The newest Asterix comic book, "Asterix chez les Pictes" ("Asterix and the Picts"), sees the moustached Gaul travel to ancient Scotland. It is available in English but also, for the first time, in Scots, after being translated from the French by Matthew Fitt.
In Fitt's version, Asterix and Obelix speak in a Glaswegian dialect, the Pictish nation talk in Doric and do battle with Roman legionaries who bark their orders in Dundonian.
The book is the 35th in the series originally created by illustrator Albert Uderzo and writer Rene Goscinny in 1959. Around 352 million copies of the books have been sold.
It has been written by Jean-Yves Ferri who denies the plot is a reference to the independence campaign and looming referendum.
He said: "I went to Scotland to show the idea to the Scots. They were happy we thought about them and asked me 'Why Scotland?' And in particular they thought it was because of this referendum, when in fact not at all." It is being published by Itchy Coo and Black & White Publishing.