Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Sale of 2014 is this Saturday

This Saturday, December 20 is our final sale of the year. It's also 5-days before that big day everyone gets presents, so if you waited till the last minute, this sale is for you.

And even if you've finished your holiday shopping early, it might be a fine time to reward yourself with the gift of comics.

A snapshot from our 2014 Creative Women Mini-Con and Sale.

14 Reasons to put one comic book title on an Empire's pull list

December 31 marks the last day to qualify for what might be the best benefit of our Comic Book Savings Program -- VIP Status at Free Comic Book Day in 2015. So, if you're thinking about it, don't hesitate, sign up with just one title on a pull list before the end of the year.

Rolly is ready for the Ugly Sweater Contest. Have you entered yet?

Besides that, our customers tell us they love Empire's Comic Book Savings Program. You might like it too.

Need 14 reasons? Ok, here's what people are saying about the program:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Uncover the Secrets Hidden Under Locke & Key

Locke & Key is Empire's January 2015 Reading Selection


Join the discussion
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
Time:  6:30 – 7:30pm, PST 
Do family dramas, gruesome horror, bone-chilling suspense, and portals into other dimensions hold a fascination for you? If so, then it’s time you opened up a copy of Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. You’ll meet the Locke family and discover that they have more than their fair share of family skeletons (demons, and spirits, and ghosts, oh my!) in their ancestral closets.
In a story created by Joe Hill (son of horror master Stephen King) and Gabriel Rodriguez, IDW Publishing unleashed the Locke family demons into the world back in February of 2008 in an issue that sold out in a single day. The Locke & Key series went on to win British Fantasy Awards in 2009 and 2012 for Best Comic or Graphic Novel and multiple 2011 Eisner Awards. Despite a failed TV series adaptation that same year, a film trilogy based on the complete Locke & Key series was officially announced at Comic Con 2014.
Whether you’re already fans of Tyler, Kinsey and Bode Locke or we’ve only just piqued your curiosity to learn more about their intriguing family secrets, you’ll want to join us for our January Graphic Novel Reading Club discussion.

Read Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. Then join our Graphic Novel Reading Club.

On the second Thursday in January, we’ll explore what’s hidden under Locke & Key, discussing everything from the art and the characters, to the delivery, the plot and the story arcs.
If you’re possessed by a spirt of curiosity and eager to share your input, here are six doors of debate we’ll unlock and open at our upcoming reading night:
  • Did the opening of the story confuse or intrigue you?
  • What clues and telling details did you find within the book’s various artwork panels?
  • Did you feel any empathy for Sam Lesser? If so, why?
  • Does the quality of the content justify the gore?
  • Do the series of flashbacks serve the story or distract from it?
  • How many magical keys are too many?
Join the discussion if you’ve got the soul (and the stomach!) for it! Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30pm, PST here at Empire’s.
How To Participate

  1. Check out the line-up below to see which graphic novel or collected edition titles we'll be reading and discussing each month.
  2. If there's a title you're interested in, talk to Ben at the shop or message him via Facebook or Twitter, and he'll make sure there's a copy of the book for you.
  3. You may participate in one or all of the discussions or whichever ones interest you. Also, you can get the book at the shop or the library or the one that's already in your collection.
  4. Show up by 6:30 p.m. on discussion night. We'll take over Empire's Lounge and get into the book! Feel free to bring something for yourself to eat and drink or something to share. There are decent food options on Fulton Avenue and a convenience store in the shopping center.
  5. Check our events schedule regularly for new and updated entries.

Graphic Novel Reading Selection by Month

Here's what we've selected to get started. If there's something we should consider, please let us know and we'll add it to our growing list of titles.
  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Artist Benjamin Bryan featured in Empire's Art Gallery

Sacramento artist Ben Cesena
Meet December's Artist: Benjamin Bryan

All month long, you can come in to admire the works of local artist, Benjamin Bryan. If his style seems familiar, it's because you may remember his Hulk pieces which included Hulk Hogan.

