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SDCC ’11 | Dan Parent on the future of Kevin Keller

Kevin Keller #4

As we mentioned earlier, Archie Comics has some big news this week: Kevin Keller, their first openly gay character, is getting his own series. We fired off a couple of quick questions to Kevin creator Dan Parent and here’s what he had to say:

Robot 6: What makes you think Kevin has a strong enough personality to sustain his own series?

Dan Parent: I think he’s proven that with his popularity beyond his initial appearance. He feels like he’s been a part of the gang for years already.

Robot 6: Will he have his own set of friends, or will he hang out with Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the Riverdale crowd?

Dan Parent: Both actually. We’ve met some of his friends from his past who will continue to be around, and we’ve seen his relationship with the main five characters. What will be interesting are his relationships with other members of the Riverdale gang. And there will be a few new characters too.

Robot 6: How will having his own comic change Kevin? Do you expect him to evolve over the life of the series?

Dan Parent: Kevin will continue to evolve, as he’s still a young man growing up. He’ll have to deal with being a new kid in a new school, and still have to deal with being gay in a much more tolerent but still sometimes adversive world.

Robot 6: Will Kevin get to grow up and have a committed relationship (maybe even get married?) as Archie and co. have done in Life With Archie?

Dan Parent: Well, we’ve just announced that Kevin will become a part of the Life With Archie book next year, where he will be in a committed relationship. And there is marriage talk! Stay tuned for more details!!



Congratulations to Dan Parent on the success of this character, and kudos for creating him in the first place! If you had asked me five years ago where one of the first openly gay characters in an American children’s production would come from, Archie Comics would’ve been far from the top of my list. And yet here they are, showing the world that “gay” doesn’t have to mean “adults only.” Here’s hoping that Kevin Keller’s success leads the way for even more LGBT inclusion in children’s entertainment. :]

If Kevin WASN’T Gay,the would have gotten his own comic.

ACP is canceling both BETTY and BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULARS – how bad is it that that America’s #1 Girl next store is no longer having a solo and team-up title, but America’s new #1 Gay gets his own series?

Why does the Gay character have to be male? Would a lesbian or bi-sexual girl an in Archie universe been so bad – or is it a worry since the readership is mostly young female girls this would send the wrong message.

ACP has all these great underutilized properties,too – Josie,Sabrina,Kathy Keen,and the REAL MLJ/Red Circle heroes, not the DC Comics retread ones.

I ordered Kevin #1 online to show my support of ‘the only gay in Riverdale!’ haha… Should get it shortly.

Is he the only gay male starring in his own comic at the moment? If so, that is extremely sade in this day and age. Great Job to Archie Comics! It shows that they are open to change! And the only comic company with any balls to not care about backlash from the closed minded individuals who are opposed to it.

To many straight guys fear homosexuals and only want to see lesbians if it has to be a gay character. Glad Archie didn’t take the ‘easy’ road, like DC did.

Now if they want more sales for ‘Life with Archie’ – STOP with the teen beat covers!! Or give 50/50 variants – so that I don’t feel like a pedo when I buy it!!

David Markham

July 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

Given the fact that Kevin’s “miniseries” was, in fact, a series of Veronica issues, I’m glad my subscription had run out. This is pandering and headline chasing, nothing else. This character doesn’t feel like he’s been around forever, he feels like what he is, an attempt to jump on a media bandwagon and make a splash. he has no staying power and once the spotlight is off, his title will be quietly cancelled. Then he will be forgotten as more traditional Archie writers forget he even exists, as virtually every other attempt to add a new character over the last twenty years has proven.

Archie needs to get back to what it does best *non-controversial* all-ages stories. And don’t give me “why aren’t gay stories all-ages”, the rightness or wrongness of someone choosing the gay lifestyle is still very much an ongoing debate and that’s not something I (or others) look to Archie comics for. At this point, we have only Disney and Star Wars left not trying to push the gay agenda on us.

By the sound of David Markham’s last paragraph, maybe he’s the type who could most use a comic with an upstanding gay character . . .

I’m glad this is happening, and some of the unfortunate replies in this thread show us why it has to happen. Hopefully the kids growing up with these wonderful comics will grow up in a less bigoted society.

Here’s to a future where an announcement like this will NOT be controversial!

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