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).