Hachette Children’s Group will this October publish a new story in the Asterix and Obelix series, in which the pair cross paths with the daughter of Vercingetorix, the leader of the Gauls.
Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter was created by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad, who began creating Asterix books in 2013, overseen by the original illustrator Albert Uderzo (the original author René Goscinny died in the 1977).
Ferri and Conrad said: “From what we know of the chieftain’s daughter, she’s a rebellious teenager. Hardly surprising – it can’t be easy having a name like Vercingetorix! We did quite a lot of research into her for the album: her appearance, her name, her personality . . . as you may know, Vercingetorix didn’t give much away about his private life, and there are very few historical sources. But, as you’ll see, we’ve managed to track down quite a collection of scoops!”
Hachette will publish Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter worldwide on 24th October.
The Asterix and Obelix series is one of France’s most successful publishing hits and more than 600,000 copies of the books sold last year, according to Hachette. A TV series, "Dogmatix and the Idomitables", is in development with France Télévisions and Futurikon.