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If Courtney Ran Archie Comics Social Media

I often complain about Archie Comics and their pandering social media practices, which got me thinking… what would be different if I controlled Archie Comics social media accounts?

To be clear, I do love Archie Comics for what they produce. A lot of their comics are great escapes from the typical superhero stories that pop up twice a month. Their comics remind me of high school and stress that comes along with it. But as an Archie fan, there are definitely some changes that I would like to see the company make in order to enhance the reader experience, including:

1. Toning down the frequency of advertisments

I understand that Archie Comics, from a business perspective, wants to advertise up-and-coming comics. That’s how I found out that Josie and the Pussycats, Betty and Veronica, and Reggie were getting a new comic, so I have no real complains there.

However, this advertising can be excessive on social media.

For example…

Archie Comics shared on Facebook that they will be at New York Comic Con this yea, but instead of accompanying this post with a photo related to New York Comic Con, they instead chose to include a visual advertisement for Archie Meets the Ramones. It’s just not relevant.

The company also over advertises their upcoming comics on social media, an example being the heavy advertising that led up to Josie and the Pussycats first issue (which came out on September 28). Almost every post for the days up until that point was about Josie and the Pussycats, and while I understand the company’s desire to get fans excited for the comic, forcing advertising down fan’s throats is too excessive.

2. Doing memes….but having them make sense.

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This. ^

This the exact thing I hate when it comes to companies trying to appeal to teens/trending topics.

How does this make any sense to someone? I get the beginning is a “funny” reference to Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day and their song “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” but every unoriginal asshole on the Internet uses that joke.

The second part of the tweet is a reference to Mean Girls (one of my favorite movies ever)… another joke I’m totally over.

That last little “buy our comics” bit is so sad and so desperate. This makes me imagine some grown man, probably in his 40s, getting no help from his children on what’s hip, so he’s stumbling around trying to figure it out himself.

How can you do a relevant meme with Archie? Well, the running gag on their Tumblr is that Archie himself runs their social media. If they wanted to be relevant, then they easily could have done a #DescribeYourselfWithThreeFictionalCharacters post. They could have either done three incarnations of Archie himself OR gotten creative and thought of three other characters that might be similar to Archie.

Conan O’Brien chose Archie for one of his three fictional characters, so this would have been the perfect opportunity for the company’s social media page to jump on the trend.

You can be relevant without pandering.

3. Posting fan art.

This one is a little bit of a difficult one.

I feel that Archie could benefit from fan involvement by sharing fan art, but I know the company would never do that. Years ago, they tried suing Fanfiction.net because people were writing fan fictions about their characters, citing that the action would “dilute and tarnish their character.”

You read that right. The company that has had Ashlee Simpson referenced in their comics, did a crossover with Glee and the movie Sharknado, thinks that fans writing stories about characters romantically and/or sexually together would tarnish their character.

Sure, Jan.

I feel like if they did contests for fan art or stories through their social media pages, they could get more fans involved, and it would be a great way to showcase talent.

4. Doing Facebook Live Q and As with writers and artists.

Tumblr recently did a Q and A session with writer Mark Waid, which was very interesting. It made me wonder why these kind of live events don’t happen more often.

Hell, Archie Comics could even do it as a promotional live event with Riverdale with the actors answering questions on the set. This would be a great way for fans to be able to ask questions and feel connected with a comic book brand that has been in their lives for a long time.

These are just some of my ideas with what I would do to run Archie Comics social media. This was mostly in fun, but I think if they did do some of these things, their social media presence would be less cringe worthy.

What changes do you think Archie Comics should make in regards to social media? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Unboxing: Archie Mystery Package!

I just received the Archie Mystery Package in my mailbox. The package is currently $14.99 without shipping. This is not a monthly box or anything like that and it shows when it comes to the packaging. It’s a one time deal, but they have quite a few selections for mystery packages with just of their Digests and Double Digests. I thought this one would be fun for a first time unboxing. They have a similar one like this for Sonic and Megaman, but since I’m not really into that, I went with a familiar face of Archie. You also have some bundles that are like the mystery packages, but you kind of have an idea of what you’re getting. If you’re interested in seeing those, the link for that is right here!

According to the Archie Comics site, you’re suppose to be getting forty dollars worth of magazines, digests, graphic novels, or comics. I was hoping to see if I got digests since those are my favorites of the Archie comics. I’m not sure if this is just a sale deal, since it does say that the regular price is forty dollars, but at around fifteen dollars, is it not worth to at least try and see what you got? You’ll have to watch the video to find out what my opinion of it was after opening the box. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more unboxings!

You can find the Mystery Package here and you can see all items similar to this on the front page of Archie Comics!

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‘Riverdale’ Set Photos Finally Revealed!

We now have some official photos from the Riverdale set!

Archie Comics’ official Twitter and Instagram pages have posted quite a few photos from the set of their new CW show, showing not only little things like posters, but also BIG things like Pop’s Diner – the main place to hang out for the Archie gang.

