Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Supreme Pro Wrestling performing live this Saturday at FCBD 2014!

Supreme Pro Wrestling is an independent wrestling promotion based out of Sacramento California.

They've been running shows monthly since the year 2000. They also run the SPW Training Academy. They are run BY the workers FOR the workers.

Supreme Pro Wrestling is home to many independent wrestling superstars on the road. When they come through Northern California, they know SPW is there for them.

SPW fans are easily the loudest in independent wrestling. Shows are a perfect blend of HARDCORE, TECHNICAL, OLD SCHOOL, and LUCHA LIBRE and contain great story lines that keep fans captivated.

SPW considers Modesto, California's Pro Wrestling Bushido their sister promotion, but also have a great working relationship with many other wrestling promotions ranging nationwide.

Live Wrestling at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con

That's right. Live wrestling. Experience it firsthand. Wrestling will take place from 9 am - 11 am. Meet the wrestlers, take some pictures, and have a whole lot of fun. And remember, we're giving out 15,000 free comic books.

Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con is Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Hero Initiative will be raising money for creators in need this FCBD!

The Hero Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need.

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

Since its inception, the Hero Initiative has been able to benefit more than 40 creators and their families with more than $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by the contributions of comic book fans.

Hero Initiative will be at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con on Saturday, May 3, 2014 to help raise funds for comic creators. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Jared Konopitski will be joining us FCBD 2014!

Jared Konopitski is an artist living and working in Sacramento, California.

He works in many mediums, however primarily with acrylic paintings. His work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums across the US and Internationally including; The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; and The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

Jared has had his work featured in Color Ink Book (2013), Papercut Magazine (2013), Arcana’s Steampunk Originals (2013), Heavy Metal Magazine (2012), Catapult Magazine (2012), DisColouring Book (2012), Penumbra eZine (2012), And Wow!cool! Psycho Nurse Calendar (2011).

In addition, Jared has curated numerous gallery shows and corporate art seminars.

In his spare time he enjoys facilitating art workshops, with focus on early art education.

Meet Jared at Empire's Mini-Con

We're supremely proud to have such an accomplished artist and humble artist with us. You'll love the works that spring from his imagination, and you'll be excited that even his original works are attainable for the average art collector.

Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Melissa McCommon returns to FCBD Mini-Con


We're pleased to welcome back self-taught artist and comic book creator Melissa McCommon.

Melissa joined us for our very first mini-con -- FCBD Mini-Con 2012. She was also at FCBD Mini-Con 2013, our food drive fundraiser, and at our very first Creative Women Mini-Con in 2013.

While continuing work on her graphic novel, "Guardian," Melissa provides weekly updates to her ongoing webcomic, "Epic Chaos!"

She's also our own local poster child for learning to read from comics.


Meet Melissa at FCBD Mini-Con 2014

Meet this dedicated and talented creator on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. You'll also meet cosplayers, wrestlers, skaters, stormtroopers, and a whole lot more. See you there.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Meet the West Coast Avengers at Free Comic Book Day



West Coast Avengers. Need we say more.

They're amazing. And not just because of the costumes. When you give them a small (or large) donation at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con, that money will go right to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

"Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing highly specialized care and rehabilitation to children with congenital conditions and complex medical needs regardless of the ability of the patient or family to pay." - From their website


Celebrate with us:
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 9 am - 9 pm
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Our favorite Derby Girls will be down on FCBD 2014!

Women's and junior's roller derby located in beautiful Sacramento, California.

We're excited to have the Sac City Rollers join us for a second year at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

This year, FCBD Mini-Con is Saturday, May 3, 2014. Doors open at 9 am.

The Athletic Brilliance of the Sac City Rollers

The Sac City Rollers, Sacramento’s first all-women’s flat track roller derby league, is made up of well over 100 active skaters dedicated to the amazing sport of Roller Derby. On June 1, 2012, the Sac City Rollers graduated from the WFTDA Apprentice Program and are proud to be a full-fledged WFTDA league!

