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Advance Review: Your Pal Archie #1

YourPalArch1Your Pal Archie #1 is a cute, funny twist on classic Archie stories from writer/inker Ty Templeton, artist Dan Parent, and colorist Andre Szymanowicz. There are two stories plus a classic Betty and Veronica yarn in this fantastic comic. The first is a one-off where Jughead finally decides to learn how to drive, and video game inspired hijinks ensue. The second story is the beginning of a multi-part saga featuring Archie trying to up his cultural literacy to impress Veronica, who has blown him off for a night at the opera with some rich fop.

The new/old art style that Parent and Templeton have created for Your Pal Archie #1 is something to clink your milkshake glass too. They have successfully given Jughead a goatee without making it tacky and made Archie a little muscular and “hot” while bringing back the freckles and crosshatchings on the side of his red hair. But their real accomplishment is reviving slapstick car based humor in the lead story about Jughead learning how to drive with panels that tilt and move with each pratfall that Jughead and Archie get into. The pink colors from Syzmanowicz create a soothing feel for the rural setting, then Jughead gets behind the wheel, and the rest is history. The car is also kind of a symbol for the all give, no get friendship between Jughead and Archie that extends to the second story where he spends their bus fare on soda and scratch offs.

Parent and Templeton’s art in Your Pal Archie #1 is simple, but can instantly establish a character through a change in expression like Veronica lifting her eyelashes when she talks about her opera tickets, or Reggie sneering at Archie’s grovel-y attempts to get back in her good graces. I look forward to more installments of Your Pal Archie that will give her more opportunities to throw shade on Archie’s oblivious behavior.  Then, there’s Jughead in general, who looks like the god of all trolls, the Loki of the Riverdale set and takes over every scene he’s in. He goes from comic relief to comedy central, the idyllic town of Riverdale and its surrounding rural areas are his stage, and Pop’s is the “bar” he goes to cool down between sets.

Your Pal Archie #1 has all the melodrama and slapstick of an old school, supermarket Archie digest with relevant 21st century jokes and a hint of suspense from Ty Templeton and wacky layouts and visual comedy from Dan Parent. It’s a (crazy) summer vacation in comic book form.

Story: Ty Templeton Art: Dan Parent
Inks: Ty Templeton Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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.

Review: Betty and Veronica Shopping Spree

band v shppp covSometimes I get the feeling from Archie Comics like there is some kind of great big inside joke, and that the people behind the comics are all kind of laughing at us.  Archie and his friends are after all an anachronism on numerous levels, both inside their stories and in popular culture.  They live inside of a world which is a mix of the modern with something from around the 1950s, and they are the last-romance-comic-standing from a time in comics when romance was big.  Despite all of that they find a way to be relevant and pertinent in a way that few of us would suspect.

This trade paperback featuring Betty and Veronica is an excellent example.  It is nothing more than a loosely tied together compendium of all the relevant stories from over the years about the two girls going to the mall (though focusing more on Veronica than on Betty, due to her in-story riches.)  While the volume might be labeled shopping spree, its name does not really relate to the stories inside.  Instead the stories deal with a variety of issues, some of them humorous, but others serious enough.  For instance, in one story Veronica sees a down-on-their-luck family that wants to buy a dress for their daughter’s birthday, but cannot due to the price.  After some surreptitious work with the clerk, Veronica manages to get the dress for the girl after.  Or in another, Betty uses saved-up babysitting money to go shopping, only to buy clothes for a down-on-her-luck friend, just as Veronica did.  So in a compendium where one might expect a series of goofball adventures fighting over deals and the last designer purse, instead we get a sequence of stories, half of them full of the morality of being generous and sharing, instead of being greedily interested in brand names.

The end result is a pretty fun experience.  Of course, those people that are irritated by the antics of the Riverdale gang are not going to enjoy this, but for those that look a little farther past the hijinks associated with this series, they will find a deeper message here.  And perhaps the inside joke of the Archie Comics comes out in the end in a different way after all, as a morality tale about shopping, highlighting friendship and generosity, comes out the same week as Black Friday, when we are told by corporations to act the opposite of what we see here.

