Archie Comics Pubwatch: March 2021

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Welcome to the Archie Comics Pubwatch for the month of March! I’m Lisa, reporting from a corner booth at Pop’s Chock ‘lit Shoppe, and here’s this month’s news! In this month’s Archie Comics Pubwatch, Riverdale gets renewed, variant covers are discussed, and some new info about Archie’s digital plans comes forth!

Riverdale Renewed For Season 6!

 

As announced in this Hollywood Reporter article, Riverdale was among several series renewed by the CW for a fresh season in February. The series will finish out its fifth season around June due to a COVID-skewed shooting schedule.

Riverdale, notable for its campy, tropey, and unconventional take on the Archie universe, just flashed forward in time several years, giving us a future world and an adult Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and the rest of the gang.

As of press time, the series has aired its eighty-second episode, with the eighty-third ready to roll this coming Wednesday.

Archie Comics co-president Alex Segura tells Publisher’s Weekly Explains how the company survived COVID, talks of digital future for the company.

Betty and Veronica, Archie Comics

In a new interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Segura explains that the comic corp survived the long winter of COVID with many comic book stores closed by staying in close touch with its fans and promoting virtual, as well as newsstand and grocery store, options for its readers. The strategy has paid off, and lead to strong sales for the brand’s virtual options, especially digital subs.

“We’re seeing over 750,000 pages of Archie Comics stories being read digitally through these (Hoopla, Archie Unlimited, etc.) subscription services each month,” Segura told PW.

The article, which also talks about how the company has and is adapting its content to various mediums, which we’ve covered here, can be read here.

“My goal for Archie has always been to make sure these characters and stories were accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics CEO as of 2009, added.  “Over a decade ago, Archie was nowhere in the cultural zeitgeist. Today we are one of the most pop-culturally relevant and energized IPs out there. That’s a testament to the hard work we’ve done to raise that brand awareness through publishing and media.”

Looks like that goal is well within reach!

Archie Comics Hits 2 Million Followers on Instagram!

Betty and Veronica, Archie Comics

The official Archieverse social account hit the milestone on February 16th!

92nd Street Y Announces Second Class for Kids with Dan Parent

A collection of archie characters stands to the right of a red banner advertising a make your own comic class

You can enroll your kids (or a kid you know, age 9-13) in a virtual  Make Your Own Comic Book Class with Parent starting in late March.

VA Comics Offers Exclusive Everything’s Archie #1 Dan Parent Variant Exclusive

An extreme Close-up of blonde teenager betty cooper's face reveals Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge as green shadows kissing in the lenses of her white-rimmed sunglasses. Tears drip down from behind the frame, and her fingertip hover over her lip, a clear masque of horror

Dan Parent aces another cover variant for Archie Comics, delivering a parody of classic romance cover comics for VA Comics and Everything Archie #1. The cover shows a tearful Betty Cooper witnessing a kiss between Archie and Veronica, in the iconic style of many classic romance comics from the 40’s through the 70’s.

This variant is limited to 250 copies each for a virgin (logoless) cover, either signed or unsigned. All are guaranteed to be case fresh, but not guaranteed to be in any graded condition.

The signed edition retails for $29.95, and the unsigned for $19.95, with an additional $9.95 for flat-rate shipping in the US and $19.95 flat-rate international shipping. The books will be on the way by mid-May. You can buy them here!

Archie’s Threadless Shop Has Updated!

Graphic for the Archie Comics Threadless shop - green background, blue cursive threadless logo. Sprinkled about the graphic are various designs availible at the shop - such as a red white and blue Archie for President logo and a red-back graphic of Archie, Betty and Veronica sharing a soda

If you’re in the market for new threads, there are some brand-new designs in the Archie shop. Aside from some South Side Serpent designs, there are some special Valentine’s Day designs still in stock, a retro Josie McCoy design, and some pop-art inspired collections. Click above to see if something you like is available!

Archie Comics Twitter Tweet of the Month

A fun trailer for Riverdale: The Ties that Bind OGN, streeting in April!

Sugar Sugar of the Month

Sabrina Spellman - a white-haired white-skinned teenager, wears a white-star speckled black dress a she floats in the middle of the air, conjuring further glowing stars into being

Sabrina: Something Wicked TR
Veronica Fish (art and cover); Andy Fish (art); Jack Morelli (art); Kelly Thompson (writer)
March 3rd, 2021

The latest Sabrina series has been an unstinting if dramatic, delight. Something Wicked has packed magical hijinks and fun worldbuilding into a single, tight story that pits Sabrina against some high punching magical heavyweights.  Beautifully illustrated by Veronica and Andy Fish, with gorgeous, moody colorwork and seriously high stakes in a tight script by Kelly Thompson. Some fans of the series general aren’t too happy with the final chapter here, but I found it entertaining – and enjoyed the possible reset it offers.

Hotdogs and Hotshots

dark-haired teenager Veronica Lodge, wearing a red jacket, black tight and blue scarf - enthusiastically combs over a class catalog beside the pink-teeshirted and blue-coated Betty cooper, a blonde teenager also wearing grey pants. Archie Andrews - a redheadwith a red jacket and yellow shirt, nervously stands in the foreground. Veronica asks Archie what he's going to do for his spring break, but he admits he's spring broke.

Betty And Veronica: Jumbo Comics Digest #292 
Bill Golliher (Writing); Jack Morelli (Cover And Art); Dan Parent (art and cover);  Bob Smith (art); Glenn Whitmore (Art)
March 31st, 2021

The AU universes offered by The Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest and the World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comic Digest series have proven to be delightful. This month: a what-if story poses a question – what would happen to Riverdale if Veronica and Betty were smarter than Dilton? A worthwhile question answered with Archie-typical gentle humor.