Established in January of 2006, the league has quickly grown to include traveling interleague teams (the Capital Punishers and the Folsom Prison Bruisers), intraleague teams (the Sweaty Betties, the Rude Girls, and our newest team, the Notorious Knockouts), and our Junior Derby League (the Bad Apples) for girls 10 – 17 years old.

The women of the Sac City Rollers practice three times a week and schedule a competitive bouting season locally and nationally from March to December.

They wrap up each season by hosting their own "Red Red Holiday Invitational" in which skaters from over a dozen West Coast Roller Derby leagues compete, and proceeds are donated to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

Operating as a non-profit, self-governed organization, the Sac City Rollers strive to promote Roller Derby, but also serve our community by providing unparalleled competition and entertainment. In addition to community outreach, Sac City Rollers members volunteer their time and raise money for local and national charities such as Sacramento Children’s Home, the Sacramento Food Bank and the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation.



The Sac City Roller's Mission Statement

"We acknowledge the support that we receive from our surrounding communities and strive to reciprocate that support by being involved in local charities through donations and volunteer work. SCR is an enthusiastic supporter of Roller Derby leagues locally, nationally and internationally."
Follow the Sac City Rollers on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Ultimate Sale on Free Comic Book Day

You've been waiting for the details and now they're here! We're having a gigantic sale on comic books and more.

Learn more about FCBD Mini-Con 2014. Download the full checklist of free titles or the checklist for kids.

Best Sale in Town*

25% off graphic novels, toys and statues (even off already reduced prices!)


Back issues on Sale

  • $1-5 = .50c
  • $5.01-10 =$1
  • 10.01-15 = $2
  • 15.01+ =75% off

So whether you're coming down for free comics, cosplay, or this amazing sale, you're sure to find something to please you.

UPDATE 04.30.2014: Um, haha, we assumed everyone knows the date for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)! Our bad. FCBD is the first Saturday of May, each and every year. This year it falls on May 3, 2014. See you there.

*We didn't actually research the claim, haha, so if you hear of better, be sure to let us know.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Interview with creator of Shaman's Destiny and founder of Big Tree Comics

We're pleased to have Kyrun Silva join us at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2014 on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Kyrun embodies what this celebration is about: A love for bringing ideas to life. We think you'll enjoy this interview with Kyrun and hope you'll take some time to pick up and read his new book, Shaman's Destiny.

Kyrun Silva was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. His earliest memories are of drawing characters in his room while blaring cartoons on TV. As a young boy, Kyrun couldn't stop drawing and creating.

He says, "I always knew I wanted to grow up and do something with my artwork. I was fascinated with everything from cartoons to sci-fi, fantasy and other geeky things, but comic books was my main addiction. From the storytelling to the beautiful artwork, I knew I had to be a part of this world."

Last year, the prodding and pushing of his wife and friends moved Kyrun to publish his own series, and thus was born Big Tree Comics to house his ideas and stories. His first book was “Shaman’s Destiny”. Kyrun wrote, drew, inked, and lettered the book, taking about 3 months from start to finish.

"This book is going to be everything I love in fantasy stories. I wanted to create a fantasy story like Avatar The Last Airbender, The NeverEnding Story, The Lord of the Rings or Skullkickers, but I wanted to set it in the real world."

The goal of Big Tree Comics is to create stories with diversity -- not just diversity in the characters, but in the stories as well. Kyrun adds, "Though I love superhero comics, I want to make more than just the standard spandex stories. I have ideas that range from fantasy, to supernatural to superheroes. With each book I want to create tales that bring lasting memories to the reader and hopefully inspire someone to also create their own story."

The Kyrun Silva Interview


Empire's: Tell us a little about your creative process.

Kyrun: My process is to sit down at the computer and start writing. Then I thumbnail what I’ve just written. After that, I tear up the page I just drew and start over. After redrawing the same page a few times, I cry for 30 minutes and scream to the heavens for inspiration. Then I take the torn up pages from the first attempt and think, “Hey, this wasn’t as bad as I thought it was,” and redraw it exactly like I did the first time.

Empire's: Who inspires you to draw?

Kyrun: I draw inspiration from my wife and my mother.

