Our favorite resident gay boy of Riverdale has been making some waves in the comic book industry. I, like many other a gay boy waited for my copy of the highly anticipated issue of Veronica which would introduce Archie Comics' first openly gay character. But low and behold, I never got a chance to because it sold out at my local comic book store. I waited for weeks as my comic store attempted to order more copies, but they never came. Evidently for good reason. Kevin Keller single-handedly sold out the entire run of Veronica #202.
While I'm saddened by my noticable lack of gay issue of Archie, it does tickle me pink that the rainbow dollar was able to demonstrate to Archie Comics publishers that their fans support the inclusion of a truly diverse cast and that their decision to reach out to new audiences by more closely emulating contemporary society pays off.
Check out the official press release, after the jump:
Archie Comics' teen sensation Kevin Keller--the first gay character in Archie Comics' line of books--has been welcomed enthusiastically by Versace, the New York Times, and fans from every corner of the world. To celebrate the SOLD-OUT first printing of Kevin Keller's debut issue, Veronica #202, Archie Comics is going back to the press for a special limited edition variant cover print run of Veronica #202.
Already selling wildly back and forth on online auction sites like eBay, Kevin Keller's debut issue has become highly coveted world-wide. The special limited edition variant cover print run of Veronica #202 will feature a remastered and recolored cover.
"We never thought Kevin Keller would become so hot so fast!" exclaimed Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater.
"It's been a thrill to see how well people have welcomed Kevin into their lives," continues Goldwater. "His introduction was always just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. It just made sense at the time and we couldn't be happier to have such widespread and enthusiastic support behind Kevin's continued presence at Archie Comics!"
Kevin Keller's full debut story "Isn't it Bromantic?" will be re-released in the limited edition variant cover print run of VERONICA #202 featuring the full-issue story that introduces Kevin, Archie Comics' first gay character.
Kevin's limited edition variant cover issue of VERONICA #202 will be available through ArchieComics.com and in comic shops beginning October 6th and in limited quantities at the 2010 New York Comic Con taking place October 8-10. Kevin's next appearances will take place in VERONICA #204 & #205.