Archie Comics Features First Ever Gay Wedding

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    Jan 10, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    One gay character is a soldier injured in Iraq who meets his partner, an African-American doctor, while recuperating in the hospital.

    Although this was announced some months back, the actual edition was released almost a week ago, I missed that date. I hope I can find a copy, might become a collectors item.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/archie-comics-gay-wedding-kevin-keller-278787

    [For non-US RJ members who may not be familiar with this comic book, it's the long-running story of the lives & adventures of high school students. A few years ago the gay character "Kevin Keller" was added, itself a landmark & controversial move. This "Life With Archie" spinoff comic take these characters into the future following high school where they're young adults. Keller, now a wounded Iraq War veteran, marries a gay doctor he met in hospital]

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    Jan 10, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    That's cool
  • kittar

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    Jan 10, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    uh oh. looks like Keller wounded hi hand in Iraq...

    And his beau was loving enough to transplant his own hand with Keller's... Look at their clasped hands in the OP's picture. ROFL
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    Jan 10, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    we need a "like" button
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    Jan 10, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    kittar saiduh oh. looks like Keller wounded his hand in Iraq...

    And his beau was loving enough to transplant his own hand with Keller's... Look at their clasped hands in the OP's picture. ROFL

    OMG, you're right! The fill artist switched the hands!

    Making this the first gay, interracial hand transplant! Another new comic book milestone!

    (Good eyes, BTW icon_biggrin.gif )
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    Jan 10, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    i love archie comics. been collecting it since i was a little kid. im glad to see the author is socially conscious and reflects that in the comics icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    sooo happy about this icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    kittar saiduh oh. looks like Keller wounded hi hand in Iraq...

    And his beau was loving enough to transplant his own hand with Keller's... Look at their clasped hands in the OP's picture. ROFL


    That is too damn funny! That got my attention more than the gay wedding itself.
  • KissTheSky

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    Jan 11, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    This gets my vote as best news of the day. icon_biggrin.gif
    Thanks for posting it!
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    Jan 11, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    I hadn't bought an Archie comic in many many years, or any regular comic for that matter. I've been purchasing the Kevin Keller comics via my iPad and really enjoy them. (Theyre also cheaper than the print versions.)

    The comics are obviously not aimed at my age group but I really like the way the character is handled. He's a regular kid who happens to be gay. His dad's a military hero and Kevin aspires to join the military and be a journalist.

    There have been gay comic characters in the past but this is the first one that has appeared in a comic that's aimed towards young readers.

    I had the chance to spend a couple hours talking to the comic's creator a few months back. Real nice guy, not gay. He said that the Kevin Keller book has been a big seller for the company and that therapists who work with gay youths have been putting the comics in their waiting rooms. Their patients read them and the idea is subtly reinforced that they don't have to change who they are just because they're gay.

    I see the comic as being very positive, both for gay youths and for their straight peers. The latter are exposed early on to the idea that gay people really aren't so different from themselves.
  • Cutlass

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    Jan 13, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    This is great--a big step in the comic book world.
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    Jan 13, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    Awesome sauce icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 14, 2012 8:12 AM GMT
    Like many things American, Archie has been available down in oz for many years.