Thursday, May 7, 2015

May is Free Comic Book Month

Here at Empire's Comics Vault, we celebrate Free Comic Book Month (FCBM). But, wait, you already know this. What you need to know is that store hours are regular Saturday hours for the rest of the month. We open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Bring this each Saturday. You need it to get freebies.

Sacramento's longest Free Comic Book Day lasts all of May

Well, we're sure you picked up your FCBM Passport when you were here for the Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con. Good.

Bring it with you. You need it to access the freebies.

We'll mark off the May 9 star so that you can gain you entrance to the March 16 freebies.

If you miss even one Saturday, then you're out for the month! And trust us, you don't want that to happen. There's some cool stuff to be had (while supplies last, naturally).

NOTE: This year, for the first time, we have given Savings Club Members complete access to each and every Saturday, whether you were at FCBD Mini-Con or whether you miss a Saturday. For you, it doesn't matter. If you're not one of our Comic Book Savings Club Members, why not? It only takes one title. Put one title on a list, we'll pull it for you when it comes out, pick up at least once a month, and you'll gain access to amazing savings and special access at FCBD Mini-Con and FCBMonth every year. Ask Ben for a sign up form when you come in and he'll get you started.

FCBMonth's comic book freebies

  • May 2 - We're giving out 20,000 free comic books (while supplies last).
  • May 9 - Miscellaneous Free Comic Book Day titles from 2014 and Free Comic Book Halloween comics from 2014/2015. JUST ADDED: 3 different Valiant previews and one Titan comics preview comic book. 
  • May 16 - Image Comics best selling #1 issues in mint condition!
  • May 23 - Marvel Comics #1 issues and Vintage toys (while supplies last)!
  • May 30 - Free graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and collected editions of comic books



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Captain Canuck Annual Fan Art Contest ends June 1, 2015

Now's your chance to get featured in a cool comic book. The publishers of Captain Canuck will select 10 fan art submissions to be featured in upcoming releases of the new book.

Draw Captain Canuck or any Canuck Universe character and submit it to them following the guidelines outlined on the contest page. Entry is free.

While you're there, check out the Captain Canuck web series. Hope you enjoyed the Captain Canuck Free Comic Book Day title as much as we did.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The FCBD Mini-Con commercial you didn't see


What can we say? It was a crazy week, haha. So, here you go. "Better late than never" or "Better never late"?

There's some fun stuff in this video, especially from Sac City Rollers, Supreme Pro Wrestling, Stormpool, and the West Coast Avengers -- probably even make you LOL.

Celebrating Children's Book Week May 4-10, 2015

We're excited to announce that we're celebrating Children's Book Week (CBW) for the first time this year.

For 96 years CBW has been promoting literacy, and it's about time this local comic shop became involved.

As you know, we promote reading with Rolly's Reading Program, a program that provides a deep discount on all our children's titles, and Rolly's Summer Reading Program, which ran for the first time in 2014.

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We're offering the following two specials for CBW, May 4-10, 2015:

  • 25% OFF all comic book titles for Children (from the young children's wall) and for Teen readers. Young children and teens must be present with an adult/parent for this offer to be valid.
  • Comic Book Trade: When children/teens create their own comic book (1-page minimum required) and give it to us, we'll let them choose 1 free comic book (from select titles). Download and use our 1-page panel layout or make your own. 
"Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children."
(Source: http://www.bookweekonline.com/about)

The official hashtag for CBW is #CBW15.


Reality Comics at FCBD Mini-Con

Ben interviews the gents, Augustine and Trevor, behind Reality Comics. After the interview, special guest Nicole stops in for a chat. 

At last Saturday's Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con, Reality Comics interviewed the attendees, including guests, exhibitors, and cosplayers. When that video becomes available, we'll post it here at EmpiresComics.com and on our social media channels.



They also provide some of the best comic book related video news and commentary anywhere on the internet. 

Reality Comics is your one-stop online community for all things comics. Check them out, support their IndieGoGo campaign, and enjoy the interview.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chris Wisnia at FCBD 2015


Note: Get the full lineup of FCBD Mini-Con 2015 guests here. Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con is TODAY, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Doors open at 9 a.m.


Chris Wisnia has been creating, writing, drawing and publishing comic books for ten years.

His works include, "Doris Danger Giant Monster Adventures" and "Monstrosis" (SLG Publishing), Sam Keith's "Ojo" (Oni Press), Tabloia Weekly Magazine (Salt Peter Press), "The Lump," and the online masked vigilante encyclopedia, "The Spider Twins Companion."

