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!




Our Geek Out Moment of the Month

Um. Yeah.

We geek out too.

September's Geek Out Moment was all about Kelly Sue DeConnick's retweet. :)
And in case you missed August's Geek Out Moment (which we shared over at Empire's Instagram account), here it is, affectionately titled, "Ben Meets Xander":







Friday, September 19, 2014

Twitter List for Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

We know you're gearing up for tomorrow's sale and mini-con, so we thought we'd help you meet the stars of the show on Twitter before you meet them in person tomorrow.

Creative Women Mini-Con Twitter List 2014


You can subscribe online to the Twitter list we created for Creative Women Mini-Con 2014 or you can use the links below to connect with the mini-con's creative women:

Sarah Stone: @fayren

Jen Monson: @JenMonson

Melissa Pagluica: @darksunrose

Sarah René Straub: @SarahRStraub

Mandi Tremblay: @MittyMandi

Ilana Hack: @IlanaHack

Etta Jean: @EttaJeanFantasy

Alexis Villanueva: @HouseOfDoodle

Kristine Wendt: @KristineArt

Jasmine Ellis: N/A

Heather Lynn McCray: N/A

Krysten Reis: N/A

The Jen Monson Interview - Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Ben recently took a moment to get to know local creative Jen Monson a little better. Enjoy the their chitchat.

Jen will be at tomorrow's Creative Women Mini-Con -- that's Saturday, September 20, starting at 11 am.

Creative Women Mini-Con showcases the talents of creative women in our region and sometimes includes special guests from outside the area. The complete listing of mini-con guests is available online at our post, Meet the Stars of Creative Women Mini-Con.











Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Etta Jean Interview - Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Ben sat down and spoke with local fantasy novelist Etta Jean to learn a little more about her. You can meet Etta Jean and talk about the art of writing this Saturday, September 20, starting at 11 am.

Creative Women Mini-Con showcases the talents of creative women in our region and beyond. To view the complete line-up, read our post, Meet the Stars of Creative Women Mini-Con.

And now, enjoy the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR-4S-rVrug




Awesome Events and Sale This Week

It's a busy week! The return of our Graphic Novel Reading Club and discussion group is TONIGHT, Thursday night. Then, on Saturday, meet thirteen local, creative women at Creative Women Mini-Con. It starts at 11 AM -- and so does our Saturday SALE. Get more details below.
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THURSDAY 6 PM:
We discuss Fables at our Graphic Novel Reading Club 



It starts at 6 p.m. Read Fables and then show up to discuss one of the best comics in existence. If you need a copy, check with the shop. We may have one left. 

Want more details? Get more information about Thursday night and future titles online.

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SATURDAY 11 AM:
Creative Women Mini-Con and SALE

We'll start with the SALE information and move to the Creative Women Mini-Con.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 AM

SATURDAY DISCOUNTS
50% off Back Issues
15% off Toys & Statues
10% off Graphic Novels

Creative Women Mini-Con
We have so many talented women in our region and we're proud to introduce you to thirteen of them. Among the creatives you'll meet are:
Official Event Hashtag: #CreativeWomen14

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet Sarah Straub at Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Artist and illustrator Sarah René Straub returns to Creative Women Mini-Con for her second appearance on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Sarah is the creator of the comic Blind Follies: The Flower and Death and colorist and letterer for Shane Matthew Murphy's Birdland comic. She draws inspiration from fairytales and mythology.

"From as far back as I can remember, I have always been weaving tales, crafting whatnots, and creating drawings inspired by the fairytales, myths, and fantasy stories on which I was raised," says Sarah.


Sarah has participated in numerous comic book conventions and art related events, including, Anime Expo, StocktonCon, SacAnime, Crocker-Con, Fanime-Con, Emerald City Comicon, 2nd Saturday Sacramento Art Walk, Angel's Art Gallery, and Creative Women Mini-Con 2013.

It's a pleasure and a privilege to have Sarah with us again at CWMC. You'll enjoy meeting her and discussing all things creative.

Creative Women Mini-Con
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
An Empire's Comics Vault production (map)

View Creative Women Mini-Con's complete line up.

Meet Krysten Reis at Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Krysten Reis is a full-time 2D artist at a small local game company. She's also a freelance artist and a co-creator of the comic book, "A Curious Journey."

Krysten was a recent winner in the "Veronica's Pick" category of The Mary Sue Design Contest for her piece entitled, The Geek Girl.

Krysten has exhibited at SacAnime, SacCon, Creative Women Mini-Con 2013, Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con, A-1's Creator Con, and others. She's also an artist for Sacramento indie comics publisher Scattered Comics

"The Geek Girl" by Krysten Reis
We're excited to have Krysten return to Empire's Comics Vault for another event. Meet her at our 2014 Creative Women Mini-Con on Saturday, September 20.

