Betty and Veronica, meet your new BFF, Lena Dunham.
Yes, it’s true. HBO’s Girls creator/star Dunham was announced as a new Archie Comics writer this morning in The New York Times. She’ll write a four-part story set to hit stores in 2015.
“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Dunham said in a statement. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”
According to the press release, Dunham “will bring her modern voice to some of the most beloved characters in pop culture as Archie and the gang come face to face with a new reality show filming in Riverdale.” I wonder if she’ll pull in real life experiences the cast and crew of Girls have had filming in New York…
“When we found out Lena was a fan, the first thing I did was call [Archie’s new Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa],” said Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater. “And he said, instantly, ‘Let’s try to make this happen!’ And here we are. It’s been a magical confluence of events, and it further cemented why Roberto is the ideal person for the CCO role, and why this is the next logical step in Archie’s evolution as a real pop culture company — a place where the strongest, most unique voices can come and contribute to Archie’s world. The best part is — we’re just getting started.”
Aguirre-Sacasa said, “Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
I hadn’t heard anything about Dunham being an Archie/comics fan before this so it was a happy surprise to wake up to. While Girls may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Dunham has a strong voice and an ever growing fan base which could result in a few new readers entering comic shops. Now let’s get a pile of Archie comics to show up in Hannah’s apartment!