So I have been checking out the local shops in the Studio City area and have found two solid gems.
The first is Comicsmash on Ventura Blvd. I met, who I believe is the owner, Michael and had a great conversation about comics with him. He was super enthusiastic and gave me some great suggestions. Overall the place felt nice and awesome and I was pumped to of found it. It was only later that I realized I had seen Comicsmash before. It is the location in the 2010 film Super in which Rain Wilson buys his comics and meets Ellen Page. It was cool figuring that out after the fact and neat to find a film location by pure accident. Super trailer here.
The other spot I found in Burbank was Blast From the Past. If anyone from Pittsburgh is reading this, its pretty much a nicer, bigger and cleaner version of the Groovy store on the Southside. Also an added bonus, its more "opener" than the Groovy store. Basically, it wins cause it still exists. I met the owner Larry and talked to him about the area of the trade. Lots of comics here but mostly toys and film merchandise. Busts, collectors items and even a big huge Gozer's beast mask (circa Ghostbusters) on the wall as soon as you walk in.