Thursday, September 11, 2008

Archie Comics goes back to school this month

From Archie Comics

The summer of 2008 is now in the rearview mirror, and destined to be remembered for its plethora of intriguing tales and awesome “event” stories.

Not to be outdone, here comes September. As Archie and his friends go back to school, so do Archie Comics readers, leaving behind those carefree days of summer to get back into a regular routine. But that doesn’t mean things have to be less exciting! To prove that point, Archie Comics continues to deliver stories that are sure to get kids talking at their lockers each morning! The excitement promises to last through the fall, and gets off to a rollicking start with these engrossing issues shipping in September.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #123, 32-page, full-color comic, $2.25 U.S. “A Tune in Tinsel Town ”: Now that the smoke has cleared and all the bad guys have been dispatched, Archie and his friends can finally concentrate on the film deal that brought them to Hollywood in the first place. Citing the Archie band’s popularity and the high profile of their adventures in Europe and Africa, a big-time Hollywood producer is certain the teens’ notoriety will translate to box office gold and plans to star them in a series of movies called “Mayhem Musical High.” Now that they’ve saved half of Hollywood ’s biggest stars, the kids are even hotter properties! Along with that red-hotness comes offers of solo contracts for the players. Will visions of individual fame and fortune strike a sour chord with the band, or can the Archies’ love of music and friendship ultimately overcome ego and greed? SCRIPT: Alex Simmons. ART/COVER: Fernando Ruiz (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #164, full-color digest format, $3.69 U.S. PART 4 OF A 5-PART, INTERACTIVE STORY WHERE THE READERS DECIDE THE OUTCOME! “And the Winner Is… Part 4 of 5”: 2008 is an election year, and Archie Comics is no exception as we present a special election of our own: your chance to vote for Cheryl Blossom’s new boyfriend! Three issues ago, Reggie and Cheryl broke up, and Cheryl wound up on the TV show, “The Lonely Hearts Club” in search of a new beau. Three hot contestants stepped up for the challenge, and you the reader will witness each of their dates with Cheryl and vote for who you think Cheryl should choose online at! This issue, Cheryl goes on her final date, with master chef, George. George really knows how to heat things up, both in and out of the kitchen. Can Cheryl handle the competition from all the culinary school cuties lining up for cooking lessons? Not to mention Jughead, who wants to monopolize her man for endless meals? Your vote decides whether George is the main entrĂ©e or merely an appetizer. Don’t miss this pivotal issue leading up to the final chapter where your votes… and Cheryl’s final choice for new leading man… will be revealed! SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent. PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

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