True Blood Hardcover Comic Collection Debuts on New York Times Best Seller List

Official Press Release

True Blood Hardcover Comic Collection
Debuts on
New York Times Best Seller List

Hardcover Collection – A Compilation of the First 6 Issues – #6 on Prestigious List

Cast Signing in Los Angeles, Saturday, February 26th

Second Series Featuring An All-New Story Arc Available Now in Comic Stores

[True Blood: All Together Now hardcover image]San Diego, CA (February 25, 2010) – IDW Publishing and HBO® are proud to announce that the hardcover collection of its first TRUE BLOOD comic story arc, ALL TOGETHER NOW, debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list today. The prestigious list notes the top selling books from the previous week, and TRUE BLOOD captured the number six spot, after just one week on sale. This compilation of all six issues from the first series of the comics features bonus content, including a cover gallery.

“To have our first comic compilation debut at number six on the best-seller list is amazing,” stated James Costos, VP Licensing & Retail, HBO. “It is a true testament to the quality of the product and reach of the True Blood brand.”

To celebrate the huge success of the first TRUE BLOOD comic series, several cast members of the hit HBO show will be signing copies of the collection at Barnes & Noble, The Grove in Los Angeles, on Saturday, February 26th, from 1 to 3 pm.

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 and Joe Corroney.

“One of the most exciting and gratifying parts of my job is seeing the reactions of fans,” said IDW True Blood Editor Scott Dunbier, “And I can tell you emphatically that True Blood fans are rabid—which is, of course, delightful.”

The TRUE BLOOD saga continues with a brand new story, TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE, with the first issue now in stores. 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.

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 Temps 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.

“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, crafting a thrilling story that will leave Trubies wanting more.”

In addition to the print editions, the comic collection and the second series 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) is now available in stores. Diamond order code DEC10 0370; ISBN 978-1600108686.

TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE, Issue #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in stores. Diamond order code DEC10 0367.

TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW comics are available digitally. The release of the TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE digital edition is imminent. Watch for further announcements.

TRUE BLOOD comics are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple iTunes store here: http://bit.ly/cioAWb

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.

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