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Cartoon Saloon Update: Kells Art Book, ComicCon Schedule and A new Trailer!

Pretty much since this blog launched, we've been following the fortunes of Ireland's Cartoon Saloon. They may not be a household name just yet, but recently we've been watching them go from strength to strength and we feel it won't be long until many more people are following their work. They had a massive success out of the gate with their first feature Secret Of Kells winning a much deserved Best Animated feature nomination at the Academy Awards. The 2009 feature directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey seems to have only grown in reputation since it's release and is only now getting its own art book. The book will feature gorgeous artwork from the film and is to be released by Stuart NG books on July 28th 2014. It will also be available in Europe directly from Cartoon Saloon's online store.

Cartoon Saloon will be attending the San Diego Comic Con, July 24th-26th. The book will be officially launched at the event, at the Stuart NG Books booth. Signings (by Tomm Moore and producer Paul Young) will take place Thursday and Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm and on Friday: from 6:00 – 7:00pm. Those of you lucky enough to be in attendance at the Con will also get the chance to get a sneak peak at Moore's much-anticipated follow-up feature Song Of The Sea. The presentation will take place between 4:00 and 5:00pm  at Comic Con (Room 23 ABC) on Friday July 25th. It promises to feature never before seen footage and behind the scenes material. A further book signing will take place at Stuart NG Books on July 28th. More details can be found on  Cartoon Saloon's blog.

Rounding out this update of awesomeness, we have a very atmospheric new trailer for short Somewhere Down The Line. Very different from anything else we've seen from the studio, it still looks absolutely gorgeous. It uses a combination of 2D and 3D animation styles, to follow " a man’s life, loves and losses, shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car." The film will première at Galway Film Festival this month. Hopefully, we'll all get the chance to see it soon!