Lambiek comic book store turns 40


Not withstanding a recent lament (Dutch) by Dutch comic giants Hanco Kolk and Jean-Marc van Tol about the decline of the local comics scene, comic book store Lambiek is still going strong. Next week the store even celebrates it’s fortieth anniversary. As they put it themselves: “[Lambiek] is probably the oldest existing comics shop in the world.”

The store in the heart of Amsterdam, just off the busy Leidsestraat, is named after a character from the popular Flemish series Suske & Wiske who in turn was named after the beer. To those who don’t shop for comics in Amsterdam—what’s wrong with you?—Lambiek is probably best known for its online comiclopedia, an encyclopedia of comic artists from around the world in English and Dutch.


  1. Lambiek should be in any Amsterdam Rough Guide – or is it already?
    Great store, useful comiclopedia, and fun people behind the counter.
    (Thanks for linking to my “lament blog”, by the way.)

    Comment by Jeroen Mirck — October 29, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  2. The comiclopedia has bits in French too which is cool.

    Comment by Orangemaster — October 29, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

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