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Old 12-10-2014, 07:00 PM   #51
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:49 AM   #52
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As Archie Nears 75, Riverdale Gets a Youthful Infusion


Some possible new looks for Jughead, Betty and Archie, who is encountering darker, more complicated situations. Credit Fiona Staples/Archie Comics
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After nearly 75 years of chasing girls through the halls of Riverdale High and hanging out at Pop Tate’s soda shop, the teenage Everyman Archie Andrews is headed for a makeover.

Plans for the redheaded Romeo include a new look and an edgier tone, which will be introduced in 2015 when the Archie comic book is reset at No. 1 with a new creative team. The effort is timed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie, who was introduced in 1941, and coincides with plans for a television series on Fox and an apparel line from the fashion designer Marc Ecko.

The overhaul at Archie Comic Publications extends to other parts of company as well, including Red Circle Comics, an imprint that will be rebranded Dark Circle Comics and will reintroduce vintage superheroes like the Fox and the Shield.

The updates build on changes that began about five years ago, after Jon Goldwater took over as chief executive and publisher of Archie Comics. Mr. Goldwater stepped in after the 1999 death of his father, John L. Goldwater, who helped found the company in 1939.

“I found Archie to be dusty, irrelevant and watered-down,” Mr. Goldwater said. “It has taken me a while to really wrap my hands around where we are as a brand.”

Reinvigorating the brand included introducing new titles like Life With Archie, which imagined the teenager’s life as an adult and ended with his much publicized death, and Afterlife With Archie, a darker comic book in which Riverdale is overrun by zombies. The success of those comic books led Mr. Goldwater to broaden his plans.

“These changes are crucial to keep the brand relevant and vibrant,” he said.

And they are already starting to pay off. Since 2008, bookstore sales have increased 736 percent, and direct-market sales, which include those in specialty stores like comic book shops, rose 226 percent, according to the publisher.

Albert Ching, managing editor of Comic Book Resources, a website that tracks the industry, sees the changes as a smart move. “They are doing bold new things,” he said. “They’ve given people a reason to check them out again.”

For readers who yearn for Archie’s wholesome nature, Mr. Goldwater has taken care to keep the teenager’s core characteristics intact. “We want to keep the lighthearted and family-friendly tone, but we have to do it in the present times, and that forces us to change,” he said.

To help strike a balance, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer for television and comic books and a lifelong Archie fan, joined the company as chief creative officer, a move that Mr. Goldwater described as a “game changer.”

“He’s brought a sensibility and a creative force that I didn’t really know existed,” Mr. Goldwater said of Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa. “He is fearless in his vision for Archie.”

Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa used his contacts in Los Angeles to introduce Archie to television producers, which led to a deal with the TV producer Greg Berlanti to make “Riverdale,” a surreal, one-hour drama for Fox. But part of Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa’s job is also to reimagine characters and develop new titles for Archie Comics, which led to more mature ones like Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

“The tension against that perceived innocence and the darker material, that’s the sweet spot,” he said, adding that it was important for Archie to change with the times. “The worst thing that could happen is that Archie could stop being relevant,” he said.

To keep Archie fresh, new talent was sought, including Lena Dunham, who will bring her feminist take to a four-part story in 2015. Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, two comic book veterans, will be the new creative team for the Archie comic.

Mr. Waid said his primary goal was to return Archie to a modern audience, which included restoring the contemporary attitudes that the teenagers of Riverdale had lost.

“Over the years, some of the sharp edges have been sanded off,” he said. “They are kids, and they should act as kids.”

Not content with a mere makeover, though, Mr. Goldwater has bigger ideas for Archie Comics, including a movie, an animated TV series and theme park rides.

“I want us to be a global sensation, to be as big as Marvel and DC,” he said. “Other publishers have superheroes, but no one has Archie.”
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:49 PM   #53
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Staples will only be penciling the initial 3 issue arc.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:23 PM   #54
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:39 PM   #55
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Yep.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:51 PM   #56
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I'll pick that up.

It's cool just to see a shot of Archie through Predator-vision.
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:53 AM   #58
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Archie Comics April 2015 Solicitations
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Archie vs Predator #1 Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla

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Archie Vs. Predator #2 Variant Cover by Robert Hack



Archie Vs. Predator #2 Variant Cover by Dustin Nguyen

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Old 02-17-2015, 11:06 PM   #61
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Archie Comics May 2015 Solicitations
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:01 AM   #62
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Archie Comics announces Archie Horror imprint, teases a third series following return of Sabrina and Afterlife
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Both series have been missing from stands for some time—Afterlife’s last issue was in February, and Sabrina hasn’t come out with its second issue yet—but Archie is planning to have both series return in a big way. This spring, the publisher will release Afterlife with Archie #8 and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 under a dedicated Archie Horror imprint—and they’ll be joined by a third.
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Just so long as we get #8. It feels like forever.
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Lol the next Sabrina issue is finally out next week.
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Cool. I'll pick it up.
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:48 AM   #66
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Lol the next Sabrina issue is finally out next week.
Ann-Margaret is a witch! Who knew?!

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Old 04-30-2015, 10:48 PM   #69
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Afterlife With Archie #8 Preview
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Now THERE'S some literal Shark Jumping.
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You couldn't pay me to read it.
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You couldn't pay me to read it.
Eh, I'd read it if I was paid, easy. Wouldn't even have to pay me that much. I doubt it is dialogue heavy, so it would probably take 5 minutes MAX.
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Eh, I'd read it if I was paid, easy. Wouldn't even have to pay me that much. I doubt it is dialogue heavy, so it would probably take 5 minutes MAX.
Yeah, I'd have to be really, really disgusted by a comic to not read it if I was paid (unless of course you're only paying me a nickel or something). But I'll go ahead and assume Hypo was using hyperbole.


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Yeah, I'd have to be really, really disgusted by a comic to not read it if I was paid (unless of course you're only paying me a nickel or something). But I'll go ahead and assume Hypo was using hyperbole.


But shouldn't Hypo use Hypo-bole?

(On examination, I discovered that is actually a thing, though it is not, as I imagined, the opposite of hyperbole.)
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Afterlife With Archie #8 Preview
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Does anyone know what the deal was with the little girl; the third sacrifice? Is that Sabrina? Was she really Archie or Jughead's sister?
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