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.