He returns this month with his interpretations of the Batman, Flash and Zoom, and the Dinosaur and the Sandwich. We'll post the pictures here, but it's better to see the real thing.

These small to large sized pieces make a fine addition to any collection.

Enjoy Benjamin's works through December 31, 2014.

Dinosaur $80; Sandwich $45; Set $105
The Dinosaur and The Sandwich
















$95 each
The Batman








$80 ea. or $100 for the set
Flash and Zoom

Toys make a brighter day during a darker time


Starting today and ending Friday, December 19, we're running a toy drive to benefit the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.

Rat Queens take on Empire’s Graphic Novel Reading Club

Empire’s Graphic Novel Reading Club reads and discusses a diverse selection of collected comic books and graphic novels, from the thought-provoking to the entertaining. All are welcome. Read your own copy or pick up one at the shop. Join the next discussion on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Empire’s Comics Vault.

"Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they're in the business of killing all god's creatures for profit. It's also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack."

Join the discussion

Date: Thursday, December 11,  2014
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


How To Participate

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ugly Sweater Contest runs all December 2014

Rolly loves ugly sweaters.
What’s with those sweaters!? Ben and Rolly are kicking off Empire's Ugly Sweater Contest today! Join us in our search for the ugliest sweater in the Empire.

Enter in Two Easy Steps

1. Submit a photo of yourself wearing an ugly sweater and holding a recent comic book. Or come into the shop wearing your ugly sweater and we'll take your picture.

2. Email the photo to empirescv@gmail.com before midnight on December 31, 2014. If you’re photographed by us in the shop, we’ll take your entry from there.

Vote for Ugly

Thursday, November 13, 2014

48 Days to Qualify for 2015 FCBD VIP Status

First of all, if you know what FCBD is, then you're halfway to VIP Status! All it takes is signing up. And that's easier than lifting Thor's hammer. Sign up in the shop or print the form and drop it off on your next visit to the shop.

What Savings Club Members Say
What you may not know, however, is what some of the current Members think of the program. So, here you go:



"Love the monthly benefit, but honestly I'd have a pull list anyways! Having some books set aside on FCBD was truly excellent though, so I could make sure I got some that I was really pumped about."
- Alex D.

"I think it's fantastic! I never have to worry about missing out on the books I read and I'm comforted knowing that if I have to wait a while to pick 'em up, Ben totally has my back and won't put my stuff back on the shelf. Oh, and the coupons, sales, promos, etc.. why, they're the ultimate icing on the cake!"
- Rebecca S.

5 Tips To Maximize Black Friday 2014 at Empire's

Black Friday is November 28, 2014, and we have the sale of the year for you!

TIP #1: Special note for you Comic Book Savings Club members: Early this month we sent you an email with your November Benefits, and it included some really great Black Friday options for you. So, be sure to re-read that email. (If you're not a member and you want to learn more, check out these recent posts about free membership).


Black Friday Comic Book Style


Here's the lowdown on our Black Friday Sale:

2014 Costume Contest Winners

We had 16 fantastic costumers enter this year's contest! From video games to comic books to cartoons, the themes were well covered. But now it's time to announce the winners!

You'll recall there were four opportunities to take home prizes.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:
  • Costume M: Grand prize: $25 in regular priced back issues and your picture proudly displayed in the shop until next year's winner takes your spot.
  • Costume B: Second prize: $15 in regular priced back issues
  • Costume G: Third prize: $10 in regular priced back issues
  • Costume H: Rolly's Choice prize: $15 in regular priced 
To collect your back issues, please visit Ben in the shop. 

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

View costume entries and get ready to vote

UPDATE 11/04/2014 10:18 PM PT: Well, well, well. Turns out some of the photos we had were lost in digital transit. But what was lost, now is found! There's a lot of competition. So get your votes ready, and better yet, get your friends ready to vote.