Story: Dan Parent, Frank Doyle, George Gladir, Angelo DeCesare, Craig Boldman, Joe Edwards, Kathleen Webb, Mike Pellowski, Barbara Slate, Greg Cosby Art: Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo, Tim Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Jeff Shultz, Doug Crane   

Story: 8.6 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.6  Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Here a Witch, There a Witch

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From 2014’s World of Archie Digest #43

Archie Comics has traditionally struggled more than other comics at staying relevant, modern and current.  As opposed to other comics which can update their settings within their storylines, there are certain elements of Archie which remain tied to the past. For instance, hanging around at the corner diner or the jalopy which Archie is often seen to be driving. In recent years the publisher has tried to break from this past by incorporating in a lot of more current events, be that a meeting with Glee, Vampirella themed crossovers, or introducing a more diverse group of supporting characters than is common in most comic book series. In so doing the publisher has been successful at turning itself into something different from its previous incarnation. The older stories dealt with Archie getting into trouble, Jughead eating burger, Reggie flirting with Midge and the girls flirting with Archie, but newer issues have dealt with more relevant topics especially for their fanbase and targeted demographics such as interracial relationships, rights for disabled people and ethics in sports.

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From World of Archie Double Digest #32

One key mechanic which has remained throughout all series is the topical subjects of the series and their covers, especially as it relates to the seasons. So the gang goes to the beach in summer issues and goes skiing or has snowball fights in winter issues. While there has been a topical focus throughout the course of the comics, one topic has generally been missing, and that is Halloween. Archie comics fluctuates between how many series it publishes focused on Riverdale, but it is usually between 6 and 8 regular series with other specials thrown in. From among the main series though since 2011, there has been a Halloween themed issue at least once a year.  Although Archie does rely on the past for some stereotypical inspiration at most times, the trend here is actually kind of weird. Over the course of these five covers, Betty and Veronica are dressed as either witches or as the Bride of Frankenstein in every case. Witches are even more preferred showing up in six out of nine of the character appearance (both Betty and Veronica don’t always appear). Although the cases are equally limited for the male characters they at least get to have some variety as zombies, firefighters, vampires, mummies, and Frankenstein.

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From Betty and Veronica Double Digest #195

In looking at these covers though, it is not that there is one cover artist that really likes witches. Dan Parent is involved with a few of them, but it would seem that even aside from that there is a tendency to resort to the cliché in this specific case, even when the two main characters have been defined as much more modern and independent in recent years. Perhaps though it is just easiest for the publisher this way. Archie struggles for its market share as much as the other smaller companies, and though its demographic is different, it is likely worth not veering too far off of the stereotype when it comes to Halloween. After all, the girls dressed as a witch is an easy visual reference, but them dressed as something else might only confuse and lose the point of the Halloween theme anyway. Perhaps though maybe the artists will realize this odd trend and maybe break the girls into something else next year. A skeleton? A cat?  Alice in Wonderland? Or maybe even a firefighter?

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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Archie Comics First Look: Veronica # 206

Official Press Release

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VERONICA #206

“Spy Girls – Back in Action” Part 1

Part one of a two part spy crossover! Pranks and bad behavior are running wild in Riverdale! Agents Betty and Veronica soon discover the problems could be caused by coded messages hidden on the popular kids show Funtime USA! And the main culprit looks to be a lovable clown named Klutzy. Things look to get worse when Funtime USA makes a live stop in Riverdale! Continues next month in BETTY #192.

SCRIPT: DAN PARENT

ARTIST: DAN PARENT

COVER: DAN PARENT

Shipping Date: 4/27/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 5/4/2011

Newsstands: Week of 5/17/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

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Archie Comics: July 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

ARCHIE COMICS SOLICITS FOR JULY 2011

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“Cold Cash”

It may be summer, but it’s getting cold! When the Ice Cube and The Witch Doctor to rob Lodge Industries it’s up to Riverdale’s greatest superhero, Pureheart to stop them in their tracks! Can Pureheart save Mr. Lodge’s millions and bring the heat to Ice Cube’s plans?

