Geek Lady of the Week: Comic and Coffee Hero – Ariell Johnson

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If you still are not aware, March is Women’s History Month, and here at AGtM, we are celebrating some of the women who have made a huge contribution to geek culture in recent years.


This week we are featuring a geek lady that make’s us here at AGtM filled with pride for our home city of Philadelphia! AGtM was founded in Philly by Tricia Ennis (though she no longer resides in Philly) and is the home city for both myself – Kait Calabro – and Monica Piluso.

Geek lady, Ariell Johnson has not only made an impact in the comic book scene here in Philly but she has also gotten a lot of national recognition (countless interviews, a shout out from Russell Simmons, and interviewed on MSNBC) after she opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in the North East section of Philadelphia!

First off, comics and coffee – TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS! But that is not what makes Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Johnson special. Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Johnson’s goal for the shop is to create a diverse and safe place for geeks of all kinds. No matter who you are, what you like, or how long you have been reading comics – you are welcomed with open arms at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse.

While Johnson is making Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse welcoming for all geeks, she is also shining a HUGE spotlight on the influence of women and now especially young girls in geekdom. During an interview with The Social Media Samurai, Johnson had this to say about patrons of her store:

It’s been so cool to see all different types of people checking out the shop. I’ve been really surprised by the number of kids and families we are getting. It’s so awesome to see a mom reading Spider-woman to her daughter. We also get a lot of women and little girls in the shop. I’ve had little girls excitedly come up to me and thank me for opening the store. It’s really awesome.

From ALL of us here at AGtM, we would like to thank Ariell for not only keeping Philadelphia geeky but also creating and developing a conversation about safe and diverse place for geeks to meet and enjoy their favorite worlds.

Make sure to check Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse on Facebook and Twitter to find out when the store is open and about upcoming events!


Geek Lady of the Week is a weekly feature for the month of March from the staff at All Geek to Me. Once a week during this month we will be profiling a different woman (or women) who has made a contribution to geeks and geek girls everywhere.

 Who are some of your favorite geeky ladies? Sound off in comments!


Photo Credit: BlackNerdProblems.com

Kait Calabrò

Kait Calabrò

Lady Kaitlin Marie Bernadette Calabrò of House Ravenclaw, First of Her Name; Mother of Recaps, Breaker of News, Khaleesi of Wonder Wharf, Queen of Geekdom, and Empress of Anglophiles, is the Managing Editor of AGtM.  By day she is the Marketing Manager of the Philadelphia Film Society, by night she is a serious relationship with her Netflix account. Kait is a proud Temple Owl! And is currently in a celebrity feud with both Samuel L. Jackson and Zachary Levi, unbeknownst to them. She spends her evenings watching the skies waiting for Thor to fly down and take her back to Asgard!
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