendency to slide during the summer months -- and not in a good way.

We want to help with that. Of course, the Sacramento Library also has a summer reading program for children. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Education has numerous tips on how to avoid the summer slide.

A New Reading Program for Sacramento Children

This summer we're introducing Rolly's Summer Reading Program for children 12 years of age and under. When your children read 8 books of their choosing and submit the form, they'll receive a free comic book.* Plus, they can earn a bonus book by drawing and writing their own comic (details below).

We're dividing the summer into two parts, so your child can participate one time in each period:

  • Part 1: June 10 - July 15, 2014
  • Part 2: July 16 - August 31, 2014
So, if your child participates in both parts of Rolly's Summer Reading Program, she or he could earn up to 4 free comic books.

How the Program Works

It's simple:

2. Let your child choose each book he or she wants to read.

It doesn't matter if the book is 32-pages with lots of pictures or 100-pages of text. Every book qualifies. It doesn't matter if the book is from your home library, the public library, or something you pick up at the shop (save with Rolly's Reading Club).
3. After reading a book, write the title on the form along with what your child liked about the book.

Use a separate sheet of paper or a reading journal, if you'd like. Also, it's better if it's in your own child's handwriting. If you help a little, please make sure it's in your child's own words. As a secondary option, we'll gladly accept art inspired by the book. 

4. Once the form is full, turn it in for a free* comic book from Empire's Comics Vault.
5. Bonus!  Have your child write and draw his or her own comic book for one more free comic book.
How? Take an 8 1/2 sheet of paper, fold it in half. Add art. Add words. 

More summer reading resources

If you're looking for more information on the subject, search the internet and you'll find plenty of great articles, research, and resources.
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*Free comics limited to select children's titles on-hand in Empire's Comics Vault's inventory.


Friday, May 23, 2014

The Fourth Saturday of Free Comic Book Month

Comic book readers at Empire's Comics Vault
Last Saturday at Empire's for FCBMonth
Free Comic Book Month ALERT: It's the second-to-last Saturday of FCBMonth. You know the drill: Bring your FCBMonth Passport and get it stamped.

Last week, Ben surprised everyone with a last-minute sale. Boom! Who knows what will happen this Saturday.

This Saturday we have toys and posters and collectible cards. There's some cool stuff here that will take you back to the good old days. 

As usual, freebies are available while supplies last. 

The shop opens at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. There will be two lines -- one for Savings Club Members who have a comics saver at Empire's and a another line for non-members.

The final Saturday will be the best Saturday of them all -- free trades, collected editions and graphic novels. And there's some good stuff to feast on. Get ready.

A month of freebies


  • May 3 - Fifty-seven different 2014 Free Comic Book Day titles
  • May 10 - Miscellaneous 2013 Free Comic Book Day and Halloween comics
  • May 17 - Shirts and overstock back issues
  • May 24 - Toys, posters, and more
  • May 31 - Trade paperbacks, collected editions, and graphic novels

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ben's Cardboard Throne after FCBD Mini-Con 2014


It's not every day that one of our Facebook posts gets 152 Likes and 30 Comments. Wow! Thank you, all, for making that happen.

The post that made it happen -- Of course, it was this picture of Ben on his Cardboard Throne. You can even see his Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con afterglow! And then after this, he hit the buffet hard core.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

FCBD Teaser Video from Fist Full of Potions



It was fantastic to have podcast coverage of our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con. Not only did we have Comics & Coffee but also that fun-tastic gents of Fist Full of Potions.

Here's the FFoP FCBD Mini-Con teaser video. Coming soon we'll have even more video goodness from Fist Full of Potions. We'll share it as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, enjoy.

Podcasters FFoP at Sacramento comic shop

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Coming Soon: Captain Dylan Hunt The Pug

Captain Dylan Hunt the Pug
There's a new pug in town... well, ok, she's not in town yet.

But, soon.

Still, we wanted to get the word out.

And when Captain Dylan Hunt (not the real Captain Dylan Hunt) does make it into the shop, it'll be a big ole party and a sale.

So, what do you think of that?

And if you need more CDH in your life, you might want to check out Empire's Comics Vault's Facebook Page or Instagram account.