Archie has the word for today

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New Archie a very modern guy with 17 variant covers by everyone from Kate Leth to Jae Lee

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The new “verismo” era of Archie kicks off on July 8th with the first issue of Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. And to mark the occasion, Archie is making sure the numbers are up with 17 retailer exclusive variants. And it’s quite an array of styles from Dave Dorman’s Brad Pitt-esque version to Jae Lee’s typically surreal take.

Color King Visits the Stately Beat Manor Comics Pull for 6/3/15

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  This week at The Beat our staff members were particularly swamped with new books — between Archie comics ending their titular title and DC in the midst of a huge line-wide reboot, we had our work cut out for us at the Stately Beat Manor. After a hearty week of article writin’, when we […]

Jughead from Zdarsky and Henderson is coming this fall

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While an attempt to crowdfund its new line didn’t work, Archie Comics is moving full speed ahead with their reboot, and the planned Jughead title by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson is coming out this fall. Henderson had been drawing Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel, so you can kind of draw a line there. The […]

Archie Comics Kickstarter cancelled in the face of criticism

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I’d been hearing word on the street that the controversial Archie Kickstarter campaign would be cancelled, about $30 K in and CBR has the official word. The planned titles—Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Betty & Veronica by Adam Hughes and Kevin Keller by Dan Parent—will be published, as promised, but the rollout will be slower with Jughead launching in the fall.

According to Archie publisher Jon Goldwater, the negative attention was detracting too much from the actual projects:

The Retailer’s View // Bridging A Gap With The Archie Kickstarter

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So I launched a comic store on Free Comic Book Day. It was quite the trick, trying to get things ready for the day with things exploding all around. We had ordered a point of sale system from Diamond, but when we phoned to ask them where it was a week after the supposed delivery […]

UPDATED: Archie Comics is Kickstarting a $350,000 relaunch with Zdarsky, Hughes and more

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UPDATE: Archie president Jon Goldwater has released a statement on the Kickstarter. See below. Well, here is one company you didn’t expect to be crowd funding things: Archie Comics has launched a Kickstarter for $350,000 to continue their updated, realistic version of the Riverdale Universe. For this amount, they will follow up the Mark Waid/Fiona […]

Archie vs Sharknado coming in July

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The Archie gang has teamed with Predator, Kiss, Glee, the Punisher and many other things over the years, so why not Sharknado? The Syfy movie about a tornado full of sharks has quietly taken over the imaginations of people coast to coast so it is only natural that the ‘Nado would touch down in Riverdale! For those more worried about the fuure of this nation, relax, it is only a one-shot, written by the director of the Shaknado trilogy Anthony C. Ferrante with art by Archie’s Dan Parent, who often writes these milestone issues but he’s multi-talented.

Advance Review: The Fox Takes Something Borrowed and Makes It Something New

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The Fox, with story & line art by Dean Haspiel, script by Mark Waid, and colors by Allen Passalaqua, opens in media res with our titular hero tied up, lamenting his bad luck, and wishing for an ibuprofin. It’s a Spider-Man-like How did I get into this mess? inner monologue that introduces a delightfully self-deprecating superhero who’s already in over his head.

Advance Review: Black Hood #2 – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

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The Black Hood #2 “The Bullet’s Kiss Part Two” Duane Swierczynski: Writer Michael Gaydos: Artist Rachel Deering: Letterer Kelly Fitzpatrick: Colorist. Archie slid us an advance copy of Black Hood #2.  I understand the FOC date is today. The second issue continues the descent into madness and addiction of our titular hero, policeman Greg Hettinger, who’s inadvertently […]

Books A Million Selling Variants Online and Getting DC from Diamond

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This may well spoil things for people trying to flip variants on eBay, but it looks like Books A Million will let you order (and pre-order) variant covers off their website.  And it looks like they’re expanding how many different publishers they’re getting variants from:

Archie taps Obscure Video Game Licenses from Sega and Capcom for Worlds Unite

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Archie previously revealed that the Worlds Unite crossover is going to feature two huge video game characters (Mega Man and Sonic) teaming up together. The publisher confirmed several more beloved franchises from Sega and Capcom that are coming out to play in the storyline. A brand new teaser from the crossover shows some wish fulfillment that you wouldn’t believe. […]

Advance Review: The Black Hood #1 – Vigilante, Not Superhero

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Black Hood #1: “Bullet’s Kiss, Part One” Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Michael Gaydos Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick If your point of reference for Dark Circle Comics is The Fox: Freak Magnet which Dean Haspiel did with Mark Waid, J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Cavallaro, The Black Hood is liable to shock you.  There were warnings made that […]

Archie Joins the Humble Bundle Bandwagon; Image Scores with 2nd Bundle

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By Bruce Lidl Following immediately on the conclusion of the second Image Comics Humble Bundle, Archie Comics has joined the Humble Bundle comics movement with its first release. Humble Bundles are curated collections of digital comics available under a “pay what you want” revenue model. Customers can choose their payment amount for the basic pack, […]

Dark Circle Comics share Terrifying New Titles Shipping in April

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Archie Comics is going bleak with the Dark Circle Comics line. The new titles are following up on the recent successes for the comics company via Afterlife with Archie and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. The publisher has revealed titles shipping from the upcoming Dark Circle Comics line in April to CBR. The new […]

Mark Waid and Fiona Staples Are the New Archie Creative Team

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Archie dropped a bombshell today.  The new creative team on Archie will be Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.  Yes, the Daredevil writer and the Saga artist.  That Mark Waid and that Fiona Staples. No, we didn’t see that coming either.