 

Archie Andrews - a redheaded white teenager in a brown leather jacket, jean jorts, hiking boots and a black teeshirt, saves Veronica Lodge, a brunette white teenager with a pink blouse and yellow horts, from a slavering purple dinosaur

World of Archie Vol. 2
Rex Lindsey (Cover); Rosario “Tito” Peña (cover); Various (Art and Writing)
March 31st, 2021

Once again – I am a 90’s kid who loves the processed cheese that Archie was putting out back then. The World of Archie takes you and the Riverdale gang on a trip through time itself – from pre-history to points far northward.

 

Veronica Lodge, a white dark-haired teenager in a pink jacket - waves cheerfully at the reader beside her blonde best friend Betty Cooper, who wears a green jacket. They're in a hot air balloon shaped like their love interest, Archie Andrews, and are flying through a yellow-tinged sky with pink clouds.

World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comic Digest #3
Bill Golliher (Writing); Jack Morelli (art); Dan Parent (Cover and Art); Bob Smith (Art); Glenn Whitmore (art)
March 17th, 2021

Speaking of AU tales – your genderswap fanfics come true when Beau and Vernon pursue the hand of the lovely Archina in another Reversedale tale! Who will find love and who will end up with the short end of the stick?  You’ll have to wait and read, which I assure you will be a worthwhile pursuit.

Archie Unlimited Picks of The Month

If you have Archie Unlimited,  here are a few highlights from this month’s offerings!

Archie’s Girls Betty & Veronica #118: Notable for the first appearance of Betty as Super-Teen, her superhero moniker and a personality which will resurface very soon in a new series.

Archie Milestones Digest #10: If Archie’s 80th anniversary has kept you on your toes, this one will help you further condense your collection.

Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents: Archie Newspaper Classics: Did you know that Archie published newspaper comic strips featuring everyone’s favorite redheaded teenager? You can read about them in this collection!

Picks From The Timecops

 

Archie Andrews - a redheaded teenager in jeans a teeshirt and a yellow-sleeved navy letterman jacket - stands before Pop's Chok'lit shop. Behind him is Veronica Lodge - a brunette teenager in a black dress, Betty Cooper- a blonde teen with a ponytail in a pink hoodie and jeans, and Jughead jones - wearing a jester cap, a navy jacket and jeans. The colors are neoin pink, red and purples. The Pops' sign looms behidn them in red. The title above them announces the comic's title

Riverdale: The Ties that Bind TR
Micol Ostow (writer); Thomas Pitilli (Art and Cover); Andre Szymanowicz (Art); John Workman (Art);
April 14th, 2021

Can’t get enough Riverdale stuffed into your eyeballs? This TR tells us a missing tale set between seasons four and five of the show. All of the gang must survive a spine-tingling overnight encounter with some dangerous characters. Sounds scary!

Archie Andrews - a redheaded teenager in a sweater vest with an R for Riverdale emblazoned upon it, a green bowtie and a white short-sleeved shirt - stands with his arms outstretched before a wild scene. On the floor, in a yellow shirt and blue pants is Reggie Mantle, his party hat askew and a grumpy expression upon his face. Beside him is Veronica Lodge, a white brunette teenager in a purple party dress, dancing and laughing with white, blonde-haired Betty Cooper, who wears a black mini dress. They're laughing at Reggie's misfortune - for on Reggie's back is perched Jughead Jones, a white brunet teenager wearing a grey fool's cap, a red shirt, a bright tie and black pants. He's holding large Red numbers - an 8 in his right and a 0 in his left. In the background purple silhouetted guests party against a yellow backdrop, and one filled with multicolored streamers and balloons.

Archie’s 80th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest #2
Jim Amash (Art); Angelo DeCesare (Writing); Pat and Tim Kennedy (Art); Jack Morelli (Art); Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover); Jeff Shultz (Cover); Glenn Whitmore (Art)
April 14th, 2020

In a meta-tastic encounter, Archie leads the reader through the history of the art of Archie comics. And then he has to deal with them coming to life and shapeshifting the narrative. This isn’t an Archie Horror title, so at least we know it’s not a battle to the death!

Josie McCoy - a redheaded white teenager wearing mod fashions - seems to be caught mid-step in her boots and stockings and black and green checked mini-dress. he's dancing with a brunet, white teenage boy in a yellow day-glow suit. The background is blue with bright pink letters in mod writing

She’s Josie (TR) 
Dan DeCarlo (Cover); Various (Art And Writing)
April 21st, 2021

Ever wanted to know how Josie McCoy came to be? In this ’60’s-tastic series, we go back in time to meet Josie, Melody (Valerie did not exist in this portion of the continuity), Pepper and the Cabot Twins, as well as Josie’s then-boyfriend Albert,  before they were tangled up in the Pussycat’s shenanigans.

Veronica Lodge, a brunette teenager with red lips and black eyes, gives an askance, mischievous look, one hand propping up her chin, in front of her best friend, blonde, ponytail-wearing Betty cooper, who's wearing a green teeshirt and giving her bunny ears with a wide smile on her face. They stand before a purple circle-covered backdrop.

World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comic Digest #4
Bill Golliher (Writing); Jack Morelli (art); Dan Parent (Cover and Art); Bob Smith (Art); Glenn Whitmore (art)
April 21st, 2021

This month’ AU tale? What if Betty Cooper was an alien from outer space? Sounds far out!

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