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Archie comics to introduce first openly gay teen at Riverdale High

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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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