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The Tube Family says Empire's Comics Vault's "shop was awesome"

We were surprised and delighted to have the stars of The Tube Family--the beloved YouTubers--attend our 2019 Free Comic Book Day Festival....

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer reading programs from Sacramento Library, HeroicGirls.com, and Rolly

Summer reading is important. This 2:46 minute video will tell you more about why summer reading is so important for children (and adults!). This year we're supporting three local programs. Even better, we're going to share with you a way to maximize your prize earnings!

Three great summer reading programs

We're supporting three summer reading programs:

1. The Sacramento Library's summer reading program, Read to the RhythmSign up today.

3. Rolly's Summer Reading Program (you're reading about it in this post)


Earn lots of summer reading prizes

Here's how to earn lots of prizes by reading this summer.
  • When you participate in the Sac Library's summer reading program, you can earn a prize from the Sac Library.
  • If one of the books you read for the Sac Library's summer reading program is a graphic novel, then you're halfway to earning a prize in Heroic Girl's summer reading program. Here's how. Here are a few graphic novel suggestions for various age groups recommended by HeroicGirls.com.
  • When you've read your first five books for the Sac Library's summer reading program, enter that information into the Sac Library's summer reading website.
  • You'll receive a prize notification in your inbox on the Sac Library's summer reading website.
  • Prize notification sample.
  • Print out that prize notification and show it to us. We'll let you select a free comic book! Children get to select from select children's comic books. Adults get to choose from a number of select comic books for older readers (there are some great options!). Note: one free comic book per individual.

Rolly's Summer Reading Program

So, in a nutshell, Rolly's program is for you to join the Sac Library's program, read five books, and bring us the print out (or show us on your smartphone), so that you can receive a free comic book to add to your summer reading stack!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Now accepting exhibitor applications for Creative Women Mini-Con 2015

We get enough requests to exhibit at our two annual mini-cons that we've decided it might be a good idea to implement an applications process. We've set up an online form to facilitate this process.

Apply to exhibit at #CWMC2015

At this time we are only accepting applications for Creative Women Mini-Con 2015. Applications will remain open until we are full. We have room for 12-15 exhibitors, depending on the type of exhibit.

Feel free to have a look at previous Creative Women Mini-Con posts to learn more about past events.

Feel free to apply and to share this post with others you think may be interested.

UPDATE: Applications will be reviewed and invitations sent out by August 30, 2015. No additional communication may happen with applicants prior to that time. The event takes place on October 3, 2015. You can add the Creative Women Mini-Con FB Event to your calendar to make sure you don't miss it.


Exhibitors, Creative Women Mini-Con 2014

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Your favorite comic shop on Snapchat

Add "EmpiresComics" on Snapchat to join the fun

It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we're goofier and sillier than you know. And with pugs running around, there's always plenty of cuteness for us to share too.

What else? Keep reading...

We also provide reviews, top picks, and secret, momentary bonus offers and discounts. Catch them while you can.

Best of all: pugs.


And Captain Dylan Hunt.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Sacramento Model Kait Lovett at Empires Comics Artist Meetup

Kait Lovett
Join us Tuesday, June 30 for Empire's Comics Artist Meetup and you'll get to draw a live model. $10 at the door.

Show up as early as 5 pm to get a great spot. These events fill up quickly. Modeling starts at 6 pm.

Need some drawing motivation between our artist meetups? Find out about our Sketch-A-Day group below.

About Sacramento model Kait Lovett

Our third live model, Kait Lovett, is a 26 year old bad ass mother... of one.

Kait views the world as her playground and wakes up every morning excited for life's newest adventure.

Says Kait, "I live life to the fullest, with no regrets. I enjoy lifting weights, being outdoors, riding horses, shooting, hiking, and spending time with my family.  I aspire to take own path through life using kindness and love every step of the way."

Live Model Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Time: Come as early as 5 pm, starts at 6 pm

Empire's Comics Artist Meet-up welcomes all levels of artists. We meet every Tuesday night. We feature live models on the last Tuesday of each month. Except for the live model session, there is no charge for the meetup.

Check our Facebook Events page for information by date. Join 183 other artists in Empire's Comics Sketch-A-Day Facebook group to share your art and see the art of other locals. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Support local at Wizard World Sacramento 2015

UPDATE 06/19/2015: We've added some cosplayers and exhibitors. Also, we've added a couple of discounts on merchandise from exhibitors.

We're excited about some of the locals who will be at this weekend's Wizard World Sacramento con. Most of the people on this list are regulars here at the shop. Many of them have been exhibitors at our Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con or Creative Women Mini-Con or both.

So, find them at this weekend's con and please give them some love (a.k.a. support what they do).

Attend Wizard World Sacramento and we'll give you a discount

If you shelled out the $40-90 to attend Wizard World, then we thank you for supporting this event's presence in Sacramento -- and if you visit the shop and SHOW PROOF OF ATTENDANCE, we'll give 20% off one item. Enjoy the con.

Artists and Comic book creators

Note: * indicates updated/added to blog post on 06/19/2015
A photo posted by Hai-Na-Nu Saulque (@nooligan) on

Sacramento Cosplayers at Wizard World Sacramento

Note: * indicates updated/added to blog post on 06/19/2015

Did we miss someone?
If you should be on this list, let us know and we'll add you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jeremy Rathbone returns to Empire's Comics Art Gallery

Just wait until you see the whole thing!
Fresh out of Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con 2015, Jeremy Rathbone returns to Empire's Comics Art Gallery all month long this June 2015.

Saga of the Robovikings 100% funded

Jeremy is currently working on a new comic book, Saga of the Robovikings. In May he successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to support the project. To learn more about the project and other exciting news, you'll enjoy watching Ben interview Jeremy (below).

New paintings for your enjoyment

Included in this exhibit are new pieces featuring Doctor Who, Robovikings, Sherlock, and Darth Vader, among others.

The only piece from a previous show that we invited back is Jeremy's magnificent Admiral Ackbar painting. We also have fresh new prints of this painting (last time we sold out of them).

Jeremy's works will inhabit Empire's Comics Art Gallery throughout the month. Gallery hours are the same as shop hours. All works are for sale. See price list in the art gallery.

Connect with Jeremy online at:

Join us to discuss Ed Brubaker's Sleeper


Date: Thursday, June 11 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm, PST
Location: Empire’s Comics Vault
Just show up or, RSVP on Facebook

Sleeper: A Synopsis

In "Sleeper," a story that unfolds in the Wildstorm comics universe, Holden Carver, aka "The Conductor," is a covert operative whose encounter with an alien artifact has infused him with an impressive suite of powers: he's unaffected by physical pain, has the ability to heal rapidly and can store and weaponize any pain inflicted on him. Carver views these powers as a curse, but that hasn't stopped him from putting them to "good" use while working deep under cover to penetrate a potent criminal organization with a global reach, headed by a villainous mastermind named Tao.

But now Carver's International Operations handler is in a coma and no one knows that Carver is really a good guy. In fact, with all the really nasty, underhanded things he's had to do to rise as a trusted assassin within Tao's syndicate, Carver's not even that sure himself anymore.

Join us

Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, published by DC Comics under the Wildstorm imprint, Sleeper melds noir, spy craft, and super humans.

Join us Thursday, June 11 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm to discuss.