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C2E2 2017: Dan Parent Talks Sharknado, Kevin Keller, and Your Pal Archie

After graduating from the Joe Kubert School, writer/artist Dan Parent got his first Archie Comics creator credits in 1988 and has been one of the company’s shining stars ever since. He has continued the tradition of the Archie “house” style” into the 21st century and worked a variety of classic storylines, including 1994’s “Love Showdown” that posited an end to the Betty/Veronica/Archie love triangle. and co-writing and drawing the crazy 2015 Archie vs. Sharknado crossover.

Possibly, best of all, Dan Parent created the first gay Archie character, Kevin Keller, who may or may not be my boyfriend. Kevin first appeared in 2010’s Veronica before getting his own solo title in 2012. He has played an important role in other Archie related material, like Afterlife with Archie and the Riverdale TV show. The adult Kevin Keller currently stars in the digital-exclusive Life with Kevin miniseries that Parent writes and pencils and will be wrapped up soon.

At C2E2, I had the opportunity to chat with Dan about the timelessness of the Archie characters in pop culture, the creation of Kevin Keller and his relationships as well as his upcoming comic Your Pal Archie that is coming out later in 2017 and will be written by Ty Templeton.

Graphic Policy: I’m proud to be a third-generation Archie fan. I was wondering why you think the Archie characters have endured in pop culture when its imitators, like Millie the Model, have gone into obscurity.

Dan Parent: Well, Archie was first so it was engrained in people’s heads early on. Archie is a part of Americana at this point, like Superman and Batman. He’s been around 75 years and is part of the culture. And the characters stand on their own. They’re unique characters.

GP: I like your Life with Kevin series. Why did you decide to have Kevin move to New York, and have it be the setting of the series?

DP: We wanted to do something different with Kevin, and since they were doing the other reboots with the other characters, we decided to do a soft reboot. We didn’t reinvent the style. We just tweaked it a little bit. You can do so much with Kevin as a character when he’s 20-22 years old because he’s in the real world, he’s dating, and jaunting up his career path. There’s so much more you can do storywise.

We took him out of the Riverdale background and also pushed the Veronica/Kevin friendship because they were a great pair in the original series.

GP: This actually leads into my next question. Why did you continue to make Kevin and Veronica BFFs in Life with Kevin?

DP: Who knows why it works, it just does. When Kevin first came to Riverdale, Veronica had a crush on him, and she wasn’t smart enough to realize he was gay when everyone else knew. And they have this unique friendship, which started out with her crushing on him, and then evolved into a really strong friendship.

They have this yin and yang kind of thing going back and forth that works.

GP: They definitely have chemistry. You’ve been working at Archie for 30 years, do you have any classic Archie artists you might want to recommend to fans who have only watched Riverdale or read the more recent Mark Waid Archie run.

DP: Absolutely. Dan DeCarlo to start with. I worked with Dan in his last decade and learned a lot from him myself. He’s the master of Archie as far as setting the modern style.

You can go back to other great artists, like Bob Montana, who was [Archie’s] creator and set the style. Dan DeCarlo kind of tweaked it and made it the house style. Harry Lucey was another inspirational artist and did a lot of great slapstick. Samm Schwartz was *the* Jughead artist for decades. His style is different than the other Archie artists. You can always tell his art right away. He’s good at Jughead because Jughead is different, and it suited his style.

Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, and Harry Lucey are the main go-to’s in my head. Especially Dan DeCarlo. As a kid, I was very inspired by him

GP: What was it like working with DeCarlo in his last decade?

DP: It was great. I probably learned more from him than from art school. Even though I learned a lot in art school. I’m not dissing my art school. Just the hand-on experience. He would lay out stories, and I would finish his stories for a while. So, I got to see how he would draw. And he was just a really sweet guy. I was very lucky to work with a master like him.

GP: What do you personally love about the Archie “house style”?

DP: I like it because I love simple art. It’s deceiving because it’s more difficult to pull off a simple style than a rendered style. People don’t see that. Growing up, I always loved the art that was simple. I grew up loving Harvey and Archie comics because there was a simple line to them.

Even with superhero stuff, I loved Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke’s art. I’m even wearing a Darwyn Cooke shirt right now. These guys had a clean, slick style that looked a little cartoon-y.

GP: You have great taste. So, there have been a lot of crazy Archie crossovers. I know you did Archie vs. Sharknado so what about Archie lends itself to being thrown into the world of Predator or the Punisher in these crossovers?

DP: Archie is such a part of pop culture any way. You’ll read old Archie stories and see him with whatever the latest fad or rock star is. I worked on Archie Meets KISS [in 2011], which gets the most fan response still. Something just works. Archie vs. Sharknado is the weirdest one.

But the personalities in Archie adapt to any situation. Jughead is always Jughead, Betty and Veronica are always the same, but they can adapt to these crazy situations. Even the Predator. They’re still the Archie gang, but they’re getting ripped apart.

GP: That’s probably my favorite one of the crossovers. You have Your Pal Archie coming up in July with writer Ty Templeton. Why should fans the of the all-new Archie and Riverdale check that out?

DP: Your Pal Archie is great because it fills the need for people who want classic Archie because the stories are very fun, simple, and old style. The style is still my style (Which is classic), but I just tweaked it a little bit. I was inspired by the fashions on the [Riverdale] show. I changed Archie’s hair and added a little detail to their faces. The changes are minimal when you look at the book, but it’s sort of a makeover.

I did Betty and Veronica Spectacular 10-15 years ago and changed the style of the book a little bit. It’s just keeping it fresh, but not straying too far from the classics.

GP: What can we expect from the first story arc?

DP: The first issue is about Jughead learning how to drive and Archie trying to teach him. I was thinking, “Of all the stories that were ever drawn, you rarely see Jughead driving.” You don’t see him driving that much. So, Ty Templeton latched onto a good story about Jughead driving. The story’s really funny. It’s like an old style slapstick story.

GP: What was has collaborating with Ty been like? I know you’re a big fan of Batman: The Animated Series, and he worked on the Batman Adventures comic back in 1990s.

