Bonjour, I'm currently at Parc Asterix, an hour north-east of Paris, for the launch of the new Asterix album by Jean–Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad, supervised by Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo.
This is Asterix's sixtieth year, it is the Parc's thirtieth year and this, the 38th Asterix album will be the best-selling comic book in the world this year. It is almost guaranteed. They have to buy up all the warehouses and printers available to perform such a mammoth task. Over five million hardcovers in numerous languages all across the world.
And today with have the first inkling of what it will be. We had seen a page of the Gaulish village druid Getafix (still a great joke) trying unsuccessfully to teach a class of children, well, anything really. But what was it leading to? I'm at a press conference at the Panoramix Theatre, possible the only English press here, though the room is filled with French, German, Italian and Spanish reporters. Expect this news to go far and wide.
Well, the new Asterix album will be called Asterix And The Chieftain's Daughter. Giving Vercingetorix, the Gaulish chief of old, a daughter for the line, and a brand new challenge for everyone in the village…
It will be published on the 24th of October, worldwide.