Kevin arrives in VERONICA #202's "Isn't it Bromantic?" this September
"In his introductory story, titled 'Isn't it Bromantic?,' Kevin's good looks get the attention of Veronica, who doesn't know he's gay because he's the new kid in town. Her thwarted attempts at winning his attraction amuse the other characters – particularly Jughead. 'They just like watching Veronica making a fool of herself, trying to get this guy to like her,' Parent said. 'At the beginning of the book, Kevin tells Jughead first that he's gay. And Kevin feels kind of bad and wants to tell Veronica why he's not interested. But Jughead keeps saying, 'No, you should wait to tell her,' because he's enjoying watching Veronica's antics.' Parent said the story works because it's wasn't something radical concocted just to introduce a gay character. 'The story is very much in the true context of our Archie stories,' he said. 'It's Veronica being Veronica. The fact that there's a gay character in the story isn't a big deal to the characters. We didn't do something with turmoil. The guy just happens to be gay, and the characters accept it, and that's it.' The longtime Archie cartoonist said Archie Comics wants to reflect what high schools are like in America, where being gay 'isn't a big deal anymore.'"
"The inclusion of the character meets twin goals, one real world and one in-story. 'Riverdale has to reflect the diversity of the world today,' said Jon Goldwater, co-chief executive of Archie Comic Publications. 'We want to be all inclusive.' Mr. Goldwater also said he’s not afraid of any repercussions. 'We think everyone is going to enjoy the story,' he said. 'It’s completely in the tradition of your typical Archie comic.'"*
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