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02/29/2012

Progress, illustrated: Archie Comics proudly stands against AFA

by Jeremy Hooper

Archie-Gay-Comics-Kevin-Keller-Just-MarriedThe unintentional comics at the American Family Association thought they could bully a much more valued, much more pointedly comical American institution. They were wrong:

We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.

--John Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics (statement via Bleeding Cool)

Wait, there's no AFA in Archie world? OMG, I've never wanted to be an illustration more than I do right now! And that's saying a lot, because I had a MEGA '80s crush on Lance from Voltron.

Guess AFA will just have to stick with a more receptive Archie:

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**This made me laugh:

You know, if you honestly believe that a child can't understand that, then I'm pretty sure that it's not Archie's fault. That one's on you. And even if it is true, then I have to tell you, the existence of Kevin Keller isn't even close to being at the top of the list of things you need to explain about the world of Archie Comics. I don't know if you've read those things, but there's a character in there who eats like 30 hamburgers in one sitting, and that's legitimately dangerous.
Read More: One Million Moms Threatens Anti-Gay Boycott of Toys 'R Us Over Archie's Kevin Keller Comics Allaince]

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