Big News for True Blood Comic Series

November 11, 2011

Publishers Have Announced a Monthly Release!

According to IDW Publishing the TRUE BLOOD comic book series has become one of their most popular titles.  Since its first issue was published by IDW in July 2010, each installment has given Truebies a deeper insight into their favorite characters.  Now, a new comic will be released every month.  Alan Ball, the show’s creator, says about the series:

“The comics are a great way to continue telling True Blood stories off screen. With this new ongoing series, Truebies will be able to find a new comic in stores every month. We’ll also have even more room to create in-depth drama and further explore the world of Bon Temps.”

After IDW and HBO reached the New York Times‘ Best-Selling First Comic Collection with their compilation of ALL TOGETHER NOW, they released the second compilation entitled TAINTED LOVE.  All Together Now is about a woodland monster who ravages Merlotte’s and Tainted Love revolves around Jessica ingesting some poisoned bottles of True Blood and Bill‘s search for its origin.  In stores now, the third mini-series (not yet compiled) is called THE FRENCH QUARTER and:

“finds Sookie and Eric in New Orleans tracking a killer, whom Eric and Godric thought they killed in Paris more than 200 years ago, while Bill is in town investigating a local Hep-D outbreak that may be connected to the killer’s latest victims. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, Truebies will wonder why Pam is hanging out at Merlotte’s and what it is she wants with Lafayette.”

The French Quarter issues will be compiled as a series and released in March 2012.

TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW ($24.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) is now available in stores. Diamond order code DEC10 0370; ISBN 978-1-60010-868-6.

TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE ($24.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) is now available in stores. Diamond order code JUL11 0370; ISBN 978-1-61377-019-1.

TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE ($11.99) is available in Apple’s iBook Store here: http://bit.ly/smqTIA

The entire TRUE BLOOD COMICS COLLECTION is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store [http://itunes.com/apps/idwpublishing/truebloodcomicscollection]

TRUE BLOOD comics are available for the Sony PSP through the Sony Digital Comics store here: http://bit.ly/fKNzWV

Whoever has these comics or loves comics and True Blood should let us know what you think in the comments section! If you have any Truebie friends, I know the books make a great holiday present! (I’m hoping to find Tainted Love in my stocking since I’ve already purchased and devoured All Together Now.)

Image and Article Source: IDW Publishing

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Sam Trammell Gushes about True Blood’s Comic Book Success

March 18, 2011

Trammell Talks to MTV about Why the Books Work

True Blood's Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) talks comic booksThere have been major accolades for the True Blood’ comic books since the first one debuted last year (and sold out in less than two months), some reviews claiming the books are top notch, a must read, and sexy as hell. Nearly every cast member has applauded the show’s comic book adaptation, and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) spoke to MTV earlier this week and offered up yet another opinion:

“There are just so many characters and so many potential scenarios that could happen, it’s great to have a publication that explores different possible relationships and events. We don’t actually on the show have time to explore everything that can happen in Bon Temps.”

Just last week the first collection,All Together Now,” took a bite out of the #6 spot on the New York Time‘s best selling list, and the first book in the second series, True Blood: Tainted Love,” debuted last month to big sales.

To order your copy of “Tainted Love #1” click hereTainted Love #2will be released on March 31, 2011 but you can pre-order by clicking here.

Source: Digital Spy – Trammell praises ‘True Blood’ comics

(Photo Credit: NY Daily News)

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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
here
.  If you just want to order the book itself click
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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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Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll Talk Comic Books and True Blood Season 4

March 1, 2011

The True Blood Beauties Open up to Collider

Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, and Rutina Wesley at a book signing for the True Blood Comic Book series, All Together NowTrue Blood‘s Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) may not necessarily join forces on camera, but off camera the duo enjoys getting together to promote their hard work on the vampire drama. On February 26th, Wesley, Woll, and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) were on hand at a book signing at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles to celebrate the huge success of the first True Blood comic series, All Together Now.  The three cast members signed copies and greeted fans, and Wesley and Woll gave an exclusive interview to Collider where they gushed about the books and dished on season four (they’re just finishing up shooting episode four).

There’s been a lot of news lately revolving around what it is about True Blood that lends itself to other mediums, and both Wesley and Woll gave their opinion as to what this is for the comic book series:

Wesley: “Because it’s fantastical. You’ve got vampires and other supernatural beings, so I think it’s perfect for a comic book setting. I think this is only going to increase the audience and it gives people who are die-hard True Blood fans something else to delve into, when the show’s not on.”

Woll: “I think a lot of drama, nowadays, is character-based and development-based, but True Blood is very plot oriented. I think there are great characters, but something is always happening. You never end one episode at the place where you began it, and what’s great about that is that you can tell that kind of story in any medium, whether you’re reading it, drawing it or filming it. There’s an advantage to it being a very fast-moving show.”

