New Asterix album title revealed as the Gauls head for Italy!

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Asterix and the Race through Italy – yes, the title of the 37th album recounting the adventures of our friends from Gaul created by two comic book geniuses – Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny – has finally been revealed, due for release in October.

The year is 50 BC. Italy is entirely under Rome’s control, well, not entirely… Though Caesar dreams of a united Italy, the peninsula is made up of various fiercely independent regions.

Yes – it turns out the inhabitants of Ancient Italy are not all Romans, much to Obelix’s dismay. The Italians want to keep their independence and take a dim view of Julius Caesar and his legions’ plans for total domination – and life isn’t easy for the garrisons of Roman legionaries charged with keeping an eye on them all!

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After Asterix and the Picts and the brilliant Asterix and the Missing Scroll, Asterix and Obelix are back with another all-new story, the work once again of the talented Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.

“Italy is so much more than Caesar, Rome and the Coliseum!” say Didier and Jean-Yves of the new story, who really nailed these new adventures of Asterix and Obelix in Missing Scroll for me – and which sold over two million copies in France alone.

“We realised that it was finally time for Asterix and Obelix to find out what Italy was really like! And we were sure Albert Uderzo would approve, as his family is originally from Venice.”

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• Asterix and the Race through Italy will be released on 19th October 2017. Get ready for an incredible trip across the peninsula by re-ordering the book here on (using this link helps support downthetubes)

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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