My home city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a very unique, charming comic scene, from shops, to creators.
The selection of comic shops include:
Brave New Worlds, located in Old City
Atomic City, located on South Street,
Fat Jack’s Comicrypt, located a few blocks southwest of City Hall
These are just a few of the shops located in the heart of the city, however, there are a few more store in the northern part of town and along the Delaware River.
I’m writing about the comic shops, because for all comic creators, it’s important to start your journey by reading! I’m sure most people interested in writing a comic book has read a fair share in their lifetime, but for those who haven’t, find your local comic shop and pick up a few different books! I like to read a range and variety of styles as a way of studying how other artists depict emotion, movement, and time.
My new favorite spot to hit up is Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, located just north of Fishtown, in West Kensington. This shop that celebrates diversity, acceptance, and awesomeness, is owned by a black woman, Ariell Johnson, who graduated from Temple University. Not to mention there’s coffee and comfy couches! If you want to spend your day lounging and sipping a latte, like me, for example, this is the shop for you.
Another woman involved with comics is Jessica Abel, who teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is a cartoonist who has created works including Life Sucks, Growing Gills, and La Perdida among many others. She also sends out a weekly newsletter about taking control of your creative life, that discusses motivation, time management and other helpful career-based information for any artist trying to stay on track in their creative career.