True Blood Comic Collection Debuts on New York Times Bestsellers List

March 11, 2011

‘All Together Now’ Captures Number 6 Spot

All Together Now CoverDie hard fans of HBO‘s True Blood helped our favorite show score another triumph by landing ‘All Together Now’ on the New York Times Best Sellers List in its first week!  The hardcover collection of the first True Blood comic series arc contains all six issues of the comic and bonus content including a cover gallery.

The first storyline was developed by show creator Alan Ball along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow and provides a different look at life in Bon Temps.

Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte’s, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past – those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted.

True Blood: Tainted Love

Tainted Love 1 CoverThe True Blood comic book saga will continue with True Blood: Tainted Love, the first issue of which is already in stores.  The second arc will be six issues like the first and begins with baby vampire Jessica being exposed to a tainted bottle of Tru Blood causing her to go berserk.

What is different about the Tainted Love series is that it is being co-written by Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian who plays Reverend Steve Newlin on the hit show.  The authors sat down with Comicbookresources.com to talk about the series and their vision for it.

While the two have never worked together before they have been friends for a long time and even live in the same building.  When the True Blood comic was announced Andreyko approached McMillian about pitching possible stories to IDW, the company that is publishing the comics and McMillian agreed.  Clearly HBO liked what the two had to offer and they were lucky enough to get the job.

Plan of Attack

The duo revealed the secrets behind their collaboration, saying that they sat down and plotted the six issue series together and then divided up the first drafts with McMillian taking odd numbered issues and Andreyko tackling the even numbered issues.  Once they completed a first draft they passed it off to the other who would review it and pass it back.  They then handed it into IDW and HBO for their review.

In talking about what it was like to write for the comic book series after having starred in the show McMillian had this to say:

“It’s a bit like writing about a fictional world that I’ve actually visited before. As Steve Newlin, I got to walk around the ‘True Blood’ universe as one of its denizens.  I know how it feels, how it sounds. At the very least, it makes writing dialogue for Bill and Sookie and Jason much easier having actually interacted with those characters in the flesh.  I think it’s one of the reasons I wanted to write this comic so badly — it’s a fictional world I have tangible access to. That’s an awesome gift for a writer.”

The Story Behind The Story

Tainted Love 2 CoverDuring the interview Andreyko revealed that the inspiration behind the storyline was the Tylenol poisonings that took place in and around Chicago in 1982.  He says:

“Michael and I were coming up with stories to pitch, and the concept of someone poisoning Tru Blood was something that really intrigued us.  I mean, who would do that? Angry vampires? Vampire haters? Was it personal? Like any good mystery, there are dozens of feasible suspects.”

The two also tapped into the way that Season 3 of True Blood ended off with the tense human/vampire relations with McMillian saying:

“I think the comic can play a role in exploring areas of the ‘True Blood’ world that the show may not be able to get to.  Marc came up with the wonderful idea of Tru Blood bottles getting contaminated with an element that causes vampires to go crazy. Since the bottled blood is the link between vampire/human relations, it’s such a great device to mess with. Tainting that symbolic connection seemed like an apt reflection of where vampire/human relations were left off in Season 3.”

The Plot

So what exactly happens to our favorite vampires when they drink this tainted blood?  Well according to McMillian it causes them to go into a bloodlust state where their moral center has completely vanished and they just go crazy.

The Tainted Love series focuses primarily on Jessica, our favorite baby vampire.  When asked what it is that makes Jessica appealing as a main character Andreyko responded:

“She’s a teenager, she was home-schooled, and now she’s a vampire whose every time having sex is, literally, the ‘first’ time. That pretty much screams ‘interesting’ to me.”

Sex and Comic Books

We all know that sex is a huge part of the True Blood appeal and to a large extent it is also a big part of the Sookie Stackhouse novels written by Charlaine Harris.  But how do you address that element of the show in a comic book format where there are graphic pictures to accompany the words?  According to the two they just went with the flow of the storyline.  They used the show as a guiding post and they made sure the sex and coarse language were appropriate to the storyline and not just dropped in for shock value.  Andreyko says:

“Sex is a huge part of True Blood, both from a narrative standpoint and metaphorically, so eliminating it from the comics would be a conspicuous absence. That being said, we are not doing ‘adult’ comics here, so the choreography and what isn’t shown become important in the storytelling. And I’m also a firm believer that, except for specific moments of impact, less is much more when it comes to moments of graphic sex or violence.”

