Taking a cue from Klahanie’s blog, I’m doing this backwards today. Instead of a word starting with an X, I will use a word that ends with one. I fell in love with this silly yet adorable comic book when a teenager and am so happy I can now read it in its original French. One of the fun things about the “Astérix the Gaul” comic book series, is that all of the names of the Gaelic men (from Astérix’s village) END in “X.”
The women’s names all end either in “E” or “A” as would be appropriate in French. If you look carefully and read out the men’s names however, the joke is on us as readers. Take for instance, what is an asterisk? A star! How about Panoramix, ever had one taken at the dentists? Or Geriatrix, who happens to be the oldest of the villagers. Obélix is Astérix’s best friend (obelisk anyone?). Astérix Le Gaulois was first published in 1959 in “Pilote”magazine, and to this day is a French favorite with 35 volumes so far. (my husband has two Pilote originals worth I don’t know what) Then came the cartoons and now there are films. All have done well. There is even a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix. Here then, are some photos of Astérix and Company to hopefully make you smile…
|The hero himself
|With his best friend Obelix and his dog Dogmatix (in French, Idéfix, like an idea)
|From one of the four films Christian Clavier as Asterix and
Gérard Depardieu as Obelix
|To give you an idea of the English language version
|The cast from one of the films again this time starring Édouard Baer as Asterix
|More humor typical of the comic books
|The village inhabitants!
|Le Parc Asterix
|Even publicized in the subways...
|And on postal stamps