Ok, so here's your contests update:

  • Pumpkin Carving Contest: $65 in prizes was left on the table! We didn't receive any entries. Awwwww.
  • Costume Contest: We received three 13 entries! That means each of them is a winner. The only thing to figure out is who wins how much! So get ready to vote starting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. PT. 
    • The voting choices will be in the righthand column, here >>>

2014 Costume Contest Entries



Monday, November 3, 2014

59 Days To Qualify For FCBD 2015 VIP Status

Face it.

When it comes to Free Comic Book Day, we don't hold back.


Don't believe us? Check out the photo album (shown at bottom of this post) from our May 2014 Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

The real scoop is this: There's the everybody line and there's the VIP Line. Which line do you want to be in?

We're already preparing for our largest attendance ever, and that includes preparing for an ultra-smooth VIP experience.

Our FCBD VIPs are our Comic Book Savings Club Members. They get a shorter line, guaranteed books, uber-convenience, and probably some new, yet-to-be-revealed benefits for Free Comic Book Days. BUT...

The program has lots of benefits 

( ^-- you can sign up here) -- not just during Free Comic Book Day, which, as you know, is really Free Comic Book MONTH at Empire's Comics Vault -- with a Mini-Con and all.

And no joke. Sign up is easy:
1. It requires only one current comic book title. 
2. Every time that title comes out, we reserve a copy for you.
3. Pick up at least once a month to stay in good standing.
4. Change the title as often as you want. Add more. Go back down to one.

Yeah. That's it.


GoodDay Sacramento and Ben talk about the Flash

CW's The Flash is burning things up with speed and action and mayhem and otherwise geeky fun. GoodDay Sacramento stopped by to talk to Ben about the Flash. In case you missed it, here it is.


Friday, October 31, 2014

62 Days To Qualify For FCBD 2015 VIP Status

We're already planning for our best Free Comic Book Day yet! 2015 is sure to be more amazing than anything else you've experienced before. One thing you'll want for sure is VIP Status.

This is our first article in a series of articles focusing on the benefits of our Comic Book Savings Club. These articles will run through the rest of the year.

What's FCBD VIP Status?

Well, for Free Comic Book Day, it means you'll get to take advantage of THREE amazing benefits:

1. Before Free Comic Book Day, you'll get to pre-select 10 FCBD titles, and we'll set them aside for you. That means you can walk into the store and take advantage of one of our best sales of the year. Then, at check out, you can ask for your free books, and we'll just hand them to you.

Cosplayers at 2014 Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con


2. On Free Comic Book Day, if there are free titles you want in addition to your 10 pre-selected titles, then instead of waiting in the regular line of 100 or more people, you'll wait in our half-as-long, twice-as-fast VIP line. Oh, yeah, there's a VIP line every Saturday for FCBD Month. 

3. But wait, there's more! You can also bring a friend with you into the VIP line. You benefit from your decision, and your friend benefits too.

WARNING: Not everyone will qualify for FCBD VIP Status.

To qualify, join the Comic Book Savings Club (also known as starting a Saver) by December 31, 2014, and keep your Saver in good status.

How does the Comic Book Savings Club work?

Here's what it means in 3 easy steps:

1. Sign up with at least 1 regular title on your Saver, or pull list. (BONSU: You'll get 10% off anything you purchase at that time).

2. Pick up your book(s) regularly, at least monthly.

3. Keep your list up to date. Add titles, remove titles, any time via email, phone, in person, Facebook, or Twitter.

How do I sign up?

There are two ways:
1. Print out the form and bring it in (or email it to empirescv@hotmail.com)
2. Ask for the form in the shop, fill it out, and hand it in.

Want to know all the 2014 benefits rather than wait for articles about them. Get the details on our Savings Programs page

Sunday, October 26, 2014

National Pug Day is Pugtober 15th

WE CAN'T BELIEVE WE MISSED THIS!

So...

Please mark your calendars for October 15, 2016. We won't miss it again.

What is National Pug Day?


Straight from the website, here's what it is:
National Pug Day is an International project founded in 2012 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, to celebrate this wonderful, loving and loyal breed and to encourage Pug lovers all over the world to adopt their next Pug from the shelter or a Pug Rescue rather than buying from a pet store. There are many Pug rescues all over the world with wonderful Pugs looking for a good home. 
So, we're going to make it a special occasion. Still working out the details, in fact. After all, we have a whole year.

