Asterix is a French comic book series – which I absolutely love and adore! I actually see it as The Greatest Comic Books in the World! This feisty autonomous village of indomitable Gauls has so many funny characters and so much play-on-words that it is a treasure-chest for Old Mamasan. Just the character names alone are enough to crack me up bigtime. Although the names have been translated to the English versions of the comic book – they are still done with thought and finesse (more so than in the Norwegian translation.) Who wouldn’t love a druid by the name of Getafix or a village bard named Cacofonix! I won’t reveal all the names, as I think you should pick up an Asterix comic book and see for yourself!
Asterix was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo until the death of Goscinny in 1977. Uderzo then took over the writing until 2009, when he sold the rights to publishing company Hachette. As of 2015, 36 volumes have been released. Several of the books have been adapted into films, 9 animated and 4 live action.
Parc Astérix (opened in 1989) is a theme amusement park in France, approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris – based on the comics about Asterix and his villagers.
It is especially well known in France for its large variety of roller coasters (including a bobsled one), and is also incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Gauls, the Romans, the ancient Greeks and the Egyptians, but always in the visual style of the stories.
If you happen to be in Paris, especially with kids, and you have a day to spend – try Parc Asterix!