Asterix hits a Roman - this image is on the inside covers of the annuals - or at least it was when I was a boy.
Asterix and his pals Obelix, Dogmatix and Getafix are a band of Gauls holding out against the Roman invasion. The comics are a French institution, popular all over the world, and I am proud to have a licence to use the images in my screenprints.
They first appeared in 1959 and dozens of titles were 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. New titles are now being issued with new writers and draftsmen.
The Asterix series has been translated into more than 100 languages. The books have been turned into more than a dozen films. There have also been a number of games based on the characters, and a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix. More than 300 million copies of more than 30 Asterix books have been sold worldwide.
I am the the first and only British screenprinter to have permission from French publisher Editions Albert Rene to use their archive of images for my work.
(Je suis le premier et seul sérigraphe britannique à avoir l’autorisation à utiliser leurs archives d’images pour faire des sérigraphies.)
These are all original screenprints. An original print is a work of art printed by hand, from a plate, block, stone, or stencil (which is the case here - screenprints are made using screen stencils) that has been created by the artist for the purpose of producing the image.
Colours can differ slightly from the photographs, as inks are mixed by hand for each batch or even each print.
Pictured are the standard version and the medium version, with Obelix walking into the panel.
© Editions Albert René