A Perky Nerd’s First Fandom

My Wonder is a Marvelย 

You know how I said Captain Marvel IS my Wonder Woman. Confession:ย  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. ๐Ÿ˜œ

 

First Fandoms

I have been a fangirl of all sorts of things since I was little.ย  Michael Jackson, MTV, Mr. Rogers, metal lunchboxes,ย  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,ย  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?ย  It didn’t occur to me that I made an epic mistake in my fangirl collection, until Rainbow Brite’s POP came outย  this summer complete with her sprite, Twink.ย  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!ย  online for under $20 and I ordered it immediately. Achievement unlocked! Chaos averted.ย  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.ย  Order Rainbow Brite POP here! And get psyched for the comic with 3 different covers too. All of them are equally rad.ย  Order issue #1 now!ย  Stay tuned for Perky Nerd blog posts, news, and events on our Facebook page.ย LIKE us and follow The Perky Nerd!

 

What we’re up to today…

11 hours ago

The Perky Nerd

Game of Thrones Pop Up Shop tomorrow!!! Join us and @jungleboyproductions for awesome #GoT merch!

#gameofthrones #popupshop #burbank #saturday #winterishere @ The Perky Nerd
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Game of Thrones Pop Up Shop tomorrow!!! Join us and @jungleboyproductions for awesome #GoT merch! 

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1 day ago

The Perky Nerd

Your Captain Marvel Thursday trio! Sport the Carol Danvers colors at End Game. One week!

#endgame #avengers #captainmarvel
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Your Captain Marvel Thursday trio! Sport the Carol Danvers colors at End Game. One week! 

#endgame #avengers #captainmarvel

 

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Want that hat!

2 days ago

The Perky Nerd

This Saturday join us for a Game of Thrones Pop Up shop with @jungleboyproductions gear up for winter and episode 2 at The Perky Nerd! ... See MoreSee Less

This Saturday join us for a Game of Thrones Pop Up shop with @jungleboyproductions gear up for winter and episode 2 at The Perky Nerd!

3 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Sooo, it's Wednesday and you know what that means! #ncbd ...and enter the monthly raffle by picking up your pull list today!

War of the Realms spreads out into Punisher and Thor and War Scrolls after smashing into Squirrel Girl last week #icegiantsaredicks
...but don't miss out on Spider-Man living through the 70s

Naomi gets a whole dosage of back story this week and I quite possibly have a new favorite Thanagarian #canisitinyourship

Little Bird is beginning to get the Axe, but that's a good thing #dontmesswithcanadianlumberjacks

Blossoms 666 puts crosshairs on Betty #dontyoutouchmysweetbetty

Have you read The Wicked + the Divine? Because you should and we have books on books on books! #notonlyThanoshasSnaps

Come down, get some reads, bring me pizza, and let's talk GOT

- @t1garr @ The Perky Nerd
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3 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Very excited to have @jungleboyproductions GAME OF THRONES pop up this Saturday. Winter is here! Are you ready? ... See MoreSee Less

Very excited to have @jungleboyproductions GAME OF THRONES pop up this Saturday. Winter is here! Are you ready?

4 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Spider Gwen. Spider Gwen. Does whatever a Spider Gwen can.

This is great for the Easter basket. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿงบ
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Spider Gwen. Spider Gwen. Does whatever a Spider Gwen can. 

This is great for the Easter basket. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿงบ

5 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Everyone is all omg Game of Thrones, and I'm over here like LOOK AT MY NEW UNICORN by @tentacle_kitty ! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฑ Right @magicalmistylee perfect for @unicornweds Also, a reminder our 3rd annual MerMay Art Show is coming up May 11th!

#tentaclekitty #unicorns #mermay #sunday #got #mermaids #cats #everything
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Everyone is all omg Game of Thrones, and Im over here like LOOK AT MY NEW UNICORN by @tentacle_kitty !  ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฑ Right @magicalmistylee perfect for @unicornweds  Also, a reminder our 3rd annual MerMay Art Show is coming up May 11th! 

