Thursday, January 10, 2008

Graphic Novel!

I told one of my friends that I had a contract to write a graphic novel--something I'd been wanting to do for some time (I actually used to write comics for Walt Disney--Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and The Beagle Boys, for the most part). Friend replied that she'd always thought my novels were pretty graphic already.

Anyway, here's the original press release from Ballantine, describing the project.

I posted a preliminary bit of artwork from this project on my website (www.dianagabaldon.com)--the artist's conception of Claire (based on my descriptions of her). I think this is pretty cool, myself, but would be fascinated to hear what y'all think about it!

And what about Jamie? I hear you saying. Well...stay tuned, later this week, for the Scottish Buttocks discussion, that's all I can say.


Del Rey To Publish an original

"outlander" Graphic Novel by diana gabaldon

NEW YORK, NY – December 10, 2007 – Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish an original story set in the world of Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander series, written by Gabaldon herself and illustrated in full color by award-winning artist Hoang Nguyen. The project was acquired by Betsy Mitchell, editor in chief of Del Rey, in negotiations with Gabaldon's literary agent Russell Galen.

The new story, starring Gabaldon's beloved characters Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, opens with Murtagh, Jamie's godfather, awaiting the return of his godson to Scotland, and the fulfillment of a vow made years before. The graphic novel will be approximately 192 pages and will publish sometime in 2009. Gabaldon's upcoming new Outlander novel, An Echo in the Bone, is expected to publish that year as well.

The #1 New York Times bestselling seriesOutlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross , and A Breath of Snow and Ashestells the story of Jamie Fraser, a Scottish Highlander from the 18th century, and his time-traveling wife, Claire. The series has 15 million copies in print, has been published in 19 languages, and has spawned huge worldwide online fan communities, as well as numerous online discussion groups. A major motion picture is in development.

The Outlander graphic novel will not be the first project Gabaldon has scripted. Early in her career she wrote numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney, among them the Scrooge McDuck series, and the award-winning "Nutrition Adventures with Orange Bird."

"I'm thrilled to see the launch of such an exciting new project," Gabaldon says. "I've been wanting to do a graphic novel story for years, and couldn't ask for a better opportunity or more wonderful people to work with. I'm especially delighted to be working with such a magical artist as Hoang Nguyen. My agent and my husband have both fallen in love with his version of Claire—and I'm looking forward with great anticipation to seeing Jamie in ink."


ABOUT THE CREATORS:

Diana Gabaldon is also the author of the nonfiction title The Outlandish Companion and two novels starring a character first introduced in Outlander: Lord John and the Private Matter and Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade. She holds a bachelor's degree in zoology, a master's degree in marine biology, and a Ph.D. in ecology and was a university professor before turning to writing full-time. Gabaldon lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hoang Nguyen's previous work includes the Robocop movie adaptation for Dark Horse, Alien Legion graphic novels for Marvel Epic, Punisher: War Zone for Marvel and Warstrike for Malibu Comics. His original project Metal Militia was optioned by Dino De Laurentiis for feature film development. More recently he has worked in the video game industry, having contributed to such well-known titles as the Elder Scrolls series for Bethesda Softworks and Xena for Universal Studios. He was the lead artist and character designer on Dead to Rights for Namco and is currently a consultant for Namco Bandai Games. Nguyen lives in Santa Clara, California.

ABOUT DEL REY:

Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com ) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga, which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field.

164 comments:

  1. What an exciting project! I can't wait to see it. I could not find the art on your web page. Perhaps a direct link???

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  2. I'm very excited! Two of my favorite things - graphic novels and the Outlander series - put together. It's also incredible that Del Rey and the artist are working so closely with you, Diana.

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  3. Wow!!! The artwork is so detailed and very close to the Claire in my mind.....although the fact that she's close to the Claire in YOUR mind is what's important. *G* I did picture her with tighter curl in her hair, but perhaps the artist caught her on a good hair day. ;) I can't wait to see the paintings of the other characters. Are you still thinking of coming to WordWise in Michigan? My sister Donna has been working with you on it and I haven't heard anything from her about it lately. I hope you can make it!

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  4. I am so excited by this news ! I love graphic novels (and your books as well). I'm French and here, graphic novels are a major art form with festivals and shops dedicated to them :) I can't wait to read it ... it will join my rather large collection (some 700 graphic novels at home but yours will have a major place in it)

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  5. It's an acceptable rendition of Clare. Not how I pictured her, but okay. I'm scared of Jamie, tho. We've all had our own image of him, and to have someone else put a face to him..... -peeking through fingers-

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  6. I love the image, but I always pictured Claire to be a little more plain looking. But that it me. I can't wait until this project comes out. I will definitely be buying this.

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  7. YAY! This is AWESOME news! I can't wait to read it! To actually see Jamie & Claire in print...that's just WOW!!! Congrats, Diana!!

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  8. I'm not sure how positive I am. I generally do not like books' characters to be illustrated because it upsets the mental image I have formed on my own. I have, in fact, returned books that were illustrated. An illustrated version of "Jane Eyre" comes to mind. That said, the portrait is beautifully done. He is certainly very talented. And my curiousity might get the better of me in the end!

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  9. Nanc-- I think the picture should now be up on my website.

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  10. This is so cool! Outlander will translate to a graphic novel very well.

    The pic of Claire is beautiful, although a bit more glamerous than I imagined her; I thought of her eyes as being more of a golden color, and bigger, somehow...I also imagined her face as being a bit broader, and definitely her hair as curlier!:P But she's lovely, and it's great to know what she looks like! Can't wait to see Jamie!

    Armed with this knowledge, I can now start making a doll of her, and then of Jamie, too!

    Diana, have you ever heard of BJDs? (Ball Jointed Dolls) They're mostly from Asian companies; they're beautiful dolls, usually made from resin, and they come in such a huge variety it's hard to even begin to describe them! Google the term BJD or ABJD to get an idea about them...and boy would it be just beyond awesome to get your input about which head/face sculpts would work the best!

    Thank you for writing such wonderful stuff, and for being in such close contact with your fans.

    *hugs*
    Jen

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  11. Jamie--

    Yes, I'm thrilled! The artist is wonderful, and very patient with all my "Well, the light is _wonderful_ and I love the color...but the hair should really be black." (This being Murtagh, in case you were wondering.)

    I think it'll be a _beautiful_ project!

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  12. Maria--

    Yes, isn't it cool? I imagine that Claire had to work pretty hard to keep her hair under control when she was a nurse. [g] We'll see what it does on a dark Scottish road, while she's sitting on a bleeding Scotsman's chest.

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  13. I think it's a pretty good likeness of claire, though I pictured her hair curlier and her face a little chubbier, more cute than pretty. A graphic noevl of outlander sure sounds interesting.

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  14. All--

    Well, now, mind--this isn't going to be a staight graphic-novel adaption _of_ OUTLANDER, itself. What the publisher asked for was a "new" Jamie and Claire story, set within the timeline/storyverse of the Outlander series.

    So that's what you'll see. Now, if you're a fan of the series, you'll certainly see events that you recognize from OUTLANDER. But you'll see a lot of things that Claire _never_ saw, and had no idea were happening [g]--and even the things she did see may have had more or different meanings than she realized.

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  15. This is definitely VERY COOL BEANS Diana! I'm looking forward to it, along with 'An Echo in the Bone.'

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  16. Wow, it is interesting to see your interpretation of Claire. She is very beautiful in this painting, but I picture her with a fuller face and her hair a little more curly. Thanks for sharing Diana, I'm looking forward to the rest of the characters coming to life in pictures

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  17. As I said when I first saw this picture, "She is Claire." A face of great beauty but character is there as well. She is just as she should be. If Jamie is half as good....well, he will be AS good, now, won't he? Thank you for sharing this with us and on your birthday too---you're suppose to get the gifts!
    I can foresee buying at least three copies of the graphic novel...one to read, one to dave and one to tear apart so I can hang up various pics around my desk. 2009 is gonna be a banner year!!!

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  18. Wow she is lovely!! Ooh I can't wait to see Jamie :-D Diana will the Graphic Novels be this detailed?

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  19. Congrats on the Graphic Novel! She is not my Claire, but what is important is that she's yours. I was expecting a tighter curl (somebody said that already) and something about the features doesn't ring true for me. No matter, it won't stop me from buying the novel and who knows I might get used to your Claire.

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  20. A BJD possibility...

    Imagine this, with brown, curly hair, and lighter, whisky-colored eyes, and her lips painted slightly fuller...

    http://s236.photobucket.com/albums/ff231/haru-jen/?action=view¤t=emma_06.jpg

    Sorry, I tried to give a direct link, but this bloggie wouldn't let me! :(

    Jen

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  21. Gah! Even that didn't work!! I'm going to try something else, because I'm a stubborn Scot...

    http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff231/haru-jen/emma_06.jpg

    Hmph.

