Pink Carnation: the Comic!

With only one week to go until Pink mass market (eek!), here’s Big Surprise #2. I’ve been having the hardest time staying quiet about this one for the past few months!

In honor of the re-release of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, I’ve teamed up with illustrator extraordinaire, Joanne Renaud, to render a few of the Purple Gentian’s adventures from prose to picture.

There are three scenes in all: one featuring Eloise (above) and two starring Richard and Amy, including a truly spectacular visual of the scene at the Tuileries Palace where Miss Gwen tells off Bonaparte. (You can click on the images to see a larger version.)

Stay tuned for the next two Pink Carnation Comics, coming up soon!

The Pink Carnation Comics are being printed in a limited signed and numbered edition. Check back for a chance to win a copy!


  1. Christine on September 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

    These are spectacular!

  2. Rebecca W. on September 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

    This is amazing! Do you think you’ll go as far as to turn the entire Pink I into a graphic novel (as many books have been doing lately)? Because that would be incredible!

  3. Lauren on September 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I wouldn’t rule out turning Pink I into a graphic novel, but what I’d really love to do is a whole, new, extra, original Pink story in graphic form– one of the Pink Carnation’s adventures that doesn’t quite fit into novel form. We’ll see….

  4. amanda b. on September 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

    i love, love, love it!!!

  5. Jessica S. on September 28, 2010 at 11:45 am


    Not quite how I pictured Eloise, although I guess I pictured her like you, with red hair…or, as a red-haired (former) grad student myself, in my giddier moments, a little like me 🙂

  6. Sue S on September 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    That was a great idea. Funny comment above about Eloise. I think I pictured Colin’s sister a little more gaunt. You know from her break up…maybe more pasty (no color). Funny how our own little preconceived ideas can march in without us even realizing it until we see something like this.

  7. Sheila on September 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    A new Pink in graphic form would certainly get my interest. I’m of the generation who would first read the Classic Comics version to decide if we wanted to read the “Real Thing” What fun to really see Turnip, Vaughan , etc, in a new adventure .

  8. Ashley on September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    A Pink graphic novel would be great!! I always enjoy seeing an artist’s rendition of my favorite books! And the Pink series would be an excellent adaptation, in my opinion!

  9. Rebecca W. on September 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Ooh, an original Pink story! That’s a great idea. Hope it will come to fruition.

    Also, I now have an urge to see the comic book Turnip. You could have so much fun designing those waistcoats!

  10. Lauren Ashley on September 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm


  11. Rachel R on September 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Love it!! Completely adorable and beautifully drawn.

    I would love to see a graphic novel – especially about Turnip!

  12. Slavica P. on September 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Absolutely fantastic! I really do hope we’ll have a whole graphic novel! Great job!

  13. Jessica M on September 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!

  14. Susan on September 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    This is so cool! I am so busy of late that I am missing all the contests. I have even recruited my mother to go see you in Ann Arbor in November because I can’t. Hope to have tome to read my preordered Misteltoe!!!

  15. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    So awesome!

  16. Dayana on September 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    As soon as I read the word comic I was like “Lauren you know me so well!”

    Seriously. I totally envisioned Eloise wearing that outfit (except the boots were shorter) and Serena looks adorable. Although Collin could have had more hair but hey, Richard looked super hot! And loved Amy’s impish features.

    A graphic novel should totally be called for! It’d be so great to have them drawn for eahc book. Just saying.

  17. Julie L. on September 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    This is great – I love the depictions of everybody! I can’t wait to see more, I love the look of Eloise (frankly, she’s prettier than I imagined) and Colin – yes, dreamy! Richard and Amy (very Eliz. Bennet like!) – I want more, more, more!! what a great idea!

  18. am7 on September 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Cool! When you say th Purple Gentian’s adventures you mean like in the book?
    I think it would be really cool to have some purple gentian cartoons from Richard’s earlier spy days!

  19. kiley murphy on September 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    love it!

  20. carole on September 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I never was a fan of comics, but I’m totally excited about these!

  21. Alyson on September 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I love it! I’d love to read anything Pink in as a graphic novel. Sign me up for a copy.

  22. Joanne on September 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Fantastic idea! Graphic novel, comics….I want it all for the Pink Carnation. So much fun!

  23. Pam on September 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Oooh fun, definitely do more!

    That never happens to me in the library…life is so unfair.

  24. Sarah on October 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love this! Can’t wait for more!

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