Archie Comics made history when an issue featuring gay marriage sold out. It stirred up One Million Moms to call for a boycott of the comic book maker. This time, creator Dan Parent is at it again pushing the gay envelope a little further. This month’s issue reveals its first gay kiss between openly gay character Kevin Keller and his boyfriend. BTW: The mom character in the strip was inspired by One Million Mom’s push against the LGBT community. Be sure to pick up the 10th issue of Kevin Keller before this one sells out too. [Towleroad]
Recently debuted on BuzzFeed is the latest collaboration of the Archie comics empire, introducing the characters of Riverdale to the cast of Glee. Archie Comics CO-CEO Jon Goldwater explains that a main concept behind the Archie storyline is that: ”The characters stay the same, but Riverdale changes. And as musicians change in the culture, they can seamlessly integrate into comic books.” Following a previous issue which introduced the characters of KISS to life in Riverdale, this particular crossover makes a bit more sense, with the popular show and the timeless comic book sharing a similar number of high school themes. In fact, Kevin Keller, a Riverdale teenager first introduced in Veronica issue #202, was the first openly gay character in comics.
Issue #641 will be released February 2013, and is following a previous collaborative issue of Archie and KISS.
Despite the threat of a boycott from One Million Moms, the latest Archie comic featuring the same-sex marriage of the character Kevin Keller has sold out. The “historic moment” in the 70-year-old comic book angered conservative groups, particularly One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association, who released a call to action asking Toys ‘R’ Us to stop carrying Life with Archie #16. Co-Chief Executive John Goldwater stood by his comic’s story line. ”Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday,” he said. ”We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.” [Guardian]
While the One Million Mom’s campaign that went after Ellen DeGeneres was largely unsuccessful, the group hasn’t waited long to launch their next campaign—this time it’s aimed at Archie Comics and Toys ‘R’ Us. The group of conservative moms is asking the famous toy company to stop stocking their shelves with the same-sex marriage Life with Archie comic that features the openly gay Kevin Keller character getting married to his boyfriend. [MediaBistro]
Check out the formal letter that the group has written after the jump…
Things in the fictional town of Riverdale haven’t been quite the same since last April when a new kid named Kevin Keller walked into Riverdale High School. Keller became the first openly gay resident in Archie Comics and fans have already fallen in love with the blonde, so much so that it has been selling out. The overwhelming response, prompted the company to create a spin-off about the character, which dealt “with his background, including his relationship with his father, who serves in the military and is supportive of his son’s desire to follow in his footsteps,” according to the NY Times. Now, Archie Comics-Co. announced that Keller will get his own regular monthly series. Writer/artist, Dan Parent, who created the character, says that “He’s going to be the class president,” but adds, “There’s some adversity he’ll have to deal with.