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Oct. 02, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa channels ’60s horror for new ‘Sabrina’ comic

'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' No. 1 (featured image)
It’s a rather different incarnation of the well-known young witch who will headline “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” the latest Archie Comics series to enjoy a bit of a spooky reboot under the direction of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The company’s chief creative officer, who last year brought zombies to Riverdale with the ongoing “Afterlife With Archie,” took some interesting inspiration when bringing Sabrina back to the forefront of her own comic — he principally looked to Roman Polanski’s landmark horror film “Rosemary’s Baby” for the 1960s-set origin tale, which presents a darker take on the characters and their adventures than previously seen. Hero Complex caught up with Aguirre-Sacasa to learn more about the narrative direction and tone of “Sabrina,” and the contributions of artist Robert Hack. Issue No. 1 is set for release Oct. 8. HC: It’s been five years since Sabrina […]
Sept. 29, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.

‘Afterlife With Archie': Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa talks horror, movie plans

"Afterlife with Archie" No. 1. (Archie Comics)
The spotlight was on Riverdale’s dark side during the “Afterlife With Archie” panel with writer and Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at Long Beach Comic Con on Sunday. “I’ve never felt like we should dial back the horror, but the challenge is, as horrific as the events get, at the core it is an ‘Archie’ book,” said Aguirre-Sacasa in a discussion with Hero Complex’s Blake Hennon at the weekend expo. Among the topics explored were Aguirre-Sacasa’s history with Archie Comics, the origins of “Afterlife” and what readers can expect in future issues as well as his upcoming “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” series. “Afterlife With Archie” chronicles Riverdale’s zombie apocalypse, which was instigated when Sabrina the Teenage Witch attempted to bring back Jughead Jones’ dog, Hot Dog, from the dead. The consequence: Jughead is the first human casualty […]
July 22, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Afterlife With Archie': Sabrina the Teenage Witch returns

The cover of "Afterlife with Archie" No. 6. (Francesco Francavilla/Archie Comics)
It’s been a busy time in the Archie universe. Last week marked a milestone in Riverdale, as the beloved redhead died in the pages of the future-set “Life With Archie,” taking a bullet for his friend — and newly elected senator — Kevin Keller. Now “Afterlife With Archie” keeps the ball rolling with a new story set to hit stores Wednesday that promises to raise the drama quotient as well as mark the return of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the series. Hero Complex has a preview of the issue, which hits stores this week. You can view them in the gallery above or by clicking the links below. Cover | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Comic-Con Cover Sabrina hasn’t been seen since Issue […]
July 16, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Archie’s death: CEO Jon Goldwater discusses iconic redhead’s sacrifice

Cover of "Life with Archie" no. 36, in which Archie Andrews dies. (Archie Comics)
Riverdale’s beloved scion Archie Andrews will be headed for that big Pop Tate’s in the sky, as announced earlier this year, with the character set to meet his demise in “Life With Archie” No. 36, which hits stores Wednesday. Archie Comics shared new details of the story earlier this week, revealing that Archie will die in the future-set title saving the life of friend — and newly elected senator — Kevin Keller. Issue No. 37, which will conclude the “Life With Archie” series, will take place a year after the slaying, revolving around how the remaining members of the core gang — Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie — are coping with the loss of their red-haired prince. Both stories will be collected in a double-sized commemorative magazine and upcoming trade paperback collecting the entire tragedy, written by regular “Life With […]
May 02, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.

