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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The year is rapidly coming to a close, but we're not slowing down! Here's what's going on this week in the shop.


















TUE | 6:00 PM | Dec. 18, 2018
Empire's Comics Vault's GAME NIGHT

Grab a board game, some players, and a cold beverage and let's kiss 2018 goodbye with some good times with good friends. See you there. (Add to FB calendar)




































FRI | 7:00 PM | Dec. 21, 2018
MOVIE NIGHT: DIE HARD
Join us for the best holiday movie of all time! Don't believe us. Come watch. Free. Free popcorn also. (Add to FB calendar)








VOTE TODAY
2018's Best In Comics
Vote in Cracking the Vault Podcast's annual comics awards. CAST YOUR VOTE



















FINAL WEEK: NOW through December 19, 2018
Toys for Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento
It's for the kids. Bring a toy, or buy any toy at 25% OFF if donated. Select toys for donation are 50% OFF. (Add to your Facebook calendar.) Explore other ways to donate at CRHS's website.



COMING SOON

12/24 - Open Christmas Eve (for a little while)
12/25 - Happy Holidays (Closed)
12/31 - New Year's Eve (Closed)
01/01 - Closed
01/01 - Art Gallery at Empires with Melissa Pagluica
01/10 - Graphic Novel Discussion - Isola

VIEW ALL OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Nooligan's Nightwing DC Collectibles signing

Always something exciting in store for you here in the shop. This week we welcome Sacramento artist Nooligan! And if you want to talk comics, join us to discuss Kate Bishop's Hawkeye. Plus painting, LEGO's, and more.



WED | 6:00 PM | Dec. 12, 2018
December Blues: nooligan x nightwing release signing

Sacramento artist Nooligan joins us for the release of his newest DC Collectibles vinyl figure -- Nightwing. Come in, meet the artist, and get your figure signed. (Add to FB calendar)


THU | 6:30 PM | Dec. 13, 2018
Comics Discussion: Kate Bishop, Hawkeye

Join us to discuss the first volume of Kate Bishop's Hawkeye. Everyone is invited. Free to attend. (Add to FB calendar)


FRI | 6:30 PM | Dec. 14, 2018
Happy Paint Evening

We provide everything you need, including instruction, to paint the scene pictured here. Cost is $40. Max participants is 15. So sign up before seats sell out. Sign up online. (Add to FB calendar)




SAT | 11:00 AM | Dec. 15, 2018
Sac Brick Builders

Bring your LEGOs and let's build! Or just check out what we're building. All are welcome -- whether you have bricks or not. (Add to FB calendar)



VOTE TODAY
2018's Best In Comics

Vote in Cracking the Vault Podcast's annual comics awards. CAST YOUR VOTE





NOW through December 19, 2018
Toys for Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento

It's for the kids. Bring a toy, or buy any toy at 25% OFF if donated. Select toys for donation are 50% OFF. (Add to your Facebook calendar.) Explore other ways to donate at CRHS's website.



COMING SOON

12/21 - Movie Night: Die Hard
12/24 - Open Christmas Eve (for a little while)
12/25 - Happy Holidays (Closed)
12/31 - New Year's Eve (Closed)
01/01 - Closed
01/01 - Art Gallery at Empires with Melissa Pagluica
01/10 - Graphic Novel Discussion - Isola

VIEW ALL OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

We're thankful for 2018 and You

Here are 14 things we're grateful for this last year. We start with the #1 most important thing we're grateful for, and after that, the list is in no particular order. Let us know what's on your list. :) Enjoy.

YOU! All of you, the shop's patrons, make our shop a cool place to talk about comics and geek topics -- and you make it a safe place for people of all ages and ways of life.



Our official podcast, Cracking the Vault Podcast celebrates is 150th episode with a game show episode that you can play along with while you listen! They even published a special "thankful for comics" episode.



FCBD moves outside — bigger and better and we eliminated waiting in line!


Mariko Tamaki joined us at Creative Women Mini-Con 2018!


We added a new product to our shelves -- hot sauce.


First batch of shirts! And two LE totes.
First event pin! -- The Merpug, designed by local Jen Monson for Creative Women Mini-Con 2018.


Giant connect 4!
Image comics got its own section!
Happy paint night!



Brewery game night.
Expanded kids section and added young adult section.


Book signing for Sacramento's Ryan Millers' first book!



Monday, November 19, 2018

Local Artist Black Friday, Live Music, and Game Night



Are you ready for Black Friday? Because it's this Friday. We will be open from 11am-8pm.

NEW THIS YEAR: 
Our Black Friday event will feature one-of-a-kind gifts crafted by local artists, including Jen Monson (FB), Mandy Wagner (FB), and Chris Cinder (Insta).

And here are your Black Friday deals:

  • 35% OFF Graphic novels
  • 40% OFF Toys, posters, and statues
  • *NEW: 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
MEMBERS: Your Power-Up Bonus can be used at Black Friday. (from our Blog)





Tuesday, November 20 - 6:00 PM
Game Night

Every third Tuesday, enjoy an evening of friendly competition, childhood giddiness, and great craft beer! Hosted offsite by Empire's Comics Vault, it's Board Game Night!  (Add to your Facebook calendar.)




Tuesday, November 20 - 7:00 PM
Live Music: The Little Army

The Little Army is guitarist/vocalist Evan and drummer Tyler. We're excited to have them in the shop tomorrow night. Come in and enjoy some good music. Get a taste of The Little Army on their Bandcamp pageClick here to add this event to your Facebook calendar event.



COMING SOON


Monday, November 12, 2018

Introducing Super-Duper Saturday -- AND 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
  • NEW: 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.


NEW THIS YEAR ON BLACK FRIDAY, we are celebrating locally made unique, hand-made gifts on Black Friday. You'll find one-of-a-kind gifts crafted by Jen Monson (FB), Mandy Wagner (FB), and Chris Cinder (Insta).

NEW IN 2018: And be sure to check out Rolly's Graphic Novel Sets with Tote! It's a $90 deal of #1 collected editions for only $40. Select from DC, Marvel, or indie sets. Available while supplies last. Price may vary depending on the collection, but it'll still be a spectacular deal.

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.



COMING SOON


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.

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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 
COMEDY NIGHT -- 
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!

HOW TO REGISTER

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. 


HELP US PICK OUR NEXT... 
Hoodie? Beanie? Shot Glass?