My mom, a single-parent, raised me. She worked multiple jobs and commuted long hours every day to provide for my sister and me the best life she could. Watching her work hard made me realize that I needed to push myself to reach my dreams.

My wife grew up speaking English as a second language. Also, as a child, she didn't have a lot. She pushed herself through high school and earned a college degree while working and carrying our first son. She inspires me to keep pushing myself and not give up on goals.

Empire's: Why do you love what you do?

Kyrun: I do what I do because I’ve always wanted to make comic books. I grew up drawing all the time. At times, when I should have been studying for school or doing homework, I always found myself drawing. I would find myself sitting down with a pencil and a sheet of paper and just drawing for hours at a time.

That love of drawing stayed with me to this day. Even when I’m at my 9 to 5 job now, I find myself doodling and drawing everyday and trying to stay creative whenever I can. It's an obsession of mine. I'm always wanting to push myself. 

Empire's: So, do you have anything special planned for our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con?

Kyrun: I am debuting issue #2 of my series “Shaman’s Destiny”. I will also have a couple of prints for sale. I plan on doing sketches at the show. I'll be giving them away to kids.

Empire's: That's fantastic. Very exciting. Tell us about some of your favorite comic books and movies.

Kyrun: My favorite comic book: I can’t pick just one! There so many great comics and series that I’ve read over the years. Here are some of my favorite books: “The Dark Phoenix Saga”, “Dark Knight Returns”, “Watchmen”, “Darkhawk”, “Batman: Court of Owls”, “The Walking Dead”, “The Ultimates” “Skullkickers” and “Saga”. I could go on, but I would bore you.

Favorite Comic Book movie: The Avengers. Easily, the Avengers.  Avengers had just the right combination of action and comedy that made me enjoy every minute of it. Though I love movies like the Dark Knight, X-Men 2, Batman, Superman, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Hellboy. 

Empire's: Nice. We love many of those same books and movies. Of course, you know we love music, too. So, when you're creating comics, what do you listen to?

Kyrun: I don’t have one particular artist I listen to. I mostly turn on Slacker Radio and stream music until I’m tired. I grew up a 90’s kid, so my music is filled with a lot of R&B, Alternative and Hip Hop. I throw in some rock every once in awhile, nothing too heavy though. I’ll even listen to gospel and Korean pop sometimes when I draw.

Empire's: What are two things you've learned from creating comics?

Kyrun: 1) I've learned that I have to get better when it comes to my writing and drawing. Even though I have been drawing since I was 5 years old, there is so much that I need to improve upon to get better and to become more consistent.

2) I've learned that there is so much that goes into creating a book. I knew it was a lot of work before, but the amount of time it takes to produce a book, when you’re doing it on your own is staggering. All the little things no one told me about, like font styles and word balloon placements, I didn’t realize that the little things can take up just as much time as drawing and writing.

Empire's: Lastly, as you know, we're big supporters of all things local. Tell us, please, what do you love about Sacramento?

Kyrun: I love Sacramento because it’s small enough where if you know someone, more than likely you will have a common friend or relative. It amazes me how often I will meet someone and later find out we have a handful of people we both know. I also love Sacramento because of the diversity. You can walk down most neighborhoods in Sacramento and see so many different cultures and religions and ideas. It’s a huge melting pot and those combinations of different upbringings and backgrounds helps to provide inspiration and great stories.

Kyrun Silva of Shaman's Destiny at FCBD 2014



Sacramento comic book creator Kyrun Silva will join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9 AM for our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

Meet Kyrun Silva, artist/writer of Shaman's Destiny, pick up a copy of his book, and get his signature. You can check out Kyrun's work on the Shaman's Destiny website, DeviantArt, Facebook and Instagram. Connect with Kyrun before the Mini-Con by talking to him on Twitter.

Also watch our website for an upcoming interview with Kyrun.

Empire's Comics Vault's Annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2014

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: 1120 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Meet Sac City Rollers at FCBD Mini-Con 2014



We're celebrating comic books on Saturday, May 3, 2014. It starts at 9 am and we're giving away more than 15,000 comic books -- no strings attached.