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  22. Claire is beautiful! That is so close to how I imagine her, but she does look a bit sultry in this picture. Maybe it's just her "head shot." :) I can't wait to read it!!!

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  23. The picture of Claire is awesome! My sister and I are big fans, and can't wait to "meet" everyone else. The graphic novel sounds "novel" ;)(LOL)I've never really been into those, but will definately take a look at this one. So, I'm guessing it starts off pre-Claire, since Murtagh is meeting Jaime at the coast? Sounds cool! Can't wait! :)

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  24. I think Tammy nailed it for me, this Claire is very sultry. Perhaps its because this pic is taken before she goes back in time. You know no makeup, no roughing it up so to speak. But sultry is the perfect word!

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  25. Claire looks beautiful! Looking forward to the new books, and to other teasers.

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  26. Diana - can't wait for the new books, i've never in my life read a series that captivated me more than Outlander. Claire is beautiful and very close to what i've always pictured. can't wait to see the interpretation of jamie and the rest! keep up the great work and happy new year!

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  27. How exciting to have your story in the form of a graphic novel! I can't wait to see it -- the whole finished thing! I like the portrait of Claire but I must say I always imagine Claire with CURLY brown hair -- lots of it! Can't wait to see Jamie and others!

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  28. Hi Diana,
    I love your Outlander series. Like so many of your readers, I've read your books over and over, and I still am re-reading them! Claire's drawing is very beautiful, though I've always imagined her as less harsh - i.e. less well-plucked eyebrows, softer eyes and a more rounded (but not fat!) chin, more of a natural beauty and less sultry. Thanks for sharing the developments with your readers. I can't wait for the graphic novel and Book 7 to come.

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  29. She's very close to my mental Claire. Perhaps that highland mist will bring out some unruly curls. I liked the sultry quality comment too. She looks confident. This will be my first graphic novel. I'm curious on Jamie's look. Actually I have two mental Jamies -- a young and older version. Thanks for sharing w/ us Diana.

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  30. I think it is very interesting and I can't wait for it to be published!

    Trina

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  31. This is extremely exciting! Stick to your guns Diana and make sure they get the characters just right. It will be so fascinating to see what YOUR Jamie and Claire look like, I know what MINE do and no one is changing that!
    I love that we will get a bit more to the story we thought we knew by heart. I cannot wait to see what else was going on at that time in the story!

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  32. Hi,
    am very pleased to hear theres going to be a graphic novel, though I do agree on a couple of things others have said, the Claire in the artwork is more glamourous than i would have expected (but then its a gaphic novel and they tend to always make the women look either super glam or downright hag like!) and i always imagine Claire with runaway super curly uncontrollable hair not as silky as in the pic...
    But otherwise "YAY" am very excited and look forward to reading it!

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  33. Greetings Ladies!! A lovely rendition of Claire, indeed...just one small, technical point...if you're going to show her in uniform, with her nurse's cap on, then her hair needs to be bound up and off her shoulders...the usual method would be to have her hair done up in a French twist in the back...actually I think Claire had short, curly hair, didn't she? THanks awfully, only an "old nurse" like me would notice this, but that's how it was for nurses in the 1930's and 40's...

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  34. Greetings Ladies!! A lovely rendition of Claire, indeed...just one small, technical point...if you're going to show her in uniform, with her nurse's cap on, then her hair needs to be bound up and off her shoulders...the usual method would be to have her hair done up in a French twist in the back...actually I think Claire had short, curly hair, didn't she? THanks awfully, only an "old nurse" like me would notice this, but that's how it was for nurses in the 1930's and 40's...

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  35. She's lovely!!!
    And I think her hair is just right. I've always had my college roomie's hair in mind when I thought of Claire's. She'd spend mucho time taming it for daily presentation, (including orange juice cans for rollers and Dippity-Do to get bangs straight - and there was a period of ironing it, too! Oh, did that smell!) but by the end of the day it would be a mass (mess) of tangles and curls. Of course, if it was humid out, she just had to surrender and live with it.

    I didn't see Claire's mouth quite that full, but full lips are the thing these days. For her younger years I think this is a wonderful look for her! We all looked softer and dreamier once, didn't we? :o)

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  36. Claire's picture. The eyes are exactly right. I never paid attention to much about her looks except eyes and hair and age.

    The girl in the picture looks about 20. Wasn't Claire 28 when she first went through the stones?

    The hair I expect to be an untamed mass of curliness. The girl's hair has only a little curl.

    I look forward to the graphic novel.

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  37. Your Claire is beautiful! Her lips are lush and full, and exactly how I pictured them. The only suggestion I make is that you insist on her eyes being the correct color -- too much is written about them not to get them right.

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  38. She's beautiful! I always had a hard time putting her face together in my mind because all we got in the book was little bits of description - the sherry eyes, the curly hair, the pointed chin. Claire is not the type of woman to spend hours gazing at a mirror and we love her for it.

    I'm glad you have input into the drawings. I feel the artistic renditions will be the characters just the way you imagine them -- and that's the way I want to see them.

    Thanks for giving us all the preview of the GN's image of Claire. I can't wait to see Jamie as you see him.

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  39. Beautiful! She looks so young. I can't wait to see the others. Though I'm sorta of nervous about seeing Jamie too. The picture reminds me of a comment Lord John made (I think in DOA) about all her hair. I'm so excited about this new story!

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  40. What a great "picture" of Claire! But I always thought that her hair doesn't look so neat. More chaotic [g]

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  41. What a beautiful rendition of Claire. She looks much more glamourous than I pictured her but who am I to judge when the woman who created her, says this is what she looked like. LOL

    I was also going to mention the hair until I went back for another peek and I've come to the conclusion that it looks just right, just the sort of curliness that goes crazy in damp weather.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how Jamie looks and to the release of this graphic novel.

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  42. Wonderful news about the graphic novel. The new portrait is lovely. I always pictured Claire looking somewhat like Susan Hayward with brown hair!

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  43. I forgot to mention that this picture of Claire brings to my mind, Kate Beckinsale's character in the movie Pearl Harbor where she played a nurse during the war.

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  44. Wow! Its a beautiful picture- I saw Claire with curlier hair and no bangs. It doesn't look like a 1940's women but then again, Claire does do her own thing! Having been raised by a women who nursed in the 50's, i have to say that she would never have been able to have her hair down like that while in uniform. All in all, I like it. I never had a distinct Claire in my mind- now for Jamie, I'll be verra nervous because I like him just the way I see him *g*.

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  45. Actually, the Claire on the English version cover of Drums of Autumn (design Janette Earney) is a perfect Claire (published by Century).

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  46. Ya know, about that Claire pic...I was musing aloud about it, and my youngest wandered over to take a peek at what all the fuss was about, and said, "She looks just like you in your nursing picture"...referring to my nursing school senior portrait, in which I look nothing like I ever normally would, either as a nurse, or as a 'regular' person. My hair is down, and styled; down is, indeed, a no-no for clinical practice, and styled is just something I don't DO. I have make-up on...uh...'nuff said... O_o I'm posing, it's artificial light, and I'm sure it was modified and touched-up somewhat, after the fact, by the photography company, because I actually look semi-good in it. Oh, and I'm VERY young in it...

    My point? Well, it seems to me that this is Claires nursing portrait, too, and not meant to be a 'natural' rendition of her, or even an accurate pic of her as a nurse. If she was to remove her make-up and let her hair go wild, I think we'd all see a more widely recognizable Claire. I mean, even the way the lipstick is done is just SO late 1940s!! My mother-in-law actually was a nurse from this era, and I could just superimpose her image onto Claire's and have a near perfect match. Especially the hair!


    So, after this diatribe (why do I always have a walloftext??), I have a request, Diana! Would it be possible for you to commission your artist friend to do a pic of Claire Au Naturale? I would absolutely LOVE to see what your image is of her in this state of being!! No make-up, hair wildly curly, free from taming, eyes in direct sunlight, so we can see that beautiful whisky color... Oh, PLEEEEEASE?!? *begs* Er, plus, then I could get a better idea of which doll to use for her... *hides*

    So, whad'ya think, Diana? Another, more wild 'n free Claire piccie? Cuz, then maybe it would shut up all us morons who think we know better than you what she's supposed to look like...hee... :P

    Gah. Sorry 'bout the 'short story', lol!

    Jen :)

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  47. sherrye--

    No, she's not. [g] She's not bad, but she's not Claire--which I told them, with some vehemence, but the UK has always had _the_ strangest cover art (oddly enough, I now have a new UK publisher...).

