Iconic comic boycotts anti-LGBT laws

Archie Comics Gay MarriageBY MORGAN WELCH

In the wake of Russia’s recently enacted anti-LGBT laws, many pro-equality tourists are boycotting the country as a vacation spot; newly added to the list of people refusing to visit are a group of fictional characters–the Riverdale crew from Archie Comics.

According to writer and artist Dan Parent, best known for introducing the series’ first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, the characters are heading off on a tour of four world countries in an upcoming issue. Russia was intended to be one of them, but in an interview with Back2Stonewall at Wizard World Comic-Con Chicago, Parent explained that he had “just been catching up” on the controversial laws, and found them “really upsetting.”

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