Creative Women Mini-Con
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
An Empire's Comics Vault production (map)

View Creative Women Mini-Con's complete line up.

Meet Alexis Villanueva at Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Alexis Villanueva, Artist and
Founder of House of Doodle
Alexis Villanueva, a.k.a. "Doodle," is a lifelong artist and the proud owner and founder of a creative company, playfully named "House of Doodle". Alexis is classically trained in all mediums and graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

House of Doodle specializes in comics, illustrations, concepts and designs and is based in Stockton, CA.

Alexis and House of Doodle have have been featured at StocktonCon, Big Wow ComicFest, and the 2012 Stockton Thunders Caricature Auction artist. Alexis has been featured on Good Day Sacramento and also on a panel discussion at StoctonCon.

Source: @HouseOfDoodle (Instagram)
Alexis is working on a comic book, Anonymouse, that is expected to be released in 2015. She is passionate about developing new artists, and via House of Doodle, she provides instruction through private lessons and mentoring.

We're excited to have this talented local with us for the first time at Creative Women Mini-Con. Come out to meet Alexis and talk to her about the creative process.

Creative Women Mini-Con
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
An Empire's Comics Vault production (map)

View Creative Women Mini-Con's complete line up.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Meet Jen Monson at Creative Women Mini-Con 2014



Jen Monson and family

Jen Monson loves the creative process and experimenting with new mediums. Take, for example, the dried avocado pits she's carved and turned into necklaces. She's also recently begun to explore working with melted crayons.

It's not just that she takes on art forms new to her, but her adventurous approach. "I want to be able to take all I have learned, and work it in a new way, never done before," says Jen.

Jen's creative works have been showcased at Empire's Art Gallery, Cool Cat Gallery, A1's Creator-Con, and numerous craft shows. She'll also exhibit at an upcoming SacAnime.

We're pleased to have Jen with us for her first Creative Women Mini-Con. Come over to meet Jen on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Creative Women Mini-Con
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
An Empire's Comics Vault production (map)

View Creative Women Mini-Con's complete line up.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meet Ilana Hack at Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Ilana Hack, Video Editor,
Film Writer, Artist
Ilana Hack is a freelance Video Editor and the writer of Bereaved, a short film. Ilana studied film and received a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Studies from The University of Central Florida. She's also a painter and craft artist.

Bereaved will debut at the 15th annual "A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival" on October 5, 2014 and is described as follows:

"In an endless parade of funerals, one limo driver's life takes an unexpected turn the day Gloria Steinberg speaks to him from the back seat."

Since childhood, Ilana wanted to work in film, and she is currently living that dream-come-true. She's worked in television at the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) and also wrote and edited the 2013-2014 season the SECC series Student DV.

In addition to her own film projects and client work, she has edited short films such as Off the Mark, which played at the 2013 Place Called Sacramento Film Festival, and Conversations with the Devil, which played at the May 2013 FilmSlam.

Not to be missed is her art. Her painting style delights the eyes and inspires the imagination.

We're excited to have with us such a talented artist at our second annual Creative Women Mini-Con on Saturday, September 20. Please join us and meet Ilana Hack.

Creative Women Mini-Con
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
An Empire's Comics Vault production (map)

View Creative Women Mini-Con's complete line up.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Ultimate Crocker-Con 2014 List

Geek fun at Crocker Art Museum
At Crocker-Con 2013
Hey, get a load of this. This is everyone you'll meet 'when you're walking down the street' at this Thursday night's Crocker-Con. These are some amazing folks you need to know about in Sacramento. Check them out at the Con or online.

We're providing lots of links, so enjoy. Lastly, if you make it to the bottom of the list, there's a useful surprise in it for you.

Note: For any missing info, please email it to EmpiresCV@gmail.com and we'll update it.

10:02 PM UPDATE: Now you can follow the Crocker-Con 2014 Twitter List.

Sacramento's Geek Creatives



Crocker-Con Year 2 this Thursday, September 11

Cosplay contest
Crocker-Con ArtMix 2013 November 14
This Thursday, September 11, we're headed back to Crocker-Con!

Get your tickets online or at the door. Cosplayers get in FREE; otherwise, it's $10 to get in, and students get $2 off. Crocker Members get in free.

For more information, check out the Crocker's FB Event for Crocker-Con. Did we mention drink specials under $5!?

Crocker-Con expands in 2014

This year Crocker-Con is also taking over the courtyard in order to make this festive event both indoors and out!

The Sleeprockers (video below | @sleeprockers on Twitter) will lay down some fresh beats with a special nerdcore set. The Crocker's FB event page adds that you'll enjoy "featured artists from DC Comics, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics; hero-inspired art talks; and a special appearance of those legendary bad guys who do good, The 501st Legion."



You've already heard that Empire's Mobile Lounge will be busting out the Jenga-thon, so all that's left is a Twitter list of attendees (coming soon). See you there.