Comics and Coffee: A Black Woman with Beauty & Brains


Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in 2578 Frankford Ave, Kensington, Philadelphia is the baby of one Ariell R. Johnson who tells that “I got the idea for the shop about 12 years ago, when I was still attending Temple University… My favorite coffee shop was directly across the street from my comic book store of choice. So, each Friday, I would buy my books at Fat Jack’s, go across the street to Crimson Moon, and read everything I bought. I just loved the vibe of the coffee shop . . . and I loved being able to indulge my comic-book obsession in a comfortable environment that wasn’t my house. When the coffee shop closed its doors, I was devastated. That’s when the idea came to me.”

Amalgam hopes to build community around comics, coffee, and relaxing with friends, and also through hosting geeky and diversity-themed workshops, movie/TV screenings, book signings, and BYOB nights.


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