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Archie’s new friend is gay

india Updated: Apr 24, 2010 12:56 IST
Sharin Bhatti
Sharin Bhatti
Hindustan Times
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Come autumn and Riverdale High will be hosting a new character. Sharp, quirky, funny, pretty blonde and a good dresser, meet Kevin Keller, the new student and friend of the Archie gang.The only thing setting this young teen apart from Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and the rest of the gang is the fact that he is gay.

The comic book announced the same on its website, mentioning that Kevin will make its appearance in the comic titled Veronica #202: Isn’t is Bromantic, to be released in September this year.

Openly gay
Archie Comics Co-CEO, Jon Goldwater, stated on the website, “The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie’s hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character.”

The full-issue story will introduce Kevin, as the new hunk in town who takes to Veronica’s instant fancy. But Kevin’s arduous preferences come out in the open when he defeats Jughead in a burger-eating contest at Pop's Chocklit Shoppe and confesses that he isn’t interested in Veronica because he is gay.

The website provides a sneak peak of the events: “Mayhem and hilarity ensue as Kevin desperately attempts to let Veronica down easy while her flirtations only become increasingly persistent.”Kevin confides in Jughead. “It is nothing against her. I'm gay.” Pink is in Riverdale too!