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Archie Horror Resumes in New Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issues

Posted by Debi Moore on February 16, 2016

It’s been awhile since Archie Horror has released new issues of its flagship series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but good things come to those who wait.  Just hang out a little longer until this coming May/June…

From the Press Release:
Archie Horror springs back to life this May, as the critically acclaimed and genre-defying CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA and AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series return to comic shops with brand new issues and more to come.

After much anticipation, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artists Francesco Francavilla and Robert Hack bring ARCHIE HORROR back from the brink.

The spotlight turns to Reggie, the instigator behind the zombie apocalypse that now threatens the entire planet, in AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9. Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla take us back to the fateful night that started everything and ask the question: Is redemption possible for Reggie Mantle? Find out on June 1st when AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9 returns to comic shops.

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AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9 Cover by Francesco Francavilla – On Sale 6/1

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9 Variant Cover by Dave Devries – On Sale 6/1

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #5, with raw and macabre artwork by artist Robert Hack, continues to pit the teenage witch against the deadly manipulations of Madame Satan. Still reeling from the fallout of her botched baptism and the fate of her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina faces her toughest challenge yet in the form of the Witches Council. Issue #5 hits comic shops on May 18th.

“There’s no excuse for late books, just apologies,” said Aguirre-Sacasa, promising additional issues of AFTERLIFE and CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA are in progress. “We know how much these books mean to you—so thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin.”

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CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #5 Cover by Robert Hack – On Sale 5/18

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CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #5 Variant Cover by Robert Hack – On Sale 5/18

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13 Horror Comics and Graphic Novels You Need to be Reading in 2015

Posted by Matt Molgaard on August 3, 2015

Comic books and graphic novels are arguably more popular than ever. Over the past two decades alone we’ve seen an explosion in the number publishers, and original titles are popping up like the victims of a George Romero flick.

In the last 15 years we’ve seen more comic books transferred to film than ever before. And you know what? That “nerd” moniker that any comic reader of the 1980s and 1990s was forced to carry has been entirely done away with. Not only are you not a nerd if you’ve got the latest 30 Days of Night graphic novel in your backpack, you pretty much fit in with most of the cool kids.

The times have changed.

Today digital comics sell like hotcakes. Showing up at your local comic book shop at opening time every Tuesday morning is no longer a mandatory move. Nowadays we’ve seen publishers toss their own catalogs up for sale via the good old “dot com.” And we’ve also got amazing outlets like Comixology that offer digital copies of damn near any book you’re itching to get your hands on. You don’t have to sit back and read them on a laptop or a PC. The files are fully tablet- and cellphone-compatible. You can read a comic just about anywhere you want, any way you want.

That’s another key element in the serious resurgence of the comic book.

At the end of the day, no matter how many publishers or retailers are out there, no matter how many different ways you can read your books, what’s really proven the turning point is the talent pool delivering the goods. As a kid I could name you the go-to, hands-down best authors and artists with ease. Nowadays the industry studs have multiplied in number to the point that it’s become difficult to keep up with the very best. There’s just so much talent in the field that it’s tough tracking it all down.

We’re hoping that by offering up this list of 13 amazing books we can turn you on to some killer creators you may not yet be familiar with. You’ll spot some “safe” names in this list, but you’ll notice not everyone in the lineup is on the cusp of household name status. Pick these books up and read them; you will not be disappointed in the least.

Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics): Archie and a few friends who still remain alive attempt to thwart the oncoming rush of undead ghouls descending on Riverdale. But things won’t be easy. Tensions rise between all those with a pulse, but the focus on keeping flesh-eating monstrosities as far away as possible begins to take a toll. Can Archie keep the gang alive? For a youngster once known as pure to longtime Archie Comics fans, that seems a stretch, but the amazing Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa delivers a tale that instills hope. And as the conflict grows to fever pitch, the crafty author proves he has answers to lead this group through a nightmare once only dreamed of. Artist Francesco Francavilla brings eye-popping visuals to the book, and between the two… you just cannot go wrong with this masterpiece!

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Re-Animator (Dynamite): Dynamite has been kicking serious ass this year, bringing engaging title after engaging title to the table. The new Re-Animator series isn’t one we’re sleeping on, at all. It’s not an earth-shattering tale by any means, but there are so many fantastic nods to Lovecraft (as is expected given the core concept) it’s hard not to smile at a legend being honored. A few unexpected betrayals and a well-written piece from writer Keith Davidsen with some solid artwork from Randy Valiente lie in wait. If you’ve yet to experiment with any Re-Animator graphic novels or brief comic runs, this is an excellent alpha point.

