A Perky Nerd’s First Fandom

My Wonder is a Marvel 

You know how I said Captain Marvel IS my Wonder Woman. Confession:  I’m a girl that didn’t grow up on Wonder Woman, so when the WW craze hit, I wasn’t THAT crazed. GASP! Of course, I was totally excited for this amazing movie with a kick ass lead and talented director. Definitely. But I never went around wishing I was Wonder Woman or watched her show.

I have made friends with some serious WW fans and while I was stoked about seeing a strong woman on the big screen, I was more excited for my friends to have their moment to see Wondy kick some ass, which I feel is how it will be when Captain Marvel comes out. While others may not be familiar with Captain Marvel, I’m ALL ABOUT HER. Everyone knows how psyched I am about Carol Danvers on the big screen. But before there was Carol Danvers, there was someone else. My first fandom, two actually. Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. That’s my jam right there, my strawberry jam. 😜

 

First Fandoms

I have been a fangirl of all sorts of things since I was little.  Michael Jackson, MTV, Mr. Rogers, metal lunchboxes,  all of them hold a special place in my fangirl heart. But Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite were the shizzle of my dizzle growing up. I had Strawberry Shortcake bedding, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, strawberry scented chapstick and lipgloss, strawberry pop tarts, strawberry ice cream, and my favorite dessert was actual strawberry shortcake. You’d think my favorite color was pink like Strawberry Shortcake, but I actually loved ALL the colors because Rainbow Brite was my other obsession.

Wear ALL the Things!

I wanted to BE Rainbow Brite! I had a rainbow toy box. I dressed in every color I could find, red shorts, colored tights, multi colored heart shirt, every color of sunglasses and bandana headband. Accessory queen! If you got it, flaunt it and ALL of it at once. I went through a phase where I wanted a side ponytail everyday and my mom HAD TO draw a purple heart on my cheek just like Rainbow Brite.

 

Any Excuse to Dress Up!

These fangirl moments all came rushing back when I saw there was a Strawberry Shortcake comic and a Strawberry Shortcake Funko POP! coming out when we first opened the shop. And yes yes yes,  it was even Strawberry scented, as it should be. So what did I do? Throw an 80’s art show at the shop so I could dress up like Strawberry Shortcake complete with her cat, Custard. A plush I stored in my rainbow toybox that was finally freed for the occasion. Since I’m normally a blonde, actually having red hair to be Strawberry Shortcake was the ultimate!!! In case you are wondering, I had already dressed up as Rainbow Brite years ago at our first of many Halloween parties. It was a no brainer. And Jesus showed up. So much coolness as I’m a big fan of his too!

FUNKO FLUNKO!

All of this Strawberry Shortcake Funko Pop excitement and I didn’t think to save one for myself. I sold all of them!!! How does that even happen?  It didn’t occur to me that I made an epic mistake in my fangirl collection, until Rainbow Brite’s POP came out  this summer complete with her sprite, Twink.  BTW I totally have Twink as a plush in my toybox too, my mom made it for me. Adorable tiny sidekicks are my favorite.

Then, shortly after the Rainbow Brite POP released, it was announced that she was going to have her own comic too!!! OMG first Strawberry now Rainbow!!! Both of my first favorite of all favorites were coming back into my life in a the form of something I already sell. Two worlds colliding.

 

I pulled a Monica!

Suddenly, panic ensued. I can’t have a Rainbow Brite POP & comic and not have a Strawberry Shortcake one! I tried to see if I could order one from Funko to restock the shop and it was too late. It was retired.

Cue the Monica Geller “NOOOOOOOOO!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPS & Comics Achievement Unlocked

Retired POPs usually rocket in price, I’m totally screwed. Somehow I found a Strawberry Shortcake POP!  online for under $20 and I ordered it immediately. Achievement unlocked! Chaos averted.  My childhood will live on with my two favorites, Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. Side by side in POP form and comic form. The tiny fangirl in me could be happy and my nerd must-have list got a little bit shorter.

 

Tell Me Yours!

