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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Number 1 Right Now on KCRA A*List

The Race So Far

Right now, thanks to you, our store fans, we're holding steady at #1 in the Bookstore category in KCRA's A*List competition. Last week we moved from 16th to 9th in about 30 minutes. Then in the next few minutes we moved into the #2 spot. By March 14, at 1 a.m., we took the #1 spot.

So now the hard work begins - staying at #1. Yesterday we fell into the second place spot, but quickly regained #1. That means, however, that someone is hot on our trail.


To participate, please visit our page on the KCRA A*List website. We hope you'll consider voting for us, however we know that there are many fine shops that promote comic books in Sacramento. It would be amazing to be #1 at the end of the contest in 45 days - it would be even more amazing for the top 5 spots to all be comic book shops!

Here's a look at the current standings in the Book Store Category:


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dear Bao Bay - Be My Valentine Contest - First Place Winner

Dear Bao Bay by Rain


Bao bay,

I saw your face on a wanted poster the other day. It made me think, who is this man that haunts my thoughts?

I’ve never even met you; but I can only hope that one day we might have the chance to complicate one another.

Just envisioning you in your tight pants and Brown coat makes me tyen-shaio duh!  ~ Shiny!

Let us, you and I, find a moon to ourselves. Where we can misbehave long into the night…jen mei NAI-shing duh FWO-tzoo!

Sheh-sheh for making this ‘verse a better place!

With Love,



Congratulations, Rain, on being our First Place Winner. We love Mal too!

If you'd like more from Rain, please check out her blog, Etsy page, Flickr photostream, and Facebook page. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

More Be My Valentine

We've posted a few entries from our contest on our store blog and our Tumblr blog, but if you want more and if you want to read the First Place Winner, you'll need to head over to our fan blog, Empire's Open Vault. That's where anyone who shops at Empire's Comics Vault can write a few words about any geek topic, share their art, and so on. If you're interested in sharing something on Empire's Open Vault, please email your submissions to empirescv @ gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dearest Dark Knight - Be My Valentine Contest - 2nd Place Winner

"An Ode to a Knight" by Jacob DeSersa
The blackest cowl upon your head
excites me like no other
your batarangs and grappling hooks
cause my heart to flutter
The greatest of hero's i would say
takes on the guise of a bat
his skills, his cunning, and charming grace
can always go un-matched
regular men and hero's alike
tremble at your very thought
the kryptonian, lantern, and atlatean too
the fear over them you've brought
you swoop over gotham, wings out stretched
instilling terror in some, hope in others at your very sight
for this is ode to you, the batman
the mightiest, and darkest, of knights
Congratulations to our 2nd place winner - Jake, the drummer in Seeker, Sacramento's own ultimate punk rock band! Even before he submitted his entry, there was no doubt in our mind that he would be writing to the Dark Knight. That's loyalty! Another post hits tomorrow. And if you missed this contest, be sure to read up on limericks for our next contest that's starting in a couple of days.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dear She-Hulk -- Be My Valentine Contest - Honorable Mention

Dear She-Hulk by Joshua Cargain
Dear She-Hulk,
I am a 24 year old unemployed community college student. I live in a small apartment next to the mall with my room-mate and two cats. I think we should be together because you remind me of my mother.
Attached below, is my address and date of birth so you can come to my 25th birthday. No gift is required, your presence is present enough, unless you want to do your hair in a side tail and wear an off the shoulder t-shirt. If not, a tube top and a mini-skirt would be fine too.
If we were together, you could sleep on my couch, clean up after me and open my pickle jars.
Please respond to my letter, if not, I’ll just call you every hour on the hour till you pick up, or your voicemail is full. Whatever comes first…..
Love always,
Your Snuggle Bear,
Joshua Cargain
There's no doubt this one had us laughing! We still laugh when we read it. It's that good. By the way, if you're good with limericks, you'll want to keep an eye on our website and Facebook Page for this month's contest coming soon. Be sure to check out Joshua's punk rock band's Facebook Page too.

Dear Nightcrawler - Be My Valentine Contest - 3rd Place Winner

Dear Nightcrawler - By Jessica S.

It's that time of year again,
Where in comes the pink,
And out goes my Zen.
Oh, who would my hero be?
I think--my comics!
An arrow hits me,
BAMF!—and a smile once again
Fills up the panels,
With blues that brighten.
Foreign phrases n'er ignored,
Demonic features-
A creature with sword!
Yet so angelic at heart,
I know you'll say yes,
So here is my part-
Kurt Wagner, will you be Mine?
I won't be alone-
(Amanda won't mind.)
A thought then fills me with dread
Forgotten, but now,
...I'm sorry, you're dead!
Liebe Grüße,


Well, this contest was all about love, so how could we deny everyone who entered a free comic? Still, there were three that received top honors, and here's the 3rd place entry. On top of that, Jessica has the honor of being the first poem to our comics blog.
We're going to share all of the entries, one at a time, until we get to 1st place. We hope you enjoyed this one as much as we did. See you soon.