Archie Heads to Kickstarter

Archie#1ZdarskyvarArchie Comics is taking the Riverdale kids to somewhere they haven’t been before…. Kickstarter. In what might be the highest profile publisher to date to use the platform, Archie is asking for folks to pledge on the crowdfunding platform to help expand the world of New Riverdale with three new titles.

The crowdfunding campaign is looking to build off of the relaunched Archie series being written by Mark Waid with art by Fiona Staples.

The three new titles, launching over the next 18 months, include:

JUGHEAD — Featuring the adventures of Archie’s hamburger-loving best friend, from acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) and an artist TBA. An off-the-wall series full of laughs, unexpected twists and a modern sense of humor.

BETTY AND VERONICA — Girl-next-door Betty Cooper and wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge are best friends and fiercely competitive. While they both have a history with that guy Archie, the series puts the focus squarely on them — their friendship, their high school lives and adventures beyond Riverdale. Written and drawn by comic book legend Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Before Watchmen: Doctor Manhattan).

LIFE WITH KEVIN — Kevin Keller, the hugely-popular and historic character that broke new ground in Riverdale by being the first gay character in the company’s publishing history returns in a new ongoing series. Writer/artist Dan Parent (Kevin Keller) and inker J. Bone (The Spirit) tell a tale of an older, more experienced Kevin as he navigates a new city, new romance and leaving home.

Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in their release:

Our fans are part of our family — they’re an integral part of everything we do. We’re not flush with corporate cash like Marvel or DC. But we’re also not afraid to take calculated risks. With this Kickstarter, fans have the chance to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and forward-thinking initiative. Fans can help build a New Riverdale, brick-by-brick. We’ve put together a stellar lineup of titles — featuring the best and the brightest creators working on our top characters. With your help, we can make this New Riverdale a reality. The best part? This is only the beginning.

This is all part of Archie’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, with Archie #1 launching on July 8.