Earlier this month, MTV brought you the news that “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian will be teaming up with veteran comics writer Marc Andreyko to script the next arc of IDW Publishing’s “True Blood” comic book series.
McMillian and Andreyko’s “True Blood” arc will explore what happens when new vampire Jessica Hamby is turned feral by a contaminated bottle of synthetic blood substitute Tru Blood. Along with aeries regulars Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton, the arc will also feature the comic book debut of fan-favorite “True Blood” characters such as Hoyt Fortenberry, Terry Bellefleur, Arlene Fowler, and McMillian’s own character, anti-vampire crusader Steve Newlin.
I caught up with McMillian recently to get a few more details about his “True Blood” arc, how it will connect with the wildly popular HBO television series, and what could be in store for fan-favorite character Steve Newlin in both the comics and television worlds. We also got an update on hisother comics project: the four-issue “Lucid” series that marked his comics debut and will see its third issue hit shelves soon.
MTV NEWS: First off, congratulations on the new gig. It must be a crazy feeling to suddenly find yourself writing scenes for your own character on “True Blood”…
MICHAEL MCMILLIAN: Yeah, it’s interesting that it worked out that way. I’m sort of killing two birds with one stone here, getting to write for “True Blood” and being able to put myself in a comic at the same time. I think Steve makes a cameo as early as page three in issue #1, so I got him in there as quickly as I could. [Laughs]
MTV: So when it comes to the comic book series, how much input are you getting from the television team? Are they involved in the comic book creative process?
MCMILLIAN: Yeah, Alan [Ball] is overseeing the entire process from his bloody throne. [Laughs] He reads all the scripts, and read the outline that Marc and I turned in. Before that, he was the one who ultimately selected which story we would do from the group of pitches. It’s fun because the comic really does feel like an extension of the show, which is terrific. Marc and I have made it our goal to have it feel just like that. We want the audience to pick up the comic and feel like they’re getting a little extra show while they wait for Season Four.
MTV: You mentioned wanting the comic to feel like an extension of the show. Where does this story arc fit in the overall “True Blood” continuity? Does it have a specific spot in the series timeline?
MCMILLIAN: It’s tough because “True Blood” the TV series has such a tight continuity that it was a challenge for Marc and I to figure out where the story would fit in. Ultimately, we have our thoughts as to where this takes place, but you kind of have to go into it both as writers and audience with this sort of loose sense of continuity. I think fans will be able to figure out where it fits in overall, though.
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