Sunday, December 18, 2011

SALE Dec. 24th!!!

HOLIDAY SALE!!!
Saturday Dec. 24, 2011
9am-?? (I will be here at least till 2 but will stay open as long as people are here)
This one is nice and simple

50% OFF Back Issues!
25% OFF EVERYTHING ELSE!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eat Amazing Food, Maybe Win Comic Books at SactoMoFo Fest on December 3

Meet us under the bridge at 8th and W. Rain or shine. Superheroic eating will take place.
Superheroic? Yes, superheroic. Kind of like the fantastic Mr. Fox.

It's all going down and the coming up food festival. SactoMoFo celebrates street food by organizing festivals where we, the citizens of Sactropolis, dine from gourmet food trucks and other food vendors.
SactoMoFo is not only about the gourmet food trucks and other food vendors, of course. This December 3rd, it's also about families in need, so bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots and some food goods for the Sacramento Food Bank.
When you donate, you'll be entered to win the coolest prizes ever - free comics - and non-comic-booky-prizes, too. We hope to see you there.
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Learn more about SactoMoFo at their website, Facebook page, SacBee.com's blog post, or the article about their April 2010 2011 event at MidtownMonthly.net

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Supergirl #1 - Simply Good Storytelling

Supergirl #1
Story: Last Daughter of Krypton
November 2011
Rated T
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Writers: Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Penciler: Mahmud Asrar
Inkers: Dan Green with Asrar
Colorist: Dave McCaig

It's simplicity is elegant. The story is poignant.

A young girl feeling lost in a nightmare awakens to an even more painful reality, and you, the reader, feel that pain. That's the story of Supergirl waking up on Earth.

Don't let the simplicity fool you. It's a powerful story you'll be glad you read, and along the way, you'll have enjoyed the perfect marriage of words, pencils, inks and colors.

That's my review. Yes, that's it. To say more would be to ruin it.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Friday, Saturday & Sunday SALE!

Black Friday Sale - November 25 - 27, 2011
November 25 - We're opening early -  8 a.m.!
  • 75% OFF Back Issues
  • 35% OFF Statues, Games, Toys & Graphic Novels
  • 25% OFF New Comics
  • 15% OFF Everything Else!

November 26th
  • 50% OFF Back Issues
  • 25% OFF Statues, Games, Toys & Graphic Novels
  • 15% OFF New Comics!
  • 10% OFF Everything Else!

November 27th
  • Buy 2 Back Issues get the 3rd Free (Equal or Lesser Value)
  • 20% OFF Statues, Games & Toys
  • 15% OFF Graphic Novels
  • 10% OFF Everything Else!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Canned Food Drive, New Releases Signing And 20% Off Horror Items

Canned Food Drive, New Releases Signing
And 20% Off Horror Items

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Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Help Support Sacramento's Senior Citizen Services by donating canned goods. When you donate 2 canned goods you get $2 off select comics from our guests. PLUS when you purchase one of their comics you will get a $2 coupon off a new book of your choice in December. 2 cans and you get a $4 savings. That adds up to a FREE comic!

Meet three of Northern California's top talent in comics and horror productions, pick up their newest releases and have them signed,  and take advantage of 20% off all horror and monster comics and toys. Special guests include:

  • Reyna Young, Horror Hostess of the Last Doorway Show, owner of Last Doorway Productions, and creator of "Forgotten Tales,"
  • Jason Dube, creator and writer of "Shadow Hunters" and owner of Scattered Comics, and
  • Legends of Heroes and Villains, the indie comic book company that brought you titles such as "Kitty & Bratz."
  • Donate 2 Canned Goods and get $2 off select book from our guests
  • When you purchase any of our guests items, you'll also get a coupon good in December for $2 off any new comic. (Limit 1 per customer)
  • Every Can Donated = 1 Comic Donated to Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Contest Entries

We received 3 entries, which is good news for the entrants, because there are exactly 3 prize levels. Here are the pictures of the pumpkins. We're posting them here so you can see several angles of each pumpkin, however we'll only post one picture of each pumpkin on Facebook for voting purposes. So once you've looked at these, head over to our Empire's Comics Vault Facebook page to vote!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Abnormal Like Captain Atom

by RonOfTheEmpire

Dated: November 2011
Released: September 2011

Writer: J.T. Krul
Artist: Freddie Williams II
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia

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Synopsis

Pit one giant robot against one atomic energy man and you'll have a super-sciencey throw down.

Best of all, the combination of Williams' art and Villarrubia's colors cast a spell on your eyes, so that they won't want to turn away from the page. I'm no art specialist, but the softness of the colors has the feel of the most elegant colored pencils ever (if that makes any sense at all).

Captain Atom saves the day more than once, however as a result of using his powers, a serious problem develops.

