VIDEO: True Blood Comic Books at Comic-Con 2010

July 23, 2010

CNN recently spoke with Alan Ball, the creative genius behind the very successful HBO TV vampire series True Blood regarding the launch of the True Blood comic book series. Alan Ball, along with IDW Publishing and HBO, have produced the first True Blood comic book which debuts at Comic-Con 2010. Enjoy the video as Alan explains the development and format of the True Blood comic books.



First Look at Issue #2 of True Blood Comic Book

May 16, 2010

Just days after the preview for the first issue of the True Blood comic series coming out this July, IDW Publishing has released the cover art for Issue #2. David Messina, the artist for the books, has one cover featuring Sam as both a human and a dog in front of Merlotte’s. The variant cover, drawn by J. Scott Campbell, shows Sookie suspended in midair between Eric and Bill, both with fangs out looking ready to fight!

Both of these covers are incredible, and have us very excited for the True Blood comic books! Do you feel the same way about them?


(Photo credits: David Messina & J. Scott Campbell / IDW)


True Blood Comic Book Cover from IDW Publishing Released

April 22, 2010

The cover artwork for the new True Blood Comic Book, from IDW Publishing, has been released and it features a large drawing of Sookie and Bill in the center with Eric, Sam, Jason, Jessica, Tara, and Lafayette around them.

In this tantalizing series spinning out of the hit show, 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!

The story was developed by Alan and series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow. It’s co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner, with interior and cover art by David Messina and cover art by J. Scott Campbell.

The series will contain six, 32-page issues priced at $4.99 each with a bonus inside every issue: an exclusive pullout gatefold poster by David Messina!  So True Blood fans what are you waiting for?  Pre-order exclusively with nowHBO will begin shipping the item starting July 21, 2010.


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FEARnet Glimpses Future of True Blood Comic

April 8, 2010

Comic book publisher IDW released some wonderful news at WonderCon 2010 — it will be publishing a True Blood comic book.

Correspondents from were there at the San Fransico event to catch a glimpse of a banner advertising the new comic. It features key members of the True Blood television cast, including Sookie, Bill and Eric. Here’s a wide shot of the banner but take note that the banner does say that this is not the final art.  Therefore, changes in the characters’ appearance may be made along the way.

Their booth was a miniature Merlotte’s, where waitresses kept fans refreshed with cups of the official TruBlood beverage.

The series will contain six, 32-page issues priced at $3.99. It is schedule to debut in July at the San Diego Comic-Con. IDW‘s Anna Maria White told FEARnet that the writers are working closely with Alan Ball to make the comic’s integration into the True Blood world seamless.

“It’s not gonna be adaptations of the scripts. It’s gonna be additional stories in that world.”

In the first issue, Sookie and friends are trapped inside Merlotte’s by an entity that feeds on emotion and is killing off patrons.

The story was developed by Alan and series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow. It’s co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner, with interior and cover art by David Messina and cover art by J. Scott Campbell.


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True Blood Comic Books Coming Out this Summer

April 4, 2010

Exciting news for all True Blood fans as Alan Ball has done it again and has found a way to deliver us more True Blood by creating a True Blood Comic books series that will feature new and exciting storylines unique from the show.  Below is the official press release:

HBO® and IDW Publishing are thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership to produce a multiple, all-new comic book series based on the network’s hit show True Blood®. Premiering at San Diego Comic-Con in July, this sexy, visually striking comic series will add new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the wildly original Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning television show. Developed closely with the show’s Oscar®-winning creator, Alan Ball (HBO’s Six Feet Under, American Beauty), IDW’s True Blood series are the exclusive, official comics for the show and will be available in both print and digital formats.

“I am very excited to be introducing the True Blood comic book series,” stated Ball.  “These graphic novels are a great companion to the series and we are pleased that the popularity of the show is allowing it to branch out into different mediums.”

The first six-issue True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor and intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for. The plot was developed with Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, the series captures all the bloody details and sexy reveals of this exciting new adventure. Renowned artist J. Scott Campbell will join Messina in providing covers for each issue.

The comic series will explore the ongoing adventures of telepathic heroine Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire lover Bill Compton, best friend Tara Thornton, enigmatic and ancient vampire sheriff Eric Northman, loyal boss Sam Merlotte, brother Jason Stackhouse, perpetual-virgin vampire Jessica, and the flamboyant cook/drug dealer Lafayette Reynolds.

In the first storyline, Sookie and the rest of Bon Temps 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 off of raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.

True Blood is one of the most exciting dramas on television and has been eagerly anticipated by comics fans for a long time,” said IDW CEO, Ted Adams. “We are very excited to bring more of this great entertainment franchise to fans.”

True Blood #1 (of 6, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores in July. Pre-order available at

True Blood #1 Comic Book

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About IDW PublishingIDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics and ComicMix.

IDW‘s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at

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Below is a video of Alan making the announcement.

True Blood – A Message from Alan Ball: Comic Book Series
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