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SDCC: Vampires vs. Blood Drives

Am I the only one who raised an eyebrow after noticing that this ad for the HBO vampire show “TrueBlood”…

…was in fairly close proximity to this booth?

A little research reveals that the blood drive has actually been at Comic-Con for 33 years now, but I can’t help but wonder if they’ve gotten a donation boost from the thousands of “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries” fans thronging on the floors.

The very first Con blood drive actually featured sci-fi novelist Theodore Sturgeon giving away signed copies of his book “Some of Your Blood” to donors, so it wouldn’t be the first media tie-in. Still, it’s hard to say whether an official partnership between the annual Comic-Con blood drive and a vampire-related franchise would be brilliant, tasteless, creepy (but in a socially responsible way) or all of the above.

But if it saves lives, how much can you complain? Can you imagine the donation boom that would take place if Robert Pattinson shouted out the blood drive at a “Twilight” panel?

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