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True Blood® Flows Again With All-Star Creative Team

True Blood® Flows Again With
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 #1 Cover]San 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

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; Toho’s Godzilla; 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! Studio.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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

Apple, the Apple logo, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.

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HBO® and IDW Publishing Announce Second Printing for True Blood® Comic Book Series

Official Press Release

HBO® and IDW Publishing Announce
Second Printing for
True Blood® Comic Book Series

Comics Based on HBO Hit Television Series Sells Out

Second Printing Available in Stores on August 25th

[True Blood #1 2nd Printing cover]San Diego, CA (August 18, 2010) – HBO and IDW Publishing are excited to announce that True Blood #1 has sold out! The first issue of this sexy, visually striking comic series launched with huge success at San Diego Comic-Con and comic retailers throughout North America and kicks off the first-ever comic book series based on the hit HBO series True Blood. To meet the continued demand, IDW and HBO are rushing a second printing to stores for a release date of August 25th.

Developed with the show’s Oscar®-and Emmy®-winning creator, Alan Ball (HBO’s Six Feet Under, American Beauty), IDW’s True Blood series is the exclusive, official show comic, adding new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the wildly original Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning television show.

True Blood #1 boasted a print run of over 53,000 copies, sold through comic stores and other outlets, and offering multiple covers. IDW and Diamond Comic Distributors also offered exclusive versions of the first issue at San Diego Comic Con, all of which were sold out by the end of the show. The second installment of the series will release on August 18th.

“The passion fans have for True Blood has elevated the series to new heights and it continues to grow as the story unfolds,” states James Costos, VP Global Licensing and Retailing. “With [True Blood #2 cover]the sell-out success of the comic’s first printing, it is clear that there is an insatiable thirst for different iterations of the television series, and we’re excited to expand the impact of the comic series and get it into even more hands with this second printing.”

Beginning with issue #1, the True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for. In this comic book series, Sookie and many other Bon Temps locals 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. Beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, the series captures all the bloody details and sexy reveals of this exciting new adventure. Renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie join Messina in providing covers for the first issue.

The True Blood comics 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 Lafayette Reynolds.

True Blood #1 (of 6, 2nd printing, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores on August 25th. Diamond order code JUN10 8172.

True Blood #2 (of 6, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores on August 18th. Diamond order code JUN10 0313.

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; Fox’s Angel; 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.

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

HBO® and IDW Publishing Launch First-Ever True Blood® Comic Book Series

Official Press Release

HBO® and IDW Publishing Launch First-Ever
True Blood® Comic Book Series

Comics Based on HBO Hit Television Series Bring New Excitement & Drama
to the Sultry World of Bon Temps for “Trubies” and Collectors

Exclusive editions available at San Diego Comic-Con

[True Blood #1 cover by Joe Corroney]San Diego, CA (July 21, 2010) – HBO and IDW Publishing are proud to announce the launch of the first-ever comic book series based on the network’s hit show True Blood.  Available today at San Diego Comic-Con and comic retailers throughout North America, this sexy, visually striking comic series will add new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the wildly original Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning television show. Two exclusive versions of True Blood #1 will be available at San Diego Comic-Con, each with a different cover. Fans can find a special David Messina wrap-around cover at the IDW booth #2643. Select comic retailers throughout the convention will offer a second exclusive cover, featuring a monochromatic version of Joe Corroney’s cover.

Developed with the show’s Oscar®-and Emmy®-winning creator, Alan Ball (HBO’s Six Feet Under, American Beauty), IDW’s True Blood series is the exclusive, official show comics.

“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.”

Beginning with issue #1, the True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for.  In this comic book series, Sookie and many other Bon Temps locals 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.  Beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, the series captures all the bloody details and sexy reveals of this exciting new adventure.  Renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie join Messina in providing covers for the first issue.[True Blood #1 exclusive SDCC cover by  David Messina

The True Blood comics 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 Lafayette Reynolds.

True Blood #1 (of 6, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) is now available in stores.

True Blood #1, SDCC exclusive (32 pages, full color, $5) will be available at the IDW booth #2643.

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; Fox’s Angel; 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.

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

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple, Inc. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.