#tentaclekitty #unicorns #mermay #sunday #got #mermaids #cats #everything

5 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Who needs Easter basket fillers???? May I present you, mystery tentacle kitties!!!! All new colors and expressions. You won't be disappointed. Happy hopping!

#tentaclekitty #mystery #easter
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Who needs Easter basket fillers???? May I present you, mystery tentacle kitties!!!! All new colors and expressions. You wont be disappointed. Happy hopping! 

#tentaclekitty #mystery #easter

6 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Even though I'm not at @starwarscelebration my sister of the force is, Kelly Brinker! @brinkerkelly is attending the Sisters of the Force panel OMG I can't believe @amy_geek and @heruniverse just mentioned The Perky Nerd!!!!! Thank you Kelly for capturing this epic moment.

#sohappy
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Even though Im not at @starwarscelebration my sister of the force is, Kelly Brinker! @brinkerkelly is attending the Sisters of the Force panel OMG I cant believe @amy_geek and @heruniverse just mentioned The Perky Nerd!!!!! Thank you Kelly for capturing this epic moment. 

 #sohappy

7 days ago

The Perky Nerd

Color your world royal with this new Thomas Kinkade coloring book. Look at this stuff isn't it neat?

#littlemermaid #coloring #princess #disney #ariel #books #disneyprincess #thomaskinkade #new #saturday
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Color your world royal with this new Thomas Kinkade coloring book. Look at this stuff isnt it neat?

#littlemermaid #coloring #princess #disney #ariel #books #disneyprincess #thomaskinkade #new #saturday

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Not only do we have our weekly Sunday CHAINBOUND Keyforge series but we also have a sealed deck play for the mat thing going tomorrow. So jump on that!

#keyforge #ffg #games #tabletop
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Not only do we have our weekly Sunday CHAINBOUND Keyforge series but we also have a sealed deck play for the mat thing going tomorrow. So jump on that! 

#keyforge #ffg #games #tabletop

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

All the hype on Star Wars....I gotta get in on that! New art by @rebelpostersart

#starwars #celebration #new #burbank #theperkynerd
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All the hype on Star Wars....I gotta get in on that! New art by @rebelpostersart 

#starwars #celebration #new #burbank #theperkynerd

 

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Love the Ahsoka!

SO CUTE

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Winter is almost upon us. Who needs #gameofthrones swag for their parties?

#got #funko #funkopop
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Winter is almost upon us. Who needs #gameofthrones swag for their parties?

#got #funko #funkopop

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Get this duo now! New today at The Perky Nerd.

#toystory #Funko #woody #bullseye
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Get this duo now! New today at The Perky Nerd. 

#toystory #Funko #woody #bullseye

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

All four Golden Girls in PEZ form. Perfect for the Easter basket or to say....thank you for being a friend.

#goldengirl #pez #funko
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All four Golden Girls in PEZ form. Perfect for the Easter basket or to say....thank you for being a friend. 

#goldengirl #pez #funko

 

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Philip McBride

AAAAHH!!!

1 week ago

The Perky Nerd

Wednesday wednesday wdensedya! Come get some rad new comics and tell me your Wondercon tales #ncbd

Sticky things in Symbiote Spiderman AND Cult of Carnage #darkthingsthiswaycome

DCs got Bats, a Cat, a Hawk and and finally taking a heroic stance Gleek! #bluemonkeyblues

Gender swapped, post War of the Ring, Magnum PI?! FairLady and its worth a read #butwherestheferrari

Lots of great stuff and don't forget to pick up your pull lists for entry into the monthly raffle. As always #bringmebeeftacos

- @t1garr @ The Perky Nerd
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My pick is War of the Realms 'Journey Into Mystery' but make sure I have a copy saved up first. :-)

Leia!!!

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

A salute to Tuesdays. New art showcasing badass ladies. @artofalabbazia

#captainmarvel
#agentcarter
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A salute to Tuesdays. New art showcasing badass ladies. @artofalabbazia

#captainmarvel 
#agentcarter

 

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<3 Captain Peggy! Jennifer

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Monday Deadpool style amiright? ... See MoreSee Less

Monday Deadpool style amiright?

