Monday, December 16, 2013

Dear Sac City Rollers: Thanks For A Great 2013



We Heart Roller Derby

This year has been an amazing year. One of the things we loved the most about it was the Sac City Rollers. They even made an appearance at our 2013 Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con and on EmpiresCV.tv, our YouTube channel.

We're really looking forward to another great year with them in 2014 and hope that many of you will be able to join us on a game night. We guarantee you'll have a good time.

Learn more about Sac City Rollers.



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Members Appreciation Party and Games

Friday night about 30 members of our savings club program and their guests joined us for pizza, drinks, board games, comic book reading, and video games.

If you're thinking about saving money on your comics, join the club before December 31 in order to get maximum benefits in 2014.

Board games, card games and video games

In the game department, Injustice was a hit, but so were Princess Bride: Storming the Castle, King of Tokyo, and Love Letters.

We has so much fun and made so much noise playing games that we're checking our calendar to see what day each week would be good for a regular game night.


Celebrating 10 years in comics


A special gift, "The Pug People And Their Prized Pug," an original painting by Jared Konopitski, was presented to Ben Schwartz in celebration of the store's 10-year anniversary.





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Friday, December 13, 2013

Giving Back: Do it for the kids of the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento

This Saturday we're hosting a toy drive to benefit the children at the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.  All proceeds and donations will go toward making their holiday a special one.

This amazing organization serves the needs of children and families affected by abuse, neglect and other issues. The success stories that have come from this organization will bring tears to your eyes. Now's your chance to show your compassion for children going through a difficult time.

Toy Drive & Art Fundraiser
This event, hosted by Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group & Empire's Comics Vault, is an important annual tradition and a way that all of us -- our community of comic book readers -- can give back to our community. Please join us for this special event.

Date: December 14, 2013
Time: 11am - 8pm

Note: Empire's Comics Vault will receive your toy, gift and monetary donations through Thursday, December 19, 2013.

There are two ways to participate:
  1. Donate a gift. Purchase a toy and drop it off at the shop. Purchase a toy at the shop and donate it. We'll give you 25% off the purchase price. Better yet, check the specific wishes of a child and donate one or more of those items. Gifts must be un-wrapped only please.
  2. Bid on or commission original artwork at our in-store event. Arts from the Sacramento Comicbook Creators Group will be on hand for commissioned work. You can also participate online via the livestream of the event.
Learn More About the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
"The Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento is committed to positively impacting the lives of children, youth, and families affected by abuse, neglect, behavioral health issues, and trauma in California." - Source: http://www.crhkids.org/

Website: Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Announcing 2013 Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 pumpkin carving contest! To claim your prize, please connect with Ben in the shop any day Tuesday through Saturday.

First place: Pumpkin 03
Second place: Pumpkin 05 - Why So Serious?
Third place: Pumpkin 04



Prizes and Recognition
Our winners receive the following:
  • 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



Local Comics Creator Eben E.B. Burgoon to Sign Books on Black Friday

We have more news for you about our upcoming Black Friday Sale! The savings will be amazing. Don't miss it.


Local Comics Creator Eben E.B. Burgoon to Sign Books 


Ben Schwartz & Eben Burgoon at 2013's APE Con
This coming Black Friday, Creator of Eben07: Covert Custodian & B-Squad: Soldiers of Misfortune, Eben E.B. Burgoon, will be signing comics and have a trove of 1st edition copies of B-Squad: Soldiers of Misfortune #1 & other goodies.

Eben was recently an Editor's Pick for Best of Sacramento by the Sacramento News & Review and B-Squad is coming off the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Come check this action humor series about the poor man's A-team! Join up with B-Squad!


Enjoy Coffee And A Light Breakfast On Us!

First of all, we know you'll be wrapping up some late, late night shopping or early shopping and are going to be in need of a little break. That's why we're going to have some coffee and a quick bite waiting for you when we open our doors at 9 am on Black Friday. Of course, it's while supplies last, so the sooner you get there, the better.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Announcing 2013 Costume Contest Winners

The final results are in, and here are the winners!

  • In first place, Costume 09.
  • In 2nd place, Costume 12.
  • In 3rd place, Costume 14.

Prizes and Recognition

Winners should visit the store and talk to Ben to receive their prizes:
  • Grand prize: $50 in store credit and your picture proudly displayed in the shop for a year
  • Second prize: $25 in store credit
  • Third prize: $15 in regular priced back issues


 

Crocker-Con Art Mix Features Local Shops and Creators

We're excited to have been invited to the Crocker this Thursday night for Crocker-Con! It's one part Comic-Con and one part Art Mix.

