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Kids trade candy for comics program - Nov. 1-10

It's a quiet week at Empire's, but we're giving you a lot of chances to take home some free comic books. Down at the bottom of...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Introducing Super-Duper Saturday -- the new Black Friday

Super-Duper Saturday is November 17, 2018.
Black Friday is November 23.
Hours: 11am-8pm

Here's what to expect:
  • 35% OFF Graphic novels
  • 40% OFF Toys, posters, and statues
  • 25% OFF Hot Sauces
  • Back Issues $5 and under ONLY .50c
  • Back Issues $5.01-$10 ONLY $1
  • Back Issues $10.01-$15 ONLY $2
  • Back Issues $15.01+ 75% OFF
  • 50% OFF Variants & Hard to Find Comics
You're hearing it here first. This Saturday, November 17, we're celebrating Super-Duper Saturday. It's our antidote for Black Friday! You'll get our best sale of the year -- TWICE in November!

Super-Duper Saturday lets you chase the coolest sales in town on Black Friday or relax with the family, knowing you've already scored all the comics merchandise you wanted.

ON BLACK FRIDAY, we are celebrating locally made unique, hand-made gifts. Stay tuned for more information.

MEMBERS: Watch your inbox this week for your Power Up Bonus.

Pumpkin and Costume Winners

The winners are in!

The Pumpkin winners are:
- 1st place winner of $25 in regular priced back issues: P03
- 2nd place winner of $15 in regular priced back issues: P02
- 3rd place winner of $10 in regular priced back issues: P01
(View original entries here)

The Costume winners are:
- 1st place winner of $25 in regular priced back issues: C07
- 2nd place winner of $15 in regular priced back issues: C13
- 3rd place winner of $10 in regular priced back issues: C05
(View original entries here)

WINNERS: Visit Ben in the shop to collect your winnings. Please note: No cash out value. Spend under the prize amount and no change is made. Spend over the prize amount and pay the difference.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Food Drive runs November 1-17

Photo credit: Iván Melenchón Serrano. More at: Bigstockphoto.com/es/search/?c=iMelenchon

We're building a Canned Food Tree!

Bring in non-expired canned goods to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and we'll reward you with comic books!

  • 5 Cans = $5 Back Issues
  • 10 Cans =  $15 Back Issues

The food drive starts Nov 1 and ends November 17, 2018.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2018 Costume Entries

And the entries are in! Now it's time to vote. Use the poll in the right hand column of this website to cast your vote.Voting goes through Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Friday, November 2, 2018

2018 Pumpkin Carving Entries

And the entries are in! Now it's time to vote. Use the poll in the right hand column of this website to cast your vote.Voting goes through Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Kids trade candy for comics program - Nov. 1-10

It's a quiet week at Empire's, but we're giving you a lot of chances to take home some free comic books. Down at the bottom of this post, learn how kids can trade Halloween candy for comic books (select titles, while supplies last).

But first, let's talk about two contests!

Ends Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Costume Contest
You could take home up to $50 in comic book back issues. All you have to do is submit a photo of yourself in costume by Midnight, October 31! Details on our blog or on Facebook.

Ends Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Submit a photo of your carved pumpkin masterpiece, and you could take home up to $50 in comic book back issues. Submit a photo by Midnight, October 31! Details on our blog or on Facebook.

Kids Trade-in Candy for Comics
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Let's make a trade

Kids 13 and under can trade in their Halloween candy for COMIC! For every bowl filled with candy, kids can select 1 free comic (select comics and while supplies last). It is that simple! This offer runs November 1-10 or while supplies last.

Starting November 4, our food drive for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services begins! Learn more about it on Facebook.


Have you seen our weekly comics show? Watch it here.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Stand-up Comedy, Free Halloween Comics, and Sale

UPDATE 10/24/2018 - Comedy night has been cancelled. Also, due to the holidays, Stand Up Comedy Night will return in 2019.


Dress up to power up this Saturday's sale. Details below. Plus, there are plenty of laughs in store for you on Friday. Enjoy some of Sacramento's upcoming stand-up comedy talent. More details below.

Friday, October 26 - 8:00 PM
*Cancelled* STAND-UP 
Rated M

Bring a grown-up friend and get your laughs on. Free Admission. Tipping the funny people is highly recommended. :) Click image to view the Facebook calendar event.

Saturday, October 27
Horror Sale 
and Free ComicFest 
Halloween Books
  • This Saturday, everything horror-related is 10% off -- scary books and scary toys.
  • BUT if you come in dressed up, you'll get 15% off your purchase.
  • BUT BUT if you dress up AND you bring your Rolly Tote and Merpug Pin, then you'll get 25% off purchase.
ComicFest Halloween Books: Get your free FCBD Halloween books. Take 1 copy of every book you want, while supplies last.

Contests: Be sure to also check out our pumpkin carving contest and our costume contest. You could win free comics.

