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Preview: Diary of a Girl Next Door: Betty

DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY

Script: Tania del Rio
Art:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith,  Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan
978-1-936975-37-2
$13.99/$14.99 CAN
5 ½  x 8”
HC
224 pp, Black & White
Direct Market On-sale: 7/23

We are very excited to present Archie Comics’ debut title in the cartoon diary genre! Betty Cooper is embarking on her first year of high school. It’s sure to be filled with ups and downs, but with her trusty diary by her side, she’ll be able to get through it all. She’s a smart girl with a kind heart, so her freshman year should be easy-peasy, right? Well, throw in some major BFF drama with her longtime pal Veronica Lodge and things get off to a rocky start. Veronica’s rich, ruthless and snobby—the total opposite of Betty. And in high school where social status means EVERYTHING, Betty and Veronica can’t be the same besties they once were. Everyone’s favorite girl-next-door is diving head first into her high school career and extracurricular activities—from dog training to peer mediation to BMX competitions, Betty Cooper can do it all—but can she get by WITHOUT a little help from her friend? Find out in this heartwarming tale of the scariness that is starting high school in Archie’s first-ever venture into the hugely popular journal series, with DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY.

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Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #225

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #225

Script: Kathleen Webb
Art: Jeff Shultz, Henry Scarpelli
Cover: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/23
320-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Betty and Veronica are meeting for another great day at the Riverdale beach … but Betty is curiously reluctant to get in the water … What does she know that no one else does? Find out in “Marked Woman,” the beachy-keen lead story in this fun-in-the-sun Jumbo Comics Digest!

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Preview: Jughead & Archie Comics Digest #4

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #4

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/23
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

The gang has created a masterpiece: the ULTIMATE sand sculpture to put all boring old sandcastles to shame! Unfortunately, what—or WHO—they discover buried underneath their sculpture threatens to ruin their chances of winning the grand prize in the sand sculpture contest. Find out if they can be the kings and queens of their sandcastle in “Sand Man,” the zany first story in this hilarious digest!

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Preview: Life With Archie #36 (Magazine)

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 (MAGAZINE)

Script:  Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover:  Pat & Tim Kennedy
On Sale Date: 7/23
96-page, full color magazine
$9.99 U.S.
8  x 10 3/4”

History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 & #37.

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Preview: Life With Archie #37

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Variant Cover A: Cliff Chiang
Variant Cover B: Tommy Lee Edwards
Variant Cover C: Alex Ross
Variant Cover D: Walt Simonson
Variant Cover E: Jill Thompson
On Sale Date: 7/23
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”

It’s been one year since the death of Archie that took place in Life With Archie #36 shook Riverdale to its very core. The residents of the most welcoming town in America, where the chocolate malts are always delicious and the neighbors are always smiling, gather together one last time for the closing ceremony of this groundbreaking series and a celebration of a Life with Archie.

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Preview: Afterlife With Archie #6

Afterlife With Archie #6

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues!

Definitely NOT for all ages!

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.

Archie Comics

Life With Archie #36 has sold out due to the historic nature of Archie Andrews protecting his friend, Kevin Keller, from an assassin’s bullet, and dying due to it. A second printing is on the way with a new cover, but no details on the cover or date yet.

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The Wicked + The Divine is divine to readers, as the second issue has sold out. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie will receive a second printing which returns on August 13.

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Preview: Archie Comics Digest #252

ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #252

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/16
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Grab your surfboard and hang ten with Archie and the gang! Well, at very least watch Archie try to hang ten! But he’s not the only Riverdale teen who’s having some tough luck on sand and in surf! See what happens in “The Usual Crowd,” the hilarious lead story to another great fun-filled digest.

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The Hot New Trend in Comics is Diversity

All_New_Captain_America_CoverWith solicitations for October being released, and plans for the next year coming into the spotlight due to next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, it seems one hot thing in comics is becoming clear, making diverse comics, for a diverse audience.

Publishers are acting on what’s been clear in indie and small press, that the tastes and wants of the comic reading audience is varied and diverse, just like the readers consuming them. At the beginning of the month I reported that those who self-identified themselves on Facebook as interested (liking) comics was almost 41% female. For some time now, women have made up between 40% and 47% of that population in my reports. They are here and they are legion.

