Thursday, August 20, 2009

TRUE BLOOD Actor Preaches Love of Comics & Joins the Ranks

Actor Mike McMillian may have a few successful TV shows under his belt, but he's a little intimidated by the challenge of selling a comic book.

As the Rev. Steve Newlin on the HBO television series True Blood, McMillian plays a character who is totally dedicated to saving humanity from vampires. But the actor behind the role is more interested in making comic books. A reader since childhood who actually considered a comics career while pursuing acting, McMillian is getting the chance to write his first comic thanks to a friendship with Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto.

As announced at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Quinto and his company, Before the Door Pictures, is developing comic books in a partnership with publisher Archaia Comics. And among their first releases is Lucid, a four-issue mini-series written by McMillian that is set to debut in comic shops in summer 2010.

Newsarama talked to McMillian to find out more about why he's so interested in comics and how he thinks Lucid will fit into the comic book landscape.

Newsarama: Mike, a lot of people will know you as Steve on True Blood, but you've got to have a lot of people recognizing you as Henry from What I Like About You. It seems like that show's always on in reruns.

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