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Oh Captain my Captain @brielarson with that subtle Disney style. What are those??!! High five indeed. Show your fangirl side with our new print by @rebelpostersart swipe to see the goods.

#captainmarvel #disneystyle #theperkynerd @ The Perky Nerd
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Oh Captain my Captain @brielarson with that subtle Disney style. What are those??!! High five indeed. Show your fangirl side with our new print by @rebelpostersart swipe to see the goods. 

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2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ @rebelpostersart

#captainmarvel
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๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ @rebelpostersart

#captainmarvel

 

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DO you do mail order?

Love it! Do you still have any in stock?

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

You've got a friend in The Perky Nerd. ... See MoreSee Less

Youve got a friend in The Perky Nerd.

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Goose!!! In print and sticker form. Come check out the flerken art by @rebelpostersart @ The Perky Nerd ... See MoreSee Less

Goose!!! In print and sticker form. Come check out the flerken art by @rebelpostersart  @ The Perky NerdImage attachment

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Join the Rebellion! New art by @rebelpostersart come see all the galactic print! ... See MoreSee Less

Join the Rebellion! New art by @rebelpostersart come see all the galactic print!

 

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Its nice, but Brian Miller / Oktopolis does it best. ://oktopolis.com

Oohh

That would look great in the painting room, right next to my pic of Krennic with a masking tape caption that says "i just wanna not suck at my job"

Steven Caudillo for my star Wars room...

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

April starts with a klick! The Perky B*tches devoured The Wicked and The Divine with much discussion of mythology and gods. Thanos isn't the only one making things snappy.

#perkybitches #comicbookclubforladies #thewickedandthedivine @ The Perky Nerd
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April starts with a klick! The Perky B*tches devoured The Wicked and The Divine with much discussion of mythology and gods. Thanos isnt the only one making things snappy. 

#perkybitches #comicbookclubforladies #thewickedandthedivine  @ The Perky NerdImage attachment

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

New Comic Book day and lots of good things to take home #ncbd

Marvel, you got me good with this week's releases. Deadpool and HULK in sooo many titles #12of17aremyregularpicks #waroftherealms
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DC breathes new life into my childhood with Adam Strange rocketing into my Lantern series #gottafindmyownAlanna
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And let's go ahead and jump into Rocko's Modern AFTER-Life #thingsarecrazydownunder

Sooo come get a new comic or ten, pick up your pull list for a chance at the monthly raffle, and as always... bring me a taco. #takemebacktowondercon
- @t1garr
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I want my Pick of the Week to be Rocko!

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Tuesday evening comic catch up. He's just casual. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday evening comic catch up. Hes just casual.

 

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did he get a hair cut??

I miss my buddy. โค๏ธ

2 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

Beware! Something ALIEN has arrived.

#xenomorph #alien #funko
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Beware! Something ALIEN has arrived. 

#xenomorph #alien #funko

 

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Oh can you put one aside I’ll pickup at the next bro meeting

Melinda-Catherine, OMG.

3 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

It's finally here!!!!

#captainmarvel #collectorcorps #funko
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Its finally here!!!! 

#captainmarvel #collectorcorps #funko

 

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It’s the best one!!

Got mine too. They're getting better!!! #Goose

What's in it?

What’s in it?

3 weeks ago

The Perky Nerd

All the Carol's. So many Carol's, I only got 3! Everyone was definitely killin it Carol Corps style. Higher, Further, Faster, Baby!

Also, I don't have a problem with smiling. In fact, I probably need to smile a tad less. #thisonegoesto11

#captainmarvel
#caroldanvers
#carolcorps #goose #wondercon @ Wondercon
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All the Carols. So many Carols, I only got 3! Everyone was definitely killin it Carol Corps style. Higher, Further, Faster, Baby!
 
Also, I dont have a problem with smiling. In fact, I probably need to smile a tad less. #thisonegoesto11

#captainmarvel
#caroldanvers
#carolcorps #goose #wondercon  @ WonderconImage attachmentImage attachment
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