This move towards diverse characters, and diverse voices, began years ago, with webcomics, digital comics, and a resurgence in independent comics. Technology like new social media tools, and Kickstarter has democratized what gets out there, and finds and audience. With the rise of digital comics, we’ve also seen publishers, outside the big two, diversifying their comics, and the creators behind them. BOOM! Studios with their expansion of KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, Image Comics, and more are seeing success in many voices. BOOM! especially has mined web creators, giving them a stage in print to create, which has given us modern classics like Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, and more. Their success is most likely due to their diverse team of creators, and those behind the scene.

the shieldArchie Comics has been a leader in the charge as one of the most progressive publishers out there. They’ve moved out of the Pollyanna world the Riverdale gang lived in, and expanding the cast to include a diverse cast, the break out being Kevin Keller. Keller is such in the spotlight that Archie himself takes a bullet meant for the character in this week’s Life With Archie #36, creating media interest much like when Kevin first appeared. Archie has also dipped their toe into mature comics with their successful hit Afterlife With Archie, diving into the horror genre, which gets a sister publication in a similar take on classic character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Today Archie went further and announced the initial line up of their Dark Circle Comics. In that announcement a new The Shield by writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and artist Wilfredo Torres was part of the line-up. But, when I say “new Shield,” I literally mean a new Shield. What was once a male character is now female, a first for the character. It’s the latest example of the positive gender-swapping trend that’s not just limited to Archie alone.

Marvel has clearly noticed the shift, as they have launched (or announced) a total of 8 female led series. Elektra, Black Widow, Storm, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Thor, Ms. Marvel, an all-female X-Men team, and a female majority team in All-New Ultimates. Ms. Marvel even features Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey (when being from Jersey is the diversity, we’ve seen improvement) This week Marvel went on The View to announce the new Thor, with a woman taking over the role. Writer Jason Aaron says it best:

This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.

But an increase in estrogen isn’t the only change for the House of Ideas. On last night’s The Colbert Report Marvel’s Joe Quesada announced that Sam Wilson, The Falcon, will be suiting up as the new Captain America, in November’s All-New Captain America. That follows the company’s introduction years ago of Miles Morales as the new Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man, and Miguel O’Hara’s recent push in Marvel’s 616 universe as Spider-Man 2099, with his own series debuting last week. The company is diversifying its stable of characters, and has gone so far as to jettison it’s house style of art, embracing new styles and looks, that have given many of their new books a unique voice in many ways.

Dynamite Entertainment has gotten in on the action with their relaunched Solar: Man of the Atom. The classic Gold Key character has had its gender swapped, switching from the classic/original one, to his daughter. She’s absolutely her own person, tackling issues in a completely different way than her father handled it.

BATGIRLMODEL2Not to be outdone DC Comics has made steps in the right direction. Their announcement of Gotham Academy brings what sounds like a tween focused series, perfect as sister offering to this fall’s television show Gotham. The publisher has a new direction for Batgirl, giving the series and character a new lease on life, with a new down to Earth look that has received praise, and might be the best character design of the year. And behind the scenes, with their recent series announcements, DC has expanded their female creative team, adding new voices and styles to comics like Batgirl, Catwoman, and more. The company has stated diversity is a priority and we’re seeing it come to fruition. We also are seeing that in their offerings in television, with this fall’s iZombie, and soon on the screen with the likely rumored Wonder Woman movie.

Go to a convention, and walk through Artist’s Alley, and for years you’ve seen what’s starting to hit comic shop shelves, a diversity in characters, the creators behind them, and most importantly the fans excited about it all. While most discussion around comics is focused on the big two, this movement, and shift has been in the making for quite a while now thanks to the work and persistence of many. It’s taken a bit, but it looks like diversity is going mainstream. Today there is truly something out there in comics for everyone. And for that we should take a moment, recognize it all, and let it sink in.

Preview: Sonic Universe Vol. 7: The Silver Saga

SONIC UNIVERSE VOL. 7: THE SILVER SAGA

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Phil Felix, Ray Dillon and Steve Downer
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-936975-89-1
$11.99/$13.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 7/16

Journey to a dark and twisted future with SILVER THE HEDGEHOG! The popular Sonic Graphic Novel series returns with SONIC UNIVERSE 7: SILVER SAGA. Silver the Hedgehog lives in a world of ruin, and he’s been traveling to the past, trying to change the fate of his time. But he’s not prepared when a strange new force travels both space and time to attack him! Silver must journey to a twisted version of his world, join the last handful of rebels, and overthrow the most powerful foe he’s ever encountered. Silver’s psychic power is pushed to its limit against the chaos-fueled fury of a demi-god! The Silver Saga collects Sonic Universe #25-28. Features a special silver ink-enhanced cover!

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