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  48. Oh, btw, I certainly meant no offense by anything I said in my last post!! <.< >.>

    I re-read it, and thought, oh my! That could sound like I'm saying the current picture is totally inaccurate, and that's not what I meant at all! O.O So, just wanted to clarify that minor little point... *hides*

    Jen

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  49. I am thrilled to hear about your new creative project! Everything you do is appealing to me. I will love this and look forward to it coming out.

    The image of Claire is beautiful. You have given her strength, femininity and intelligence, just by looking at her. I am nervous to see the image of Jamie, that is something that is quite personal for many of us you know!!! (ha)

    God bless you and thank you so much for all you have given me.

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  51. jen--

    Well, we're only just beginning this project. [s] The artist has done (brilliant!) layout sketches of the first 20 pages, just so we could decide how well they capture the script (extremely well!), and is working on the painting of the panels for the first 3-4 pages--not even those pages are completely finished as yet; there's lots of tinkering and back-and-forthing among me, the artist, and the editor of the book, because we all want it to be stunning, as well as a gripping story (and I think we have a good shot at both, myself [g]).

    So what I'm saying is that there will--in the fullness of time--certainly be full-face shots of Claire "au naturale", because there are a few places where I've written such shots into the text. But it'll be awhile before those are even attempted, let alone available for public viewing.

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  52. Hmmm, I caught that interesting comment about Scottish buttocks. Just how *graphic* will this novel be?? [VBG]

    I think Claire is lovely. But I'm glad to hear that's her probationer picture as well. I picture much wilder corkscrew curls and a slightly tougher demeanor as well. Not to mention would love to see her smile. But you cannot capture a novel in one picture!

    But like someone else said, she came to *you* to have her story told so you know her best! If she looks like Claire to you, then she looks like Claire to me!

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  53. I love the rendering of Claire! I just thought her jaw would be a tidbit wider with the black curly hair... more curly - less wavy. But, all-in-all, from one 'Jack to another, she's beautiful, Diana!

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  54. I'm very excited about this! Claire is so beautiful - I think she's perfect and I can't wait to see Jamie!

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  55. Well, this sounds like an exciting adventure! I've never read a graphic novel before, so this will be the first.

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  56. How did I miss the news that there is a major motion picture in the works?! I was shocked when I read that in the announcement! I thought at one point there was talk of a mini series, but that option had expired. I never heard that anyone else had bought the rights. Will there be more news/updates about this? I would LOVE to see a major movie made that will do this series justice!

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  57. Tiffany, I noticed that as well. Ahem... any news? ;)

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  58. Wow! I'm so excited regarding the new project!

    I think I have everything you've ever published, with about half of it signed by you when I saw you a few years ago at a book signing in Vermont. Your stories are amazing, settings spectacular, and character development entirely untouchable.

    The portrait of Claire is beautiful to be sure, however, not at all what I've pictured in my mind all these years. I've never pictured her as sultry or pouty, as this woman is. I've always pictured her as bolder looking, confident, strong, fuller, perhaps, without being plump - and definitely with MUCH curlier hair...and more of it! And of course the eyes...more....almost haunting maybe.

    I can't wait to see Jamie. I picture him as....elegantly rustic. Yum.

    You are simply amazing.

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  59. Oh good heavens, she has a blog! LOL I can't wait to keep up on what you put over here. And I think the idea of a graphic novel is awesome. I've been trying to find a good one to read, but none have really looked very interesting. This one? You bet I'll be reading it!

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  60. A beautiful rendition of Clair. Talented artist. Her face is a bit more glammed up than I would have expected but she is beautiful. I really like her features. I, too, expected much tighter curls. All of her descriptions mention how curly her hair is, how it is always escaping with the humidity, how girls at Leoch had to spend hours with irons to get it to look like hers...

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  61. I agree with most of the previous comments about Claire (gorgeous, glam, I imagined her with curlier hair, etc). I, too, look forward to reading more in the new graphic novel format. Seeing as how you tend to write lengthy books (:->, I'm not complaining, I love every word), and graphic novels dont tend to be nearly that long, it will be very interesting to see how the push/pull determines the eventual length of the story!

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  62. Its quite interesting seeing what Claire looks like, i also thought her hair would be curlier. Strangley when i read i can picture the people but i've come to realise that i never have a face when i really try and imagine that part. Also will be interested to see Jamie!

    Can't wait for Echo either!!

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  63. krista--

    Umm...I think you may possibly be confusing the author photo on the back cover of the dust jacket with the descriptions of Claire. [g] She doesn't have black hair at all, nor is she described anywhere as having a wide jaw.

    Oh--for the various people who keep mentioning "corkscrew curls"--geez, where are you guys getting _that_ image? She's never, ever been described that way, and certainly doesn't have them. Her hair _is_ very, very curly--the more so, under the kind of conditions that make curly hair go wild (which you haven't seen as yet), but...corkscrews? Oy.

    And yes, I do know that a working nurse of the time would have her hair pinned up. Does she look like she's working, here? [g]

    It's a portrait, guys--it's not even part of the graphic novel script. Just a try by the artist to see how close his mental image was to mine, before he started sketching her all over the place. It's pretty dang close, and doubtless will get closer. You know---possess your souls in patience, as Sister George Mary used to say to us. [g]

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  64. kismargi--

    Well, the length of the graphic novel story is actually set by contract: it'll be 192 pages.

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  65. The face is beautiful! And not to be a downer, but I guess I expected more ringlets from Claire's hair than the flatter, more frizzed look. When Jaime tells Claire at Castle Leoch that the women would kill to have her curly hair, that's what I pictured. But that's just me. The face itself though, the eyes, mouth, perfect!

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  66. Diana, This is a great idea. I love the painting of Claire, can't wait to see the one of Jamie! New moviw deal? I'll keep my fingers crossed.
    By the way, do you have any control over the release of the different audiobooks on to audible? I've downloaded the 1st 3 but they tell me the others are done by another company and they only have the abridged versions of the next ones. Paiteintly waiting for the audible release of Drums of Autumn so I can listen to it for the 50th or so time(makes driving to and from places much more interesting). Hope you have some say in these releases! Keep up the hard work and thanks for your wonderful stories. Julie

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  67. Thanks for posting the artwork - it's wonderful to see your version of Claire! In my mind she has curlier hair and a stronger face. I think this portrait is too delicate from the nose down and the upper lip is too Betty Boopish to me. The eyes are beautiful, but the color doesn't seem "whiskyish" enough. I know someone with gorgeous whisky gold eyes, so I suppose I have hers in mind when I think of Claire's eyes. We all have our own vision of the characters, but what's most important is that they turn out close to your vision. I see Claire as being closer to the sketches at this website:
    http://www.harrypotterart.org/lisart/outlander/index.html
    There are 6 sketches of the characters and, to speak kindly, some are much better than others. The one of Claire that is second from the left and the one of her with Jamie in the sketch second from the right are close to how I see her. Pretty, but with a strong face. I look forward to both the graphic novel and Echo. Thank you for hours of great entertainment!

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  68. I think Claire looks terrific. If it's a portrait than, of course, her hair will be done for the picture so I don't expect it would be "wild." And, she is just out of nursing school, so she is very young. I think that going through a war and, going from 20ish to late 20s will add a good deal of depth and character to her face. I think it will be fun to see those changes.

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  69. I have never imagined Claire with corkscrew curls. I believe I said that _my_ hair corkscrews(but not every day - see below)and that when I brush it out it looks like Claire's hair in the painting.

    What people have to understand about curly hair is that it comes in as many varieties as there are curly headed people. Even then, mine will be different every day, partly due to nature and partly due to what I do to it. I can make it corkscrew - esp. in the summer with high humidity, I can make it have soft waves, I can dry or flat iron it staight, I can brush it out like Claire in the portrait, etc.

    I have never visualized Claire as having corkscrew curls, but rather as having loads of soft curls that have a mind of their own, changing daily with the weather and the circumstances.

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  70. diane m.--

    Exactly! My mother, my sister, and my elder daughter had/have _very_ curly hair, and I've seen (and admired) it at close range for years. [g] Curly hair like that has a mind of its own--but corkscrews? Oig. Never seen it do that (and wouldn't want to).

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  71. I guess, having what is considered, *painfully straight hair* and yet, seeing it on very humid days to look exactly like the picture of Claire, I can say that's the reason I thought more, not necessarily 'corkscrew' but at least much curlier than that. And yes, there are as many different heads of straight hair as there are people as well.