Woll gave some insight as to how season four will differ from previous seasons, and it definitely sounds like more struggles will be highlighted:

“I think things are more complex this season. We’re playing more with these being greyer times. There is no black and white, or good and bad. Everybody has a little of that in them… There’s a lot more of the politics coming into play. Vampires have to be very careful in a society where they witness Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) commit an act of terrorism, essentially. How do you then become accepted again?”

Wesley gave a little teaser about her character, Tara Thornton, who ended season three with much shorter hair, a darker outlook on life, and hoping to leave behind the horror that she had endured in Bon Temps:

“There will be a little bit of happiness, but then there will be some drama that’s going to set in. She’s going to go off in some other directions, but I think she’s definitely a lot more stable. She finds her feet. It’s a new Tara, without saying too much. I think people are going to really like where she’s going.”

To read the interview in its entirey, click here. All Together Now Volume 1 is available in bookstores nationwide, as well as online at the HBO Shop.

Did any Truebies attend the book signing?  Let us know the details in the comment section below!

Source: Collider– Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll Exclusive Interview TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW Vol. 1; Plus an Update on Season 4

(Photo Credit: Tyrell Star)

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All Together Now: True Blood Comic Book Collection

February 24, 2011

Compilation Now Available from HBO and IDW Publishing

True Blood All Together Now ComicThe first ever hardcover True Blood Comic collection has officially launched! Volume 1, titled True Blood: All Together Now, is a compilation of the first six True Blood comic issues. The hardcover also includes bonus content and a cover gallery.

All Together Now was developed by show creator Alan Ball, writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Illustrations were done by artist David Messina, with additional art by J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie.

Regarding the series, Alan Ball had to say:

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the amazing success of the comics and are excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans”

All Together Now is currently available in bookstores.

Source: www.comicbookmovie.com – COMICS: IDW & HBO Announce The Launch Of The True Blood Comic Book Collection

(Photo: HBO, Inc. & IDW Publishing – Artist David Messina)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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True Blood Cast Members Signing First Volume of Comic Book

February 23, 2011

Be at Barnes and Noble on Saturday 2/26 at the Grove

All Together Now Cover

Attention Truebies! Are you interested in meeting some of your favorite cast members and getting the just released first volume of the True Blood comics, All Together Now signed? Well if you are in or are planning to be in the Los Angeles Area this coming Saturday, you’re in luck!

Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) will be on hand at Barnes and Noble at the Grove this Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of the first volume of the comic collection.

The True Blood comic series has become IDW Publishing’s best-selling title.  Now, all six issues from the first series will be available together in a deluxe, hardcover compilation entitled “All Together Now.”  Available in bookstores nationwide February 15, 2011, the compilation features the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for and treats readers to new insights and untold stories of their favorite characters.  In this storyline, Sookie and the rest of the Bon Temps gang find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside.  Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds on raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.  The compilation features a cover gallery and introduction by Ball.

Fans should note that wristbands will be given out starting at 9AM with the purchase of the volume. No other memorabilia will be allowed and there will be no opportunity for posed photos. So please be aware of that if you are considering attending this event.

The signing will be located at:

Barnes and Noble: The Grove at Farmer’s Market
189 Grove Dr. Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Signing begins at 1pm, wristbands given with purchase starting at 9am.

Let us know in the comments section if you will be attending!

Submission thanks to: HBO

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Source: BarnesandNoble.com– “True Blood, Volume 1: All Together Now
Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll.”

(Image Credit: Barnes and Noble.com)

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Michael McMillian Discusses the True Blood Comic Series on the Inside True Blood Blog

February 20, 2011

From Actor to Comic Book Writer

michael_mcmillian as steve newlinGianna Sobol, writer of the Inside True Blood Blog and assistant to True Blood creator Alan Ball, recently interviewed Michael McMillian who is best known to Trubies as Rev. Steve Newlin from seasons two and three.  But when he’s not acting Michael is a writer of comic books like his own series Lucid. What fans may not realize however is that he is a co-writer of the True Blood comic book series! He recently sat down with Sobol to discuss the comics and give a bit more insight into the world of True Blood that we haven’t seen on television.

The storyline McMillian wrote for this series of True Blood comics is entitled “Tainted Love” and tells the story of what happens when a vampire terrorist group known as the Vampire Liberation Front puts something in bottles of tru blood that makes vampires lose all morality. Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) is one of the unfortunate vampires who drank a bottle and all hell breaks loose!

