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Wednesday, January 4 2012

Asterix on show with the Goths

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For more than 40 years, Germany has welcomed each and every Asterix album with much warmth and enthusiasm, and sales of the German-language version of the collection rival those of the collection published in French. This goes to show that our cousins from across the Rhine are not angry with Getafix for having used his magic potion to incite the infamous "Asterixian Wars"… On the contrary, further proof of their special bond with the most famous Gaul of them all is provided by the Asterix and the Celts exhibition currently on display at the World Cultural Heritage Site of the Völklingen Ironworks, near Saarbrücken.

Between Saturday, 17 December 2011 and 9 April 2012, more than 300 exhibits are on show in the exceptional surroundings of the Blower Hall, where archaeological artefacts dating from the time of the Gallic War dialogue with storylines and illustrations taken from Asterix.

For this special occasion, Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny have opened their private archives, enabling organisers to offer the greatest number of Asterix plate and storyboard facsimiles ever assembled for an exhibition. Displayed in their original format, significantly larger than the versions printed in the albums, the inked and sketched illustrations of Albert Uderzo are all the more fascinating. As regards René Goscinny's working papers, and the typewriter with which he wrote the first 24 Asterix albums, they offer a particularly moving perspective on the creative process behind the adventures of the small Gaul with the winged helmet.

Not forgetting, of course, this art show - like nothing you have seen before - with the principal parodies of famous masterpieces found in the Asterix albums, printed on large-format canvas. These museums are crazy!

Two wonders from 1959 A.D. facsimiled and presented in the exhibition: René Goscinny's initial handwritten notes featuring the names of the characters, and Albert Uderzo's first sketches of Asterix.

Asterix and the Celts
Price of admission: 12 Euros, reduced price: 10 Euros. School classes: 3 Euros per person. Families (children and adolescents up to 16 years of age accompanied by two adults): 25 Euros
Visitor services : Tel: +49 (0) 6898 9100 100 - Fax: +49 (0) 6898 9100 111
visit@voelklinger-huette.org - www.voelklinger-huette.org

Monday, January 2 2012

Asterix: Back to School in Mantes-la-Jolie

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"Our ancestors the Gauls…": a lesson taught to all our little darlings in the history classroom. Well, not entirely all of them because in the French town of Mantes-la-Jolie, not far from Lutetia, the Gauls are still making history today. In fact, over the past few days, the library at the Albert Uderzo school has been decorated like never before, inspired by 11 illustrations of Asterix and his friends, including Jehan Pistolet and Oumpah-Pah.

To celebrate this event, Albert Uderzo personally visited the school on 10 December to inaugurate this Asterix-themed library, five years after having given his name to the establishment. A library richly equipped, as it should be, with Asterix albums.

And the party goes on in Mantes-la-Jolie: from 10 December to 10 January, the media library Médiathèque Duhamel is running a free exhibition dedicated to Oumpah-Pah. This first character created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo is currently making a comeback in bookshops. The Shavashavah in Mantes-la-Jolie, by Toutatis!


Photos: Bulles de Mantes Association

Wednesday, December 21 2011

Etching with Albert Uderzo

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Have you heard of the game Exquisite Corpse? Well, it is a game created by the Surrealists the objective of which is to compose a complete sentence or art object with a number of participants adding to the composition in turn. The game can also be based on drawings instead of words in which case you might have "Exquisite Etchings".

It was a game of this ilk that the talented team of Claire Bretécher, Jean-Claude Fournier, André Franquin and Albert Uderzo (no less!) were filmed playing one day in 1972 for a French TV programme aptly titled "Tac au Tac" (Tit for Tat). Albert Uderzo produced three illustrations of Obelix, to which the other players added in turn as they sought to trap our favourite menhir delivery man, preventing Albert Uderzo from providing a suitable riposte on his return to the illustrations. Uderzo had to find and draw a solution to each trap, on the spot!

And he did so brilliantly, saving his favourite menhir delivery man from all three traps with a single ingenious riposte by formulating an equation along with a diet recommendation. Learn more at this address.

A big thank you to Jean-Yves Ferri who, when he is not working on the next Asterix album, reviews his classics online and had the great idea of informing us of this historic programme. Happy viewing!

