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Complete Guide to Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019

NOTE: This post will continually be updated until the day of the event. LAST UPDATED:  APRIL 27, MARCH 31, MARCH 7  On Saturday, May 4, ...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Karl Kerschel LIVE + Moonstruck + Paint Night

This week's events are upon us. It all starts tonight. 
















TUE | 6:00 PM | Apr. 9, 2019

Karl Kerschel Interview
INTER -VIEWS Series

We're beyond excited to interview Karl Kerschl of famed comics, Gotham Academy and ISOLA and The Abominable Charles Christopher. (Add to FB calendar)

As a pro artist for more than 20 years, he's worked for all the big comic houses, Neflix, and more. Including our Vaulty Award, he's won the Eisner and the Joe Shuster.



THU | 6:30 PM | Apr. 11, 2019

Graphic Novel Discussion: Moonstruck

Join our discussion of Moonstruck! All are invited. No fee. This is the first chapter of the brand-new, all-ages, magical, coffee-laden adventure from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE. (Add to FB calendar)




FRI | 6:30 PM | Apr. 12, 2019

Happy Paint Night at Empire's Comics Vault

Paint this super-cute chick in the rain and take home your first (or second, or fitth...) masterpiece. All tools and instruction provided. Class fills up, so sign up online today. $40. Class limited to 15 participants. (Add to FB calendar)




COMING SOON

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Oh, hey. What's up? I'm a superhero. - Shazam! (and Dylan) LOL

Here it comes. We're one month closer to Free Comic Book Day Festival. But before then, we have some fun headed your way. Read all about it below.




April 2019
Artists of Free Comic Book Day

All month long the Art Gallery at Empire's Comics Vault will feature works of art by exhibitors you'll be able to meet at FCBD Festival in May! (Add to FB calendar)




TUE | 6:00 PM | Apr. 2, 2019
Ken Garing--Online Interview
 
Join us to chitchat with comics creator Ken Garing. He writes and draws and creates worlds of wonder, namely the acclaimed comic book series PLANETOID (2012) and PLANETOID: PRAXIS (2017) published by Image Comics. His latest creator-owned project is the ongoing fantasy series GOGOR. He has also created comics for IDW and DC.  (Add to FB calendar)




THU | 7:00 PM | Apr. 4, 2019
Shazam! Movie Crew

The Movie Crew is on the movie and we're all off to see Shazam! Go ahead. We know you want to shout it. :D (Add to FB calendar)





SAT | 9:00 AM | May 4, 2019
FCBD Festival 2019

Don't miss it. Best day of the year. Learn all about Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019 in this year's Complete Guide to FCBD Festival 2019. (Add to FB calendar)



COMING SOON

Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Map for Free Comic Book Day Festival

We're taking over the parking lot for all of our Free Comic Book Day Festival activities. Read all about the event on our Complete Guide to Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019. AND here's the map to help you figure out parking


Plus, this year, we're planning to have our exhibitors out-of-doors! It's going to be an amazing comic book festival. Coming soon, we'll post complete festival details. 


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Let's talk with The Baboon's Creator Jamie Jones

Nothing but fun waiting for you this week! Here's the lineup.



SUN | 12:00 PM | Mar. 10, 2019
Heroes Fan Experience Ticket Sales

Get your tickets for the Hardly Heroes Fan Experience for the Avengers: Endgame movie--and make sure you don’t miss out on in-theater festivities! With Hardly Heroes you'll even get your seats before the general public! The two movie events will be April 25 at 6pm and April 27 at 10:30am. (Add to FB calendar)



TUE | 6:00 PM | Mar. 12, 2019
Jamie Jones Interview--LIVE Online

Jamie Jones is a comics creator with an exciting new, all-ages, project in the works, called "The Baboon." We're excited to talk to him about this new project. Find the campaign on Kickstarter. (Add to FB calendar)




THU | 6:30 PM | Mar. 14, 2019
Graphic Novel Discussion: DeptH

From master storyteller Matt Kindt comes a tale of underwater intrigue. Let's talk about it. (Add to FB calendar)





FRI | 7:00 PM | Mar. 15, 2019
Movie Night at Empire's Comics Vault

We have another classic movie headed your way and more popcorn too. Come out for a good time. We have couches. (Add to FB calendar)






SAT | 11:00 AM | Mar. 16, 2019
Sac BrickBuilders Meetup

It's been a little while since our last movie crew--and now it's time! Marvelous things are in store. Hope we'll see you there. (Add to FB calendar)






SAT | 2:00 PM | Mar. 16, 2019
Card Game BETA-Play! 

