For over 25 years I’ve been able to write and draw many of the
characters in the Archie Comics world. As a comic book artist and
writer, I often use real life experiences in my work.
I've thought about conversations I’ve had with my children and their
friends about school, friends, sexual orientation, gender identity, and
gender expression. In doing so I realized that something was missing in
Riverdale High. There were no LGBT characters.
I decided to introduce Kevin Keller, our first gay character. Kevin is a
new student at Riverdale leading life as an out, proud high school
student. Despite the fact that Kevin comes from a supportive family,
growing up is not always easy.
When we introduced Kevin to our readers, we saw such a positive response
from fans. The issues featuring Kevin were the first ones to sell out
in Archie’s 70-year history and Kevin’s character received many
accolades. We were inspired to create stories about
Kevin's life as an enlisted member of the military who marries his
boyfriend. We also now have a young adult novel about Kevin’s earlier