For more background, read the awesome Captain Atom review at DadsBigPlan.com.

Review

There's no doubt in my mind that I'll pick up this book again - for the art and colors alone. At the same time, Krul also captured my interest. For a reason I'm unclear about, I care about Captain Atom. Perhaps it's because, his power - which could equally be called his "condition" - prevents him from leading a normal life, leaving him feeling abnormal.

And who doesn't feel like that.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Not Your Grandpa's Aquaman

By RonOfTheEmpire

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Artist: Ivan Reis; Colorist: Rod Reis

Trust Geoff Johns' writing. You read and loved his run on The Flash and Green Lantern. Don't doubt him now (Sure, there was the Green Lantern movie bomb, but that can hardly be blamed on Geoff).

Immediately, in the first issue, Geoff turns the reader's preconceived, ill-conceived and misconceived notions upside down. The writing is art, the art is poetry, and the colors are vibrant. This is the Aquaman you were meant to read (if you can find it!). Aquaman is portrayed as strong, commanding and decisive. He is, after all, the ruler of 70% of the planet (as some quaintly refer to it, the seven seas). It's about time he gets some respect, and oh! he does.

If you need more information, Newsarama's interview with Geoff Johns will shed more light on what you need to know about Aquaman. The book has even received some positive buzz from USAToday.com and NYTimes.com.

All I can tell you is this: If Aquaman can eat fish and chips, then you can read Aquaman #1. Issue #2 hits stands on October 26, 2011.

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Empire's Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Find a pumpkin. Consider a design theme - comic book heroes, horror, sci-fi, fairytale, eclectic, whatever! Sketch a concept. Carve it.
Bring it in to the shop for display on Saturday or Sunday, October 29 or 30, 2011. We'll take a picture of it and post it to Facebook to let the fans vote on the top 3 pumpkins. Voting starts at midnight on October 30, 2011 and ends on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
Win A Prize
The Grand Prize is $50 in regular-priced back issues; 2nd place gets $25 in regular-priced back issues; and 3rd place gets $15 in regular-priced back issues. Complete contest rules are below.

