Now we can be confident there’s some reason to have one, what better time to grab this Asterix-themed 2021 square calendar, published by deNeues?
Large scale comic-related events may still be slow to restart next year, as COVID-19 vaccination programs roll out globally. While the most vulnerable will start getting their jabs as early as next week here, Australia doesn’t expect to begin its roll out until March and Canada has indicated its program will take until September at the earliest to complete.
But at least we can, hopefully, look forward to some organised happenings in 2021, perhaps in the second half of the year, if the cancellation of the Isle of Man TT Races in May serves as an indicator. So a 2021 Calendar now seems a worthwhile purchase, to mark up things we can at last look forward too!
This year’s Asterix calendar, available from AmazonUK here (Affiliate link), offers a selection of the best illustrations from the books.
Measuring 30 x 60 cm when open, the upper half displays the monthly image and in the lower half there is a six-lingual calendar grid (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch) displaying public holidays etc., with plenty of room for important dates and events.
If you’re of a mind to look further afield for your Asterix planner, German publisher deNeues also offers a 22 x 45 cm “Family Planner” version in German, direct from its own web site.
As if you needed reminding, Asterix is the most successful French comic series, created in 1959 by author René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo, centring around the main character, Asterix. So far, the hero’s adventures fill 37 albums, with 34 self-contained stories of album-length.
downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf has a number of articles on comic-related calendars on his Boys Adventure Comics Blog
• Asterix Calendars are here
• Beano and Dandy calendars are here
• Commando calendars are here
• A Dan Dare calendar is here
• Judge Dredd calendars are here
• Oor Wullie is here
• VIZ calendars are here
• Miscellaneous calendars are here
With thanks to Richard Sheaf
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.