Thursday, November 17 2011

Albert Uderzo introduces his team

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Over the past few weeks, the newspapers have been full of an exciting bit of news: the revelation by Albert Uderzo of the names of his collaborators on the latest Asterix album! The comic book series, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, will continue to delight its many readers! Reaching every corner of the globe, inciting impassioned commentary in online forums, this information has proven a real bombshell, reported on some occasions without due care: errors in the authors' names or roles, for example, and, in one instance, the television broadcast the picture of a brother instead the author himself… No doubt Obelix would say "The press are all crazy!"

The star team of Jean-Yves Ferri, Albert Uderzo and Frédéric Mébarki meet up at Albert Uderzo's home to work on the new album.

Albert Uderzo has therefore decided to use this Missive to personally introduce the two talented authors who are currently working on a new Asterix album under his direction. "The illustrator, Frédéric Mébarki, has been responsible for my inkings for nigh-on 30 years", confides Albert. "He has also illustrated my characters for use in merchandising whilst I concentrated on the Asterix albums. Suffice to say, he is uniquely experienced in creating Asterix illustrations!"

The collaboration with Jean-Yves Ferri, the excellent scriptwriter of the successful comic book series Retour à la Terre (Back to Nature), created in collaboration with Manu Larcenet, is more recent but it immediately set sparks flying! "Jean-Yves is a very talented young man", says Albert. "His album De Gaulle à la plage (De Gaulle at the Beach ) is very successful; I couldn't stop laughing. I also like his comic book series Aimé Lacapelle a lot, and grandma Lacapelle's face proves that he is also a talented illustrator! Jean-Yves has a sense of humour all of his own but which can be adapted to Asterix. I laughed so much when I heard his initial idea… I wish I had had the idea myself."

It all looks highly promising! As readers, however, we will have to be patient as there remains a lot of hard work for this talented trio currently beavering away on this future album. So, as they say in the comic strips: To be continued…

Final rehearsal before presenting the new plates to Albert:
Jean-Yves Ferri and Frédéric Mébarki review the benchmark
albums in the offices of Les Editions Albert René!

Friday, October 28 2011

Asterix waging a post-it war!

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It was tough this summer, staying in the office whilst colleagues headed for the beach in search of a little sunshine.... In Paris, a small group of employees – soon joined by a crowd of others – found a way to brighten up the glass facades of their office blocks with… a post-it war!

 

And an immense fresco of Asterix and Obelix counted among the most impressive works of art on display. It has to be said that this masterpiece, created with more than 10,000 post-its, must have annoyed dear old Julius all the way back in Rome!

Thursday, October 27 2011

Asterix's European Tour

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It's official... Asterix and his friends will soon be visiting your town! The American company SEE Touring Attractions, producer of the Star Trek and Titanic touring attractions, made the announcement at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. The Asterix Tour will be truly European, traveling across Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands, to mention just a few...

For fans, the Asterix Tour will represent a brand new experience, offering complete immersion in their favourite heroes' world. In an Indomitable Gaul-themed space, a whole host of interactive activities will let you experience the more memorable moments in the Asterix albums thanks to state-of-the-art technology.

Visit the Pyramids (and meet Cleopatra), climb the Swiss Alps in search of the Silver Star, head out to sea with the pirate crew, meet Asterix and Obelix in their village, battle the Roman legions, travel through the ancient world on Watziznehm's magic carpet, all thanks to exhilarating 4-D facilities...In short, the Asterix Tour is like a large cauldron of magic potion bubbling away in your town centre for more than three months, offering a thrilling adventure to everyone who drinks from it!

The Asterix Tour is not only a fun destination for the whole family with its video games, attractions and film projections, it is also a museum dedicated to the world created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, as well as a shopping centre with the most amazing Asterix merchandise and exclusive Asterix Tour goodies. In fact, the hardest part of all this will be to wait until the start of the Asterix Tour, planned in Frankfurt for next autumn.

 

Fortunately, our druids have prepared a potion to help you wait: a video presenting the tour is currently available on the Asterix Tour website. This will be updated with regular video bulletins reporting on progress made during the preparation of this exciting 'first'. We will of course also keep you informed here of any Asterix Tour developments, beginning in the coming weeks, with the tour schedule and list of towns to be visited by Asterix and his friends!

Asterix Tour - the website

• SEE Touring Attractions - official website

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