Thank You!

Thank you for joining us to support literacy in the region. Together we have made a difference. And now, pat yourself on the back, pick up your favorite comic, and enjoy a good read! See you soon.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Carve your guts out to win comic books

Carve your pumpkins! Go crazy. Build a sculpture out of it. Or stick a candle in it.

You might win comic books! Here's how. 

Three Easy Steps To Enter

1. Carve your pumpkin.

2. Take 2 photos: (1) Your pumpkin by itself and (2) You with your pumpkin.

3. Email the photos, your first and last name, and phone number to empirescv@gmail.com by October 31, 2018.

How To Win

We'll post all the pictures on our website by November 2 and let the public vote for their favorites. Voting goes through November 7, after which we'll announce the winners!

Comic Book Back Issue Prizes

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 
NOTE: If the total is more than the prize, winner will pay the difference. If you don't spend it all, there's no cash prize or change made for the difference. 

Costume Contest for Comic Books

Here's your chance to win some back issues -- $50, $25, or $10! Dress up to play and you just might get to browse the back issues for some freebies!

Two Easy Steps To Enter

1. Submit a photo of yourself in costume and holding a recent comic book. Email the photo to empirescv@gmail.com by October 31, 2018 by Midnight! 

2. Come into the shop and we'll take your picture!

How To Win

We'll post all the pictures on our website by November 2 and let the public vote for their favorites. Voting goes through November 7, after which we'll announce the winners!

The Prizes

Winners will be the top three submissions with the most votes and will receive:

  • Grand prize: $50 in regular priced back issues
  • Second prize: $25 in regular priced back issues
  • Third prize: $10 in regular priced back issues
NOTE: If the total is more than the prize, winner will pay the difference. If you don't spend it all, there's no cash prize or change made for the difference. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Limited-Edition Merpug Pin celebrates Creative Women Mini-Con

We're celebrating this Saturday's Creative Women Mini-Con with an LE Merpug lapel pin! -- AND it comes with magical benefits to its bearer!

Merpug's Magical Powers
Buy 1 or more Merpug pins by Friday, then wear it Saturday to magically enter ONE HOUR EARLY to connect with this year's creative women and take advantage of the SALE before everyone else! This Merpug is only available through Saturday. After that, the Merpug swims off, never to return.

Can't make it in by Saturday? Get yours online for $5.99 and pick it up in the shop!

About the Merpug Pin
The Merpug pin is the first in a series of limited-edition, locally designed, event pins. Add the pin to your Rolly Tote for bonuses at future events and in the coming months.

This year's limited-edition pin was created by Creative Women Mini-Con artist Jen Monson. Jen experiments with various media and themes and always offers something new and exciting in both art and crafts. Meet her this Saturday.

For #CreativeWomen18, pick up a combo Rolly Tote and Merpug Pin for $14.99 (Tote: $12.99 REG; Pin: $5.99 REG). Get it in the store or use the button below.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Support Literacy in Sacramento - Walk with us

Let's Walk for Literacy

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Join Our Team

We're looking for 50 walkers to help raise money to support literacy. PLUS, when we reach 50, you'll be the reason why our PUG logo is on the back of the event shirt!


Visit walk4literacy.org, select "register", then "join a team", complete the online sign-up form, and be sure to select "Empires Comics Vault" in the field called, "Team you want to join."

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Paint the star-filled sky. LEGO build. New Tote!

We invite you to paint with us. Even if you've never painted in your life, you will walk out that night with a completed work of art. It makes for the perfect Friday night.

We'll have Sacramento's LEGO Brickbuilders in the shop on Saturday. Bring your bricks and let's build.

And finally, you can help us decide on our Winter merchandise. Register your vote today. Details below.

Friday, September 14 - 6:30 PM

Happy Paint Evening

Release your inner painter. We provide the supplies and instruction. And YOU create the masterpiece. $40. Get your tickets online before they're all gone.

Saturday, September 15 - 11:00 AM
Sac Brick Builders Meet-up

Brick by brick, wonderous creations come to life. Stop by to meet other LEGO enthusiasts. 

$13 (Shipping available)
Limited Edition
Comics Tote Bag

Soon to be SOLD OUT. B&W Comics Tote.
Pick one up in the store or order your bag online. 

Hoodie? Beanie? Shot Glass?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Creative Women Mini-Con 2018 Complete Exhibitor List

Creative Women Mini-Con returns for its 6th year -- and we have some exciting exhibitors for you to meet. We've assembled eighteen of the region's most talented creative women. And of course, we’re celebrating with a storewide sale (details below).

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


In this post, we'll share:

  • A complete list of this year's creative women -- all interview and social media links
  • Sale details
  • What to expect at the mini-con

Sale Details

  • 50% off Back Issues
  • 25% off Toys
  • 15% off Trades
  • Members: check your email for October's benefit so that you can level up your sale discounts!

