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Comics and Coffee sounds like an action-packed yet relaxing combination when paired together.

While some of us sip our tea while loading up our Kindle app or opening to the page of our latest book to indulge peacefully, Ariell R. Johnson prefers to sip her coffee while reading her favorite comics. It took 12-years to bring her idea to fruition, but now she can call herself a proud super-owner.

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse will be the first black female-owned comic book shop in Philly, making it the first of it’s kind on the East Coast.



“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.”

During her interview with, Johnson says that she plans to keep the balance of running a traditional store while highlighting diversity.

“To me, it’s about making it available,” she added. “We will definitely make extra effort to promote works by and about members of underrepresented groups, but I also have love for the comic book mainstays like Captain America and Batman. I just want to help make people aware of everything that is out there and hopefully get people to expand their horizons.”

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Anyone down to take a group field trip to Philly? Let me know! Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse is located at:

2578 Frankford Ave.
First Floor, Philadelphia

Congrats to Ariell Johnson for making a 12-year dream come true!
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