Empire's Pumpkin Carving Contest Rules
1. Contest Description. Empire's Pumpkin Carving Contest (the "Contest") is designed to encourage eligible U.S. entrants ("Entrant(s)") to express their creativity by carving a pumpkin. Empire's Comics Vault's Facebook Fans will choose the winning entries and prizes will be awarded in accordance with these Official Rules. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc.
2. Sponsor. The Contest is sponsored by Empire's Comics Vault ("Sponsor"), a California company with principal place of business at 1120 Fulton Avenue, Suite K, Sacramento, CA 95821, USA.
3. Binding Agreement. In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to these Official Rules ("Rules"). The Rules consist of: (i) the terms and conditions on this page and (ii) the Empire's Pumpkin Carving Entry Form ("Entry Form"). Because these Rules form a legally binding agreement with respect to this Contest, please read them carefully. If you do not agree to the Rules, you are not eligible to participate in the Contest or to win any of the prizes. You agree that registration for this Contest and/or a submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes your agreement to these Rules.
4. Eligibility. This Contest is open to any legal resident of the United States age eighteen or over, except employees, agents, or representatives of the Sponsor. Only one pumpkin per Entrant is allowed. At the time of submission of a pumpkin, each Entrant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident (e.g., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence, for example, a "green card"). Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders, as well as their immediate families, of the Sponsor, its affiliates, and any representatives or agencies of the Sponsor or other persons professionally connected with the Contest are not eligible to participate. This Contest is void where prohibited. 
5. Contest Period. The Contest begins on October 30, 2011 at 12:00:01 A.M. Pacific Time (PT). The Contest ends on November 2, 2011 at 9:00:00 P.M. Pacific Time (PT).
6. How To Enter. To enter, drop off and set up your pumpkin at the Sponsor's principal place of business during normal store hours on Saturday, October 29 or Sunday, October 30, 2011, and complete an Entry Form, available at the time of drop off. A photograph will be taken of each submission for voting purposes (See Section 9 below). Pumpkins may not be carved at the Sponsor's principal place of business. Sponsor's hours of operation on Saturday are 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Pacific Time (PT). Entry Form and instructions are posted at http://empirescomicsvault.blogspot.com/search/label/Pumpkin%202011("Contest Website"). Submissions must be delivered by Entrant or by courier service to the addresses indicated below.
7. Submissions delivered in person or sent by courier service (Fed Ex,UPS, etc.) must be sent to the following address:
Empire's Comics Vault
1120 Fulton Avenue, Suite K
Sacramento, CA 95821
Entries sent by means other than Entrant or courier service will not be considered eligible entries. Submissions must be: (i) complete (as determined by Sponsor); (ii) in English (unless otherwise specified); and (iii) received no later then October 30, 2011, by 5:00:00 P.M. Pacific Time (PT). Any submission not meeting the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified. The Sponsor accepts no responsibility for submissions lost, delayed, damaged, defaced, or mislaid, howsoever caused.
8. Conduct. By entering the Contest, you agree to comply with and be bound by the Rules, which will also be posted on the Contest Website. Failure to comply with these Rules may result in your disqualification from the Contest. You further agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be: (1) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (2) violating the Rules; (3) violating the terms of service, conditions of use or general rules or guidelines of any of the Sponsor's property or service; (4) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person; or (5) failure to provide documentation verifying U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any Entrant concerning identity, postal address, ownership of rights or non-compliance with the Rules may result in the immediate disqualification of an Entrant from the Contest. The Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion, infringes upon any third party right, violates any law or otherwise does not comply with these Rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY PROPERTY OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, EMPIRE'S COMICS VAULT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
9. Selection of Winners. Entries will be judged by Facebook users who visit the Empire's Comics Vault Facebook Page to vote. Decisions are final and binding. In the event there are not enough eligible entries, not all prizes will be awarded. If a winner is not able for whatever reason to accept his or her prize, then the Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another Entrant.
Online public voting starts on October 30, 2011 at 12:00:01 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) and closes on November 2, 2011 at 9:00:00 P.M. Pacific Time (PT). Empire's Comics Vault will then select the three entries with the most votes, or Facebook "Likes", to receive prizes. In the event of a tie, the Sponsor will select the entry.
10. Prizes. One (1) Grand Prize: The entry with the most votes will receive $50 in regular-priced back issues. One (1) 2nd Place Prize: $25 in regular-priced back issues. One (1) 3rd Place Prize: $15 in regular-priced back issues.
11. Media Activity: By participating in this Contest, you agree and hereby grant the Sponsor permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and publicly display your Contest submissions for any purpose, such as, but not limited to, press and media communications, without any compensation or attribution to you. You also agree to participate in any media or promotional activity regarding the Contest. You agree that the Sponsor may use your name and likeness to administer and promote the Contest and to conduct media interviews and promotional events.
12. Privacy Notice. By participating in this Contest, you agree that the Sponsor can collect your personal information, and that if the Sponsor cannot collect the required data, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. Any personal information collected during the course of the Contest by the Sponsor will only be used for administering this Contest and for other purposes as outlined in these Rules. You will have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by the Sponsor by writing to Empire's Comics Vault (Attention: Privacy Related) at the Sponsor's address listed in Section 2.
13. General Conditions. This Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California, United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in this Contest, you agree to be bound by the terms of these Rules and by the Sponsor's decisions, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Any potential winner who cannot be contacted within five (5) business days of attempted first notification will forfeit his or her prize. Potential prize winners may be required to sign, notarize, and return an affidavit or declaration of eligibility, a liability/publicity release, an I.R.S. Form W-9, within three (3) business days and provide any additional information that may be required by the Sponsor. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. The Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prizes. Entrants certify that their submission is original and that they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted submission (or if they are not sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submission, that they have obtained the necessary permission to include the submission in the Contest) and that they have the right to submit the submission in the Contest. Each entrant agrees not to participate in the Contest in any manner that might: (i) infringe any third-party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; or (2) otherwise violate applicable law in any countries in the world.
14. No Recourse to Judicial or Other Procedures. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief, or to any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and you expressly waive any and all such rights.
15. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU INDEMNIFY AND AGREE TO KEEP INDEMNIFIED EMPIRE'S COMICS VAULT AT ALL TIMES FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ANY ACT, DEFAULT OR OMISSION BY YOU AND/OR A BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY BY YOU SET FORTH HEREIN. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU INDEMNIFY AND AGREE TO KEEP INDEMNIFIED EMPIRE'S COMICS VAULT AT ALL TIMES FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY, ACTIONS, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR OR IN RESPECT OF WHICH EMPIRE'S COMICS VAULT WILL OR MAY BECOME LIABLE BY REASON OF OR RELATED OR INCIDENTAL TO ANY ACT, DEFAULT OR OMISSION BY YOU UNDER THESE RULES INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION RESULTING FROM OR IN RELATION TO ANY BREACH, NON-OBSERVANCE, ACT OR OMISSION WHETHER NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE, PURSUANT TO THESE RULES BY YOU. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU AGREE TO HOLD EMPIRE'S COMICS VAULT, ITS RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND ASSIGNS HARMLESS FOR ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE CAUSED OR CLAIMED TO BE CAUSED BY PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND/OR USE OR ACCEPTANCE OF ANY PRIZE WON.
16. Third Parties. The Sponsor is not responsible for the policies, actions, or inactions of others, including Entrant’s parents/legal guardian or representatives that might prevent the Entrant from entering, participating, and/or claiming a prize in this Contest.
17. Intellectual Property. By registering for the Contest and/or submitting an entry you agree explicitly that your submission is indeed an original creation. Any intellectual property infringement, misuse or plagarism of another’s work in any form or state will result in immediate disqualification and forfeiture of eligibility to receive all awards, recognition and prizes. You also agree to allow the Sponsor to make public statements regarding any disqualifications and any grounds for disqualification. All intellectual property and industrial property rights in any entries that belonged to the Entrants will remain with the Entrants, but the submissions will otherwise become the property of the Sponsor, and will not be returned after the Contest. You grant the Sponsor permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and publicly display your Contest submission for any purpose, including display on the Sponsor's website, without any attribution or compensation to you.

