The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Saturday, April 4, 2020


By Toutatis! France unveils statue to Asterix creator
(From L) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Anne Goscinny, French cartoonist and illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempe, French cartoonist Julien Berjeaut aka Jul and Paris mayor in charge of culture Christophe Girard attend a ceremony for the unveiling of a commemorative statue dedicated to late French cartoonist Rene Goscinny on January 23, 2020 in Paris. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.


PARIS (AFP).- A statue of French comic book legend Rene Goscinny, the creator of Asterix and the cowboy Lucky Luke, was unveiled in Paris Thursday.

The life-sized bronze of the writer close to his former home features him holding some of his most famous creations, including Asterix, the plucky Gaul who refused to bend the knee to Julius Caesar and his legions.

Goscinny, who died of a brain haemorrhage at 51 in 1977, stands on a bookcase plinth that contains some of his best-loved works.

The statue is the first ever in the French capital to a comics creator.

Graphic novels both for adults and children have a massive readership in France and neighbouring Belgium, with Goscinny and his illustrator Alberto Uderzo -- now 92 -- regarded as gods of the genre.

Their catchphrases like Asterix's "By Toutatis!" -- an expression of surprise which references a real Gallic deity -- have gone down in comic book history.

The "Asterix" and "Lucky Luke" books are still huge bestseller across Europe, with new writers and illustrators taking up the stories.

The latest "Asterix" adventure, "The Daughter of Vercingetorix", has sold more than 1.5 million copies in France alone in two months.

Goscinny, who grew up in poverty before falling into the magic potion of comics after serving in the French army at the end of World War II, already has a street named after him in Paris close to France's National Library.

The French Ministry of Culture has declared 2020 the "Year of the Graphic Novel".


© Agence France-Presse










Today's News

January 24, 2020

Joan B Mirviss LTD features Japanese Modern Art at The Winter Show 2020

Egypt court jails ex- Italian diplomat for smuggling artefacts

Black 'rock' from AD 79 Italy eruption is part of exploded brain

Museum CEO apologizes for handling of staff complaints

The Kunsthaus Zürich opens a major solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson

Obama portraits to tour the nation

Native Americans get a stronger voice in the Mayflower story

Kazimir Malevich painting now on view at Zimmerli Art Museum

Ruiz-Healy Art opens exhibitions of work by Jesse Amado and Alejandro Diaz

Kasmin opens an exhibition of paper collages by German surrealist Max Ernst

Peter Saul’s first solo show with Almine Rech opens in Paris

CSU's Art Museum features Kandinsky, Torres-García and other modern masters

TEFAF releases the first look at TEFAF Maastricht 2020

Artists Dana James and John Knuth join Hollis Taggart's growing contemporary program

New craft-based exhibition highlights questions of identity, race, and religion

Museum of Arts and Design appoints Christian Larsen as Windgate Research Curator

The New Orleans Museum of Art presents Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought

Campaign to save Derek Jarman's Cottage, launched by artists including Tilda Swinton

Fridman Gallery opens Light Shop, Jan Tichy's second solo exhibition with the gallery

Over the Influence opens Peter Shire's first exhibition in Hong Kong

1930 motorbike being sold by RAF bomber pilot to save a church

By Toutatis! France unveils statue to Asterix creator

Sharjah Art Foundation acquires Otobong Nkanga's prize-winning Sharjah Biennial 14 work

Once 'Little Joe,' now a reigning New York City Ballet principal

How to make money online

Online Casino Malaysia - Facts About Players Favoring Playing On Web

Everything you need to know about silver chains

Taking Responsibility by DJ Wimberly




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful