Monday, July 07, 2008

Asterix & Obelix - a GREAT adventure

Its funny that a great comic like Asterix & Obelix, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations), hugely popular in Europe and almost known all over the world, is said to be so unknown basically in the USA. Why one may ask, why isn't Asterix & Obelix more known in the USA? Maybe someone know. It is said to have been translated into more than 100 languages and dialects. The official website is http://gb.asterix.com/

In any case Asterix & Obelix, the story of a small ancient Gaul village in France, during the time of the Roman empire ruled by Julius Ceasar, is again one of those comics that have been a sort of drawing school for my self, in my pre-teen years. Its also one of those comics I run to buy every time a new comics magazine/book with them came out. Or run to the library to read. They always came out as an album here in Sweden. There where no adds except for a new episode, or similar comic. It was just plainly Asterix & Obelix. Nothing else. A clean new episode each time.

If you never heard about the story, Obelix, the BIG guy as a kid fell in the barrel filled with the magic drink, brewed by their druid Getafix, a Merlin kind of guy. And he drank basically everything, so he was for ever and eternity the strongest man in the world. Asterix, the more clever guy, and way smaller in both size and length, always had to take a sip, to be as strong as Obelix. They love to fight with the romans, and basically loved to fight period. Obelix he always carry with him, a huge obelisk stone on his back.

If you haven't had the time to read Asterix & Obelix, then don't hesitate, you might like it!

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator & artist

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