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Preview: Archie #657

ARCHIE #657

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
“Little Archie & his Pals” Variant Cover: Art Baltazar & Franco
On Sale: 7/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Veronica’s falling in love – with windsurfing! Jealous Archie is determined to learn the sport as well, but given that he might possibly be the clumsiest person that ever walked the face of the planet, things don’t go very well. Desperate to learn, he takes lessons from the only expert in town: Cheryl Blossom! With variant cover art by Art Baltazar & Franco of Tiny Titans fame, this book will fly off the shelves!

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Preview: Archie #656

ARCHIE #656

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
“Roses Are Red” Variant Cover: Ramon K. Perez
On Sale: 6/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

“Let’s Hear it for Harper”

Veronica’s cousin Harper is coming to Riverdale, where she’s considering attending Riverdale High. When she arrives, they see something they weren’t expecting: she is physically disabled.  However it doesn’t take long to see that her disabilities don’t hold her back, but instead add to her dynamic personality! Harper teaches the gang how something that you think can hold you back can make you that much stronger—all while being decked out in the most fashion forward wheelchair ever seen!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wicked+Divine01_CoverAWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine #1 (Image Comics) – Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. The first issue is over-sized and it is fantastic. An absolute must buy, and we’re sure it’ll sell out.

Alex + Ada #7 (Image Comics) – This series has been a fantastic look at relationships and more so gets into philosophical territory about what is life. Well worth the read.

Archie #656 (Archie Comics) – Archie diversifies their characters even more introducing Harper, a new disabled character!

Brain Boy: Men From Gestalt #2 (Dark Horse) – Pure action fun.

The Final Plague TPB (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Out of all the comics that have come out this past year, this series gave us the chills with each issue.

Harbinger #24 (Valiant) – The last issue featured the death of a character, and this one felt heartfelt and slight shocking. This is how you do death. Yes, I know that’s weird to say.

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night #1 (IDW Publishing) – New Kill Shakespeare! Be entertained and learn about some of the classics too!

Sex Criminals #6 (Image Comics) – One of the top series out there. Nuff said.

Thomas Alsop #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new series that has a solid “Vertigo” feel about it, but out from the excellent BOOM!. The first issue is another solid debut from the company and its creators.

Velvet TPB Vol. 1: Before the Living End (Image Comics) – A kick-ass female lead from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. It’s awesome spy action.

Archie Comics Welcomes New Character to Riverdale & Gets More Progressive

Archie Comics has made a name for itself as a vibrant, innovative publisher that is focused on representing today’s world through its comics. Iconic characters like Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Reggie have stayed true to their history while residing in a modern world. That continues today. Following in the tradition of modern and engaging character debuts like Kevin Keller, Archie Comics is proud to give fans a first look at the latest addition to the Riverdale family: Harper.

Cousin to posh socialite Veronica Lodge, Harper arrives in Riverdale and introduces the Archie gang to something they’ve never dealt with: a friend who is disabled. But while Harper does have a disability, it does not define her, and Archie, his friends, and fans around the world will be treated to her dynamic personality. Harper teaches the Archies an important lesson: that something you think can hold you back can make you that much stronger.

The idea for Harper came out of a conversation between writer/artist Dan Parent and longtime Archie fan and author Jewel Kats, who is also disabled. From that initial idea Harper was born.

Harper’s debut, Archie #656, hits 6/18.

Archie Comics in August 2014

ARCHIE #659

A Riverdale Zoo field trip goes bonkers when Sabrina’s magical cat Salem mis-casts a magical spell, turning Archie and the gang into animals! Not only that, but they’re turning everyone they meet into animals as well. Can the gang escape the zoo and reverse the spell before they’re stuck in their animal bodies forever? Find out in “It’s Zoo To You”!

Script:  Alex Segura
Art:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Zoo-Pendous Variant Cover: Mike Norton
Ship Date: 8/20
On Sale Date: 9/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #254

Our favorite Riverdale guys, Archie, Jughead and Chuck are beating the end-of-summer blues! Chuck makes a plan to fit in as much drawing as he can in his spare time – and you won’t believe what happens to him at the art supply store! Find out in “Class Timing,” the lead story in this back-to-school digest!  (Formerly Archie Double Digest.)

Script:  Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, Frank Gagliardo
Cover:  Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/20
On Sale Date: 9/3
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE‘S FUNHOUSE COMICS DIGEST #8

Archie Andrews is a self-proclaimed  expert in body language, and he’s ready to teach everyone how to read the signs and signals that he’s so great at interpreting! With the track record Archie has for getting into difficult situations and misunderstandings, how could any of this possibly go wrong? Find out as hijinks ensue in “Archie’s Guide to Body Language,” the lead story in this laugh-packed digest! (Formerly Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest.)

