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Archie Comics’ openly gay character gets four issue spin-off

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Archie’s first openly gay character Kevin Keller will receive receiving his own run in a four-issue spin-off this June.

Kevin was introduced as a new student at Archie’s fictional Riverdale High in Veronica #202, and his instant popularity with fans led to that sold-out comic becoming the first in the publisher’s history to go into a second printing.

According to creator Dan Parent, the mini-series will explore Kevin’s background and story before he arrived in Riverdale.

“We learn about Kevin’s travels as an Army brat with a high-ranking father and his family’s acceptance of him coming out as gay.

Told in flashbacks, the series shows Kevin’s struggles and triumphs through middle and high school,” reports Archie Comics.

Kevin’s debut in the Veronica issue earned a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Comic Book this year.

Kevin is also featured in the current Veronica, issue #205.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. Very cool!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:06pm
  2. Yay! Woohoo!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:09pm
  3. whenever I think of The Archies, I think of the song “Sugar, Sugar” the best selling single of 1969, kinda cool thay featured a gay character then and now.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:13pm

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:16pm
  5. @ Ociel Torres, Who was the gay person THEN?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:16pm
  6. this is sweet, we share the same name. i should have my own comic, damn it! haha.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 8:15pm
  7. This is truly neat!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8:21pm