SCRIPT: FRANK DOYLE

ARTIST: BOB WHITE, MARIO ACQUAVIVA

COVER: FERNANDO RUIZ, BOB SMITH

Shipping Date: 7/6/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/20/2011

Newsstands: 7/26/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

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ARCHIE’S WEIRD MYSTERIES

Collecting some of the best tales from the series based on the hit cartoon, Archie and the gang continue their classic adventures – with a weird, offbeat twist! Archie is working for Riverdale High School’s newspaper, investigating weird phenomena and bizarre happenings. It seems the school’s science department blew a fuse in its hyper sub-molecular quarkinator and all sorts of things are now crawling and slithering through the town. It’s up to Archie to look into the cases and usually he happens to be there when they are resolved as well. All of the gang from the pop television series shows up, including occasional appearances from their own Sabrina the Teenage Witch, popular comic book character of the 1970s and popular television character of the late 1990s.

SCRIPT: PAUL CASTIGLIA

ARTIST: FERNANDO RUIZ

COVER: FERNANDO RUIZ, RICH KOSLOWSKI

Shipping Date: 7/5/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/20/2011

6×9, 128 page, softcover trade paperback

$9.95 US / $10.95 CAN

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SONIC UNIVERSE #30

“Inside Job” Part Two

Scourge the “Evil Sonic” is imprisoned in Zone Jail! He’s going to need support to escape, but the mercenary gang of the Destructix aren’t interested. Can Scourge delve into their dark pasts and find a reason to gain their trust? Or will he wind up a green smear on the wall?

SCRIPT: IAN FLYNN

ARTIST: TRACY YARDLEY!, JIM AMASH, PHIL FELIX, STEVE DOWNER

COVER: TRACY YARDLEY! JIM AMASH & BEN HUNZEKER

Shipping Date: 7/6/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/20/2011

Newsstands: 7/26/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

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ARCHIE #623

“Banded Together”

It’s a battle of epic proportions! In “˜Banded Together’ the Archies and Josie and the Pussycats play on the season finales of competing reality shows, All American Idol and The X – Factory! But will the ratings winner be an up and coming reality show showcasing Archie and Veronica’s relationship?

SCRIPT: DAN PARENT

ARTIST: FERNANDO RUIZ, RICH KOSLOWSKI

COVER: DAN PARENT, RICH KOSLOWSKI

Shipping Date: 7/13/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/27/2011

Newsstands: 8/2/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

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B & V DOUBLE DIGEST #193

“Losers Can Be Choosers”
and “Dog Gone It”

In “Losers Can Be Choosers”, Riverdale is home to a new comic book convention. And with comic conventions, comes costume contests. Join in the pageantry as Betty, Veronica and Cheryl Blossom all compete for first place! Then in “Dog Gone It”, Betty spends time as a pet sitter, but is forced to be a dog catcher when he runs away.

SCRIPT: GEORGE GLADIR, JOHN ROSE

ARTIST: STAN GOLDBERG, AL BOLLING, JIM AMASH

COVER: FERNANDO RUIZ, BOB SMITH

Shipping Date: 7/13/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/27/2011

Newsstands: 8/2/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

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B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #216

“Teen Spirit”

In “Teen Spirit”, Betty and Veronica are trapped on a yacht with a bunch of sleeping boys. Looking for adventure, they come across an old pirate ship rumored to be haunted by a ghost. When they get on board, they discover there is a ghost, but they don’t realize he’s a teenage ghost who is lovesick!

SCRIPT: ANGELO DECESARE

ARTIST: DAN PARENT, JOHN D’AGOSTINO

COVER: DAN DeCARLO

Shipping Date: 7/13/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/27/2011

Newsstands: 8/2/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

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JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #172

“Treasure Hunt”
and “Tricks and Costume Day”

In “Treasure Hunt”, the gang finds a treasure map in Jughead’s attic and begins to search for riches in the back yard! But will the hunt end with Jughead being buried? Next in “Tricks and Costume Day”, Jughead and Hot Dog help raise money for emergency pet care with cute pet costumes and amazing pet tricks.

