The Gotham City villain will expand his criminal empire to comic book publishing, the most vile of criminal activities.
Source: Publishers Weekly
Gotham City (September 12) - The publishing world was shocked today as known supervillain and mobster Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot announced his intentions to expand his book publishing business, Penguin Books, into the graphic novel business. Penguin will call the new imprint InkLit, and will produce both adaptations of existing properties, as well as original material. It is suspected that the company will also serve as a money laundering operation for Penguin's organized crime activities, much like his popular nightclub, the Iceberg Lounge.
Why comics? "It's the perfect crime, wah wah wah!" said Cobblepot, poking this reporter in the belly with his umbrella. "Comics sell the same story over and over, and readers eat it up. It's like printing money. Wah wah!"
InkLit's first release will be Alpha and Omega: Vol. 1, an adaptation of an urban fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs that was first released as a four issue miniseries by Dynamite. It is unknown what dubious methods Penguin's henchmen used to extort the rights from Dynamite, but the small comic book publisher is not talking, probably for fear of their lives. InkLit intends to continue to release urban fantasy, a kind of vampire porn, with releases planned by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that became HBO's hit True Blood series, as well as Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels. True Blood comics are currently printed by IDW, while Marvel has released Anita Blake comics.
"They'll come around, wah wah," proclaimed Cobblepot, sinisterly. "I'll make them an offer they can't refuse."
While on the surface the entry of a publishing company as big as Penguin into the comic book market could be considered a sign of health for the business, many industry insiders are worried that there will be a price to pay when Penguin's end game is ultimately revealed.
"Cobblepot is a sick man," revealed one of our sources, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. "He's angry at the world. He's angry at the police. He's angry at Batman. There's something more to this."
Regardless of concerns, Penguin pressed ahead, with Cobblepot giving a rousing speech to company executives at a dinner party last night. "My dear penguins, we stand on a great threshold!" he said. "It's okay to be scared; many of you won't be coming back. Thanks to Batman, the time has come to punish all God's children! 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th-born! Why be biased? Male and female! Hell, the sexes are equal with their erogenous zones blown sky high! Forward march! The liberation of Gotham has begun! "