Five years after its theatrical debut, the much-admired Oscar-nominated Irish feature The Secret of Kells finally has its own art-of book. Designing the Secret of Kells will be launched later this month at the San Diego Comic-con International.
It’s perhaps fitting that a book of the film’s concept and production artwork would take this long to publish, since the film itself took ten years to complete. “The Secret of Kells was a labor of love for me and our core crew since our college days,” says the film’s co-director Tomm Moore. “We began designing and developing the project in 1999 while both finishing our studies and beginning our company, Cartoon Saloon.”
The book is being co-published by Cartoon Saloon and Los Angeles art bookseller and distributor Stuart Ng Books. [Disclosure: Stuart Ng is an advertiser on Cartoon Brew.] Cartoon Saloon founders Tomm Moore and Paul Young will be signing the book at Stuart Ng’s booth at Comic-Con (booth #5012) on the following days and times:
Thursday, July 24: 5:30-7pm
Friday, July 25: 6-7pm
Saturday, July 26: 5:30-7pm