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Archie Comics Introduces First Character With a Disability

Archie 656Archie Comics will introduce a new female character named Harper. The newest member of the Riverdale gang, cousin to Veronica Lodge, has a disability.

Writer and artist Dan Parent became inspired to create Harper after having a conversation with author Jewel Kats, who is also disabled. The character’s debut will take place in Archie issue #656; this comic is slated for release on June 18th.

Co-CEO and publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “Harper is, first and foremost, a funny, fashionable and witty teenager. The fact that she’s disabled is only one part of her story, and we’re excited to welcome her to Riverdale and Archie Comics.”

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Archie Comics to Transform Kevin Keller Into a Superhero

Kevin KellerArchie Comics is set to publish issue #14 of the Kevin Keller series. This installment will introduce Kevin Keller as a superhero called “The Equalizer.”

Veronica Lodge will serve as his sidekick. Dan Parent, the creator of this character, gave an interview with IGN and revealed that throughout the story, Kevin will be preoccupied with “trying to solve a crime and fix Veronica’s mistakes too.”

Many speculate that the name of Kevin’s superhero persona is derived from the fight for marriage equality in the United States. Parent explained that the thought behind the name comes from the fact that “he is gay and stands for equality, he wants to help everybody. We’re not just talking about cases of homophobia; we’re talking about when some downtrodden person gets hurt. So Equalizer is just sort of a good term. It’s not a term that we made up, obviously — it’s been used for batteries and TV shows — the word’s been used before. But it just symbolized him, because he stands for equality, and that’s what he’s trying to do.” (via School Library Journal)

Archie Comics Adapted into YA Novels

bettyArchie and Betty from Archie Comics are getting their own YA book. Archie: A Rock & Roll Romance, due out next week, and Diary of a Girl Next Door: Betty, due out July 16 from Archie Comics, are part of Archie Comics’ new series of young adult novels.

Author Dan Parent adapted Archie’s characters for the novel. “Things are shaken up in a big way when Valerie, Josie and the Pussycats’ bassist, moves to Riverdale,” explains the book’s description. “In the style of the Archie Wedding and Married Life graphic novels, Valerie takes a stroll down Riverdale’s magical Memory Lane and is greeted with a vision of what her life would be like if she married Archie. Of course, the future is full of surprises!”

Author Tania del Rio has adapted the character into the life of a modern day teen. ”Betty Cooper has few of the luxuries that her privileged best friend Veronica Lodge enjoys, but she’s got something else that drives her wealthy friend crazy with jealousy,” explains the book’s description. “In a story full of heart and humor, find out how a normal, awkward teenage girl comes out feeling on top of the world in this hilarious new Diary series.”

‘Archie Meets Glee’ Has Sold Out

The first issue of the Archie Meets Glee comic cross-over series, ARCHIE #641, has sold out. According to the release, “both the regular and variant covers proved equally popular, selling out simultaneously.”

Dan Parent, long-time Archie Comics illustrator and the creator of the Kevin Keller character, worked with colleagues Rich Koslowski and Tito Pena on the covers and the interior art. Glee TV series writer/producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the story.

The second part was released on April 3rd. Part three will hit comicbook stores on May 1st and the final installment will follow on May 29th.

Archie Comics to Donate Proceeds from 70th Anniversary Issue

Archie Comics will be celebrate its 70th anniversary with Archie #625. The thirty-two page comic book hit stores on September 28th. For a first look at the issue, follow this link.

Here’s more from the release: “The special issue, written by noted educator Alex Simmons and veteran Archie artist Dan Parent, reveals that a friend of Archie and the gang has a family member with cancer, and because of treatment, may have to move. The Archies then band together to provide help for their friend and get them a spot at the Ronald McDonald House, so they won’t have to leave Riverdale.”

Proceeds from the issue will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. This charity provides temporary housing to pediatric cancer patients.

KISS Returns to Comic Books with Archie Comics & IDW Publishing

Archie Comics and IDW Publishing will collaborate with the rock band KISS on two projects. Reportedly, this will be the first time two major comic publishers have shared a license simultaneously.

Frontman Gene Simmons had this statement in the release: “KISS has a comic book history that spans almost four decades … Archie and IDW will tell two unique and in-your-face tales of KISS, and we’re thrilled to be working with them on these projects.”

Archie Comics will launch the KISS storyline series in November with Archie #627. The four-part mini-series features writing by director of publicity & marketing Alex Segura and illustrations by veteran artist Dan Parent. IDW plans to release their comic in 2012, but has not revealed any further details.

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Lit Resolutions from Peter Brown, Naseem Rakha, Dan Parent & Sean Ferrell



Yesterday, the GalleyCat crew revealed their literary New Year’s resolutions. Today a few authors revealed their goals for next year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

Children Make Terrible Pets kidlit illustrator/writer Peter Brown: “My literary new year’s resolution is: To finally write the first draft of that children’s novel I’ve been knocking around for the last few years.”

The Crying Tree novelist Naseem Rakha: “Number 1, get my second novel to my publisher. Number 2, begin to teach writing classes to a group of ‘lifers’ at both the men’s and women’s prison in Oregon. Number 3, help my son begin his own book review web site for kids.”

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Dan Parent on Creating Archie Comics’ First Openly Gay Character

Dan Parent (pictured) has worked at Archie Comics for over 20 years as an illustrator, writer, and editor. His first big project was Veronica‘s first solo comic.

This year he created Kevin Keller, the series’ first openly gay character. We caught up with Parent to learn more about creating this character. Here are some highlights from the interview.

Q: What inspired you to create Kevin Keller?
A: A combination of a couple of things. First, I had an idea where Veronica falls for the unattainable gay guy, and we really liked the story idea at Archie. Secondly, we were adding a variety of new characters, and wanted to show that Riverdale is a diverse and accepting community.

Q: How would you describe Kevin Keller’s personality?
A: Loyal, smart, fun-loving; really, the all-American boy next door…who just happens to be gay.

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Barack Obama & Sarah Palin Star in Archie Comics

Issue #616 and #617 of Archie Comics will feature two very special guests: President Barack Obama and former governor Sarah Palin.

When Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle are opponents in the race for student body president, each candidate channels one of the most well-known figures in American politics: Archie goes blue with Obama while Reggie goes red for Palin. Soon the real life politicians visit the young politicians.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, co-CEO of Archie Comics, John Goldwater said: “Archie’s adventures are happening now, in a world where Obama is president and Sarah Palin is the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Bringing Obama and Palin to Riverdale sprung from a great idea we had and rolled from there … It’s simple – even people with opposing views can find common ground if they truly want what is best for this country.”

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