HBO and IDW Publishingare thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership to produce a multiple, all-new comic book series based on the network’s hit show True Blood. Proving that there are helpings yet to be had in this buffet of twisted Southern hospitality called TRUE BLOOD, comics luminaries Ann Nocenti, Michael McMillian, and Michael Gaydos are joining forces with series creator Alan Ball to take readers on a brand-new ride through the supernatural underbelly of Bon Temps, Louisiana, in an all-new ongoing series beginning in May.
“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.”
“I’m so happy to come back to work on the TRUE BLOOD comic,” says McMillian, co-writer of the Tainted Love limited series. “The show’s mythology has become vast and rich over the past few seasons, and our plan is to explore every corner of the vampire universe, past and present. Ann and I are eager to make it a must-read companion piece to the TV series.”
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.
“As a fan from the jump, I was thrilled to come onboard to contribute to the lovely nastiness that is TRUE BLOOD,” says Nocenti, a comics veteran best known for her ground-breaking run on Daredevil. “Working on the comic with Michael has been a revelation, he generates amazing stories and packs them with must-read tidbits and I’m lucky to be along on this ride.”
“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.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the amazing success of the comics,” stated James Costos, VP of HBO Global Licensing. “IDW has been a terrific partner and continuing with the ongoing series is a true testament to the quality of the product and reach of the True Blood brand.”
True Blood #1 (of 6, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores in July.