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE GIANT COMICS DIGEST (TR)

Everyone loves Archie Comics! Now you’ve got EVEN MORE to love with this GIANT paperback comics collection! This fun-packed, laugh-a-minute volume collects 480 pages of the dating drama and classroom commotion that have made Archie comic stories popular for over 70 years!

Script:  Frank Doyle
Art:  Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-61988-947-7
$7.99/$8.99CAN
4 7/8  x 6 9/16”
TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/10

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ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #6

Sizzle up for summer in Riverdale! Archie Comic Super Special Magazine hits the stand in this summer spectacular-themed edition! With no school to worry about, Archie & Friends will be hitting the beach, hanging out at Pops, and having all kinds of fun, all while Jughead soaks up the sun in his favorite hammock! It’s classic summer fun and escapades from the Archie vault!

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.

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THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 1 DELUXE EDITION (HC)

Attention Archie fans! Finally, it’s the book you’ve been waiting for your whole life — a full comic-book sized, hardcover, remastered, collector’s edition of Archie’s bestselling ‘The Best of Archie Comics’! Featuring over 50 iconic, hand-picked Archie stories from Archie’s 70 year history, this book is a sure thing with both die-hard Archie fans and those new to Riverdale!

Script: Frank Doyle, Various
Art:  Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Harry Lucey
978-1-61988-955-2
$29.99/$34.99CAN
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”
HC
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/8

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BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS VOL 4

The BEST-SELLING Best of Archie graphic novel series is back! This fun, full-color compilation that collects more all-time favorite Archie and friends stories, lovingly hand-selected and introduced by Archie creators, editors, and historians from 200,000 pages of material. It is a must-have for any Archie fan–for that matter, it’s a must-have for any fan of comic books!

Script: Frank Doyle, Various
Art:  Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Bob Montana
978-1-61988-942-2
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 1/4  x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/20

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BETTY & VERONICA #272

Farewell … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say goodbye to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…” part 1!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Vintage Pin Up Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #240

When Veronica receives a highly coveted society invite to a celebrity party, she’s delighted – and busy! She has an outfit to arrange, paparazzi to prepare for, and Betty to gloat in front of. Little does she know, she’s not the only Riverdale resident on the list – and won’t she be in for a surprise when she finds out how Jughead Jones got an invite to one of the most exclusive parties of the year!  Find out what she does in “The List!”, the lead story in this celebratory Comics Digest! (Formerly B&V Friends Double Digest.)

Script:  Barbara Slate
Art:  Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DIGEST #226

Veronica Lodge is an heiress, a fashionista–-and now a game show contestant! When Veronica competes on her favorite game show, she’s prepared for all sorts of puzzles, but she’s not prepared for the surprise challenges in store for her! Veronica has to face off against Jughead-–in a pie eating contest! Find out what happens to her in “Let the Games Begin,” the competitive lead story in this packed summer read! (Formerly Betty & Veronica Double Digest.)
Script:  Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Jon D’Agostino, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 (TR)

It’s the comic book event of the century—the death of Archie Andrews! Read the story the entire world is discussing in this heart-wrenching finale to the MARRIED LIFE graphic novel series, as Archie Andrews–-America’s most beloved character-–sacrifices his life heroically while saving the life of a close friend. Bringing to a close the acclaimed storyline that revealed the future of Archie and his friends, THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 is an essential addition to the library of any graphic novel fan, and features what is sure to be one of the most-discussed finales in the history of comics and entertainment.

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Fernando Ruiz, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-61988-945-3
$19.99/$23.99CAN
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”
TR
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/10

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OFFERED AGAIN

THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 1-5

THE DEATH OF ARCHIE (Graphic Novel)

MEGA MAN #40

The PULSE-POUNDING CONCLUSION to the latest crossover MEGA-event from Archie comics is here! “DAWN OF X” Part Four: The time-traveling adventure reaches its explosive finale as the mystery of Mega Man’s confrontation with the rogue Wily robot is revealed!  X and the Maverick Hunters have their final showdown with the mechanical monsters!  And Xander Payne’s fate comes to a startling conclusion!  Don’t miss this crossover between iconic eras, with a SHOCKER-ENDING that will blow your mind! Featuring all-new cover art from Mega-artist supreme PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and a time-spanning variant cover by Colin Lawler!

