Alumna and Entrepreneur Ariell Johnson to Speak at Libraries

Temple University Libraries is excited to welcome entrepreneur Ariell Johnson (FOX ’05) to campus on Tuesday, March 15 to discuss geek culture and fan fiction, the grassroots literary genre in which fans create their own stories based on characters, series, and worlds that originate in science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and cult classic texts.

photo by Betsy Manning

photo by Betsy Manning

An alumna of the Fox School of Business, Johnson has truly embraced Temple University’s entrepreneurial spirit in opening her own local, small business—the new critically-acclaimed Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in the New Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Since Johnson opened the shop in December, her emphasis on creating a diverse and welcoming atmosphere for all kinds of “geeks” has generated considerable buzz in the city and beyond. She and her business have been profiled on NPR, NBC News, MTV News, The Mary Sue,, and more.

Join us for a discussion with Johnson on Tuesday, March 15 at 2:30 PM in the Paley Library Lecture Hall located at 1210 Polett Walk in the center of Temple Main Campus.

Read more about Ariell Johnson and other upcoming programs at

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