On October 4, Crystal Dynamics put together a special event to celebrate fifteen years of Tomb Raider. Called the Tomb Raider Digital Art Exhibition, Crystal Dynamics had selected eight pieces of art by a selection of artists to be showcased throughout October.
The pieces were created to showcase a new vision for Lara Croft for the upcoming Tomb Raider game, while at the same time artists were able to embrace their own individual style. The exhibition began on 4 October, 2011 and starts with a piece by Andy Park who was the artist behind the original Tomb Raider comic book series. Also announced, at the end of October the digital exhibit will feature art by Toby Gard, creator of the Tomb Raider series. During October a series of special events will be held to mark the celebration. One of these events is a signing by the artists at the New York Comic Con on 14 October. “This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Tomb Raider’s history by looking at Lara’s promising future,” said Karl Stewart, Global Brand Director at Crystal Dynamics. “We can’t wait to share each artist’s unique interpretation of what it means to be Lara Croft.” For the finale of the exhibition a limited selection of T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase from The Nerd Machine’s website and a portion of the purchase will go to the Child’s Play charity.
Tomb Raider, at present, has sold more than 35 million copies world wide and has also grossed over 300 million dollars from the film adaptations. A new Tomb Raider game is in development for a multi-platform release, and is set to launch sometime in fall 2012.