It’s funny how just hearing the intro song to these two cartoons immediately transports me back. The joy of watching these powerful girls solve problems and always win against the bad guy… there’s something so comforting and inspiring about it. There’s something for everyone out there. These two just happen to be the gals that spoke to me. What’s your first fandom?

P.S.

Now that I think of it, when I was Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween, Jesus miraculously came back for one last hurrah! Ariel was there too, because you know how she is. She wants to be where the people are.

Be a Perky Nerd!

If you are a Rainbow Brite fan, don’t make the mistake I did.  Order Rainbow Brite POP here! And get psyched for the comic with 3 different covers too. All of them are equally rad.  Order issue #1 now!  Stay tuned for Perky Nerd blog posts, news, and events on our Facebook page. LIKE us and follow The Perky Nerd!

 

What we’re up to today…

9 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

New comic book day! Come get your fix for the week and some coffee to push you to the weekend. #ncbd #coldcaffiene

DC released Superman year one in big book format #startswithabangendswithabus

War of the Realms is starting to wrap up #theendisnear #fightingonallfronts

Image is pumping out lots of great reads #hitgirlhongkong

And don't forget about the Warlord of Mars Attacks! #wtfdidijustread

Sooo get here and talk to me about chips and dip, bring some too. #feedme - @t1garr @ The Perky Nerd
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2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Trip to the edge of the Galaxy, this time at night. Chewie came along for the ride, of course. Check out my ronto wrap and my new cantina friend's drinks! Definitely had a good time. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Jennifer I want a ronto wrap :}

3 times now? Damn, girl!

Chewie's gonna get bounced for violating their "no cosplay" rule. ;-)

3 days ago

The Perky Nerd

New game out this week and it turns out it's great for Father's Day. Get your OUTER RIM now at The Perky Nerd.

#outerrim #ffg #fathersday
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New game out this week and it turns out its great for Fathers Day. Get your OUTER RIM now at The Perky Nerd. 

#outerrim #ffg #fathersday

3 days ago

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Perfect way to keep track of time. Pick this up at The Perky Nerd.  @ The Perky NerdImage attachment

 

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I wish I knew about this Friday 😩, it would have been the perfect gift. I might have to get one though

3 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Happy Father's Day! This is one of my faves by @mauartist 😍❤️ really captures what it means to be a parent. Not all superheroes wear capes.

#happyfathersday #dads #superheroes
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Happy Fathers Day! This is one of my faves by @mauartist 😍❤️ really captures what it means to be a parent. Not all superheroes wear capes. 

#happyfathersday #dads #superheroes

4 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Woody's Roundup at The Perky Nerd. @stumptowncoffee will take you to infinity and beyond! Bring your BFF to our perky place today. ... See MoreSee Less

Woodys Roundup at The Perky Nerd. @stumptowncoffee will take you to infinity and beyond! Bring your BFF to our perky place today.

5 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Check meowt! It's the TIFF PICK of the week. @joelle_jones

#catwoman #dccomics
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Check meowt! Its the TIFF PICK of the week. @joelle_jones

#catwoman #dccomics

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

I love these confused faces. Doom Patrol was loved by some and confusing for most. Lots of doom, could use some more patrol. Also, soilent green is people. -The Perky B*tches ... See MoreSee Less

I love these confused faces. Doom Patrol was loved by some and confusing for most. Lots of doom, could use some more patrol. Also, soilent green is people. -The Perky B*tches

 

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The show on DC Universe is awesome!

Great choice! I loved that book. Now you gotta read the old Grant Morrison stuff. That stuff is really weird!

Love love loved the tv series!

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

What's your favorite smell? Gold of course. ... See MoreSee Less

Whats your favorite smell? Gold of course.

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Thorbowski. ... See MoreSee Less

Thorbowski.

6 days ago

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Coming soon. Could it be Christmas in July on the way? Which one is a must have? @ The Perky Nerd ... See MoreSee Less

 

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That works for me.😆 In the Philippines, they start blasting Christmas music in September😂

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Outer Rim is out today! We are playing it tonight at Thursday Night Game Night. Come on down starting at 7pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Outer Rim is out today! We are playing it tonight at Thursday Night Game Night. Come on down starting at 7pm.

