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A new Asterix

enero 16th, 2014 · No hay Comentarios

The 24th October 2013, the las of the adventures of the famous invincible Gallic, Asterix and the Picts, came to us with special expectancy. For the hundreds of thousands of fans of Asterix (among whom I include myself), it has been a period of doubt. As some of you may know, or may not, Albert Uderzo, the only creator of the comic that remains alive, announced his retirement in 2011. At the same time, he also announced the two men who will follow writing the upcoming stories of Asterix and his friends: Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.

The history of Asterix has been, since it was created, quite complicated. When it was first published, in 1959, it was no more than publication on a magazine. That magazine was Pilote. The next eighteen years became an era full of magical adventures, unbelievable stories and a lot of feasts. However, a tragic morning of November, in 1977, René Goscinny died, and Asterix was supposed to have died with him. But that did not happen. Albert Uderzo continued giving us more adventures of the Gallic tribe. Indeed, in 2009, the comic celebrated its 50th anniversary.

But now things are different. The 35th book of the series has been written by Ferri and the drawings have been made by Conrad. Uderzo himself has supervised the making off, as the “director” of the work. The next test will come the day they will start writing the next adventure of the invincible Gallics, this time without the help of Uderzo. Will they be able to reach the heart of all the followers and fans of the Asterix saga that during all these years have supported Goscinny’s and Uderzo’s creations? Nobody knows it.

The only thing we can do is support Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad as well as we did with the original creators. Goscinny gave us the outline for travelling to the year 50 a.c., an age when the Roman Empire has conquered all the Gallic territory, except a small village inhabited by a tribe of invincible warriors. Uderzo, with his drawings, made real the imagination of René. I hope Conrad and Ferri will be able to continue giving us the magic potion that once René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo created. That wolud be a great new for all the fans. Although it wouldn’t for Julius Caesar and his legions… These romans are crazy!

Uderzo, Ferri and Conrad. Meeting for Asterix.



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