SCRIPT: PAUL KUPPERBERG, GEORGE GLADIR

ARTIST: TOD SMITH, STAN GOLDBERG, JIM AMASH

COVER: TOD SMITH, AL MILGROM

Shipping Date: 7/13/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/27/2011

Newsstands: 8/2/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

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BETTY #193

“Fantasy Flair”, “Just Relax”, “Shell Belle”
and “Love the One You’re With”

In “Fantasy Flair”, Betty dreams of Archie being a superhero and sweeping her off her feet literally! Next, In “Just Relax”, Betty and Midge take a vacation with Betty’s parents and find out there is more than one way to relax! Then, in “Shell Belle” Betty takes her brownie troop to the beach to collect shells to make some fun crafts. Finally in “Love the One You’re With” Betty and Dilton find themselves with the same situation.

SCRIPT: GEORGE GLADIR, MIKE PELLOWSKI, JOHN ROSE

ARTIST: KENNEDY BROS., JACK MORELLI

COVER: FERNANDO RUIZ, BOB SMITH

Shipping Date: 7/20/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/3/2011

Newsstands: 8/9/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

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SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH: ANIMATED

Collecting some of the best stories from the comic series based on the hit animated show, join Sabrina as she faces a flurry of new foes, meets new friends and tries to deal with the trials and tribulations of high school – with the added burden of being a teenage witch! What happens when Sabrina meets Repulsa? Can she handle being transformed from a high-schooler to a 12-year old? That and much more. Featuring the writing of Mike Gallagher and artist Dave Manak, this collects the hit comic for the first time, deftly bringing the world of the popular animated cartoon to comic form.

SCRIPT: MIKE GALLAGHER

ARTIST: DAVE MANAK

COVER: FERNANDO RUIZ, JOHN D’AGOSTINO

Shipping Date: 7/19/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/3/2011

6×9, 128 page, softcover trade paperback

$9.95 US / $10.95 CAN

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #227

“Genesis” Part Two
: Sonic’s 20th Anniversary Celebration kicks into high gear as the most talked about Sonic story EVER continues! Sonic joins his new friends Sally, Boomer and Antoine as they brave the treacherous Labyrinth Zone! What perils await them in these dark waters? Even if they do track down this “Dr. Robotnik,” are they up to the challenge of defeating him?!

SCRIPT: IAN FLYNN

ARTIST: PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE, TRACY YARDLEY!, TERRY AUSTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, MATT HERMS

COVER: PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE

Shipping Date: 7/20/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/3/2011

Newsstands: 8/9/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

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WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #9

“Love Me Baby, Mumbai” Part 1

In “Love Me Baby, Mumbai”, Raj Patel dreams of being a film director! His current ITube movie “˜Love Hate Triangle’ has over 10,000 views and has caught the eye of Kunal Desai, one of the biggest Bollywood producers in India! Can Raj turn Love Hate triangle into an epic film?

SCRIPT: TANIA DEL RIO

ARTIST: BILL GALVAN

COVER: BILL GALVAN, AL MILGROM

Shipping Date: 7/20/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/3/2011

Newsstands: 8/9/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

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KEVIN KELLER #2

“The Write Stuff”

In “The Write Stuff”, Veronica helps Kevin Keller’s family plan a birthday party for his dad. When Kevin and Veronica begin going through pictures and stories from Kevin’s past, she sees and experiences all the incredible things he did. But with all the places Kevin lived, he realizes how much Riverdale has become home for him.

SCRIPT: DAN PARENT

ARTIST: DAN PARENT

COVER: DAN PARENT

VERONICA #208 VARIANT COVER: DAN PARENT

Shipping Date: 7/27/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/10/2011

Newsstands: 8/16/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

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LIFE WITH ARCHIE #12

The best selling magazine continues with all new adventures! In “Archie Loves Veronica” things are not going well! Reggie’s trial is coming to a close and not looking good, Jughead’s Choklit Shop is struggling and Archie and Veronica’s marriage isn’t doing well either. Then in “Archie Loves Betty”, being teachers is beginning to take its toll on the couple and Veronica finds out something unpleasant about the man she’s interested in.

