Blog Archive

View My Stats
Thursday, July 7, 2011

BLOG TOUR: Kim Harrison’s “Blood Work” Preview!!!

Order “Blood WorkHERE

In support of the July 12, 2011 publication of Blood Work, an original Hollows graphic novel written by New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison, Fantasy Book Critic is participating in a blog tour to help promote the graphic novel. The blog tour includes stops at Graphic Novel Reporter, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Comics Beat. Here at FBC, we are proud to present pages 10 & 11 from Blood Work, as well as a write-up from Kim Harrison discussing the first meeting between Rachel Morgan and Ivy Tamwood:

So Who’s Really In Charge?

If you’re just now joining the blog tour celebrating the release of Blood Work, an original Hollows graphic novel story, I’d like to take a moment and explain why I chose to write about this particular time in Ivy’s life. The Hollows is a “girl-next-door starts detective business with an out-of-control vampire roommate set in modern-day Cincinnati” story. Trust me, somehow it all works when you throw in a bioengineered tomato. The regular novels are from Rachel Morgan’s sometimes clueless point of view, and by setting the graphic novels firmly within Ivy, my vampire’s point of view, I had the chance to show Ivy in a way I couldn’t otherwise—as a strong woman believing she was helpless to change, and her denial that she was falling in love.

The pages here show Rachel and Ivy’s first meeting, Rachel already beginning to push Ivy’s vampiric buttons and Ivy’s almost cruel response as she flees, denying her emotions right from the start. Showing how these two diverse, but well-matched people met, had been one of my goals for a long time, and the graphic novel was the perfect opportunity.

One of the core ideas in the Hollows is that vampires—even those physically stronger and more affluent than those around them—are slaves to their emotion, and therefore vulnerable to manipulation. I wanted to show this right from the start when Ivy and Rachel met, and so Ivy was the ranking agent, Rachel a new hire. Ivy flees while barking orders, even while Rachel seeks to find a more friendly balance. Ivy has all the power, and Rachel none. And yet, in less than one page, Rachel has caused Ivy to react, to question herself and her beliefs. So who was really in charge? I think it was Rachel.

You can see why I broke from traditional novels to script a graphic novel at Graphic Novel Reporter,  how I wanted to visually show a complex emotion of blood lust at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and how a card-carrying soloist becomes part of a team at Comics Beat.


Kim Harrison’s urban fantasy series, The Hollows, has sold more than a million copies in North America alone. Now in full-color graphic novel format comes Blood Work: An Original Hollow Graphic Novel (Del Rey Hardcover / July 12, 2011), which is scripted by Kim Harrison with artwork by Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno.

In Blood Work, Kim Harrison turns back the clock to tell the never-before-told story of the first meeting between witch Rachel Morgan and vampire Ivy Tamwood. It wasn’t quite love at first sight for hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails detective Ivy and her very attractive and frustratingly self-assured intern Rachel, assigned as partners in Inderland Security. But when a coven of murderous witches begins preying on werewolves, Ivy and Rachel hit the streets together to deal swift justice to the evil element among Cincinnati’s supernatural set. Before long, the two discover that there’s more to their partnership than they realize—and more blood and black magic in their future than they bargained for...


Kim Harrison is the author of the New York Times bestselling Hollows urban fantasy series, which most recently includes Black Magic Sanction and Pale Demon. She is also the author of the bestselling Madison Avery young adult series, and is a member of both the Romance Writers of America and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.


Pedro Maia recently finished college with a degree in art. Blood Work is one of his first full-length projects. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.

Gemma Magno was inspired to draw by anime and manga, and received a Presidential Award after winning several art competitions. She lives in the Philippines.


Wendy F said...

I so love the Hollows have them all. Would love to win this great giveaway thanks


Apple jenny said...

Rachel seems to have a bit of an overpowering sense of excitement welling up inside of her. Ivy's reaction to get away from the emotional vibrations swarming around her only reveals how much more human she still is as she tries ignore her true feelings and instead bites back with candid remarks filled with the need to hide away everything inside her.

Vampyre said...

This blog tour is fun. I've been reading Kim's work for a while now.(and loving it!) I've even read her other books she wrote under the name of Dawn Cook.

If any of you want to read a good fantasy series look for her Truth series. "First Truth" starts it all off.


Kristen said...

I'm so glad these are going graphic, I absolutely love these books.

KiKi said...

Love all the Hollows books. Hope to see more graphic novels made.

Autumn said...

Ohhhh...I can't wait to get this GN!

missy moo said...

The graphics are gorgeous !

Erin said...

I love the Hollows series. Can't wait for this to come out next week & thanks for the contest!

Unknown said...

I typically use an ereader but when it comes to Kim Harrison's work and especially this graphic novel, I had to go with the real deal. I can't wait to read the entire story and see all of the art!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Sounds like a good read. Witch & vamp detective stories are good for me :D Looking forward to seeing the rest od the blog tour :)

Fat Boy Mark said...

I like the Hallows books and have this on order but the artwork looks shocking. Thinking of cancelling my order.

Anonymous said...

jhsadnalkas sooooo amazing it'd be awesome to win this!!!!! :)


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Not really a graphic novel reader but I'm willing to take a chance on one by Harrison.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Stephanie said...

This graphic novel looks awesome. I love this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Cant wait..looks awesome

JER said...


Gail said...

Love the Blog tour:-) I've been a Hollows fan since book one. The graphic novel is going to be such a treat.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to see bloodwork... this is my favorite series, and she is my favorite author, and I don't doubt in the least that this is going to blow our minds.


Click Here To Order “In The Shadow of Their Dying” by Anna Smith Spark & Michael R. FLetcher
Order HERE


Click Here To Order “Barnaby The Wanderer” by Raymond St. Elmo
Order HERE


Click Here To Order “Miss  Percy's” by Quenby Olson!!!
Order HERE


Click Here To Order “The True Bastards” by Jonathan French!!!
Order HERE


Click Here To Order “Rumble In Woodhollow” by Jonathan Pembroke!!!
Order HERE


Click Here To Order “The Starless Crown” by James Rollins!!!
Order HERE