Kevin Keller made history in 2011 as the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics. Now the out teen, who has had his own miniseries and ongoing comic, is breaking boundaries (and formats) with a new hardcover young-adult novel.
Due out April 18, Kevin (Penguin, $9.99) looks at Keller’s early years as a middle-school military brat facing the prom, an amorous female friend, and a boy who acts like he doesn’t know Kevin exists.
“This is a book I would have hugged if I’d had it as a child,” says publisher Francesco Sedita. “I hope it has that effect on children and adults today.”
Comics and children’s book author Paul Kupperberg is penning the one-off title. Kupperberg—who has written for Superman, Action Comics, Supergirl, and Superboy, among others—was responsible for getting an adult Kevin married to his partner in a fantasy issue of Life With Archie.