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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get Tangled Up with The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine
Empire's Comics Graphic Novel Discussion Group:
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, PST
Location: Empire’s Comics Vault

Just show up! Or, RSVP on Facebook.

The Wicked + The Divine: A Teaser

What if "gods were pop stars and pop stars were gods"? When does fandom become idolatry? Is burning twice as bright worth burning far less than half as long? Such are the thought-provoking questions stirred up by The Wicked + The Divine.

In this series, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Jamie McKelvie, set in 2014 London, you’ll meet the 12 members of The Pantheon. Once everyday teenagers, they’ve gained superhuman powers with just a few little catches: a life expectancy of a mere two years, a mandate not to harm humanity with their powers, and a chance to ‘recur’ (read: reincarnate) every 90 years. They’re also pop icons with all the trappings of fame, including obsessive fans, nasty haters, and for some, ambitions and vices that put them and, potentially, all of humanity at risk.

Join us as we bandy about the questions above and below, exploring the relationships between fame, idolatry and art, and the potentially sinister influence of pop culture as reflected through the pages of our February Graphic Novel Discussion Selection: The Wicked + The Divine.

Up For Discussion

  • How confusing was the beginning? Very or not at all?
  • This book has been lauded for its predominantly female and multi-racial cast. What did you think about the diversity of characters?
  • In today's culture, are celebrities just as, if not more, influential as religion?
  • Mythology: Is familiarity with mythology essential in order to fully enjoy and understand this story?
  • Is the bond between Laura and Luci realistic?

Be part of the discussion.
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, PST
Location: Here at Empire’s.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Writing Group In Sacramento

Typebars in a 1920s typewriter
Typebars in a 1920s typewriter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Every Thursday night from 5-8pm we are offering writers a place to get creative. 

New Sacramento Writers Group

Write your novel or screenplay or short stories or fan fiction or stage play or comic book script or non-fiction book with us! 

Get out of the house and come down for some dedicated, distraction free writing where you can meet other local writers, get inspired and put some valuable words to paper.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Three Local Indie Comic Creators Making It Big

Let's face it. Before every famous comic book creator was a big deal, they were independent publishers trying to make it.

Well, tomorrow, Saturday, January 10, starting at 11 AM, we will have three amazing comic book creators in the store.

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Empire's Comics Vault (Yelp)

Three Independent Comic Book Creators We Love

Kris Saldaña, Writer, Huge Comics

Kris Saldaña, an Angelino currently residing in Sacramento, writes and publishes comic books and web comics.

As a recent college graduate, he wasted no time pursuing his dream of producing comics and has already released his first book, "Showcase."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What's New at Your Favorite Comic Shop in 2015

Untitled sketch by Krysten Rose. December 2014.
Looking back at all the good things is great, but so is looking forward to new things. So, we've put
together a list of  6  7 things that are new this year. We think you'll like what we have for you. Which one is your favorite?

Of course, there are always more surprises just around the corner, so stay tuned.

Top 7 New Things at Empire's Comics Vault in 2015

1. Active students receive a 10% discount on all purchases February 2015 through May 2015! Students must show a valid student ID. That's all we'll accept, so make sure to get your student ID asap. If it's a junior high school, high school, or college ID and it's current, then the discount is yours.

Vote for Ugliest Sweaters

Things have gotten pretty ugly here at Empires! Our eyes have been assaulted with hideous sweaters from every decade, in a myriad of colors, varied prints and an array styles, sported by these fun entrants.

Now it’s time to share the ugly! Whose is the ugliest sweater in all the Empire? You decide. Check out the entries below and cast your vote using the voting tool in the righthand column of this website.

Voting starts now, Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Voting ballot will be set up here in the right hand column. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Voting closes on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time.

Winners will be announced right here on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

2014 Ugly Sweater Entries


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our 11 Favorite Things at Empires in 2014

We're finally saying goodbye to 2014, and we're doing it by sharing some of our favorite things about 2014. Think of it as our 2014 Highlights reel.

Here's our list of things we were most excited about for the shop. It ranges from really simple things to really spectacular things. So, here they are... in almost no particular order.

  • Window blinds. Hey, our windows face the east and the sun gets in your eyes when it's going down. 
  • IKEA Shelving. Really, it's the consistent look that the shelves provide that we really like. Woo, it looks SO good.
  • Jenga. Or should we say, JEEEEEENNNNNNGGGAAAAAAA! What a blast! And each game lasts about 10 minutes or less. You wanna piece of Ben. Challenge him.
  • Couches. What were we thinking not getting couches WAY sooner! We're a comic shop for goodness' sake. You're supposed to be able to chill and read your comics. 
  • Graphic novel discussion club. We're liking this better than we thought we would at first. The groups vary in size and the discussions range from hilarious to thought-provoking. It's what we love about comics, reading AND talking about them.