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Old 10-08-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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There's a bunch of Archie comics beyond Riverdale stuff (Mega Man, Sonic, etc), but I'm actually starting the thread because I didn't know where else to put this article and it seemed fun.

In 'Afterlife,' Archie Comics veers into horror



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The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover.
In "Afterlife With Archie," a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older sold only in comic shops.
The series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla sees Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica and others, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, enveloped in a panoply of incantations, elder gods, zombies and the undead.
"It's a hardcore horror book," said Aguirre-Sacasa, a Harvey Award-winning writer who melded his personal interests and horror obsessions into influences for the book. "This is why I was meant to do comics."
Those are evidenced in descriptions and images. In one panel, for example, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is clutching the fabled but dreaded "Necronomicon." In another, showing the gang at a party, Archie is dressed as Freddy Kreuger from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films.
Francavilla included his own nods to horror classics, too, like the "'Rocky Horror Picture Show' and 'Nosferatu' posters on Jughead's bedroom wall."
But the book, despite its subject matter, he said, reflects the core characteristics of Archie and the other characters.
"Sabrina? She's always messing up," Aguirre-Sacasa said, though in this case, the mistake has grave consequences for Jughead.
"He's always hungry," Aguirre-Sacasa said, a normal trait that portends doom by the end of the first issue, setting the stage for the second issue and beyond.
Publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater says the title is not your "traditional Archie Comic" given the subject matter.
Instead, Goldwater called the series a fresh opportunity to place Archie's characters in a setting where there is no easy, happy ending with everyone feeling just fine.
"I really view this as Archie's 'Walking Dead,'" he said, referring to the Robert Kirkman-created series that has blossomed into a television show with a massive fan base.
The monthly series is drawn by Francavilla with dark, ominous illustrations boasting artistic nooks and crannies.
"We are taking a series of characters known to be light-hearted and young adult-oriented and doing a horror comic with them, so the mood, atmosphere, and setting are very important to make this a believable horror and not a comedy horror," the Eisner awarding-winning artist said in an email.
"Fortunately, I am really good at making things dark and ominous."
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:22 PM   #2
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Mega Man does not take place in Riverdale, accursed fool!
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Who said it did?
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Mega Man does not take place in Riverdale, accursed fool!
Right. That's why I went with "beyond Riverdale."
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This seems like such a bizarre choice for a comic. A horror comic, which is apparently not supposed to be humorous, yet stars the cast from the regular Archie comics? I'm not sure I'm getting the target audience.

I mean, don't most people that read Archie comics, and therefore are fans of its cast of characters, probably expect a certain tone from an Archie comic, which they apparently won't get from this?

And wouldn't most people that are fans of horror comics be rather...skeptical about the merits of one that has Archie and Jughead and the gang as its main characters? I'd think that even amongst the crossover group of people that are fans of both Archie AND horror comics, I'd think there'd be a fair number that would think the two really shouldn't be combined.

I figure either I'm way off in my perceptions about how much sense this makes, or else they are counting on bringing in readers that DON'T like the Archie characters, and hope to be treated to amusing scenes of them dying in horrible ways.
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...I'd think that even amongst the crossover group of people that are fans of both Archie AND horror comics, I'd think there'd be a fair number that would think the two really shouldn't be combined...
Well, I think I'll pick up #1 at least because of how bizarre it is. I am a horror fan and as a preteen I was a regular Archie reader so the Riverdale crowd is familiar to me. I am skeptical but I buy a lot of comics and bizarre pairings often get my attention.
Maybe that is exactly what they are banking on (like when they did Archie Meets Kiss). After all, if it was just a family friendly Halloween in Riverdale it probably wouldn't get any attention (for all I know they've done that a hundred times).
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I'm in the exact same boat. I'm really excited for this one. I read the preview pages and it just seems so bizarre, but I think that's part of the charm to me.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:52 PM   #8
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So, I thought Afterlife with Archie #1 was alright. I'll probably get #2. The art's good, of course. It is serious. I would say the tone makes the pre-zombie bits feel like a teen TV drama, but with the recognizable Archie "cast." The trouble starts from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (apparently one town over from Riverdale here) agreeing to resurrect Jughead's dog (so think Pet Cemetary + Zombie apocalypse).

