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“Asterix 35” Announced!: “Astérix chez les Pictes”

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jock123
Moderator
#1 · Posted: 26 Mar 2013 23:13 · Edited by: jock123
The next Asterix is to be a voyage to the land of the Picts, a Celtic people who (like their Gaulish cousins) held out against invasion from the Roman Empire, it was announced today.

The first album to be written and drawn without either Gossciny or Uderzo, it will see Asterix and Obelix travel to what is now Scotland, where the Picts inhabited the North and North East; speaking as a Scot from the North East, I’m chuffed to hear it!

The team of Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad have recieved the blessing of Uderzo, who has high hopes for the book.

It is scheduled for the 24th October this year.
mct16
Member
#2 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 14:00
Asterix and Obelix helping the Scots fight for independence? Hmmm, I wonder where they got their inspiration from?
jock123
Moderator
#3 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 16:58
mct16:
Asterix and Obelix helping the Scots fight for independence?

How’s that for topicality, eh?
Strictly speaking, the Picts were always independent - the Romans not managing to defeat them, and instead having to stop at the Antonine Wall.
There used to be a place quite near me when I lived and worked in Glasgow, where you could see the remains of the wall, and stand with one foot in the Roman Empire, and the other in land never vanquished by the Imperial Eagle…
50 Spann
Member
#4 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 18:34
Asterix without Goscinny or Uderzo? This will be... interesting.

(Maybe Asterix will be getting its equivalent to Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.)
mct16
Member
#5 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 18:46
Well, the writers do not always stick to historical truths even in general terms. "Asterix in Britain" for example depicted it as a full Roman colony, whereas in fact Caesar only undertook a couple of short raids on Britain and it did not become a Roman colony until 43AD, about a hundred years after his death.

We'll just have to see, I suppose. What I enjoyed about the Goscinny era is that Asterix had varying motives for his travels: helping the resistance ("Britain"), obtaining a cure ("Switzerland"), returning a little boy to his parents ("Spain") or redeeming a selfish chief's pride ("Belgium"). It would be interesting to see the motives in this new book - but if they travel by spaceship or flying carpet then I'm making the writers eat every published copy, by Toutatis!
Richard
UK Correspondent
#6 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 20:29
50 Spann:
Asterix without Goscinny or Uderzo? This will be... interesting.

(Maybe Asterix will be getting its equivalent to Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.)

I think I can say with some confidence, whatever Ferri & Conrad have in store, it cannot possibly be worse than Asterix & the Falling Sky. I'm really looking forward to this, particularly following the relatively lacklustre outings for the Gauls in books & films in recent years. The pair seem to have good credentials, so I'm happy to sit back & see what happens.
BlackadderFan
Member
#7 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 21:18 · Edited by: BlackadderFan
Awesome! Let's see how it is. Is there a definite release date yet in English?
Also here's some humour and references about Scotland I think the guys will include:
1. Kilts, golf and whiskey, obviously
2. Obelix looking uneasy over haggis but likes it
3. Caricatures of Sean Connery (again), Andy Murray, Alex Ferguson and others
4. Loch Ness Monster
5. Jokes about Scotland's failures in most sporting events especially in football
Any others?
By the way, In asterix, Scotland is referred to as Caledonia, right?
mct16
Member
#8 · Posted: 27 Mar 2013 22:25
BlackadderFan:
5. Jokes about Scotland's failures in most sporting events especially in football

You have to be Blackadder to come up with cynicism like that. What about Chris Hoy, one of the most successful Olympians of all time?

One thing, though, they'd better not come up with the old mean, money-grabbing Scots stereotypes of old - well not since Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond embarked on major spending sprees which ruined the economy.

Oups... Blackadder's taking me over now!
rodney
Member
#9 · Posted: 28 Mar 2013 02:52
Richard:
whatever Ferri & Conrad have in store

Richard:
The pair seem to have good credentials,

Hi,

I have never heard of these artists..
What are their credentials and will the illustrations be up to scratch do you think?

On this, this position must have been a real coverted role.. I wonder if there were many names up for contention in the past?

I wonder what this team did specifically to get the position - must have been special..
BlackadderFan
Member
#10 · Posted: 28 Mar 2013 05:00
mct16
I came up with that after seeing Scotland's recent performances in the World Cup Qualifiers. They're probably the worst of the British teams right now. In fact, all of them are playing horribly.

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