To order your copy of the first issue of Tainted Love click here.  The second issue will be released on March 31, 2011 but you can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

All Together Now with tshirtBe sure to pick up your copy of ‘All Together Now’ today.  You can order them directly from HBO along with a t-shirt by clicking
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So fellow Truebies do you plan to check out the True Blood comic series?  If you already own it let us know what you think in the comment section!

Sources:  Kineticnews.com – Hardcover ‘True Blood’ Comic Debuts On Best Seller List

Comicbookresources.com – McMillian & Andreyko Spill ‘True Blood’

Photo Credits – HBO Inc. and IDW Publishing

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Season 4 Spoiler: New Casting Call Released

March 8, 2011

A New Bellefleur and Other Characters Being Cast!

True Blood Season 3With filming of Season 4 of HBO‘s True Blood underway, more casting calls have been released this time for Episode 4.04!

Caroline Bellefleur

The Bellefleur family is growing.  This time they are looking for the family matriarch Caroline Bellefleur.  Described as “in her 70s, formidable, refined, and beautifully dressed”.  She dislikes vampires but takes a liking to Bill.

Emma

Emma is a 5 year old little girl who is described as the “happy, playful, talkative daughter of a shifter and werewolf”.

Head Priest

In this flashback role we will see a Spanish-speaking priest from 1610 who “instigates the burning of a witch at a medieval church”.

So Truebies what are your thoughts on these casting calls – any theories?

Source: Imdb.com

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Battle of the True Blood Alpha Males – Make Your Vote Count!

February 20, 2011

Who’s The Sexiest Male True Blood Character?

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Okay True Blood fans, we all have our “favorite” True Blood characters, but who is the HOTTEST guy of them all?  Now’s your chance to be heard!  We here at Truebloodnet.com want to know, which True Blood man gets your heart pumping and keeps you tuning in each week!  Is it suave and seductive Vampire Bill or do you prefer your guys tall, dark and wolfie like Alcide Herveaux. Speaking of tall, maybe it’s tall, blond and Viking you go for and Eric’s your guy? Of course, if you like your men like you like your dessert, all sugar and spice and twice as nice, you have quite a selection to choose from on True Blood. From dark, spicy and delicious Lafayette Reynolds and his strong and sexy witch-doctor boyfriend Jesus, to alpha dog Sam Merlotte, whose bark is worse than his bite, to little brother Tommy who’s a real party animal. Then there’s the perennial lady-pleaser Jason Stackhouse. Does that diamond cut body of Jason’s combined with that hurt little-boy seductiveness bring out the woman in you? Or maybe one of the Bellefleurs curl your toes? How can you not love sweet, if peculiar, Terry Bellefleur? But, if you’re into handcuffs, and a little discipline, there’s always Andy who’s waiting for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T from you! And finally, there just isn’t anyone sweeter than Hoyt Fortenberry whose shy and loving nature is only ruined by a side of crazy momma.

So let us know, who do you love? Can’t quite make up your mind? That’s OK, you can vote for up to 3  guys who make your palms sweat and your heart skip a beat (if your heart’s still beating that is!) Click the boxes below and let us know, who’s the HOTTEST True Blood Man?

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Truebloodnet.com Is Back!!

February 17, 2011

Stay Tuned For True Blood Season 4 News and Info!

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Good news Truebies!  Your favorite True Blood site is back up and running!  Did you miss us?

Due to the unexpected death of the person who handles our servers, our site, along with 18,000 other websites, were down while all the technicalities were sorted out.  We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience to you all and we are looking forward to getting back to full working order.  In order to do that we need your help!  To help us get back up in the Google ranking we need all of our fellow Truebies to go to www.google.com and in the search box type –>  Truebloodnet.com true blood <–.  This will help ensure that all of our stories get out to other fans of the show and there will be more people for you all to chat with!

All of us here at Truebloodnet.com would like to thank you for your patience and understanding and we are looking forward to bringing you all news and info you need about your favorite show.  Season 4 is only four months away so the news will be pouring in.

Sincerely,

Truebloodnet.com Staff

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Lafayette Named One of 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television

February 3, 2011

True Blood Character Makes The List at Number 7

Lafayette and JesusIn a show filled with vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and more it is hard for non-supernatural characters to stand out.  On HBO‘s True Blood, Merlotte’s flamboyant short-order cook Lafayette, played by the incredible Nelsan Ellis, provides much needed comic relief along with having sincerity and emotion in moments with his cousin, the ever tortured Tara.  Ellis and the wonderful writing team at HBO have done a fantastic job with not going overboard with the gay stereotypes. 