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Southern Hospitality (Approbation Comics): A longtime sucker for all things slasher, B. Alex Thompson’s Southern Hospitality instantly won my heart over. It isn’t an overly complex story but rather a very straightforward slasher tale with a twist or two in waiting. The characters are all well fleshed out and the dialogue is handled in realistic fashion. It all boils down to a group of 20-somethings in a desolate area who find themselves being stalked by an unknown mass murderer with an awfully sharp blade. It’s bound to take you back in time to the 80s, and that seems to be the goal. Look for appealing yet grainy artwork from Kevin Richardson, who doesn’t once let down, and look to be sucked into this one quickly. It seems a lot of writers fear entering worn territory, but that trepidation has led to a dearth of books like this, which are a very welcome commodity.

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Archie Comics Launching Horror Imprint; Teases Third Series to Join Afterlife and Sabrina

Posted by Debi Moore on March 21, 2015

It’s been a good while since Archie Comics released a new issue of Afterlife with Archie (#7 came out in December 2014), and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has seemed stalled with nothing after #1 debuted in October of the same year, but things are about ramp up big time as a dedicated horror imprint is launching that will also include a mysterious third series.

Per EW, in the spring the publisher will release Afterlife with Archie #8 and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 under the new Archie Horror imprint. “It’s happening organically already,” said Archie Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “You launch one book; it is what it is. You launch a companion book, and you think, ‘These seem to be speaking to each other…’  In-house we started referring to these books as the ‘Archie Horror’ books. We wanted to make it official, and when it started to look like Afterlife #8 and Sabrina #2 were going to be released around the same time, why don’t we formalize something that is already happening, which is the imprint.”

As for why there’s been such a drought since Sabrina #1 was released, Aguirre-Sacasa explained, “I could give you a dozen excuses, and none of them are really good. We really, really wanted to launch the book at New York Comic Con because it was close to Halloween. In retrospect, we should’ve delayed the launch to get a few issues in the can.  There’s no excuse, and there will never be a delay like there was been between Sabrina 1 and 2. Like, never. We are very, very lucky that we have an incredibly passionate and understanding fan base that is eager for the book.”

As for what fans can expect once Sabrina does return, Aguirre-Sacasa teased, “It’s weird because in Afterlife there are dark, dark things—but it’s also funny! Its tongue is planted firmly in its cheek. But with Sabrina, it’s really, really dark and only getting darker. We’re halfway through Issue 3 now, and I would say it’s the darkest comic book I’ve written and the weirdest comic book I’ve written.”

And what about this unidentified third series heading our way?   Aguirre-Sacasa dropped a few clues: “I can tell you that it will be centered around a major Archie character. She has appeared in one of our books before. And [it] will be in a genre we have not explored or even hinted at in Sabrina—in Afterlife, we’ve only hinted at it a tiny, tiny bit. And it will be set in the present.”

But enough about what we don’t know.  Below you’ll find the cover for Afterlife with Archie #8—an homage to The Shining that will have its characters trapped in a hotel full of ghosts—by Francesco Francavilla.  It’s due out May 6th.  Also take a look at Robert Hack’s artwork for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2—featuring the terrifying Madame Satan—arriving a few weeks sooner on April 15th.  Be sure to visit EW to check out some preview pages from both.

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Get Your First Look at Book One of the Afterlife with Archie Trade Paperback

Posted by Debi Moore on June 4, 2014

Archie Comics' Afterlife with Archie has been a huge hit, and now they're releasing the first trade paperback for the series, which collects Issues 1-5, featuring the first storyline, "Escape from Riverdale." Get a sneak preview right here!

The story is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli and cover by Francavilla.

Afterlife with Archie Book One arrives in stores June 10th; pre-order yours below.

Synopsis:
When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful, and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same... and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale!

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Preview: Afterlife with Archie – The First 3 Pages!

Posted by Uncle Creepy on August 8, 2013

A while back we heard about the new zombie-themed Archie comic headed our way, and on tap right now we have a special preview for you guys! What are you waiting for? Spend your Afterlife with Archie!

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#SDCC 2013: First Afterlife with Archie Clip Rises from the Grave

Posted by Uncle Creepy on July 18, 2013

A few weeks back we heard about the new zombie-themed Archie comic headed our way, and on tap right now we have some brand new eye candy for you cats! Dig it!

Look for the comic in October!

It is dark in that the Archie gang is fighting for their lives and survival, and there is a body count,” says Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to THR. “But if you think of the Evil Dead movies Sam Raimi did or even Peter Jackson’s zombie movie Dead Alive, there was always definitely a sense of humor about it. It wasn’t tongue-in-cheek or campy, but it was fun.”

The story begins with Jughead’s dog, Hot Dog, being run over with a car. Jughead brings the dog to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, who, after much deliberation, brings the dog back to life. But Hot Dog is not the same sweet hound he was before, and he bites Jughead, infecting him with his virus.

On the night of the Halloween dance in Riverdale, the zombie apocalypse begins,” says Aguirre-Sacasa.

The trailer will be shown at Comic-Con on Saturday at the Archie panel. Aguirre-Sacasa will moderate the event, which features Archie Comics publisher/co-CEO Jon Goldwater, president Mike Pellerito, executive director of editorial Paul Kaminski, cartoonist Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey, and Gogii Games president George Donovan.

