I had a blast at the Archie Comic panel. Everyone there was a nice and friendly and enthusiastic as you would hope to find in the idyllic environs of Riverdale. But there is very big news. In its own nice and friendly and enthusiastic way, Archie Comics is one of the most innovative companies at Comic-Con or anywhere else, on every level from distribution to story.
I was delighted to hear that Kevin, Archie’s first gay character, is so successful he will have his own comic. I love the way that in the first issue, they show that Kevin was not always the handsome, confident kid who becomes class president at Riverdale High. We get to meet some of his close friends from middle school and see that he had his awkward stage, too. Even more amazingly, Archie’s future stories will include visits from Sarah Palin and Barack Obama — who will share a soda at the malt shop — and NY Giant Michael Strahan and even KISS in a four-part miniseries! With separate series for Archie as a tot, a child, a teen, and a married man, they say they have “a metaverse as rich and plentiful as anything at Marvel and DC,” with “a flowchart from that wall to that wall.”
The Archie folks are very proud that they were the first to have “day and date” availability of their comics online and they are dedicated to making them accessible on every platform from iPhone app to Android and Windows 7 to Nook and Kindle, with 3 million downloads of their app so far. Their long-time partnership with Ronald MacDonald House will be supported with the 75th anniversary issue, with all proceeds going to help sick kids and their families.