Yes, it's official, the Gauls are making a comeback: It seems that Caesar is still in "I came, I saw," mode. As for "I conquered".. Asterix and Obelix are back in a new edition of the famed comic book, this time fighting their Roman foes in a propaganda war alongside a character inspired by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“The central theme is really information and the control of information and the dramatic notion that surrounds this,” cartoonist Conrad said. Ferri and Conrad said several new characters had been inspired by real people, such as Jacques Seguela, publicist and image adviser to former French president François Mitterrand.
"We thought about which public figure from our time can inspire us, and for Caesar’s adviser, we quickly thought of Jacques Seguela. This is not a physical caricature, it’s rather this type of character … the adviser in the shadows", Ferri said.
The other new addition is a journalist, inspired by Assange, whose anti-secrecy group’s publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010 was one of the largest information leaks in US history.