The Caricatures in Asterix and the Missing Scroll
True to Asterix tradition, Asterix and the Missing Scroll is full of surprises and nods to the real world, including a few celebrity caricatures...
The famous English film director and master of suspense appears in the guise of an impassive falconer, part of the retinue of Libellus Blockbustus, whose messages he sends winging through the air. A fine tribute to the director of cult film The Birds !
The casting of the 36th Asterix album will be something of a milestone: first a director, and now an actor! Jean Réno, start of Léon: The Professional, The Big Blue and Les Visiteurs, to name but a few of his many successes, makes an appearance in Asterix and the Missing Scroll as a soldier in the private guard of Libellus Blockbustus !
Libellus Blockbustus' wild cocktail parties were the talk of the town in Rome. But one day the formidable critic of Mundus makes an appearance that soon had tongues wagging. His long white mane leaves little room for doubt: a distant cousin of the journalist Franz-Olivier Giesbert has pitched up in the pages of Asterix!
While Confoundtheirpolitix, the newsmonger without borders in Asterix and the Missing Scroll, is not a direct caricature of Assange, he is at least loosely based on the founder of Wikileaks. Like him, he makes use of the most modern networks to spread the news, and is something of a worry to the powerful in the Known World. Comic lovers will also note that the colour of his clothes are reminiscent of another reporter from the comic book world's distant future : Tintin!
A sort of spin doctor of the ancient world, Libellus Blockbustus plays fast and loose with the facts to conjure up a reality that reflects the ambition of his master, Julius Caesar. While Libellus Blockbustus is not a caricature of one specific person, Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad drew inspiration for the character from our most famous home-grown spin doctors, like Patrick Buisson and Bernard-Henry Lévy, and perhaps even most of all Jacques Séguéla, whose example he follows by sporting a luxury sundial on his wrist, designed by the greatest of Swiss watchmakers!