When asked about some really good moments readers of the comics could look forward to in this story, Michael responded with some juicy teasers:

“I think just about every cliffhanger has its shock value. That’s a characteristic of the show that Marc and I wanted to make sure closed out each issue. There’s a sequence in Issue 2 involving Jessica and an alligator that’s a favorite moment of mine. And Eric takes his relationship with Sookie to new heights in Issue 3.”

Comics as a Part of the True Blood Universe

With teasers like that, fans have to wonder exactly what kind of role the comics play with True Blood on the air. Are the comics a completely separate entity from the show or do they tie in? While the storylines in the comic are indeed separate from the show, McMillian describes the comic as a supporting act for the show:

“The comic is a great way to expand the mythology and explore certain corridors of the True Blood world that the show may perhaps leave untouched. Issue 1, for example, kicks off with a tour of a Tru Blood bottling plant. “

So in other words, the comics are a way for fans to explore a bit deeper in the world of True Blood using aspects that were introduced in the show but are not something that it has had time to expound upon. Very cool Michael!

Gotta Talk About the Newlins

No interview with Michael McMillian would be complete without discussing a little bit about Steve Newlin and his wife Sarah (Anna Camp) who were a big part of season 2. We only saw glimpses of them in season three. But do the comics give any insight as to what they’ve been up to since season 2? McMillian says yes:

“We will see a bit of Smilin’ Steve in “Tainted Love.” And perhaps a glimpse of what Sarah Newlin has been up to…All I can say is she has taken what has happened to her and used it to her advantage.”

Now that should make for some interesting reading now shouldn’t it! As for whether or not Steve Newlin or Sarah will return to True Blood on screen, McMillian doesn’t know. But he does say that he thinks Steve would settle his scores with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård).

Fans who are interested in reading this first series can head over to the HBO shop and order a hard cover version of it, entitled “All Together Now” which was released this past week.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “An Interview with Michael McMillian”

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood Comic Books Are a Mega Hit

December 10, 2010

Comic Collection and Second Series to Debut in February:

True Blood Comic Book Series #2 to debut in February 2011Thanks to all you Truebies out there, the True Blood comic book series is a huge success. HBO and IDW Publishing have announced that there is much more to come in the intriguing world of Bon Temps in a second series of comics beginning in early 2011.

The first series broke sales records when it debuted this year, which makes perfect sense considering the graphic novels were created as a means to keep Truebies up-to-date on their favorite characters’ secret lives once the cameras stopped rolling each season.

It’s About to Get Even More Graphic:

Like the first series, the new True Blood comic series will be based in our favorite southern small town, Bon Temps, and will offer up all the shenanigans that occur with humans and mythical creatures co-existing. In this six-issue series, Jessica is exposed to contaminated bottles of Tru Blood, causing the baby vamp to become unhinged. Sookie, Bill and the others investigate to find out who (or what) is behind the bad blood. In addition to Jessica, several other Bon Temp residents are making their comic book debut including Hoyt, Terry, Arlene and Steve Newlin.

True Blood comic book series #2 first issue coverSpeaking of Steve Newlin, the actor who plays the demented Reverend, Michael McMillian, will co-author the all-new six-issues with fan-favorite writer Marc Andreyko:

“Marc and I are working hard to make sure the series feels like an extension of the show. True Blood fans should expect lots of action, gore, sex, humor and of course, awesome cliffhangers!”

All Together Now:

Also launching in February is the hardcover collection of the first comic book series, ‘All Together Now’. In addition to all six issues of the series, the collection will include some bonus material. No, there won’t be life-sized dolls of Bill or Sookie, but Truebies will get to see some original sketches and a cover gallery.

Developed with True Blood series creator and director Alan Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, All Together Now was co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. The comic book series showcases the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for. The series is beautifully illustrated by top-tier artist David Messina, with additional art by renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie.

Ball is certainly pleased by the success of the comic books and he can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the second series:

“(We are) excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans. Michael and Marc have done an amazing job with the second series, crafting a thrilling story that will leave Truebies wanting more.”

In addition to the print editions, the comic collection and the second series will be available digitally through Sony’s Digital Comics Store and Apple’s iTunes Store.

You can pre-order both the collection and the second series through HBO’s online store.

We’re definitely looking forward to sinking our teeth into, well, anything True Blood and we hope all you Truebies continue sucking up the new graphic novels! Early 2011 is already looking very exciting – not only is the second series of the comic books debuting, but two new books from Charlaine Harris are to be published.  Both ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Companion’ and the 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, ‘Dead Reckoning‘ will be available in the new year. Do you think it will be enough to hold us over until season 4 premieres in June?

Source: IDW Publishing – Trubies Have Spoken – They Love The True Blood® Comic Series!

(Photo Credit: HBO, inc.)

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