DP: I’ve known him for a while and have always admired his art and writing. I was trying to come up with people to write [Your Pal Archie]. It’s good I didn’t write them because he brings a fresh outlook to the stories. Ty fills the bill because he’s flat out funny. He’s inking it too and has that nice line style that I like that adds to my artwork.

GP: This is kind of a weird fan fiction-y question. If every male character in the Archie universe was gay, bi, pan, or queer, who would Kevin Keller date?

DP: Maybe, he’d like Jughead. They have a similar taste in food. Kevin likes to eat, but not as much as Jughead. That was kind of their bonding experience in the first issue where Kevin appeared. So that might work.

GP: For my last question, I’m a big fan of the Shade the Changing Girl series from DC Comics and saw you got to draw the “Life with Honey” backup in issue 7. How did that happen?

DP: I know Jamie Rich, had done some DC covers in the fall, and reached out for work. And he had that in mind because I have a retro style like the Life with Honey show. It was fun, and I hope to do another one.


Dan Parent is currently writing and penciling Life with Kevin, writing and drawing numerous stories in the Archie Double Digests, and is the penciler on the upcoming Your Pal Archie series. He is also the co-writer and one of the artists on Chapterhouse Comics’ Die Kitty Die.

You can find him on Twitter or on his website.

The Sights, Sounds (and Selfies) of C2E2 2017

Four years after I first visited it as a 19 year old journalist, I returned to C2E2 in 2017 to a much more crowded show floor and a world where a monosyllabic tree and a talking raccoon, not Iron Man were the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Most of my C2E2 was spent wandering around Artist’s Alley, chatting with creators/fellow fans/Twitter friends, and trying to not get lost.

One reason I love C2E2 is that they bring in excellent comics guests to balance the celebrities and their overpriced autographs. ($100 for Stan Lee. Come on!) There’s everyone from the very friendly and passionate webcomic creator Ngozi Ukazu from Check Please! to veteran writers, like Greg Rucka and Kieron Gillen, and I found myself flipping from Archie to Black Mask and occasionally a side of the Big Two while walking around. The Artist’s Alley is the beating heart of the con even though C2E2 also has two quite large gaming areas for console gamers and tabletop fans, and the Weta Workshop truly spoke to the Lord of the Rings nerd in me.

Here is a gallery of pictures of my C2E2 2017 experience starting with the Captain Marvel cosplayer I met while waiting for the shuttle bus and ending with a moment where I felt like a comic book character. (Dionysus from The Wicked + the Divine #8 aka the rave issue to be specific.)

 

 

 

Kevin Keller, Sensational Wonder Man

spider-woman-1-milo-manaraIt hasn’t yet been even a month since the release to the public of variant covers by Milo Manara for the upcoming Spider-Woman series by Marvel.  In the wake of the release, many criticized the medium for once again making a mockery of female characters. Others fought back and defended the move, but once again it threw gender into the spotlight for the mainstream side of the medium of comics. Some focused on it from afar as editorials from Time and Elle criticized the pose of the character in such a way. Others simply highlighted what were other fan reactions to the same topic through such artistic and critical ventures as the Hawkeye Initiative.

The Hawkeye Initiative is an interesting one. Although often looking very amateurish, its premise is simple. It takes male characters and puts them into female poses, and even sometimes into female costumes. The outcome is ridiculous as expected, but in a different sense, it also highlights the focus of the medium to the big two publishers. While the big two of Marvel and DC sometimes blunder their way through their own popularity, other publishers are taking some more progressive approaches to their own titles.

Surprisingly for me, one of these came this week from an unlikely source, Archie Comics. I am not much of an Archie fan, not generally speaking anyway, but my wife buys Betty and Veronica Double Digest every month, and I usually get around to reading some of it (if not all of it.) The stories are goofy and old fashioned as expected, but while there are some anachronistic throwbacks to other times, it is surprisingly progressive at times, addressing among other topics human rights, bullying and the environment. One of the more interesting developments of characters in recent years is Kevin Keller, the gang’s openly gay friend from high school, who has been given his own monthly series. I hadn’t been keeping up with the stories at all, but on a whim I decided to check out this issue as it involved Kevin becoming a superhero in Riverdale, an unusual enough development in Archie Comics.

wwcover01The story was kind of goofy, though I guess it was fun enough, but it was not the story which was of note. I might argue that the characterization of the character himself was a little off, as his reactions to his crush is a lot more along the lines of how females are presented in this series (hearts in place of eyes) which could be borderline offensive to the representation of homosexual people. The more interesting part than the story or the character was the cover, particularly in this case the variant cover, which as far as I knew had drawn very little interest, although by rights it maybe should have. I am far from an expert on the subject, but comics are known for creating homage covers, often for previous covers in the medium. Such iconic covers as Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, Action Comics #1 or even Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. One of the these covers which is most often copied is actually also copied here, that being the second variant cover for Kevin Keller which is a variant of Uncanny X-Men #141.  Although the homage here is a lot more humorous, it is really the first that is more noteworthy. Sensation Comics #1 which introduced Wonder Woman is a fairly iconic cover, but it is one which is rarely paid homage to. In fact, this might be the very first instance of an homage to this cover, and if it is not first then it is among a small handful. There was an homage in the first volume of Wonder Woman (issue #288) but this was a case of the same character and so this may in fact be the first time that another character shared this pose.

wwcover03What is most interesting about this is that it is a male character taking the place of a female character, something which happens so very rarely in comics that it can be considered to be almost unique. Female versions of male characters occur all the time, with the likes of Supergirl, Batgirl or even a female Robin, but a male version of most female characters would end up in a ridiculous visual much like the efforts of those behind the Hawkeye Initiative. In this case though it occurs, even when the male hero of Kevin Keller looks nothing like Wonder Woman. As one of the counter criticism of the medium goes, if one wants to find better representations of minorities, or women or non-straight people, they only need to look to the independents. For the comic fan though, it is important to remember when saying this that Archie Comics is often pretty close to being an independent as well, if not necessarily in terms of content then at least in terms of context.

