Comic Treats

Come summer, friends and me used to head to the World Culture Library in Basavanagudi. The primary reason was to read the The Adventures of Asterix comics.

It was down right hilarious, so much so that we used to be scolded by the librarian to maintain silence. Initially we had not made much efforts to even see those comics as they had lengthy English dialogues and the drawings compared to phantom or Amar chitra katha little crude!

As one starts slowly reading the comics, the content hits your hilariously. What is more likable in these are the creative mix done by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). They have been able to successfully merge the modern technologies to primeval times, which create wonderful moments.

We were always flummoxed by Obelisk. But the naming methodology used indicated the fun intended by the comic creators. Almost all the characters in these books have an name ending with –ix.

The pun intended is obvious many times. For example, getafix is the druid who brews magic portions for the gang of Gauls.

Asterix was originally serialized in the magazine Pilote in the very first issue in 1959. In 1961 the first book was put together entitled Asterix the Gaul. From then on, books have been released generally on a yearly basis. When Goscinny died, Uderzo continued the series alone, though on a less frequent basis. Uderzo’s stories have not been as critically well received as the ones co-authored with Goscinny.

The after effects of this comic session would be fits of laughter- all of a sudden in the main roads. The people on roads would think we are some sort of fools are unto some prank. We could narrate the humor only half and get into a series of fits of laughter so much so that the other person too would join in the laughter without knowing the complete joke. So powerful were the humorous situations depicted.

The 33 main books or albums (one of which is a compendium of short stories) have been translated into more than 100 languages and dialects.

So, 3 cheers to Asterix and the gang of Ghauls.


One Response to Comic Treats

  1. Srik says:

    Yup. It used to be my most loved past time too. Now a days I dont go to IIWC library when its open, or its closed when I go there 😦

    Need to do something.

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