Penguin announces InkLit, a new graphic novel line

Yesterday, the Penguin Group announced the launch of InkLit, a new graphic novel imprint under the Berkley/Nal division.

“We are excited to expand our publishing program to include books in graphic novel format, both from established house authors as well as newcomers to our list.” said Kara Welsh, Vice President and Publisher of NAL.

The first title will be released on October 2nd: Alpha and Omega: Volume 1 by #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs with artwork by Todd Herman. This graphic novel is an adaptation of Cry Wolf (Ace 2008), the first book in the Alpha and Omega series, a spin-off from Briggs’s signature Mercy Thompson series. Alpha and Omega was originally released as an eight-issue comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment. The new InkLit hardcover will contain the first four comic books, with the remaining four published in Volume 2 in 2013.

2013 will see the release of two graphic novels from Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series. An adaptation of Grave Sight, the first book in the Harper Connelly Mystery Series, will debut in January. Cemetery Girl will mark both Harris’s and InkLit’s first original graphic novel publication when it is released later in the year. It is the start of a planned trilogy co-authored with Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer.

Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, will release two titles: The Lunatic Café, book four of the Anita Blake series, will be adapted into graphic novel format as well as an-as-yet untitled original graphic novel featuring Edward, a character from Anita Blake novels.

InkLit will publish both original and adapted works and will be run by Richard Johnson, co-founder Yen Press andsenior level employee at DC Comics. Future InkLit titles include an adaptation of the Karen Slaughter novella Martin Misunderstood and an original graphic novel Starling from The Atlantic’s editor and cartoonist Sage Stossel.