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Steve, from the internet said on May 19th, 2011 at 10:21 am

I see what you did there. I’m not sure you needed the reveal at the end, not with him having a great fat friend with his own menhir quarry.

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Savage Wombat said on May 19th, 2011 at 10:22 am

I really want to know what inspired this particular mash-up.

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Bravo, sir, bravo.

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TL:DR

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TL:DR

This is either the most pathetic attempt at snark I’ve ever seen or a sad comment on humanity, and I’m not sure which.

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Steve, from the internet said on May 19th, 2011 at 11:14 am

Might I suggest “We can remenhir it for you wholesale” as an alternate title? (The source material being famous for puns, after all)

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koichi_hirose said on May 19th, 2011 at 11:23 am

That was awesome! There is one thing I’m not sure about, though: Are the Atlanteans suppsoed to be the same as in “Asterix and Obelix all at sea”? I don’t rememebr them so belligerent.

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OK, there’s Asterix, but another commenter said this is a mash-up…what’s the other franchise? I only recognize Asterix in this.

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by the way, excellent story, best bit of fan fiction I’ve read, I think, ever.

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OK, there’s Asterix, but another commenter said this is a mash-up…what’s the other franchise?

I think they might have meant it in a different way, since this isn’t a combination of Asterix + anything, but instead a re-envisioning of the Asterix elements in a new context.

Are the Atlanteans suppsoed to be the same as in “Asterix and Obelix all at sea”? I don’t rememebr them so belligerent.

Twelve hundred years is a long time.

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I just love this. That is essentially all I had to say.

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FifthSurprise said on May 19th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I would like to see this written out as a series.

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FifthSurprise said on May 19th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

While we’re at it, given that there’s a new Tintin movie coming out, I’d kind of like to see MGK’s take on Tintin.

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protocoach said on May 19th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Just to echo MrGale, I loved this as well, and I didn’t even catch the twist until I read the first comment and went looking for the reference.

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That was a truly beautiful story, MGK. Thank you.

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I’ll be honest-when I first started to read it, I thought it was like a Doctor Who beginning. I knew it wasn’t, but that was my first thought.

Excellent work, though. Even if I didn’t catch that it was Asterix until I read the comments.

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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on May 19th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Why “Asa Ricks” and not something like “Astor Ricks”? Puzzled…

Great story, though!

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Why “Asa Ricks” and not something like “Astor Ricks”?

Because “Asa” means “physician” or “”healer” in Hebrew and “little hawk” in Nigerian, and “Astor” means “couldn’t come up with anything vaguely realistic so I just whiffed it” in Writer.

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Impressive! Definitely some of your best work!

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“Astor” means “couldn’t come up with anything vaguely realistic so I just whiffed it” in Writer.

Uh…

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Loved it.

But it makes too much sense.

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I keep wondering, is the woman also someone I might know?

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Christian said on May 19th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I must say that I’m in the dark as to how this was a mash-up, or what even Asterix is. It would help if there was an edit or addendum to fill in people like me who want to enjoy the work

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Cespinarve said on May 19th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

That was very touching on some private level, to me. Bravo.

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Wonderful. Simply wonderful.

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The only time I’ve heard the name Astor, it was a girl being raised by a pretty blonde chick and her serial killer/blood spatter analyst boyfriend.

I got that it was Asterix when he mentioned his kids with “-ix” names, though I had an inkling of what it was before that.

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Really, really well done. Quite touching as well. Thank you.

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Evil Midnight Lurker said on May 20th, 2011 at 1:14 am

These Americans are crazy. *twirls finger*

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The clues for me were menhir and potion. I’ve only ever seen the word menhir in Asterix comics. Was a beautifully written piece.

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Wolfthomas said on May 20th, 2011 at 5:30 am

Wow.

As someone who used to read Asterix over and over again as a child/teen this just grabbed my heart and didn’t let go. The moment with obelix almost had me cry, as I could picture the giant bulk on the bed as life left his eyes.

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Magnificent. The spit-roasted bear reference took this Asterix nerd straight back to my high school library in the seventh grade.

I want more, but how could you top this?

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As another long-time Asterix fan — bravo.

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That Guy said on May 20th, 2011 at 10:14 am

As a kid I read and re-read every asterix treasury in my home town’s tiny public library. When I get the chance to pick them up even now that I’m older, they hold up. MGK, this reinterpretation of the entire concept is epic, tragic, awesome and in all ways worth of René Goscinny’s legacy of writing.

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slappy the happy robot said on May 20th, 2011 at 10:20 am

I must say that I’m in the dark as to how this was a mash-up, or what even Asterix is. It would help if there was an edit or addendum to fill in people like me who want to enjoy the work

you don’t really need any addendum or anything, because he’s not really doing anything with the canon: he’s taking the character of Asterix (a Gaulish adventurer in the time of Caesar) and completely going off in a different direction with it. think “seven soldiers” as an example – you didn’t need to read any comics beforehand to enjoy morrison’s riff on Shining Knight or Frankenstein, and this is sort of the same idea.

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Thornae said on May 20th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I thought I had it from the first paragraph (due to a lifelong association between menhirs and a certain series), but the next sections made me unsure – but then “brave souls and wild turkeys” sealed it for me.

Bravo, sir. Bravo.

I just wish I was up to the task of translating it suitably into French. Someone should.

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Just fantastic. Keeps the globe-trotting, swashbuckling tone while adding crazy, crazy gravitas. Outstanding.

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Olive Branch said on May 20th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Another Asterix fan who knew exactly what this was referring when he read the word “menhir” in the title.

You are a gifted man, MGK. Thank you.

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Jason McCulley said on May 20th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Loved it. Well played, sir.

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Lord Morgue said on May 21st, 2011 at 2:42 am

Fondue? Is there boar tripe? WITH HONEY?

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I have to say, I was expecting it to be about Obelix; He’s a better candidate for immortality what with the falling in the potion and everything.

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Eric S. Smith said on May 21st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I hate to bring this up, but it really did bump me: “will not due,” should be “will not do.”

I also question “enter power,” but not so much as to call it wrong.

Lovely!

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Itty Bitty Spiderling said on May 22nd, 2011 at 6:05 am

Such an awesome thing.

Thank you very much.

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@mrib: Obelix wouldn’t be clever enough to do what needs to be done. Getafix always favoured Asterix because he knew that, although a bararian, Asterix was razor sharp mentally and would do the right thing as a matter of habit.

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Drag Balls said on May 23rd, 2011 at 11:17 am

I’ll admit I’ve only read a few Asterix stories, but I had no inkling there was so much magic involved. I thought the potion was a just handy deus ex machina, and everything else was more or less founded in reality, if preposterously caricatured.

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I liked, a lot, thank you.

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Awesome. Thanks for that.

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Asterix was the first thing I thought of, certainly, but I assumed I was wrong….

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… Aw, man, right in my nostalgia bone.

I’ll be out of touch for a few weeks digging up all my old comics… And then seeing which ones are in good enough condition to pass them on to my nieces.

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Came here from makinglight today, as an asterix fan.

I usually only cry at one or two things a year. Damn you, sir. Well done.

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