Archie Aims for Diversity With New Writers, Characters

Archie Comics has announced two new writers who bring with them characters of different ethnicities.

Pals n Gals #123 cover

The first is their Mexican publisher, who’s been editing for 25 years:

In 2005, Jesús Gil Holguí­n started publishing Spanish Language editions of Archie Comics in Mexico. Jesús is writing his first script for Archie Comics. The story will feature the first Mexican addition to Riverdale High when Toño Diaz is introduced.

… Join Toño and his entire family for their first Riverdale adventure in Pals ‘n’ Gals #123 on sale in July, 2008. Toño’s first appearance will be released simultaneously in the United States and in Mexico.

Later on, Misako Takashima, a writer and artist, is introducing

Kumi Tamura … a shy, cute and goofy Japanese girl. She doesn’t think she’s goofy or funny. However, when Archie, Betty and the others meet her, they think she is very funny.

That’s kind of an odd description, setting her up as a figure to poke fun at. They go on to say “She likes reading Japanese girls’ comics”, but the word “manga” is never used. The location of her first appearance hasn’t yet been announced.

I applaud the inclusion of non-traditional characters in the mostly white Riverdale, but I hope we see them more often than Ginger or Frankie or many of the other existing Archie characters who came in to expand diversity but are rarely seen. And I hope they get real stories, not just travelogue-style “and people from their country like ____”. Having creators who know the cultures is a big help.

3 Responses to “Archie Aims for Diversity With New Writers, Characters”

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    […] Archie comics, which at the moment look exactly like the Archie comics I read as a child, are mixing it up a bit with two new writers, Jesus Gil Holguin and Misako Takashim, and two new characters, Toño Diaz and Kumi Tamura. (Via Comics Worth Reading.) […]

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    […] to Riverdale! Why does that sound familiar? Because she was plugged as a new character introduction nine months ago. It wasn’t really worth the wait. Kumi spends the story amazed at the wonders of America: […]

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    […] here’s hoping that he becomes a recurring character quickly. There have been other introductions to expand character diversity, but what really matters is how they’re used and whether they […]




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