Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Captain Dylan Hunt Welcome Party and Sale

Yes, we're talking about Captain Dylan Hunt the pug! And we're throwing a party to officially welcome her.

Visit our comic shop for fun, pugs and savings


Mark your calendar for Friday, August 8. The party starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.

We'll have snacks, drinks, pugs, couches, comic book and movie talk -- we'll probably still be talking about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy on 7/31! (are you joining us??) -- and, of course, a 3-hour sale... 'a threeee hour saaaale...'

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Creative Women Mini-Con 2014 is Saturday, September 20

UPDATE: Meet the complete line-up of Creative Women Mini-Con 2014.

This year marks our second year of showcasing the talents of local, creative women in the Sacramento and greater Northern California region. We're excited to lead the way in celebrating these creative women, and we hope you'll join us for this year's event on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Looking back at Creative Women Mini-Con 2013


In 2013, we held our inaugural Creative Women Mini-Con. We featured twelve local, creative women and their creative works at our event. You took pictures with them. You talked to them about their craft -- from art to make-up to costuming to writing. This year it will happen again with creatives you may not have yet met.


2nd Annual Creative Women Mini-Con


Mark your calendars so that you don't miss this event, and watch our website for announcements of this year's guests.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 am - 4 pm (the store will be open until 8pm)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Members Only Game Night

There was nothing but video games and smiles for miles at our last members only game night. Once a month we get together to play games -- board games, card games, dice games, video games, etc. We served pizza too! Yum.

Game night fun. View all photos in FB album.

Becoming A Member Is Easy


To become a member, just start a saver. What's a saver you ask? It's basically an in-store subscription list. You give us a list of the comics that you'd like us to set aside for you. We set them aside, and you pick them up when you come in. You can add titles and remove titles any time you want to start reading or stop reading something.

To start a saver and become a member, only 1 current comic book title is required. For complete program details, visit our Savings Programs page.

Let's talk benefits

Besides members only game nights, there's a year-end member appreciation party, monthly discounts and/or free comics. The savings plus freebies can add up, making membership even more lucrative.

We're a dog friendly shopPlus, best of all, if you sign up as a member by the end of the current year and keep your account in good standing through May of the following year, you'll qualify for special members only benefits at Free Comic Book Day, including a VIP line, a power-up on the FCBD sale, FCBD title pre-selection and more.

Pictured: Store mascot Rolly, the Gaming Pug

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Empire's Art Gallery: See the Pony Show before it's gone

A long, long time ago, at our old shop on a Way called Arden, we tried out an art gallery. It didn't last long.

At our new location, art still mattered.

So we started the Empire's Art Wall and brought you more than a year of local artists' works, from Jared Konopitski, Benjamin Bryan, and Jeremy Rathbone, to Lucas Cromwell, Jen Monson, and Georgina Gilmore.

We even displayed a private collection of pug art. You guessed it: Ben's collection.

Recently we opened up the small room in the shop to use as an art gallery to showcase known and unknown local artists. It just seems like a natural fit -- comics and art.


Empire's Art Gallery Is Back


We affectionately call our gallery's first exhibit "The Pony Show." It is the private collection of a local art enthusiast, Kevin Winter. Kevin has built a collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, supporting local favorites like Jared Konopitski, commissioning pieces, and supporting artists on sites like Kickstarter.

The Pony Show runs through Friday, July 25. Come check it out before it's gone.

In August, Jeremy Rathbone's new works will be featured.

Shop Improvements, More Comfort

In addition to our well-lit, open space, we now have couches! It's been a long time coming, and so far, they're well received.


How To Use A Couch - Ha, Ha


We've had customers stop by on their lunch break, eat, and read their comics. Some Savings Club Members pick up their books and then take a seat to read the current issue from that week's take. Some customers have stopped in to talk comics and movies. There's even talk of starting up a graphic novel reading club again. It's why we have couches.

Around the couches are tables. Under the center table, there are some games. Feel free to pull them out, and strike up a friendly game.

You've probably noticed our new, uniform bookshelves also. Yes, they're IKEA's Billy, haha, and they're perfect, providing a cleaner look and feel to the shop.

Note: You don't have to be a Savings Club Member to use the couches, but why wouldn't you sign up, it's free.

Let's go see Guardians of the Galaxy on July 31

There's no doubt that this movie is going to be amazing! Empire's Movie Crew is going to see it on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm and we think you should join us.

Just buy your ticket and show up. It's that easy.

Here are all the details you need to know:

CLOSING EARLY FOR GUARDIANS: We're closing the store early for this special day. The store will close at 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Location: Century on Ethan Way
Time: 7:00 pm (regular not 3D)


Here's a schedule of the fun below.

Ben's Schedule on Guardians of the Galaxy Day

4:30 pm - Close shop early
4:40 pm - Eat food at Pho Saigon Bay, 1537 Howe Ave.
5:50 pm - Head over to theater no later than 5:50 pm
6:00 pm - Buy enormous bucket of popcorn and soda pop

After the movie -- AND AFTER ALL OF THE MOVIE CREDITS (like when the lights come back on in the theater) --, meet in the lobby for a group picture and you’ll get 5 Rolly buttons (that can be traded in for cool stuff at Empire’s).

See you there.