Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse is a comic book store and coffee shop hybrid located in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia.  The idea for Amalgam was born in 2003 when the owner, Ariell Johnson, was still an accounting student at Temple University.  13 years in the making, Amalgam opened its doors on December 14, 2015.  Since its opening Amalgam has garnered national media attention because of its commitment to representation and inclusion.  Amalgam is the only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the first black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast.

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse is a celebration of geek culture. A place for comic book fans, hardcore gamers, movie addicts, television connoisseurs, and zombie apocalypse survivalists to meet, and with their powers combined, change the world a little bit. We specialize in comics, toys & figurines, games, comic related magazines, apparel, coffee & espresso related beverages, and baked goods. A safe haven for all of geekdom! Pick your poison...and enjoy! Proudly serving Philly Fair Trade coffee!

Adam is in a Folk Rock band, he loves playing Magic The Gathering, is a huge fan of the band They Be Giants, is way into Star Wars, and is a pretty big video game nerd/Nintendo fanboy. When he collected comic books back in the 90's his favorites were Savage Dragon and Spider-man.

Makiya asks if you want your Earl Grey tea hot. Her winter coat is a Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay. She has finally achieved her dream of geeking out for a living and sewing and painting in her free time. You can find her reading YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and comedy when she's not stuffing her face with burgers.

Rachel is our resident “Hoosier” on deck (that means she’s from Indiana) and our “Barista Supreme”. She has a degree in English from Indiana University and is absolutely obsessed with the literature of Octavia Butler, who is among her favorite authors on the Amalgam floor. In her free time she sings and plays music in an electronic solo project called Lady Shame and also enjoys honing her drum skills in rock n roll bands. Ask her about the music playing in-store or the Hip Hop Family Tree comic series to really get her geek going!



Ariell has dreams of one day becoming a super-hero.  When she’s not trying to catch up on her reading or binging a new favorite TV show...ahem...The Gifted...she’s dancing, practicing circus aerials and throwing axes.  Being a geek is in her blood, with a father that was a huge comic nerd and a mom that was a sci-fi nerd, things like Thundercats, She-Ra, Gargoyles, Red Dwarf, X-Files & Quantum Leap were a huge part of her childhood.  At this point her fandoms are too many to count, but X-men is still #1 in her heart.


Julie bakes, draws, and makes coffee stuff. Anime and sleeping is her life.



Newton is a retired manic pixie dream girl that sometimes works at the café or lounges in areas that are clearly marked “Please don’t sit here” (Please note that the term “work” is used loosely.) Currently, Newton works as an art therapist in the North Philadelphia section of the city and working on developing community wellness events to host at Amalgam. To learn more information, you will have to reach friendship level 7 and complete the "Mind Your Business" side quest.




Randy is the coolest cat in the room from the moment his big toe crosses the threshold. He greets the world with a smile and a hug the size of a Cadillac. He will break down the diversity of Kryptonite and its effects on Kal-El, throw down at the D&D table before bounding onto the stage to morph into the dopest MC whose a dope MC.