Bleeding Cool previously reported on plans by Tintin publisher Casterman to publish a new volume one year before the character enters the public domain, despite reported wishes of Herge.
But at Angoulême, the scene seemed to be set for an earlier return to new volumes for the famous Belgian character, possibly in light of the success of recent post-Uderzo Asterix.
Nick Rodwell, lawyer and the second wife of Hergé’s widow and in charge of Moulinsart which manages the Tintin brand, has repeatedly involved himself in the estate of Hergé. He drew back the exploitaton of the brand, reserving it for more exclusive and expensive items, and negiotiated over the Hollywood films. Previously he sued someone who published essays about Tintin, using illustrative examples and has been criticised at length.
At Angouleme, he appeared at a conference with editorial director of Casterman, Benoît Mouchart, and intellectual property lawyer Renaud Montini where he seems to be readying the possibility of having new Tintin books a bit sooner.
They seem to be preparing the way for a collection of lot of different creators doing their take on Tintin, along the model of Dupuis’ “Spirou by” series. And this kind of event is the first step along that path. Others brought into doubt that Herge did, indeed, request no more Tintin after his death. And others that the issue comes down to how you can separate Tintin work by Herge and work by future creators sufficiently, so that there is no “volume 25”. A well as Asterix, the example of Blake & Mortimer being successfully revived after the author’s death to critical acclaim was mentioned. And Rodell mentioned that the topic comes up constantly at home with his wife.