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Comics A.M. | Archie co-CEO talks Kevin Keller marriage, boycott

Life with Archie #16

Comics | Bryan Young talks to Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater about the attempted boycott of Life With Archie #16, which featured the marriage of Kevin Keller, as well as the changes that have taken place within the company to make that marriage possible. “When I got to Archie my first mandate was to talk to the staff and creators and say ‘Change things up. Try new things. Be bold. Be daring. Be creative.’ If there was an idea I felt was out of line or too crazy, I’d nix it. But for the most part, people like Dan Parent came to me with excellent ideas and suggestions. Kevin Keller is a perfect example of that. I don’t think you would have seen the previous regime publish Kevin.” [The Huffington Post]

Awards | Cartoonist Alison Bechdel has won the 24th annual Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing. [GalleyCat]

Creators | Steven Ringgenberg pens an appreciation of Golden Age artist Sheldon Moldoff, who died this week. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | The Comics Journal presents a transcript of a panel from the 2011 The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival that featured a Q&A with Brian Ralph and C.F. conducted by The Comics Reporter‘s Tom Spurgeon. [The Comics Journal]

Princess Knight, Vol. 1

Comics | Ng Suat Tong explores transgender themes and feminism in two 1950s comics, Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight and Al Feldstein and Wally Wood’s Transformation Completed (from EC’s Weird Science line). [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Comics | Has Andy Capp gone on the wagon? Sean Kleefeld marshals the evidence. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Comics | In light of DC’s new, “darker” Shazam!, Don MacPherson looks back at 1987′s Shazam! The New Beginning, a four-part series where “the orphaned Billy Batson ended up in the care of an abusive uncle, none other than Thaddeus Sivana. His archenemy was his legal guardian.” [Eye on Comics]

Editorial cartoons | In a time when a full-time editorial cartooning job is a rarity, Tony Auth did the unthinkable and left his post as cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a short “exit interview” with Alan Gardner, Auth says he had been thinking of quitting for a while, as drawing editorial cartoons was no longer challenging him; his new job will be producing short animated cartoons, on an iPad, for local radio station WHYY. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Commentary | Former Comic Book Resources reviewer Chad Nevett shares a list of what he learned while reviewing comics over the past few years. “People will assume you always have an agenda. They will never assume that your agenda is expressing your honest opinion of what you read.” [GraphiContent]

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When Archie first announced kevin Keller, our family, consisting of Dad, Mom, and two kids, stopped buying any form of Archie comics. It is a shame a nice, wholesome comic group like the Archie’s has been turned into this evil, media induced, nasty mess. I just hope some day in the near future Archie will go back to the great, family oriented comics they are supposed to be!

Jason — I’ve got exciting news to share! You and the fam can go back to reading Archie Comics, as they remain as wholesome and family oriented as ever. Kevin’s series very much stresses the important bonds he shares with his family, and all of the books retain the sense of good, clean fun and heart you are used to. The only real noticeable change to the comics since Kevin came aboard is that now they are actually selling — and selling quite well, relative to their pre-Kevin numbers it would appear. Great news in this sluggish industry, no?

I work in education and dozens of the kids I’ve taught come from homes with two Mommies or two Daddies. Kudos to Archie comics for embracing ALL FAMILIES! No matter how much it scares or angers a handful of small-minded and small-hearted people, the rest of us understand that “Family Values” are not owned exclusively by heterosexual people. I see nothing at all unwholesome about the character of Kevin Keller or his husband. The smart money says that adding this couple to the Archie universe gains them double the amount of readers they may lose! I’d bet good money on that.

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