Free Comic Book Day: Marc Silvestri, Rob Worley, more visit L.A. shops

Future's End No. 0, one of sixty free titles available on Free Comic Book Day. (DC Entertainment)
Free Comic Book Day arrives Saturday, with more than 2,000 participating comic book shops readying their annual blowout of gratis titles and in-store appearances across the country. Marvel’s planning to release a complimentary issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy” that will tease to a game-changing event for Spider-Man, while DC is launching a new series with “The New 52: Futures End” No. 0, which marks Batman Beyond’s debut in the New 52 universe. (The series will continue its weekly run with issue No. 1 set to hit stands Wednesday.) In all, more than 60 titles will be made available at no cost: among them, Dark Horse will release a complimentary issue of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Archie Comics will offer “Archie Digest” No. 1, which features a new introduction to the Riverdale gang; and IDW will offer a free issue […]
April 08, 2014 | 11:43 a.m.

Archie Comics announces beloved redhead to die in July issue

Cover of "Life with Archie" no. 36, in which Archie Andrews dies. (Archie Comics)
Archie fans might want to brace themselves: The beloved character will die this July. Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the lovable redhead Archie Andrews will bite the proverbial dust, to cap the recent “Life With Archie” series. “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life With Archie’ five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a statement. MORE: RECENT ARCHIE NEWS While details of the character’s impending death are scant, it has been revealed that Archie will go out saving the life of a friend in “Life With Archie” No. 36, in which the two potential future timelines of the series finally will mesh. Comic readers will have no shortage of formats […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

Halloween horror: 13 frightfully good comics for holiday scares

Halloween comics (featured image)
Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
June 10, 2013 | 9:25 a.m.

‘Afterlife With Archie': Francesco Francavilla cover, movie details

"Afterlife with Archie" No. 1. (Archie Comics)
Respected Italian comic book artist Francesco Francavilla will team with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on the new zombies-invade-Riverdale series “Afterlife With Archie” — Francavilla’s cover for the first issue, due out in October, can be seen here in its exclusive debut. The Eisner Award-winning artist (“Batman,” “Black Beetle”) will provide interiors for the title as well. Aguirre-Sacasa, currently a writer-producer on the TV series “Glee” and the writer who crafted the recent four-part “Archie Meets Glee” crossover, was inspired to pen the story after seeing Francavilla’s striking cover image. In the new comic, Sabrina the Teenage Witch inadvertently brings about the zombie apocalypse with a spell-gone-wrong, and the gang has to deal with the fallout while she attempts to restore order to Riverdale. With credits involving teens, horror and comics, Aguirre-Sacasa brings a unique set of credentials to the project. In addition […]
Sept. 21, 2011 | 11:06 a.m.

Is ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ coming back to TV?

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (featured image)
Sabrina the teenage witch is getting a makeover. On Wednesday Archie Comics, which created the character, announced a partnership with MoonScoop Entertainment and plans to create a new half-hour animated TV series. The new show will feature a more “current” interpretation of the character, according to Archie Comics Chief Executive Jon Goldwater. Think skinny jeans, spiky hair and a tattoo. “This is the first new animation for Sabrina in almost 10 years,” said Goldwater. “It’s a combination of ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ … she’s more modern.” Story wise, the project aims to be more action-oriented than previous incarnations such as ABC’s short-lived Saturday morning “Sabrina: the Animated Series” (1999-2000) or the sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart that ran from 1996 to 2003 on ABC and then the WB network. “It’s a little more dealing in the supernatural realm,” […]
Jan. 11, 2011 | 10:03 a.m.

‘American Idol’ and Simon Cowell face off … in Archie Comics?

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EXCLUSIVE “American Idol” and “The X Factor” will soon square off … in the pages of Archie Comics? Jon Goldwater, the co-CEO of Archie Comics, says the July issue of the venerable comic book will feature some music-world star power: “Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez face off in Riverdale, as ‘X Factor’ and ‘American Idol’ hold open auditions and compete against each other to collect the best and brightest musical talents from the town – including the Archies, Josie and the Pussycats and more. This one has it all – celebrities, comedy, music and plenty of surprises. Who better to become the next musical reality hit than the Archies?” The story is still being worked on — and when I suggested that it might be funny if the irascible Cowell gave a snide critique of Jughead’s wardrobe, I heard back from Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito […]
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