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

New Comic Book Day! Brave the heat and geet some cool reads for sitting in the AC. #ncbd #toohottobeoutside

DC's Event Leviathan kicks off today! #timetochangetheDCuniverse

Marvel goes web cray cray with Spiders on six covers AND an Immortal HULK variant with armor suit spidey on it! #igotwebsinmyhead

Archie and Sabrina together forever... unless Timepolice Jughead gets his way, jk. #wishiwasarchie

Mistress of the Dark, Elvira plays with demons #morehornythanusual

Sooo, come in, grab a cold brew coffee, chill out, and of course bring me a chocolate shake! #feedthebeast

- @t1garr @ The Perky Nerd
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1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Spider-Man swung by yesterday, look who swooped in today.

#mysterio #funko #spiderman #tuesday
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Spider-Man swung by yesterday, look who swooped in today. 

#mysterio #funko #spiderman #tuesday

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Swing by The Perky Nerd for new SPIDER-MAN pops!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Swing by The Perky Nerd for new SPIDER-MAN pops!!!

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

In action. Captain Marvel 5k was so fun. ... See MoreSee Less

Here's some more fun highlights from our first @rundisney @captainmarvelofficial 5k with The Perky B*tches. Tank tops and menu design by @ren110 were a hit. This was such a blast we want to do one monthly. Thank you to everyone that came out and was part of our awesome fun @tonysdartsaway @tinhornflatsburbank @toneitupnutrition omg they all start with a T! And my name is Tiffany and I have been The Perky Nerd. Enjoy your Sunday Funday Runday. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

I love supporting local businesses and there was no better place for a Captain Marvel brunch but @tonysdartsaway they even collaborated with me on a special menu. Cheers to the finish line with our Photon Blasts! ... See MoreSee Less

I love supporting local businesses and there was no better place for a Captain Marvel brunch but @tonysdartsaway they even collaborated with me on a special menu. Cheers to the finish line with our Photon Blasts!

 

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Whoa!! That is SO cool!!

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Special thanks to a fellow woman owned company @toneitupnutrition that sent swag for my Perky B*tches on our #CAPTAINMARVEL @rundisney 5k. Thanks for making it extra special for us on our first of what sounds like monthly runs now. We had so much fun together. Looking forward to planning the Iron Man 5k in July if @robertdowneyjr wants in. These runs are open to everyone. #loveyou3000 @ The Perky Nerd ... See MoreSee Less

Special thanks to a fellow woman owned company @toneitupnutrition that sent swag for my Perky B*tches on our #CAPTAINMARVEL @rundisney 5k. Thanks for making it extra special for us on our first of what sounds like monthly runs now. We had so much fun together. Looking forward to planning the Iron Man 5k in July if @robertdowneyjr wants in. These runs are open to everyone. #loveyou3000  @ The Perky NerdImage attachment

 

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The bars were so yummy!😯🤤👏🏼

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Thanks @tinhornflatsburbank for letting us take a few pics where @brielarson was for @captainmarvelofficial on our Perky B*tches @rundisney 5k. How lucky are we to include an actual #CAPTAINMARVEL location on our Captain Marvel run. Gotta love Burbank! @ Tinhorn Flats ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks @tinhornflatsburbank for letting us take a few pics where @brielarson was for @captainmarvelofficial on our Perky B*tches @rundisney 5k. How lucky are we to include an actual #CAPTAINMARVEL  location on our Captain Marvel run. Gotta love Burbank!  @ Tinhorn FlatsImage attachment

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Got the flip side of the @captainmarvelofficial shot with my Perky B*tches on our first @rundisney 5k for #CAPTAINMARVEL thanks @tinhornflatsburbank for the photo op. If only @brielarson was there with us!!! So fun today! Bonus to include a movie location on our route. ... See MoreSee Less

Got the flip side of the @captainmarvelofficial shot with my Perky B*tches on our first @rundisney 5k for #CAPTAINMARVEL thanks @tinhornflatsburbank for the photo op. If only @brielarson was there with us!!! So fun today! Bonus to include a movie location on our route.

