Friday, 1 November 2013

Asterix and the Picts

I am a big Asterix fan (I have all the albums in French and English) and was very pleased to see that a new Asterix Book was finally being released: "Asterix chez les Pictes" ("Asterix and the Picts"). Although officially released worldwide on the 24th of October, I only found a copy three days later (I live in Sydney, Australia). Great effort from the new team (Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad) who have had the hard task of taking over from the late Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo who has now retired. The look and feel of the new album is basically the same as the previous albums, which says that the new team has worked very hard to make the transition smooth: Well done Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad!

Hopefully, you know about Asterix, Obelix and their adventures. If not, check the official Asterix website:

This is the official announcement taken from is:

Asterix the Gaul adventures
Vol. 35 - Asterix and the Picts

Written by: Jean-Yves Ferri - Drawings by: Didier Conrad
Original title: Astérix chez les Pictes
Published by: Les Éditions Albert René
First album edition: octobre 24th, 2013
On 24th October 2013, Asterix and the Picts will be on the shelves of every bookshop in the Known World! The Picts? Yes, the Picts! These people of ancient Scotland comprised many clans of formidable warriors. Their name, given by the Romans, literally means “painted men”. Astérix chez les Pictes thus continues in the tradition of the adventures of the most famous Gaul, an epic journey to a land rich in traditions and the discovery of a people whose cultural differences will result in memorable gags and wordplay. Bets are open on readers’ forums where impatient discussions are in full flow…Whisky? Caber tossers? Bagpipes? Names beginning with Mac? The origins of Hadrian’s Wall and the Loch Ness Monster finally revealed? And, who knows, perhaps even Gauls in kilts?... Suspense is at its height!
Visit your local bookshop on 24th October 2013 to pick up what already promises to be a classic of the Asterix comic book series: Asterix and the Picts!


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