It’s also important to note that while Aguirre-Sacasa was also recently tapped to write the upcoming Warner Bros. live-action Archie film, it will not have any undead visiting Riverdale. “The Archie movie is a straight-up Archie movie. It’s much more of a teenage coming-of-age story,” he says, adding that he’s been working with director Jason Moore on outlining the story.

Archie Comics: The Hottest Publisher in the Industry panel takes place at noon on July 20 in Room 9.

Afterlife With Archie hits comic shops October 9th, 2013.

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Exclusive Early Reveal of the Variant Cover for Afterlife with Archie

Posted by The Woman In Black on June 12, 2013

A few weeks back we heard about the new zombie-themed Archie comic headed our way, and now we have an exclusive early look at the variant artwork for Issue #1 by drawn by Tim Seeley.

Synopsis:
What if the zombie apocalypse began in Riverdale? This horror-infused comic answers that question when it kicks off in late 2013, spearheaded by one of Hollywood’s hottest writers, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will be fresh off the high profile crossover Archie Meets Glee, along with Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla .

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE will provide readers with zombie-filled mayhem like only Archie can, taking the Riverdale gang where they’ve never been before – to the grave and back. Jughead’s beloved pooch Hotdog is run over by Reggie in his roadster. He convinces Sabrina to hatch a spell to bring back the pooch, but when Hotdog bites Jughead, he soon craves flesh.

In addition to his Archie credits, Aguirre-Sacasa has made a name for himself in the world of television (writer/producer on "Glee"), Broadway musicals (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), and movies, penning the remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, which premieres this fall.

“Roberto’s a superstar writer,” said Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Working with him on the upcoming AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE is the next step in the ever expanding Archie universe.”

"AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE combines two of my great passions: Archie comics and horror comics,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “This series came out of conversations with Jon [Goldwater], asking questions like, ‘What if the Archie characters found themselves in a Stephen King novel like The Stand or a Sam Raimi movie like The Evil Dead?’ Could we pull that off, tonally? We’re really going for it. The first arc is called ‘Escape from Riverdale.’ The second arc is called, brace yourself, ‘Betty RIP.’ Of course, all the horror stuff will be balanced by elements that are quintessentially Archie.”

Afterlife With Archie hits comic shops October 9th, 2013.

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Even Riverdale Isn’t Safe from a Zombie Apocalypse! Afterlife with Archie Comic Book Is Coming!

Posted by Foywonder on March 6, 2013

No matter how much people complain the zombie craze has reached a saturation point, something comes along and you realize it still has yet to fully hit its zenith. Take for example Afterlife with Archie, an upcoming comic book in which Riverdale gets The Walking Dead treatment.

You just can’t make this stuff up anymore. Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the Riverdale kids will be forced to contend with zombies in a new comic book series launching later this year. It sounds like the basis for a Teefury mash-up shirt, doesn’t it? Nope. This is actually happening, and here’s how:

Jughead’s beloved pooch Hotdog is run over by Reggie in his roadster. He convinces Sabrina to hatch a spell to bring back the pooch, but when Hotdog bites Jughead, he soon craves flesh.

Deadline reportsAfterlife with Archie will be scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. He seems to be the perfect scribe for the job as he has experience writing about teenage life, having worked on “Glee”. He also has experience with teen horror, having penned the screenplay for the upcoming Carrie remake. And he know a little something about trying to make the best out of a potentially ill-conceived idea, having been the fix-it man brought in to try to salvage the initially disastrous Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Aguirre-Sacasa told Deadline that this comic book “combines two of my great passions, Archie comics and horror comics. This series came out of conversations with Jon Goldwater, asking questions like 'What if the Archie characters found themselves in a Stephen King novel like The Stand or a Sam Raimi movie like The Evil Dead? Could we pull that off, tonally?' We’re really going for it. The first arc is called Escape from Riverdale. The second arc is called, brace yourself, Betty RIP.”

We’re also told to expect the gore aspect to be combined with elements that are “quintessentially Archie”.

Why do I have a weird feeling that if this comic book is successful within six months of publication I’m going to find myself writing a story about how Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton have optioned the movie rights?

I personally hope that Afterlife with Archie expands its universe to also include other old timey comic book characters that would fit in amongst the zombie apocalypse. Like have Casper, the Friendly Ghost guiding the Riverdale kids to safety in a world now overrun by the undead. Dennis the Menace shows up as their version of “The Governor,” armed with a lethal slingshot and with the head of Mr. Wilson in a jar that he still talks to. Do a story arc where they hide out in Richie Rich’s panic room, but that goes bad when the world’s richest boy decides he doesn’t want to die a virgin and develops an unhealthy obsession with Veronica. Have the storyline conclude with the reveal that Sabrina deliberately unleashed hell on earth because she’s now the mistress of Hot Stuff. I mean, Hot Stuff is a little boy devil; he’s bound to go evil at some point.

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