OCTOBER 2009 IS ASTERIX’S 50th BIRTHDAY

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To celebrate this momentous day in publishing history
ORION will publish the first brand new album for four years – and their UK title will be:

ASTERIX AND OBELIX’S BIRTHDAY: THE GOLDEN BOOK

This cover artwork for the brand new album, by Albert Uderzo, is shown for the first time worldwide on 8 and 9 October 2009.
ASTERIX Golden Book
The contents remain under embargo until publication.
ASTERIX AND OBELIX’S BIRTHDAY: THE GOLDEN BOOK will consist of a 56 page collection of brand new short stories recounting Asterix and Obelix’s birthday celebrations. The publication of this brand new book will be a fitting tribute to the Asterix universe.
This first album in four years is eagerly anticipated by the millions of fans of Asterix; the highest selling series in the world, having been translated into over 100 languages and dialects. This title completes the 2009 publishing programme, following June’s publication of HOW OBELIX FELL INTO THE MAGIC POTION…
The album will have an international embargo with worldwide publication on 22 October 2009.
About Asterix:
Asterix was created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in 1959. For millions of readers the world over (more than 320 million albums sold in over 100 languages), this extraordinary day commemorates 50 years of sheer happiness with Asterix.
Created for the Pilote weekly magazine in 1959, Asterix became the most famous Gaul in the world. Brainchild of the dynamic duo Goscinny / Uderzo while weathering a sweltering summer on a balcony in the Paris suburb of Bobigny, the adventures of the little Gaul hero with the winged helmet have since become classics.
With some 400 characters (from Aberdeenangus to Zurix!), the 33 Asterix albums (current series) describe a world teeming in activity and never-ending change, a universe that has spilled over into various media: cinema (8 animated films and 3 liveaction films), video games and, of course, the Parc Astérix leisure park.
More dynamic than ever, Asterix and his friends are preparing a great number of events to celebrate a half century of merriment with their readers. They have just one idea in mind: to persist in “laughing and making others laugh”.

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