18. Internet. The Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. The Sponsor is not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Contest materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. The Sponsor is not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to display Contest materials on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.
19. Severability. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
20. Winner List. The names of the winners will be posted on the Contest Website within one (1) week of the end of the Contest.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Next Men Saved Comic Book Storytelling in the 90s

By Ben C. Scwhartz

The 90’s Hottest Indie Comic

In the early 90’s the comic book industry was beginning to over-saturate the market. Artists were carrying the weight of making writers’ stories readable. It was in this climate that John Byrne stood out with his independent property Next Men.

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What Next Men Is About

Set in the modern time, we are introduced to five kids who find themselves unexpectedly freed from a Utopian, virtual reality and set loose upon a world that has never seen superpowers. There are only 30 issues in the original series, but in that short time, we really come to care about these misplaced characters and the way our world treats them.

Byrne holds nothing back - corporations, secret government organizations, marketing a new super hero team, corruption on all levels, our fear of people capable of powered feats, the interaction of these five heroes with society and between themselves in a world they just don’t understand,  and most importantly, how super powers would actually work in the real world.

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Read Next Men ASAP

Just recently IDW has been reprinting the original series. In two graphic novels you can read the complete series in black and white. The lack of color does not detract from this hard hitting series, but if you prefer to have it, the first volume of the color edition is available and a second one is soon to come. This is a personal favorite of mine and is a nice superhero book without the need to read any other titles to understand the world. Visit your local comic shop for a copy.

The original series ended with a cliffhanger, and now 15 years later, the story continues in a second series. You can jump into the new series and catch up, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Start from the beginning.

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About The Author

Ben C. Schwartz is the owner of Empire's Comics Vault in Sacramento, CA. He also owns and operates his own comics publishing company, ECV Press. He loves reading comics, writing comics and talking about comics (which he does on EmpiresCV.tv and EmpiresOpenPodcast.com).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Octoberfest Sale!

Octoberfest Sale! A sale like nothing you've seen before at Empire's Comics Vault!!

Octoberfest Sale!

  • Back Issues - Buy 2, Get 1 Free of Equal or Lesser Value
  • Graphic Novels - 20% Off
  • *NEW* Saver Sale - 10% Off Everything in your saver (Cannot be combined with existing DC Relaunch promotions and discounts)
  • Statues - 35% Off
  • Toys - 20% Off
  • Posters - 20% Off
  • *NEW* Clearance Board Games - 75% Off
  • *NEW* Clearnance Graphic Novels - 75% Off

Octoberfest Sale!

Friday, September 30, 2011

O.M.A.C. #1 - Rollercoaster Ride

by RonOfTheEmpire

Dated: November 2011
Released: September 2011

Story and Art by: Keith Giffen and Dan DiDio
Inks: Scott Koblish
Colors: Hi-Fi

Synopsis

O.M.A.C., like an army tank on legs, crashes through a mission. Some freakish creatures attack, then "BARR-SOOM," he disposes of them. Something or someone controls him. Who or what could it be? All the while O.M.A.C.'s peacockish mohawk blazes overhead like a national banner.

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Review

O.M.A.C. reads like a sci-fi rollercoaster ride - you get in the car, it clanks to the summit and then Vrooom! From another perspective, O.M.A.C. feels like a one-man A-Team, and that's for real!

Reading is believing. Read this book for a rollercoaster ride experience. This one goes on my comic book saver. It's 100% saver worthy.

Incidentally, if you'd like a bit more background, you can read the O.M.A.C. review on Dubiosity.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Seeking Sacramento Podcasters

Talk, we can. Our episode that hits tomorrow is about an hour and twenty minutes long. I've listened to it twice already and I think it's solid content, especially if you want to talk about DC Comics' New 52 books that came out last week and some of the controversial issues around two different characters.