Free Comic Book Month

J.Kyll & Hyde The Body
Sac City Rollers
Plus, we're celebrating all month. Be sure to pick up your Free Comic Book Month Passport when you come to the shop on Free Comic Book Day, so that you can unlock new comic book freebies each and every Saturday in May.

Best of all, we've combined Free Comic Book Day with our very own Mini-Con to celebrate all the things we love about Sacramento, including the Sac City Rollers (roller derby) and the West Coast Avengers (cosplay group with heart. They'll be raising funds for the Shriner's Hospital for Children). Additionally, you'll meet local comic book writers, artists and creators, Supreme Pro Wrestling stars, and more.

May 2014 Is Free Comic Book Month at Empire's

Quick history: There's this amazing shop in Florida. It's called A Comic Shop, and they're real innovators when it comes to running a comic shop. In 2013 we borrowed one of their ideas -- Free Comic Book Month! You can thank them for this.

What is Free Comic Book Month?

It's a month long celebration of comic books! We give away comics, graphic novels, and other comic-related goodies each and every Saturday. When you show up for freebies on the first Saturday, it unlocks freebies for you on the next Saturday. Don't miss a Saturday and you'll enjoy awesome freebies for 5 Saturdays in a row! For tracking purposes, you'll be issued a FCBMonth Passport on Free Comic Book Day -- so be sure you get one!

How FCBMonth works


Free Comic Book Month starts with Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014. When you attend, you'll receive your Free Comic Book Month Passport, and instant access to the freebies on the following Saturday, May 10.

You must come by on May 10 and get your FCB Month Passport stamped in order to access the freebies the following Saturday, and so on.

If you miss a Saturday, you miss out on the freebies for the rest of the month. And of course, we're saving the best items for later in the month.

Another reason to visit Empire's for FCBD


So, here's a schedule of what we have planned as giveaways. Please note, we'll be posting updates of additional items we'll be giving away throughout the month.

A month of freebies


  • May 3 - Fifty-seven different 2014 Free Comic Book Day titles
  • May 10 - Miscellaneous 2013 Free Comic Book Day and Halloween comics
  • May 17 - Shirts and overstock back issues
  • May 24 - Toys, posters, and more
  • May 31 - Trade paperbacks, collected editions, and graphic novels



Friday, April 25, 2014

Food On Fulton: California Burrito


#26 Chorizo and Eggs
Restaurant: California Burrito, 1300 Fulton Avenue

Distance: Walking 5 min. on the corner of Fulton and Hurley at the 7-11 gas station

Best Features: Open 24 hours, Drive Thru

Quick & Cheap

If you're in a hurry and pinching pennies, we recommend this quick, inexpensive Mexican food source. It's hard to beat cheap, quick, close, and generous portions.
Lots of food

Now if you take a look at their Yelp reviews, you'll get a variety of opinions about the food. We enjoyed the breakfast foods we had -- machaca with eggs, and chorizo with eggs. Each plate cost $5.75.

Both came with beans, rice, tortillas and red and green salsa. The beans, rice, tortillas, and salsa were plain and tasty. The chorizo was a bit salty for our taste, but still ok. We liked the machaca much better.

Tastes Good Cold

#27 Machaca and Eggs
Naturally, because of the generous portions we received, we saved half for lunch. Guess what? It tastes good cold. We didn't even mind the chorizo's saltiness when it was cold. Just seemed right.

Now, all this being said, if you're looking for Mexican food to die for, watch for future posts.

Food On Fulton

Ok, in case you're wondering what this is all about... We often get questions about where to eat near the store. We thought we'd help you out with some ideas. We'll always highlight what's positive about each location, so be sure to listen to what we're saying and what we're not saying. If we consider a place absolutely terrible, we won't even bother writing a post about it, so don't worry about us steering you totally wrong. 



Geek Talk with Comics & Coffee at FCBD 2014



Live at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con, Jay and Fredrick of Coffee & Comics will be shooting some video and talking comics.

Who To Expect at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con


It all starts at 9 am. Not only are we giving away more than 15,000 free comics, we're also showcasing the talents of numerous local artists, writers, comic book creators, and just plain cool organizations -- for example, the roller derby athletes of the Sac City Rollers, the wrestlers of Supreme Pro Wrestling, the cosplayers of the West Coast Avengers, and Darth Vader's 501st Legion, and many others.