In Alchemental, there can be only one Keeper of the Celestial Sphere. Do you have what it takes to forge the Philosopher's Stone and take the Celestial Throne? Whoever forges the Philosopher's Stone first WINS! (Add to FB calendar) This new game comes from the mind of talented artist, writer, professor, art historian Kristine Balog!




SUN | 1:00 PM | Mar. 17, 2019
Carrie Alskar Art Reception


Come out and meet the artist behind the art! Illustrator/painter Carrie Alskar brings amazing creations to life. Carrie is our artist of the month for March. (Add to FB calendar)




COMING SOON

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

ISOLA Colorist Michele Assarasakorn

It's already a banner year for us! We interviewed ISOLA writer Brenden Fletcher, and now we're going to interview ISOLA colorist Michele Assarasakorn! All that and more... 





TUE | 6:00 PM | Feb. 26, 2019
Online Interview: Michele Assarasakorn

Ben talks with illustrator and colourist Michele Assarasakorn. Michele is the master colourist on one of our favorite books, Isola. And we are hyped about talking with her. The LIVE interview will take place on Empire's YouTube Channel. (Add to FB calendar)



WED | 6:00 PM | Feb. 27, 2019
Cosplay Model Sketch

We're bringing in cosplay model Myke Soler for this months sketch. $10 at the door. The model thanks you in advance. (Add to FB calendar)


 

MARCH
Artist of the Month:
Carrie Alskar

All month long come in to enjoy the gorgeous art of Carrie Alskar. Works are on sale. (Add to FB calendar)


COMING SOON

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Let's talk about Wet Moon

This week we'll discuss Sophie Campbell's Wet Moon graphic novel. Also, join us offsite for board games and craft beer. Details below.


TUE | 7:00 PM | Feb. 19, 2019
Game Night

It's the 3rd Tuesday of the month--and you know what that means! Craft beer and tabletop games. Empire's Comics Vault takes the show on the road to host a night of fun. Children welcome until 8 p.m. No entry fee & no registration needed!  (Add to FB calendar)




THU | 6:30 PM | Feb. 21, 2019
Graphic Novel Discussion

An unusually usual day-to-day story in the Deep South, set in the gothic, swampy southern town of Wet Moon, a place fraught with lousy love lives, teen angst, and shadowy locals. As Cleo Lovedrop heads off for college at the local art school, she's haunted by her melancholic past: a lost love, a lost child. (Add to FB calendar)




SAT | 7:00 PM | Feb. 23, 2019
Sacramento Roller Derby Home Season Opener

Join us at The Rink for a doubleheader featuring two roller derby bouts. First, the B team, Bruin Trouble, will face Sonoma, followed by the A team, Capital Maulstars, taking on Santa Cruz. Plus, there will be a bar, merchandise, and raffle prizes. Tickets available in the shop. (Add to FB calendar)



COMING SOON

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Complete Guide to Free Comic Book Day Festival 2019

NOTE: This post will continually be updated until the day of the event.
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 27, MARCH 31, MARCH 7 

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 we’re throwing a party to celebrate comic books and the Sacramento creative and geek community—and you’re invited!

Our official event hashtags are:
#empirescomics
#fcbdfest19

Not only that, but we’re giving away 20,000 free comic books. The event includes:

2019 Free Comic Book Day Festival

DATE: May 4, 2019
(Add this event to your FB calendar)
Doors open at:
  • 8 a.m. for Savings Club Members
  • 9 a.m. for new guests


STOREWIDE SALE

  • 25% OFF Graphic novels, collected editions, toys, hot sauce, variant wall (variants and back issues on the wall), and variants in the boxes behind the counter. 
  • NOTE: art on the art wall is not on sale, but is available as priced. 
Back issues
(not including back issues on the Variant Wall) 
  • IF PRICE is $15.01+ = SALE is 75% OFF 
  • PRICE $1-5 = ON SALE FOR .50c 
  • PRICE $5.01-10 = ON SALE FOR $1 
  • PRICE $10.01-15 = ON SALE FOR $2 

FCBD FESTIVAL FEATURES AND GUESTS

Here's a list of *confirmed* guests for this year's festival. MORE TO COME!

