PHILADELPHIA, PA --
His debut in "Veronica" No. 202 caused Archie Comics to do a second printing for the first time in its history. Now, the publisher is giving its first openly gay character his own mini-series this summer. Dan Parent, who is writing and drawing the four-issue series that comes out in June, tells The Associated Press that the character, Kevin Keller, has connected with the comic book publisher's fans.
Parent says there have been gay characters in other comics, but Kevin Keller's role as a friend to Archie, Veronica and the others at Riverdale High is part of the company's push to keep them relevant and contemporary.
He says the series will focus on Kevin's friendships, his strong bond with his father and his coming out to friends and family.