The asteroid, the refractory hero Gal that always succeeds in defeating the Romans, turns to his 37th animated adventure, this time breaking the way to Italy with a koci.
The dearly-loved character of the French and world-wide public has dreamed since 1959 the reader, his stories, and his closest friend, the merciless and obedient Obelisk.
Both have now become key figures in the publishing industry, with over 370 million books with illustrations sold all over the globe. As well as being translated into more than 100 languages, the books have also served as inspiration for a series of cartoons.
“Asterisks and racing competition” events are set in ancient Italy. Instead of confronting Jul Cezar, the two heroes meet with a tribe of people who call it “italic”. It is a group of people fighting for independence from the power of Rome.
The original book, written by Rene Goscinny, with illustrations by Albert Uderzo, made great fuss in the years 1960-1970, and a half century later, many of his readers of that time continue to mention the deeds of their characters dear.
After Goscinny’s death in 1977, Uderzo got into writing and illustrating new series until 2009 when he decided to retire. The last three editions were created by Jean-Yves Ferri, with Didier Conrad’s drawings, both of which have tried to stay as loyal to the original format.
Asterisks have been a real success at Box Office, but his books have also attracted a new generation of fans, which is reflected in the Asterisks and Wheelchair Contest. 5 million copies are planned right now.