Weta, HarperCollins and Moulinsart are excited to announce a breakthrough book app for The Art of The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin

Weta, HarperCollins and Moulinsart are excited to announce a breakthrough book app for The Art of The Adventures of Tintin

with forewords by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson

Available Now on the App Store

New York, NY – December 19, 2011– HarperCollins Publishers, Weta and Moulinsart announced today the release of The Art of the Adventures of Tintin, a new app that allows viewers to immerse themselves into the world created by The Adventures of Tintin filmmakers on their iPad. The app includes the entire text of the book that inspired the film, plus visual, audio and video enhancements.

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin is the beautifully presented app that will accompany the new film from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures, The Adventures of Tintin, launching in late 2011. This 3D animated film, based on the universally popular series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, is directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin app, now available on the App Store, is the first app of it’s kind, allowing viewers to immerse themselves into the world created by the film makers like never before. The App features 360° Immersive Environments, 360° Turnaround Characters, Video Clips and Exclusive new content, all integrated into the amazing story of how this ground breaking movie was created.

The animation, visual effects and conceptual design for the movie were created by Weta, the multi-Academy Award-winning company based in New Zealand that helped create global blockbusters such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Avatar. The Art of The Adventures of Tintin app has been created by Weta and HarperCollins alongside world leading developers Holopad using many assets produced by the same Weta artists who brought Hergé’s wonderful Tintin characters to the big screen.

“We wanted to invite fans into the world created by the film makers. This App allows fans to step inside our world. Welcome!” Tim Launder, General Manager, Weta Limited.

A leader in the digital space, HarperCollins developed the app with Weta to showcase the book and give users a glimpse into how the story, and Hergé’s original artwork, became a blockbuster 3D performance captured in the film.

“The Art of the Adventures of Tintin app is a stunning visual and immersive experience that will exceed customers’ desires for new and exciting ways to enjoy books,” said Tony Fisk, Managing Director for HarperCollins New Zealand. “Through our partnerships with the filmmakers at Weta and the developers at Holopad, we’ve developed something that will help set the standard for how we approach digital publishing and push the boundaries of what we can create for readers.”

Based on content from the beautifully presented book, the Art of the Adventures of Tintin by Chris Guise ( published by HarperCollins New Zealand), the app takes readers further into Tintin’s story by allowing them to explore and interact with various features throughout the book. Readers can see the transformation of concept illustrations into final shots from the film and listen to the artists and filmmakers, including Oscar Winners Joe Letteri and Richard Taylor, who worked on the film. Tintin fans can also enjoy never before published footage of Hergé working in his studio, as well as never seen before concept art and interactive features.

Moulinsart, the official organisation that looks after the world of Tintin, has contributed an introductory chapter on the comic’s creator Georges Remi, aka Hergé, and has kindly provided video clips and original artwork for reproduction in the app.

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin app is available for the special introductory price of US$5.99 on the iPad or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-art-adventures-tintin/id489704542?ls=1&mt=8. And will be released in French on 10 Jan, to celebrate Tintin’s birthday.



About Weta
Weta provides a wide range of creative services to the global entertainment community and has a reputation for unsurpassed creativity and dedication to craft. The recipient of multiple Academy Awards, Weta continues to be in high demand by the top studios and content creators around the globe. Weta is based in Wellington, New Zealand. More information about Weta can be found at www.wetaNZ.com



About HarperCollins Publishers
HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation. Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at www.harpercollins.com, www.harpercollins.co.uk, www.harpercollins.com.au and www.harpercollins.co.nz



About Moulinsart

MOULINSART S.A. handles all the derived rights related to the work of HERGE, the creator of The Adventures of Tintin. http://us.tintin.com/

About The Adventures Of Tintin
Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present, in Association with Hemisphere Media Capital, “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig.

Based on “The Adventures of Tintin” by Hergé, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

About Holopad
Holopad is a New York based technology company that works with publishers to use the Holopad Publishing platform to efficiently convert their visual books into compelling interactive apps. The Holopad platform facilitates taking books into the next dimension of interactivity for the tablet age. Learn more at: www.holopad.com

Holopad is a subsidiary of New York based bMuse with the mission of re-imagining media across all different mediums Learn more at: www.bmuse.com

What’s BookieMonster Been Reading: Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn by Meredith Gran

Octopus Pie

So, remember that time I was all obsessed with graphic novels? And this time? And this? :)

In that context I purchased a copy of Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn by Meredith Gran.

Having opened with graphic novels I’m going to annoy readers by saying this isn’t really a graphic novel, not in the “novel” context anyway. There’s a vague storyline but the book is a collection of short comics.