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.

Photo courtesy of HalloweenComicFest.com

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
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


HeroicGirls.com 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 NaNoWriMo.org 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: Sac-Con.com) 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 empirescv@gmail.com 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 empirescv@gmail.com 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!

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    October Pumpkin Carving Contest 2014

    Death Star Pumpkin by Thao Pham, 2013.

    Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest Complete Rules

    Welcome back to our annual pumpkin carving contest. For four years now, we've showcased some of Sacramento's most talented carvers.

    Do you have what it takes?


    4 Easy Steps to Enter


    1. Carve your pumpkin.
    2. Take one picture of yourself with your pumpkin and a recent comic book.
    3. Take another picture--this time of just your pumpkin by itself.
    4. Email the photos, your first and last name, and phone number to empirescv@gmail.com.

    Comic Book Back Issue Prizes
    We'll post all the pictures in a blog post on this website with instructions on how to vote. 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 2 pictures (as stated below) and  your name and phone number to empirescv@gmail.com by Monday, November 3, 2014:
      1. A picture containing you, your carved pumpkin, and a recent comic book,
      2. A picture of your carved pumpkin by itself.
      And now for the really, really long, complete rules. You might want to sit down...

      Thursday, October 9, 2014

      John Marcotte and Fox 40 talk about Marvel and bullying awareness

      Fox 40 and John Marcotte of
      HeroicGirls.com on Marvel's
      bullying awareness covers.
      Yes, that was Empire's Comics Vault you saw on the Fox 40 news piece about the collaboration between StompOutBullying.com and Marvel Comics during National Bullying Prevention Month.

      And yes, that was John Marcotte of Heroic Girls, the "organization dedicated to empowering girls by advocating for strong role models in alternative media — particularly comics."

      For a local resource about bullying prevention, check out the Sacramento Countywide Bullying Prevention Program's website. Also check out the Cyberbullying Research Center's website. If there are others we should mention, please let us know.

      Enjoy.





      Saturday, September 20, 2014

      Artist Melissa Pagluica on GoodDay Sacramento

      Recently Melissa Pagluica was featured on GoodDay Sacramento. We wanted to make sure you didn't miss it!

      To call her only an artist is an injustice. Melissa is not only an artist but also a storyteller, comic book creator, and an inspiration. In this interview you'll get a glimpse at her creative process and also her passion and drive to create beautiful works of art.

      It's a privilege to have her with us today at the Creative Women Mini-Con 2014. We hope you make it in to the shop to meet her.

      Here's who else you'll meet at Creative Women Mini-Con today.

      Above the Clouds comic book creator storyteller
      Melissa Pagluica, Above the Clouds comic book creator

      Click through the image to watch the interview on the GoodDay site.

      Transformers artist Sarah Stone and Ben on GoodDay Sacramento

      In case you missed it this morning, Sarah and Ben were on GoodDay Sacramento. Have you met all of the Creative Women Mini-Con talent yet? 

      Transformers artist Sarah Stone
      GoodDay Sacramento

      Click through this image to watch the video on the GoodDay site.

      Creative Women Mini-Con Happening NOW

      It's happening right now! We have several brilliant creative women in the shop right now, and they're meeting and talking with fans and other creatives. You need to meet these women.



      We also have a sale:

      TODAY'S DISCOUNTS
      50% off Back Issues
      15% off Toys & Statues
      10% off Graphic Novels

      PLACES TO WATCH THROUGHOUT THE DAY
      We're using #CreativeWomen14 as the hashtag on all our social networks:
      Instagram
      Twitter
      Facebook
      Tumblr

      Today, for Creative Women Mini-Con all our social networks will be working overtime, so join us on your favorite network.

      Special Tumblr activity: We'll be doing something special at Tumblr today. We'll be posting all of your best pictures from around the internet! Take some pictures and we'll get it posted!