HBO’s True Blood continued its comic convention invasion at WonderCon in San Francisco. In 2009, the popular vampire series was seen making the rounds at San Diego Comic Con, with actors like Alexander Skarsgård (plays Eric Northman) getting their vamp on at the now infamous Wrath of Con party.
At WonderCon, HBO announced a new partnership with IDW Publishing to create True Blood’s first comic book series. To promote the partnership, Fangtasia servers, complete with fangs, were seen handing out shots of ‘Tru Blood’ – a drink that tastes like cherry 7-Up. Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty), the Oscar winning creator of True Blood, stated, “I am very excited to be introducing the True Blood comic book series.” He added, “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 new comic series was developed by Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Artist David Messina will illustrate the series, with J. Scott Campbell, noted for his work as a cover artist on the Amazing Spider-Man, working on the cover art. True Blood the comic book is scheduled for a six-issue run, with the first issue available in July. The plot 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.
According to IDW, “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.”
As for True Blood Season 3, we’ll look forward to see what actually happened to Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) after he “disappeared” from Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) needlessly delayed engagement response at the end of Season 2. Fans will also be curious to see what Eric’s plans are for taking Sookie away from Vampire Bill, after she carelessly drank his blood and created a second vampire bond.
True Blood season 3 kicks off on June 13 on HBO.