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!
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!
If there's one thing we have learned throughout the history of comics, it's that if you joke about something ridiculous long enough, then eventually, it's probably going to happen. Which, I imagine, is how we got the upcoming variant cover for IDW's Judge Dredd where the stone-faced lawman of the future finally meets Archie Andrews.
Okay, okay, so right now, it's only a variant cover as part of IDW's upcoming celebration of Archie's 75th Anniversary, which will see a pretty amazing set of covers where IDW's various titles --- including Transformers, Jem and the Holograms and Star Trek --- meet up with Riverdale's favorite teens. Check them out below!
I don't know about you, but I did not wake up this morning expecting to see the phrase, "Jughead relaunch from the writer of Sex Criminals." And yet, here we are.
Following up on the upcoming relaunch of Archie with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, Archie Comics announced today that they plan to expand the rebooted Riverdale through a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is set at $350,000, with the money going to a trio of rebooted comics: Jughead from writer Chip Zdarsky and an unannounced artist, Life With Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone, and, maybe the most surprising one of all, a new Betty & Veronica #1 written and drawn by Adam Hughes.
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