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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Popular television drama "True Blood" launched a comic book series on Wednesday that its authors said will add "new and unique layers" to the adventures of telepathic waitress Sookie and her vampire friends.
Designed as a companion to the TV series, the comics contain the same tone of the HBO show complete with the erotically charged romance, wry humor, mystery and suspense.
"True Blood" creator Alan Ball developed the plot to the comics with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow. The books follow Sookie and company who are trapped in bar by an entity that begins killing patrons to subside its hunger.
Two exclusive versions of "True Blood #1" -- each with a different cover -- were made available at the annual Comic Con convention in San Diego, which starts on Wednesday.
The comic books can also be downloaded in both print and digital formats through the Apple App Store and the Sony Digital Comics store.
"True Blood", now in its third season, was nominated earlier this month for a best drama series Emmy award.
Reporting by Zorianna Kit; editing by Jill Serjeant