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Archie welcomes new character Prasad Asora to the cast!

Following the announcement of The Archies, an upcoming feature film directed by Zoya Akhtar and set in India, Archie Comics celebrates its longstanding connection to the country with a new member of its iconic cast of comic book characters! In The Archies in India graphic novel releasing in January, an original story by writer Bill Golliher and Dan Parent will introduce Prasad Arora, a Bollywood star who catches the attention of Betty and Veronica, adding a fun new dynamic to Riverdale’s relationships. 

Prasad will be an ongoing addition to new stories in the publisher’s comic books and digest magazines, and his first appearance was inspired by the creators’ experiences visiting the country to meet their many fans. Prasad’s debut leads a collection of every story featuring the Archie characters in India over 80 years of publishing, making it both a collectible first and a retrospective for longtime fans.

Archie and his friends from Riverdale have been globetrotting for decades… but their favorite place to visit by far is India! This special collection includes every story where Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and yes, even Reggie, have travelled to the great country. And what would any great trip be without plenty of romance, special cameo appearances, and TONS of musical moments? Plus, a BRAND-NEW STORY! In “Stars in Their Eyes,” Bollywood star Amisha Mehta has a film lined up to shoot in India and manages to get Betty and Veronica a gig as extras. The girls arrive on the set and Amisha discovers one of the biggest teen heartthrobs, Prasad Arora, is now scheduled to be in the film as well. When she hears this, she’s hopeful she will be in a scene with her crush. Betty and Veronica decide to play matchmaker to get Prasad and Amisha introduced… but will they cause more harm than good?

Written by Bill Golliher with art by Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, and Glenn Whitmore, The Archies in India releases January 25 in comic shops nationwide. It features a cover by Dan Parent and Rosario “Tito” Peña.

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309

Script: Dan Parent, Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Parent, Ryan Jampole, Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/23
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “ALL WRAPPED UP” Veronica has to pay down some credit cards so she is forced to take on a department store job wrapping gifts. She’s so bad at it that she recruits Betty to help her. But when Betty can’t make it, she receives some magical help in the form of Jingles, the Elf. But when Sugarplum and Noelle from the North Pole join in to help, it becomes a calamity of TOO MUCH holiday help!

Then, Fly Girl returns in “Super Sale!” Kelly Brand is shopping with Betty and Veronica, but there’s no rest for superheroes; when Door Buster busts in to have her way with the merchandise, Kelly has to fly into action and make this baddie buzz off!

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309

Preview: World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #20

World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #20

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/9
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY! “Merry JINXmas!“ – The holiday season has everyone in the festive spirit—that is, until human bad luck charm Jinx Molloy comes to town! Can everyone manage to avoid Jinx’s wave of unfortunate events, or will they all end up on the naughty list?

World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #20

Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Christmas Party

Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Christmas Party

Script: J. Torres
Art: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Dan Parent, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Betty & Veronica are inviting you to a festive fun party, and they’re kicking off the celebration with a BRAND NEW story! Veronica recruits her cousin Harper to help give Betty the perfect Christmas gift, while Betty’s busy with Ginger, trying to get the perfect gift for Veronica. Will they be able to top each other’s gift-giving skills?

Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Christmas Party

Preview: Archie Giant Comics Flash

Archie Giant Comics Flash

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario Tito Peña
978-1-64576-901-9
$10.99 US / $14.99 CAN
4-7/8 x 6-9/16”
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/26

This newest volume of Archie’s popular series collects 480 more pages of the best and funniest Archie comic stories! Grab one now because before you know it, they’ll be gone in a FLASH!

Archie Giant Comics Flash

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #308

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #308

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/19
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY! “Scary Sleepover“ It’s spooky season, so Veronica’s hosting a special sleepover so she and her friends can binge-watch horror movies!

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #308

Preview: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #334

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #334

Script: Dan Parent, Tom DeFalco
Art: Dan Parent, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Rex Lindsey, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/12
192-page, full color comic, $8.99 U.S.

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES! First in “A Very Cosmo Halloween!” Cosmo the Merry Martian—or someone who looks an awful lot like Cosmo—crashes the Lodge Halloween Ball. Fortunately, this year it’s science fiction-themed! Cosmo tries to warn the teens of an impending invasion—but will they be able to tell them apart from the costumed aliens at the party?

Then, in “Here Come the Power Pets!” The Superteens battle an evil villain called Snowboy. As Snowboy uses his powers to put the Superteens in a deep freeze, Archie’s beloved dog Vegas realizes that he’s got to find a way to rescue them. He gathers Vader, Hot Dog and Carmel and convinces them to join him. Our new heroes become the Power Pets, but do they have what it to rescue their humans?

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #334

Preview: Archie Halloween Spectacular #1

Archie Halloween Spectacular #1

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Ryan Jampole, Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 10/5
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

This year’s Halloween spectacular kicks off with a BRAND NEW story! In “Spirits of Halloween,” meet TWO new characters to the Archie universe: Trick and Treat! This pair of impish magical creatures come around every Halloween to cause chaos wherever they go—and this year, that just so happens to be Riverdale! How much mischief will they cause Archie & the gang while trick or treating? Plus, a collection of hilarious Halloween tales!

Archie Halloween Spectacular #1

Preview: The Archie Encyclopedia

The Archie Encyclopedia

Script: Ian Flynn, Caty Koehl, Gillian Swearingen, Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-64576-897-5
$19.99 US / $23.99 CAN
6 x 9”
304 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/28

This encyclopedia of Archie Comics characters and universes is the be-all, end-all guide to everything in the expanded and ever-growing world of Archie Comics! Sure, you may know who Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie are, and maybe you even know a thing or two about Dilton, Ethel, Cheryl, and Moose! But that’s still only scratching the surface of the vast library of Archie Comics characters! An ideal collector’s item for mega-fans as well as the perfect jumping-on point for any fans that are new to Archie Comics, get set for an expansive tour of Riverdale and beyond!

The Archie Encyclopedia

Archie Comics brings horror home for the holidays!

Archie Comics is wishing everyone a very scary holiday season with an all-new one-shot comic, Happy Horrordays, hitting store shelves (and stockings) in December! The horror anthology features a return to the world of the hit Archie Horror series Jughead: The Hunger by creators Frank Tieri and Joe Eismaalong with two more tales of yuletide terror bound to keep you up at night hoping that sound on the roof is who you think it is.

Setting up his offering, Tieri said, “In ‘‘Twas the Night Before the Hunger,’ X-Mas turns into an X-Massacre when Jughead finds himself up against none other than a pissed off Krampus one fine Christmas morn. It’s a nice little tale of ho-ho-horror where we may see more than just Christmas cookies and hamburgers getting eaten.” In Tieri’s Jughead: The Hunger series, Jughead is a werewolf, and we were treated to another trip back to that fan-favorite universe in Chilling Adventures Presents… Weirder Mysteries, a sci-fi horror one-shot released in September.

In the second story, inspired by Icelandic folklore by writer Joanne Starer and artist Butch Mapaa terrifying cryptid teams up with Sheila Wu, a character introduced in the now-classic “New Kids Off the Wall” storyline by Alex Simmons and Dan Parent in 2010.

Rounding out the special holiday issue is a terrifying twist on a staple Archie Christmas character, Sugar Plum, Santa’s fairy helper, by writer Joe Corallo and artist Patrick Piazzalunga.

Happy Horrordays, with colors by Matt Herms and lettering by Jack Morelli, releases December 14 in comic shops nationwide and is available for pre-order now. It will feature a cover by Adam Gorham and an open-to-order variant cover by Archie Horror legend Robert Hack.

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