Shane Murphy showcasing Birdland on FCBD 2014!

Birdland is a 24 page issue, black and white comic book series written and illustrated by Shane Matthew Murphy. It is set amidst the final moments of that decade of opulence referred to by F. Scott Fitzgerald as the “Jazz Age”, and the emerging terror and misery of the Great Depression.

The story itself is an exploration of personal failure, contrition and redemption played out against a backdrop of economic collapse and the struggle to restore stability to a nation crippled by fear.

While specifically written as a crime noir, Birdland is also heavily rooted in music, art and religious history, with a back story spanning three centuries to the Baroque period, the Counter-Reformation, and the origins of Opera.

Meet Shane Matthew Murphy at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con

You'll be amazed by art in this book. Pick up a copy, meet the artist/writer, and explore the world of Birdland.

Additionally you'll be able to select free titles from our selection of FCBD titles. We're giving out more than 15,000 free comics. Yes, totally free.

Join us Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 9 am for a day full of comics, fun, art, wrestling, cosplay and more. We call it our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fist Full of Potions at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2014



New at this year's Free Comic Book Mini-Con: Podcasters! Talk with the gents of Fist Full of Potions at FCBD Mini-Con 2014. They'll be live streaming from the Mini-Con and chatting up attendees about their favorite topics -- video games, comic books, and more. Read our interview with Fist Full of Potions.

Fist Full of Potions' creators

Sacramento's Only FCBD Mini-Con is Saturday, May 3, 2014

Doors open: 9 am.

Meet some of Sacramento's finest artists, writers, comic book creators, podcasters, skaters, wrestlers, cosplayers, and more.

Checklist of kid's titles for Free Comic Book Day 2014

Free Comic Book Day is an excellent time to get the kids reading -- and it's just in time for summer reading when kids often fall behind in their reading ability.

ALSO AVAILABLE: Download a checklist of the complete FCBD 2014 titles.

Comics combine art with words for the perfect reading experience. In fact, there are some great titles for children this year. Take a look at the checklist of free comic books for your young readers. Download it and bring it with you to make sure you get the titles you want.

FCBD at Empire's Comics Vault in Sacramento

At Empire's you can take one copy of each title that you want to read. Just leave behind the titles you don't want, so that someone else can enjoy them. We're giving out 15,000+ comics this year. That's quite possibly more than any other single shop in Sacramento.

Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

You'll meet the West Coast Avengers, Supreme Pro Wrestling, Sac City Rollers, Darth Vader's 501st Legion, and many local artists, writers and comic book creators.

Rolly's Comic Book Reading Club for Children

We believe that parents should be rewarded for encouraging young readers. That's why we started Rolly's Reading Club. It's available for children 12 years of age and younger. The number one benefit of joining is a permanent discount of 20% off all new and back issue comics in the children's section. Learn more about this program and download an application today.

Fist Full Of Potions Podcasting Live at FCBD 2014!

Fist Full of Potions (FFoP) is a Sacramento area video game focused website, dedicated to bringing a unique brand of humor and analysis to the world of gaming.

Read on to learn more about Fist Full of Potions, including their appearance at Free Comic Book Day and an exclusive interview with these amazing podcasters (and while you're at it, remember to check out Empire's Comics Vault's podcast, aka, Empire's Open Podcast).

At Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con

They'll be joining Empire's Comics Vault on Saturday, May 3, for our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con where they'll podcast in the shop. Maybe you'll get a chance to join them!

Back to Back Geek Events in Sacramento




It's the ultimate geek weekend:

  1. Saturday, May 3 - Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con at Empire's Comics Vault
  2. Sunday, May the 4th Be With You Celebration in West Sacramento
Myke Soler, 501st.com

Start with 15,000 free comics, Storm troopers, roller derby athletes, pro wrestlers and the West Coast Avengers. Doors open at 9 am.

Finish up on Sunday with May the Fourth Be With You Celebration in West Sacramento.