 

Archie Comics first revealed a photo of the fictional town’s local paper in a newspaper rack, its headline reading “Grand Opening for New Cafe in Town.” I’m not going to make a precognitive prediction here, but the fact that they are showing us this may be a nod to a future plot.

 

 

Next they posted a sign for Andrews Construction Company with the caption “Maybe the new cafe was built by Andrews Construction? #Riverdale.” This may a twist on how they introduce the character of Veronica, who, in the current comic run of Archie, joined the fray when her wealthy family built their mansion in town. Perhaps this signifies that Archie will be helping his dad in the building efforts in the show, but this is just a prediction.

 

 

The cafe is alluded to once again, this time with a photo of a police car with the Riverdale Police logo emblazoned on its side, the caption reading “Maybe the #Riverdale police know about the new cafe? They’ve been serving since 1939, after all.” I’m stumped as to what this may mean, so no predictions here.

 

 

The allusions continued when Archie Comics posted a photo of a poster from Riverdale High that says “Spirit Week. Show Your Pride,” with the caption saying “Maybe the gang at #Riverdale High has some info about the new cafe…”

 

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Three straws. #Riverdale

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Archie Comics also treated fans to an amazing photo of the outside of Pop’s Diner, which looks so much like its comic book counterpart. We don’t get a very impressive shot of the inside, but we do see a table with a mini jukebox and a milkshake glass, which, as Archie Comics stressed, has three straws.

Pop’s Diner looks absolutely amazing!

The creative team behind Riverdale is clearly catering to Archie fans by showing their deep attention to detail, and as a fan, I fully appreciate this.

The visuals that Archie Comics released are enough to make me believe that I’m actually inside the shop, and I can even hear the jukebox music mixed with the hum of the neon lights. I wish this was a real, freestanding, functioning diner, and like Jughead, I probably would never leave.

I love how everything is looking so far and I can’t wait to see the gang at the shop!

Filming for Riverdale is currently underway, but the CW has yet to release an official air date.

The cast is comprised of K.J Apa (Archie), Cole Sprouse (Jughead), Lili Reinhart (Betty), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl), Ashleigh Murray (Josie), and Camila Mendes (Veronica).

What do you think of the photos from the Riverdale set so far? Let us know in the comments!

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The ‘Riverdale’ Casting Controversy is Ridiculous

Archie Comics is turning 75-years-old this year!

Over the years there has been many successes and failures associated with this company. When most people try to think of any successful television program based on Archie, they’ll think Sabrina the Teenage Witch with Melissa Joan Hart or the animated Josie and the Pussycats series from Hanna-Barbera. Maybe if you’re older, you’ll think of The Archie Show.  There have only been fourteen shows based on Archie comics, most with the Archie cast (meaning no Josie or Sabrina) not making past a few episodes except for the mentioned The Archie Show, so Riverdale, a show that has been trying hard to find somewhere to live, already has a few odds against it.

The cast for Riverdale was just announced, and in it’s wake there has been a lot of unhappy fans.

 

 

Our cast so far is comprised of K.J. Apa as Archie (who has since dyed his hair red), Cole Sprouse as Jughead (who has since dyed his hair black), Lili Reinhart as Betty, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl, Ashleigh Murray as Josie, and Camila Mendes as Veronica (who also dyed her hair black).

I was excited to see Murray as Josie. I think she’s super cute and, judging by her picture, even looks like the bubbly and fun Josie. But the public comments on this cast photo regarding Murray are not as nice. Most folks are saying “why cast her as Josie when Valerie is black?” or “Josie has red hair…”

After finding out that Murray would be portraying Josie, I thought “I have a feeling it’ll be an all black Josie and the Pussycats OR Valerie is going to be white.”  The first part of my thought was true (happily enough!) and later, Archie Comics’ Instagram account posted this:

 

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Meet Josie and the Pussycats! #Riverdale

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Most people are responding pretty positively to this post, and while that does makes me happy, it frustrates me that there are still people complaining! Why are there so many issues with the female characters being black? This is especially frustrating as the only other successful shows or movies featuring Josie either had racist jokes towards Valerie (as in the Josie and the Pussycats (2001)) or they made her white! (as in the Josie and the Pussycats show from the 1970s).

In reality, recasting isn’t a huge deal unless people make it a huge deal.

To prove this, let’s look at some images from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch live action sitcom and cartoon show:

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The live action Sabrina ended up being such a success that reprints of older Sabrina comics were altered to have Salem as a black cat, yet no one complains about this or the original casting in the first place.

All casting concerns for Riverdale should be held off until actual clips from show are released, that way we can see how well the actors are portraying their character. If they are able to emulate a modern day Josie, Valerie, and Melody, then their skin tone shouldn’t matter.

So before we declare this the worst Archie show ever, let’s wait until we actually see it.

What do you think about the Riverdale controversy? Let us know in the comments!

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