Featured artists include:


Annual Food Drive To Benefit Senior Citizen Services Inc.


Food drive benefits senior citizens

SACRAMENTO’S TWO BIGGEST COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS HOSTING FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT SENIOR CITIZEN SERVICES, INC.

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 11AM-4PM

This year Sacramento’s two largest comic book publishers, Scattered Comics and ECV Press, are teaming up for our annual food drive to benefit Sacramento’s elderly community.

Announcing Black Friday Sale 2013

Ah! Another crazy fun Black Friday Sale. It's time to get all the comics you've ever dreamed of. But be sure to come by on the first day of the sale for the best discounts and most merchandise, because when it's gone, it's gone! Here are the details:

Nov 29 (Friday) 9am-9pm Back Issues $5 and under ONLY .50c • $5.01-$10 ONLY $1 • $10.01-$15 ONLY $2 • $15.01+ 75% OFF Toys, Posters, Statues & Games 40% OFF Graphic Novels 35% OFF
Nov 30 (Saturday) 11am-8pm Back Issues $5 and under ONLY $1 • $5.01-$10 ONLY $2 • $10.01-$15 ONLY $3 • $15.01+ 50% OFF Toys, Posters, Statues & Games 30% OFF Graphic Novels 25% OFF
Dec 01 (Sunday) 12pm-5pm Back Issues 50% OFF Toys, Posters, Statues & Games 20% OFF Graphic Novels 15% OFF

Write A Novel, Screenplay or Comic This November











All month long, November 2013, we're participating in NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month. Of course, we realize that you may not want to write a novel but a comic or movie screenplay instead. Write what you want! Every Friday night starting at 5pm.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Voting Starts Now: 2013 Pumpkin Carving Contest

Voting ends Thursday, November 14! Each pumpkin is numbered. Vote for your favorite pumpkin in the right-hand column of this blog. You get one vote, so make it count!

Carved Pumpkin Entries for Sacramento's Best Pumpkin Carver




Saturday, November 2, 2013

Voting Starts Now: 2013 Halloween Costume Contest

Voting ends November 10 at 9 pm PT. You may vote only once. Each picture has a costume number on it that you will use for voting. The voting poll is just to the right of this post in the right-hand column.

Note: Having a current comic book in the photo as part of the contest rules. It was added to ensure that entries were not photos from previous years. In some cases, comics are not included in the photos because we took the pictures ourselves in the shop this year. :)

Sacramento Halloween Costume Entries


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Halloween Costume Contest

You already have a costume picked out for Halloween, so you might as well enter our costume contest!

But, hey, if cosplay isn't your thing, then carve a pumpkin for a chance to win some comics. Or do both!

How To Enter

Submit a photo of yourself in costume while you hold up a recent comic book.
Email the photo to empirescv@gmail.com before November 1

How To Win

We'll post all the pictures on our website on November 1 and let the voting begin! 

Prizes and Recognition
Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes, and they will receive:

  • Grand prize: $50 in store credit and your picture proudly displayed in the shop for a year
  • Second prize: $25 in store credit
  • Third prize: $15 in regular priced back issues

Here are the complete rules. Ooh, how exciting!

Pumpkin Carving Contest 2013

This is our 3rd pumpkin carving contest. Do you have your pumpkin and design picked out? 

Carve your pumpkin. Take a picture of yourself with your pumpkin and send it to us at empirescv@gmail.com.

We'll post all the pictures and let the voting begin! 

Prizes and Recognition
Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes, and they 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
Everyone wins bragging rights!

    Critical Information
    For your entry to be considered valid you must submit 2 pictures (as stated below) and  your name and phone number to empirescv@gmail.com by Sunday, November 3, 2013:
    1. A picture of the carved pumpkin by itself, and
    2. A picture of you with your carved pumpkin

    And now for the complete rules. Yawn...

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Meet The Frog God, Jared Konopitski and Fourth Way Comics at Second Saturday Extension

    Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
    Time: 7 - 9 pm
    Location: Empire's Comics Vault, 1120 Fulton Avenue, Ste. K

    We Love Second Saturday


    Last month we held our first Second Saturday extension event, and we're excited to bring you another Second Saturday add-on event.

    BONUS: To celebrate making the Sacramento News & Reviews' Best of Sacramento 2013 list, graphic novels will be 25% off and any comic from the new comic wall that features a female heroine or is written or drawn by a woman will be 10% off. And a great big Thank You to our customers, to women creatives everywhere, and to SN&R for recognizing us the Most Egalitarian Comic Book Store. The sale starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 9 pm.

    Sunday, August 25, 2013

    Vote Today: Ben Affleck as Batman? What?

