Coming to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2017!
April 7th-9th, 2017 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
A true child of the 80’s, Ariell R. Johnson grew up on a diet of He-Man, She-Ra, Thudercats, and Transformers. This would be the gateway to a lifelong love of superpowers, super-heroes, and comics. With the love and support of her family and friends, she turned this passion into a career at the age of 32 when she opened, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, a comic book store and coffee shop hybrid. Amalgam is the only black woman owned shop of its kind, and the only black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast. The Baltimore/Glen Burnie, MD native was introduced to Philadelphia in 2001 as a student at Temple University. Ariell majored in accounting at Temple’s Fox School of Business, and graduated in 2005. She made Philadelphia her permanent home in 2007. She balances her busy work life with knitting/crochet, dance, gymnastics and circus aerials…just to keep
things interesting. She also loves spending down time with her family and friends. Ariell has a strong passion and commitment to diversity, representation, and inclusivity. She uses her shop to showcase and promote works that are created by and feature people of color, different faiths, women, and the LGBTQ community. Amalgam, which opened on December 14, 2015, just celebrated it’s 1 year anniversary!
Photo Credit: Steve Ling