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This is beginning to make me want to read it.
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Read the first two issues, found them surprisingly entertaining.
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The Mega Man/Sonic The Hedgehog crossover is just everything that I wanted in a meeting between the two.

If you're a fan of both characters pick up vol 1!
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A screw-up with my LCS' order left me without Afterlife with Archie #3.

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If you're a fan of both characters pick up vol 1!
I read that whole crossover and liked it. Now I'm catching up with the previous MM issues in trade.
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EXCLUSIVE: Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees
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You still digging Afterlife with Archie, Space Cop?

Every time you post a cover in the last comic read thread, I get interested in checking it out.
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I do like it. I'm not sure it would be everybody's cup of tea, but I don't think most would hate it either. It's not quite as campy or quirky as I would've expected. It's a decent magical-zombie story where all the characters/situations happen to be from a normally family-friendly comic series. Anybody who likes zombie stories, Francavilla's art or is familiar with Riverdale should check it out. Currently, the main group of teens (minus Jughead who is zombie #1) are holed up in the Veronica's mansion.
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That is...bizarre. I mean I've no idea if the allegations are true, but if they are, what the heck?

And I find it baffling that she and/or her legal team would seriously try to employ the defense that it is not possible to discriminate against white guys because they are not a protected class. What is prohibited is discrimination based on gender or race, not only discrimination against specific subsets of those. (Though the description of the issue sounds more like harassment than discrimination, unless there is more to the story.)

If, as seems almost certain, you would get in big trouble for referring to female employees by the term "tits" instead of their name (as in, "Get me some coffee, tits!"), I can't imagine that, legally speaking, referring to male employees as "penis" is any different.
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Mega Man and Mega Man X are crossing over

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I cant wait for Afterlife with Archie #4 to come out
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I cant wait for Afterlife with Archie #4 to come out
Indeed. Will Veronica make it out? Will Archie find anyone alive in town? I'm very curious.
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I reheheheheheally dont want this to happen, but Veronica will probably sacrifice herself to save Archie and/or Betty
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AGUIRRE-SACASA READY TO TAKE RISKS AS ARCHIE'S FIRST CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
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Aguirre-Sacasa: I don't think a year ago anyone would have thought there's any way we would ever make a horror Archie movie, or a horror Archie television show, or a horror Archie animated series. But now, here we are, and ["Afterlife"] is a potential franchise for Archie. That's what's really, really exciting.

I will definitely be the point person in Los Angeles; I am based out there, I have a lot of relationships out there. But comic books are in my blood. I am constantly trying to figure out what books to write -- I have a lot of friends who are in the industry, writers and artists, [and want] to bring them to the Archie fold, to try to do what we did with "Afterlife" with some of the other properties. [Senior vice president of publicity and marketing and Red Circle Comics editor] Alex [Segura] and I just had a great conversation about the Red Circle heroes. That's a huge priority for Archie. And really big things are already coming together. We're going to launch a sister book to "Afterlife," which is going to be a "Sabrina" book.

She's had a hard time of it in that series so far.

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Aguirre-Sacasa: These wheels turn very, very, very slowly. The development process is much more protracted for a movie or a television show than it is for a comic book. In the time it took to get a pitch ready for a movie, we pitched, and wrote, and published the first four issues of "Afterlife."

"Afterlife" is a big game-changer for Archie. It has made us think, "Wow, should the Archie movie be an 'Afterlife' movie?" "Should 'Afterlife' be a TV series?" We took a little bit of a beat to figure out, because whatever our first big thing is going to be, obviously that's going to define the company in a major way. So we want to get it right.
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"Girls" Star Lena Dunham to Write Four-Part "Archie" Story in 2015

Archie making moves!!!
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Courtesy of Tazer:

Archie to Bite the Big One

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"Afterlife" is a big game-changer for Archie. It has made us think, "Wow, should the Archie movie be an 'Afterlife' movie?"
Did they SERIOUSLY consider making the first Archie movie based on something that is basically a "What If?" story radically different in tone from the comic that their prospective audiences would likely expect?

Because if so, that almost seems like an admission that they don't think Archie, as he has existed for years, is actually a strong enough concept to carry a movie.

I'm trying to think of an appropriate analogy of what an odd idea that seems, but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe if, when they first decided to make Marvel comics movies, they thought it would be a good idea to start with Marvel Zombies as the big-screen introduction to their characters?
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