East Coast First for Comic Book Stores

In north Philadelphia, there lies a neat little building that holds Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. Several people walk in and out of the store throughout the day, exploring the shelves for a good read or relaxing at the café. What makes this place stand out among the rest is its one-of-a-kind owner, Ariell Johnson. Johnson is the first (and only) African-American woman to own a comic book store on the East Coast.

After reading the headline of this story, I was instantly hooked, thanks to the nerd in me who likes comics. I found this video to be very informative, and it was put together very well. The first part of the video had Johnson talking about her shop, along with appropriate B-roll footage of her working inside of the store. The video also includes clips from interviews with others who have visited Johnson’s store and their thoughts on the comics found within, especially the new Invincible Iron Man comic book.

I liked that they have footage of the owner, but it seemed like a lot at the beginning to me, with only a couple glimpses of the store itself. I would have liked to see a little bit more of the store, and that could have been playing while having Johnson’s voice play over. At first I thought that the video’s main purpose was about Johnson and her store. But halfway through the video, it turned into talking about the new revolution of non-white/non-male comic book characters.

In the end, I really enjoyed this piece and would recommend this to my other nerdy friends.

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