Friday, December 16 2011

What a come back for Oumpah-Pah!


Yak Yak Yak! 60 years after they were created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, the Shavashavah tribe are on the attack! The initial print run of Oumpah-Pah - L'Intégrale, published mid-October in France, is already very nearly sold out. This is a just reward for the Indian tribe's adventures, a humorous forerunner for the Asterix to come and a wonderful illustration of how René Goscinny's irresistible verbal inventions complemented the virtuosity of Albert Uderzo's illustrations.

And, as we never tire of the adventures of Oumpah-Pah and his friend Hubert de la Pâte Feuilletée, we are busy preparing new surprises for you in the upcoming weeks and months. In the meantime, may Nanabozho the Great Rabbit watch over you!

Wednesday, November 2 2011

Oumpah-Pah back on the warpath!


Nanabozho, the Great Rabbit, can't believe it...Oumpah-Pah, Two Scalp and those ghastly Flatfeet have returned to bookshops in France! Released on 12 October, the complete collection of the adventures of Oumpah-Pah the Indian, created by our dynamic duo Goscinny and Uderzo, will delight every reader. And if any proof was needed, the very first of those readers picked up his telephone to share his reaction with us: "What talent that René had!" exclaimed Albert Uderzo, "I hadn't read Oumpah-Pah for years and I can honestly say it's been a long time since I had so much fun!"

And there is every reason to enjoy it, what with all the ingredients of Asterix's fun-filled magic potion already found in the Oumpah-Pah mix: comic repetition, word and language play, parodies of famous songs, invocations of exotically named gods, anachronistic cultural references, the comic rewriting of history…. Not to mention the exceptional expressive and dynamic illustration that uniquely encapsulates the realistic and comic talents.

Aside from the five Oumpah-Pah adventures and the very first version of the comic strip created several years before the first publication, Oumpah-Pah - The Complete Collection offers, for the first time in an album, rare and special documents taken from the personal collections of Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny. These include illustrations produced for the Journal de Tintin magazine, typescripts, handwritten notes and sketches from René Goscinny, Oumpah-Pah record sleeves, and more.

Oumpah-Pah - The Complete Collection thus offers 192 pages of comic strips, to be discovered on our special webpage and available now in bookshops. It is a wonderful tribute to the work of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo at this time when we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the meeting of the greatest duo in comic book history. Big Bison has spoken!

Oumpah-Pah - The Complete Collection

• The Oumpah-Pah micro site

Tuesday, September 13 2011

Oumpah-Pah, the older brother of Asterix


Oumpah-Pah the Indian, the first character created by the amazing duo of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, is back! This summer, three Oumpah-Pah plates held top billing at the "L'Île aux pirates" (Pirate Island) exhibition, which runs until the beginning of October at the CNBDI in Angoulême (international centre for comic books).

Furthermore, this week, the Planète BD magazine is celebrating our hero in fitting fashion with a new unpublished ex libris (see below) along with a special report on the comic strip series that made Tintin magazine so successful back then... and which already contained all the seeds for the ingredients and humour that would later make Asterix such a great success.

And this is just the start! Later this year, on 5 October, all of Oumpah-Pah's adventures with his accomplice Hubert de la Pâte Feuilletée will be republished in French, enriched by illustrations and working papers - never before published in an album. On top of this, even more surprises are planned for the end of year... We'll get back to you on these in good time in a forthcoming Missive!

Thursday, May 26 2011

Oumpah-Pah makes a comeback!


Do you know Oumpah-Pah the Indian, distinguished member of the Shavashavah tribe? If so, then you will be delighted to learn that this comic book hero, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, is now back in action. And if not, well, all we can say is that we envy your opportunity to discover this timeless series for the first time!

As the first character ever created by the authors of Asterix, Oumpah-Pah is a bit like the older brother of the most famous of Gauls. The five adventures in which he features alongside his friend Hubert de la Pâte Feuilletée already featured all the comic ingredients that make Asterix so magically hilarious.

Comic repetition, word and language play, parodies of famous songs, invocations of exotically named gods, anachronistic cultural references (such as the notable invention of chewing gum!), the comic rewriting of history… It's all there! "The comical situations, for example in the Indian village, the forest, the battles and the slanging matches, is very similar to that in Asterix" explains Albert Uderzo. "In just this name alone: 'N'a-qu'une-dent-mais-elle-est-tombée-alors-maintenant-n'en-a-plus' (Only-had-one-tooth-but-it-fell-out-so-now-has-none), previously known as 'N'a-qu'une-dent' (Only-has-one-tooth), you can see the spirit of Goscinny !"

So... Oumpah-Pah made his triumphant return last Friday (20th May) as the star of a special exhibit at the European Comic Book Fair in Nîmes. Furthermore, starting this autumn, Oumpah-Pah will once again be available in bookshops, in the form of a single volume collection of all his adventures, accompanied by a previously unpublished supplement full of surprises! We'll keep you up to date with developments in the coming Asterix and Obelix Missives!

Discover our special Oumpah-Pah page.