Exec visits popular Reddit Comic Book community to interact with readers after major ARCHIE #1 news
Following the unexpected, massive announcement of the 2015 ARCHIE relaunch by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on the Comic Books subreddit of the popular community site.
Fans joined the hour-long discussion with the publisher asking questions about the upcoming ARCHIE relaunch, plans for new titles, the DARK CIRCLE launch, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and more. Take a look at some of the breaking news and insight that Jon Goldwater had to offer in the first ever Archie Comics AMA.
ON ARCHIE #1’S INTERPRETATION OF THE ARCHIE GANG "The integrity of the core characters will never change."
ON HOW ARCHIE #1 WILL STAND ON ITS OWN "ARCHIE #1 is going to be a completely fresh take on the Archie universe. We will harken back to the early days when Archie was born, in 1941 [with the] same sort of humor and visual sight gags, but completely new, current and modern. We're breaking ground while of course respecting the storied history of Archie."
ON THE TONE OF ARCHIE #1 "The new ARCHIE #1 is going to first and foremost be funny. There is no dark underbelly, or gritty side of Riverdale in this series. It's going to be a fun, lighthearted look at life in Riverdale for Archie and the entire gang. Our goal is for people to read this book and enjoy it. We have no desire to tell dark, gritty tales. I can assure that will not happen."
ON ARCHIE’S LONGEVITY "I think that Archie and the gang reflect what's best in all of us - I think when people read the books they enjoy the camaraderie and friendship amongst the entire gang, and they see it as reflective of their own lives. And hopefully can relate to some of the situations that the gang goes through - whether it's at home, school, with friends...it's a slice of real life done in an Archie way. And that's eternal."
ON ARCHIE’S CREATIVE REBIRTH "To be honest, when I first arrived at Archie in 2009, it seemed like the company had been reprinting the same story for the past 20 years. If we were to remain competitive and interesting, we needed to do something to change the dynamic."
"I believe that Archie and the gang are very flexible and can exist in many different worlds as long as we remain true to who they are. If you read AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, even though they are in a zombie apocalypse, Archie is still Archie. The whole gang remains the same."
"I was concerned when I came into Archie that at a certain point in one's comic book reading life you stopped reading Archie. I knew that if we gave people something interesting to read, we could expand Archie's audience. So that's what we've done with LIFE WITH ARCHIE with AFTERLIFE and SABRINA. All we've done truly is expand our reach, but the core has not changed. We still print our digest books like we always have and the new ARCHIE #1 is also an effort to expand our reach again while staying true to the foundation on which this company was built."
ON AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE’S ORIGINS "AFTERLIFE started over a breakfast meeting between myself, my son Jesse and [Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa]. Roberto mentioned how much he loved a LIFE WITH ARCHIE variant cover Francesco [Francavilla] drew, and that he was bummed that he opened the book and it wasn't a horror story. Jesse chimed in that he felt the same way. After discussing it for a while and Roberto expressing a real passion to write an Archie horror book, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE was born." ON A POTENTIAL AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MOVIE OR TV SHOW "The answer is YES! Absolutely! This is something that will be happening at some point in the near future - nothing to announce just yet, but rest assured it will happen."
ON THE KEVIN KELLER RELAUNCH "We are really excited for the Kevin reboot. I can tell you it'll be Kevin in his early 20s, living in New York. We'll see Kevin as his career starts to get off the ground as well as his social life developing as a young man. We're so thrilled Dan Parent is helming the series, as he's done from the beginning. I know Dan has a lot of surprises in store - from story to art - so it should be a lot of fun."
ON DARK CIRCLE COMICS "The bottom line is we need to tell great stories, and with these incredible creators, we've been able to do that. I can't wait for people to read these books. Even though they're in the superhero genre, they are able to stand alone as great comic books. The stories are exceptional and the art is A+. It's such an exciting initiative for 2015 that when the first book comes out, BLACK HOOD #1 in February, it's going to be a phenomenon. THE SHIELD is going to be a game-changer and from what I've read and seen so far, Chuck and Adam are doing a terrific job."
Cyber Force is back! A reimagining from Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill introduce a new beginning for the classic series.
CYBER FORCE #1
Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill
Artist: Atilio Rojo
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: March 28, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
You don't have to be familiar with the original series to enjoy this new iteration. In fact, 'Cyber Force' #1 is your prototypical origin story where the players are introduced including a devastatingly lethal villain. It opens with said villain striking a huge terrorist strike brought vividly to life by Atilio Rojo. Humanity has become too dependent on technology and this act of terrorism is supposed to be the first wave of resistance, a preventive measure to keep humans from destroying themselves. In the aftermath of the attack of one of the world's biggest technology companies, one man survives, Morgan Stryker, maimed and severely wounded, unknowingly undergoes a transform…
Created, written, and drawn by Dan Panosian, 'Slots' #1 is his baby and he has a story to tell at his own damn pace. This beautifully illustrated story is centered squarely on former boxer Stanley Dance and his attempt to find redemption despite being someone without many redeeming qualities.
Writer: Dan Panosian
Artist: Dan Panosian
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Slots' is more of a character study than a rip-roaring crime caper but Panosian's protagonist is a charming cad, full of confidence, capable of swindling you out of a restaurant bill with a devilish grin on his face. He's headed back to Vegas to fulfill a favor he owes. He returns to his old haunts where everyone knows him and knows he must be playing some kind of angle. 'Slots' succeeds because Stanley is so magnetic even when he's a jerk he's interesting. So following him around town meeting up with old friends is…
Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!
Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…
The World’s Greatest Mystery. The World’s Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World’s Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world’s most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries? Can Batman and the Shadow save the world without destroying it in the process?
Writer Steve Orlando (Batman/The Shadow, Justice League of America) and artist by Giovanni Timpano (The Shadow, Transformers) unite to tell an instantly classic tale of noir, mortality and generational heroes and villains. The Shadow / Batman HC
writer: Steve Orlando
artist: Giovanni Timpano
cover: Alex Ross
In Stores 04/25/2018
FC | 160 pages | $24.99 | Teen +
COLLECTING ISSUES 1-6 + BONUS CONTENT
John Wick's origin story continues! In the underworld of El Paso, Texas, a familiar face introduces an ex-con named John Wick to the local branch of the mysterious Continental Hotel, a neutral zone where professional killers spend their downtime. But can John adhere to the rules of the Continental? Or will his search for vengeance destroy his chances for a peaceful life? Also... does John Wick actually have...a cat?
John Wick #2
writer: Greg Pak
artist: Giovanni Valleta
cover: Giovanni Valleta (A)
Photo cover (C) In Stores 04/18/2018