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September 26, 2014

Albert Uderzo Reconciles With Daughter Sylvie; Lawsuits Terminated

imageMy memory of the dispute between Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo and his daughter Sylvie suggests that this BBC article about their reconciliation hits the high points, or at least the bulk of them. The feud came about in 2007 and 2008 as Uderzo sought to transition into a new business relationship with the franchise he had kept alive as a solo act after Rene Goscinny's death in the late 1970s. This included Sylvie and her husband being dismissed as managers of her father's estate, and the property being sold by the artist a year later. Uderzo has since retired -- last year's Asterix volume was the first not by a series creator.

The article notes that one lawsuit that emerged from this stew was dismissed last Friday; whether or not that sparked the reconciliation I couldn't tell you. I'm glad when people put their personal affairs in order, though. Life is short, and there's plenty of reward to be had working in close proximity to a franchise like that one or even having worked in close proximity to one.

Their count has sales of the series at 352 million copies.
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