Coming soon the 36th album of the adventures of Asterix the Gaul
It’s the title of the 36th album of the adventures of Asterix the Gaul! With a mischievous gleam in their eyes, writers Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad recently unveiled the title in Italy at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair to an enthusiastic audience under the benevolent gaze of Asterix’s creator Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny, the daughter of the late René Goscinny.
A little background: it was in 2013 that Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad met the readers of Asterix. It was a heady occasion: expectations were intense and the stakes were high. Eight years had passed without news of our Gallic heros because Albert Uderzo had decided to “put away his pencils”. But he agreed to entrust his beloved characters to this new duo… And the rest is history: the album ASTERIX AND THE PICTS was a smash hit worldwide and remains the event of the year 2013.
Since then, the fans have been champing at the bit: Will there be another album? What will the theme be? Where will they travel to this time? And will there be any new characters? And what about the creators? Are they ready to place their trust in the duo behind the 35th album once again?
It was at this point that the authors of Asterix and the Picts came up with a new storyline: Albert Uderzo was all for it and gave it his blessing. And so the duo will once again work together to produce the 36th album.
In January 2015, they announced the date on which the new album would be released. But it was still mid-production and they could not divulge any more than that. As a result, social media has been ablaze ever since! This new work is already eagerly awaited.
As you know, the tradition long followed by the creators of our heroes dictates that the characters travel to an unknown land every second album. They have sworn that in this album they will respect all the Asterix traditions and the Gauls will therefore remain at home in Gaul. But that’s no easy task. Over two years, at a distance of over 6,000 km, they’re going to communciate vis screen to exchange views, discuss, cross things out, laugh, do battle (without any fish!), draw, erase and keep chipping away at the plot until the story is complete. (Doesn’t that remind you of another famous duo?)
But can there be another region in Gaul that the Gauls don’t know yet? And how to choose a theme: politics, society…? What ruses will Caesar use this time to achieve his ends?
Yes, there will be battles aplenty, they confirm. And yes, there will be new characters including one really nasty one. Yes, there will be potions and Romans who get “walloped”. Yes, the plot will be complex and thrilling and yes,there will be jokes about topical issues too… In short, another Asterix just the way we like it is on its way!
So yes, it’s official, the GAULS are making a comeback. It seems that Caesar is still in “I came, I saw,” mode. As for “I conquered,” well we’ll see about that!