    As soon as we heard the news, we put a poll in the field. So far, public opinion is down. Of course, there's only a few votes so far (although, overall, the fans have spoken already), so who knows how our little poll will end up. The comments are good, too, so be sure to read them.

    You can use the sliding scale below to add your vote!

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Great Big Giant SALE on August 10 Plus Second Saturday Event

    This Saturday, August 10, you'll enjoy the following SALE PRICES! Don't miss out!

    • 25% off completely restocked BACK ISSUES! Thousands of new back issues will be available.
    • 15% off TRADES, COLLECTED EDITIONS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, and HARDBACKS plus TOYS and POSTERS
    • 15% off regular and already reduced priced STATUES
    • *NEW*: Bring the kids in for the sale and they'll receive pricing from Rolly's Comic Book Reading Club for Children! In this new program, new and back issues on the children's shelf are always available at 20% off cover price. Get more details and sign up your children at the shop!
    • Comic Book Savings Program Members, earlier this month we sent you a special coupon as your August 2013 Member Benefit! Check your email for it, or mention it to Ben at the TikiBar upon check out to take advantage of it.

    Melissa Pagluica at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    Tomorrow, Saturday, August 10, we're excited to have local artist Melissa Pagluica return to Empire's Comics Vault as a guest at our Creative Women Mini-Con 2013 event. Melissa last joined us at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2013 event last May.

    Meet Local Artist Melissa Pagluica


    Melissa Pagluica is a freelance illustrator based in Sacramento. She loves to work both traditionally and digitally.

    Kristi "Batz" Zerga at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013

    We're pleased to have Kristi "Batz" Zerga with us at our Creative Women Mini-Con 2013 on Saturday, August 10.

    Meet Kristi Zerga


    Kristi is co-owner of LEGENDS of Heroes & Villains and LHV Publishing, which publishers several different titles, including its main title, “Kitty & Batz,” a dark comedy about two homicidal adolescents.

    Kelsey Suan at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013

    Meet Fine Artist Kelsey Suan

    Kelsey Suan is a Fine Artist and Illustrator. Her works tell a visual story and tend to have a dark atmosphere.

    She has shown her work in multiple galleries including the Union Hall Gallery, The Artisan, and the E Street Gallery.

    Face Off Season 3 Winner Nicole Chilelli at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013

    We're excited to announce that Nicole Chilelli, winner of Face Off (Season 3), will be a guest at our Creative Women Mini-Con 2013 this Saturday.

    About Nicole Chilelli


    At an early age Nicole had an interest in all types of art -- painting, drawing, sculpting etc. The older she became the stronger her love for horror and Halloween grew. Each Halloween she'd set up her house with props she had made in order to scare the neighborhood kids. Eventually, she took Halloween makeup class and then realized she had found the thing she wanted to do in life.

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    ECV Press Cover Artist Krysten Reis at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    Krysten Reis can't imagine life without art. She is a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree and an experienced 2D animator, concept artist, and illustrator.

    Immediately after graduating, she began working at a start up game company and has done work with Sigil Stone, Stigma Games, Ink Game Studios, and Gunwale Games. Now she is pursuing her dream of working in comics and does freelance work.

    No Life Without Art

    Sarah René Straub at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013

    Sarah René Straub is an independent comic artist, freelance illustrator, concept designer and colorist.

    Empire's Comics Vault Welcomes Sarah Straub to the Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    A passionate artist from an early age, Sarah would transform every scrap of paper into her own personal canvas -- so much so, in fact, that her parents had to hide important papers from her!

    Internet Darlings Power Girl and Huntress at Creative Women Mini-Con

    We're excited to announce that Power Girl and Huntress will make a special appearance at our Creative Women Mini-Con. Be sure to get your photo with these young wonders!

    Meet "Huntress" Anya and "Power Girl" Stella


    In 2012 Anya and Stella entered costume contests and won. Then an artist sketched them in costume and the sketch and photo hit many of the major blogs!

    Needless to say, it's a real privilege to have them with us on Saturday. Best of all, they're both avid comic book readers. Be sure to ask them about their favorite reads and heroines. Plus, ask them about their next costumes.

    Meet them both at our Creative Women Mini-Con 2013:
    Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013
    Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    TheSpyderDuster Heather Jaeger at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    Sacramento creator/artist
    Heather Jeager
    Heather Jaeger, renowned online as "TheSpyderDuster," will join our line-up of creative women at this Saturday's Creative Women Mini-Con 2013.

