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Girls’ Creator Lena Dunham Is Writing A Four-Part Comic Series For A Major Publisher

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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!

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."