Preview: Kevin Keller #15

KEVIN KELLER #15

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover:  Dan Parent
Sensation Variant:  Phil Jimenez, Matt Herms
Days of Future Past Variant:  Phil Jimenez
On Sale Date: 9/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Kevin became a semi-celebrity after coming to the aid of a robbery victim, and it got Veronica’s wheels turning: of course, Kevin would make the PERFECT superhero! With her unlimited resources and limited common sense, Veronica built a secret lair into her mansion, where they could monitor crime and send Kevin out to fight it as THE EQUALIZER! The only piece of the puzzle left is Kevin—he still has to decide if he wants anything to do with her crazy schemes! This super issue features not one, but TWO variant covers by superstar artist Phil Jimenez!

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Preview: Kevin Keller #14

KEVIN KELLER #14

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
Dark Knight Returns Variant Cover: Phil Jimenez, Steve Downer
On Sale: 8/13
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

“That’s Really SUPER, Kevin!” Kevin’s world takes a surprising new twist when he becomes the masked crime fighter called “The Equalizer!” Of course, this doesn’t just happen overnight. When he saves someone’s life and becomes a media sensation, Veronica’s wheels start turning and with her drive, determination (and unlimited cash!) she molds a new career for Kevin! Somewhat apprehensive, will Kevin move forward as a superhero? And what will happen to his everyday teenage life? Find out in the first part of this exciting new storyline!

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Preview: Kevin Keller #13

KEVIN KELLER #13

Script: Paul Kupperberg, Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
CHIBI Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
On Sale: 5/14
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

When everyone at Riverdale High is fascinated by an online gossip site written by someone under the moniker the “WHISPERER,” Kevin makes it his mission to unmask the writer who is spreading rumors about his fellow students. But when he finds himself the center of an ugly gossip piece, he ups his game to solve the mystery of the secret gossiper. Can he find out who the rumor-spreader is and save the day (and everyone’s reputations)? Or will the Whisperer live on? Find out in “Elementary, My Dear Kevin!” a fun, Sherlock Holmes-style spoof!

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Archie Comics in May 2014

 alwa7v.150alwa7.150AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7

“BETTY RIP” Part 1 (of 6): “Thanksgiving” THE SMASH HORROR HIT CONTINUES! It’s been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive…

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Reality TV Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
Ship Date: 5/28
On Sale Date: 6/11
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

a656.150 a656v.150ARCHIE #656

“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!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
Roses Are Red Variant Cover: Ramon K. Perez
Ship Date: 5/21
On Sale Date: 6/4
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

acs-sd.150ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: SUMMER DAZE (TR)

School’s out for the summer in Riverdale, and the fun is just beginning! Join Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and friends as they go on vacation, go to the beach, work summer jobs . . . and avoid working entirely!  This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite fun in the sun stories, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover. It’s the perfect book for any summer road trip!

Script: George Gladir, Frank Doyle
Art:  Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-619889-00-2
$5.99/$6.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
Trade Paperback
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 5/28

add251.150ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #251

Archie’s excited for a day at the carnival with his two best gals… but are they in for a fun ride? Or does Archie’s over-eagerness take the enjoyment out of their summer excursion? It’s no love rollercoaster in “Rights and Wrongs,” the hilarious lead story to a fun-filled double digest!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 5/14
On Sale Date: 5/28
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

fdd6.150ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #6

The warm weather’s finally here and Archie and Reggie are looking for some fun in the sun! They’re ready to hit the beach for surfing and some very special sights! However when the girls suggest attending their fashion show instead the boys have to choose whether they want to be outdoors digging the new summer sights or stuck inside at a boring fashion show! Can they choose without hurting anyone’s feelings? Or will they get burned—and not just from the sun? See what happens in “Sea View!” the fun first story in this jam-packed double DOUBLE digest!

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Barry Grossman and Bill Yoshida
Cover: Gisele Lagace, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 5/21
On Sale Date: 6/4
320-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

ambv5.150ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 5 (TR)

The fifth volume of Archie’s highly acclaimed graphic novel series features celebrated writer Paul Kupperberg’s tight-knit ongoing romantic storyline of Archie as a young newlywed in two very different universes—one where he marries wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge and the other where he marries girl-next-door Betty Cooper.
This volume follows Betty and Reggie’s time in the reality TV spotlight, where their every move is documented for all of America to see. That kind of fame may be fine for attention-seeker Reggie, but will Betty be able to adapt to it? Meanwhile, Kevin sets his sights on the ambitious arena of politics while husband Clay recovers from his gunshot wound. And Cheryl Blossom continues her fight against breast cancer, while also inspiring women struggling to do the same! Plus all the romantic ups and downs that Riverdale is famous for! Archie: The Married Life Book 5 collects issues 25-30 of the Eisner-nominated Life With Archie magazine.

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tim Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Norm Breyfogle, Glenn Whitmore
978-1-619889-02-6
$19.99/$23.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
272 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 6/18

jadd3.150JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #3

Jughead’s pining for the coveted “Steadiest Customer Award” spot at Pop’s until he finds out some unfortunate news—he’s NOT Pop’s VIP customer! The mysterious Mr. Milkweed has been visiting the Shoppe by one day more than ol’ Juggie. Now Jughead’s determined to win the top spot any way he can. What will he do? And just who is this Mr. Milkweed? The answers lie in “The Milkweed Lament,” the zany lead story to a hilarious double digest!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 5/28
On Sale Date: 6/11
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

kk14.150 kk14v.150KEVIN KELLER #14

“That’s Really SUPER, Kevin!” Kevin’s world takes a surprising new twist when he becomes the masked crime fighter called “The Equalizer!” Of course, this doesn’t just happen overnight. When he saves someone’s life and becomes a media sensation, Veronica’s wheels start turning and with her drive, determination (and unlimited cash!) she molds a new career for Kevin! Somewhat apprehensive, will Kevin move forward as a superhero? And what will happen to his everyday teenage life? Find out in the first part of this exciting new storyline!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
Dark Knight Returns Variant Cover: Phil Jimenez, Steve Downer
Shipping Date:  5/7
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/21
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

