"Sandstone-cutter Manuel Mendes
posing next to a statue he made
representing comic character Obelix at Erquy."
Photo courtesy: AFP.
French sandstone-cutter Manuel Mendes poses next to a statue he made which represents comic character Obelix on October 13, 2009 in the western French village of Erquy. Mendes and former bookseller Jean-Pierre Allain thinks that the village could have inspired Asterix's French author and illustrator Albert Uderzo who launched the comic book characters Asterix and Obelix in 1959 with author Rene Goscinny.