Chris recently collaborated with his wife, author Elizabeth Wisnia, and fellow illustrator Jeff Bambas, on "S is for Spanko: A Frightening and Realistic Giant Monster Alphabet Book."

Meet Chris at Mini-Con
We couldn't be happier than to have this multi-faceted talent with us. Come on down, meet Chris and check out his monster creativity on May 2.




Julie Okahara at FCBD Mini-Con 2015

Note: Get the full lineup of FCBD Mini-Con 2015 guests here. FCBD Mini-Con starts at 9 am this Saturday, May 2

Talented artist and past Empire's Art Gallery exhibitor Julie Okahara will join us for Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con.

Julie started drawing at a young age and now brings to life some of the most imaginative mixed-media paintings you'll ever experience. Using strong colors and emotional themes, Julie's works will inspire you.

Be sure to read our gallery interview with Julie. Also take a moment to view this new video interview as Ben and Julie talk about the creative process and some of the themes in her work.

Friday, May 1, 2015

HeroicGirls.com and John Marcotte at FCBD Mini-Con 2015

Note: Get the full lineup of FCBD Mini-Con 2015 guests here. FCBD Mini-Con starts at 9 am this Saturday, May 2.

John Marcotte is the founder of HeroicGirls.com and a writer for the HuffingtonPost.com. He also recently spoke at TEDxSacramento on the topic, "Girls can be their own superheroes".


John started HeroicGirls.com with the explicit purpose of "empowering girls by advocating for strong role models in alternative media — particularly comics."

In keeping with that goal, HeroicGirls.com recently ran a successful hashtag campaign, #WheresNatasha, to shed light on Disney's and Marvel's neglect of the Black Widow in the majority of their merchandising.

Speaking about HeroicGirls.com, John adds, "We want to get more girls and women involved in the creation and consumption of comic books as a tool to increase assertiveness and self-esteem, and to help them to dream big."

At Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con, John will be doing this by polling local girls and women about their love of comics. He's also starting a book club. Talk to John to learn more.

Big SALE for Free Comic Book Day 2015

Our most fun sale of the year each and every year. Because there are wrestlers wrestling, roller derby athletes skating, cosplayers cosplaying, food trucks food-trucking, West Coast Avengers avenging, Storm Troopers storming, and so much more. Here are the details:

  • 25% off  graphic novels and toys
  • 25% off already reduced items
Super Cheap Back Issues
$1-5 cover price titles for .50c
$5.01-$10 = $1
$10.01-$15 = $2
$15.01+ = 75% off

Note: Get the full lineup of FCBD Mini-Con 2015 guests here. FCBD Mini-Con starts at 9 am this Saturday, May 2. 


Chris Cinder at FCBD Mini-Con 2015

Note: Get the full lineup of FCBD Mini-Con 2015 guests here. FCBD Mini-Con starts at 9 am this Saturday, May 2. Check out Chris Cinder' table for awesome Cinder Bots.

Sacramento artist Chris Cinder will exhibit at our 2015 Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con. You've seen Chris' playful and imaginative art in Empire's Art Gallery, now you'll have the chance to meet this talented artist.

Chris Cinder and Ben Schwartz

Chris is widely know for his famous Cinder Bots (pictured above). His paintings feature sci-fi themes, rich colors, and a storyline that runs through numerous pictures. Talk to Chris to learn more about his upcoming projects, and enjoy this interview:

Jason Dube of Scattered Comics joins FCBD Mini-Con 2015

Note: Get the full lineup of FCBD Mini-Con 2015 guests here. FCBD Mini-Con starts at 9 am this Saturday, May 2. Check out Scattered Comics' table for an FCBD exclusive release.

Artist and publisher Jason Dube founded his own comic book company, Scattered Comics, 22 years ago.

Since then, he's published an array of titles, including, "Scattered," "Panda Days," "Caffeine Poisoned," "Waiting for Something to Happen," and "Shadow Hunters."

He recently began publishing monthly webcomics for a variety of titles and released his titles for download on iTunes and Drive-Thru Comics.

In addition to his own creations, Jason has worked as an artist, colorist, typesetter and layout artist for multiple independent companies, including, Neko Press, Blue Water Productions, and Last Doorway Productions.

Jason recently opened Scattered Comics Studios, a one stop-shop comic book studio for clients. There he oversees the work of the studio's artists and directs an internship program for young artists to gain experience and exposure within the industry.

Meet Jason at FCBD Mini-Con 2015
We are extremely excited to have this experienced and knowledgable talent with us. Check out Scattered Comics and pick the brain of the man behind the studio on May 2.