'True Blood' Star Goes From Actor To Writer With 'Lucid' Comic Book

Mike McMillianThe stars of "True Blood" and the comic book community have intersected in many ways—not the least of which is Anna Paquin's role as Rogue in the "X-Men" movies and Stephen Moyer's upcoming turn in the live-action adaptation of "Priest. But one recently announced connection could be the most unusual of them all.

As part of "Heroes" actor Zachary Quinto's new relationship with Archaia Studios Press, "True Blood" actor Mike McMillian will write a new creator-owned comic book series for the publisher titled "Lucid."

McMillian, a longtime friend and colleague of Quinto's, plays the god-fearing and vampire-hating Reverend Steve Newlin on the HBO series—but in real life, McMillian is simply a fan of comics.

"It's funny because we were at Comic-Con, and I was running around a bit with the 'True Blood' crew, and that's been a dream come true working on that show," the actor-turned-writer told Newsarama. "But I have to say, I think I was more geeked out about being at Comic-Con announcing a comic, you know, which is something that is the other thing I wanted to do my whole life."

Lest you think that McMillian is simply another actor trying to get into the comic book industry, think again—the "True Blood" star detailed his past history as a fan of the medium, having even dabbled in comics creation as a youth.

"I used to write comics and draw comics when I was a kid," McMillian said. "I had a comic strip that I wrote and drew for the school newspaper in high school. Acting kind of took over for a while. I went to conservatory and studied classical theater, so that kind of filled up all of my focus later in my young adulthood. But now that I'm out here, and I'm sort of primarily established as an actor, I have the freedom to write, which is great."

And based on the premise of "Lucid," McMillian's new series, it looks like the "True Blood" star has plenty of good ideas in store for comics readers.

"It takes place in an alternate universe where major world powers have black ops agents working for them that are trained in the mystic arts, sorcery and magic," he described. "So it's kind of like this world where James Bond has been matched up with Harry Potter in a way, and magicians are working in the interest of national security."

What do you think of the "True Blood" star's foray into comic books? Does "Lucid" sound like an interesting premise to you? Preach your verdict in the comments section!