The Buzz: Riverdale High School, the stomping ground of comic book legend Archie Andrews, will open its doors to its first openly gay student. Kevin Keller will be the new student to join Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Betty and Reggie, Archie Comics publications announced Thursday.
The Why: "The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie's hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books," said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics co-CEO.
Keeping Archie current and inclusive?
Well, I see the point. I like the point. I even applaud the point.
The thing is that I wasn't aware that the Archie comic still existed. I read it way back when I dodged dinosaurs walking two miles uphill both ways to school, but it never occurred to me that someone out there was still writing, much less publishing, Archie.
This leaves me wondering what else from my storied past is waiting out there to surprise me. And why am I wrtitng about Archie at 3 a.m. anyway?
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