Monday, December 28, 2015

ECV Press Featured in January's Art Room!

We here at Empire's Comics have been publishing comics for 10 years as of 2016 and January's Art Room is featuring an assortment of art from our titles. Pencils, inks, colors, pre-production, covers and more will let you take a look at not only our books but the process involved in putting them together. We currently have 15 issues available that range from sc-fi to fantasy or super heroics to comedy. Please take a moment to take a look when you are in the shop.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Last Chance SALE!!!

This is it, all.

This is the last Sale of the year and most likely the last Sale until FCBD in May.

Don't miss out on this final opportunity to get all those Holiday gifts or just treat yourself!


Last Chance Sale Details
  • 75% off Back Issues
  • 25% Toys, Posters, Statues & Games
  • 20% Graphic Novels
Reminder: Comic Book Savings Club Members

At the beginning of the month, we emailed you about your December Benefit. Make sure to review that email before you come to this sale. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 Halloween Costume Winners

We had 28 costume entries that took in a total of 171 votes, and here are the winners (pictures below)!

Black Friday Sale Details!

Black Friday Sale Detail

Let's keep this simple. 3 days of sales! If you are a Savings Club Member make sure you check your email for additional Black Friday Benefits.

Friday, November 27
Hours: 9am-8pm

Full details below >

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Vote for Best Halloween Costume 2015

Ok, the photos are here! Now it's time to vote. Review the photos. Find your favorites and vote. You can vote for as many photos as you like. And you can vote once per day. Ready? Set go.

To Vote
Use the voting buttons that are on the right side of the screen.





























Friday, October 30, 2015

TRADE IN YOUR CANDY FOR COMICS 2015

Starting Saturday October 31st and running through Saturday, November 7th, 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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Sale, Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contests

Halloween Festivities

This Saturday, we have FREE comics for you, nearly-free back issues at 50% OFF, and graphic novels, collected editions, and toys at 20% off.


Goblin's Sale
  • Free Halloween Comics for kids & adults!
  • Back Issues 50% Off!
  • Graphic Novels & Toys 20% Off

Costume Contest
Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Show us your mad carving skills. We've had some amazing entries in previous years. Let's see what YOU can do. Rules are here.


2015 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest Complete Rules

Welcome back to our annual pumpkin carving contest. For five years now, we've been discovering some of Sacramento's best pumpkin sculptors and carvers.

Can you hang with these pros? We're about to find out.


3 Easy Steps to Enter


1. Carve your pumpkin.
2. Take a photo of your pumpkin by itself and one of you with your pumpkin.
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 November 5 when we post all the entries. Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes and will receive:

  • Grand prize: $25 in regular priced back issues
  • Second prize: $15 in regular priced back issues
  • Third prize: $10 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 Tuesday, November 3, 2015:
  1. A picture containing you and your carved pumpkin, and
  2. A picture of your carved pumpkin by itself.
And now for the really, really long, complete rules. You might want to sit down...

2015 Halloween Cosplay Costume Contest

When you come to our big Saturday sale in costume, we'll take your picture and enter you into our costume contest. You could win up to $25 in back issues.

Here's what you need to know.

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, 2015.

How To Win

We'll post all the pictures on our website by 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 as soon as the photos are posted. Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes and will receive:

  • Grand prize: $25 in regular priced back issues
  • Second prize: $15 in regular priced back issues
  • Third prize: $10 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 Saturday, October 31, 2015:

  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!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Halloween Comicfest 2015 & Action Lab!

This halloween Comicfest is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Not only are we having our Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest and FREE Halloween Comics for kids and adults alike, but we have some special guests coming down to sign and sell their books. So mark your calendar and come down to meet them  -- this October 31 -- from 11am-3pm.

Dave Dwonch has been a comics writer and artist producing indie titles for over a decade. In 2010 he founded Action Lab Entertainment with fellow indie mavericks and, as Creative Director for Action Lab, helped produce several of their titles including the Eisner nominated series Princeless. Recently he penned several titles, most notably Vamplets (with Gayle "My Little Pony" Middleton), Ghost Town, and CBR's Top 100 of 2013 series Double Jumpers.


Super Ugly is an artist who specializes in Childrens Book Illustration. He has published two books "Monsters Are Just Like Us" (Action Lab) and "I Love You To The Moon and Back" (Baby Sock).  Super Ugly has shown in galleries nationwide and has traveled the country selling art at comic conventions. Also in a musical group, Unified School District, who released four albums and a 12inch single, as well as touring extensively, and in 2008, were invited to play in Santiago, Chile. He has also appeared on the G4 network (Attack of the Show), Travel Channel (Toy Hunters), as well as being interviewed on The Simpsons 20th anniversary special. See more Superugly at Thesuperugly.com or @superugly on Instagram



Brian Hess has worked as an illustrator in a wide range of fields including television, mobile games, and comic books. His previous employment includes Noggin, Thrasher Magazine, Zynga, TinyCo., and most currently Action Lab Comics, where he is the co-creator of the new all ages title "Awake". In his free time, Brian works as a freelance artist as well as complete personal projects, like his two comic book titles. Originally from Walnut Creek, he moved to San Francisco to attend art school, and still lives here with his wife and son.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Creative Women Mini-Con and storewide SALE

This Saturday, we have a sale you don't want to miss and an amazing line-up of local and national creative women for you to meet. You'll meet women-in-comics trailblazer Barbara Randall Kesel  and the first woman to ever write a Transformers comic book Mairghread Scott (her new title Toil and Trouble is a fantastic read).

