True Blood® Flows Again With All-Star Creative Team

Tuesday, Mar 6th, 2012


All-new adventures rise from the grave in May

Third Series Edition – True Blood: The French Quarter – Debuts in Hardcover in April

True Blood Ongoing #1San Diego, CA (March 6, 2012) – The sizzling collaboration between IDW Publishing and HBO heats up again! 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'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.”

In Where Were You?, the series’ first arc, readers will learn the beloved cast of characters’ roles in and reaction to the “Great Revelation”; the day when vampires revealed themselves to the world, which makes TRUE BLOOD the devilishly unique and dynamic series it is. Loved by fans and critics alike, TRUE BLOOD has become a force in both comics and television with a mythology sure to thrill and delight for years to come.


“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.”

Renowned artist Tim Bradstreet (Vampire: The Masquerade, Hellblazer) rounds out the team, providing striking covers for the series, which will also feature hugely popular photo covers for each issue.

“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.”

As if all of that wasn’t enough to satiate the comics’ growing community of fans, IDW and HBO is pleased to announce the impending unleashing of TRUE BLOOD: THE FRENCH QUARTER, a hardcover collection of the last New York Times best-selling miniseries. As a vicious murderer tightens his noose around New Orleans, emotions collide in what’s quickly become a high-humidity romance for the ages!

TRUE BLOOD #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in May. Diamond order code MAR12 0322.

TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW ($24.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) is now available in stores. Diamond order code DEC10 0370; ISBN 978-1-60010-868-6.

True Blood, Vol. 3: French Quarter ($24.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in March. Diamond order code JAN120443.

TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE ($24.99, 160 pages, hard cover, full color) is now available in stores. Diamond order code JUL11 0370; ISBN 978-1-61377-019-1.

TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE ($11.99) is available in Apple’s iBook Store here: www.itunes.com/ibookstore

The entire TRUE BLOOD COMICS COLLECTION is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store [http://itunes.com/apps/idwpublishing/truebloodcomicscollection]

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



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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; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘sPlatinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

As a recognized leader in digital comics, IDW’s digital partners include: comiXology, iVerse Media, Graphicly, Cryptozoic Comics, Panelfly, Digital Manga, Diamond Digital, NEC, Zero Sum and Smart Ebooks. The IDW digital line is available worldwide on top platforms including: Apple iOS apps and iBooks, Android apps, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo Vox, Sony PSP, Nokia and RIM BlackBerry.

About HBO Licensing & Retail

HBO Licensing & Retail officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network’s award-winning programming. With products created around classic series like the The Sopranos® and Sex and the City® to current hits like True Blood®. True Blood products include the luxury handbag line Hammitt for True Blood, tarte for True Blood makeup collection, the Tru Blood Beverage in the original glass and new plastic bottle, a high-end headphone line V-MODA for True Blood as well as fashion apparel, jewelry, glassware, digital and CD soundtracks. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at http://store.hbo.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Licensing & Retail products are also sold internationally across Europe, Asia and Australia.

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