Archie Babies Goes Direct to Graphic Novel

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The Archie Babies series that the company announced at last year’s San Diego convention will now go straight to collection as Archie’s “first original graphic novel“. (Based on that image, Reggie is missing, but Dilton and Moose join the core cast of four — Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead.)

I’m glad to see the company continuing to experiment with format, but I’m not sure this is the right project to start with. I have a fondness for cute kid titles, but I find they work best in small doses delivered consistently over time. The change here is due to “renewed emphasis on graphic novels since signing a distribution deal with Random House last September”. After all, bookstores want books, not skinny comics or little digests.

Amazon lists a release date of July 12. The book is written by Mike Kunkel with art by Art Mawhinney.

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5 Responses to “Archie Babies Goes Direct to Graphic Novel”

  1. Chris Howard Says:

    I want a collection of the last time they did Little Archies, specifically, the work of Chris Allen.

  2. Bill Jennings Says:

    I think Reggie is in the background, playing with a ball. Chuck and Nancy are also on the teeter-totter in the background.

  3. Johanna Says:

    All the way back there? You have better eyes than I do! Good call. And I’m glad they included Chuck and Nancy. I like them.

  4. Diana Green Says:

    I really enjoyed the first volume of Bolling Little Archies, as this was some of the most consistently strong storytelling in the Archie line. The second book of it didn’t work as well for me, but YMMV.
    If they’re going for the continuity thing, I wonder when Reggie moved to town, as he’s in the Bolling stories….

  5. Veronica #207-208, aka Kevin Keller #1-2 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Thankfully, Kevin Keller (who first appeared in Veronica #202) is a great new character. Yes, he’s a little too perfect at times — he can go head-to-head with Jughead in an eating contest, and he has the fashion sense to match Veronica’s — but this focus story puts some meat in his history. His military background, with a father often absent on assignment and the resultant travel required of the family, is true to life, and it’s neat to see some of his previous friends, providing a natural way to find out more about his childhood. Frankly, I’m happy to see someone new shake up the established gang, especially now that the company has decided they’ve all been together since babyhood. [...]

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