Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cosplay to Win Toys and Comics

If you're going to enter our costume contest (you can win comics!), you might want to also enter Diamond Comic Distributors annual costume contest.

This year, Diamond is offering a $500 shopping spree, a $100 shopping spree, and a prize pack with a gazillion (ok, not a gazillion) cool freebies.

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We Can Help
One of the things you have to do to enter is hold up a copy of one of this year's free Halloween comics while in costume. That's where we can help. We have one of those in the shop, so get dressed up, come on in, and let's take your picture.

Our upcoming PARTY on Halloween is a great time to do that. Of course, we're here every day, so come on down.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Party and Sale on October 31

Jenga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Look, maybe you'll go trick or treating and maybe you won't. Maybe you just want to chill out, watch some spooky movies, and snack on some... well, snacks. We got you covered!

Chilling Party Starts at 5 p.m.

On Friday, October 31, come down to Empire's and hang out in Empire's Lounge. Bring something to eat or enjoy some of our light refreshments. We'll have some family-friendly, spooky films in the background, and we'll have our usual board games (and Jenga!) available for play.

The party starts at 5 p.m. and runs through closing time, at 8 p.m.

Spooky Sale Starts at 5 p.m.

We're also having a sale from 5-8 p.m. Here's what you get:
  • No Costume Discount: Any horror, monster or spooky comic book, toy, graphic novel, etc., will be 20% off for anyone not in costume.
  • In Costume Discount: Any horror, monster or spooky comic book, toy, graphic novel, etc., will be 25% off for anyone in a costume.
  • Have fun with this: Convince Ben that something you want is spooky, monsterific, or horror and he might just connect you with that discount!
Come on out for some easygoing fun and a night out of the house.

Annual Food Drive Starts Today

English: no name beans
English: no name beans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Scattered Comics and Empire's Comics Vault have teamed up once again to bring you this year's food drive. We're really like to see the store packed wall to wall with food. All items will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank.

Stay tuned for more details about a special one-day push on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

We are accepting food now through the end of November.

What Kind of Food?

We are now accepting non-perishable foods:

  • Boxed potatoes
  • Canned yams and cranberries
  • Whole wheat pastas
  • Canned fruits, vegetables, beans*
  • Dry grains and beans
  • Canned or boxed soups and broths*

*Low-sodium and low-sugar preferred. Non-expired please.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scattered Comics Release Party This Friday Night

Join Scattered Comics and the creators of Shadow Hunters for the release of a brand new issue of Shadow Hunters!

You'll get a chance to meet and have your photo taken with "Jenna" the vampire girl.

Plus, have Noel Serrato, Scattered Comic's Talent Director, take a look at your portfolio and give you an on-the-spot review.

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 6pm - 9pm

Festivities will include:
  • Shadow Hunters' creators signing comics and doing original sketches
  • Food and drinks
  • Music
  • Special Kickstarter exclusives and prints
  • A one night only pop-up art gallery featuring "Shadow Hunter" artwork for sale by Scattered Comics artists
  • "Jenna" the vampire girl from the series will meet the fans, sign special cosplay editions and prints
  • Meet Noel Serrato, Talent Director, and have your portfolio reviewed. Be sure to bring it!
For more information and regular updates, please visit the Scattered Comic's release party event listing on Facebook.

Trade In Candy for Comics for Kids and Empire's Comics Vault are teaming up to save our children's precious teeth for creepy cavities and blood sugar levels from roller coaster ups and downs!

Trade In Your Candy For Comics

Starting Saturday, October 25 and running through Saturday, November 8, we'll take your children's, ages 16 and under, Halloween candy in trade for comic books.

Comics Are Cavity-Free

We have a small bowl that fills up very easily -- we tested it!

To trade in candy:

1. Fill our small candy measurement bowl with candy to receive one single-issue comic book.
2. It fills easily and quickly, so fill it up again for another comic book.
3. There's no limit to the comics* you can get for trading in comics.
4. Fill the bowl four times for four single-issue comics, or trade up for a collected edition* (which typically includes 4-6 issues)!
Note: Select children's titles only. Available while supplies last.

This November Join Us for NaNoWriMo 2014

May or may not have been NaNoWriMo write-in. Heh.

NaNoWriMo With Us This November 2014

Isn't it about time you sat down to write down that novel you've been talking about writing?

Join us each Friday night from 5-9 p.m. in November to bring that novel to life.

How To Participate
1. Sign up for an account at so that you can use its accountability and inspiration tools.
2. Check out the list of people who participated and have been published. Wow.
3. Commit by blocking Friday nights from 5-9 p.m. on your calendar.
4. Come on down to Empire's Comics Vault at 1120 Fulton Avenue, Suite K, Sacramento 95825 and let's write Friday nights!

And in case we haven't mentioned it yet, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.

October Costume Contest - Cosplay 2014

So, either you're dressing up for this weekend's Sac-Con (See also: or for Halloween, and you know what?

You might as well try to win some prizes. Still, if you prefer dressing a pumpkin rather than dressing up in costume, check out our October 2014 pumpkin carving contest instead.

Two Easy Steps To Enter

1. Submit a photo of yourself in costume while you hold up a recent comic book or come into the shop and we'll take your picture.

2. Email the photo to before November 1, 2014. If you take the shop in the picture, you're golden. We'll handle it from there.

How To Win

We'll post all the pictures on our website on November 5 and let the voting begin! 

Prizes Galore
We'll post all the pictures in a blog post on this website with voting instructions. Voting will begin on the morning of Wednesday, November 5. Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes and will receive:
  • Grand prize: $25 in regular priced back issues and your picture proudly displayed in the shop until next year's winner takes your spot.
  • Second prize: $15 in regular priced back issues
  • Third prize: $10 in regular priced back issues
  • Rolly's Choice prize: $15 in regular priced back issues 

    Critical Information
    For your entry to be considered valid you must submit at least 1 photograph and  your name and phone number to or in the shop by Friday, October 31, 2014:
    1. A photograph containing you in costume and a recent comic book,
    2. Your information: Name and phone number.

    Because you're excited about reading lots of legalese, here are the complete rules. Oh boy!