mm37v.150mm37vv.150mm37.150MEGA MAN #37

THE MEGA MAN / MEGA MAN X Crossover is here! The next big video game event from Archie Comics has at last arrived in DAWN OF X Part One! It’s a brand new adventure so MEGA-EPIC that it would be impossible to contain it in just one time period!  Witness a struggle that spans across time as both the original Mega Man AND Mega Man X battle a long-lost Wily weapon for the safety of all mankind! Featuring heroes and villains from both hit Capcom franchises, plus the surprise return of a character that will affect the very course of time and space as we know it! Get in on the ground floor of this century-spanning special event that features a cover and variant from Mega Man art legend Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, as well as a special “Villain Variant” cover featuring SIGMA and VILE by painter Erik Ly! “X” Marks the spot!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
“Relics of the Past” Variant Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Villain Variant Cover by Erik Ly
Shipping Date:  5/7
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/21
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

sss6.150SONIC SAGA SERIES 6: MOGUL RISING (TR)

It’s SONIC VERSUS EVERYBODY! Blast into the action at Sonic speed with the continuation of the all-new Sonic Saga graphic novel series! In this volume, Sonic battles the ancient, evil Mammoth Mogul—who has lost his Chaos Emerald and been imprisoned, but backing him into such a corner only made him more dangerous! Mogul uses his remaining powers to summon a new Fearsome Foursome—and Sonic is forced to be one of them! Every mercenary and cut-throat is hired to take Sonic’s shoes—feet being optional! It’s Sonic versus everyone else while the malicious mammoth laughs from the shadows! How can Sonic overcome all the odds? Find out inside! SONIC SAGA VOL. 6 collects selected stories from Sonic the Hedgehog#185-189.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley!, Matt Herms, Jim Amash, John Workman, Josh Ray
Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash and Jason Jensen
978-1-936975-99-0
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
112 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 6/4

ssd7.150SONIC SUPER DIGEST #7

Sonic Super Digest is BACK and featuring a brand new story! Sonic the Hedgehog’s adventures are now available in the popular digest format. Where Sonic Super Special Magazine leaves off, this quarterly digest collection picks up, with even more classic adventure from the Sonic comic library! The secret origin of the new sonic universe is REVEALED in the all-new SONIC ORIGINS mini-feature! Discover a whole new world alongside Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Origins, pt2, featuring new story and art from the superstar Archie Sonic team! All this (and Freedom Fighters too) as we give you more classic Sonic comics as only Sonic Super Digest can provide! Featuring an all-new CG cover art from rising Sonic star Rafa Knight!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Allen Passalaqua
Cover: Rafa Knight
Ship Date: 5/7
On Sale Date: 5/21
128-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

sa1.150SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 1 (TR) (New Printing)

Sonic’s comic adventures begin here! See the Sonic comic universe from its very beginning in the first installment of the bestselling SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES series! In 1993, Sonic the Hedgehog sped his way from video games to comic books. Now, over twenty years later the “blue blur” can lay claim to having the most successful comic book career of all video game heroes!  SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 collects issues #1-4 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book.

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-879794-20-7
$7.95/$8.95CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
Trade Paperback
112 pp, Full Color

sa2.150SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 2 (TR) (New Printing)

Sonic’s comic adventures continue in the second installment of the bestselling SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES! Travel back to where it all began with this series that lets you revisit Sonic’s early days. Each story is meticulously restored and printed on high-grade paper-so you can feel like you’re zipping right alongside the blue blur as he saves Knothole Village! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 collects issues #5-8 of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book.

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-879794-21-7
$7.95/$8.95CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
Trade Paperback
112 pp, Full Color

 sth261v.150sth261.150SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #261

Dive into the action in “Waves of Change” Part Two! Sonic, Amy, and Rotor—in the deep sea and in deeper trouble!  When their new friend Coral has run afoul of her government, will Sonic and the Freedom Fighters stand by her side? Or will they risk becoming fugitives? Then, in “The Light in the Dark,” Sally’s simple raiding plans take a turn for the worse! Featuring new cover art from Sonic superstar Ben Bates and a hilarious new “Is it Summer Yet??” Variant cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms!

Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Jennifer Hernandez, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates
“Is it Summer Yet??” Variant Cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms
Shipping Date: 5/28
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 6/11
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

su64.150 su64v.150SONIC UNIVERSE #64

Knuckles and the Chaotix are back in action! “The Great Chaos Caper” Part Two: The chaos continues with part two of this insane arc! It’s hijinks and high explosives galore with Knuckles caught in the middle of all the action!  The Chaotix and the Hooligans are falling over each other to get to a Chaos Emerald – the key to saving (or dooming) the world!  It’s up to Knuckles to power through the madness and complete his own mission, and in his travels, you’ll never believe who he finds! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley and a rad red SEGA Variant cover!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley!
Variant Cover art provided by SEGA
Shipping Date:   5/14
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/28
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

wadd40.150WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #40

Archie’s been commanded from on high (aka his parents) to do some outside chores. This doesn’t go over too well with Veronica, who Archie had to break his plans with. But no chores means no allowance which means no date! When she decides to go out with Reggie instead, will Archie be the better man? Or will he skip out on his responsibilities to win her over? Find out in “Job Well Done” the lead story to this fun-filled double digest!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey, Marty Epp, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 5/7
On Sale Date: 5/21
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Offered Again:
aml-v1.150ARCHIE: 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

sss1.150SONIC SAGA SERIES 1 – 5 (TR)

Sonic’s epic adventures aren’t just stories, they’re SAGAS! Blast into the action at Sonic speed with the continuation of the all-new Sonic Saga series! Sonic Saga series is a chronological collection of the modern era of Sonic the Hedgehog story arcs written by popular Sonic scribe Ian Flynn. These volumes collect selected stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #162 – #184.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley!, James Fry, Tania Del Rio, Gary Bedell, Jim Amash, Rich Koslowski, John Workman, Josh & Aimee Ray, and Jason Jensen
Covers: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jason Jensen

