Albert Uderzo has unveiled the cover of his new album, to be published on 22 October: Asterix and Obelix's Birthday - The Golden Book. A 56-page comic book with a series of short stories detailing the adventures of the many characters from the Asterix universe as they secretly prepare a special, unforgettable birthday party. Meanwhile, not suspecting a thing, Asterix and Obelix have gone into the forest to hunt for wild boar.

Albert Uderzo confesses that he had a lot of fun drawing many characters from the older albums once again. And although the new opus doesn't include them all (there are close to 400 after all!), not many are left out of the party as some come up with gift ideas while others, far away, send their best wishes.

Albert Uderzo has not forgotten his friend René Goscinny, who died in 1977 and who would have been so proud to see the terrific tribute being prepared for the characters that they created together. He has therefore decided to create drawings to illustrate a hitherto unpublished text written by the extraordinary script writer!
Other surprises are also announced and the impatience of the crowd is almost tangible. They all can't wait for 22 October 2009, by Toutatis!