As many of you are no doubt aware, the new Asterix book will be published on the 14th of October. It'll be the 33rd book in the series, and details have finally been announced about it. Apparently the title will be Le Ciel Lui Tombe Sur La Tête
(lit. "The Sky Falls On His Head") or Asterix and the Falling Sky
. I don't know whether this is confirmed or not, but it's from the Independent
. The release is planned simultaneously in twenty-seven countries.
Most of the details have been kept firmly under wraps, but Uderzo announced at the press conference in Brussels that this album will be "very different". The bookcover echoes the cover of the first volume in the series, and was unveiled this week.
Uderzo also affirmed that this would not be his last Asterix book, but once he lays down his pen for good there'll be no more Asterix comic strips - although films and cartoons may continue the legacy. He also said that he doesn't want to team up with anyone else to write the series, however : "I do think I am the only one who could keep this up because it doesn't work out very well when other people take over. They will inevitably change characters that you have worked with so closely ; I don't want readers to be disappointed."
Roll on 14th October, by Toutatis !