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Creative Women Mini-Con

The first-ever Creative Women Mini-Con is coming to town on Saturday, August 10—which means that now you can be a part of history.

The lowdown: 12 artists from the greater Sacramento area are scheduled to spend the day talking shop and showing off their wares at Empire's Comics Vault. If you love comic books and the art of illustration, this is a chance to rub elbows with some local greats.

Shop owner Ben Schwartz says he's hosting this femalecentric convention in order to spotlight women in the comic and illustration trade.

“There are a lot of comic readers who are women, but on the other side, as far as creativity goes, there aren't a whole lot of women [artists] out there,” said Schwartz. “I thought it would be nice to bring attention to some … who are doing something to become part of the industry.”

Artists scheduled to appear include Sarah Straub (whose work is pictured above), Kelsey Suan, Melissa McCommon and Minnie Saucedo.

In addition to displaying artwork, each Mini-Con artist will take part in a meet-and-greet session during which they'll answer questions and even sketch out ideas. They'll also offer tips and advice to others trying to break into the industry.

Mini-Con attendees may also purchase drawings, books and other merchandise during the event. A charity auction will also be held.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is no charge to attend. 1120 Fulton Avenue, Suite K; (916) 482-8779;