Food
  • Wandering Boba - our festival favorite returns! 
  • Good Jo Coffee - this mobile coffee trailer brings great coffee to you! And by good coffee, we mean organic, locally roasted, fair trade coffee.

Artists and Writers


Nick Dragotta, Artist, Co-Creator, East of West
Justin Greenwood, Artist, The Last Seige, Stumptown,
and others
  • Justin Greenwood - Illustrator extraordinaire best known for his work on comic book series like The Last Siege, The Fuse, Stumptown, and Wasteland.
  • Jared Konopitski - His works have been exhibited or featured across the country and around the world, but he calls Sacramento home.
  • Melissa Pagluica - Her art will transport you above the clouds and delight your soul.
  • Julie Okahara - Her art makes us squeal with delight!
  • Jen Monson - Whimsy, fascination, and geekery. We’ve never seen anyone traverse diverse media as adeptly as Jen.
  • *NEW* Exhibitors just added (below)!
  • Kyrun Silva, Taurus Comics - Comic book creator, writer, and artist bring comic books to life in the real world. 
  • Ghost Thunder Collective with David Andry, Hannah Moore, Christopher Alvarez - A joint project. Arts. Comics. Crafts.
  • Dan Bethel - A simultaneous comicker/English professor/podcaster doing his best to not screw up. Comic book creator of Long John. Half of the mastermind team behind one of Sacramento's best kept secret podcasts, For All Intents And Purposes.
  • Kristine Balog - Author of Caravaggio Of Oil and Blood. Comic book creator (writer and artist) of Caravaggio's Darkness.
  • Rachel Strum - Owner of Citrus Atelier, local wand-maker Rachel Strum handcrafts fantasy wands and whimsical gifts. 
  • Lee Nordling - Graphic novel and comics innovator.
  • Mach Yeager - Art director, graphic designer and creative consultant in Game & Graphic Design, Illustration, and Animation Production.
  • *NEW* Exhibitor added 3/31/2019!
  • Crystaline Owen - Painter. Owner of Hiraeth Studios
  • Amanda Wagner - Jewelry Maker. Best geek jewelry you'll come across. Easily top 10.
  • Heather Merrifield - Action Photographer, Photo Manipulator, and Graphic artist.
  • L Merrifield - Artist. Elizabeth experiments 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.
  • Chris Cinder - Artist, Painter, Sculptor. Creator of Hakobots. Painter of painty things.
  • Ramon Villalobos - Artist for Marvel and DC Comics. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Movie night with Sacramento Roller Derby

It's a wonderful week to be a comic shop. Here's what's happening this week.


FRI | 7:00 PM | Feb. 15, 2019
Movie Night

Join us to watch The Producers. Plus, trivia, candy, popcorn, and the Sacramento Roller Derby's athletes! Plus, a special deal on tickets to their February 23rd opening bout. Need we say more? (Add to FB calendar)




SAT | 11:00 AM | Feb. 16, 2019
Sac Brick Builders Meetup

Join us for the Jan meeting of Sac BB!  This month's theme is "Favorites"! Bring your favorite build or anything else that's your "favorite" and LEGO-related! (Add to FB calendar)




SAT | 5:00 PM | Feb. 16, 2019
Julie Okahara Art Reception

Join us for a meet and greet with artist Julie Okahara. (Add to FB calendar)




TUE | 6:00 PM | Feb. 19, 2019
Empire's Comics' Game Night

On February 19, we'll meet up at SacTown Brewery for an evening of friendly competition, childhood giddiness and great craft beer! Hosted by Empire's Comics Vault, it's Board Game Night! Feel free to bring your own game or to use one that's already there.

Children welcome until 8 p.m. No entry fee & no registration needed. (Add to FB calendar)



COMING SOON


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thoughts on Matt Durand's The Dark Gun

Written by Matt Durand; Art by Taylan Kurtulus

Matt Durand's The Dark Gun will haunt you and inundate your mind with questions about violence and how it’s passed through generations, or if it’s something that is passed on. And they’re good questions.

Taylan Kurtulus' art feels bleak, no doubt by intention. We don't recall experiencing his art anywhere else, but we can tell you it works in this title. It’s a dark book, colored darkly, and full of shadows. It may even leave you with a sickly feeling.

A mind full of questions, a sickly feeling—and perhaps that was it’s intention. As much as we hope there’s a second issue, we hope there is isn’t.

