According to a press release, Archie Comics is joining the Love Is Love, a 144 page anthology organized by Marc Andreyko and edited by Jamie Rich. Co-published by IDW and DC Comics, the comic features over a hundred one and two page stories from over a hundred creative teams, with all proceeds benefiting the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
And now, Archie Comics has officially announced their involvement, along with some of their flagship characters. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Stephen Byrne, and Dan Parent have contributed two stories to the anthology, which feature Kevin Keller, Archie, and others, according to the press release.
“When Marc Andreyko approached me and Archie about including a story in LOVE IS LOVE, I knew we had to be a part of it—and that we also had to approach it in a direct way,” said Aguirre-Sacasa in the press release. “It had to be in the more modern ‘New Riverdale’ style and obviously include our openly gay character, Kevin Keller. Marc then paired me with the supremely talented Stephen Byrne, who delivered gorgeous art. We often talk about how ‘Riverdale’ exists in the real world today, so we’re incredibly honored to be paying our respects to the terrible tragedy that happened in Orlando, along with so many of our colleagues in the industry.”
Archie and Kevin Keller join DC Comics characters like Batwoman and Wonder Woman in the book, which can be preordered directly here for $9.99. Love is Love hits stores on December 28, and is already near the top of the Advance Reorder charts.