Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gender Bending Comes to Riverdale this Summer!

It's no secret that Archie Comics is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic book companies. I'm really enjoying Life With Archie, which has future parallel story lines showing what would happen if Archie married Veronica Lodge or Betty Cooper. The comic book made international headlines when gay character, Kevin Keller, married another man. More recently, they received attention for an upcoming LWA breast cancer storyline involving Cheryl Blossom. I've also been enjoying contemporary stories in Archie, such as his current romance with Valerie from Josie & the Pussycats, as well as Kevin Keller, which has featured his first date and (most recently) his prom date with a secret admirer!

I learned earlier this week that Sabrina the Teenage Witch will be causing trouble for Archie and the Gang later this year. She apparently gets tired of watching the boys and girls squabble with each other and decides to help them relate to each other a little bit better:
In August’s edition of Archie Comics, Archie becomes Archina, and Betty and Veronica become Billy and Ronnie. It’s time for a heady examination of gender politics in the lives of teenagers.
I recently began watching old cartoon reruns of Archie's Funhouse and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and this is classic Sabrina mayhem. Her aunts tell her to keep her magic to herself, she decides to do a magical good deed, and it blows up in her face. She says that she's learned from her mistake and then repeats this cycle the very next week!

Let me just add that "Archina" is an awful name. Just sayin'...

Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for Archie #636, which is scheduled to come out in late summer 2012.

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