    Ultimately, she's Diana's character after all and will look the way Diana envisions her. Though it may not be what we gleaned from the descriptions we read (as one can read a lot into a description) she'll be exactly what Diana sees and I'll be happy regardless because it's Claire! :)

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  72. We are sitting here, curiously enough, in an Outlander discussion group, discussing the depiction of Claire as drawn on your Homepage. We all agree that the picture does not match what we envision Claire to ultimatly look like. Claire is 27 at the start of the "Outlander" books. This girl looks like, well, a girl. She is too pretty in the classic 'anime' sense. She should be more striking, but not necessarily beautiful. We all agree that her hair is not curly enough. We also all agree that Claire needs to be depicted as much more of a woman, since Old Alec, in "Outlander" clearly says that there is a difference between a woman and a girl and Claire is clearly a woman, and not a girl.. Claire has an earthiness about her or she could not get through the stones. She also needs to look like someone who can get her hands dirty, since her upbringing had her going all over archeological digs. Finally, we think that we need to see the mark World War II left on her soul as there are underpinnings in the novel that connect to that.
    Tall order for any artist.
    P.S. Write Fast! Some of us have other urgent deadlines coming up!

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  73. This IS Claire- from my mind's eye. Thought her hair would be a bit curlier, or wilder, or something - from all the comments about it having it's own personality in the books, but regardless - the face IS Claire! Thanks for the picture preview- very exciting- can't wait to see how Diana sees the rest of the characters!

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  74. This IS Claire- at least how my mind's eye viewed her. It's exciting to see that i have put all the details together correctly. (Thought maybe her hair would be slightly curlier though!)Thanks for the picture preview- I can't wait to see the rest!

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  75. What I see being missed here is that we've been told

    a) that is Clarie pre-WWI. Thus, what she may have done to her hair for her nursing portrait is completely irrelevant in terms of how she is described in the Outlander books. I personally believe that the hair here is historically accurate as to how a young woman would have styled her hair (and you can style curly hair this way - I've done it) for a portrait.

    b) that the artist is still working on all of the nuances of what Claire looks like. If the hair isn't perfect yet, that isn't the point. What matters is that he is catching Claire's spirit.

    and...

    c) that this is a preliminary sketch that Diana has ever so graciously shared with us even though it isn't a final or only version of Claire. We've been assured that we will get to see her in all states of curly-headed disarray - all in good time and as the context calls for it.

    There will be as many opinions as there are readers, I am sure. However, as has been mentioned, these characters are alive for Diana and they'll be depicted as she sees them, but it is a long and involved process requiring constant back and forth.

    I'm excited to be given the opportunity to get a preview of the painting, I think the artist has done a fabulous job capturing her essence and I am excited to see how all the characters develop throughout this process.

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  76. I think the graphic novel is a superb idea as for the picture of claire however the hair isnt what I excepted. with all the talk in the books about how unruly her hair is so I guess it looks too 'calm' to me. there I added my two cents hope it helps with the going of the graphic novel..
    Jenn

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  77. The drawing of Claire is NOT even close to my image of her. Most important is you need to rough up the hair - with all the references to it being unruly, I've assumed it's thick to the point of wiry. The drawing's hair is far too soft looking, though the volume is right. Second: Claire is not SWEET looking - she is beautiful in a wind-on-the-moor "I can rough it anywhere and not bathe for weeks, I am woman!" kind of way. Speaking of which - this drawing is just too CLEAN. Widen the jaw. Don't make her drop-dead gorgeous like this drawing is. The first thing you notice about Claire is her commanding presence, THEN you realize she is beautiful. With this drawing, the first thing you notice is beauty. She's just not tough enough.

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  78. Other thoughts on the drawing of Claire. I assume this dates to her WWII nursing days. It sounded like she saw action on the front lines and was in some very rough situations. Would Claire have plucked her eyebrows and worn eye shadow? NO! I agree with others' comments about curlier hair - which suggests way bushier eyebrows and NO makeup.

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  79. Wow Diana you must sure have allot of patience *BG*!! I can see Claire brushing her hair and getting herself “dolled up” for this portrait. I’m sure she didn’t just step off the front lines and sat straight in front of the photographer. Am I right in thinking this would have been pretty much straight after she graduated? Probably before she even saw any action during the war!
    Her hair is perfect in my opinion. I have a friend who has wavy/curly uncontrollable hair and when she brushes it it’s exactly like Claire’s. Like Diane M I am excited to be given this preview and think Diana is very gracious to share this with us!
    P.S Diana I’m not sure if you saw my post above but will the novel be this detailed? If so WoW the artist has sooo much work ahead of him!!

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  80. jeanoelle (and a few others)--

    [rolling eyes] Yes, actually WWII nurses did indeed pluck their eyebrows and wear eye-shadow. Believe me, I do research that period, as well as the 18th century. Plucked brows were _de riguer_ in the '40's.

    I'm not going to go on repeating myself as to the origins and probable timing of this portrait--but I will just note that given that Claire is wearing her nurse's uniform, I'd hope to heck she looks "clean."

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  81. I love the graphic of Claire and can't wait until we see all the images and the novel. Roll on 2009 and let me in the book store.

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  82. This image of Claire is beautiful, however, did someone forget she had a bob at this point? And the eyebrows of the 40's were usually shaped a little differently. My son-in-law and I think she is a bit too drop dead gorgeous. If she had been this beautiful, she would not have met with the indifference she did experience from many in the stories.
    If her hair were in a 40's bob, it would appear curlier also. My humble opinion is that she needs to be a little more approachable in looks, less sultry as someone noted. Not having seen graphic novels however, maybe the characters are idealized?

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  83. Diana, bless you for your patience. *G*

    Maria

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  84. Diana:

    I noticed and so did a couple of others, that the ad about the graphic novel stated that a Major Motion Picture is in the works. Are you keeping something from us? I had heard a few years ago about a possible mini-series but also heard later that the option ran out. What is happening now? Dying to know what is going on!

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  85. Oops, my comment was posted on the wrong thread... here goes

    Happy Monday Diana -

    Off to work on a Mohawk Death song eh?

    Hoang's art is beautiful. The details he has provided in the depiction of a young Claire is appreciated. As long as you have given your stamp of approval, I am satisfied with the image of Claire.

    A graphic comic book written by Ms. Gabaldon? Sold! *g*

    Cheers!

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  86. ok, i'm a bit of a scatter-brain today ... perhaps I should say "graphic novel", rather than "graphic comic book"? Sorry for the error.

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  87. foci--

    I think it would be very hard to have a _non_"graphic" comic book. [g]

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  88. I was having trouble posting my comment and lost my original version of it, and in the meantime, you posted your "curls" blog...
    I actually thought that Claire had, not curly hair, but more like frizzy hair.
    Some people DO have curls naturally. Me for example. When I wash my hair and just let it dry naturally, it goes into lovely ringlets. But the minute I brush it, I get a head full of frizz. Unless I get the hairdresser to blow dry it, in which case it comes out looking a bit like that painting of Claire that you posted from the Graphic Novel. (The rest of my face isn't quite so thin or pretty, unfortunately, and I don't usually go round in a nurse's cap {G} - unless I'm at my sister's '5 years in remission doctors and nurses costume party')
    Jen in Oz

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  89. whoops! I also wanted to say how nice this art looks like it's going to be. I remember years ago getting excited because they were making a graphic novel four part comic of Anne McCaffrey's DragonFlight, and being SO disappointed in the end result because of the art - but with the artist who is working on this, I can't see that happening this time around! Bring on 2009!
    Jen in Oz

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  90. *blushes* Indeed scatter-brained.

    But really, I just wasn't sure if I should refer to your project as a _comic book_ or a _novel_

    ok, i think i've made this more difficult for me than it is... *lol*

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  91. foci--

    Not to worry. [g] The publisher calls it a "graphic novel," because that sounds so much more dignified, doncha know...and it _is_ going to be pretty substantial. But it is a comic book, nonetheless; just a really nice one. (And with my history of writing Scrooge McDuck, I think very highly of comic books, myself.)

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  92. I think what everyone should remember is that Diana herself *knows* what the characters look like. If she says this is an accurate drawing of Claire, then it is. They do live in her head after all. =)

    The drawing may not look like what others have imagined, but to say that "this is not Claire" is wrong. Simply, Claire is who Diana says she is. =)

    However, I think that the portrait is beautiful and close to my mental image. I had kind of always pictured Rachel Weisz for some reason!

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  93. Miss Amanda - You are absolutely correct. Claire is who Diana says she is!! One of the interesting things to observe is that we have all taken ownership of these characters and so much want them to look like who WE have created! I would imagine that feels good to Diana because she has made them so real! There is the down side, for some, of creating pictures or having movies made - we feel as if our characters/imaginations have been hijacked. But we don't have to look at the images if we want to preserve our own mental picture - it is a matter of choice. It makes for a fun conversation to see how everyone's imaginations have created, don't you think?

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  94. Congratulations...Graphic Novels are very fun to read, and they are a great way to spend an hour in your day...

    I think I saw Christine Feehan's name on a graphic novel at the local book store last month...

