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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
Ariell Johnson's master plan to blerd up the Fishtown neighborhood with a Black owned comic book/caffeine infused haven that will bridge both mainstream and independently published comics by Black creators. Amalgam's additional element is youth engagement with comics for education and creativity, a commitment Ariell makes during waking hours when not feeding her entrepreneurial spirit. Stay updated on the status Amalgam's pending opening on Twitter and look out for the homepage sometime this year.
Rat Ronin Studios
The trifecta that is Keith Miller (Creative Developer - Writer), Chuck Collins (Creative Developer - Artist), and Richard Zeitler Jr. (Legal) is making a business out of speculative fiction that finds inspiration from our favorite pop culture references with a smooth balance of originality. I was able to pick up this awesome print signed by Chuck that demonstrates just one of the Black female experiences in the speculative realm:
If this synopsis of the story doesn't get you pumped to purchase this self-published comic, I don't know what will:
Equally impressive is Juliana Smith's tenure as an educator who uses comic books to help her students think "about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. Her practice focuses on the links between racial justice, gender equity, and political literacy; using creativity to facilitate dialogue." Art & illustrations were created by Ronald Nelson.
Philadelphia artist Keith Howard is building an empire with Blaq Mythology. After being questioned about the lack of female heroes in his pantheon, he's put effort into creating Sheena Blaze, Flying Dagger, and Pink Smoke. This looks to be a promising series and if you've ever imagined Marvel a bit browner. Blaq Mythology may be another counter balance you're looking for.