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Pictured: Jason Waters, John Hill, Ben Schwartz

Come Talk with Us

This Friday at 6:00 p.m. we'll be talking about the DC Comics that hit tomorrow. After that we'll publish a schedule of new podcasting dates and times. We've received quite a few requests to record on the weekend and some other nights besides Friday.

After this Friday, we'll start talking about other topics besides DC Comics' New 52. At last, Marvel will get some love. Plus, there's nothing cooler than podcasting at your local comic shop.

Hey, Baby, What's Your Podcast?

If you're a local podcaster, we want to listen to your podcast. Please leave a comment with your podcast's name and a link to your podcast.

- Ron Of The Empire

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Movie Remake Mania

by Jeremy Shepherd

Movie Remakes Make Me Feel Old

Hello “Vaulties”, I don’t know about you all but I find myself feeling older with every movie re-make. I do realize this may seem silly to some, since I’m only 32 years old, but I believe that even younger audiences experience similar feelings.

The idea for this blog post came to me while I was watching X-Men: First Class. Although this is not, per se, a remake, but more of a prequel, it is easily a re-telling of the first movie. The first, original X-Men movie dropped in 2000, so it was 11 years ago that we were watching the original X-Men. This might seem rather recent when compared to, say, the first Star Trek movie, which was released in 1979 (the year I was born), and the remake of 2009; but in my opinion, both required a new story and fresh ideas.

X-Men: Re-Made

When the last X-Men movie, X-Men: The Last Stand, was made, it had a new director and big budget, however, it was a poor story with too many characters for one movie. This is a mistake that even comics don’t make. There must be character development! Although this movie made money, it was terrible.

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So here comes X-Men: First Class - a new story and new actors breathing life into this wonderful subject. It had action, romance and wonderful story telling, and was, in my opinion, “A Must See.”


Star Trek 2009 For The Next Generation

Next up: Star Trek 2009. I say “2009” because I do not want to confuse the two.  When this movie was announced I was intrigued. I like J.J. Abrams style and felt the casting was done well, even bringing back a taste of the old movies by casting Leonard Nimoy. The new cast included Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as a younger Spock, and Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhura.

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I call myself a next generation “Trekkie” because I loved this film but did not really care for the original. I love Star Trek 2009 and have watched it at least 10 times. I look forward to the next movie, since the ground work in this remake was so well laid out. I foresee nothing but great things to come. Even my wife enjoyed this movie, and she hates Star Trek. Now that says a lot.

Planet Ape Rising

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a very long title for a great film. The original Planet of the Apes came out in 1968. It was remade - poorly, in the opinion of many -  in 2001 by Tim Burton. Rise was a good film. It was an amazing story and re-telling of a great movie. James Franco and John Lithgow deliver great performances, yet, even more so, the apes are the stars (CGI and very hard to tell). By the end of the movie, you are cheering for the apes killing the humans. This is far removed from the “damn dirty apes,” as famously delivered by Charlton Heston.

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On a side note, recently I heard a story on the Doug Loves Movies podcast by Doug Benson.  A 60-year-old woman asked for a refund after watching Rise, but she had watched the whole movie! When the attendant asked why, she said, ‘nobody told me that the humans were going to be mean to the apes.’ This is why remakes exist! Good or bad, it brings in a new group of consumers.

The Bad and The Ugly

Most of this article has been positive, yet I feel there can just as easily be poor if not horrible remakes. Tim Burton is a good example of why you don’t let someone with their own style touch a remake. Example A: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Example B: Planet of The Apes. However I feel he did very well with Alice in Wonderland, which was an animated film done in live action. There are many more horrible remakes with too many to list. Feel free to add more in the comments.

With the rush of remakes coming through, you wonder what now beloved film that just was made will be remade in 10 years. Here are just a few remakes coming to theatres soon:

Total Recall
Foot Loose
The Amazing Spiderman (It’s too soon for a remake!)
The Muppets
Flatliners
The Gambler
The Bodyguard
The Thing
Poltergeist
Robocop
Back to the Future (I didn’t even know about this tell I wrote this blog. I am both scared and excited.)

The End?

Your favorite movie will be remade at some point - unless it is some odd B-movie or independent, and in that case, you are already bored with this article. Take, for example, Back to the Future, which is my favorite movie. Remaking Back to the Future will breathe new life into the franchise whether I, as a fan, like it or not.

Think about it… Star Wars IV: A New Hope - Remake! Love them or hate them they are coming.

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About The Author

Jeremy Shepherd is 32 years old, married, and has two children, a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. He shares with them his love for comics and the San Francisco Giants. Jeremy enjoys watching movies and TV and reading comics.

