Writer: Sarah Kuhn Artist: Dean Rankine Cover: Dean Rankine 9781499812145 (TP) / 9781499812145 (HC) $12.99 (TP) / $24.99 (HC) 5 1/2 x 8” 128 pp, Full Color On-Sale Date: 11/16 Publisher: little bee books
Veronica Lodge has always been the most fabulous and popular kid in her class. But ever since she started middle school, she’s become a small fish in a much bigger pond. Now, Veronica is terrified her classmates will find out her wealthy dad is out of work. Worse, she has a birthday coming up, and her parties are always huge, grand events. If she can’t have a party this year, then everyone will know the truth about her father, and she just can’t deal.
When Veronica learns about the annual School Spirit Contest — which happens to have a cash prize attached — she makes up her mind to win the contest and use the money to fund her festivities. Her only obstacle is the infuriatingly cool and older Cheryl Blossom, who’s handily won the contest two years in a row. Can Veronica save her birthday?
She’s Veronica Lodge.
What do you think?
This second volume of the fantastic middle school series done in partnership with Archie Comic Publications, Inc. reunites the fantastic cast of iconic characters reimagined in a new style and setting. Author Sarah Kuhn and artist Dean Rankine, making his middle-grade graphic novel debut, bring the heart and humor once again to a story that will have readers laughing and crying and hugging their besties. STARRING VERONICA is for anyone whose parent lost a job, whose birthday was in danger of being canceled, or who just needs to remember how fantastic they really are. Welcome to Riverdale!
Writer: Sarah Kuhn Artist: J. Bone Cover: J. Bone 9781499810547 (TP) / 9781499810554 (HC) $12.99 (TP) / $24.99 (HC) 5 1/2 x 8” 128 pp, Full Color On-Sale Date: 10/7 Publisher: little bee books
Betty Cooper and Val Smith are best friends ready to start middle school. They’ve always done everything together–taken the same classes, played the same games, and created the world of Sparklespacelandia in Betty’s backyard together–so naturally, Betty assumes they’ll continue to be an unbreakable duo once the school year starts. But Val finds herself drawn toward pursuing a music elective and does it without Betty at her side. Suddenly Betty’s on her own for the first time since Val moved to the neighborhood, and she’s struggling to deal with being lumped in with the loser drama class–that just happens to be dominated by snotty and powerful Veronica Lodge! Even the presence of other friends like Archie, Jughead, and Sabrina isn’t making Betty feel better about her estrangement from Val. Will Betty and Val find a new way to connect, or has middle school ended their friendship for good?
Sarah Kuhn and J. Bone deliver an authentic and funny tale of middle-school life as they reimagine the iconic gang from Riverdale into contemporary middle-grade students. Full of lively dialogue and stunningly hilarious art, the dynamics of friendship and school struggles are as classic as the characters themselves–and fresh and engaging for today’s readers.
Young readers is a growing market and Archie Comics recognizes that rolling out a new line of original graphic novels in 2020. Archie Blue Ribbon, a brand-new imprint for standalone YA titles by some of Archie’s brightest talents, will be joined by a line of middle grade books from Little Bee Books‘ licensing imprint BuzzPop.
Blue Ribbon’s launch titles will be Betty & Veronica: The Bond of Friendship by Jamie L. Rotante with art by Brittney Williams, followed by a new Riverdale tie-in story, Riverdale: The Ties That Bind by the longtime Riverdale comics creative team of writer Micol Ostow and artist Thomas Pitilli. Both titles will release in 2020 and will be 144 pages.
Little Bee’s debut Archie graphic novel will be The Riverdale Diaries: Hello, Betty! by Sarah Kuhn with art by J. Bone. The “Riverdale Diaries” middle grade series will follow young Archie comics characters, new and old, as they brave middle school and embark on plenty of adventures throughout their storied town.