    Thank you for coming on to Blogspot, we all love Jamie and Claire, and you don't know how many work days I stayed lost in the audio novels...now that I have found the unabridged, it's a lot more fun..hehehe!!!

    Del Rey is an awesome graphic novel publishing house too.

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  95. I love the idea of a graphic novel that gives us more insight into the world you created. And to have a physical representation of these wonderful characters, well, it sends me off to do a happy dance.

    I like the portrait of Clare so far. The only thing that struck me was "wow, she looks young." So now I have to go and dig out Outlander so I can figure out how old she was at the start of the story. *grin*

    Can't wait to see how this all turns out.

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  96. This is going to be a great project to watch develop. I was thinking like the rest that should would have curlier hair and be a bit rounder in the face. I guess just because he talks about her round arse all the time doesn't mean her face is too! lol.
    Also, am I the only who noticed the write up on your webpage where they say "motion picture". Any truth to it?

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  97. Hi Diana, I just stumbled across this blogspot and am so HAPPY! Im a 21 year old college student from Arizona who started reading the Outlander series 6 months ago and am now completely addicted! My family thinks ive gone insane when i start talking about a "Jamie" and "Claire" at the dinner table. Anyways thanks so much for your wonderful books.

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  98. Keighley--

    Thanks! Welcome aboard! [s]

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  99. Claire's eyes...they are beautiful! You know, they had to pass the "Jocasta" test...If I was Jocasta, and her maid described Claire's eyes according to this rendering, I wouldn't try to touch Claire anymore either! Well done!

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  100. I Love the idea of a graphic novel for Outlander. I had never read a graphic novel until last year when my 10 year old son became interested. They are truely wonderful to read and just to look at! Can't wait until '09!

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  101. Hmmm...about Claire's picture--it will take some getting used to...but the main thing I noticed is that she doesn't look old enough. I always think of Claire as looking mature and a little bit tough--this one looks tough, but too young. Just my two cents--thanks for the opportunity to comment!

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  102. Linda,

    If you read the rest of the comments on the blog - not just this those that go with this post - and particularly read Diana's follow up comments scattered throughout, I think you will see why she looks young. There's a reason.

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  103. I am really impressed with the detail of the painting of Claire and cant wait for the graphic novel, it will be a first for me, never even realised such things existed! What have I been missing out on! The picture is lovely, though in common with loads of you, I pictured Claire's hair as much curlier, this looks more like I imagined Jenny's hair, tho different colour obviously. Her eyes are beautiful. Having seen the picture, I now realise I have never really put all the descriptions together in my mind and come up with a cohesive whole. I am very excited to see Diana's picture of Claire and Jamie. Keep up the good work Diana, I cant wait!

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  104. LOVE the artwork of Claire and can't wait to see the rest of it. Very nice idea to do a graphic novel.

    Since you asked for comments, the only thing I have to say is that since it's your novel, Claire looks how you want her to look. And it finally clicked for me as to why you, as an author, put such detailed descriptions of your characters versus the sometimes severe lack of character description of other authors. If your writing background included writing comic books series, then it would "naturally"(maybe?) flow that you would have a definite picture of your characters in your mind while writing.

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  105. I thought the rendering of Claire was lovely. It doesn't look like the Claire in my mind AT ALL, but then that's to be expected, I guess. I definitely assumed she was NOT that thin. I also pictured her hair as curlier and lighter.

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  106. Oh I am so excited for you!!!

    I have loved Japanese manga, graphic novels, etc. for so long now and to hear your making one for Outlander...yea!!!

    I love the written word as my imagination is just really vivid, but I adore seeing my favorite stories crossed over into picture form and movies.

    That's one corner the Japanese have a lock on. There is always a comic book, novel form, and then anime series when a good story is a hit.
    I'm so glad to see you branching out into different mediums!

    Claire looks absolutely wonderful although given she is a war field nurse I would have expected her with a little more lines around the mouth and not so much innocence that the picture seems to imply. However, so long as she fits your view then that's all that matters!

    And a movie!?!?!? Oh lovely! Any perticulars(sp?)you can give?

    Congrats and I can't wait for 2009!!!

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  109. OMG! I can't wait to see the graphic novel! The picture of Claire is perfect! I love it. Is it crazy that I almost cried when I saw it...lol! And what this about a movie...please people don't play with my emotions, they are very fragile! =) Any updates any one? Diana?

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  110. Looking forward to the graphic novel as well as to the new book! That is a beautiful picture of Claire, compliments to the artist! And for a graphic novel probably appropriate, characters do have to be sort of exaggeratedly beautiful, perfect and sexy. But I do agree with other comments here. I had envisioned Claire not so model-like and slim, rather a kind of natural beauty, more mature, lively and intelligent, and more character expressed in the face. But then, every one has their own imagination which is one of the good things with books! I guess it should be even harder, to cast an actress for a motion picture, so I am anxiously awaiting what will happen with that...

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  111. The portrait of Claire looks great.
    Just another question which hasn't anything to do with the books.
    Why have you chosen zoology and marine biology for your degrees?
    I like gentic or cellbiolgy more.
    Julia

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  112. Julia--

    Well...I _like_ Zoology, Marine Biology, and Ecology. I like a lot of other things, too. [g]

    Remember, though, what an old crone I am--back when I got my assorted degrees (in the '70's), neither genetic nor cell biology was anywhere near as developed a field as both are now.

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  113. What a wonderful surprise! Claire looks pretty much exactly like I thought she did. As for the movie, I am both excited and scared and if I were the producer/directer, I'd wait until the graphic novel is done before casting. I think it's a gross injustice that a writer creates the characters, but has no say in how they are presented in a visual setting (except for this graphic novel of course). I take comfort in the knowledge that you wouldn't have sold the rights if you didn't feel comfortable with their portrayal of this wonderful world you have created. Can you tell me who is making it? I am very interested in that.

    Thanks for being so darn creative and such a wonderful writer!

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  114. Dear Mstoldt--

    No, I'm sorry; I can't say anything further about the movie thing until the producers make their own announcement--which in turn is held up by the writer's strike, since they don't want to go public with it until they have both a script and a director.

    When I can, though, I'll certainly announce it on my website!

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  115. Oh yes I forgot that.I think I'm to used to it,that there is PCR and all that stuff. :)

    I think I have to much time at the moment so I play around with photoshop.Here is something I made with the pic of Claire.
    http://www.freepler.de/userdaten/59287875/bilder/design/clairefraser.jpg
    I don't know if it comes out as a real link,so just copy and paste it into your browser.Have fun watching and tell me if you like it.

    Julia

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  116. I have read the books at least twice and am now listening to them as audiobooks. Yeah, I have a problem! :) It's a good problem to have though. I was actually downloading the second audiobook and wanted to make double sure it was Dragonfly in Amber ... and hence ended up here.

    I can't believe you keep up with a blog too! Though you said it was 4:00 a.m. and you were winding it up for the night in one post. That explains how you do it.

    Anyway, I studied the picture of Claire and my only thought was is she tough enough? This particular person looks as though if she fell through the rocks she'd end up a sobbing heap of putty on the other side!

    No matter how far back in pictures I go of myself, there's not one that has such a look of innocence. (And if I fell through the rocks, I think I'd be just like her ... dust yourself off and deal!) So there you go, clearly I believe that Claire should be made in the image of ME!!!!!!

    She's awesome, no matter what she looks like, And I am intrigued by this graphic novel approach.

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  117. I am writing this in collaboration with a work colleague. She and I have each listened to and read the novels at least 3 times(probably more). We both have pictured Claire with curlier hair (A la Amy Irving), a rounder face and less exotic looking.

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  118. I love the Outlander series books! As a matter of fact, I have to make myself go to bed at night because I get so caught up in them. I'm curious about the graphic novel. Hopefully it's 118 pages of mostly storyline (didn't I read that somewhere?) and not like a comic books as I've heard some people describe it. I think you've beautifully described Claire's and Jamie's physical relationship - I don't want to "see" it, at least not the intimate parts. I find my imagination is much better than anything someone can put on paper. Besides, there are lots of "how to" and "how not to" books out there. The strength of your books is the incredible storyline between Jamie and Claire - and of course, Bree, Roger and clan. I'd love to read a book about Jamie's parents AND continue the story of the people and places I've come to love. Keep up the great work.

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  119. Oh my! I've been picturing Alex Kingston (Dr. Elizabeth Corday-ER) as Claire (at one of her ages in the books) for the longest! This illustration certainly turns my notion on its butt! Perhaps it is the "brambly hair", English accent and "Doctor-ly" ways she already possesses...hmmm, maybe if the MOVIES would get made, she could snag a role in one of the later ones...

    But my mind isn't your mind and yours is what counts!

    Still and all, there is very much excitement in a three generation group of women who can't wait for the next WHATEVER is coming out!

