General Information About Asterix Comic Books

Les Editions Albert René

On 1 October 1979, Albert Uderzo launched a new enterprise. Contrary to the belief of all those who thought that no one could carry on the adventures of Asterix after the death of his accomplice and friend Goscinny, he founded his own publishing house and named it after both of them: Albert René.

Les Editions Albert René had three aims:

  1. To publish the Asterix the Gaul comic books created by Albert Uderzo since 1980 and re-publish other comic books created with René Goscinny before 1959.
  2. To initiate new projects: launch comic books, films, and cartoons, local and international exhibitions
  3. 3. To manage the worldwide rights to the Asterix brand by granting licenses for spin-off products and advertising including that of the Parc Asterix.

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On 12 December 2008, Arnaud Nourry, CEO of Hachette Livre, which was to acquire a major stake in Editions Albert René and take ownership in March 2011, announced: “Hachette Livre’s teams are very proud to be entrusted with this mainstay of popular culture, which transcends countries and generations. I have promised Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny that Asterix will still be a star 100 years from now.”

International Publishing

It is unclear whether Asterix was first translated into Portuguese or German. But one thing is sure; the method of translating has not changed since 1967. The story is translated into the chosen language and then back-translated into a French version.
Any translations that are deemed too approximate or that fail to put across the puns or word play for the names of the characters will not be accepted!
This method is unique: as a speaker of many languages himself, René Goscinny paid particular attention to how the works he had created with Albert Uderzo were adapted into various languages.
It is said that the task was so tough, all the translators have gone bald from tearing their hair out! But the result is worth all the effort!

In 2011 the comic strip series of the Adventures of Asterix the Gaul appeared in the Guinness Book of Records as the most translated comic strip series in the world! It appears in 107 languages and dialects (not including pirate translations, of course!)

Humour apparently has no borders: Asterix is a pioneer.

Used as a work of reference for making learning Latin easier, it also exists in Urdu in India, as well as in Frisian and Palatine German in Germany… large countries with tiny areas where certain dialects are spoken.

The world of Asterix reaches all over the globe, as far as China!

The Best-selling Comic Book In The World!

France (and French speaking countries): 130 million
Germany (and German speaking countries): 120 million
United Kingdom (and English speaking countries): 23 million
Spain (and Spanish speaking countries): 24 million
Benelux: 19 million
Scandinavia: 12 million
Greece: 7 million
Italy: 5.5 million
Portugal: 5.5 million
Brazil: 3 million
Poland: 1.5 million

Animated Films

Asterix has enjoyed over 40 years of success on the big screen with eight animated films.

Ever since they were young, the two authors had dreamt of becoming their local version of Walt Disney!

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In 1974, their dream came true when they created Studios Idefix that were to produce The Twelve Tasks of Asterix before closing down.

2014: A new 3D feature-length film entitled The Land of The Gods produced by M6 Studios.

Cinema

1968: René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo said: “It would be very difficult to bring our characters to life in flesh and blood. Take Obelix, for example: we would need to find someone measuring 2.5 meters round his middle, we would have to cheat, which would be out of the question!

1999: First live-action cinema adaptation of the Adventures of Asterix, directed by Claude Zidi. Obelix really exists, Gerard Depardieu is the living proof!

Since then, there have been 4 live action films: 4 worldwide super-productions.
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A total of 70 million of views, and translated into more than 50 languages.