Archie Comic Characters Boycott Russia, Nix Trip Over Anti-Gay Laws

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

You may also like...

11 Responses

  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. 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,

  3. Leon Acord says:

    Bravo!

  1. August 12, 2013

    […] 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 […]

  2. August 13, 2013

    […] (Source) […]

  3. August 15, 2013

    […] 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] […]

  4. August 15, 2013

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

  5. August 16, 2013

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

  6. August 18, 2013

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

  7. August 18, 2013

    […] “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. […]

  8. August 19, 2013

    […] 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 […]

What do you think?