Script:  Ian Flynn
Art:  Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
“Lost in Time” Variant Cover: Colin Lawler
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN 8: REDEMPTION (TR)

The FUTURE IS NOW in the next chapter in the Mega Man graphic novel saga! Mega Man took up his Mega Buster to stop the evil ambitions of Dr. Wily. That means Dr. Wily is his greatest enemy–-right? Not according to the Doctor! He says he was being used by the terrifying Ra Moon, and to prove it, he saves Mega Man’s life! What is the truth behind Dr. Wily? Is he plotting something sinister yet again, or has he really been the victim all along? Mega Man embarks on a mission that will test his courage as much as his skill to find out the truth! Featuring the first-ever look at the world of MEGA MAN X in comic book form, as drawn by Sonic legend PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Tyson Hesse, Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Powree, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-61988-944-6
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6  5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/3

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #12

Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! Also featured is a special look at the all-new SONIC BOOM games and TV show, with exclusive info you won’t find anywhere else! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Plus an interview with Sonic inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley, Erik Ly, Jerry Gaylord, Brent McCarthy and more!
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #264

A-WOOOOOOOOO! THE WAIT IS OVER! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of SONIC THE WEREHOG! “Control” Part One: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald.  What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble!  Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point?  Then, in “A Nice Day to Start Again,” Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an “UNLEASHED” SEGA variant!

Script:  Ian Flynn, Joey Esposito and Benjamin Bailey
Art:   Tyson Hesse, James Fry, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata
Cover:  Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Unleashed Variant Cover:  SEGA
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #67

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! The events of “Shadow Fall” and “Chaos Caper” have clashed to collision in the epic new tale – “Total Eclipse” Part One! The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse.  But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality!  Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world!  Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It’s the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and a special “PIXEL CUTSCENE” variant from Ryan Jampole!
Script:  Ian Flynn
Art:  Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Pixel Cut Scene Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #42

Pack your bags with Veronica, she’s tagging along on her father’s business trip to Paris! When a family friend introduces her to a handsome young French filmmaker who just so happens to share a name with Veronica’s favorite redhead back home, Veronica finds herself falling for him! When the Archie back in Riverdale hears what happened, he’s ready to take drastic action! Take an international ride with a new love triangle in “Archie or Archie?!”, the lead story in this exciting Comics Digest! (Formerly World of Archie Double Digest.)

Script:  Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Preview: Archie #655

ARCHIE #655

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Cosmo the Merry Martian Variant Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 5/14
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

An unexpected day off from school turns into the adventure of a lifetime! When a flying saucer crash-lands in Riverdale, Archie and Jughead come face-to-face with the one and only Cosmo the Merry Martian! His now-damaged space ship is threatening to make him late for a very important meeting at the Diner at the Center of the Universe—and without Cosmo there, the fate of the entire galaxy could be at risk! Archie is prepared to save the day, and you can bet that if a diner’s involved, Jughead’s on board! Get ready for intergalactic adventure and classic Archie Comics characters galore in an out-of-this-world story by comics great Tom DeFalco!

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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Kathleen Webb

Kathleen WebbIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 26th “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Kathleen Webb is a writer and artist who has worked on Peanuts for BOOM! Studios imprint KaBOOM! as well as numerous books for Archie Comics!

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?  

Kathleen Webb: I wrote a fan letter to Dan DeCarlo that I drew like a comic book (as if I was talking to him), and he called me in May of 1985 and said he wanted to help get me on at Archie because he felt I had potential as both a writer and an artist. I did some pencilling work on Betty & Veronica fashion pages, then in September he suggested I submit a script. I sent one in, had it rejected, sent in another, it sold, and the rest was history. I worked for Archie primarily as a writer for almost twenty-five years.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

KW: Oh yeah.  As a small child, I read the comic strips in the newspapers–my favorites were Peanuts, Dick Tracy (I loved Moon Maid!), Brenda Starr, The Phantom and Blondie and Dagwood. My goal was to become a comic strip artist “just like Charles Schulz”–I wanted that as early as age 8. When I got older (around ten) I started reading more Archie titles, and other “teen” humor comics, like Millie the Model, Date With Debbie, Scooter, etc. In my high school years I got into superhero stuff–used to read Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.  Later on I got into manga, by watching Sailor Moon on television.  I still read manga–mostly girl’s titles, like Fruits Basket.

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

KW: My friend, Jeff Schulz, who used to work with me at Archie, suggested I try out for KaBOOM! on their Peanuts title.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

KW:  I used to put the words in Betty and Veronica’s mouths!

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

KW: Make sure you have a day job!  It’s not easy in this industry to make a living.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry?

