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)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Members Only Game Night

There was nothing but video games and smiles for miles at our last members only game night. Once a month we get together to play games -- board games, card games, dice games, video games, etc. We served pizza too! Yum.

Game night fun. View all photos in FB album.

Becoming A Member Is Easy

To become a member, just start a saver. What's a saver you ask? It's basically an in-store subscription list. You give us a list of the comics that you'd like us to set aside for you. We set them aside, and you pick them up when you come in. You can add titles and remove titles any time you want to start reading or stop reading something.

To start a saver and become a member, only 1 current comic book title is required. For complete program details, visit our Savings Programs page.

Let's talk benefits

Besides members only game nights, there's a year-end member appreciation party, monthly discounts and/or free comics. The savings plus freebies can add up, making membership even more lucrative.

We're a dog friendly shopPlus, best of all, if you sign up as a member by the end of the current year and keep your account in good standing through May of the following year, you'll qualify for special members only benefits at Free Comic Book Day, including a VIP line, a power-up on the FCBD sale, FCBD title pre-selection and more.

Pictured: Store mascot Rolly, the Gaming Pug

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Empire's Art Gallery: See the Pony Show before it's gone

A long, long time ago, at our old shop on a Way called Arden, we tried out an art gallery. It didn't last long.

At our new location, art still mattered.

So we started the Empire's Art Wall and brought you more than a year of local artists' works, from Jared Konopitski, Benjamin Bryan, and Jeremy Rathbone, to Lucas Cromwell, Jen Monson, and Georgina Gilmore.

We even displayed a private collection of pug art. You guessed it: Ben's collection.

Recently we opened up the small room in the shop to use as an art gallery to showcase known and unknown local artists. It just seems like a natural fit -- comics and art.

Empire's Art Gallery Is Back

We affectionately call our gallery's first exhibit "The Pony Show." It is the private collection of a local art enthusiast, Kevin Winter. Kevin has built a collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, supporting local favorites like Jared Konopitski, commissioning pieces, and supporting artists on sites like Kickstarter.

The Pony Show runs through Friday, July 25. Come check it out before it's gone.

In August, Jeremy Rathbone's new works will be featured.

Shop Improvements, More Comfort

In addition to our well-lit, open space, we now have couches! It's been a long time coming, and so far, they're well received.

How To Use A Couch - Ha, Ha

We've had customers stop by on their lunch break, eat, and read their comics. Some Savings Club Members pick up their books and then take a seat to read the current issue from that week's take. Some customers have stopped in to talk comics and movies. There's even talk of starting up a graphic novel reading club again. It's why we have couches.

Around the couches are tables. Under the center table, there are some games. Feel free to pull them out, and strike up a friendly game.

You've probably noticed our new, uniform bookshelves also. Yes, they're IKEA's Billy, haha, and they're perfect, providing a cleaner look and feel to the shop.

Note: You don't have to be a Savings Club Member to use the couches, but why wouldn't you sign up, it's free.

Let's go see Guardians of the Galaxy on July 31

There's no doubt that this movie is going to be amazing! Empire's Movie Crew is going to see it on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm and we think you should join us.

Just buy your ticket and show up. It's that easy.

Here are all the details you need to know:

CLOSING EARLY FOR GUARDIANS: We're closing the store early for this special day. The store will close at 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Location: Century on Ethan Way
Time: 7:00 pm (regular not 3D)

Here's a schedule of the fun below.

Ben's Schedule on Guardians of the Galaxy Day

4:30 pm - Close shop early
4:40 pm - Eat food at Pho Saigon Bay, 1537 Howe Ave.
5:50 pm - Head over to theater no later than 5:50 pm
6:00 pm - Buy enormous bucket of popcorn and soda pop

After the movie -- AND AFTER ALL OF THE MOVIE CREDITS (like when the lights come back on in the theater) --, meet in the lobby for a group picture and you’ll get 5 Rolly buttons (that can be traded in for cool stuff at Empire’s).

See you there.

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 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.
  • 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.