Also, Riverdale Guide to Back-to-School Fashions, the Top 5 shockers in MTV MMA’s, and news on Spy Kids 4! Plus Jughead’s video game reviews and a look at the secret agents and spy books published by Archie Comics.

SCRIPT: PAUL KUPPERBERG

ARTIST: NORM BREYFOGLE

COVER: NORM BREYFOGLE

Shipping Date: 7/27/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/10/2011

Newsstands: 8/16/2011

Magazine, 80 pgs, Full-Color

$3.99 US

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MEGA MAN #4

“Let the Games Begin!” Part Four:
This is it! Mega Man has reached Dr. Wily’s stronghold, and now nothing stands between him and the madman! Except the Yellow Devil. And the Copy Robot. And the rebuilt Robot Masters. Good luck, Mega Man! Don’t miss the finale to the first arc to this brand new series!

SCRIPT: IAN FLYNN

ARTIST: PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE, RICK BRYANT, JOHN WORKMAN & MATT HERMS

COVER: PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE

VILLIAN VARIANT COVER: BEN BATES

Shipping Date: 7/27/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 8/10/2011

Newsstands: 8/16/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US

Archie Comics: June 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

ARCHIE COMICS FOR JUNE 2011

ARCHIE #622

“The Lost Land” Part 2

The gang’s “Lost Land” adventure continues, but can they survive some dinosaur danger? Watch as Archie and Co. cross paths with a myriad assortment of creatures that shouldn’t even be around anymore! From the all-star team of writer Tom DeFalco (Thor) and artist Fernando Ruiz!

SCRIPT: Tom DeFalco

ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz

COVER: Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 6/8/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/22/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/28/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
ARCHIE BABIES

Archie unveils its first-ever original graphic novel in style, as the award-winning creative team of writer Mike Kunkel and artist Art Mawhinney kick off ARCHIE BABIES. Go back to the beginning – before Riverdale High, before Little Archie and discover how the Archie gang was before they could even enter pre-school. From the sandbox to the jungle gym, cross paths with some familiar faces and new friends in this lovable, all-ages romp that’s sure to engage fans old and new.

SCRIPT: Mike Kunkel

ART AND COVER: Art Mawhinney

Shipping Date: 6/6/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/22/2011

Newsstands: Week of //2011

6×9 graphic novel, 128 pages

$9.95 US /
$10.95 CAN
ARCHIE & FRIENDS #156

“The Great Riverdale Comic CON”

The gang converges at the first-ever Riverdale Sci-Fi Convention and find themselves entered in an epic costume contest – but who’s the mysterious robot trailing them? And can Veronica win the top prize when an old rival shows up in the same costume? It’s a pop culture explosion of fun as the Archies, Sabrina, Josie and more cross paths at the biggest entertainment event Riverdale’s ever seen.

SCRIPT: Alex Segura

ART AND COVER: Bill Galvan

Shipping Date: 6/1/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/15/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/21/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #220

“Follow The Bouncing Ball” and “It’s Just Your Imagination”

When you “Follow The Bouncing Boy,” expect to be ready with bandages and ice packs! Archie invents pogo shoes hoping to make millions of dollars, but will the only one making money be Archie’s doctors? Next, in “It’s Just Your Imagination,” how does a relaxing day at the beach with Betty end up in an incredible pirate adventure?

SCRIPT: Tom Defalco, Bob Bolling

ARTIST: Stan Goldberg, Bob Bolling, Al Milgrom, Jim Amash

COVER: Fernado Ruiz

Shipping Date: 6/29/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/13/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/19/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US
ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #6

“Water Park Lark” and “Hiss-tory Lesson”

In “Water Park Lark,” an incredible discovery at the site of Mr. Lodge’s amusement part not only impacts progress of the construction, but thanks to Dilton, it changes the very theme of the park! Next, Reggie learns a valuable and very expensive “Hiss-tory Lesson” thanks to Jughead and an over-aggressive toy snake!