More posts by Jeremy

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Eben07 Creators Teach You How to Publish Your Web Comic

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D. Bethel and Eben Bergoon, the creators of the web comic Eben07, will provide instruction on bringing your comic to life on the internet as a webcomic. The event is Saturday, September 24, starting at 1 p.m. and will be held at Empire's Comics Vault at 1120 Fulton Avenue in Sacramento. RSVP at webcomic.eventbrite.com. Limited to 20 spots.

Monday, September 5, 2011

DC Reboot: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Aquaman?

Story by Phil Gonzales



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About The Crew

Phil Gonzales is a film student at the Art Institute of California - Sacramento. His works include a German Expressionist styled horror short, "Der Rote Geist" (The Red Ghost), and Applauding The Jester, a documentary about stagecraft. He is currently working on bringing to life his horror short film, called "The Mind of Isaac." Phil was born on the 4th of July. To follow Phil's work, visit his YouTube channel, gonzo99x.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day SALE! Monday Sept 5th 11-5

Labor Day SALE! Monday Sept 5th 11-5
75% Off Back Issues
50% Off Statues
15% OFF Graphic Novels & Games
10% OFF EVERYTHING ELSE!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Justice League #1 Midnight Release Party in Review

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Here's a quick "snapshot" of the festivities - food, drink, Blue Moon, video games, comic book conversation and Justice League #1 and Flashpoint #5! This video is super-quick, but we had some local talent, film students, who are putting together a more in-depth look at the evenings festivities.

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Simplified DC Relaunch order form available

Use this simplified form to make sure you don't miss out on any of DC's New 52 you are interested in receiving. Simply print the form, fill it out and send it to us.

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Empire's Comics Vault's DC Relaunch Events

We are in love with geekdom and so are you! August marks the beginning of DC's Relaunch of 52 titles, and we, at Empire's Comics Vault, are as excited as Ben at a Chinese Buffet. In honor of this historic occasion we've lined up all kinds of events this month. Please join us all this month (and next!) for fun, freebies and savings.


Save $52 Across ALL #1s or 10% on any #1
Sign up for all 52 new releases from the DC Relaunch and you'll save $52 - that's $1 off each title; or take only select #1s and we'll give you 10% off. That's like rolling back prices to 1980. Offer good while supplies last.


DC Relaunch Sale
Saturday, August 27

In addition to FREE comics for kids and Green Lantern swag for anyone who can recite one of the Lantern oaths, we're offering you ultra-delightful savings. Plus, we'll be having a raffle for fun prizes.

75% OFF DC Back Issues (50% OFF All Others)
25% OFF DC Current Comics (10% OFF All Others)
35% OFF DC Toys and Statues (15% OFF All Others)
35% OFF DC Graphic Novels (15% OFF All Others)


Justice League #1 Midnight Release Party
Tuesday, August 30, 11 p.m.

On August 31 at 12:01AM, Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 go on sale right here at Empire's Comics Vault and everyone is invited. The party starts goes from 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 to 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31. RSVP on our Eventbrite page. Snacks and beverages included.


EmpiresCV.TV and Empire's Open Podcast
Every Tuesday night, catch a new episode of our comic-related show, discussing the medium, new books, movies, tv, and really whatever Ben Schwartz feels like talking about.

Also, every Friday night at 6:00 p.m., join Ben for our community podcast to discuss movies, comics, video games, conventions, action figures, books or pugs! The mic is wide open. If you are interested, contact us or just show up. The podcast site will soon be announced. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Celebrating Captain America and the 4th of July

In 21 days, Captain America: The First Avenger will be released in theatres (July 22).

In 12 days, the #1 issue featuring the return of Steve Rodgers to the uniform happens (on new comic book day, July 13), courtesy of Marvel, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve McNiven.

In 3 days it'll be the 4th of July.

So, let there be fireworks, "cold ones", barbecues, lots of comics and Cap and tons of fun. With fun in mind, get ready for some fun we have planned around Captain America this month.


To kick things off, we're having a sale tomorrow, Saturday, July 2nd, with
  • 50% off Back Issues
  • 10% off NEW Comics
  • 15% off Toys and Statues
  • 20% off Graphic Novels
 Watch our blog, Facebook page and Twitter (@EmpiresComics) for upcoming Captain America fun.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A special announcement and a DC Relaunch Party

Every major news source has covered DC Comics' upcoming relaunch. Every hot comics blog has dissected the issue. At every turn on the internet, you'll find the same images of the known covers for the new titles.

But tell us,

Who is throwing the hottest DC Relaunch Party in town?

We are. These are exciting times and we're going to be there in full force, enjoying every minute of it.

