Brand new: Asterix cover design just released - and an Asterix event!

Posted on 12th October 2015 by Nina Douglas
The cover for Asterix and the Missing Scroll is released for the first time today - and a special event with the Asterix creative team, to be held at Waterstones Piccadilly, is announced.

Don’t miss the worldwide publishing event of the year!

Asterix and The Missing Scroll, by Jean-Yves Ferri, Didier Conrad, and translated into English by Anthea Bell, the 36th Asterix album, will be published on 22nd October 2015 around the world!

At the centre of this new story: the talented Jean-Yves Ferri (author) and Didier Conrad (illustrator). This new creative team were introduced to the world in 2013, with the launch of the 35th album: Asterix and the Picts.

Driven by enthused readers and the heartfelt trust bestowed by Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny (original author, René Goscinny’s daughter), our new creative team have worked hard to create this new story since 2013. Their motto: to respect the values ​​of these internationally successful comic books created by two geniuses of the genre, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

It was while promoting Asterix and the Picts, that they had the idea to create this new Asterix story. It took them two years of mail correspondence, Skype sessions, sketches, essays, amendments and changes for Asterix and the Missing Scroll to come into being: an adventure that is very much in line with all the previous Asterix comic books.  

Whilst our heroes travelled to Caledonia (Scotland) and found themselves amidst the Scottish clans in the previous book, this new book will have Gaul as a backdrop instead. Caesar will have to make the trip from Rome to meet his best enemies! Albert Uderzo - proud and cheerful - said he was amazed by the authors as their well-thought new plot around the Gallic Wars is excellent: History in history!

We were told later about Libellus Blockbustus, ‘advisor’ (read spindoctor!) to Caesar - a name that suits him perfectly – as there are no good stories without a good “evil character”.  It is said that this character is a blend of essential personalities found in our modern world. That sounds promising…!

But what is inside the scroll? What part will Caesar play in this new adventure? Will the Gauls still shake the Roman Empire and enrage the great Julius?

The release of this new adventure is above all a human story, a passion for comics in general – more specifically a passion for Asterix.


And on Thursday the 5th November at 6.30pm, Piccadilly Waterstones will host an evening with the ASTERIX creative team: Jean-Yves Ferri, Didier Conrad and English Language translator, Anthea Bell, in conversation with chair, Daniel Hahn.

So come to Piccadilly to celebrate the launch of ASTERIX AND THE MISSING SCROLL, the brand new album in this worldwide bestselling, and much loved series, in the first UK event in years. Limited signed copies and special prizes will be available.

Asterix and the Missing Scroll will be published by Orion Children’s Books on 22nd of October 2015.

An Evening with the ASTERIX creative team will be held at Waterstones Piccadilly on Thursday the 5th November at 6.30pm.


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