Last week Bleeding Cool pointed out that the three bestselling books in France were all comics, Asterix & Obelix, Naruto Vol 44 and Happy Sex. This week those books maintain their places fopr a second week.
But they’ve been joined at number 6 by XIII Mystery Vol 2: Irana, a spinoff of the popular XIII series by Eric Corbeyran and Philippe Berthet. And at number 8 by Les forêts d’Opale, t. 6 : Le sortilège du pontife (The Opal Forests: The Pontiff’s Curse) by Christophe Arleston, Philippe Pellet. Arleston is considered the most likely candidate to take over writing the Asterix books.
And before the end of the month, the new volume of monster hit Blake & Mortimer is published, second only in sales to Asterix and Titeuf. As a result of this best selling comics glut, some publishers are pulling out of December, usually a best-selling month, including the manga branch of Glénat.
And on the Asterix front, Casemate magazine published an interview with Albert Uderzo that states that he has decided to write and draw one more Asterix album before the Mebarki Bros and the still unnamed (but it’s obviously Arleston) writer publish their first volume.