It looks like every leading lady of the Archie universe is coming to Betty & Veronica #271, and here's a five page preview of it!
What hath science wrought? You're not hallucinating. This is a Lil' Archie story with an anthropomorphic beaver. Does anyone else see aquatic rodents and immediately think of Kurt Vonnegut? (via Comics Beat.)
Please do not adjust your computer screen—this is, in fact, a real cover for a real Archie comic that’s coming out in December. In case you can’t read the speech bubble, Archie is saying exactly what you’re thinking right now: “Wow! I guess anything’s possible!” Here’s the logline for the issue in question, Archie #616: “Campaign Pain” Part 1: "President Barack Obama and famed politician Sarah Palin get involved as Student Government campaigns spiral out of control at Riverdale High! The race between Archie and Reggie gets hot as campaign chaos reaches to the top, forcing an impromptu visit from these big-name politicos, who get pulled into the fray!" As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a Part 2 that’ll be released one month later: >>>More at Mediaite.
The Hero Initiative is a non-for-profit organization that works to help out established comic book creators who are down on their luck, as many in the industry have been at some time, due to the mercurial nature of in industry where royalties, character rights, and steady work-for-hire are in no way guaranteed.
Their latest fundraiser involves printing 50 blank-covered copies of Archie #600, the issue where he proposes to Veronica, asking 50 of the biggest artists in comics today to draw their own cover, and selling those issues on eBay. The originals, that is. The 50 new covers will also be collected in a published book, which will probably be a bit more affordable to the average comic reader.
The list of artists on the project include Neal Adams, Darwyn Cooke, John Romita, Tim Sale, and Cliff Chiang (above). We've put a few of the sample covers below the jump for you.
Boy, I can't wait to see Tim Sale's.
This is just your friendly reminder to start planning, because Free Comic Book Day is in two weeks! If you don't know what Free Comic Book Day is, dwell in anguish no more:
Free Comic Book Day is the yearly date when you can show up at any participating store (usually one of the closest ones to you) and grab more than thirty comic issues for absolutely free. Yes, they're put out by a great swath of the industry's publishers. Yes, you can have as many as you want, as long as you don't take more than one of the same title. Yes, it is awesome.