KW: Dan DeCarlo of Archie Comics was my mentor. He and I would have long conversations on the phone (he was on the east coast, I’m on the west) about cartooning, drawing, etc. He was a big encouragement in my early years at Archie.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

KW: Hmm. I think it’s more difficult for a woman to make it in the comic industry if she wants to write what a friend of mine referred to as “talky girl comics.” Nowadays one would just refer to Japanese girl’s manga to make the point. The stories are more emotionally driven, and have less action and more character development. The American comic industry is geared more to male readers, if you’re referring to the stuff you find in the stores. As far as web comics go, there are more girl’s comics to be found, but they are more difficult to find in print. Now, with the advent of Kindle and the like, that may be a moot point. The other thing I’ve personally felt a lack of, is what I consider “all ages” material. Stuff that can appeal across the board, without be offensive. I’d like to see more of that, particularly from female writers/artists. As far as overcoming the obstacles to getting that kind of material out, I have no clue what can be done.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

KW: I personally have never had any kind of discrimination or harassment. Archie Comics treated me fairly (they were pleased just to have a woman on board as a writer!) and never acted like I was anything other than just a good writer that they wanted to make use of. I guess I never let my gender get in my way–it never occurred to me that a woman couldn’t be a writer or artist, since I was aware of females already in the industry (Dale Messick, Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin come to mind). And the few conventions I’ve been to, I’ve never been harassed at. Maybe I just don’t travel in those circles?

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

KW: If you want to do it, keep at it. If you can’t get into the “big leagues,” put your work online, either on a blog or sites like Deviantart or create your own web site. Learn all you can about your craft–how to use your tools, how to make the best use of computer tools. Read other people’s work and think about what you like about it–learn from others. If you go to conventions, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the artists/writers there. Do what you love, not what you think will “sell.” And learn from the past! Go to the library and check out the comic strip compilations of stuff like Steve Canyon, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Prince Valient, Little Nemo, etc. Read Asterix. Find out why these strips were so popular and enduring. And don’t give up!

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Preview: Archie #654

ARCHIE #654

Script: Steven Duvall Scott
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, and Rosario “Tito” Peña
Casablanca Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/16
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

There’s a Speed Dating event at Pop’s and everyone is invited! Love is in the air as new relationships blossom in true Riverdale fashion! It’s like a dream come true for Archie—the chance to date every girl in Riverdale (and Jughead’s worst nightmare!). With more than just two girls to choose between, who on earth will Archie pick?! Find out in this fun-filled story featuring special guest appearances!

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Archie Comics in June 2014

ARCHIE #657

Veronica’s falling in love – with windsurfing! Jealous Archie is determined to learn the sport as well, but given that he might possibly be the clumsiest person that ever walked the face of the planet, things don’t go very well. Desperate to learn, he takes lessons from the only expert in town: Cheryl Blossom! With variant cover art by Art Baltazar & Franco of Tiny Titans fame, this book will fly off the shelves!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
“Little Archie & his Pals”  Variant Cover:  Art Baltazar & Franco
Ship Date: 6/18
On Sale Date: 7/2
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #252

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 double digest.

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/18
On Sale Date: 7/2
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA: SHOPPING SPREE (TR)

What could Betty & Veronica possibly love more than Archie? That’s easy – shopping! Available for the first time ever as a Graphic Novel, get ready to hit the mall for the shopping spree of the century with America’s favorite BFFs Betty & Veronica! Begin your very own shopping spree with this newest addition  to the Archie graphic novel library, collecting some of the funniest stories in Archie Comics history featuring Riverdale’s  resident super-shoppers! Shop ‘till you drop in this hilarious new collection!

Script: Dan Parent, George Gladir
Art:  Dan Parent, Jeff Shultz
Cover: Bill Galvan
978-1-619889-05-7
$9.99/$10.99CAN
6  x 9”
Trade Paperback
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 6/25

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BETTY & VERONICA #272

Goodbye … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say farewell to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…” part 1!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Vintage Pin Up Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
Ship Date: 6/4
On Sale Date: 6/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S

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BETTY AND VERONICA COMICS ANNUAL #224

A day at the beach brings no fun in the sun for Veronica! Will her beach bumming antics cause her to get burned in more ways than one? Find out in “Top Executive,” the fun lead story in this perfect beach read!

Script: Barbara Slate
Art:  Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Vickie Williams, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/11
On Sale Date: 6/25
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #239

Girl’s best friend (when it isn’t another girl) is her pet, of course! But what kind of fun can be had when you can’t even bring your best friend to the beach? Betty and Veronica have a big job ahead of them: find out how they can get their pets onto the beach without breaking any rules! Find out if they can pull it off in “Pet’s Rule,” the awesome lead story to this fun-filled double digest!

Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/4
On Sale Date: 6/18
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY (HC)

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.

