NYCC Archie Comics Shocker: Farewell, Betty and Veronica

Posted By on October 15, 2013

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Audience reaction to the trailer for the new ongoing comic book series Afterlife with Archie was strong and positive, as were the responses to clips from the brand new CGI animation series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (which had debuted earlier that day) and the upcoming cartoon It’s Archie, but even Archie’s zombie apocalypse got trumped by the revelation that Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge are leaving Riverdale. The storyline’s title alone elicited gasps throughout the audience gathered to hear all the Archie Comics updates at this past weekend’s New York Comic Con: Farewell, Betty and Veronica.

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Michael Uslan discusses “Farewell, Betty and Veronica.” The reasons behind their farewell have nothing to do with why you see Veronica’s head in that big burger.

Betty and Veronica are leaving Riverdale and leaving the town’s young men down in the dumps. Two other characters soon arrive to join the cast, and Farewell artist Dan Parent (creator of Kevin Keller) confirmed that these characters will be female. Farewell author Michael Uslan, who put Archie “back on the map” with Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty, said the graphic novel will explore exactly what it means to be “a Betty” or “a Veronica.”

Afterwards, I learned the plot (which I wouldn’t even admit to knowing if Michael hadn’t told people that I know the story) and I can guarantee you that it is a doozy. The setup makes sense, the story takes the characters in fascinating directions, and then some brilliant and logical twists lead to a true exploration of the chacters’ natures. Seven decades as best friends and worst enemies have led up to what will be one heck of a story for Betty and Veronica.

Archie Comics’ innovations and fearlessness in recent years have made it an exciting company filled with creators who love what they’re doing in a time when not everyone is having fun creating comic books and graphic novels. It was a bit amazing to see how lively the Archie booth was at NYCC this year. Archie and company are alive and well in the 21st century.

Exactly what does it mean to be "a Veronica"?

Exactly what does it mean to be “a Veronica”?

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  1. [...] Archie’s affections (what else do girls do anyway, right?), Betty and Veronica are going to leave Riverdale to make room for 2 new female characters. [I'm disturbed by the article's photo of Veronica's [...]

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Dr. Travis Langley
Superherologist Travis Langley, author of the book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight (Wiley & Sons Publishing), is a psychology professor who teaches on the psychology of crime, mental illness, social behavior, and media, including courses titled "Batman" and "Stan Lee's Heroes." He has been a child abuse investigator, expert courtoom witness, and undefeated champion on the Wheel of Fortune game show. He regularly presents panels on the psychology of heroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, WonderCon, and Wizard World, to name a few. Psychology Today runs his professional column, "Beyond Heroes and Villains." Follow him as @Superherologist on Twitter or visit him on Facebook in Batman's Belfry.