    My mom tried to get me to read these when they came out. (I was not excited about time traveling nurses....) My 22 year old DID start reading them, plowing through them as a 12 year old who had been in a coma for years would with Harry Potter, upon waking up from said coma. Seeing this, I started on them and did the same thing.

    I think I would even enjoy reading your early scientific stuff..love your "voice"...

    Penny

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  120. No. I do not like the picture. This Claire looks like a heroine from a cheap romance novel or a Miss teen idol from the 1980's. Claire shouldn't be "barbie pretty". She should project maturity, grace, independence, confidence and competence. All of which would combine into a classic but subtle beauty.

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  121. I think this "formal" portrait of Claire is lovely, and more importantly, it is true to Diana's vision of what Claire would look like at a young age - IIRC from earlier posts this is Claire almost 10 years BEFORE she meets Jamie. She's not "hard baked" yet, but looks to me like what she is - young, innocent, just beginning her life as an adult. We also need to remember that the time frame was much different and the makeup would look much different. I have pictures of my family members from the 1930's in which the lipstick is applied in a similarly exaggerated fashion, (a fad which had a comeback in the 1980's *G*)much like this portrait. Once we see images of her older, with more life experience and confidence, I would think her personality will form a greater part of the image we see.

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  122. Congrats on the exciting new project! I do have a quick question. Will the story line of the graphic novel be part of the story in the novel since they are the same charicters? (i.e. will you refer to the graphic novel's story in Echo in the Bone?) Also, a quick comment on Clare's artwork. I also pictured her hair with a more tight curl in it, and in my mind her face was a bit broader. Also pay attention to the eye color. In the pic they are brown but in the novel they are hazel (If memory serves, I think green hzl) Thanks for all the great stories and hard work!

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  123. SO EXCITING!!!! Claire's eyes are amazing. To look at and the look in them. That's our girl!
    I left a comment on the "curls" blog, but for the record, the way you describe Claire's hair is exactly what's going on on my head, and it does have a mind of it's own in that it decides what it's going to do, and often lands (on a good day) in the position it's in in the portrait. It gets wilder when it wants to, as life goes the same direction.
    She's your baby and she looks as you say. Thanks so much for the upcoming work. Can't wait!
    P.S. Can we see Murdoch too?

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  124. I can't wait!! i can't wait to see what Jamie looks like...i love the pic of Clair..but i always pictured her with a tighter curl, no?

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  125. Thank you, Debra. As I thought about the portrait of Claire more, I happened to see an old movie on TCM with Greer Garson. Suddenly, I thought, "That's the type of character Claire is!" As far as the fact that the portrait depicts Claire 10 years before she meets Jamie, (She'd be 17) I have one question: Why? Part of what makes Claire such an interesting character is that she doesn't represent the current cult of youth our culture idolizes. Claire has experience, lots of it. I recently saw the film "Atonement" and it shows scenes of World War II Nurses in the hospital dealing with the violent, hideous war injuries prevalent during that war. Claire would have been not only a veteran of that type of action, but it would have been compounded by the fact that she was often in a tent in the field. As she says to Dougall when they help the man die after he has been gored by the wild boar in response to his statement that she's seen men die by violence, "Many of them". Claire is idealistic, she is honest, but she is no innocent girl. She's seen what the world can do to fragile humans and she's survived it. Therefore, why picture her as something she hasn't ever been in the books, unless Claire herself is describing her life beforehand, and even then this doesn't occur in flashback, this is merely her brief recollection.
    Anyway- I AM looking forward to the graphic novel, and I WILL read it. I am also looking forward to the next novel.
    As to movie news, note to Diana G. here: You would be well advised to try to preserve casting approval as well as maintaining screenplay approval. Why not try adapting Outlander as a screenplay yourself?

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  126. Well...as I may have said once or twice before [cough]...

    This portrait of Claire was/is only the second attempt by the artist, done on nothing but a capsule description of coloring, features and aspect, to see if he and I were on the right wave-length.

    As in...

    IT'S NOT WHAT CLAIRE WILL LOOK LIKE DOWN TO THE FINGERNAILS IN EVERY SINGLE PANEL ON EVERY SINGLE PAGE IN THIS PARTICULAR GRAPHIC NOVEL, LET ALONE LATER ONES. OK?

    It is, however, pretty close to what she looked like about the time she married Frank.

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  127. Mea Culpa. Obviously, this is your book and your characters. They should appear as you visualize them. Rather disappointing though. Your style of writing appeals to me on many different levels. My interpretation of Claire, gathered while reading all the novels was, she wasn't the typical "street stopping pretty girl". That, her beauty was "realized" as a result of interacting with her. I liked thinking that true love doesn't just only have to happen to the visually pretty girls depicted on the cover of romance novels. Although I look forward to reading all of your subsequent novels, I do wish I had never seen this picture of Claire.

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  128. Dear Debra--

    Well...you might conceivably want to look at the -other- pictures of Claire that will occur in the graphic novel, if this one disturbs you. As my husband says, this is a "glam shot" of her--and she might be more appealing to you in her messed-up phase. [g] Maybe not, too--but who knows?

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  129. I look forward to a graphic novel of these wonderful characters. The image of Claire is beautiful - just that - beautiful - but certainly not very British. I expected Claire to be much more golden eyed, much more wild curly haired with lots more golden highlights and her face - I imagined her face with much sharper angles to her features and broader as well like a British womans' face is - this Claire is too American looking, but certainly beautiful! I can't wait to see Jamie - I don't know why but my most vivid 'picture' of him is when poor Roger shows up at Fraser's Ridge,. . . "He hadn't seen the man at the edge of the clearing, though he must have been there all the time, standing motionless. He wore a faded hunting kilt whose browns and greens blended into the grass and brush, as his flaming hair blended with the brilliant leaves. He looked as if he'd grown out of the forest . . . It was another to see Brianna's bold features transmuted into power by the stamp of years, and fronting a personality not only throughly masculine, but fierce in aspect . . . It was like lifting his hand from the fur of a handsome ginger cat, only to find himself staring into the unblinking gaze of a tiger." I have never read a more masculine description of a man before. It truly moved me - even though Jamie was very, very, very! angry. When I drive on the North Shore of Long Island during the fall - the trees are beautiful - colored with browns, golds and greens and no matter what - I invariably imagine Jamie stepping right out of the brush! Thank you so very, very much for such vividness of words. I absolutely adore these characters. There is a richness and dimension to them I have never encountered anywhere - ever!

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  130. I suspect Debra's speaking for a lot of women who would hesitate to say what she said. However, really, I think we all admire Claire because she is so smart, resourceful and incredibly brave while remaining vulnerable like the rest of us. Personally, I don't expect Hollywood to get this right, so the written word may remain the best option for a lot of Diana's readers.

    On the eye color,my eyes might be in the same color range as Claire's - an opthamologist remarked a few years ago that they were golden like a cat's. However, truthfully that golden quality shows up when light shines into the eyes directly, so in that respect, I was impressed with how the drawing depicted the coloring.

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  131. Wow . . . with 2008 only just begun, I'm already wishing it over!

    First of all my sincere congratulations and thanks to Diana for all your past work and the new endeavors!

    I am a 22 year old former highland dancer of strong Scottish decent, who one day randomly picked up Outlander at the library and fell completely in love. I have since reread the whole series numerous times, compelling many friends and family members to do the same.

    I can say as a student currently finishing a Visual Communications Degree in Illustration and Graphic Design that I am beyond excited for the Graphic Novel. The preliminary portrait of Claire is stunning, as is the rest of Hoang Nguyen's work. For those of you who haven't looked it up . . please do! But as Diana has mentioned it is a preliminary conception of Claire. Having done graphic novels of my own I feel the need to reiterate the immense amount of work and continuous process that goes into solidifying and adjusting all the details of character, setting and style before it can be deemed perfect. There is obviously much more to be done in terms of the whole novel, and significant room for the contingencies of alternate situations.

    I have hair very much like what I would imagine Claire's to be. In the portrait it looks like I always want mine to look like when I want it to look nice. And having had the experience of letting it go in Scottish rain, yes it does get curlier and crazier. And where did the impression that girls who are "too pretty" can't be in possession of Claire's force of presence come from? She may be different than many of us expected but she is still gorgeous and intriguing - how can any of us complain?

    Kudos to Diana and the artist again! And apologies for my massive blog :)

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  132. "Comments?
    I’d be very interested to hear what y’all think--about the graphic novel, the artwork, etc., but also about anything else. Click here to leave comments, ask questions, etc. I’ll try to keep up!"

    Those are Diana's words. However, every time someone like me or WLA offered feedback that wasn't "kudos!" or "fantastic!", Diana and others skewered us. Diana, If you do NOT want to hear from those of us who think that the drawing doesn't do Claire justice, I suggest you remove your invitation for feedback.