VOLUME 1:  “Darkest Storm,” 978-1-936975-16-7, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $11.99 US/ $12.99 CAN, 112 pp, Full Color

VOLUME 2:  “Order From Chaos” 978-1-936975-40-2, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $11.99 US/ $13.99 CAN, 112 pp, Full Color

VOLUME 3:  “Eggman Empire” 978-1-936975-53-2, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $11.99 US/ $13.99 CAN, 112 pp, Full Color

VOLUME 4:  “House of Cards” 978-1-936975-64-8, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $11.99 US/ $13.99 CAN, 112 pp, Full Color

VOLUME 5:   “Enerjak Reborn” 978-1-936975-82-2, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $11.99 US/ $13.99 CAN, 112 pp, Full Color

Theme: Manga Month
Suggested Backlist Titles:
stmw1.150SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN 1 (TR)
stmw2.150SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN 2 (TR)
stmw3.150SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN 3 (TR)
stmw4.150SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN 4 (TR)

Archie Comics in March 2014

ALWArchie#5 ALWArchie5varAFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #5

Escape from Riverdale, Part 5 [of 5]: The do or die moment has arrived! With Lodge Manor under siege by flesh-eating zombies, and the rest of Riverdale in flames, the surviving members of our beloved gang must make a fateful decision: Do they stay in the only home they’ve ever known, or take their (slim) chances in the outside world? And if they go, where will they go? And does that mean they leave their undead pals ‘n gals behind forever? The most earth-shattering decisions will be made in Riverdale history in the newest installment of this TEEN + series! Definitely NOT for all ages!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
SCREAM Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
Ship Date: 3/12
On Sale Date: 3/26
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Archie#654 Archie#654varARCHIE #654

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!

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
Ship Date: 3/19
On Sale Date: 4/2
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

ARCHIEDDDIGEST#250revARCHIE DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #250

Ol’ Archie’s got himself in a familiar predicament—he’s asked both Betty and Veronica out on the same night! But this time he’s got a foolproof plan to keep everyone complacent… just take both girls out to dinner! What could possibly go wrong?! Find out how Archie’s “Double Date” goes in this hilarious lead story to a jam-packed double double digest!

Script: Greg Crosby
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Vickie Williams, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 3/19
On Sale Date: 4/2
320-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

FunNGamesActivityBook2_SolicitARCHIE’S FUN ‘N’ GAMES ACTIVITY BOOK 2

Get ready for even more fun with Archie and the gang in Archie’s Fun ‘n’ Games Activity Book 2! You’ll be entertained for days with nearly 200 more pages of puzzles and games featuring America’s favorite teenager and all his friends. Filled to the brim with full-color games, riddles, puzzles, plus coloring pages and all sorts of activities, Archie’s Fun ‘n’ Games Activity Book 2 will provide tons of fun for young fans of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the gang!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-936975-92-1
$6.99/$7.99CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
Trade Paperback
192 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 4/9

FunhouseDDig#4ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #4

Reggie and Archie—actually having fun together?! That’s all thanks to Archie’s voice distorter toy, assisting the troublemaking duo in their shenanigans. When they discover a setting on it that sounds exactly like Mr. Weatherbee’s voice, they have the chance to pull off some of the best pranks Riverdale High School has ever witnessed! Find out what kind of calamity ensues in “Principal Prank” the zany lead story to a fun-filled double digest—just in time for April Fool’s!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 3/19
On Sale Date: 4/2
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

B&VDDigest#222BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #222

Veronica’s had enough with her parents overbearing ways and demands some freedom! This time she really means it—so much so that she leaves home and moves into her own apartment! She’s ready to prove to her mom and dad that she can make it on her own without their help. Can she manage to live on her own, take on a part time job and succeed in school? Or will she come crying home to Daddykins? Find out in “Runaway Ronnie,” this entertaining lead story to a fun and fashionable double digest!

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito”Peña
Ship Date: 3/12
On Sale Date: 3/26
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ArchieFCBD2014FCBD ARCHIE DIGEST #1

Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead! The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and his friends, this digest is a great primer to the double digests that Archie Comics are known for. Filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business, this is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!

Script: George Gladir & Various
Art: Fernando Ruiz & Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Shipping Date: TBD
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/3
96-page, full color comic

MegamanFCBD2014 SonicFCBD2014FCBD SONIC THE HEDGEHOG/MEGA MAN #1

“Sonic Comic Origins”/”The X-Factor” – It’s TWO free comic books in ONE! Hot off the heels of the ultra-successful Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man “Worlds Collide” crossover event, comes a showcase issue of the hottest new storylines in both characters’ universes exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! First it’s a BLAST TO THE PAST as we see the exciting origin of Sonic’s FREEDOM FIGHTERS! It’s a new comic universe with lots to explore, and what better way than with this great jumping-on point for new readers! Then journey to the future with the most anticipated story of the summer: MEGA MAN X!  The fan favorite series has finally arrived in the pages of Archie’s MEGA MAN comic series with this primer story that leads directly into the MEGA MAN X crossover event! This is the must-have primer for the biggest video game comics of 2014!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Jennifer Hernandez, Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant, Gary Martin, John Workman, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Mega Man X Cover: Ben Bates
Sonic the Hedgehog Cover: Ben Bates
Shipping Date: TBD
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/3
32-page, full color comic

JugandArchieDDigest#1JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #1

Get ready for fun in this BRAND NEW double digest series! Could a goofy image of Archie in a not-so-flattering sweater from Veronica be the key to an opportunity of a lifetime for Jughead? That’s right—Jughead could be on the receiving end of free soda for a lifetime! If Jughead wins, will Archie be a sore loser (literally!) when Veronica sees the photo? Find out in “Label Fable,” this fun lead story to a hilarious NEW #1 double digest!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Rex Lindsey, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 3/26
On Sale Date: 4/9
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

KevinKeller#13 KevinKeller#13varKEVIN KELLER #13

When everyone at Riverdale High is fascinated by an online gossip site written by someone under the moniker the “WHISPERER,” Kevin makes it his mission to unmask the writer who is spreading rumors about his fellow students. But when he finds himself the center of an ugly gossip piece, he ups his game to solve the mystery of the secret gossiper. Can he find out who the rumor-spreader is and save the day (and everyone’s reputations)? Or will the Whisperer live on? Find out in “Elementary, My Dear Kevin!” a fun, Sherlock Holmes-style spoof!

