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True Blood: From TV to Graphic Novel

Written on October 12, 2010 by R. Depp

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Bill and Sookie from the hit show True Blood claim new forms as comic book characters.

became a phenomenal hit and many fans would want to know more about the vampires. Good news is that IDW approved the release of authentic comic book which follow a different path on the lives of .

Comic book writers Mariah Huehner and David Tischman hopes to encourage TV audience to discover the exciting world of comic books. They believed that the True Blood graphic novel will serve as a “gateway for new comic book readers.”

Read on as Michelle Catillo from Techland sat down with the artists and uncovers the secrets of the .

Michelle Castillo (MC): Did you read the books or watch the show first?

Mariah Huehner (MH): We watch the show because the way the license works it’s based on the show’s universe. Although the show’s universe is based on the books, we didn’t wanted to come up with a story of doing something that was too similar to the books and running the fowl of doing that kind of stuff.  I think Charlaine Harris does a great job. My mother in law is a huge fan of the books, but we didn’t want to cross wires.

MC: Another freedom you have is you can get a lot more graphic than you can on a TV show even though is pretty out there.

MH: They’ve done some great stuff.

David Tischman (DT): We’ve had some fun with the violence and the sex – still keeping it appropriate, but we had fun as well.

MH: It’s always fun to have their permission to do that because this is not a property where they worried about of really five-year olds pick it up. It’s something where we can be like the show. You can have the creative cursing and you can have creatures ripping people’s heads off. That’s fun to do, and especially with because – it’s such a worn out phrase – but the ability to do things without a budget. We could have a multi-armed monster that works on the world.

DT: There’s a T-shirt of the monster. His tentacles come out and his jaw kind of unhinges, and there’s teeth, and it’s great.

MC: A lot of True Blood watchers are not your typical comic book fans. How are you going to get them to read the comic books?

MH: Comics it’s a funny medium that way because there is a way to read them, and I think it’s daunting for a lot of people who don’t have exp erience with them. But, the cool thing about being currently on the air it’s already the familiarity with the characters on the show so we kind of wrote it with both types of fans in mind: those who already know the characters and are probably at least a little familiar with comics and people who aren’t. We kept it so that it’s not all over the place weird. It’s simple but dynamic stuff. We start it by introducing the characters a little bit, but not making it seem like, “Oh who are these guys?” You kind of have to make certain assumptions. We get into the characters so quickly. It was so important to get the voices I think to make it really sound like the show does. That’s what most people have commented on, how it still sounds like most characters that can hear them say that stuff. I think that’s what helps people who might be nervous picking up a comic is that really it’s not like the show. It’s not like Superman, it’s True Blood and that’s helped a lot.

True Blood become a phenomenal hit and many fans would want to know more about the vampires. Good news is that IDW approved the release of authentic True Blood comic book follow a different path on the lives of Bill and Sookie.

Comic book writers Mariah Huehner and David Tischman hopes to encourage TV audience to discover the exciting world of comic books. They believed that the True Blood graphic novel will serve as a “gateway for new comic book readers.”

Read on as Michelle Catillo from Techland sat down with the artists and uncovers the secrets of the True Blood comic book.

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