There is much to be excited about in the comics business, and while we still have a long way to go in some areas, there is an undeniable increase in the number of women who are both featured in and creating them- even comics. The latest news that drives me crazy comes from Philadelphia, where a new comic book store and a new cafe are showcased all over the place (because it’s clearly give people what they want, amirite?).
Ariell R. Johnson opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse after realizing that the combination of comics and coffee drinks was a beautiful thing that was waiting to happen. In an interview with Philly.com, she says the idea came to her when her favorite cafe, the place where she always read her comics, closed its doors.
While Johnson says Amalgam is going to feature the famous comics and heroes we all know, she wants to highlight the independent comics and lesser-known creators:
We’ll be a legitimate store, so expect to see the heavyweights we all know and love. But in addition to these usual suspects, we want to introduce various comics, creators, and characters. We believe comics are for everyone and everyone who loves comics – women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. We’ll be actively looking for stock titles that feature people from these groups, as well as Superman, Batman, Captain America, and Thor.
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse would also be the first black female-owned comic book store on the East Coast – another reason to celebrate! Sales so far have been going well, according to Johnson – it’s definitely the killer comic book and coffee combo – but if you’re lucky enough to be in Philly, go visit Amalgam yourself! I’ll be right here feeling madly jealous until I can plan my next trip.
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