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Archie comics to introduce first openly gay teen at Riverdale High

Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Riverdale High School, the stomping grounds of comic books’ favorite teens is opening its doors to an openly gay student – a first in the 69-year history of Archie comics.

“We’re trying to reflect society and we’re just trying to show Riverdale is a diverse place,” says Dan Parent, the artist-writer behind the series.

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“The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie’s hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books,” Archie Comics honcho Jon Goldwater said in announcing the news.

“Riverdale is a safe place for everybody. Everyone’s welcome with Archie and the Gang,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, “and that’s the message we’re trying to send.”

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