A few links of note: ARCHIE #627 (ARCHIE MEETS KISS part 1)
Finally have a chance to sit down and compile some of the great reviews and comments the book’s been getting over the last few days. Really excited and thankful everyone seems to be enjoying the work Dan Parent and I put into the book.
A big hat tip should go to KISS for reaching out to us and to everyone at Archie that had a hand in getting the book done — especially Jon Goldwater, Mike Pellerito, Victor Gorelick, Stephen Oswald, Steven Scott, Suzannah Rowntree, Ellen Leonforte, Bill Horan, Harold Bucholz, Debbie Monserrate, Jamie Rotante, Jon Gray, Paul Kaminski, Vintern Lovallo, inker Rich Koslowski, cover guru Tito Pena, letterer supreme Jack Morelli and the colorists at Digikore. I can’t say enough about my colleagues at Archie, who were invaluable with feedback, suggestions and support while this was coming together. Why was I writing this blog again? Oh, right. Reviews. And more.
As I posted earlier, CBR’s got an interview with Gene and Paul about the series, and it’s so much fun to watch. Dan and I were in the background as this was being filmed. Very cool stuff. Thanks to Jonah Weiland and his crew for taking the time to talk before the signing.
CNN’s GEEKOUT blog kicked things off Wednesday with a nice mention, including the book in their weekly roundup of titles to buy, calling #627 “a fun book” and noting that “it left me wanting to know what happens next.” Alright!
BIG SHINY ROBOT notes that “the awesomeness dial is turned up to 11!” with the issue. They also very kindly suggest I write more. Well, there are three more of these on the way! Thanks, gents.
Iann Robinson, writing for CRAVE ONLINE, calls the issue “pretty frickin’ cool” and that “you’ll be amped by Archie #627!” Thanks, dude!
The COMIC VINE crew very generously gave the issue five stars out of five, and had this to say: “The issue was a ton of fun and kept me smiling from the first to last page.”
Elisabeth and the rest of the TFAW crew also had nice things to say in this video interview.
The iFanboy posse gave props to variant cover artist Francesco Francavilla, including his work in their regular “The Best of the Week in Covers” feature.
Brigid Alverson gives the issue a quick plug as part of CBR/Robot 6’s “Food or Comics?” feature.
They can’t all be winners, though, as IGN gave us a bit of a middling review. Still, they had some nice things to say, calling the issue “silly fun” and, when discussing Francesco’s variant, that “Archie has never rocked harder.” I’ll take it. Thanks for reading!
Also worth noting, KOTAKU included #627 in their weekly comics roundup, courtesy of Stephen Totillo and the always cool Evan Narcisse.
And a big thanks to MTV Geek’s Alex Zalben, not just for calling me “delightful” — the check’s in the mail, sir — but for calling the issue “essential reading.” Good stuff.
Not a review, but related: L.A.-based comedian Corey Blake attended the Golden Apple signing on Wednesday night and had a few insightful comments. Thanks for coming, Corey!
More as it happens…