I was never much of a comics fan as a kid, and when I did occasionally spend time with Archie’s gang in Riverdale, I wanted to go shoe shopping with Betty and Veronica rather than date either of them, so yep, totally gay.
Then a few years ago, the Archie world introduced a positive all-American gay character, Kevin Keller, in a controversial move that shook the comic book world, and sold out. A spin off line of comics happened. I read it, I wrote about it, I loved it.
Now with all the controversy and inter-web buzz about the upcoming Sochi Olympics and Russia’s hateful gay crackdown laws, the (fake) teens of Riverdale are doing something that the IOC won’t… they are saying “NYET” to Putin and Russia.
Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Kevin were to take a European tour, but when they learned about Russia’s anti-gay laws, they made a decision to go elsewhere … Provincetown, perhaps?
Archie Comics artist/writer Dan Parent says:
Russia should be boycotted, so much so that actually in an upcoming special four issue story arc I’m writing the Archie gang are going to take a world tour to four countries. Russia was to be one of them. But they’re not going there now. They just can’t and they won’t. They love and support Kevin.
Okay so now we have Archie and the American Kennel Club taking the high road… who’s next, people?