Thursday, April 06, 2017

The new Asterix book is ... Asterix and the Race Through Italy!

Out Oct. 19 in hardcover, and also in two "art book" editions.

This marks the third Asterix adventure by "new" team Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad, who seem to have hit their stride.

While I found their first release, Asterix and the Picts a little uneven (understandable, considering the size of Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny's shoes), it's followup  "Asterix and the Missing Scroll" was beautifully illustrated and very funny, to boot. I'm looking forward to this new one.

Here's the first blurb:
Famous for their extensive travels around the Known World, this time Asterix and Obelix are going to meet the people of the Italian peninsula: the Italics!
To Obelix's delight, the inhabitants of Ancient Italy are not all Romans! Far from it! The Italics want to keep their independence and take a dim view of Julius Caesar and his Legions' plans for total domination.

In Asterix and the Race through Italy, Asterix and Obelix embark upon a great adventure in the extraordinary world of Ancient Italy!
And here is info on the art books:
Deluxe Edition
This large-format edition (26 x 36.5 cm) of the new album will include 128 pages with a square canvas spine and headband. Two different types of paper will be used to provide the most beautiful design for a wide variety of graphic creations.
On the agenda:
  • The album in colour
  • All Didier Conrad's original drawings
  • A 32-page feature to give you exclusive insight into how the album was created, with many previously unseen drawings and working documents by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.
ArtBook Edition
Calling all collectors! Discover the definitive edition of Asterix and the Race through Italy in a set that includes:
  • A large format (290 x 370 mm), 112-page album printed on Munken Print White 150 g paper, featuring 44 drawn illustrations and 44 inked illustrations by Didier Conrad, and a 16-page graphic notebook with previously unseen drawings, character studies, sketches, and storyboard excerpts by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad. Square canvas spine, headband, 3 mm-thick card
  • A folder containing bookplates, in 295 x 375 mm format, printed on 250 g paper and including one signed by Jean-Yves Ferri and one signed by Didier Conrad.
Numbered limited edition

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