If you had asked me six months ago whether we, as a culture, ever needed another story that took a familiar story and added zombies to create wacky supernatural hijinx, my answer would've been a quick and definite no. It's a premise that's been done to death, shambling resurrection and death again, and when October rolls around, you can't swing a dead cat that feasts for the flesh of the living without hitting some bold new reworking of the zombie formula.
If, however, you then asked me if I wanted to see a zombie story about Archie and the gang written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, I would've probably done some pretty quick backpedaling. That is exactly what I want to see, and now that Afterlife With Archie is finally on its way for a spoooooky Halloween debut, I can confirm that it's every bit as fun as you want it to be.
I'm not exactly an Archie Comicsexpert, but I'm a big enough fan of Riverdale's favorite teenagers that I like to think I know about the more obscure bits of Archie media out there. I know about the Riverdale and Back Again movie where Lauren Holly plays a grown-up Betty Cooper and I've even seen the obscure Archie sitcom pilot from the '60s, but every now and then, I run across something I've never even heard of. Case in point: The 1978 Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show special that aired on TV before being lost to the sands of time.
Fortunately, comic book media historian Derek Crabbe has unearthed a copy, and is here to tell you all about how we almost got David Caruso as Archie and explain a bit where Archie and Betty are very eager to lose their virginity. Check it out below!
Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been on the Life With Archie train since day one, owing largely to our love of Archie and mind-bogglingly intense drama that may or may not involve parallel universes. Some of you, however, may be lagging behind on the saga of Archie's grown-up life and marriage to Betty and/or Veronica. "Oh, that's not my bag, man" you might say to yourself, if you happen to be a teenager on an episode of Dragnet.
If this is you, consider this: Life With Archie #32, hitting shelves on September 25, features Veronica Lodge trying to match a designer dress with her court-ordered ankle monitor, in a story called "Love Me, Love My Burger." How are you not reading this comic?
Following the popularity of the Archie Comics x MAC Cosmetics collaboration earlier this year, fashion designer Charlotte Olympia is teaming up with Archie Comics to create a high-end capsule collection of shoes and accessories featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica and other members of the Riverdale gang.
A few weeks back, we covered the announcement of Archie: Betty or Veronica, a new mobile game for iOS in which everyone's favorite crosshatch-haired teen was tasked with rebuilding his hometown, piece by piece and tap by tap. Last week, the game was finally released, and now, I've had some time to play around with it.
The verdict? It's definitely one of those mobile games where you send people off to do tasks for hours on end and then come back later when it's done unless you want to pay to speed things up... but it's also one that does a pretty great job of capturing what's great about Archie Comics.
There may come a day when there is enough Archie-related media out there to satisfy me, but friends, it is not this day. That's why I'm pretty stoked about the new announcement that the Riverdale gang is returning to animation with It's Archie, a new cartoon that promises "everyday issues like peer pressure, boy vs. girl competition, pie eating contests, chores and homework. However in this world they encounter loopy capers involving mad scientists, aliens in the janitor’s closet, pirates, lake monsters and more."
If you're like me, you've always wanted to see Archie and Jughead debate gun control.
Okay, now that I've actually typed that out, I'm willing to accept that, in this particular regard, none of you are actually like me at all and weren't actually hoping to see that. And yet, we live in a magical world where this is actually happening, in the pages of this week's Life With Archie #31. Check out a preview below of both the "Archie Marries Veronica" story (where Riverdale is caught in the grip of an urban crime wave and a collapsing economy) and the "Archie Marries Betty" universe (where dudes are gettin' shot all the time) -- plus an awesome variant cover by Stephanie Buscema!
Comics pros eligible to vote in the 2013 Harvey Awards now have a full list of final nominees to consider, and have until August 19 to cast their votes online. Marvel's Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction, David Aja and others,and Image's Saga,by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples and others, tied for the most nominations with seven each, including best writer, best artist and best single issue. Both books also earned nods for best new series and best continuing series.
Even with as strange as Archie Comics have gotten over the past few years, I don't think any of us ever expected to see an all-new ongoing series where Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang had to contend with the apocalyptic rise of the undead. I know I didn't, and I'm pretty comfortable in saying that I think about Archie comics way more than the average person.
And yet, here we are: In October, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla are launching Afterlife With Archie, and I could not be more excited to see how young Mr. Andrews deals with trying to juggle two girlfriends and a ravenous horde of Zombies. I spoke with Aguirre-Sacasa to find out just what the tone would be, and why the whole thing is all Reggie's fault.
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