    What does it say that we are all so apparently conflict adverse! So sensitive! Yes of course Diana is the expert, but she invited feedback.

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  133. Im very sorry I hope I didn't offend anyone . . . but last time i checked "kudos" and "fantastic' are in fact feedback of a positive nature expressing excitement and congratulations and often welcome during constructive critique.

    I merely wanted to hearten everyone, who is obviously excited for this new Outlander venture. And to say from an illustrators standpoint that such things will change throughout each panel of the Graphic Novel. Things like setting, lighting, and mood will effect how our beloved characters will appear, hair and eyes included.

    I suspect many people haven't been exposed to Graphic Novels. I've always found educating myself on these sort of things helps my perspective. ("Fables" come to mind. Its absolutely wonderful) Hoang Nguyen really does do stunning work, and is (I FEEL) well suited to creating the wonderful Outlander world.

    We trust Diana Gabaldon to deliver beautifully written, thought provoking novels. I imagine with this kind of critique - positive and negative - she will help to deliver illustrations that portray her complex and special characters to their advantage.

    Sorry again to those who disagree, but i personally DO feel that this initial representation is "fantastic"!
    (But then we are all entitled to our own opinions.)

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  135. Jeanoelle:

    I think you're being a little harsh. Everyone here is entitled to their opinion; that doesn't mean that Diana will or should agree with every single person's opinion (let alone that her views will be influenced by the perceived "majority view" of the readers of this blog). She is honest enough to let you know when she disagrees, but the bottom line is, the graphic novel is her project, and she is under no obligation to take *any* of our views into consideration.

    As for my own opinion: I'll restate something I said when the GN project was first mentioned on Compuserve last summer. My hope then was that Diana would find an artist who would come as close as possible to her vision of who these characters are. From what I've seen, I feel confident that this artist is at least heading in the right direction.

    Karen

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  136. Absolutely gorgeous picture of Claire!!! I love it! Every time I read a description of Claire trying to control her hair, I just have to laugh! My own hair is quite curly (and you are quite correct on the corckscrew curls, Diana. I've only seen one person in my life with corckscrew curls and she had to put A LOT of effort into her hair everyday to get the effect) and trying to control any part of my hair is like trying to tame a bristly porcupine. Anyway.... am very excited about the new novel and the graphic novel, too. Keep up all the great work Ms D and happy writing! Sincerely, Cari

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  137. HI Diana! I'm so excited for you! What a dream come true for you. And it should quieten down a few of the "When will you make a movie" people! - at least for awhile! lol

    You know one person I'd love to see a picture of and see if I'm anywhere close? Rupert. I love that guy. but I guess he's probably gone by the time this story is told.

    On the comment that some people had about Claire being too glam, well I have to say that I really don't want to flip through a graphic novel starring a humdrum woman. Fiction is fiction. That's why we love it so much!

    Thanks, Diana!

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  139. I am just so excited to read it and to be honest whatever they look like in the end won't ruin what I see when I read the other books...might enhance what i imagine but not ruin!
    I said it befoer and will say it again
    "YAY" am looking forward to it.

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  140. Dear Jeannoelle--

    Mm...I think perhaps you mistake me. I am indeed interested in what y'all think, or I wouldn't have asked. (And I did give Hoang the link to this blog. [g] His reply being, "Oh, I see why we have to be careful what Jamie looks like!")

    I'm not "skewering" anybody. But I do think it's reasonable to express a certain amount of bafflement over the fact that a number of people have an impression of Claire that isn't borne out by _anything_ in the text of the books.

    Wherever y'all got this impression of corkscrews, round face (round face? I know her features are not described in any detail--that's on purpose, btw--but what _is_ said mostly refers to her "fine bones"), and mundane looks (she may not ever be referred to specifically as "beautiful," but she rivets most guys she talks to. And as Jamie remarks in FIERY CROSS, "I'm wondering what it is about ye, Sassenach, that makes every man ye meet want to drop his breeks within five minutes of meetin' ye.") from--it's not right. Or rather, it's not based on anything I wrote. So I thought it only reasonable to note that.

    As I'm sure I've said elsewhere, though, readers _all_ bring their own backgrounds, experiences, and perceptions to a book. So wherever you're getting these impressions from--obviously, they're valid to _you_, and I'm interested to hear about them.

    But given that they do appear to be largely an artifact of something some of y'all have encountered somewhere outside the books (and I got a clue as to what that might be just yesterday--see the new post on "Audiobooks and Alex Kingston)--surely that shouldn't affect my decisions regarding the graphic novel representations of her, which are based on what _is_ in the books.

    That's all. Just explaining _my_ take on the matter, not disrespecting yours.

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  141. And as Jamie remarks in FIERY CROSS, "I'm wondering what it is about ye, Sassenach, that makes every man ye meet want to drop his breeks within five minutes of meetin' ye."

    Diana - Looking at the above quote, I think this is one of those things that caused people to think Claire was not quite so obviously glamorous. He doesn't quite understand what it is that makes her so incredibly attractive, even though he has experienced this attraction himself, so many readers would begin to think it was something deeper than the skin so to speak! A reader could not come away thinking of Claire as "mundane" in any way!!

    In any case, your response was very kind and respectful. Most of us know that you are not obligated to share your time and insights to the extent that you do or even at all, so thanks for your generosity.

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  142. I am thrilled to hear of this project. This series is my favorite collection of liturature, hands down. I have been waiting for a graphic novel or a movie since first meeting Jamie and Claire. I am looking forward to adding the illustrated novel to my harcover library of the Outlander series.

    Also, is it true that a movie is in the works? The suspense is killing me!!!

    Now, for my thoughts on Claire's portrait: I agree that her hair could be curlier. The picture was a little too small for me to see her eyes very clearly, but I am really excited to see how the artist renders her honey-colored eyes...

    But the porcelain skin and emotion are spot on.

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  143. I love the picture of Claire, I think the artist capture in her eyes that "window to the soul" effect. This is a face that can not lie.

    You can almost see why Jaimie would fall in love with her. Those eyes can hold no secrets.

    I am a great fun of your books, which I only discovered in the last year, but I take pleasure in getting everybody I know addicted to your books.

    I just can not wait to read you next novel.

    You never cease to amaze me, every time, while reading one of your books I thought that there was no way you could top the story line, some how you always manage, and with style.

    Keep up the good work.

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  144. I've never had a clear picture of Claire in my head since she is not described in the same detail as Jamie. But considering she shares my name and my curls, it was always exciting to me to hear she would have bed head and hair sticking out every which way at times. So, while I didn't picture her with corkscrew curls, I did picture her with a little more frizz. While I can see some curl in her hair in the picture, I honestly wouldn't describe that as curly hair. I'd say she definitely needs a bit more kink in that hair.

    As for some people (myself included) picturing her face a little more rounded, I think that comes from the description of her body. She sounds shapely, Jamie likes her big "arse", etc. So she's not skinny (unless she's lost a lot of weight) and I think thats why some of us think her face is a little more round. I like her mouth. I'd make her eyes a little rounder--it's Jamie who has the slanty cat eyes. Hers look a bit cat-like here too. All in all though, it's a nice rendering and like I said, I didn't have much of a picture of her in my head anyway. As others have said, I'm afraid to see Jamie.

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  145. Dear Claire--

    Certainly Claire's hair normally (or at least frequently) looks curlier than it does here. As I may have mentioned once or twice [cough]...this is _one_ picture. Of a woman tidied up and on her best grooming for a formal portrait. Naturally, her hair would be a lot wilder on a Highland road at night--and believe me, when Hoang gets to a panel that shows her in such a condition, I'll post it, just to allay the concerns of those who may have them.

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  146. Can't wait to see pictures of her not looking her best. When I read about her hair, I shudder to think what life was like for us curly girls back before gels and other hair products! One thing her hair does have in that picture is volume! I can see it getting out of control.

    Also as others have said, I never pictured her as a real beauty. Jamie talks more about her body and her talents than about her beauty (though he does mention that occasionally). I think we like to think a man like Jamie could go for any one of us even if we're not classically beautiful :).

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  147. OK, she's growing on me, hair and all. I'm reminded of my younger days before I had embraced my curls. I'd brush my hair out as straight as I could and for an hour or so it would look ok. I think that's how Claire's hair is in this picture. I've always cringed every time she brushes her hair in the book--that'll just make it frizzier! But back then, as I said with no hair products, what could you do? Her hair actually looks very close to my 5th grade school picture, but in reality, when I let my hair go, it's much much curlier and these days I do embrace that.

    I'm also seeing a toughness in her the more I look at the picture--a "don't f--- with me" look that is absolutely Claire.

