ARCHIE #1-32 (Mark Waid / collectif)

L’éditeur Archie Comics poursuit sa rénovation de fond en comble sous l’égide de Jon Goldwater et du premier Vice-Président chargé de la Création Roberto Aguire-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie).

Entre les nouvelles séries labellisées Dark Circle et la future adaptation télévisuelle, Archie et la célèbre bande de Riverdale fêteront leur 75 ans avec le lancement d’une nouvelle série régulière supervisée par nul autre que Mark Waid (The Fox, Daredevil): “Au fil des ans, le mordant [de ces personnages] a été diminué. Ce sont des gosses, ils devraient agir comme tel.

La modernisation graphique à été confiée à l’artiste Fiona Staples (Saga) qui illustrera aussi le premier arc en trois numéros.

Le site de l’éditeur:
Le site du scénariste:
Le blog de l’artiste:

Sacré annonce avec Mark Waid à la barre. Je vais m’y intéresser.

Ultimate Archie ?
J’aimerais bien qu’un éditeur s’y intéresse, sur pour la série After life …

À force de balancer pas mal d’annonces comme ça, ils vont finir par intéresser des éditeurs hexagonaux.


[quote=“Jim Lainé”]À force de balancer pas mal d’annonces comme ça, ils vont finir par intéresser des éditeurs hexagonaux.


Vu la vitesse de parution de Aftelife with Archie, ils n’ont pas besoin de se presser non plus.


[quote=“Mark Waid”]We’ve no intention of going “dark” or serving an adults-only audience. That’s cheap, that’s easy, and anyone can do it. Literally, any chimpanzee with a keyboard can write, “Issue One, Page One, Panel One: Establishing shot, the fetid boys’ room of Riverdale High. Jughead pukes into a toilet, a heroin needle still dangling from his vein.” Not interested. Don’t worry. The tone will be a little more sophisticated, yes. The kids will be dealing more closely and more realistically with the kinds of problems real 2015 high school kids deal with. Tonally, if you enjoyed my work on ‘Impulse,’ you’ll like this.

The core five – Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie – will certainly be there (though some of them less directly at first, he said cryptically, as we reintroduce some of them to some of the others). And rest assured, we have big plans for Kevin and Moose and Dilton and Val and Alvin and Simon and Theodore and Flopsy and Mopsy and Cottontail and Doc and Dopey and Bashful and I swear to you, we will get to everyone, but we only have 20 pages, so be patient. We won’t let you down![/quote]


Voici les couvertures de Archie Comics #1 par Fiona Stapples, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, David Mack et Ramón Pérez:

[quote]ARCHIE #1
COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.[/quote]


L’éditeur Archie Comics vient de lancer une campagne participative sur le site Kickstarter pour financer et promouvoir les trois nouvelles séries qui suivront la relance moderne du titre phare sous la supervision de Mark Waid et Fiona Staples.

Au programme: une série sur le célèbre acolyte glouton d’Archie, Jughead, avec Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) au scénario; le retour des amoureuses rivales Betty & Veronica dans leurs aventures solo avec le très rare Adam Hughes aux manettes; et enfin le lancement de la série Life with Kevin sous la plume et les crayons de son créateur, Dan Parent, et l’encrage de J. Bone.

Ci-dessous, les couvertures variantes de Archie #1 par Chip Zdarsky et de Betty and Veronica #275 (2014) par Hughes suivies d’un extrait de Life With Kevin.

[quote]We came to Kickstarter because we didn’t want to wait a few years to expand on the world writer Mark Waid and Fiona Staples were building with “Archie” #1 – we wanted it all faster, so our fans could really experience the scope and breadth of this New Riverdale.

Let’s be honest: We’re not a corporate appendage, nor are we flush with corporate cash like Marvel or DC. We’re a small operation and we have to be thoughtful and selective with everything we do. But that doesn’t mean we have to be cautious and afraid. Quite the opposite. I think the only way to get noticed in this crowded marketplace is to take calculated risks, be daring, push the envelope and – first and foremost – tell good stories. The rest is just dressing if the story doesn’t deliver. Once we knew “Archie” #1 would deliver in spades, we started brainstorming how we’d expand the line and give other talents the chance to tell stories with these characters. The lineup of talent and books blew us all away. Once the creators themselves said they were in, we were in an enviable problem: we had these books we wanted to fast-track, but we also had our own financial considerations to think about. As a company, we’re always expanding and trying new things. We’ve just launched in Wal-Mart and Target. We’re one of the first companies to embrace digital and same-day with print. We don’t just sit around. But none of that is free.

So it became a question of, do we want to play the long game and roll these out as we can, or do we want to go all in because we believe in these books? I don’t think the answer we chose is a surprise. Who better to help us build this New Riverdale than our own fans? What better endorsement can these books get than direct support from the people that will read and love these books? We would be nothing without our fans and it just made sense to have them with us from day one as we build this together.[/quote]


L’éditeur Archie Comics a finalement mis un terme à sa campagne Kickstarter suite aux critiques formulées par les fans dénonçant la pratique d’un éditeur solidement implanté de faire financer la production de ses séries par les lecteurs.

