Today I Read… Die Kitty Die

Today I read Die Kitty Die written by Fernando Ruiz and illustrated by Dan Parent.Image result for die kitty die

Kitty used to be the teen witch with the hottest comic around, but sales haven’t been so great lately. So the CEO of Kitty Comics has come up with a brilliant idea to generate interest and sell more Kitty comics. Kill Kitty- for real! Can Kitty survive old friends, old relatives, and worst of all old husbands? Or will Kitty die, Kitty, die?

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The cover caught my eye at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this year, and I’m glad I picked it up. This is a satire of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, drawn of course by Dan Parent who drew the Archie comics. The entire book is set up like an Archie comic, with the one page shorts, fashion pages, and silly ads of the classic series, but with a more adult, sexual, satirical bent. The most obvious example is the recurring joke of Kitty’s enormous boobs. This is a book meant for adults who grew up on Archie comics, and definitely not a book for kids. You really need to have read Archie comics comics to get the jokes, as this book is very meta. This was a Kickstarter project, but I asked them and they are planning volume 2, which I for one am planning on keeping my eye out for. This is a hilarious look at what might happen if Sabrina was real and really pissed off about how she’s been treated in her own comics. Characters can get as sick of reboots as readers, you know. Maybe comic companies need to try being a little bit nicer to their characters. After all, you might not know who you’re dealing with…

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Today I Read…Kevin Keller

Kevin KellerToday I read Archie’s Pal Kevin Keller, with story and pencils by Dan Parent, which contains the first 6 issues of the Kevin Keller series.

Riverdale has a new resident, and he’s quick to fit in with Archie and the gang. Kevin Keller has eating contests with Jughead, talks journalism with Betty, pals around with Archie, and has Veronica panting after him. Too bad she doesn’t have a chance with him, but they all make great friends! Will Kevin become a journalist after high school, or join the military like his father, or become the president? Who knows? Right now, he’s having a great time with his new friends in good old Riverdale!

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Kevin Keller is, of course, the well-publicized new gay character in the world of Archie. He was introduced in February 2012, and won the 2013 GLAAD Media Award, which celebrates outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media. He’s a little bit of a Marty Sue character, since he’s perfect in just about every way, but that actually makes him fit in with the rest of the Archie cast quite nicely, so I’ll forgive him for that. On one hand, the worst thing that ever happens to him is that the odd bigot tells him to try out for the girls’ track team and he throws up when he has to speak in public–not exactly realistic. On the other hand, it shows a strong, positive role model–Kevin is kind to others, smart, athletic, ambitious, and has a loving, supportive family and friends who accept him for who he is. Kevin Keller is what happens after “It Gets Better”. While it is clear that Kevin is a gay character, it is also clear that he is not only ‘the gay character’–that he has more sides to his identity that just his sexual orientation. All in all, he’s a welcome addition to Archie’s gang in the 21st century.