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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