So, quickly, some things you need to know.
  1. Anyone who buys any of the new #1s from DC's relaunch will get 10% off. Period. Yes, and you'll still get a free bags and boards for each new comic. Or...
  2. If you want to go in whole hog on all 52 new #1s, you'll enjoy what you used to pay back in the late 90s (that was the late 90s, wasn't it?). You'll get $1 off  every title when you commit to all 52 and fill out and submit our special form to us by July 23, 2011. You'll also receive an invitation to our DC Relaunch Party in September.
And just in case you missed the first appearance of this special announcement - and the episode of EmpiresCV.tv that contained it - here it is:


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Announcing EmpiresCV.tv - Sacramento's newest comics show

We finally talked Ben into sharing his favorite titles from each week's new comic book day releases. A whopping two of us have previewed this show and really enjoy it. We think you will too. In fact, please let us know what you think in the comments.

EmpiresCV.tv will appear weekly on our Facebook page and also on our YouTube channel, or visit www.EmpiresCV.tv each week for immediate viewing.  Special thanks to one of our regular fans, Joey Janssen, for reminding us to snag the URL for the show. And now, EmpiresCV.tv...

 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

COMICPRESS & WEBCOMIC "HOW TO" SEMINAR

Saturday June 18th 1pm-3pm

Want to start a webcomic or bring your comic work to life on the web? The creators of the webcomic Eben07 will be giving a presentation on releasing a webcomic using the ComicPress system for WordPress blogs, creating an online readership, driving traffic to your work & even some tips on how you can make some extra coin! The workshop will be filled with helpful tips, resources & websites, and do's & don'ts for making & releasing your own independent comic work online!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Green Lantern movie fun at Empire's Comics Vault

We’re celebrating the release of the Green Lantern movie by giving away all kinds of cool Lantern swag -- Lantern rings, Green Lantern movie t-shirts, temporary tattoos, HeroClix, posters of Tomar-Re, Kilowog and Hal, and other cool things. We even came up with our very own Oath!
In brightest day, in blackest night,
Empire’s Comics Vault’s fun begins tonight,
Let all who play be rich and bright,
Sacramento Green Lantern fans unite!
The movie opens Friday, June 17, but the fun begins now. Unfortunately the Guardians of Swag will not release these items unless you exercise your Lantern powers! Find out below.
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Alright, Poozers, there are three ways to get some cool stuff:
GL1. Get a Green Lantern movie t-shirt
Without reading it, recite any Lantern oath in our store or in a video you post to the Empire’s Comics Vault’s Facebook page. If you recite the Sapphire Lantern, Green Lantern, Blue Lantern or Yellow Lantern oath, we’ll throw in a Lantern ring of the same color.
Fine Print (GL1): Offer good through June 30, 2011, while supplies last. You may only participate in this offer one time. If you participate in this offer, you may not participate in the “Select one Lantern item” offer listed below.
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GL2. Select one Lantern item
Come into the store and say, “Beware my power – Green Lantern’s light!” and you’ll get to take your pick of one item from the lanyards, tattoos, water bottles, backpacks, posters and HeroClix.
Fine Print (GL2): Offer good through June 30, 2011, while supplies last. Shirts and power rings not included. If you participated in the shirts and power ring offer, you may not participate in this offer. Of course, you may participate in the Larfleeze Contest, since it is about avarice. Hungry!
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GL3. Larfleeze’s Oath of Avarice Contest
Get your greed on to receive 10 Lantern’s rings and one of everything else!
That’s right, one for each finger! Write an Orange Lantern oath and send it to us. We’ll collect them all and let Facebook members vote on the best one. The oath must be four lines long, like all the other oaths. No, you can’t have 10 more for your toes.
Two ways to submit your oath
1. If you have a Facebook account, type the oath into a Note and add Empire’s Comics Vault in the Tags section. You have to Like our Facebook Page to be able to add us in the Tags. We’d be nuts if we didn’t hope that you’ll continue as a fan of our page, but at least stick around until the costest is over, so that your entry will be counted.
2. If you DON’T have a Facebook account, email the oath to EmpiresCV [at] gmail [dot] com, ATTN: Larfleeze’s Oath of Avarice. Be sure to add your first and last name to the email, so we know who you are. By sending us your entry, you agree to have your name and oath appear on Facebook for voting purposes.
Larfleeze’s Contest Fine Print (GL3): All entries received by June 30, 2011, midnight, are eligible. Anyone with a Facebook account may vote for one or more entries, using the “Like” button. Voting starts Saturday, July 2 at 12:01 AM. Voting ends Saturday, July 9 at 5:00 PM. Shirt size to awarded is XL. Ten rings is comprised of 5 orange rings, and one each of the sapphire, blue, orange, yellow, and green rings. Complete prize list is available at the end of this post.
Other stuff you might want to know
What are the oaths?
We found a cool video on YouTube. You can watch it below, or read them online at the Green Lantern Wiki.

