It's OK to be a comic newbie at The Perky Nerd – Los Angeles Times

For female fans of comics and coffee — and those who love them — Burbank got a whole lot perkier last week with the opening on Magnolia Boulevard of The Perky Nerd. Buoyed by a tweet from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Ming-Na Wen, and in-person sales of drawings by “Deadpool” movie-credits designer Justin Harder, the female-friendly new establishment drew crowds out the door … of all genders.

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The store, which serves bottled cold brews and coffee beans because selling hot coffee requires an entirely different set of permits, is the brainchild of Tiffany Melius, an actress who came to comic-book fandom when the Marvel movies prompted her to investigate what female characters existed beyond Black Widow and Catwoman.

She got hooked on Ms. Marvel (the Carol Danvers iteration, she stresses), but was intimidated by many of the comic stores out there, which often live up to the stereotypes seen on such TV shows as “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Simpsons.”

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