SCRIPT: Bill Golliher, Mike Pellowski

ARTIST: Stan Goldberg, Tim Kennedy, Jon D’Aguostino

COVER: Fernado Ruiz

Shipping Date: 6/1/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/15/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/21/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US
ARCHIE’S WORLD TOUR

When Archie and friends embark on a whirlwind world tour, their first stop is London, where they soon find themselves embroiled in an international spy mystery! This is the first Archie Comics story by acclaimed writer and children’s art advocate Alex Simmons and features the art of Archie veteran Rex Lindsey!

SCRIPT: Alex Simmons.

ART AND COVER: Rex Lindsey

Shipping Date: 6/17/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/6/2011

6×9 graphic novel, 128 pages

$9.95 US /
$10.95 CAN
BETTY & VERONICA #254

“Disinterested Parties” and “Party Smarties”

Two parties on the same day! In “Party Smarties”, a lack of communication between Veronica and Mr. Lodge causes both to schedule parties on the same date and in the same place! How will high society mix with the common teenager? Then, in “Disinterested Parties,” Dilton “scientifically” tells Betty the reason Veronica likes Archie so much! So why does this information cause Betty to ignore Archie?

SCRIPT: Criag Boldman

ARTIST: Jeff Shultz

COVER: Jeff Shultz

Shipping Date: 6/15/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/29/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/5/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #192

“Luck Struck” and “Testing The Atmosphere”

In “Luck Struck,” Betty and Veronica are told by a fortune teller that after three strokes of good luck, expect one bit of bad luck! But somehow, Betty turns it all into good luck. Then in “Testing The Atmosphere,” the girls try to find a quiet spot on the beach and wait until you see where they end up!

SCRIPT: Criag Boldman

ARTIST: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash

COVER: Jeff Shultz

Shipping Date: 6/22/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/6/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/12/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US
B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #215

“Rivals Forever” and “Just Hot Foot It”

Betty and Veronica have been “Rivals Forever,” but see how they both end up losing out on a date with Archie. Finally, in “Just Hot Foot It,” Reggie decides to help the girls while on a hot beach, but ends up getting himself in trouble with a muscle head.

SCRIPT: Geroge Gladir

ARTIST: Stan Goldberg, Jim Amash

COVER: Stan Goldberg

Shipping Date: 6/8/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/22/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/28/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US
JUGHEAD #208

“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Jughead”

We all know Jughead is known for one thing and one thing only, and that’s food! But in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Jughead,” we soon find out that the guys want other information from Jughead! Since he’s moving in to a house with all women, the guys want to know everything about girls!

SCRIPT: Criag Boldman

ARTIST: Rex Linsey

COVER: Fernado Ruiz

Shipping Date: 6/29 /2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/13/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/19/2011

Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #171

“Nets To You” and “Bird”

In “Nets To You” the Roman Empire gets some unexpected fun when Archo, Juggo and Mooseius are brought in to help open the new Roman Coliseum…as gladiators! But when Juggo becomes champion, is the prize worth it? Then in “Bird,” Jughead and Archie enter a commercial-making contest for a product they don’t even eat! This will not end well…or will it?

SCRIPT: Geroge Gladir, Mike Pellowski

ARTIST: Tod Smith, Bill Galvan, Jon D’Aguostino

COVER: Fernado Ruiz

Shipping Date: 6/8/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/22/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/28/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US
KEVIN KELLER #1

VERONICA #207

Kevin Keller returns to Riverdale in the pages of his own mini-series, from superstar writer/artist Dan Parent. Learn more about Kevin’s background and story before he arrived in Riverdale and met the Archie gang, and pick up the comic that people are already buzzing about. Featuring one of the most popular new characters in Archie history, this series will be a must-have for fans of Archie Comics, Kevin and great comics.

SCRIPT/ART/COVER: Dan Parent

Shipping Date: 5/25/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/8/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/14/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #11

Special Summer Swimsuit Issue!

