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Trubies Have Spoken - They Love The "True Blood(R)" Comic Series!
Plus: Michael McMillian, who plays Fellowship of the Sun leader Reverend Steve Newlin, will co-author an all-new six-issue arc, due in February.

[via press release from HBO]



Comic Book Collection - A Compilation of the First 6 Issues - Debuts on February 15th

Second Series of Comics Featuring An All-New Story Arc Debuts February 23rd

Show Star Michael McMillian Joins as Co-Writer

San Diego, CA (December 8, 2010) - IDW Publishing and HBO are pleased to announce the next step for the mega-hit comic series TRUE BLOOD. After record breaking sales, the TRUE BLOOD comic book series continues in February 2011 with a brand new story. Actor Michael McMillian, who plays Fellowship of the Sun leader Reverend Steve Newlin, will co-author the all-new six-issue arc with fan-favorite writer Marc Andreyko. Also in February, IDW will launch the hardcover collection of its first TRUE BLOOD story arc, ALL TOGETHER NOW. This compilation of all six issues from the first series of the comics will also feature bonus content, including original sketches and a cover gallery.

"Co-Writing the TRUE BLOOD comic is a dream come true both as a performer on the show and as longtime comic fan. It's a real privilege to build on the rapidly growing True Blood mythology," said McMillian. Continued Andreyko: "Words can't express how excited I am to be writing this with Michael. We're doing our damndest to spin a tale that fans of the show, and comics readers, will drink up like blood!"

As with the first arc, IDW's new TRUE BLOOD comic series will be based on the intriguing world of Bon Temps, offering fans an original story with their favorite characters. In this six-issue series, Jessica is exposed to contaminated bottles of Tru Blood, causing the lovely vampire to go berserk. It's up to Sookie, Bill and the others to figure 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.

Joining McMillian and Andreyko is artist Joe Corroney, who will bring this latest head-turning series to life. Corroney, along with superstar artist, J. Scott Campbell, will provide covers.

Added McMillian, "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!"

"We couldn't be more pleased with the amazing success of the comics and are excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans," stated show creator Alan Ball. "Michael and Marc have done an amazing job with the second series of comics, crafting a thrilling story that will leave Trubies wanting more."

IDW's first TRUE BLOOD series, ALL TOGETHER NOW, will be offered in deluxe, hardcover form and available in bookstores nationwide. Featuring the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for, the story treats readers to new insights of their favorite characters. Developed with show creator Alan Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, ALL TOGETHER NOW was co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. The series was beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, with additional art by renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie.

In addition to the print editions, the comic collection and the second series of comics will be available digitally through Sony's Digital Comics Store and Apple's iTunes Store.

TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW ($24.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in stores in February 2011. Diamond order code DEC10 0370; ISBN 978-1600108686.

TRUE BLOOD: Series 2, Issue #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in February 2011. Diamond order code DEC10 0367.

TRUE BLOOD comics are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple iTunes store here http://itunes.com/apps/truebloodcomics.

TRUE BLOOD comics are available for the Sony PSP through the Sony Digital Comics store here http://bit.ly/fKNzWV.

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

About IDW Publishing

IDW 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; HBO's True Blood; 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 IDWPublishing.com.

About HBO Licensing & Retail

HBO Licensing & Retail awards official HBO licenses throughout the world for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines which are inspired by the television broadcaster's award-winning programs.

(C) 2010 Home Box Office, Inc. All Rights Reserved. HBO and related service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

  [december 2010]  


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