Archie’s ongoing Kevin Keller comic won Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Media Awards, presented Saturday evening in San Francisco. The book beat out Astonishing X-Men, Batwoman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Earth 2 for the honor, which recognizes ” fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.” It was its second nomination and first win.
Keller was introduced to Riverdale as a supporting character before graduating to a mini series and now ongoing. He was also the subject of a YA novel that just hit.
Writer Dan Parent was on hand to accept the award.
“We could not be more excited for Kevin to be endorsed by GLAAD,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a statement. “Kevin is so important to the growth and future of Archie Comics and it’s validating to see him embraced this way.”
It’s good to realize that we live in the times when Archie Comics can publish a comic book about a gay character and it’s perfectly okay.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.