What to expect at Creative Women Mini-Con

  • Admission is free.
  • When you support an artist by making a purchase at their table, they keep 100% of the earnings. Pay the artist directly, not the store at the counter.
  • Art purchased from the Art Gallery wall should be purchased from the store counter, not the artist's table.
  • The event starts at 11 am and goes until 5 pm.
  • Need food? Visit one of the restaurants in the shopping center and bring it back to the shop if you'd like. Feel free to sit at the couches to take a break.

2018 Creative Women Mini-Con Exhibitors

Take a moment to enjoy the interviews (coming soon) we did with each exhibitor. Also, below you'll find a little about each creative woman, a link to their most recent interview, and links to some of their online profiles.

Mariko Tamaki: "Mariko Tamaki is the author of the YA novel Saving Montgomery Sole and the co-creator of award winning comics This One Summer and Skim (with Jillian Tamaki), and Emiko Superstar (Steve Rolston). In 2015, This One Summer received Printz and Caldecott Honors, the Eisner for Best Graphic Album–New, and Canada’s Governor General’s award. Mariko maintains a solid fascination with the complex process by which teenagers become, or try to become, grown ups. She has also written for BOOM! Studios, Marvel, and DC Comics, working with She-Hulk and Supergirl. Mariko Tamaki began her career as a playwright and performance artist in Toronto, Ontario, working with fat activists Pretty, Porky and Pissed Off and performing and writing plays for Buddies in Bad Times Theater, a world leader in developing queer voices for the stage. Her first film, “Happy 16th Birthday, Kevin,” premiered at the Inside Out Festival in 2013. In addition to her literary work, Mariko holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies and worked for two years on a doctorate in Linguistic Anthropology. Her academic research focused on accents used in drag cabaret performances. Her research inspired an ongoing obsession with the way people talk." (Source: macmillanspeakers.com)

Mariko is currently writing X-23 and Hunt For Wolverine Claws Of A Killer for Marvel Comics. You will know her from She-Hulk, Supergirl Being Super, New Super-Man, and her creator-owned books, This One Summer, Skim, among others.

Amber Rankin: Amber is a graphic artist and animator living in Sacramento, CA. For over five years she has worked to create maps & illustrate artifacts at a small environmental planning and archaeology company in Sacramento. She received her Bachelors in Art Studio and Sociology from the University of California, Davis and MFA in 2D Animation from the Academy of Art University. When not at her animation desk, Amber can be found drinking way too much coffee, trying to learn Irish Dance, or dreaming about life in another time period.

www.ambermations.com | @Ambermations | Tumblr | Instagram: @Ambermations

Bianca Kim: Bianca creates embroidered fabric pinback buttons with short sayings that can be worn on backpacks, purses and jacket collars. She shows at the Stockmarket craft fair in Stockton, CA. She started 2017 by showing her work in Empire's Comic Vault's art gallery in January and then offered a beginner course for embroidery in her booth at the Stockmarket craft fair in Stockton.

Brittainy Barnes: Brittainy Barnes (Indie Artful) is a self-taught artist, primarily working in watercolor and ink. When not working full-time and completing her Master’s program, she watches Star Wars and paints her favorite Characters. She first realized she could go "semi-pro" when a painting of K2-S0 gained Reddit “Front Page” Status, with ready buyers of Star Wars art prints. Lately she’s started to specialize in tattoo-style “flash”, and hopes to create and sell custom nerdy tattoo designs.  

Carrie Alskar: Hi, my name is Carrie. Originally from Missouri I moved to California on a whim. My art style currently seems to revolve around hair that defies gravity, "stained glass patterns" as others call it, and eyes in more places than where your two are. I am also currently open for commissions I work with acrylics sometimes but most of my time on art is filled with ink lines and markers for coloring.

Crystaline Owen: Crystaline Owen is a California raised artist who works mostly in watercolors and inks. She has a degree in art education and now enjoys teaching art to small children. She's been using watercolors for 10 years and finds most of her inspiration in nature.

Elizabeth Merrifield: Elizabeth Merrifield is a 15 year old artist (Who will turn 16 on the day of CWMC), and has been really working in her art for about 5 years. She was accepted into the Sheldon High School Artworks Academy in 2016. she draws inspiration from her friends, Pinterest, Anime and High School Life, as well as the world at large. She enjoys experimenting with all kinds of media, including charcoal, pastels, markers, pencil, watercolor and acrylics. She hopes to eventually sell her art and possibly work as a graphic designer or animator.

| Facebook 

Heather Merrifield: Heather Merrifield is a photographer and graphic artist, who enjoys taking photos to show how beautiful the mundane can be; capturing everyday moments in an unusual way. Recently she has been working more with photo manipulation, trying her hand at more fanciful creations, straying toward the fantasy realm. Fantasy and reality often combine to give the same photograph several different incarnations. Every aspect of photography fascinates her, and she can’t get enough of the medium.

