Tiffany Anne Price might be an Arizona native, but she’s fully embraced the LA life, driving a sports car, performing a Hollywood Fringe-fest one-woman show, and running her own comic emporium, The Perky Nerd.
PCMag was at the Burbank-based store when actor/writer/director Paul Feig did an on-stage chat with Price and a book signing for Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call, a comic for which Feig penned the intro.
“My husband, Jason Melius, is an assistant director, and had worked with [Feig] on Bridesmaids, as a DGA trainee, and I’d met Paul then,” Price told PCMag. “But it was through social media that we really connected later. I’d opened up my social media channels to get buzz going, so people got super hyped up and I couldn’t believe it when Paul Feig tweeted: ‘Hey, I live in Burbank, tweet me when you open!’ So I did, and at our grand opening, suddenly in walks Paul Feig in a sharp suit.”
Presiding over a comic store means Price often indulges in nerd matchmaking. When comic book illustrator Erik Burnham did a signing at the first Free Comic Book Day event, Feig wanted to attend, but was out of town, so he sent boxes of Twinkies for everyone to enjoy. Burnham had just started work on Ghostbusters 101 and mentioned to Price that he’d love Feig to write the foreword.
“I did a joint email introduction to them both, and Paul said yes. Then, a few months later, Paul tweeted: ‘What about doing a panel when it comes out?’ and here we are!”
At the recent event, Robin Shelby, the voice of Slimer in Ghostbusters 2 (and Lady Slimer in Feig’s most recent take on the franchise), was in the front row, while fans in various states of dress-up, bombarded Feig with good-humored questions:
“Will there will EVER be a sequel to Freaks and Geeks?” his late 90s TV series, someone asked.
“I have an ambition to do it as a Broadway musical,” Feig dead-panned.
When asked what other movie franchises, following on from Ghostbusters (2016), he’d like to get his directorial chops on, he said: “Logan’s Run is desperate for a reboot.” And he confessed to getting choked up, whenever he spots ECTO-1 on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.
It was just another cool weekend’s event at The Perky Nerd, for Price, in the kind of store she had always dreamed of creating.
“When I set up The Perky Nerd in April 2016,” she told PCMag, “I wanted it to be an evolution of the standard comic shop, taking inspiration from other places like Isotope (San Francisco) and Diable Blanc in Paris. I saw it as a space where folks could come in and buy books, collectibles, check out fan art and cosplay, then grab a cup of joe, and chat about the latest MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movie or geek out with like-minded others on last night’s episode of their favorite show.”
To encourage after-hours participation, Price holds special panels and signings, like the Feig event, as well as regular themed evenings such as THE PERKY B*TCHES (for XX chromosomes), Reading RainBros (for dudes) and X-wing Gamers (everyone welcome, as long as you possess an arcane knowledge of Star Wars trivia, or are eager to learn).
With its close proximity to the Hollywood studios (Disney and Dreamworks are nearby), The Perky Nerd champions established and up-and-coming illustrators and writers, hosting regular comic book shows. If you’re heading to Anaheim for WonderCon, swing by Burbank on the way back. It’s way more mellow to fly out of the local airport than do mad dash through LAX, and The Perky Nerd will be having a special event on Sunday, March 25, unboxing the latest Star Wars: Legion. Cosplay most definitely encouraged.