Read this comic at your own risk. It just might leave you with a hole in the heart.

But in case you're wondering...
There is a second issue.

You can help bring the 2nd issue to life by taking action to support to the Kickstarter campaign. It only has a relatively few days to make its funding goal.



Monday, February 4, 2019

Hanging Out with Writer Brenden Fletcher

We got what you want this week -- and every week. But let's focus for a moment, haha. Tuesday night, we're interviewing comics and animation writer Brenden Fletcher -- and you can join LIVE! Friday we'll learn to paint and take home our very own masterpiece. And all month long, Julie Okahara! Need we say more?



TUE | 6:00 PM | Feb. 05, 2019
Online Interview: Brenden Fletcher

Sit in as we talk to comics and animation writer Brenden Fletcher, the writing-mind behind Isola, Motor Crush, Batgirl of Burnside, and more. The LIVE interview will take place on Empire's YouTube Channel(Add to FB calendar)



FRI | 6:30 PM | Feb. 08, 2019
Happy Paint Night

In one session we'll sit down and paint koi. It'll be ready to take home and frame. Everything you need will be supplied, including instruction. $40. 10 seats available. Sign up online today(Add to FB calendar)




FEBRUARY
Artist of the Month: Julie Okahara

All month long come in to enjoy the pure imagination of artist Julie Okahara. Works are on sale. (Add to FB calendar)


COMING SOON

Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy National Hot Sauce Week

This week: game night, movie night, and a weekend full of hot sauce and LEGO. 



TUE | 6:00 PM | Jan. 15, 2019
Empire's Comics' Game Night

Join us tomorrow at SacTown Brewery for an evening of friendly competition, childhood giddiness and great craft beer! Hosted by Empire's Comics Vault, it's Board Game Night! Come one or come all for an evening of games ranging from Cards Against Humanity to Munchkin. If you have a rad game at home, feel free to bring it with you and share!

Children welcome until 8 p.m. No entry fee & no registration needed. (Add to FB calendar)




FRI | 7:00 PM | Jan. 18, 2019
Movie Night

Trivia, candy, popcorn, and the Blues Brothers! Need we say more? (Add to FB calendar)




 
SAT | 11:00 PM | Jan. 19, 2019
Happy National Hot Sauce Day

Ok, sure, we're a few days early. National Hot Sauce Day is January 22, but we are doing something special beforehand so that you're ready! Buy any 1 hot sauce and get another of equal or lesser value FREE! It is that simple. One day only! (Add to FB calendar)



SAT | 11:00 AM | Jan. 19, 2019
Sac Brick Builders Meetup

Join us for the Jan meeting of Sac BB!  This month's theme is "Favorites"! Bring your favorite build or anything else that's your "favorite" and LEGO-related! (Add to FB calendar)


COMING SOON


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Let's go 2019! This week's events

We're back in action, bringing you all the things you love and more -- comics, cosplay sketching, movie nights, and more.

Here's what's going on this week!



THU | 6:30 PM | Jan. 10, 2019
Comics Discussion: Isola

An evil spell has been cast on the Queen of Maar, and her Captain of the Guard will do anything to reverse it. Their only hope lies on an island half a world away-a place known in myth as Isola, land of the dead. Collects ISOLA #1-5. (Add to FB calendar)

Gotham Academy creators BRENDEN FLETCHER and KARL KERSCHL reunite with series colorist MSASSYK and letterer ADITYA BIDIKAR for a breathtaking fantasy adventure two decades in the making.

Recommended for fans of Studio Ghibli and the work of Hayao Miyazaki.



FRI | 6:30 PM | Jan. 11, 2019
Happy Paint Evening

We provide everything you need, including instruction, to paint the scene pictured here. Cost is $40. Participation limited to 12. Sign up online. (Add to FB calendar)




SAT | 7:00 PM | Jan. 12, 2019
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 page. (Add to FB calendar)



TUE | 6:00 PM | Jan. 15, 2019
Empire's Comics' Game Night

AT SacTown Brewery! Every third Tuesday, enjoy an evening of friendly competition, childhood giddiness and great craft beer! Hosted by Empire's Comics Vault, it's Board Game Night! Come one or come all for an evening of games ranging from Cards Against Humanity to Munchkin. If you have a rad game at home, feel free to bring it with you and share!

Children welcome until 8 p.m. No entry fee & no registration needed. (Add to FB calendar)


COMING SOON