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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First Look at the Newest True Blood Graphic Novel Covers!

November 19, 2010

Plus! Details From a Surprising Source!

True Blood Graphic Novel Cover Series 2, Issue 1

Last week, EW.com exclusively revealed the cover of the forthcoming True Blood graphic novel, True Blood, Vol. 1: All Together Now. EW has now revealed not one but two covers for the second installment in the True Blood graphic novels series (no title yet released).

Plot Details, Anyone?

The plot of the second edition (which is a compilation of six forthcoming issues of the True Blood comics series) will naturally revolve around Sookie Stackhouse, whose world is ‘turned upside down’ when contaminated bottles of Tru Blood cause the Southern Vampire population to go berserk.

That, as you might guess, just amps up the always simmering human-vampire tension in Bon Temps. In addition to Sookie, Bill, and Eric, new characters who weren’t in the first series will be introduced in this latest edition: Jessica Hamby, Hoyt Fortenberry, Terry Bellefleur, Arlene Fowler, Jesus Velasquez, and Steve Newlin all make appearances.

In fact, speaking of the right, Michael McMillian, who plays the Fellowship of the Sun leader Reverend Steve Newlin Jr. on the HBO True Blood series, is also a co-author (with Marc Andreyko) of the second series of comics!

Michael McMillian, True Blood's Rev. Newlin, co-author True Blood Graphic Novel Series 2

McMillian Shares Enticing Details On Upcoming Graphic Novel:

“The plot kicks off when bottles of Tru Blood are contaminated with this mysterious ingredient that makes vampires go, basically, insane. They go crazy. They lose sense of all sort of moral center, and they pretty much go feral and attack anything and everything in sight. What happens is they reach Bon Temps and the lips of a very beloved vampire character. Sookie and the rest of the characters are trying to figure out: Who’s behind the contamination? How can they save their friend? That’s sort of where the whole arc starts off.”

McMillian continued:

“We wanted to make this story very vampire-centric, and I’ve always been interested in the larger mythology of this bottled blood, that there’s a corporation behind this.

What would happen if they had a PR disaster like the BP oil spill? …it would be a huge disaster… What…if they have to pull bottled blood off the market?… There’s (the) immediate problem of if … Tru Blood is recalled, what are vampires going to do (and how will it affect humans)? I’m interested in the dynamics of the relationships between humans and vampires.”

The enthusiastic McMillian pointed out that until the Season 4 HBO True Blood series returns in summer, 2011, this series will have to tide fans over.

‘Reverend Newlin’ also revealed:

“We’ve got the privilege of being the only True Blood that’s available for fans before the fourth season starts up in the summer, so we really want this series to feel like a great stand-in for the TV show. It’s going to be really exciting and action-packed and beautiful.”

IDW True Blood Comics Series 2 Issue 1 Cover

The second True Blood graphic novel series won’t hit stores shelves until Feb. 23, but  you can pre-order it now.

So, True Blood fans, does the news of a new infusion of True Blood via this graphic novel give you hope that you can mainstream until the show’s return in summer 2011? Have you ever read a comic book or graphic novel and if not, is this enough to convince you to do so? Are you as excited about this as Rev. Steve? (We are!)

Source: EW – ‘True Blood’ Exclusive: First Look at more graphic novel covers! Plus, tons of details!

(Image Credits: EW, HBO.com)

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First View of the True Blood Graphic Novel Cover

November 11, 2010

True Blood Graphic Novel Volume 1

EW is keeping True Blood fans happy by sharing the latest news. Most recently, they have shared the cover of the first volume of the True Blood graphic novel! The book, which will be hardcover and will contain the stories of all 6 comic issues, will be titled True Blood, Vol. 1: All Together Now.

All Together now will also have some bonus material beyond the comics. It will also have a cover gallery that includes all the separate covers of each comic issue, as well as sketches.

Unfortunately, we’ve got a bit of a wait until we actually can get our hands on the graphic novel. It will not be released until February 8, 2011. However, during the time prior to the release, issues five and six of the True Blood comic will be released.

Will you be picking up a copy of the graphic novel once it is released? What do you think of the cover?

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly

(Image Credit: EW)

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