    Meet Sacramento Artist Heather Jaeger


    Heather is the creator-artist of "Legends of Katainia: The White Dragon Warrior," a comic book series published by Scattered Comics of Sacramento. In an interview at Scattered Comics, she describes Legends of Katainia as "a war epic between an ancient alien race and the Devil" and a "mix of swords, magic, space ships, angels, demons, and of course who couldn’t resist- vampires." She most recently showed at Stockton-Con 2013.

    Artist-Writer Melissa McCommon at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    Melissa McCommon, Artist/Writer
    Melissa McCommon is a self-taught artist and comic book writer. Growing up in Vacaville, California, Melissa was a child who struggled with reading, however, by means of comic books, she taught herself to read. Since then, she has loved the comic book medium.

    Melissa learned to read with comic books


    After self publishing her first comic book "Carnation," Melissa was hired by Scattered Comics to draw for the studio's comic "Caffeine Poisoned." You can find Melissa's books at Empire's Comics Vault on the Local Shelf. Ask Ben to help you find them.

    Melissa keeps herself busy with her on-going webcomic "Epic Chaos!" Melissa attends conventions in California regularly and is also a co-panelist with Creative Women Mini-Con creator-artist Heather Jaeger, giving artist/writer help in their panel series "From Fan to Creator!

    Meet Melissa at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013
    Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013
    Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Multitalented Creative Erminia Saucedo At Creative Women Mini-Con 2013

    Comic book fanatic. Actress. Proud Latina. Geek Girl. Co-writer, editor and manager of the upcoming fantasy comic series The Gilbertine Chronicles. Her friends call her Minnie.

    Meet Erminia Saucedo


    Erminia is ecstatic to be making her debut onto the small press scene side-by-side with her dudebro and creative partner StephenNickel.

    Currently pursuing an AA Degree in legal studies at American River College, Erminia's true passion lies in voice acting and theater.

    Sacramento Artist Catherine Suan at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    Catherine Suan, Sacramento Artist

    Meet Sacramento Artist Catherine Suan

    We're proud to have with Sacramento artist Catherine Suan at this Saturday's Creative Women Mini-Con 2012. Catherine is a Sacramento native whose expressive style has earned her recognition on numerous fronts.

    In high school, Japanese anime and manga comics fascinated her and continues to influence her current style, featuring big expressive eyes or little kawaii -- "cute" in Japanese -- characters. Her work often displays whimsical and surreal elements with splashes of color that make each piece pop.

    Catherine's work has shown at local galleries such as the Artisan gallery, E Street gallery, and American River’s Kaneko Gallery. She was also a featured artist in the Sojourner Truth Museum. Now she adds to her resume our Creative Women Mini-Con here at Empire's Comics Vault.

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Creative Women Mini-Con is August 10, 2013 at Empire's

    Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty and Desire
    ©2012-2013 *SarahRStraub
    We're excited to announce that we're holding our first Creative Women Mini-Con celebrating the creative talents of local women in the greater Sacramento community.

    There's something about mini-cons we just can't get enough of! Watch for more mini-cons from us headed your way.


    Here are the critical details for this event, so that you can put it on your calendar:

    Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013
    Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Location: Empire's Comics Vault

    Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    15,000 Free Comic Books Look Like This

    Just in case you were wondering. They'll be ready for you by Saturday. Are you ready?

    We have a great line up of special guests for the mini-con, an exclusive FCBD title from a local comic book creator, an FCBD titles checklist for kids and adults, and monster good Free Comic Book Day sale. Best of all, the FCBD titles are 100%, no strings attached F R E E. Doors open at 9 AM and we're open until 8 PM. See you there!


    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Comics Creator Neil Riehle Free Comic Book Exclusive

    We're proud to announce that Sacramento comic book creator Neil Riehle is providing us with a Free Comic Book Day mini-comic to introduce his new book, The Remainz.

    The FCBD edition of "The Remainz: Head Hunters" is in limited supply and will be available on Saturday, May 4, while supplies last.

    The Remainz shares the comedic adventures of a band of zombies -- no, not like a tribe of zombies, but a musical group.

    For more from Neil Riehle, visit his Wallop Comics Facebook page or The Remainz website.

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    Ridiculous Sale for Free Comic Book Day

    "Hulk Smashed" by Mike Gray, PencilForHire.com

    Even the Hulk Can't Handle These Discounts!


    Here's what you have to look forward to on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 4, 2013.



    Back Issues
    (These Prices Are Ridiculous!!)


    • Up to $5 ONLY .50 cents
    • &5.01 - $10 ONLY $1
    • $10.01 - $15 ONLY $2
    • $15.01 + 75% OFF
    Variants, Posters, Toys: 35% OFF
    Graphic Novels & Statues: 25% OFF