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Monday, September 26, 2016

Storewide SALE during Creative Women Mini-Con on October 1

Rolly by @yowulf, Naomi Romero. 2016.
The 4th annual Creative Women Mini-Con is this coming Saturday, October 1. 

We're celebrating with a great big sale. Plus, if you're a Savings Club Member, we will email you a Power-up that will make the sale even better for you. Check your inbox Monday afternoon on September 26.

Don't miss out on meeting these 16 creative women on October 1 at 11 a.m.

Creative Women Mini-Con SALE Details

  • 50% off Back Issues
  • 15% Toys & Statues
  • 10% Graphic Novels

Maximum Savings + Maximum Fun Can Be Yours 

Sign up for Empire's Comics Vaults' Comic Book Savings Program before December 31 to maximize your benefits in 2017, especially to qualify for VIP Status at Free Comic Book Day Festival. Learn more about FCBD VIP Status online.

Sign up requires only 1 current comic book title.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arlo Disarray and Rejected Toys at Creative Women Mini-Con

For the fourth year in a row, Empire's Comics Vault presents Creative Women Mini-Con. This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 1.

At the event you will meet 16 creative women we think you should know and support, including first time exhibitor, Arlo Disarray. Ben and Arlo sat down for an interview (below).


Arlo specializes in making unique, one-of-a-kind toys that you won't find in stores -- unless you know where to find her Etsy store (but watch out; her toys sell quickly). Each of Arlo's creations is completely unique and a limited edition of 1.

Although she may explore themes across numerous toys, she never recreates any of her one-of-a-kind toys.

Meet Arlo and experience Rejected Toys at our 4th Creative Women Mini-Con. #CWMC2016

To learn more about Arlo and her art, follow her Rejected Toys page on Facebook.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Artist Bianca Kim at Creative Women Mini-Con 2016

Creative Women Mini-Con 2016 is coming up quickly. We look forward to filling the shop with so many talented creative women.

See you for this event (and sale TBD) on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Meet Bianca Kim, Fabric + Multimedia Artist, FRESHbiscuits

Bianca joins us for her first Creative Women Mini-Con, and we can't wait for you to meet her.

Bianca started FRESHbiscuits about a decade ago while she was studying apparel design. The name, "FRESHbiscuits," calls to mind two of Bianca's favorite things -- food and comedy. Through her art, Bianca brings to life expertly designed pieces that are "simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing."

Bianca recycles fabric and uses new fabric to create limited-run pieces, including wallets, aprons, and other fabric-based articles. She specializes in creating custom embroidered fabric pinback buttons with short sayings that can be worn on backpacks, purses and jacket collars.

Connect with Bianca, a.k.a., @FRESHbiscuits on Instagram or on Twitter at @FRESHbiscuitsBK.

In the meantime, learn more about Bianca in this interview.

Zine Creator Kelly Van Gaasbeck at Creative Women Mini-Con 2016

Join us Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. for Creative Women Mini-Con 2016. 

Ben took a few minutes to interview Kelly for this year's event. This year marks Creative Women Mini-Con's fourth year.

Meet Zine and Postcard Creator Kelly Van Gaasbeck

Kelly actively pursues her storytelling passion through zines, postcards, and mini-books. In them she weaves life's stories and precious moments.

We think you'll connect with Kelly's art the way we did and want to incorporate it into your own life. We plan on sending some of those post cards out! Hope you'll join us.

Kelly has a B.A. in multimedia from San Diego State University and has made her home in Sacramento for the last three years.

Port Fireflirt, her company, is about growing and exploring. Ports are the gateway to both entering the city or exploring the world and a “fireflirt,” Kelly explains, is "that little glimmer of familiarity and the unknown.” Connect Kelly on Facebook or Instagram

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Webcomic Creator Miranda Singler at Creative Women Mini-Con 2016

Creative Women Mini-Con 2016 is Saturday, October 1.

We're pleased to welcome a first-time exhibitor, webcomic creator Miranda Singler.

Meet Webcomic Creator Miranda Singler

The mundanity of daily life. It's eccentric characters. Their hidden stories. You'll find it all in Miranda's first webcomic, Sleeping Volcano, debuting at Creative Women Mini-Con 2016.

Growing up on a farm in the Midwest and going off to college to discover life beyond the corn fields exerted a great influence on Miranda.

She’s supported by a community of artists in the Sacramento region (Sacramento Comic Creators Group), and when she’s not thinking about comics, she’s probably gazing at the Sacramento trees, trying not to eat all the cookies, and listening to KDVS.

Miranda works as a web designer. She has created comics for museums and editorial cartoons for The Daily Illini, the independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois.

To learn more about Miranda and her art, please visit her website, Mirmade.net.

Meet all the creative women participating in this year's event.

Doors open for Comic Book Savings Program Members at 10:30 a.m. and to the public at 11 a.m.

The Miranda Singler Interview

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Creative Women Mini-Con 2016 Complete Exhibitor List

Updated 09/23: New exhibitor added. Updated 09/24: New exhibitors added. Updated: 09/30 New exhibitor added.

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, we invite you to join for Creative Women Mini-Con (CWMC2016).

Please note: We will continue to update this post with additional exhibitors as they are invited. And as we get closer to the event, you’ll be able to get more information here. In fact, if there’s something you’d like to know that’s not included in this post, please add a comment and we’ll get you an answer.

Event Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am
Location: Empire's Comics Vault (store info and map)

So, on with the show! Here’s who you will meet at #CWMC2016:

2016 Creative Women Mini-Con Exhibitors

Gemma Correll, Cartoonist, Writer, Illustrator (web | books | FB) Gemma authored “A Cat’s Life” (Te Neues, 2012), “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette” (Dog N Bone, 2013), and “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” (Andrews McMeel, 2015). She self-published the web comic Four Eyes on GoComics.com and on The Nib on Medium and the monthly Skycats single-panel comic for Emirates Airlines Open Skies magazine. 

Kristine Balog, Artist, Writer, Comic Creator — Kristine runs a successful art studio, teaches at the collegiate level, and is developing a new line of comic books. She has spent decades perfecting her artistic talents and pursuing higher education in art and art history. Kristine is an Art Historian, Author, Associate Professor of Art History, and freelance illustrator. Her work ranges from figurative work to still life, from comic books, to scientific illustrations. She created, drew, and wrote the original, graphic historic novel, “Caravaggio’s Darkness,” published in 2014, and is currently working on new issues. Kristine has recently acquired a mainstream publisher for her historical novel "Signed in Blood" and looks forward to the launch of this epic true story of one of history's most acclaimed artists, Caravaggio. Learn more at http://kristinebalog.com/.