Origin Stories: Comic store owner Ariell Johnson was inspired by X-Men's Storm

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Feb 17, 2018, 12:04 PM EST (Updated)

Join SYFY WIRE for another chapter of Origin Stories, where we explore fans' individual journeys into the fascinating realms of geek culture.

Ariell Johnson of Amalgam Comics and Coffee House in Philadelphia was first struck with the indelible images of the X-Men's weather-manipulating mutant, Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, on the classic X-Men animated series in the early '90s.

This fateful meeting created an instant bonding moment that not only reinforced her budding love of comics but also provided the spark for her future business endeavors.


Created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, Storm was first seen in Giant-Size X-Men #1 in May 1975, and she's remained one of the most turbulent and intriguing characters in the Marvel Universe.

Listen to Johnson's tale of how Storm aided in creating a career for herself based on things that she loves and how her newfound nerdiness helped provide a safe space where other like-minded customers and friends could share in her life's adventure.


Additional material by Jeff Spry.