Good on ya, as the Aussie inside me would say (no rude comments please). Archie Comics have taken the bold step of welcoming its first openly gay resident this September in “Veronica” #202 (I urge you all to rush out and buy it). The character in question is the rather dashing blond haired and blue eyed Kevin Keller, I wonder what his porn name would be? Now I am sure that as a result of this they are sure to receive a bag full of hate mail from the more ‘socially conservative’ types out there, but I for one think it is about time we had more diversity in this forum which lets face it has always had a huge gay following.
“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 in Archie comic books,” said Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in an official press release.
In a story titled “Isn’t it Bromantic?” Kevin Keller makes waves as the new kid in town by beating Jughead in an eating contest, what better way for the gay guy to make friends and influence people. This of course get the attention of boy-crazy Veronica. When Jughead points out her interest, Kevin’s up front about the fact that he’s gay and spends the rest of the issue introducing himself to the rest of the gang while trying to let a clueless Veronica down easy, I think he should make a bold play for Jughead in the next edition.
It will be interesting to see where Kevin goes from here on, I wish him well on his adventures and look forward to seeing how he is received by the world at large.