BY Ryan Bergeron
PUB The Philadelphia Tribune [/two_fifth][three_fifth_last padding=”0 0px 0 10px”]
Ariell Johnson checks out a customer at the cash register as patrons browse her store’s collection of comic books. The 33-year-old is the owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia. You might say Johnson is a superhero herself.
“The first character that really got me excited about comics was Storm of the X-Men. A lot of that had to do with the fact that she was the first Black woman I had ever seen [in comics],” says Johnson.
“Seeing her I felt like I could be a part of that world.”
A lifelong “fan girl” of all things “geek, supernatural and superhero,” Ariell says she first had the idea to open her own shop in 2003.[/three_fifth_last]
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA[/two_fifth][three_fifth_last padding=”0 0px 0 10px”]Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse is a celebration of geek culture. A place for comic book fans, hardcore gamers, movie addicts, television connoisseurs, and zombie apocalypse survivalists to meet, and with their powers combined, change the world a little bit.
We specialize in comics, toys & figurines, games, comic related magazines, apparel, coffee & espresso related beverages, and baked goods.
A safe haven for all of geekdom! Pick your poison…and enjoy!