Helmed by the fearless team of Philippe and Philippe (listed in alphabetical order), Arkham has one of the most impressive selection of North American comics found this side of the Atlantic. Putting even UK comic stores to shame with shelves that include titles from all levels of the publishing industry, everything from The Incredible Hulk to Jimbo is there and on offer to patrons.
Undeterred by the terrifying connotations of its name, we invited Paris' own dynamic duo to talk a little bit about the store as well as their outlook on the industry and their recent forays into internet television and Youtube.
Arkham’s a pretty interesting store, in that it is something of an inversion of expectations: an American-style comic shop in the middle of Paris. Is this an integral part of Arkham’s identity?
Like many Frenchies, we were gorging ourselves on the translated comics (published by Lug, Arédit, Sagédition, etc.) which were distributed by newsstands when we were younger.
Talk to us about the idea behind Le Comic de la Semaine (The Comic of the Week). Is it going to replace your newsletter?
So, monolingual English-speaking comic fans rejoice! If you ever find yourself stranded in Paris, you know where to get your weekly fix. Located at 7 rue Broca, 75005, Arkham is open Tuesday-Saturday between 10:30 and 19:30 and features all manner of awesome things for your eyeballs to slam against. We at ATF hope that you've enjoyed this new feature, and we hope to publish more interviews with comic shop owners in the near future.