    When the artist draws Jamie, please have him with a slight smile and a twinkle in his eye like he's up to no good!

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  148. Claire said:

    "I'm also seeing a toughness in her the more I look at the picture--a "don't f--- with me" look that is absolutely Claire."

    I completely agree! I saw that immediately. This is not a woman to be messed with, no question about that. Something in the eyes, I think.

    Karen

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  149. I like how your Claire looks. I can't wait for the graphic novel
    I just finished ABOSAA and loved it. My 4th daughter was born just
    days before the book came out and
    I finally had the time now to finish reading it.I loved Stephen
    Bonnet-darlin-carrying his testicle w/him made me laugh.
    I tried to send a comment yesterday but i am new to blogging and not sure i did it right.
    my question again is will you be writing the story of Jamie's parents? I would love to see Colum and Dougal again, especially as young men.
    Keep Writing
    Lisa

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  150. Dear Purdue--

    Yes, I do plan to write a prequel that tells not only the story of Colum and Dougal (and how they took over leadership of the clan on the death of Red Jacob), _and_ the courtship of Brian and Ellen--but also Murtagh's story, and how he became Jamie's godfather.

    Be a little while, though.

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  151. Wow, I'm a little suprised at how het up some people are getting about the picture of Claire!! (or is that cos I'm English and more reserved ?!!!!!!!) To put my penny's worth in I like it! By the way what does (G) mean? (Sorry, English again!!!)

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  152. WOW! This is quite the undertaking because so many people have different perceptions of these characters. I have somewhat of an art background and to me Claires eyes in this picture have a bit of an Asian resemblance but I also know each persons eye see's things differently. Can't wait to seeing what Jamie will look like. I am always looking forward to reading your next book what a gift you have.

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  153. Wow! Claire sure does "clean up pretty"! I could never have imagined glamorous mixed with 'tough-as-nails'. I didn't think she would look quite so delicate (even in a glam-shot) so I can't wait for the "au naturelle" look.

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  154. I'm sorry. I just jumped in without even a simple introduction...I'm a veterinarian from Canada who is hopelessly in love with the story of Jamie and Claire! Thank-you, thank-you Diana for finally giving a face to my SECOND most favorite character of all times! Thank-you as well to Hoang Nguyen for so ably bringing your vision to life. I can't believe how excited I am to see the rest of the characters!

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  155. Hi, Nessvet!

    It's a blog--everybody jumps in. [g]

    I think it's pretty interesting myself. So far, I've seen only a little of the artwork (Hoang has just begun working on the actual paintings, though he's done a lot of layout sketches--which I like a lot, but they don't include any facial detail and the like), but have seen more of Murtagh than anyone else. His face varies quite a bit, with changing light and expression--but is always recognizable as himself.

    So I think there'll be plenty of material from which to form an overall impression of Jamie, Claire, and the others.

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  156. I am so excited for the graphic novel. I love the idea that there will be pictures showing different aspects of the growth and lives of the characters we love. I liken it to be given a the same unexpected gift Jamie was given when Claire came back with photos of Brianna.

    I'm sure if we all put our minds to it (much to Diana's horror) we could come up with a humongous list of scenes we'd love to see depicted in the novel.

    A few that come to mind for me would be;

    1. Jamie and Claire's wedding day...after Claire fainted. (O)

    2. Frank and Clare spying on the druid ceremony at Craig na Dun. (O)

    3. Clair and Ian sitting outside Lallybroch while Jamie and Jenny can be seen screaming and yelling at each other through the window.

    4. The confrontation in the hallway at Sandringham's Paris house the first time Jamie sees Jonathan Randall, having thought him dead. (DiA)

    5. The dinner party at Jared's home after the attack. (DiA)

    6. Dougal and Jamie giving their fighting demonstration at Edinburgh Castle.(DiA)

    7. Claire running up Craig na Dun while Jamie holds off the dragoons.(DiA)

    8. Claire, Frank and baby Brianna bonding in their small apartment kitchen. (v)

    9. Jamie in the cave, looking out on Lallybroch...if he can see it from there, I always thought he could see it way in the distance. (v)

    10. Jaime and Lord John playing chess. (v)

    11. Claire and Joe Abernathy with Gillies Duncan's skull. (v)

    10. Claire walking in to Malcom's print shop (v)

    12. Claire and Jamie watching the Bruagh sailing away. (v)

    13. Discoveing Stephen Bonnet afer burying Gavin Hayes (DoA).

    14. Arriving at River Run (DoA)

    15. The dinner party where Claire performs surgery on the dinner table. (DoA)

    Ok, I won't bore anybody any more.

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  157. i had always thought of claire's hair as a bit lighter (sun streaked, maybe?) and curlier. not an afro, but definitely the type, that wiht some real manipulation, could be coerced into sausage curls. does that make sense?

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  158. Many years ago I had what I think was an original Outlander paperback with a beautiful cut-out cover. I say "had" because someone "borrowed" it and I never got it back, which saddens me because it was that beautiful cover that turned me on to your books (which have turned out to be my most favorite books EVER, even edging out the Harry Potter series *g*) in the first place. I seem to remember there being a picture of Claire inside the cover. Am I remembering correctly? Anyway, I like Hoang Nguyen's rendering of Claire very much and I can't wait to see Jamie and Murtagh. I've read the entire series of books (I own hard cover copies of them all now and I do NOT lend them out!) about half a dozen times (yes, I'm obsessed) and I always sit and try to picture exactly what Murtagh would look like. Like most people, I try to fit a face I know into the description but I always come up blank so it will be great to see one that you’ve approved. And I must add that, even though I've read them so many times, it seems there is always something new to discover that maybe didn't quite sink in the first, second, third, etc. time around. (That really doesn't make me sound very smart does it? - Ha!) Let me close by saying that I really enjoy the world of Jamie and Claire and I'm very much looking forward to "Echo" and the new graphic novel!

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  159. Okay I think Claire looks wonderful!! Although I must admitt I always thought of her with a lighter hair colour.. I have an older copy of the first Outlander book and on the inside cover it shows a picture of Claire and Jaime, but Claire looks like her hair is more blonde. I guess that is were my idea came from. But anywho she looks fantastic! And as for the movie rumours... well lets just say that when i first read it I jumped up and danced... then I called my mom who first got me hooked on them.

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  160. Dear Diana,
    I'm so excited about the graphic novel! I'm not very visual so I never have a clear picture of your characters, so it's very exciting to have the opportunity to see what you see when you write them! I do just have two teeny comments to make though... firstly, Claire looks a wee bit Asian to me... secondly, I'm sorry but I have to rebut your comment about nobody having corkscrew curls - I do! Admittedly only two at the nape of my neck, the rest of my hair looks kinda like Claire's in the picture only not quite so bushy, but there you have it, they do exist. Not that I ever pictured Claire with corkscrews...
    Anyway I can't wait to see Jamie, thank you so much for this project!

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  161. Well - I'm new here. I've been reading your series for awhile...and although I'm not blind, I do have trouble reading - A.D.D. So, it has taken me a long time to get through these great stories.

    Nonetheless - I'm very excited about the graphic novel! Not that I'm a fan of those - and I'm hoping this isn't going to be the kind that you have to read backwards??? - but I'll certainly be interested to see how it turns out for sure!

    As for the picture of Claire - yeah, it's a bit sultry, and yeah, her hair doesn't seem curly enough. I think we might get the "rounded face" idea from English paintings from times gone by? I don't know. I know I've never quite pictured Claire - other than the curly hair, and she must have some strength about her to do all that fighting, bone setting, and tooth pulling?

    I'm more fascinated with the images of other character like Jocasta! That would be something to see!

    As for the little thread I read about the pre-quil (sp?) - YEAH!!!! That would be AWESOME! I bet it would be fantastic too! Nice.

    Okay - well anyway - as I get to them, I try to go back and re-read the books, because I know my brain misses parts.

    I'm happy to see that this series goes on, and you do such a fine job of writing it! It's hard NOT to think in the rhyme and verbiage of the stories when I'm done with them!! And don't I feel foolish thinking in a such a way - that my brain has been completely taken over by the "sound" of what I've read? Make any sense?...like "mind ye"? or "ken" or "dinna fash yerself". I find myself making sure I don't actually SAY these things out loud! lol.

    Keep up the great work. As much as a struggle as it is - I do enjoy reading the stories - they are easier to keep up with than most....A.D.D. proved. ;)

    Diana

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  162. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!You have Claire down cold. Jamie is ridiculous! He should be very tall, have a broad chest, broad shoulders and very developed muscles (especially arms and legs! Consider all of his physical activity and fighting capability! His hair should be interspersed with orange and gold highlights. There should have a high forhead and strong jawline. PLEASE don't let your readers and Scotsmen around the world down!

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