Script: Tania Del Rio
Art:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith,  Jack Morelli
Cover: Gisele Lagace
978-1-936975-37-2
$13.99/$14.99CAN
5 ½  x 8”
HC
224 pp, Black & White
Direct Market On-sale: 7/16

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JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #4

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 double digest!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art:  Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/25
On Sale Date: 7/9
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.
MEGA MAN #38

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Mega Man #38

THE EPIC MEGA MAN/MEGA MAN X CROSSOVER EVENT CONTINUES in DAWN OF X pt2! We travel one hundred years into Mega Man’s future, where an ancient Wily weapon threatens all defenseless humans!  It’s up to X and Zero to combat the lumbering metal monstrosity!  Meanwhile, Emerald Spears terrorist-on-the-run Xander Payne tumbles through time—and sees something that will change him forever! Don’t miss the event that everyone will be talking about, featuring brand new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an extra special character-packed variant cover from BEN BATES!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Character-Packed Variant Cover: Ben Bates
Shipping Date:  6/4
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 6/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #12

Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Plus an interview with Sonic inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 6/18
On Sale Date: 7/2
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #262

Catch some sun and ride the wave as the aquatic adventure continues in “Waves of Change” Part Three!  Sonic faces a city invasion by the ominous Dark Gaia Monsters!  To make it even worse, the invasion is underwater—and Sonic can’t swim!  As the struggle turns desperate, will it be Amy’s mission to find the key to saving them all, or will Sonic be left to drown?  Then, in “The Light in the Dark” Part Two, the Freedom Fighters find what they’re looking for—but will their own divisions bring them down? Featuring new cover art from Ben Bates and an extra-special “monster movie” variant from artist T.REX!

Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Jennifer Hernandez, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Allen Passalaqua
Cover by Ben Bates
Monster Movie Variant Cover by T.REX
Shipping Date: 6/25
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

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SONIC UNIVERSE #65

Bust out your detective hats and hop on the case in “The Great Chaos Caper” Part Three: Knuckles and the Chaotix are in the heart of the Aquatic Mines—where their only two options are to get crushed by a cave-in, or to drown!  How on earth (and below earth!) can they make it out alive?! And once they do, they’ve got to chase down the unlikely Chaos Emerald thief before Nack’s team of Hooligans beat them to it!  Add in ravenous Dark Gaia Monsters, and there may be too much for our heroes to handle! Featuring new cover art from Sonic comic guru Tracy Yardley and an awesome SEGA game art variant starring the Chaotix!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Variant Cover art provided by SEGA
Shipping Date:   6/11
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 6/25
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

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WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #41

Archie’s weekend trip away has Veronica in bad shape—how will she ever get on without her dear Archiekins? Well, maybe if she has someone to get her mind off him it won’t be too bad! Can she keep her date a secret from her true love, or will she be left completely date-less? Find out in “Foul Bawl,” the fun lead story to a jam-packed double double digest!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Vince DeCarlo, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/4
On Sale Date: 6/18
320-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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Offered Again:

SONIC GENESIS: HC & TR
It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Genesis! Cash in by selling your customers this gorgeous trade, designed as a loving tribute to the original Sonic the Hedgehog game packaging and jam-packed with beautiful modern comic book art!

Script” Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Terry Austin, Matt Herms, John Workman
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

GENESIS HC:  978-1-879794-89-4, 6 5/8 X 10 3/16, $24.99 US/$27.99 CAN, 144pp, Full Color
GENESIS TR: 978-1-936975-08-2, 6 5/8 X 10 3/16, $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN, 144pp, Full Color

ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE BOOKS 1 – 4  (TR)
The Eisner Award-nominated series The Married Life series is the most critically acclaimed storyline in Archie’s more than 70-year publishing history. The series explores Archie Andrews’ life down two paths–if he had married girl-next-door Betty Cooper or wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge, with our favorite characters from Riverdale dealing with more realistic, mature circumstances with the humor and heart Archie fans expect. These four volumes collect Life With Archie magazine issues # 1 – 24.

Script: Paul Kupperberg, Michael Uslan
Art: Norm Breyfogle, Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Tim Levins, Andrew Pepoy, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore
Covers: Norm Breyfogle, Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore

VOLUME 1:  978-1-936975-01-3, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $23.99 CAN, 320 pp, Full Color
VOLUME 2:  978-1-879794-99-3, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $22.99 CAN, 320 pp, Full Color
VOLUME 3:  978-1-936975-35-8, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $23.99 CAN, 320 pp, Full Color
VOLUME 4:  978-1-936975-69-3, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $23.99 CAN, 272 pp, Full Color

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