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Riverdale Reborn Kickstartercampagne diept Archie Comics Reboot verder uit

 


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Posted 11/05/2015 by

archie1Het is ondertussen al even geweten dat de iconische Archie­-comicbookreeks ter ere van diens 75e verjaardag dit jaar, een reboot en een nieuwe nummer 1 zou krijgen. Om de wereld rond Riverdale’s bekendste tiener wat uit te diepen, hoopt uitgeverij Archie Comics nu via de Kickstartercampagne Riverdale Reborn ook drie andere, getrouwe reeksen opnieuw op te starten. Hoewel deze tot enkele van de oudste en langst lopende Amerikaanse comicbookseries behoren, worden ze allen heruitgevonden en vernieuwd voor een modern lezerspubliek.

  • JUGHEAD – Ten eerste is er deze nieuwe, humoristische reeks die de verhalen van Archie’s eetgrage vriend Jughead vertelt. De reeks wordt geschreven door Chip Zdarsky (Howard The Duck, Sex Criminals). Vooralsnog is er nog geen artiest bekendgemaakt.
  • BETTY AND VERONICA – Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman) schrijft en tekent hier de avonturen van tienervriendinnen Betty Cooper en Veronica Lodge.
  • LIFE WITH KEVIN Ten slotte zijn er de verhalen rond de beroemde Kevin Keller, het eerste homoseksuele personage bij Archie Comics. Deze reeks over een 21-jarige, meer volwassen Kevin wordt geschreven door Dan Parent (Kevin Keller) en J. Bone (The Spirit).

De grootschalige reboot bij Archie Comics gaat van start met Archie #1 door Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) en Fiona Staples die vanaf 8 juli beschikbaar is. De latere reeksen worden opgestart naarmate de Kickstarter succesvol blijkt, maar men hoopt ten laatste in de komende 18 maanden de reeksen uit te geven.

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De Kickstartercampagne kan je steunen via deze link. Waarom de keuze voor Kickstarter? Dat liet Archie Comics-CEO Jon Goldwater weten in de volgende brief:

We live in a time of unheralded growth and awareness for comics. The Avengers are in theaters. The Flash is running around on TV and, defying odds; comic book print sales are staying strong while digital continues to grow. If comics didn’t already have an era dubbed the Golden Age, we could make a strong argument that this is it.

By now, you’ve probably heard the news: Archie Comics has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help launch three new titles. These books will expand on the foundation being created in the pages of July’s ARCHIE #1 by the hugely talented team of writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples. These books cannot exist without the support of our fans, the most important people in the world to us. The people that have supported Archie since day one, 75 years ago.

It’s also a good opportunity to talk a bit about story. About quality. About the relationships between the producers of comics – the publishers – and you, the fans.

I’m sure the first question you have about this is “Well, why does Archie need our money?” That’s a good and fair question. We understand and value every purchase our fans make. We’ve chosen to be fully transparent when launching this Kickstarter, as we have been in the past with all our initiatives. Let’s face it: we are not Marvel or DC Comics. We don’t have their bottomless bank accounts. We don’t have their corporate infrastructure.

We can’t launch 20 titles a month. We can’t flood the market with double-shipped books.

We are a privately owned company that has built a track record for being innovative, forward thinking, progressive, relevant and agile. Over the last six years, while I’ve overseen Archie Comics, we’ve acted more like a new publisher than one that’s been around for decades. We are the oldest start-up in history.

So, let me take it a step further. Not only are we not Marvel or DC – we don’t want to be.

We don’t want to tell convoluted stories that require fans to buy a dozen comics to understand one. We don’t want to reboot our titles every six months. We don’t want to alter characters to make headlines and then move on as if nothing happened.

We are not cloaked in secrecy. We’re here – we’re connected and we’re available. Our fans are as much a part of the company as our employees. We are all in this together.

What matters most to Archie Comics? For us, for me – it’s all about the story and art. It’s about making sure the level of quality is beyond sky-high. It’s about the characters. It’s about doing the best job we can to create the best comics possible with the best talent available. That’s why you have names like Waid, Staples, Zdarsky, Hughes, Parent, Aguirre-Sacasa, Francavilla, Hack, Swierczynski, Gaydos and more on our titles. The best and brightest doing career-defining work on characters recognized around the world. And this is only the beginning.

As we enter our 75th year, its obvious Archie is here to stay. This isn’t a plea to keep us in business. This is a call to action. We want to partner with our fans to build on something we already know is going to be a huge success – ARCHIE #1. But not through gimmicks, hype or smoke and mirrors. But through the thing that has gotten us to this point: great storytelling. Help us build a New Riverdale and vote with the one ballot that will get the attention of the Marvels and DCs of the world: your dollar.

Be a part of something new and vibrant. Support the little guy fighting to make some noise and show the slow-moving goliaths of the comic book industry how it’s done: through hard work, great storytelling and tactical and calculated risk-taking.

Help us build a New Riverdale for everyone.

– Jon Goldwater

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Killian

 
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Schrijft sneller dan zijn schaduw. Misschien ook beter. Maar zeker sneller.


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    Mirko di Wallenberg

    Ondertussen hebben ze hun staart weer ingetrokken en het hele project opgeblazen wegens de heftige kritiek van de comic lezers in US. Persoonlijk vind ik dit ook geen idee. Archie Comics mag dan wel zeggen dat ze niet te zoals Marvel en DC zijn maar, allez, je moet wel serieus blijven hé. Een uitgeverij op de rand van faillissement zijn ze nu ook weer niet!





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