Prizes
  • Shirts are available in sizes small to XL.
  • Lantern rings: Sapphire, blue, orange, yellow, green
  • Lanyards
  • Backpacks
  • Collapsible water bottles
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Posters: Tomar-Re, Kilowog, Hal Jordan
  • GL HeroClix

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Live Art Show!

LIVE ART SHOW & SALE!!
50% OFF Back Issues
20% OFF Trades
Come see various comic book artists perform live art on several different mediums. Artwork will be for sale! 
Featured Guests Include:
James O'Barr- Most famously known for creating the comic book The Crow, James O'Barr is also an accomplished painter. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancĂ©e are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers and extract revenge. The book has sold close to a million copies worldwide. The Crow was adapted into a successful film of the same name in 1994, staring Brandon Lee, son of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. O'Barr was the second American to be awarded the "Storyteller Award" by the International Comic Festival held annually in Angouleme, France. O'Barr has been working on a fully painted 300 page gothic western graphic novel called "Sundown" for years now, and recently released the first chapter to fans through the digital medium of the iPhone and iPad from publisher and new digital motion comic company Motionworks Entertainment (www.motionworkscomics.com). With Sundown, gear up for violence, tragedy, romance, buckets of bullets and a talking horse. Other comics in which O'Barr has worked on include: Northstar Presents, Calibur Presents, Deadworld, Hard Looks, Slash, Original Sins, Pink Dust: Morphine Dreams, and Razor. Also keep an eye out for the soon to be released The Crow: Author's Edition. It will contain at least 60 pages of new material that no one has ever seen! James currently resides in Texas.  jamesobarr.typepad.com

Mark Bode- Son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode, Mark Bode is best known or his work on the comic book COBALT 60 and as the creator of the hit comic Miami Mice. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to color his father's strip Zooks, the First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. His publications also include GYRO COMICS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, GWAR comics and LIZARD of OZ. Mark has exhibited his artwork in art shows around the world. He has worked on designing clothing lines for companies such as Marc Ecko Clothing & Puma International and has designed multiple vinyl toys based on his fathers characters for Kidrobot & Planet 6. He is also a well known graffiti & tattoo artist. Mark signed a deal with Universal pictures for the rights to "COBALT 60" to be produced as a live action movie,  by Zack Snyder of " 300",  "Dawn of the Dead (the remake)", and Sucker Punch fame. Mark is currently working on another chapter in the Cobalt 60 story. These days he calls the Bay Area his home.  www.markbode.com

 
Rafael Navarro- Writer/Artist/Creator of the comic book Sonambulo. It's about an ex-luchador mask wearing detective that steps head on into danger, living in a world where monsters and creatures lurk in the streets and THE DAY of the DEAD can literally become a holiday for those who seek revenge from the grave. Sonambulo cleverly blends elements of Lucha Libre Masked Mexican Wrestlers, Cult/Horror/ B-Movies, Super Heroes and Noir & Pulp Novels. Rafael is winner of the coveted  Xeric Grant  for independent publishing.   Rafael's other contributed comics work includes Hot Mexican Love Comics, Lucha Noir, Mac Afro, Gumby Gang, Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave,   and The Kids of Widney High. Rafael is also an Emmy Award-winning storyboard artist and has contributed to several animated television series as Spectacular Spider-Man, Rugrats, The Batman, Scooby Doo, Marvel Super Hero Squad and Mucha Lucha. Rafael currently lives in Southern California.  www.sonambulo.com


Emonic- Taking the West Coast by storm, graphic illustrator & painter Emonic has been making waves on the comic convention circuit and art gallery receptions with his high octane fueled live art shows. Emonic (aka Emo Gonzales) has been creating art since he was a child. As a youth he was heavily influenced by skateboarding, comic books, music, movies and graphic design. When working on projects he will often employ a mix of mediums ranging from traditional means (pencil, acrylic and marker) to digital manipulation. He is currently working on a comic book project tittled "Gevaudan" and has a few other comic projects in the works. Emonic hails from the city of Milpitas.  www.emonic.net
Dave Castro- A slum born artist who spent most of his youth viewing society from a local park bench or riverbed. He birthed an eye the size of a pimple on his forehead when he was 8, that allows him to sometimes see the spiritual innards of his fellow man. Most of his works portray them. Armed with only a pen and a wrinkled dollar that fits in no vending machine. He marches on with hope to entertain you. AKA D.Castr, he is the founder of the comic book company Taco Comics as well as the Slum Circus. He has worked with Iota Arcane's Imaginary Slave and has also contributed album cover art for Iota Arcane's Dead Androids. Most of the time he dwells in Long Beach, in a dark cave by the water.  http://tacocomics.wordpress.com