SCRIPT: Paul Kupperberg, Dan Parent
ART: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover by Dan Parent
CHIBI Variant cover by Ryan Jampole
Shipping Date: 3/5
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/19
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

KevinKeller3-GtBM_SolicitKEVIN KELLER: GLAD TO BE ME (TR)

GLAAD Media Award winner Kevin Keller is making a splash at Riverdale High! He’s gone from new kid in town to one of the most well-known and popular students in the school. Struggling to stay on top of his new duties while trying to find time for a social life, Kevin is subject to all the pratfalls and mayhem that have been a staple of high school life in Riverdale for decades. The most popular addition to the Riverdale crowd in years, this heartfelt and humorous third collection of the ongoing Kevin Keller comic book series compiles issues #13-16 of the award-winning series.

Script: Dan Parent, Paul Kupperberg
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-936975-90-7
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 3/26 

MM#35varMegaman35MEGA MAN #35

The world of MEGA MAN X returns! Blast from the deadly jungle to the ferocious future in the Mega Man issue everyone is talking about! “Shadow of the Moon” Part Two: Mega Man leads his fellow robots into the mysterious ruins of the Temple of the Moon. What horrors will they uncover hidden in the shadows?  MEANWHILE, halfway around the world, Break Man finally confronts Tempo!  Then, in “The X Factor” Part Two – Maverick incidents are on the rise!  Dr. Cain organizes the Hunters, but will X stand for their violent ways? Find out in this stunning story featuring all new cover and interior art by PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and a sweet MEGA MAN X variant from BEN BATES!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Patrick Spaziante, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE
Mega Man X Variant Cover: BEN BATES
Shipping Date:  3/5
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/19
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SSS#11 CoverSONIC SUPER SPECIAL #11

The secret origin of the new sonic universe: REVEALED! Discover a whole new world alongside Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Origins, pt1, featuring new story and art from the superstar Archie Sonic 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! Along with the all-new SONIC ORIGINS mini-feature, this issue also features a special encore presentation of the history making “countdown to chaos” storyline, and much much more! All this plus all of the extra features you love, an interview with Sonic newcomer Jennifer Hernandez AND a super special shiny foil-enhanced cover featuring awesome Sonic game art!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover art provided by SEGA
Shipping Date: 3/12
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/26
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.

Sonic#259var Sonic#259SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259

The brand new world of Sonic the Hedgehog barrels ahead at breakneck speed with “The Chase” Part Two: Sonic fights for his life against a NEW terrifying super-badnik!  Just to make matters worse, they’re battling on an out-of-control train!  With Dr. Eggman waiting at the depot, Sonic’s in a fight against time – and killer robots! Featuring high-speed cover art from Sonic artist supreme TRACY YARDLEY! plus an exclusive SEGA game art variant!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Steve Downer
Cover: Tracy Yardley!
Game Art Variant Cover art provided by SEGA
Shipping Date:  3/26
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

Sonic-Archives-23_PK-REVSONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 23 (TR)

It’s adventure and questing galore in this installment in the acclaimed Sonic Archives series! Sonic fights for his life against, not one, but two robot doubles! Is the armor to Silver Sonic II really unbreakable? Is the latest Metal Sonic truly faster than the Blue Blur? Its up to Sonic and Tails to find out for sure! Meanwhile, Rotor makes a dangerous trek home to find the fate of his people. Monkey Khan is forced to relive his tragic past while a village of innocent lives hangs in the balance! And Knuckles begins to recover from the assault on Angel Island with some surprising and familiar faces! Sonic Archives 23 collects Sonic the Hedgehog #85-88

Script: Ken Penders, Karl Bollers, Danny Fingeroth
Art: Steven Butler, Ron Lim, Sam Maxwell, Saleem Crawford, Jim Amash, Vicki Williams, Jeff Powell
Cover: PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE
978-1-936975-91-4
$7.99/$8.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
Trade Paperback
112 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 4/2

Sonic Universe 7SONIC UNIVERSE 7: THE SILVER SAGA (TR)

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.
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/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 3/19

SonicUniv#62var SonicUniv#62SONIC UNIVERSE #62

The EPIC CONCLUSION to the alien-smashing saga starring Shadow the Hedgehog IS HERE! “Shadow Fall” Part Four: Shadow vs. Black Death – for the fate of the world!  Who will walk away alive?  Who won’t make it to see a new day? Meanwhile, Rouge and Omega desperately try to save their G.U.N. comrades as Eclipse hunts them down!  All this with a ticking nuclear time-bomb in the background!  Don’t miss the pulse-pounding conclusion! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley! and a special “CGI” variant by newcomer Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash and Steve Downer
CGI Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Shipping Date:  3/12
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/26
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

the Fox vol 1_PK REVTHE FOX: FREAK MAGNET (TR)

It’s the critically acclaimed debut of the high-flying FOX! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, HBO’S BORED TO DEATH) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, THRILLBENT) bring the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox to life in FREAK MAGNET! When photojournalist Paul Patton, Jr. donned a superhero costume, he thought it would be a quick way to make some news–now the strange and unusual just can’t help but be drawn to the freak-magnetism of the fabulous fighting Fox! Then, go back in time for an all-new story featuring the world’s first patriotic superhero, THE SHIELD from acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (ABADAZAD, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Mike Cavallaro (PARADE WITH FIREWORKS, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28). What connection does the Shield’s top-secret mission in the Arctic have to do with the Fox’s diamond-studded adventure? And what ultra-powerful villains have arrived to wreak havoc?? Read on, dear reader–The Fox and the Shield have their work cut out for them! The Fox: Freak Magnet collects the five-part comic book series of the same name.