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

On our @rundisney #CAPTAINMARVEL 5k we stopped in for a photo op at a @captainmarvelofficial location @tinhornflatsburbank 🤘 we stood right where @brielarson @lashanalynch @samuelljackson were in the movie! So rad!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

On our @rundisney #CAPTAINMARVEL 5k we stopped in for a photo op at a @captainmarvelofficial location @tinhornflatsburbank 🤘 we stood right where @brielarson @lashanalynch @samuelljackson were in the movie! So rad!!!!

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Ready for a 5k. Let's do this Bitches! Captain Marvel 5k at 8:30am. See ya at The Perky Nerd starting line. ... See MoreSee Less

Ready for a 5k. Lets do this Bitches! Captain Marvel 5k at 8:30am. See ya at The Perky Nerd starting line.

 

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I’m so glad I ran into you guys! ❤️

Go Tiff!

Can you say "bitches" while wearing a turquoise cross? Asking for a friend...

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

The Edge of the Galaxy was pretty cool. Met up with Chewbacca and he met my Chewbacca. Had some of Oga's drinks. Outer Rim has the MOST alcohol and the least sugar if you are wondering. Piloted, gunned, and engineered the Falcon. All in all, it was a fun day exploring another galaxy. @ Future Location Of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ... See MoreSee Less

 

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The whole menu there is awesome!

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Ready to go to Galaxy's Edge Perky Nerd Style. ... See MoreSee Less

Ready to go to Galaxys Edge Perky Nerd Style.

 

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We were there a few days ago! Folks complimented me on my shirt at the Edge of the Galaxy!!! Love for The Perky Nerd is universal. Have a blast!!!

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

The Captain Marvel Run and Brunch is this Sunday. I'm psyched. Got my outfit all ready. Plus, a sweet Captain Marvel specials menu for @tonysdartsaway 😁 will you be joining us?

Btw the tank top and menu were both designed by Karen Bates, she's in the Perky B*tches!
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The Captain Marvel Run and Brunch is this Sunday. Im psyched. Got my outfit all ready. Plus, a sweet Captain Marvel specials menu for @tonysdartsaway 😁 will you be joining us?

Btw the tank top and menu were both designed by Karen Bates, shes in the Perky B*tches!

 

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Ahh omg I’m so excited!!! ♥️⭐️💙

Good luck everyone :D

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Try your luck at this week's TIFF PICK. Black Cat, yes please. Meow! @jtsstudios @jscottcampbellart ... See MoreSee Less

Try your luck at this weeks TIFF PICK.  Black Cat, yes please. Meow! @jtsstudios @jscottcampbellart

 

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Very cool cover

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

New ENDGAME CAPTAIN MARVEL Pop just in time for our Captain Marvel Run this Sunday morning! Who's running with us (me and the Perky B*tches!) @ The Perky Nerd ... See MoreSee Less

New ENDGAME CAPTAIN MARVEL Pop just in time for our Captain Marvel Run this Sunday morning! Whos running with us (me and the Perky B*tches!) @ The Perky NerdImage attachment

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Put a lid on it. Show your Perky Nerd love on your head! Get one today!

#theperkynerd #hathead #nerdfashion #sportynerd
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Put a lid on it. Show your Perky Nerd love on your head! Get one today! 

#theperkynerd #hathead #nerdfashion #sportynerd

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I've had the privilege to visit Normandy and see the names and final resting places of so many that sacrificed their lives. It is humbling indeed. Lest we forget. 6 June 1944. My comic version of a poppy.

📷 Alex

#dday #lestweforget @ The Perky Nerd
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Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Ive had the privilege to visit Normandy and see the names and final resting places of so many that sacrificed their lives. It is humbling indeed. Lest we forget. 6 June 1944. My comic version of a poppy. 

📷 Alex 

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