On the locals front, you'll meet Sacramento favorites Julie Okahara, Madelyne Templeton, Etta Jean, and many more. PLUS, we have some creative women who are completely new to the con scene. 

Want to know who else will be there? Here's the complete Creative Women Mini-Con listing.

Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: Starting at 11 am.
Cost: FREE

SALE INFORMATION*
Everything is on sale this Saturday. Here are the details.


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

*Savings Club Members, be sure to check your email for your October 2015 Member Bonus. You're going to love what you find. (Not a member? Learn how to join in this email).

First woman to write Transformers comic Mairghread Scott at Creative Women Mini-Con 2015

The first woman to ever write a Transformers comic book, Mairghread Scott, will join us this Saturday, October 3, 2015 for our 3rd annual Creative Women Mini-Con.

Mairghread wrote the four issues series, Transformers: Windblade, making her the first woman to ever write a Transformers comic book. She worked with an all female team, including Sarah Stone, who attended Creative Women Mini-Con 2014.



First creator-owned series Toil and Trouble


Mairghread's first creator-owned series, Toil and Trouble, published by BOOM! Studios, has its first issue on comic book shelves now. DorkShelf.com describes Toil and Trouble this way: "This six issue miniseries weaves together the story of Macbeth from the point of view of the three witches, offering a unique glimpse into the world of one of Shakespeare’s biggest tragedies and delivering a closer examination into the darker parts of the human soul."

Learn more about Toil and Trouble in this Mairghread Scott interview at The Mary Sue.

Connect with Mairghread online on Twitter, @MairghreadScott, on her website, MScottWriter.com, or on Tumblr, MScottWrites.

More of Mairghread's work can be seen in Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Rescue Bots as well as the comic books Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy, and Transformers: Combiner Wars.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Women-in-comics trailblazer Barbara Randall Kesel at Creative Women Mini-Con 2015

Barbara Randall Kesel
We're over-the-moon excited to have editor and comic book writing veteran Barbara Randall Kesel join us for Creative Women Mini-Con 2015.

Barbara blazed a trail for other women to follow as an early female influence in the comic book industry. In a piece written for SequentialTart.com, Jennifer M. Contino says about Kesel, "Moved by the bad stereotypical way that most female characters were portrayed, she sent DC Comics a ten-page letter informing them of her views and suggestions for how to ‘fix’ problems and make improvements." Dick Giordano called her for a meeting.

Barbara has worked at DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, CrossGen, and Dark Horse Comics. She served as "head writer" at CrossGen and is well known for writing the popular comic book, Meridian, featuring a young, female heroine named Sephie. She has also written Sigil, Ultragirl, Legends of the Dark Crystal, and Ghost Whisperer, among others.

As an editor, Barbara was recognized in 1996 with a Harvey Award for Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August in the Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work.

To learn more about Kesel's work with Womanthology, listen to the Worst Comic Podcast Ever interview.

Right now, in the shop, we have available a collected edition of Hawk & Dove written by Barbara and numerous issues from #1 and #44 of Meridian.

We're excited to have this comic writing legend join us for Creative Women Mini-Con. Talk to Barbara on Twitter at @barbarakesel. Follow Barbara on Facebook.

Creative Women Mini-Con 2015
Date: Saturday, October 3
Doors open: 11 AM
RSVP on Facebook

For the full line-up of exhibitors and guests, read our post, "Announcing 2015's Creative Women Mini-Con guests."

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thanks for joining us at Crocker-Con 2015

We had an amazing time at Crocker-Con 2015. There's nothing better than enjoying a really chill time relaxing in the Empire's Comics Vault Mobile Lounge. Having a drink. Eating some food. Visiting with friends.

Relaxing in Empire's Mobile Lounge. #CrockerCon 2015

Ben held a 50/50 win/loss ratio for all Jenga matches. Here's a great photo from a video we posted to Snapchat (add "EmpiresComics" for more spur of the moment fun).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Crocker-Con 2015 Exhibitors Instagram List


Tonight -- Thursday, September 10, 2015 -- is the night from 5pm - 9pm! We'll be at the Crocker Art Museum with Empire's Comics Vault's Mobile Lounge.

There will be a costume contest -- AND by the way, cosplayers get in free. It's also free for Crocker members. College students get a $2 discount. Pay at the door or register online.

Take a pick with the Delorean (thanks to the California Automobile Museum) and meet lots of artists, writers, cosplayers, and comic book creators. Happy hour is from 5-6 pm and there will be $5 drink specials all night. The event is sponsored by Submerge Magazine.

Jenga Challenge


Come play Jenga with Ben. Beat him and you'll earn $10 in back issues (Terms: no actual value. Back issues bins only. Wall comics excluded. No change given).

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nooligan's Big Barda an Empire's Comics Vault exclusive

One of the things I love most about the Sacramento comic scene is the huge amount of creative talent right here at our fingertips. You have writers, artists, sculptors, painters, crafters and so much more.

One creator that has made his mark both locally, and now nationwide, is Sacramento native Hainanu Saulque (Nooligan.com), but maybe you know him as Nooligan.

His classic design and stylistic use of space makes his work unmistakable and perfect for display on any wall. All of his pieces are limited edition so that means you can’t wait till the next con to get the piece you want since it may not be there.

Down here at Empire's Comics Vault, we have a very special piece done just for the shop. You won’t find this Big Barda print anywhere else and it is limited to only 50 prints. Make sure you get yours before they go. ^Ben