It's that simple.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Throw Down with Supreme Pro Wrestling



Supreme Pro Wrestling comes to Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2014 like never before! There will be wrestling from 9 am - 11am, and 15,000+ free comic books while supplies last. Don't miss the fun.

Date: 05/03/2014 Saturday
Time: 9 am - 9 pm
1120 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA
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Scattered Comics and Jason Dube in attendance for FCBD 2014!


Jason Dube has been self-publishing under his comic book company Scattered Comics for the past 22 years.

He has published titles such as Scattered, Panda Days, Caffeine Poisoned, and Shadow Hunters. He has recently began putting out monthly webcomics, and branched out to releasing his titles to download on I-tunes, and Drive-Thru Comics. 

Jason is also working as a full-time freelance comic book artist  and has worked as artist, colorist, typesetter and layout artist for several independent companies, including Neko Press, Blue Water Productions, and Last Doorway Productions.

Dube has recently opened an art studio, Scattered Comics Studioswhere several artists work under him to create a easy one stop-shop comic book studio for clients.


Meet Jason and others at Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con



We're proud to have Jason with us. In fact, he's been with us since our first Mini-Con.

Join us Saturday, May 3, 2014, starting at 9 am, to select your free comics (from 15,000 free comics), meet local artists, writers, comic book creators, and local groups, like Sac City Rollers, Supreme Pro Wrestling, 501st Legion, and West Coast Avengers.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Return of Jared Konopitski



Maybe you don't know it, but you've seen Jared Konopitski's art before. He's been a featured artist in the shop at least twice so far. He'll return  to Empire's on Saturday, May 3, 2014, for our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

Meet Jared and experience his amazing art. You'll want to take one home with you, and you'll be glad to know his art is extremely accessible.

What's This About Free Comic Book MONTH?

Also for the second time, we're celebrating Free Comic Book Month -- 5 Saturdays full of free comics and related items. To participate, pick up a Free Comic Book Month Passport at the shop on Free Comic Book Day.
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Voted number one comic book shop in Sacramento by you

"They" say it's all in how you look at it. We agree... because if you look at this picture just right, you'll see that we're #3 among those who voted for Best Bookstore in the KCRA 3 A-List. Well, and we know that means those votes all came from you -- our fans! And here's what we translate that to mean...

Proud To Be #3 Best Comic Book Shop In Sacramento in KCRA 3 A-List AND #1 In Your Hearts

Yeah, we're just going to go ahead and call it right now. Because you know what matters most, we're #1 in your hearts -- you're #1 in ours too. Group hug! Haha.


There's a few days left to vote, and we think you should, IF you find you're up really late one night and you're tired of surfing the net or the tube, and you're out of beer and snacks, and you still don't feel like going to bed.

See you for FCBD Mini-Con 2014 on May 3, 2014!
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Monday, April 21, 2014

John Cottrell joins us for FCBD 2014!

John Cottrell is an independent comic artist, frequent nap taker and lover of fine beer. You’ve probably never heard of him and that’s okay!

He’s done work for Dark Horse Comics, The Adam Carolla Podcast and has on occasion helped people move, but that is contingent on free pizza. He won’t budge on this.

Currently he’s working (slowly) on his revenge web-comic Grim Law, his all-ages book The Rightful Hare as well as making himself look like an idiot in attempt to make his daughter laugh.

He’ll have comics, prints and art available at the convention. You should buy all of them because kids are expensive, man. They don’t tell you that ahead of time either.

Feel free to chat him up on Twitter 

Free comic book day MINI-CON and fcbd month BEGIN ON MAY 3

Join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 for our annual Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con. Our annual mini-con will feature numerous local artists, writers, creatives and cool organizations you need to experience. Doors at 9 a.m.

Also, like last year, we're celebrating FCBD with month-long freebies every Saturday; but to unlock the freebies on the following Saturday, you have to show up each Saturday! Freebies include graphic novels, collected editions, posters, shirts, and more.
Check out posts related to FCBD Mini-Con 2014 to get the full scoop.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

West Coast Avengers fundraising for Shriner's Hospital For Children this FCBD 2014

We're pretty sure you need to experience the West Coast Avengers, so get ready to take some pictures this coming May 3 at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

Ha, ha, as if 15,000 free comics wasn't enough reason to come out for FCBD!

