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Philip Reeve, June 2012 Guest Editor, chose this book: "The Asterix books, by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, were huge favourites of mine when I was growing up, and they inspired me to start writing and drawing my own comic books. I loved their (vaguely) historical setting, their anarchic humour, the clever plots, and the brilliant drawings which bring it all to life. In the early books the drawings are cruder, and in the later ones the stories start to get a bit too silly, but there’s a long run of books in the middle which are just about perfect. It’s almost impossible to narrow it down to a single favourite, but my top five would have to include Asterix in Britain, Asterix and Cleopatra, Asterix the Legionary, Asterix and the Big Fight and Asterix and the Secret Agent." Jonathan Stroud, November 2010 Guest Editor, also chose Asterix: "Broadly speaking I think people can be divided into Tintin fans and Asterix fans, and I’m definitely one of the latter. Sure, I can see that Tintin’s well drawn, and sometimes exciting, but it falls down badly on the humour front, relying mainly on Captain Haddock falling over. Contrast that with the Asterix books, which are jam-packed with visual jokes and verbal gags, puns and one-liners of every description. They’ve also got a wonderful kinetic energy and sense of movement, which I still find myself echoing in prose when I write a Bartimaeus fight scene. Plus there’s the wonderful alternative history, with the indomitable Gauls fighting the hapless Romans. The early adventures are the finest, and Asterix and Cleopatra (which reveals exactly how the Sphinx of Giza lost its nose) is perhaps my favourite of all."
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