Ice Cube is not that first-basis celebrity name you would associate with Archie Comics.
Outside of an apt layer of the iconic rap lyric "messed around and got a triple-double" boosting publishers Archie Comics latest co-ordinations, the rapper and actor still isn't linked. to the comics gang at Riverdale. However for "Girls" phenom Lena Dunham there's comics magic in the alliance on par with that found in the pages of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
In March Archie Comics announced that the writer and reator who changed the course of cable's comedy/romance/drama gestalt take on NYC living into a Millennial high rated buzz has signed on to write a four-issue story arc for the iconic series.
Archie Comics' press reports state that the "Girls" creator and star scribing curator has signed on for a run penning for Archie Comics, a far cry from the superheroic primaries by the genre's mightiest publishers Marvel and DC.
And while that news has enough star power to break headline bones amongst the mass pop culture body of blogs and trades, Dunham's miniseries shares the announcement circuit with news that "Glee" screenwriter and musical adaptational "American Psycho" playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the new Chief Creative Officer for the publisher. The commission isn't a far reach, since Aguirre-Sacasa was the writer for the Archie special series Afterlife with Archie. The special alternate timeline miniseries was one of the most recent acclaims venturing to update Archie Comics amidst a Millenium pop influence.
Afterlife with Archie was a wind tunnel up into the zombie zeitgeist. It fomented an all-new best seller for a new generation.
Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater states in a press release:
“Roberto epitomizes what Archie is about. He’s so tapped into pop culture and entertainment, and he loves these characters and knows exactly the steps we need to take to bring them to a wider audience. Bringing him into the fold officially pushes the company one step closer to what I envisioned when I came aboard. His energy, intelligence, insight and vision are going to help elevate Archie and all our properties to new levels."
With Aguirre-Sacasa helming as Chief Creative Officer, it was the connection that had a domino effect towards signing Dunham.
"When we found out Lena was a fan, the first thing I did was call Roberto," said Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater. "And he said, instantly, 'Let’s try to make this happen!' And here we are. It's been a magical confluence of events, and it further cemented why Roberto is the ideal person for the CCO role, and why this is the next logical step in Archie's evolution as a real pop culture company - a place where the strongest, most unique voices can come and contribute to Archie's world. The best part is - we're just getting started."
And for CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa,
"Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena’s coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, it's going to be fantastic. Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!"
Dunham's developing miniseries will focus on Archie bunch and a reality tv series that arrives to film in Riverdale.
Lena says of the Archie Comics deal in the same press release,
"I was an avid Archie collector as a child- conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity."
While of his own promotion Aguirre-Sacasa states,
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining Archie in this role. I can’t quite put into words what this means to me,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “It's no secret I’ve been an Archie fanatic since I can remember, I grew up reading these books--they've inspired me and my writing in so many ways. Working on the Archie characters is like hanging out with friends--and now I get to do that even more. My top priority is to find new ways to showcase our great lineup of properties – from the Archie gang to Josie to Sabrina to the Red Circle heroes – to current fans, to new fans. We have the best characters in the world, and I want to make sure everyone knows it.”
Lena Dunham's four-issue story arrives in 2015.