Archie Plans to Release Two New Graphic Novels a Month in 2011, Starts New Subscription Program

An ad currently running in the Archie comic books is promoting the Archie Comics Book Club, a new subscription offer beginning January 2011. For $19.99 a month, billed automatically to your credit card, you’ll get two new graphic novels a month, plus a one-year subscription to an Archie comic book, plus a one-year subscription to Archie Digital Comics.

Archie Book Club ad

The digital product itself is priced at $9.95 month or a year for $49.95. The Archie “baby trade” collections (my term, since they’re small and contain four issues) are $9.95 each. So a year’s subscription adds up to $239.88 for 24 books ($238.80 cover price), which effectively makes the print and digital subscriptions free. If parents know that they’re going to want all the books for their kids, I suppose this is a no-hassle way to ensure they arrive, although I’m always suspicious of those too-convenient “we’ll just keep billing your credit card until you remember to cancel” offers.

I also wonder who picks out the print subscription, you or the company. Some titles aren’t published monthly (such as Jughead, which appears quarterly, and some of the Betty & Veronica titles are every two months), which may complicate things.

But the thing I find most significant about this is that Archie is committing to releasing at least two collections a month, which is a major increase to their graphic novel reprint program. Watch for more high-promotion storylines like that Archie kisses Valerie one, with a hook that gets media attention and collects easily into a book. The two books shown in the ad are The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats and Betty and Veronica: Storybook, both due in January. Amazon already has a number of otheres listed under the Archie & Friends All-Stars umbrella title, including a Jughead book, the “Night at the Comic Shop” story full of historical characters, “Archie Babies”, and the return of “Archie’s Weird Mysteries”.


3 Responses to “Archie Plans to Release Two New Graphic Novels a Month in 2011, Starts New Subscription Program”

  1. Anthony Says:

    I’d like to see them collect the manga run of Sabrina (I only have its one single TPB collecting the early issues). Though seems like they’re only putting out the small “baby trade” collections, which would mean taking awhile to complete…

  2. Johanna Says:

    I’m afraid the ship has sailed on that version of the series. They should have done more and thicker books while the manga approach was still running, but now, I suspect the publisher isn’t interested in going back to it.

  3. Archie in 2010: Eliminated Single Digests, Took Some Titles Bi-Monthly ยป Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] volumes; and a left-over New Look reprint came out. If they’re still planning to put out 24 graphic novels for their Book Club in 2011, then there’s some stepping up to do here. [...]

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