The Archie Comics ongoing series Kevin Keller was announced as this year’s winner for Outstanding Comic Book at the final round of the GLAAD Media Awards, presented Saturday evening in San Francisco. Writer/artist Dan Parent, who introduced the world to the character in 2010, was in attendance to collect the statuette in person.
After immediately capturing the public’s attention with a sold out debut, Kevin was awarded his own mini-series with the launch of an ongoing series quickly following. Since being introduced, Kevin has become one of Archie Comic’s most highly publicized characters, including a history-making wedding in the pages of the Eisner Award nominated Life with Archie.
“We could not be more excited for Kevin to be endorsed by GLAAD,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Kevin is so important to the growth and future of Archie Comics and it’s validating to see him embraced this way.”
“Riverdale is this charming and idealized vision of American life, and by including Kevin Keller, LGBT youth can now see themselves reflected in that vision. GLAAD is proud to recognize the work of Dan Parent, and everyone at Archie Comics, with this year’s GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book,” said Matt Kane, GLAAD’s Associate Director of Entertainment Media.
This year also saw Kevin make the transition into prose with a young adult novel published by Penguin Books titled Kevin, which was included in this year’s gift bag at the GLAAD Media Awards.
ABOUT ARCHIE COMICS:
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the New Crusaders, The Shield, Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold 1.5 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music in various popular incarnations.