Lena Dunham to pen an Archie comic; Aguirre-Sacasa named CCO


Archie Comics continues its march to diversity, naming playwright/screenwriter/comics scripter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to the post of Chief Creative Officer. Aguirre-Sacasa’s hire was announced in this NY Times profile.

The lone-time Archie fan—whose credits include many Marvel titles and script doctor on the Spider-man musical—has been scripting some major Archie series for a while, including the modest-selling Archie-Glee crossover and he big hit Afterlife with Archie. As CCO he’s continues writing and also oversee Archie’s media expansion, and advising on both the main Archie line and the rebranded Red Circle superhero imprint. He’s also writing a new Sabrina series for them.

Archie is the long forgotten “number three” comics publisher in terms of “newsstand” and perhaps a credible contender for number one in terms of mainstream recognition—pretty much everyone in America has heard of Archie Comics or read one as a kid. Bringing someone as savvy as Aguirre-Sacasa in the move the line forward is a smart move.

TO WIT, his first announced project is an Archie mini-series by Lena Dunham, controversial it girl of confused millennials. As we pointed out a year ago, Dunham is on record as reading comics, and so this isn’t much of a stretch, As it happens, she’s ALSO an Archie fan.

“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity,” said Dunham, in a statement.

Dunham’s four part Archie series will be out in 2015. And as we said when we first mentioned Dunham’s interest in comics, this should settle that “girls don’t read comics” thing for ALL TIMES. And as Dan Parent’s illustration above of the Archie gals in a Girls-like setting shows, Greenpoint can’t be that far from Riverdale. The big question — with they be wearing pants any of the time?

Lena Dunham likes graphic novels?


Call her shoujo (girl comics) or call her josei (lady comics), the surprise winner of two Golden Globes last night, zeitgeist idol Lena Dunham has been called the voice of her generation—or at least a voice IN a generation. According to this Vulture piece, she keeps some graphic novels on her nightstand, including Daniel Clowes’ GHOST WORLD and and Julie Doucet’s Long Time Relationship. Dunham explains “I love children’s books and graphic novels, especially ones with scrappy girls at the center.”

Whether this is actual reading by Dunham or a PR answer (the Doucet book is pretty obscure to be an obvious choice; it likewise isn’t a graphic novel), one thing is clear: even the cohort of non-nerdy young women who are most interested in sex, college loans, and getting into The Woods on Saturday are finally a perfectly plausible potential audience for graphic novels.

Between Dunham and Rookie mag Tavi Gevinson‘s avowed liking for graphic novels, America is growing its own eventual josei audience.

Speaking of Clowes and HBO, when last we heard, he was developing a show called The Landlord for the network. The project was announced last summer and hasn’t been heard from since—anybody hear about any updates?