Venue of debates for budding interpreters of the Asterix universe, the EncyclObelix forum is today considering a thorny problem, which has long since racked the brains of some of the most attentive fans of the most famous of all Gauls: what are those mysterious hidden drawings of Dogmatix doing in the pages of Le Livre d'Astérix le Gaulois (The book of Asterix the Gaul)?
A genuine recap of all the fundamentals in the Asterix universe, published in French 1999 to mark the 40th anniversary of our heroes, Le Livre d'Astérix le Gaulois humorously covers the characters and themes used in the Asterix albums. But now some readers are writing to us, intrigued by the presence of miniature drawings of Dogmatix on certain double pages of the book, like this one:
The authors of Le Livre d'Astérix le Gaulois book have been uncovered! They've been amusing themselves by surreptitiously inserting a drawing of Asterix and Obelix's faithful companion onto every double page. The Gauls from Editions Albert René are crazy! Special surprises cleverly hidden for the most attentive of readers to find, these little drawings are like "Easter eggs" (a common procedure in the cinema in particular) of Le Livre d'Astérix le Gaulois book.
Some are so well hidden that you almost need a magnifying glass to find them. Others, discovered during the course of the publication process, and wrongly judged to be faults, have nearly been obliterated, and thus all the harder to unearth! But impossible is not Gaulish: readers of Asterix and Obelix's Missive have so far been able to tell us exactly where these Dogmatixes are. The most brilliant of them will therefore see their names added to our top V below:
If you haven't yet played, get out your magnifying glasses now! And should you want to check your work, or just avoid ending up like the people in the "place which sends you mad" from The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, you will find below all the answers, in words and pictures!NB: on page LXII, Dogmatix is hidden in different places according to whether you own the luxury or standard edition of the Asterix the Gaul book. Both answers are reproduced below.