Robot 6 reports that the issue of Archie featuring the wedding of gay character Kevin Keller—which was a target of bigoted hate group One Million (Minus 999,993, Give or Take) Moms—has sold out. I bet the issue will go for a second printing sometime soon. My favorite part of the press release is this:
"Kevin will always be a major part of Riverdale, and we’re overjoyed, honored and humbled by the response to this issue,” said Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO of Archie Comics. “Our fans have come out full force to support Kevin. He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He’s here to stay."
Goldwater is prone to issuing great statements about comic books that kind of make you tear up a little bit. Here's his original response to the OM(M999993GoT)M boycott:
As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.
Good for Goldwater, and good for Archie Comics.
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