Asterix's new Scottish adventures come out on Oct 24
PARIS (AFP) - After months of anticipation from die-hard fans, editors of the new adventures of Asterix and his faithful round friend Obelix on Wednesday finally unveiled the front cover and launch date.
Asterix And The Picts - which will see the two boisterous Gauls meet the people of ancient Scotland - comes out on Oct 24 in 15 countries and 23 languages, including Gaelic and Scots.
Editors have decided to print five million copies of this latest opus - the 35th in the Asterix comic book series. "We should be able to last 15 days with that," Isabelle Magnac of the Editions Albert Rene jokingly told reporters.
The Asterix series - created by illustrator Albert Uderzo and writer Rene Goscinny in 1959 - is a bestseller in the comic book world, with 352 million copies sold worldwide and translations in more than 110 languages and dialects.