The Asterix Project


“Corsica is the Roman’s bugbear!” insists the proud Boneywasawarriorwayayix to Obelix, who for his part considers that the nightlife among the Romans who live next to the “village of madmen” is already fairly agitated. In an effort to get the real scoop, Asterix and Obelix set off for the Isle of Beauty on a “research trip”. And they have to admit that the Corsicans’ methods are more than a little surprising: between two naps, our heroes discover clan warfare, scrubland where entire Roman legions are lost, Corsican cheeses with an explosive flavour and wild pigs with a strong resemblance to domestic boar (when you have Obelix’s appetite at least…).

The magnificent scenery, the observation of local customs: everything is perfectly depicted in Asterix in Corsica, thanks to the reconnaissance trip made by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. It is worth noting that research trips were made only for this album and Asterix and the Black Gold. If we also consider the preface to this album, we might wonder whether our authors experienced some explosive fantasies? Whatever the case, the poignant realism recreated by our authors convinced the Corsicans themselves, who did not hesitate to turn this title into a best-seller at the shops on the Isle of Beauty.

What’s more, a number of people on the island claim to have inspired the character of Boneywasawarriorwayayix, whereas the truth of the matter is that he is a caricature of Paul Giannoli, a journalist who worked at Pilote, and has always been oblivious to his newfound fame!