They are very, very, very much well known here in Germany and in France. And probably Belgium and in the whole of western Europe, too.
EVERYONE knows them - at least that they are "the people from the stubborn village hinderin the Romans of conquering all of France".
This is a comic tradition that is so much different from the american one. Often I find myself not being able to understand "typical american" comics, but rather european ones much better.
Asterix & Obelix began their lives as a kind of satire. They depict more-than-cliché-like French Gaullists, which live in the times of the Romans, and they react very much stubborn against any tries of the imvaders (the Romans, of course ) to conquer their land.
Their comic albums act as satires depicting all kinds of French and European folks according to their clichés.
If you want to start reading these comics, I personally suggest that you start with "humble beginnings", and that is the very first comic of them. From then on, everything develops, drawing-wise, story-wise etc. .
Look through the link above for more.
"The day writes the words right across the sky ... ... they go all the way up to the top of the night." (Sunset - Kate Bush - Aerial)
"Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth."
Post by twoheadedragon on Nov 11, 2009 15:45:57 GMT
ASTERIX! OBELIX! IDEFIX! PANORAMIX! CETAUTOMATIX! ORDRALPHABETIX! ABRARACOURCIX! ASSURANCETOURIX! AGECANONIX! The greatest comic series of all time! BY FAR! My favorite forever!
"Travellin' a lonesome highway The miles go by so slow. And you don't know where you're headed But you know you've got to go. And you don't want to walk alone, But you're seekin' a better home. Oh Lord, how long will the Search go on?"