When Jill Taplin opened Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique in Fremont, she was on a mission to make comics more inclusive. Featuring a large selection of adult and children’s titles from local, minority, LGBTQ and female authors, the store has an inviting, family-friendly atmosphere.
If your child is new to comics, Taplin and her team are dedicated to learning about their interests and helping them select stories that speak to their personality. For the crafty kid, Outsider sells unique merchandise, including a Beauty and the Beast origami kit, Star Wars felt and how-to-draw superhero instruction books. If you’re a board-game family, pick up Family Quiz, an eclectic trivia game for kids 10 and over, or a video-game-themed 1,000-piece puzzle.
Taplin hosts teen Dungeons & Dragons-themed game nights and Outsider young adult book clubs in the store’s special event space. Parents with geeky tastes will find the fashion section of the store particularly enticing. The store’s collection of sweaters and dresses feature subtle “everyday cosplay” designs so you can express your fandom without standing out at a PTA meeting.