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TSL Comic Book Convo: Ariel Johnson of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

The plight of the Black Nerd has gone virtually unnoticed for a long time.

The plight of the Black Nerd has gone virtually unnoticed for a long time. Even today, there is an infinitely small number of comic book retailers geared toward fostering a environment where women, Blacks and Latinos can come to be gleefully geeked out by the atmosphere and products made available to them.

Even fewer outlets provide a space where customers could sit down and sip on a cup of coffee or tea while eagerly turning the pages of that new graphic novel they just copped, away from the prying eyes of a judgmental public, and the candy-stained fingers of little brothers and sisters who would just as soon scribble in the pages than read it.

But that was before the coming of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia. No shaming, no chauvinists lurking around, and no shortage of like-minded individuals with which to chop it up with.

Check it out, y’all. I was very happy to chop it up with Ariel Johnson, owner and operator this new bastion of blerdness. 


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Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring re black cultural angles of where they intersect with the mainstream.