Mohn Media Prints New Asterix
- Volume 36 is called “Asterix and the Missing Scroll”
- Arvato subsidiary produces 1.5 million copies of the latest Gaul adventure in seven different country versions
- More than 300 tons of paper used
They're back – the most popular indomitable Gauls in comic book history. The latest adventure of Asterix, Obelix and co. entitled “Asterix and the Missing Scroll” is now available in bookshops and on newsstands. Volume 36 of the iconic series was once again produced at Mohn Media in Gütersloh and Marienfeld.
The Egmont Ehapa Media contract comprised the production of 1.5 million softcover copies for the main German edition and six other country versions. A French printing company was commissioned for the French market. The 48 content pages and four cover pages were printed in the second half of September and consumed more than 300 tons of paper in all. To maintain the suspense until the last moment, it was imperative that there were no leaks from the printing plant in Gütersloh or the adhesive binding facility in Marienfeld
Mohn Media staff member Thomas Göktas checks the quality of the printed sheets.
After the 35th volume, “Asterix and the Picts” in 2013, “Asterix and the Missing Scroll” is the second adventure from the new “Asterix” team of writer Jean-Yves Ferri and illustrator Didier Conrad. The action is once again set in Gaul after Asterix and Obelix’s trip to the Scottish clans in the previous volume. The work “The Gallic War,” describing Caesar’s campaign of conquest, served as inspiration for the new book. This time Ferri and Conrad created the characters of Blockbustus, a kind of media advisor to Caesar who pulls the strings in the background, and Doublepolemix, an investigative journalist with the distinctive facial features of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
For Heinrich Reker, Product Line Manager Magazines at Mohn Media, production of the new “Asterix” volume style was once more a great team effort: “We have delivered a product that we can be proud of. In any event the customer is completely satisfied with our work.”
“The new ‘Asterix' volume is one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated releases,” says Axel Hentrei, Managing Director of Mohn Media. “For us, the production of every single issue is very special because ‘Asterix’ is an iconic global brand loved by children and adults alike. We’re happy to play our part in continuing this success story as long as possible.”
Egmont Ehapa Media has relied on Mohn Media’s quality and competence for many years, and also has the Gütersloh Arvato subsidiary produce other comics such as “Lucky Luke” and “YPS Magazine” for them The next “Asterix” contract is also imminent: At the beginning of 2016, new reprints of all previous volumes will be produced – usually around 15,000 copies.