“Archie Marries Betty: Freshman Year–The First Semester” Part 5,

“Archie Marries Veronica: The Trial of Reggie Mantle” Part 5

In “Archie Marries Veronica,” Ronnie makes a surprise discovery that could affect her finances with Archie. Plus, where’s Jughead? In “Archie Marries Betty,” Archie takes a more hard-line approach to his students – but will it work? How will Veronica and Jason Blossom’s relationship…well, blossom?

SCRIPT: Paul Kupperberg

ARTIST: Norm Breyfogle

COVER: Norm Breyfogle

Shipping Date: 6/22/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/6/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/12/2011

Magazine, 80 pgs, Full-Color

$3.99 US
MEGA MAN #3

“Let the Games Begin!” Part Three: Dr. Wily is trying to take over the world with his stolen Robot Masters, but he didn’t count on Mega Man! The young hero is tearing through the would-be world-conquering robots – but is the power going to his head?

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.

ARTIST: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, John Workman & Matt Herms

COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante

Special “Villain Variant” Cover by Ben Bates!

Shipping Date: 6/22/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 7/6/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/12/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #226

“Genesis” Part One: You know the hero, you know the villain, but you haven’t seen anything like this! Celebrate Sonic’s 20th anniversary! It’s a brand new adventure as Sonic the Hedgehog investigates the disappearance of many woodland creatures, a sudden army of badniks, and the strange sinister man behind it all. It’s an all new beginning!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.

ARTIST: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Matt Herms

COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante

Shipping Date: 6/15/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/29/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/5/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
SONIC UNIVERSE #29

“Inside Job” Part One: Step aside, Sonic – this arc is starring Scourge! The vicious “Evil Sonic” is under heavy lock-down in Zone Jail. Can it be that the would-be world conqueror has been beaten into submission? And when some unlikely allies arrive, will his ego allow him to accept their help?

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn

ARTIST: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Phil Felix and Ray Dillon

COVER: Tracy Yardley! & Ben Hunzeker

Shipping Date: 6/1/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/15/2011

Newsstands: Week of 6/21/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #8

“The Archies In Nashville”

Yeeee-Haw! In “The Archies In Nashville,” the band travel to the Country Music Capital to try their hand at a different style of music. With the help of superstar Jessica Simmers, the only way for them to go is up! Then, in “In No Condition To Work,” not even working for an air conditioning company can cool off Archie’s love of the ladies.

SCRIPT: Hal Lifson

ARTIST: Tod Smith

COVER: Tod Smith

Shipping Date: 6/15/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 6/29/2011

Newsstands: Week of 7/5/2011

Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color

$3.99 US

Archie Comics First Look: Veronica #205

Official Press Release

Archie Comics First Look: VERONICA #205

VERONICA #205

“The Buddy System”

Kevin Keller, star of the SOLD-OUT Veronica #202, is back! Veronica and Kevin have become inseparable, but their constant contact is pushing away the most important person in Veronica’s life. Can Kevin and the gang help Veronica remember one very important date before it ends the world’s greatest friendship?

SCRIPT: Dan Parent

ARTIST: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli and Digikore

COVER: Dan Parent

Shipping Date: 2/23/2011

On Sale at Comic Shops: 3/2/2011

Newsstands: Week of 3/15/2011

Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color

$2.99 US
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Comic Books Nominated for 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards


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FogtownIt’s always interesting to see what gets nominated for GLAAD’s Media Awards.  Here’s the nominees for this year’s 22nd annual awards.

Outstanding Comic Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)
Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was also nominated for Outstanding Film: Wide Release.

I’ll let the lack of mention of the artists and the incorrect title for Avengers: Children’s Crusade slide, the awards recognize positive portrayals of gays and lesbians in the media.  I can’t speak for Veronica (which I guess is nominated for the recent inclusion of Archie’s first gay character) or Buffy, the other three I think are solid picks especially Fogtown which was under the radar for comic book fans.

Congrats to everyone nominated.

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