Script: Mark Waid, J.M. DeMatteis
Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
978-1-936975-93-8
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 4/16

WOArchieDDig#38revWORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #38

When a new invention of Dilton’s catches Mr. Lodge’s eye, he’s determined to pitch it to his business partners for millions. But will they like it, or will they think he doesn’t have enough sense to come in from the rain? Find out in “When It Rains…” the lead story to this extra-sized double digest!

Script: Bob Rozakis
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Vickie Williams, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 3/5
On Sale Date: 3/19
192-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

GLAAD Selects Kevin Keller as Spirit Day Ambassador

Archie ComicsKevin Keller has been chosen to serve as a Spirit Day Ambassador for GLAAD‘s annual anti-bullying campaign. On October 17th, Archie Comics, along with many other participating corporations, national landmarks, celebrities and schools will “go purple” in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Kevin Keller was introduced in 2010 as the first gay character in Archie history, the same year that GLAAD initiated Spirit Day to spread awareness that LGBT youth don’t have to stand up to bullying alone. This year, the Kevin Keller ongoing series was awarded the GLAAD Media Awards for Most Outstanding Comic Book and Archie Comics is honored that Kevin will become the first ever fictional character to be selected as a Spirit Day Ambassador.

Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and George Takei, who appeared as a special guest star in the Kevin Keller comic book. For more information, visit http://glaad.org/spiritday

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Archie Comics in November 2013

THE FOX #2

NEW RED CIRCLE SERIES! From the world of the New Crusaders, comes the high-flying FOX! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) continue the saga of the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox in FREAK MAGNET Part Two: “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”! When the beautiful Queen of Diamonds enlists our hero to save the diamond realm from the deadly Druid, the FOX faces a whole new dimension’s worth of pitfalls, peril and—familiar faces?! Then, acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (Abadazad, Justice League 3000) and Eisner-award nominated artist Mike Cavallaro (Parade (with Fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28) take us back in time for an ALL-NEW story featuring the world’s first patriotic super hero and leader of the New Crusaders: THE SHIELD! What connection does Shield’s top-secret mission in the arctic have to do with the Fox’s diamond-studded adventure? And what ultra-powerful villains have arrived to wreak havoc?? Read on, dear reader—The Fox and the Shield have their work cut out for them! Featuring all-new variant cover art from acclaimed artist Paul Pope!

Fox Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Fox Script: Mark Waid
Fox Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Shield Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Shield Art: Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, and Steve Downer
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Get-FREAKY Variant: Paul Pope
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/4
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #3

NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Escape from Riverdale” Part 3: The zombie apocalypse is in full swing and the surviving members of the gang have taken refuge in the Lodge Mansion—believing themselves safe from the infected roaming the streets of Riverdale! But there’s no stopping Archie from sneaking out, risking life and limb to find his missing parents—leaving those sequestered behind vulnerable to an enemy within! The zombie mayhem (and body-count) continues to rise in this breakout series, for TEEN+ readers!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale Yearbook Variant Cover: Tim Seeley
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/11
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

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ARCHIE #650

“The Archies World Tour Part One- Bollywood Love!”: Celebrate the 650th issue of Archie with this star-studded 4-part series, featuring all of your favorite faces from the Archie universe! Raj Patel films the event of the year—The Archies on world tour! Joining the tour are Josie and the Pussycats, the Bingoes, and the Madhouse Glads! But Archie is thrown for a loop on the first leg of the tour in India, where he romances Bollywood superstar Amisha Mehta! Archie’s going to have some explaining to do to Valerie… and Betty… and Veronica… Features variant cover art by the amazingly talented Fiona Staples (Saga)!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
World Tour Variant Cover: Fiona Staples
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/4
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ass5ARCHIE COMIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #5

Something exciting is happening in Riverdale! Christmas time is here again and Archie and the Gang have a special gift for you: a new issue of Archie Comic Super Special Magazine! Featuring a brand new multicolor foil-enhanced cover that’ll really get you in the holiday spirit! This jam-packed issue of the Archie Comic Super Special Magazine features the greatest Christmas stories in Riverdale history, plus creator spotlights, the latest Archie news and much, much more in this jam-packed magazine! It’s Christmas fun for the whole family!

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, and Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.

add246ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #246

The tiny little elf with the great big mouth named Jingles returns to Riverdale in “The Tiny Tree Trimmer”! What happens when one of Santa’s helpers risks landing himself on the naughty list? The bad little elf must do some good deeds to get some extra brownie points with the big man in red! Can he make up for his transgressions? Or will his smart mouth put him out of a job for good? Find out in this lead story to a fun-filled double digest!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/4
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

bvdd218BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #218

The spirit of the season has hit Riverdale—in a big way! An act of kindness from Betty & Veronica spreads Christmas cheer and the idea of giving to everyone in town—resulting in some very unlikely friendships! Get into the spirit of the season in the 4-part holiday story “The Great Crashers”!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Jimmy DeCarlo, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/27
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

jdd198JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #198

Jughead’s a man of many things… a heavy appetite, fondness for new words, a sage when it comes to girls (avoiding them, that is) and now—a fashion expert?! That’s right, Jughead can now add the title of “clothing connoisseur” to his list of glowing attributes. When he steps out in the frigid weather in shorts, he gets everyone talking. Will he start a new trend? Or just be laughed at kneedlessly? Find out in “Knees Freeze!” the lead story to this hilarious double digest!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario ‘Tito’ Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/11
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

kk12 kk12vKEVIN KELLER #12

“Resolution Revolution”: It’s a New Year—a time of renewal and new beginnings! The gang makes resolutions, and all make bets as to who will crack first. But what kind of resolution will a nice guy like Kevin make? The answer may lie in the question! When it comes to competition, can he keep up his “nice guy” image? Or will the attitudes of BF Devon and BFF Veronica persuade Kevin to embrace the snark-side? Maybe a change is exactly what Kevin needs… Featuring variant cover art by the great Phil Jimenez (Astonishing X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man)!

