On Display : Astérix and Obélix

“The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaires who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium …”

Translated into 107 languages and adored around the world, the comic series Astérix et Obélix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo debuted in 1959. In all, 36 albumns have been published since then. In addition to print, the anti-heroes have been featured in numerous films and games. In 1989, their influence extended further with the opening of Parc Astérix, a theme park north of Paris.

The Library and Learning Commons display cases – in a light-hearted end to the winter term, are exhibiting several albums and figurines of the characters. Enjoy the display and be on the look-out for Dogmatix (Astérix’s loyal companion and tiny fearless terrier). He has his own method for dealing with the invading Romans!

Special thanks to Sébastien Marchal (University Marketing and Communications) and Catherine Parayre (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures – French Studies) for this entertaining exhibit.

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