Thursday, April 01, 2021

Coming Up: "Asterix and the Griffin" set for Oct. 21 release worldwide

The latest info on the upcoming Asterix book via an interview with "new" series writers Jean-Yves Ferri.

Didier Conrad sent a drawing to Éditions Albert René. A strange and mysterious drawing… It features our two heroes - created more than 60 years ago by the genius of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo - scaling a huge tree trunk in an attempt to reach Dogmatix who seems to be trying to get away from them… Is the little Gaulish canine making a bid for freedom?

The tree trunk is very unusual because it's carved into an effigy of an enigmatic creature with impressive teeth and a raptor's beak…

But what is this creature?

Jean-Yves Ferri tells us more "For me it all started with a sculpture of the Tarasque, a terrifying creature from Celtic legends ... Did our ancestors really believe that these peculiar monsters actually existed?

It's worth mentioning that in Roman times there weren't many explorers, so the terra was mostly incognita. Even so, extraordinary animals such as elephants and rhinoceroses had already been exhibited in Rome. Having seen them, why would Romans have any reason to doubt the existence of equally improbable creatures? And hadn't some of them (medusas, centaurs, gorgons...) been described very seriously before their time by the ancient Greeks?

Now it was time look at this bestiary and choose the animal that would be at the centre of the intrigue. Half-eagle, half-lion, with horse's ears and appropriately enigmatic - I opted for a Griffin!

The Romans were bound to go for it. But what about the Gauls? How would Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix, along with the Druid Getafix, get drawn into the epic, perilous quest to find this fantastical animal?

That's what you'll find out in the new album. And I'm not going to do what Wikipedia does and tell you EVERYTHING about it…"

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