[quote]We launched the “New Riverdale” Kickstarter as a unique and innovative way to celebrate the company’s upcoming 75th anniversary and to bring attention to some new titles that we are extremely excited about—JUGHEAD by Chip Zdarsky, BETTY AND VERONICA by Adam Hughes and LIFE WITH KEVIN by Dan Parent and J. Bone. We decided to dive into crowdfunding as an energetic, interactive and different method to raise money to help expedite the launch of these titles. The chance to engage with you, our fans, directly was really appealing to us, and we’re extremely grateful and honored by the support and pledges we’ve received.

While the response to these new titles has been amazing, the reaction to an established brand like Archie crowdfunding has not been. Though we saw this as an innovative, progressive and “outside-the-box” way to fund the accelerated schedule we wanted to produce these books, it became another conversation, leading us further away from the purpose of this whole campaign: to get these amazing books in the hands of fans faster than we could on our own. While we fully expected our goal to be funded, it was no longer about the books and how amazing they will be. We don’t want that. This is why we’re shutting this Kickstarter down today.

We don’t regret trying something new. It’s what Archie’s been about for the last six years. We will continue to be a fearless, risk-taking and vibrant brand that will do its best to embrace new platforms, technology and ways to interact with you, the fans. As a company, we have always prided ourselves on pushing boundaries and challenging expectations and perceptions.

The wonderful New Riverdale titles we wanted to launch will still come out—albeit not as quickly as we would have hoped had we attained the funding via Kickstarter. We believe in these books and know they’ll find an audience in comic shops, fueled by great stories and amazing creators.

We’d like to thank the great team at Kickstarter for their guidance and feedback and the entire staff at Archie Comics for their endless hours of hard work and dedication to this very special initiative.

And, most importantly, to you, our fans that pledged money to this Kickstarter—we thank you. Not only do we thank you, but we still want to interact directly with you. Your dedication, love of Archie and his friends and endless positivity are examples to all.

We would love to keep in contact with all of the fans who wanted to contribute to our project. If you were one of our Kickstarter backers, please send an e-mail to so that we may gather your e-mail addresses and send you all special thank-you gifts as tokens of our indescribable appreciation.

Your support means the world to us.[/quote]

Ci-dessous, les couvertures de Archie #2 par Fiona Staples, Paolo Rivera, Howard Chaykin, Chrissie Zullo, Erica Henderson et Paul Renaud:


[quote]Archie #1
Story by Mark Waid
Art by Fiona Staples
Cover by Fiona Staples
Publisher Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Jul 8th, 2015
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon!
Familiar faces return in unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! It’s a can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series that you just can’t miss.
As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun–but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale.
Don’t miss this exciting first issue featuring over 20 different covers to choose from! [/quote]



[quote]Archie #2
Story by Mark Waid
Art by Fiona Staples
Colors by Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn
Letters by Jack Morelli
Cover by Fiona Staples, Howard CHaykin, Jesus Aburtov, Erica Henderson , Paul Renaud , Paolo Rivera , Chrissie Zulo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Aug 19th, 2015
COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES CONTINUE THEIR REIMAGINING OF AN ICON! The new school year continues to bring with it daunting new challenges and interesting changes for the teens of Riverdale High. But there’s one thing that remains constant: Archie’s car is still a piece of garbage! With car problems comes money problems, which means that Archie’s on the hunt for a new job. Fortunately, a mysterious new building in Riverdale is offering some career opportunities for Archie and his friends. Who’s behind this new conglomerate and what are their intentions for Riverdale? Find out in the second issue of this all-new Archie series![/quote]


L’éditeur Archie Comics a enfin dévoilé le nom des artistes qui remplaceront Fiona Staples (Saga) sur la relance moderne d’Archie mise en bulle par Mark Waid.

Il s’agira d’abord d’Annie Wu (que les lecteurs français ont pu découvrir sur Hawkeye) qui s’occupera de la partie graphique du quatrième numéro avant de retourner se consacrer à Black Canary chez DC Comics.

Puis ce sera au tour de la jeune artiste Veronica Fish de prendre la relève à partir du cinquième numéro de novembre. Pour info, cette dernière s’était occupée d’illustrer le poster promotionnel pour l’adaptation télévisée Riverdale.

En complétement, voici la couverture variante de Archie #4 par Jaime Hernandez:

Jaime Hernandez.
L’un des tout meilleurs dessinateurs du monde. Que dis-je ? Du cosmos !


Toi, tu aimes les fusées.

Mais le pain et l’amour aussi.


[quote]Archie #3
Story by Mark Waid
Art by Fiona Staples
Colors by Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn
Letters by Jack Morelli
Cover by Fiona Staples, Ben Caldwell, Cliff Chiang, Stuart Immonen , Andrew Robinson
Publisher Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Sep 30th, 2015
COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES ARE BACK FOR ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF THEIR REMARKABLE REIMAGINING OF AN ICON! Something strange is looming over Riverdale—and it’s taking the shape of a giant mega-mansion owned by an elusive mogul. Why has he chosen the quaint town of Riverdale, USA as his base of operations? And how is he going to use the teens of Riverdale High to further his political aspirations? Big questions and challenges await the teens and townsfolk—meanwhile, a new student has graced the halls of Riverdale High and she’s turning heads in a BIG way! Find out all the answers to these important questions in the third issue of the biggest comics sensation of the season![/quote]