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Dan Parent

In an exclusive interview with Back2Stonewall, comic book artist and writer Dan Parent revealed that The Archies, an icon of American comics since 1941, will be supporting the boycott of Russia in the wake of the country’s new homophobic laws. Parent revealed that Archie and friends will be cancelling the Russia portion of a four country tour in Europe

Parent, best known for his work for his work on the Archie Comics and the introduction of Riverdale’s first openly gay character Kevin Keller, spent a few minutes with Back2Stonewall this weekend at Wizard World Comic-Con Chicago  We spent a few minutes talking with Dan and heard his thoughts on Russia’s anti-gay laws and human rights violations against its LGBT citizens.

“I’ve just been catching up on it,” Parent said, “It’s really upsetting.”

When asked whether he agreed with and supported a boycott of Russia, Parent instantly replied “Yes. Russia should be boycotted, so much so that actually in an upcoming special four issue story arch I’m writing the Archie gang are going to take a world tour to four countries. Russia was to be one of them.  But they’re not going there now. They just can’t and  they won’t. They love and support Kevin.”

This is not the first the first pro-gay stand Parent has taken since the introduction of Kevin Keller. Using the comic venue, Parent has taken on the issues of bullying, homophobia, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and same-sex marriage, bringing these issues to the forefront of the comic community with unbridled support and understanding.

Kevin Keller, who was introduced Veronica #202,  received national attention, positive reviews, and became the first Archie comic book to sell out in the comics 69-year history.

Dan Parent is a true LGBT ally.

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11 Comments

  1. Scott Hamlin says:

    A Russian boycott is both counterintuitive, and counter productive. To boycott Russia does not hurt Russia’s government infrastructure in any way. It hurts local vendors, and the local economy. If Russia were structured like many governments, the locals would collectively assemble -and persuade lawmakers to take a different path.

    But that is Russia. No assembly required.

  2. […] can’t and they won’t. They love and support Kevin.” – Archie Comics writer and artist Dan Parent, speaking to Back To Stonewall at Chicago’s Comic-Con this […]

  3. BuckyB12 says:

    Um, the Archies are fictional characters, so they are not actually boycotting anything. No “local vendors” are being harmed.

    However, Dan Parent is doing what he can, as a writer and artist, to educate people about the anti-gay climate in Russia. Pretty commendable, all in all,

  4. Leon Acord says:

    Bravo!

  5. […] Publishing | The Archie gang has canceled a (fictional) trip to Russia because of that country’s draconian anti-gay laws. One law would allow the arrest of foreigners suspected of being gay or “pro-gay,” while another defines any pro-gay statement as pornography and therefore makes it a criminal act to make such statements in front of anyone under the age of 18. Archie cartoonist Dan Parent, who created Riverdale’s first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, is taking a stand in his own way: “Russia should be boycotted, so much so that actually in an upcoming special four-issue story arc I’m writing the Archie gang are going to take a world tour to four countries. Russia was to be one of them. But they’re not going there now. They just can’t and they won’t. They love and support Kevin.” [Back2Stonewall] […]

  6. […] an interview with Back2Stonewall, Archie writer Dan Parent has revealed that the Archie gang will no longer be travelling to Russia […]

  7. […] § Archie have decided to cancel a trip that their characters were set to take to Russia, due to the country’s anti-gay laws. […]

  8. […] To celebrate the upcoming Archie #650, the Riverdale gang heads to India for part of a world tour that will NOT include Russia! […]

  9. […] “Russia should be boycotted, so much so that actually in an upcoming special four-issue story arc I’m writing the Archie gang are going to take a world tour to four countries. Russia was to be one of them. But they’re not going there now. They just can’t and they won’t. They love and support Kevin,” Creator Dan Parent told Back2Stonewall. […]

  10. […] but maybe not quite as happy as the folks over at Archie comics, who are easily making the most culturally relevant comics out there, if not necessarily the hardest-hitting reportage. Speaking of […]

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