True Blood Comic Books Coming Out this Summer

April 4, 2010 by  

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

Visit to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

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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  • Antonio

    I cant believe how cool this is! While,I hoped to see a graphic novel type comic of the 1st season especially “Strange Love”,I’m glad to see that the characters of TB will be in a comic series! Go TB!

  • Antonio

    I was just thinking about something here:
    Edward and the Cullen family,as well as the Other vampires Laurent,James,Victoria et all Can come out during daytime hours if the sun is obscured by heavy cloud cover (even though in S.Meyer’s world they Can walk about and be active when the sun IS out Only “sparkling” if they remain too long under the light which would reveal that they are different to others.
    Question: Could Eric Or Bill walk about during daytime hours IF the sun was obscured by heavy cloud cover in Forks?
    If it rained for a few weeks and there was No sun could they still be active and walk about over there? Of course, Neither Bill Nor Eric would be permitted to cross into the La Push area or the native american area there. No Vampires are Ever allowed at La Push according to the story! Eric is the sheriff of area 5..Who is the vampire “sheriff” of the Forks area??
    Or is That outside of QSA’s jurisdiction?
    Just a question I know that these 2 places are Different because of 2 different authors

    • Hi Antonio,

      LOL when I heard about the Comic Books all I could think of was you. LOL I remember in one of your post mentioning that it would be really cool if True Blood was made into a comic book! LOL maybe someone heard about your idea. 🙂

  • Antonio

    This is Awesome! This will be Really Cool when it comes out!
    Although I’m a bit disappointed that these comic books will not be more like a graphic novel of TB’s 1st season, This is still Incredibly cool to think that the series will be in comic book form,too! Maybe the people behind the Twilight saga will get an idea,too! Original stories from TB in comic book form? Whoa!

    • pbt

      Looking forward to this. I think it is OK Antonio that it will be totally new stories. I am sure these were ideas that were tossed around by the writers but would never make it to the television series because of budgetary reasons.

      They already had the raw ideas and now have put them into an interesting and new format. Comic Books at Comic Con, who would have thought of that idea!

      Wohoo. Thanks Alan Ball.