Diana's comments on the graphic novel
Someone on Compuserve asked about the release date for the OUTLANDER graphic novel, and here is Diana's response:
As for the release date...originally, the two editorial entities doing ECHO and the GN were--while still both within Random House--in separate publishing "groups," meaning separate administration, editorial, marketing, publicity, etc. Ergo, hard to get them to coordinate.Two things have changed, though; 1) owing to the recent publishing meltdown, Ballantine (GN) and Bantam-Dell (ECHO) are now in the _same_ publishing group (same marketing and publicity), and 2) the artist, while doing fabulous work, is only up to page 65 (of 192); there's no way the book would be ready for release in summer of 2009.
Now, the eventual pub date does still depend on the artist's progress--the Ballantine editor put on the Random House website that she was expecting to release the book in spring of 2010, but I'm hoping that might change back to fall of 2009, IF the artwork is done in time. But I, of course, have no control over that.
Go here to see the thread on Compuserve where she made these comments.
I am actually rather glad that they are not trying to rush the project. I'd rather wait a bit longer for quality artwork than have them rush to meet an arbitrary deadline and have the pictures be less than outstanding. (And besides, we'll have ECHO in our hands next fall, regardless of what happens with the GN. <g>) But that's just my own personal opinion. What about the rest of you?