Coming This Summer: True Blood Comic Books

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It was already a series of novel.

Then, it became one of the most popular shows on TV.

Now, True Blood is taking another step toward its goal of dominating the world of pop culture and entertaining: the graphic novel.

Look for a set of comic books to be released this July, each featuring the same characters on the HBO drama, but each focusing on different storylines. Says True Blood creator Alan Ball, the man behind the project:

"I'm really looking forward to exploring this new format. Comics have no limitations, things that we could never do on the show because of time and budgetary constraints we can do in a comic. The writers of the show and I are closely involved in the creative aspects of the comic, plotting art stories, characters.

"They exist in the same world, but it's a completely different story than what you will see on TV."

A True Blood Poster

In True Blood spoiler news, meanwhile: check out the first photo of Joe Manganiello as the character of Alcide. He'll play a major role on the show, whose third season kicks off on June 12.

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