SCRIPT: Dan Parent
ART: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, and Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
New Year Variant cover: Phil Jimenez
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/11

lwa33 lwa33vLIFE WITH ARCHIE #33

“Archie Marries Veronica”: Veronica’s in trouble, but with a smart legal counsel and SAM HILL, the best detective around, on her side, she can’t possibly lose—can she? Jughead struggles to save his Chocklit Shoppe so he calls in the big guns—an old “friend” and business partner. Can the Shoppe survive or will it go under like the rest? And big questions arise—for everyone!
“Archie Marries Betty”: Big changes are happening in Riverdale! Between switching careers and growing families, everyone’s got a lot on their plates! With everyone so busy, Archie has had to hire someone new to manage the Chowhouse Too. The new manager is efficient and experienced, but a newbie to Riverdale. Can he make good decisions without changing the way things were too much? Meanwhile, Jughead’s a wreck while his and Midge’s baby is on the way. Can he continue to run the Chocklit Shoppe while he waits? Or will he need to get by with a little help from his friends? Features variant cover art by rising comic star Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love)!

SCRIPT: Paul Kupperberg
ART: Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Josie & the Pussycats Variant Cover: Chrissie Zullo
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/20
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

mm32 mm32vMEGA MAN #32

“Curse of Ra Moon” Part Four: The startling, jaw-dropping conclusion to this MEGA-EPIC story is here! The tables have turned as the evil Dr. Wily and his sixteen Robot Masters stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mega Man! But the ominous alien known as RA MOON still threatens the lives of both the heroes AND the villains! Who will survive and what will become of them? Can their combined power overcome Ra Moon? One thing is certain—there’s no way our hero will be walking away from this one unscathed! Featuring an all-new cover art from Mega-art-guru Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and an awesome new “payback” variant cover from artist POWREE (Sandra and Woo)!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Mike Cavallaro, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
“Payback” Variant cover: POWREE
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/11
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

smw4SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN 4 (TPB)

The popular manga-style take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch returns with a fourth fantastic installment! Full of romance and the paranormal, Sabrina is torn between two worlds and two boys while attending both a mortal and magical high school. When Sabrina is granted a magic wand, will she be able to control the magnitude of magic it possesses, or will it control her? Throw in a hidden pirate ship, unicorns, elves and the battle of a lifetime, and you’re in for a whirlwind of supernatural suspense! It’s Sabrina as you’ve never seen her before in an enchanted adventure brought to you by super-talented writer/artist Tania Del Rio, collecting her acclaimed run on everyone’s favorite teenage witch! Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within 4 collects Sabrina the Teenage Witch #90-100.

Script: Tania Del Rio
Art: Tania Del Rio, Chad Thomas, Lindsay Cibos, Jim Amash, Phil Felix, Teresa Davidson
Cover: Tania Del Rio, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-936975-76-1
$10.99/$11.99CAN
5 ¼ x 7 ½”
Trade Paperback
272 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 11/27

sa22SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 22 (TPB)

Archie’s bestselling Sonic Archives graphic novel series continues! Get ready for super Sonic adventure as Sonic and his Freedom Fighter friends continue their battle in the lost city of Station Square amidst its mysterious human inhabitants! Buckle up for the dramatic conclusion to the Sonic Adventure videogame tie-in story as Super Sonic and Knuckles take on the gigantic monster Perfect Chaos in a battle that will leave you breathless! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 22 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #83-84 and SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #13.

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-936975-77-8
$7.99/$8.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
Trade Paperback
112pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 12/18

ssd5SONIC SUPER DIGEST #5

Sonic Super Digest is BACK and better than ever! Sonic the Hedgehog’s adventures are now available in the popular digest format. You wanted new stories? You got ‘em! Get ready to jump sky high as we present the adaptation of the hit Apple iOS game SONIC JUMP! Dr. Eggman’s plans are always thwarted when Sonic and his pals run towards him but what happens when the devilish doctor makes his escape going straight up? Can Sonic save his little animal buddies or will he wind up crashing to the ground in embarrassment? All this (and Freedom Fighters too) as we give you more classic Sonic comics as only Sonic Super Digest can provide!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn, Sonic Scribes
ART: Various
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/20
128-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

sth255 sth255vSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #255

“Countdown to Chaos” Part Three: The Freedom Fighters are one step closer to completion with the bombastic, bouncing debut of the battlin’ Bunnie Rabbot! But the journey isn’t over yet—some of Sonic’s teammates are still missing, and it’s up to the blue blur and his best buddy Tails to find them! What shocking secrets will our heroes uncover? And just what is the “countdown to chaos” counting down to? Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman returns to the Death Egg to test out his dire predictions. Is it possible that the unspeakable evil known as Eggman could be the only one who can save the world? Find out in this amped-up action-filled story, featuring new cover art from Sonic art superstar Ben Bates, which connects with the other “Countdown to Chaos” covers to form one giant image of awesomeness! Plus a freedom-fighting variant cover from Tyler Capps (Cooking Comically)!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Tracy Yardley, Lamar Wells, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Matt Herms.
Cover: Ben Bates
Freedom-fighting Variant Cover: Tyler Capps
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/4
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

su58 su58vSONIC UNIVERSE #58

“Pirate Plunder Panic” Part Four: BUCKLE YOUR SEA-BELTS, BUCCANEERS, THE END BE NEAR! The thrilling high-stakes high sea adventure concludes, with the Egg o’ War ready to launch, and all th’ worlds in peril! It’s Blaze vs. Cpt. Metal. The power of the Sol Emeralds a’beckons, as does the transformation into Burning Blaze—blimey! This exciting finale features new cover art from that rapscallion Tracy Yardley, and back by popular demand an ALL-NEW CHIBI VARIANT cover from Ryan Jampole! Ahoy, Mateys!

SCRIPT: Tracy Yardley!
ART: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, and Thomas Mason
Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, and Steve Downer
CHIBI Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, and Dustin Evans
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/20
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

woadd34WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #34

Christmas time is here… and Santa’s reindeer are on strike?!! The jolly man in red calls on his trusted assistant Archie to help get things back on track in time for the biggest night of the year. Can Archie inspire everyone to work together, or will this be a present-less holiday for children all over the world? Find out in “A Christmas Story”!

Script: George Gladir
Art: Bob Bolling, Bob Smith, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/20
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

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