About the West Coast Avengers 

The West Coast Avengers organization was founded to provide a collective identity for costuming fans in California with similar interests.

They're proud to put their resources to good use for fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism. 
The West Coast Avengers promotes creating, owning, and wearing the costumes from the Marvel Universe featured in films, comics, and television.

To capture the magic of these characters, the goal is to portray an accurate presentation of the character through individual costumes. However, recognizing that the hobby centers around fun and creativity, allowances are made for the creative modification of these costumes as long as the end result is appropriate for the viewing of young children.

Meet them on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Empire's Comics Vault.

Find out who else will be at our FCBD Mini-Con 2014 celebration.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eric Nguyen will be here FCBD 2014!

Eric Nguyen has had a prolific decade spanning career providing dynamic and gritty art for fan favorite titles from Marvel, DC/Vertigo such as Sandman Mystery Theatre, Batman Arkham City, Halo: Helljumpers, and X-men First Class. In addition, he co-created Strange Girl with writer Rick Remender for Image Comics and re-teamed with Rick on Gigantic for Dark Horse Comics.

Most recently he relaunched the vigilante comic “X” with Duane Swierczynski for Dark Horse Comics which has been met with both critical and fan acclaim.


FCBD Mini-Con Begins at 9 AM on May 3

This year, Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 3. Our annual mini-con will feature numerous local artists, writers, creatives and cool organizations you need to experience. We're kicking open the doors at 9 a.m. If you're not one of our Savings Club Members, you'll want to get there early.

Follow Eric on Instagram or @EricNguyenArt on Twitter.

Check out posts related to FCBD Mini-Con 2014 to get the full scoop.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Timothy Green is back for FCBD 2014!

Timothy Green II has worked in the industry for 10 years and has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image and more.

You can find his works on Fraction, Rush City, Annihilation, Immortal Iron Fist, Swamp Thing, Secret Invasion and so much more.

Meet him and get your books signed at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2014.

FCBD Mini-Con 2014 is Saturday, May 3, 2014. Doors open at 9 am.

View more related FCBD 2014 posts.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nooligan Launches Art Book Kickstarter Project

Artist
Hainanu Saulque
Last night at 10 pm one of our favorite artists and comic book creators, Hainanu Saulque, aka Nooligan, launched a Kickstarter project to bring his art book, "RUMLUCK," to life.

As of this post, he's already 20% to goal and 29 days to go. There's no doubt in our mind that this project will fund, and you can be a part of it. It only takes a dollar. Please consider supporting this project today.

His style is classic, his art is amazing, and his passion for his craft comes through. This art book is sure to be a one of your personal treasures. We love it that much. Here's a quick video about his art and the project.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Store Signing with Ramon Villalobos and Sean Miller

Ramon Villalobos and Sean Miller will be in the shop for a comic book signing on Wednesday, April 16 at 12 pm Noon. Come on down and meet them.

Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 12 pm Noon

Ramon Villalobos currently lives and draws at various fast food establishments in Stockton, CA. He was plucked out of relative obscurity to draw What If? Age of Ultron #2: Iron Man for but prior to this he drew the independently published LP, wrote and colored the independently published Vitruvian Underground, and co-wrote and drew the independently published Frank and Elenore In.

He is currently working on another project for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and another independently published comic called Abstract 3. He also plays a vital role as the Lead Artist of Stockton-Con and is his grandmother's favorite grandson. You can see his work at NewCoolMeat.com.

Sean Miller is a  30-year-old married father of three and native of Stockton, CA. He started his art career in 2012. Most notably, he self-published his book titled, "The Original". He's designed logos and done graphic design work for local businesses and the Lodi High Girls JV water polo team.

Sean is currently working on finishing The Original series and has a special "Silver-age" one-shot featuring The Original due late spring (illustrated by Canadian graphic designer Jeff Mitchell and written by Sean). See more from Sean at his Tumblr blog or at AnchorComics.com.

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