It is this combination of ingredients that have landed Lafayette on a list of the 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television put out by Rolling Stone Magazine.  In describing why Lafayette made the list they say:

Thanks to creator Alan Ball’s brilliant thinking, Bon Temps’ most flashy short-order cook/V dealer is alive and well instead of dead in the back of Andy Bellefleur’s car (his character’s fate in Book Two of the Sookie Stackhouse novels). Although Lafayette embodies certain gay stereotypes (eyeliner, lipstick, jewelry, he prefers the ladies’ room – “I is gorgeous”), he is easily one of the most trustworthy characters in a world filled with devious vampires, werewolves, maenads, shape-shifters and, most recently, a witch – the latter of whom just happens to be Lafayette’s new boyfriend. Hookah, please!

Other entries on the list include Kurt and Blaine from Glee, Rickie Vasquez from My So Called Life and Joyce Ramsay from Mad Men.  Click here to view the entire list of characters.

Source:  Rollingstone.com

Photo Credit:  HBO Inc.

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Nelsan Ellis Checks Out Eleven Eleven Watches

February 3, 2011

Nelsan Ellis Eleven Eleven Watches

Nelsan Ellis who plays Lafayette Reynolds on HBO‘s True Blood recently checked out Eleven Eleven Watches in West Hollywood.  After looking at the watches and taking some pictures with them, Nelsan was quoted as saying “I love them!”.

Eleven Eleven Watches are available at select Barney’s NY and Neiman Marcus stores for men and women, and come with two interchangeable straps to customize to your personal style. Visit www.elevenelevenwatches.com. It’s 11:11 … Make A Wish!
 
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Video: Anna Paquin Behind The Scenes of Elle Photo Shoot

February 2, 2011

See Paquin in the February Edition Of Elle

Anna Paquin who plays Sookie Stackhouse on HBO‘s True Blood is featured in February’s Women In Television edition of Elle Magazine which is on stands now.  As part of her photo spread, the magazine shot a behind the scenes video with Paquin where she talks about her love of slasher films, Sookie’s clothes, and her theater work.  Watch her full interview below.

Source:  Elletv.elle.com

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Happy Birthday Sam Trammell!

January 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Cake

We here at Truebloodnet.com would like to wish a very happy 40th birthday to Sam Trammell who plays the wonderful Sam Merlotte on our favorite show.

We hope your day is full of laughter and fun Sam!

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True Blood Receives GLAAD Media Awards Nomination

January 21, 2011

Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series

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The nominees for the GLAAD Media Awards were released this week and HBO‘s True Blood was among them.   The awards recognize and honor news and entertainment media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.  

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Brothers & Sisters, ABC
  • Degrassi, TeenNick 
  • Grey’s Anatomy, ABC
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family
  • True Blood, HBO

Watch the video below which honors all of the nominees.

The GLAAD Awards are held in three different cities and it is not yet known which city or which day the Outstanding Drama Series will be awarded but we will update you when it is announced!

Source:  GLAAD.org – GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

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Joe Manganiello to Present at Producers Guild Awards

January 20, 2011

22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards Held January 22nd in Beverly Hills

Producers Guild Awards

Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO‘s True Blood has been named as one of the presenters for this years Producers Guild Awards.  These awards are given out annually and honor the finest producing work of the last year. 

True Blood’s fabulous producers have been nominated for The Norman Felter Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Drama, Television.  Here is a list of the nominees in this category:

  • “Breaking Bad” (AMC)Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren
  • “Dexter” (Showtime)Producers: Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Robert Lloyd Lewis, Clyde Phillips
  • “Lost” (ABC)Producers: Jack Bender, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Ra’uf Glasgow, Jean Higgins, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Liz Sarnoff, Paul Zbyszewski
  • “Mad Men” (AMC)Producers: Lisa Albert, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Matthew Weiner
  • “True Blood” (HBO)Producers: Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg Fienberg, Mark McNair, Nancy Oliver, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo

Other presenters that have been announced include Helen Mirren, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. 

The awards take place January 22, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm PST and the awards follow at 7:30pm PST.

Source:  Hollywoodreporter.com– Helen Mirren, Mark Wahlberg Among Producers Guild Awards Presenters

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