Awesome, can't wait!
Strictly speaking, there's quite a lot of waiting to be done, and I'm not so certain I'll be around to see the new album... ;-)
Put it this way - Casterman is celebrating 80 years of publishing Tintin, and it's 50% of that same time-frame again
, until the new book appears.
I think it's best to consider this as a statement of intent, rather than an announcement that there is an actal book under way, and in preparation now (I can't say there isn't, I simply don't know).
So no artists, no writers as yet - they may not even be born!
What it amounts to is that Casterman have been given specific leave, at a point in the future, to publish a new Tintin book for a new generation; this clarifies and ammends the previous condition which specifically embargoed production of new Tintin books, at the behest of Hergé's estate, to honour his desire that there be no new Tintin adventures after his death.
The new statement is to meet the challenge of the loss of copyright in the series, which is vested in the Studios Hergé charitable foundation, which will occur at 2053 (presumably with the provisio that there are no changes in legislation, offering an extension). By authorizing an official series, they hope to continue the works of the Studios in promoting and preserving the legacy of Hergé.
As such, it can be seen to be entirely pragmatic. There will be little they can do to stop the production of new books by anybody after the copyright expires, Hergé's wishes or not; therefore they will be forced to act by circumstance, but apparently not before.
I'm not sure that the whole procedure will be quite so straightforward as Tintin suddenly becoming available from all and sundry without any control; there will undoubtedly be nuance to this that needs more than me as a barrack-room lawyer to unpick.
For example, as I've mentioned before
, the Popeye
of Elzie Seegar is currently in the public domain in the EU, but is still in copyright in the U.S.A. until 2024 - so you could make Popeye themed t-shirts for sale, and draw your own strips in Europe, but they'd be illegal in America. However
, you'd be in trouble if you exploited your tees and comics under the name Popeye
, because that is still a trademark of King Features Syndicate, who could act against you, wherever you were.
So it might not be just as simple as dashing off a few volumes of Tintin with a photocopier, to stay legal, even in 2053...