Don’t let that stop you. It’s fun, funny, beautifully produced and just pretty darn cool.

I picked up Octopus Pie from Borders bargain table… I think I paid a grand total of $2.50 for it and I probably shouldn’t be advertising that. But I’m pretty sure the author (Meredish Gran) still got paid her full royalties (I hope so), so we won’t worry about it too much.

Winners of the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novels are…

…drumroll please…..

Clyde and Anthony!

For obvious reasons I’m not going to put your full names up here but if you are a Clyde or an Anthony please keep an eye out for an email from me… and then copies of Cowboys & Aliens will be winging their way to you. Enjoy!

A HUGE thanks everyone for entering (it was a really popular competition) and to Harper Collins NZ for providing the prizes.

Stay tuned for more giveaways (including the current Brimstone giveaway).

Win a copy of Cowboys & Aliens!

Cowboys & Aliens


1873. Arizona.

An era when all a man could count on was his horse and his six-gun, and Indians fought a losing battle with European settlers.

Until somebody else entered the fight—an invader who saw all humans as slaves, and was determined to conquer our world.


Thanks to the lovely folks at Harper Collins I have two copies to giveaway of the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens (you may have heard of a movie of the novel that’s out right now)! And because I’m nice I’m going to give them away to you, lovely readers. Well, two of you. Because I only have two copies. Clear as mud, right?

All you have to do is enter using the form below and I will randomly pick two entries. I can only send to NZ addresses, sorry. Competition closes on 1 September at 6pm. Enter away!


This competition is now closed.

Anzac Day Book Review: Nice Day for a War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott

Nice Day for a WarNice Day for a a War : Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott, Harper Collins NZ, RRP $29.99, ISBN 9781869509019, Available now.

A little Anzac Day special for you – Harper Collins were kind enough to send me a review copy of Nice Day for a War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott.

Nice Day for a War follows the story of Cyril Elliott – grandfather of Matt Elliot – who enlisted to fight in WWI at the age of 18 and travelled from the Kaipara Harbour to the Western Front, where he fought for 3 years.

Elliott’s teamed with cartoonist Chris Slane to present Nice Day for a War as a sort of graphic novel/non-fiction book hybrid for younger readers (probably about 12+) and they do a reasonably good job of it, incorporating a lot of great historical material (photos, newspaper clippings, postcards, cartoons, soldier’s pay books). The information is interesting, pertinent and reasonably even-handed without being too complicated or too facile for the intended audience.

My one complaint would be there wasn’t enough use of Chris Slane – the graphic elements are really only interspersed which to me is a bit of an opportunity lost. There’s a glimpse of a really great graphic novel here but there just isn’t enough of it, which will probably be something of a disappointment to the young male audience that I’m sure the publishers would like to reach.

What’s BookieMonster Reading? Flim-flammery! (lots of things)

Locas II coverLocas II : Maggie, Hopey & Ray by Jaime Hernandez

Blog reader recommendation for the win! Thanks Craig for recommending Jaime Hernandez – upon which I ran right out to the library and got this title (I’m so suggestible). I didn’t like this quite as much as Strangers in Paradise but to be fair that is more a matter of some personal taste around narrative and not a negative comment on this title.

Locas II is wild, a bit crazy, awesomely illustrated, sad and fun. I can’t comment a lot on the storyline because this is the first Jaime Hernandez I’ve read so these characters are all new to me. The story swings from female character centred to male character centred and, really, that just makes it so enjoyable to read, compared to the “action” graphic novel genre. Is that a genre? If not I just made it up – but do you know what I mean? Manly action hero stuff – a lot of which is good but a lot of which is crap.

Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise WelshTamburlaine Must Die cover

I thoroughly enjoyed my first read of Louise Welsh earlier this year, so I was keen to get this out of the library when I spotted it purely by chance! And I’m glad I did as it is definitely a worthwhile read, a short novel speculating on the last days of Christopher Marlowe (a contemporary of Shakespeare) who was stabbed and died under circumstances that were mysterious at the time and have become increasingly mysterious over the centuries.

Welsh explores this mystery and gives us an entertaining story at the same time – which seems to be Welsh’s modus operandi and the reader is all the better for it!

A great short read – perfect for a little weekend quiet time.

Three Shadows coverThree Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa

Duuhuuhuuhuude… *sobs uncontrollably*

So there’s this lovely little family with this cute little kid and then these shadows appear and then the mother freaks out and then the father freaks out and then he takes the cute little kid and flees and… and… and… *breaks down again*

*deep breath*

It’s a great looking graphic novel and the story is sweet and poignant and devastating and really, if you have kids or are just really, really attached to them then make sure you read this with a box of tissues handy.