There's a street in Riverdale's magical Yellow Wood called Storybook Lane, and as you might expect from the all-consuming weirdness of the Archie universe, it has the same nebulous relationship to fables and fairytales that Memory Lane does with time. Just something to keep in mind when you're reading the new Betty and Veronica: Fairy Tales collection --- it's out this week, and you can check out a preview below!
Horror has been a big part of the Archie Renaissance, but in the classic Archie titles, the idea of Veronica being sent to a possibly haunted house still has all the charm and novelty that you want it to, and this week, that's exactly what we're getting when the Archie line goes Halloween for October.
It's rare to see Dan Parent working outside of Archie Comics, where he's the most prominent writer/artist of the last two decades. However, DC has unveiled variant covers drawn by Parent for their four Hanna-Barbera reboot titles: Scooby Apocalypse #7, The Flintstones #4, Wacky Raceland #5, and Future Quest #6.
"I'm so excited to do these four Hanna- Barbera covers," Parent told ComicsAlliance. "As a lifelong fan, and fan of the new series of books, it was a dream come true!"
If you were to ask me about my favorite Archie Comics characters, we'd probably spend about an hour where I talked non-stop about how great Jughead is, those amazing stories about Cricket O'Dell (the girl who can literally smell money), and I'd probably eventually get around to mentioning the short-lived breakdancers from the '90s, Claude and Raoul, who occasionally showed up to give Archie the wisdom they learned on the streets. Rest assured, however, that there would be plenty of discussion about Cheryl Blossom in there, too.
If, however, you asked me how to make Cheryl better, then I think I'd only have one suggestion: Give her a pet monkey. And now, in the classic-style stories still leading each installment of Archie's line of digests, that's actually happening. Check out a preview!
It wasn't that long ago that Archie Comics made headlines with the introduction of Kevin Keller, the first out gay character to go to Riverdale High; he quickly became a hit with fans, and he was one of the first signs that Archie as a publisher was willing to shake up what people thought they knew about the company. Since then Kevin has become a mainstay of the Archie books and has proven to be a successful spinoff character in his own right. He'll even appear in the cast of the upcoming TV show Riverdale
This week, Archie Comics launches Life With Kevin, a new digital first series starring an adult Kevin Keller living away from Riverdale, chasing his dreams in the big city. ComicsAlliance caught up with cartoonist Dan Parent to talk about the unique style of his new book, adapting the Archie formula to adult characters, and of course, Kevin's love life.
Kevin Keller is moving to the big city! The popular gay Archie Comics character has a new digital first series, Life with Kevin, in which he's out of college and has a new apartment and a new job in New York City. The book is both written and pencilled by Kevin's creator, Dan Parent, with inks by J. Bone, and in an unusual move the art is black and white with blue accents, giving it a unique look within the Archie line. You can check out a preview right here!
June is Pride Month, and in celebration of all things LGBTQ the good folks at Humble Bundle have put together a massive collection of comics and books that you can buy digitally by naming your own price. The collection contains various tiers of support, and like all Humble Bundles you can choose your own charity and even select exactly how your contribution is divided up.
Almost a year ago, Archie Comics launched a Kickstarter for three upcoming books, and then quickly abandoned that plan. The first of those books, Jughead, came out last year to great acclaim. Today, Archie has officially announced the coming release of the other two titles, Life with Kevin and Betty and Veronica.
In the current version of the main-line Archie universe, Archie is still recovering from a breakup with Betty and just starting his relationship with Veronica, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch is... Well, Sabrina's currently in the '50s dealing with Lovecraftian horrors and human sacrifice. Clearly, there's a good reason why those two should not be dating. But what about the classic versions?
Despite seeming like a pretty obvious pairing, Archie and Sabrina have never really made a go of a relationship, and while a lot of that can be blamed on Betty, Veronica, and poor, oblivious Harvey Kinkle, it turns out that there's another good reason for that too. Now, we're finding out the whole story in this week's Betty & Veronica Comics Digest #241, on sale now, featuring a brand new story from Dan Parent! Check out a preview!
As strange as it might sound, the Archie characters have a surprisingly long history with the spy genre. Back in the '60s, there was The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., a parody of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in which pretty much everything was written as an acronym --- up to and including Archie's own name --- and even putting aside its recent appearance in Jughead, it wasn't that long ago that the idea came back for its own four-issue arc. But there was also Agents Betty and Veronica.
Set in one of Archie's many alternate universes, Agents Betty and Veronica is a story about what would happen if Betty and Veronica were undercover spies who fought crime at night as, well, Agents Betty and Veronica. Sure, the codenames need work, but the bright side is that their crime-fighting equipment include a straight up bright purple version of the 1989 Batmobile, so they've got something going for them. Next week, Archie is putting out a digital collection of their adventures --- and you can check out a preview below!