Helen Lam: Helen is an artist from Sacramento temporarily transplanted in Santa Clara. She graduated from Sacramento State where her instructors pushed her to paint her feelings but she mostly just draws what she feels like while taking on occasional commissions. Though she loves working in many different mediums, she feels that digitally painting in Photoshop gives her the most flexibility. Her main love is portraiture whether it be people or animals. 

| Instagram: @PrinnyBat

Jen Monson: Jen is constantly delighted by new ideas. She uses trial and error to explore new approaches to her art. Her ultimate goal is to help others feel a sense of peace and joy. A smile on someone's face is the ultimate final touch. Jen draws, paints, sculpts, and crafts in multiple media. Currently she is fascinated by koi fish and has created a great variety of art featuring koi, working with paints, cardboard, and other fascinating media. Jen painted a pond of koi on the walls of Empire's bathroom. Currently, she helps novices explore painting at her monthly evening of painting at Empire's Comics Vault. At that event, students receive everything they need, including instruction, to complete a painting in one night.

Julie Okahara: Julie Okahara was born in Osaka, Japan. After graduating from Osaka Industrial Arts High School, she started her career as a graphic designer. Wanting to further her studies in studio art, Okahara came to California in 2005. Since then her mediums have expanded into acrylic painting, ink drawing, sewing, and plaster, wood, and clay sculpture. She still likes to claim herself as a self-taught artist, since she didn’t take any painting classes in college, yet most of her works are mixed media paintings. Her style is influenced by both Japanese and American pop art culture. She likes putting different everyday life items together to create her own world. Her first solo show took place in Midtown Sacramento in 2010 where she won acclaim and a following for her signature use of bright colors and mixed media. She has since put on more solo shows and has been in multiple group exhibitions in Bay Area and Sacramento. Her artwork was featured at Empire's Comics Vault in March.

Kassandra Gamez: Kassandra is a comics creating artist. She's worked at some cool companies, but maybe not in the art department, for example, dA and Disney Interactive. Kassandra is a huge fan of comics, zines, and Corgis. This will be her second time exhibiting at CWMC. 

Kelly Van Gaasbeck: Kelly's focus is storytelling and whimsical thoughts. She works mostly with ink, metallic and monoprints. She spent 2 years in Japan, teaching and learning and wandering across the country, where she came to love telling stories in small spaces.

Kristine Balog: Kristine is an Art Historian, oil painter, and author who has dedicated her life to the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. She is both an academic and creative, teaching Art History as a profession and channeling her passion into creating comic books and authoring novels. She has authored numerous academic articles and has been teaching at the collegiate level for five years.

Maia & Kaimani: Maia and Kaimani are 9 and 8 years old, respectively. Both Maia and Kaimani are enthusiastic artists who enjoy making comics, drawing, painting, jewelry making and pretty much flexing their imaginations in any creative capacity. Growing up with empowering and inspiring storytelling such as the films of Hayao Miyazaki and shows like Steven Universe, they are also equally influenced by their comics-making dad, their jewelry-making mom, and Sacramento's thriving comics and art scenes.

Interview (2017)

Rachel Ann Millar: Rachel Ann Millar is a San Francisco native now residing in the Concord, California with her new husband, two cats, and the best small dog ever. She spends her time working on comics or doodling about video games and her D&D characters. Her favorite genre of entertainment is horror and she fills the silence of drawing with youtube videos of grown men screaming in terror and true crime podcasts. Her bookshelves are an artbook and comic library that she happily shares with anyone who would care. Her collections of zines and art unify around the theme of education, such as Some Girls Are Fat and What Did You Call Me?

Rachel Strum: Local wand-maker Rachel Strum handcrafts fantasy wands. With a background ranging from illustration to stained glass, Rachel’s experience in mixed media has inspired wands unlike any others. Beginning by hand selecting quality supplies, pairing gems individually with wood bases, and then intensively layering mixed media, her wands capture the imagination and inspire a sense of beauty. The delicate balance between beauty and practicality within all her whimsical creations has sprouted from the needs in her life, be it simple toys or giant strawberry pillows. Transforming common materials into playful creations is a labor of love inspired by Rachel’s belief that everyday should come with a touch of magic.

Interview (2017) | Etsy | Facebook 

Sarah René Kraft: Sarah is a Sacramento-based illustrator, colorist, storyteller, and all around sketchy lady. Experience her work in the illustrated comic world of the Greek mythology-inspired “Blind Follies,” and her upcoming artbook in progress "Lemiscus," among other various arts and projects. Currently, she is working on a 78-card tarot deck evolved from the imagery and symbolism already established in the original ribbon series. Look out for news regarding a Patreon campaign, soon to be announced!