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Archie Puts The Spotlight On The Sweetheart Of A Nation In A Collection Of ‘Ginger’

Archie 75 Series: Ginger

I like to think that I've got a pretty comprehensive knowledge of some of the more obscure Archie characters, but I have to admit that I've never really read much of Ginger. To be honest, though, that's understandable. The series only had ten issues back in 1952, and just to put that into context, That Wilkin Boy, the series about Jughead's cousin Bingo Wilkin, somehow managed to run for 50.

But fortunately, we now have the opportunity to get caught up thanks to the latest installment of the Archie 75 Series, which features a 75-page digital collection of Ginger's lovestruck adventures. Check out a preview below!

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Weekender: Jewel Kats, Yifan Ling, and ‘The Portrait of Sal Pullman’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance has got your back; when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on.

New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Digital Comics: Successful, Accessible, and Ruining How We Read Comics?

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It's incontestable that the availability of digital comics has revolutionized the genre.

Digital comics are making entire runs of mainstream comics accessible to anyone from anywhere --- as long as they have an appropriate device. But have we really considered the effects of our transition to digital reading? Is it possible we've sold our comic soul to the technological devil, without realizing what we’ve done? Is Mephistopheles coming for the very characteristics that make comics a unique form of media?

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Read Kesel, Hahn and Allison’s ‘Johnny Zombie Christmas’ For Free At Thrillbent

Johnny Zombie Christmas, Thrillbent

Over the past few years, zombie comics have become popular enough that zombie Christmas comics are a surprisingly thriving subgenre all of their own. As you might expect, the apocalyptic horror of surviving against a horde of the undead is usually at odds with the good cheer of the holidays, so most of those stories end up being pretty cynical. Every now and then, though, you get one that's pretty fun and captures the spirit in a very enjoyable way.

That's the case with Karl Kesel, David Hahn and Grace Allison's Johnny Zombie Christmas, a fun, festive, and reasonably violent tale of yuletide cheer and flesh-eating monsters, and you can read the whole thing for free right this very minute!

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Weekender: Margaret Atwood, Copra, Chris Kindred, and Sanjay’s Super Team

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Vaughan And Martin’s ‘Barrier’ #1 Deserves All The Fanfare That It Didn’t Actually Get

Barrier #1, Panel Syndicate

Here are two things you already know and one thing that you probably could've guessed: Brian K. Vaughan is a pretty great comic book writer. Marcos Martin is a jaw-droppingly amazing comic book artist. Their new comic with Muntsa Vicente, Barrier, released digitally this week through their Panel Syndicate imprint, is easily one of the best comics this week, and it's well worth picking up.

Those are the basics --- and if we're being honest with each other, that's all you really need to know before you head over to their website and pick it up for yourself --- but Barrier is a comic that deserves a whole lot of fanfare. It's not just that it's well done, and it's not just that it's engaging and interesting, telegraphing an ending that still manages to come as a surprise when the last few pages hits. It's that everything about it is something that goes beyond those basics in every way.

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On The Cheap: Dark Horse’s Black Friday Sale Hits Early With 99-Cent Comics

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I'm the kind of person who starts celebrating Christmas as soon as the clock hits midnight at the end of Halloween, but even I think it's weird that Black Friday has apparently extended to cover an entire week. Still, I'm not the kind of person to look a gift reindeer in the mouth, especially when it comes with some pretty solid deals on great comics that you can read on the way to grandmas or pop open whenever tomorrow's dinner conversation inevitably turns to politics.

Case in point: Dark Horse has launched its digital Black Friday sale a few days early, dropping the price of every single issue to a slim $0.99 across all of its digital outlets. And obviously, we've got some recommendations.

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Kevin Keller Takes The Spotlight In The Next ‘Archie 75 Series’ Digital Collection

Archie 75 Series: Kevin Keller

Of all the changes that Archie Comics has made to Riverdale over the past few years --- you know, overrunning the town with zombies, doing a parallel universe marriage story and even rebooting the core continuity for the first time ever - I'm not sure that any of them have had the impact of Kevin Keller. Originally created by Dan Parent and introduced in Veronica #202 back in 2010, Kevin made headlines by being Riverdale High's first openly gay student, and even got his own ongoing series in the process.

Now, as part of Archie's series of digital collections celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the publisher is putting Kevin back in the spotlight with 75 pages of his adventures, including the time that he hung out with Star Trek's own George Takei. Check out a preview!

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Weekender: Stela, Webcomics, Vampires and NSFW Bible Stories

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Vertical Horizon: Stela Aims to Shake Up the Digital Comics Platform

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There hasn't been much innovation in the digital comics market since the iPhone arrived in 2007. Even with the debut of the iPad and competitive operating systems like Android and Windows Mobile, the formula for what makes comics work in the digital format hasn't changed drastically over the past eight years. Where once there were numerous apps all vying for the attention of the consumer and publishers, the format for reading remained almost identical across the board. You open the book, you tap an edge or swipe to turn the page, and you can zoom in and out accordingly to get a better look at the action and art. That's pretty much been the default nearly every app has gone with simply because it makes sense and it works.

However, as great an experience as that kind of reading is on tablets, it doesn't hold up quite as well on mobile phones. Constantly pinching and zooming around isn't quite conducive to an enjoyable reading experience. As people have become more reliant on the phones for day-to-day content consumption, it only made sense that some developers would find a way to make comic reading more comfortable and compatible with smartphones. That's where Stela (pronounced Steel-ah) hopes to make its mark. Developed by BreakoutBit, and spearheaded by former Ubisoft manager Ryan Yount and former Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons, Stela doesn't see the limitations of a phone as a problem, but as an answer to getting comics to hundreds of millions of people.

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Filed Under: Category: Digital Comics, Interviews

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