TRUE BLOOD Comic Book Series To Be Released In July 2010

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HBO and IDW Publishing have announced that they will produce a multiple, all-new comic book series based HBO’s successful show, TRUE BLOOD.

The comic book will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2010. It will add new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the show. The comics will be developed closely with True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball and it will be available in both print and digital formats.

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.

The plot was developed with Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. It is illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, and renowned artist J. Scott Campbell will join Messina in providing covers for each issue.

Here is what Alan Ball had to say about it:

“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.”