Ariell R. Johnson, comic book fan and coffee aficionado, just brought together the best of both worlds together in her new store, Philadelphiaâ€™s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. Combining reading materials with a cup full of caffeine is nothing new, but Ariell â€“- who first thought of the idea 12 years ago as a student at Temple University â€“- will be the first Black woman to own a comic book shop on the East Coast. Making history and fulfilling your dreams? Sounds like a win to us!
In addition to offering tons of comics and potent potables, Ariell will also focus on bringing a more diverse perspective to her store. â€œWe will be a legit store, so expect to see the heavy hitters that we all know and love,â€ she told the Philadelphia Daily News.
â€œBut in addition to those usual suspects, we want to showcase diverse comics, creators, and characters. We think that comics are for everyone and anyone that loves comics â€” women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community,â€ she continued. â€œWhether you have been reading comics for 20 years or just started after watching a Marvel movie, our aim is to make everyone excited and comfortable.â€
Since opening her store, Ariell said that sales have been consistent and growing. Hereâ€™s to breaking through the â€œcomicsâ€ ceiling for fans of all stripes everywhere!