So How Did Archie’s Gay Pal Kevin Keller Come Out To His Parents?

We told you a while back that Kevin Keller, the gay Archie character launched last year, would get his own four-part, bi-monthly spin-off series dealing with topics like coming out and bullying. Well, a friend of ours snagged an exclusive sneak peek at the first issue and it’s kinda amazing.

No, the comic doesn’t have over-the-top gayness like other queer comics we’ve featured here—such as the trans and lesbian inclusive superheroes of Spandex, the Ellen Degeneres comic book, the DADT comic for military personnel, or the issues of The Uncanny X-Men featuring bossy bottom Northstar. But that’s because Archie comics have a younger demographic.

Even still Kevin Keller’s creator Dan Parent made sure to hit on a wide range of contemporary gay issues by giving Kevin a disabled veteran father (conservative parents), a desire to join the military (DADT whut), and an anti-gay smear campaign levied against him when he runs for class president (just like Houston’s lesbian mayor Annise Parker).

And even though it features all these serious issues, it still has regular Riverdale antics like Kevin and Jughead joining a pie-eating contest and barfing afterwards.

Side note: Does any town in the real world actually still have pie-eating contests?

Go look at the comic and tell us what you think. It really is “a pivotal moment in pop history.”

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  • Tallskin

    ////Does any town in the real world actually still have pie-eating contests?

    ****Yep, here in little old London town we often have them. Whole streets and districts are given over to this quaint old practice.

    Haven’t you people heard of the famous London Pie Eating Contest, held by the river Thames every year, which the queen attends?

    Actually no I am lying just to wind you yanks up.

    The comic looks good though.

  • Ogre Magi

    Eating as much as he does, how does Kevin Keller keep his slender physique?

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    This really surprises me. The writers have handled this well, not giving Keller some After School Special treatment.

    How is the book being received in the actual comic world?

    As far as pie eating contests; my little burg holds one every year as part of the local fall fair.

  • K

    I seriously love how this character is treated exactly like every other weird, retro man-out-of time Archie character, except with slightly fiercer eyebrows

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