Sally Forth, Raines on Betty & Veronica

I’m a bit astounded that the Archie character redesign story has had four-month-long legs. Check out today’s Sally Forth comic strip:

Sally Forth comic strip

Nice of them to get the product name in there at the end, isn’t it?

I much prefer the mention in Raines, the very good Jeff Goldblum detective series. In a recent episode, “Stone Dead”, he investigated the death of an aspiring graphic novel artist. (Start with Part Two in the video clip section if you want to see the comic store scene, filmed at Golden Apple.) The owner, played by Stephen Tobolowsky, at one point looks at Goldblum and says, “You’re freakishly tall. Why don’t you put that up there for me?”, handing him a comic to go on the top rack. Goldblum murmurs back, “You’re too kind.”

Raines screen shot

On the detective’s way out of the store, Goldblum buys a Betty & Veronica comic. The owner says, “I never figured you for a Betty and Veronica fan.” Goldblum responds, “Oh, a man can dream.”

Comic Book Resources has an interview with series creator Graham Yost that talks more about this episode (and much more). Do give the show a try, because it’s wonderful television that I’d like to see more of.

3 Responses to “Sally Forth, Raines on Betty & Veronica”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Am I the only one not getting the big deal about the change? Since it is only in one storyline in the doube digest, and if it isn’t popular will never be seen again.

    Who knows maybe it’ll be as good as what Del Rio has brought to Sabrina.

  2. Nat Gertler Says:

    Hmmm…. I’m seeing Raines as disappointing television (in a season of disappointment from key show creators), and I thought the comics episode was quite ignorant in its depiction of the comics business.

    Anyway, if you haven’t experienced Yost’s previous series, Boomtown, do (the first of two seasons is available on DVD). Finest cop show since Hill Street Blues (at least) — and it’s actually part of the Raines continuity, as one Boomtown character showed up on the first episode of Raines.

  3. Mike Chary Says:

    Raines is better than it has any right to be, given that it is showing a psychotic police officer guaranteeing reasonable doubt in every case he solves if anyone finds out. Of course, they make it clear that he’s insane every episode, and he’s racked up quite the body count so far this season.




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