7 Companies Anti-Gay Groups Are Boycotting (And You Should Be Buying From)

Archie Comics

If you follow comic books, then you may know that Archie Comics has been breaking new ground lately with Kevin Keller, a gay character who has joined the Riverdale gang a few years back—and has even gotten his own series. In Life with Archie #16, a story set in the future, Kevin is a war hero who marries his African-American boyfriend.

As you can imagine, the American Family Association had a seizure over the whole thing. They called for a boycott against Archie Comics (and Toys R Us for carrying the issue).

Archie Comics was not having it. CEO Jon Goldwater stated:

“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/ 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.”


But let’s face it: The print-media business is hurtin’, and even the handful of yahoos who burned their copies of Betty & Veronica did some damage. So go to your local nerd den and balance the scales.

What to buy:  The hardcover Kevin Keller graphic novel (which includes Kevin’s miniseries and his debut issue, Veronica #202) and a subscription to the Kevin Keller comic.