True Blood’s McMillian and veteran comics writer Marc Andreyko’s next “True Blood” arc explores what happens when new vampire Jessica Hamby is turned feral by a contaminated bottle of Tru Blood. MTV gets the scoop:
MTV: So what about the story itself? Why is this the right story to tell at this point in the series?
MCMILLIAN: I think it’s cool because the story centers on Tru Blood itself, the bottled blood. Marc and I went into it interested in finding out what areas of the mythology we could build upon that the show would not go into — which I think is a great role for the comic book. [The comic can deal with] how to expand the mythology laterally while the show drives all the characters and the story arc forward. The comic can kind of act as another format for the mythology to expand within.
We thought it would be cool to do a story about contaminated bottles of Tru Blood and what would happen if an ingredient got into bottled blood that made vampires go feral, go crazy, I think that really piqued Alan’s interest and IDW’s interest because there hasn’t been anything like that in the show yet. What’s at the heart of the whole mythology is this bottled blood that allows vampires to coexist with humans, so what happens when you take that element and you screw it up? What happens to vampire-human relations at that point?
Those are always my favorite stories of the show, and obviously playing Rev. Newlin I lean that way, but I love the stuff that comes down to the politics of vampires and humans. We wanted to tell a story that would put vampire-human relations at the forefront, and underneath that, all of our human characters are starting to go, “You know, I think life might have been better before all of this stuff started happening to us. I think things might have been better before vampires came into our lives.” There’s this sense of lost innocence that Sookie and Tara and Jason, and even the vampire characters like Jessica, are sort of longing for. And that’s our starting point for Volume 2.
Artist Robert The carved out a selection of vintage books for his latest artistic venture - the BookGuns. Meant to reassert the pages of the books as relevant and powerful images for the society that elected to discard them, the display is both delicate and powerful. via Format
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Santa came for everyone this year - even you! Check out The Fall, the latest album from the Gorillaz with a tech twist. A majority of the album was written by Damon Albarn on his iPad, with other undisclosed instruments featured as well. WTF.COM.
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AT&T follows the story of a Missouri State trooper as he works through the pain of the death of 18-year-old Mariah West on her Graduation Day - a death resulting from texting while driving.
AT&T is hoping its documentary will help lessen the numbers of those hurt or killed due to distracted driving.
“Our goal is to help make texting while driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving,” said Gail Torreano, a senior vice president with AT&T. “We want this to be in every school in the country and for teenagers to know a text message is not worth a life.”
As if you don’t already have enough browsers to choose from, Flock releases a new one - essentially Google Chrome on crack.
From the video you can see that there are three major features that sets Flock apart from the rest:1. The Social Sidebar with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration. 2. The link button in the address bar, allowing you to post interesting content on both your Facebook and Twitter accounts. 3. The ability to create a Flock account, keeping your bookmarks and saved content in a cloud to be accessed on any other Flock browser.