Lena Dunham Working on Archie Comic; Archie Names Chief Creative Officer
In this New York Times article about Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa becoming the new Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics, there’s an interesting tidbit near the end. Lena Dunham, creator and star of the much-discussed HBO sitcom Girls, will be writing an Archie story for 2015. Seems she’s a long-time fan and owns “the first Archie comic”.
The majority of the story, though is about Aguirre-Sacasa being asked “to figure out the best way to exploit the company’s characters in comics, of course, but also in other media.” He wrote the Archie/Glee crossover last year (which only sold 4,500 copies for its first issue, which sounds ridiculously low) as well as the current success Afterlife With Archie (which does much better with 42,000 sold). Aguirre-Sacasa works on the Glee TV show and is based in Los Angeles, all the better for media outreach.
This is pretty good for someone who ten years ago was being threatened with legal action from the company for writing the play Archie’s Weird Fantasy (later renamed Weird Comic Book Fantasy) about the icon’s coming out. Aguirre-Sacasa has also written for Marvel Comics and will be seeking to enlist the right talent for Archie character projects. Given the Hollywood slant, strange that this article doesn’t mention the Archie film in development at Warner Bros.