When I was littler I used to collect Asterix comics….

The year is 50 BC and all Gaul is occupied. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. But how much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the mighty legions of Julius Ceasar? Anything is possible, with a little cunning plus the druid Getafix’s magic potions! Their effects can be truly hair raising…

Asterix, how old are you and do you ever age?

I was born on the same day as my friend Obelix. But I was created in 1959 and after 35 different stories (my last was in 2013) I am looking forward to many more years. I have been made into 350 million albums in more than 100 languages, by the way.

Who is it who draws you?

Originally I was written by Goscinny and drawn by Uderzo, but now I am written by Jean-Yves Ferri and drawn by Didier Conrad. I have been made into eight animated films. And had actors play me too in films. Also I have a theme park named after me, where you can find me in life size.

What is your mission in life?

To fight the imperialist ambitions of an increasingly globalised Rome.

What is your favorite pastime?

To go to the forest with my friend Obelix, and his dog Dogmatix, to hunt for wild boar.

What breed is your dog, dogmatix?

In the two Asterix films that have been released up to now, the dogs that have played the part of our little hero were Westies (West Highland White Terriers). Prior to these films, in an Asterix special by the Holiday on Ice company, the role of Dogmatix was played by a Maltese dog who had been on the receiving end of an extreme makeover and whose ears had been treated with a bio-dye in order to turn it into a perfect Dogmatix!

Who are the bravest people you have met?

It’s possible that it is the Gauls: these fearless warriors, certain of the Gods’ protection, charge full-tilt into battle, shouting, singing and dancing wildly so as to frighten their adversary. Gauls will use anything to terrorise and demoralise the enemy: they show off their bloody wounds, they put their biggest and most powerful men in the front lines (proof that Caesar had to have come across Obelix in combat!) while they blow mightily into their carnyx to create an absolutely deafening racket.
It’s possible that it is the Belgians  Their assault technique is fearsome: forming a compact mass round the ramparts of a citadel, they throw a huge amount of stones, then, in tortoise formation, set fire to the various watchtowers.

Tell us about the Gaulish gourmet.

Our gastronomic discoveries often go hand in hand with striking up an acquaintance with honest, outgoing characters who delight in a copious feast. Our enthusiasm attests to the conviviality of our ancestors in the year 50 B.C., and offers us a salutary modus vivendi in an era of microwavables and other fast-food heresies which are altogether alien to the pure Gaulish spirit!

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