Never a Asterix album has been much in the spotlight. The 36th installment of the adventures of the indomitable Gaul, released Thursday in the world, confronts Asterix to freedom of information, a very sensitive subject if treated with humor.
Along with Asterix and Obelix, a new character appeared in T papyrus Caesar the “peddler without borders” Doublepolémix, directly inspired by Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder.
“This is an extraordinary impression of being the characters we created and we have worked for over 50 years. To review, in new situations then you have done nothing in there, “said Albert Uderzo, the” historic “designer little Gaul on Europe 1.
“Bravo do the little guy! I am very happy, I felt pleasure in reading it as if it was me who did it, “he added.
As with the previous album, Asterix and the Picts, appeared two years ago, Jean-Yves Ferri wrote the screenplay and Didier Conrad took over Uderzo to draw the indomitable Gaul.
A few hours of the release of the album, Jean-Yves Ferri confided to AFP having the impression of being “caught in a whirlwind.” The theme treated “is more ambitious than in the previous album,” says the author who dedicates himself exclusively to the little hero imagined 56 years ago by René Goscinny (died in 1977) and Albert Uderzo. This 88-year-old today put his pencils since 2011.
A comic for adults
Didier Conrad thinks “still do not have absorbed all the style of Albert Uderzo.” Maybe it will be good “at the end of the third album,” he laughs. The 36th volume of Asterix is ”more complex” than the last. “We can not read diagonally. This is an adult album, but without sex, “he smiled.
Both authors worked under the watchful eye of Uderzo and Anne Goscinny, daughter of René Goscinny. They worked mainly by exchanging emails. Jean-Yves Ferri live in the South, Didier Conrad resides in Austin, Texas.
Asterix remains a unique publishing phenomenon in France. Asterix comics is also the best selling and most widely read in the world.
The 35th album, Asterix and the Picts exceeded five million copies sold (in 23 languages) on the planet. Since the creation of Asterix in 1959 by the brilliant duo René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo some 365 million albums have passed. This figure does not, however, achieved the success of the Harry Potter saga sold more than 450 million copies.
For this 36th album, the Albert-René Publishing, a subsidiary of the Hachette group, have scheduled a total circulation of four million copies in 20 languages (including two million for the French-speaking world).
When the story begins the new Asterix, Caesar is about to publish the Gallic War. One of the chapters devoted to setbacks “facing the irreducible Gauls Armorique” grieves his publisher and agent Promoplus Bonus, a new character physically resembling the advertising Jacques Seguela, but rather inspired by the “shadow advisors” around today Heads of State.
“I’m puffed up to find myself in the pantheon of comic books like Jean Gabin and Jean Marais before me,” said the Parisian advertising.
By agreeing to remove the “stain on his resume,” Caesar also took the risk of compromising the resurgence papyrus. Obviously, there will be a leak. A scribe called Bigdatha gives the precious document Doublepolémix that transmits the Gaulish village.
The Romans are desperate to get it back. Who will triumph: the state secrets or freedom of information?
There are brilliant finds. Forest birds are blue and are «Twiit!”. One of the leaders of communications (pigeons) is called Résowifix.
The screenplay excited Anne Goscinny. “The Gallic Wars was my father’s bedside book, who loved Caesar because it was the most” liar “than him,” she said.