Easton Tackles New Career

Monday, June 30, 2008 12:15 AM | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Michael Easton discusses his latest graphic novel, and his future in Llanview.

Michael Easton, who has portrayed Llanview’s dark, brooding Police Lieutenant since 2003, has written his first graphic novel, which is entitled Soul Stealer. In addition, Easton is already in negotiations with producers to turn the book into a feature film.

In a recent interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan, Easton discusses his new career move. “Comics fans are just like soap fans—very loyal but easy to alienate if they don’t find you honest and genuine. Soul Stealer is pretty dark. I hope people like it, and that they don’t go, ‘Wow, that writer’s really twisted and messed up.'”

The 148-page novel tells the story of a 3,000-year-old love starved superhero that receives the authority to retrieve souls from both heaven and hell. Artwork on the book was completed by Christopher Shy, and contains an introduction by Easton’s good friend, author Peter Straub. Easton and Straub have also teamed up on another upcoming graphic novel, DC/Vertigo’s the Green Woman.

When asked about his future on the daytime sudser “One Life to Live,” Easton commented, “I’ve been thinking strongly about moving to the other side of the business,” and that “It’s getting to the point where, as a grown man, I’m finding it strange to put on a costume and makeup every day.”

Prior to his stint on “OLTL,” Easton portrayed Tanner Scofield on “Days of Our Lives” from 1991-1992 and Caleb and Michael Morley on “Port Charles” from 2001-2003. In 2004 Easton appeared as his “OLTL” character John McBain in a handful of episodes of “All My Children.” He has also appeared in episodes of “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Mutant X,” and “413 Hope Street.” Easton is an accomplished poet, having released a volume of poetry entitled Eighteen Straight Whiskeys. Photography is also among Easton’s talents, having taken pictures of the various “OLTL” cast members who lent their musical talents to the “One Life, Many Voices” CD designed to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2005, Easton, along with “OLTL” co-stars Melissa Archer and Renee Elise Goldsberry, won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Triangle. He was also nominated in 2002 for a Special Daytime Emmy Fan Award for America’s Favorite Villain for the role of Caleb Morley on “Port Charles.” Easton received a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for David Hume on “Total Recall 2070” in 1999. And in 2003 he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on “Port Charles.”

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