We think Lena Dunham might be the voice of her generation. Or at least a voice of a generation. Of Archie comics.
Archie Comics has announced that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham will write a four-issue run of Archie set to debut in 2015. Everything about that preceding sentence is true. And kind of amazing, if we’re being honest. Riverdale will never be the same. Or it might be precisely the same, stuck in an endless but alluring cycle of narcissism, self-doubt, creative yearning, and brunch. This is going to be Betty’s year, you guys. This is going to be Betty’s year.
The collaboration came about somewhat serendipitously. From the Archie Comics announcement:
Dunham, known for her topical and compelling writing as well as her stellar performances on Girls, will bring her modern voice to some of the most beloved characters in pop culture as Archie and the gang come face to face with a new reality show filming in Riverdale.
“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity,” said Dunham.
Newly-minted Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes the bestselling and acclaimed Afterlife With Archie series, reached out to Dunham as his first official move in his new executive role.
“When we found out Lena was a fan, the first thing I did was call Roberto,” said Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater. “And he said, instantly, ‘Let’s try to make this happen!’ And here we are. It’s been a magical confluence of events, and it further cemented why Roberto is the ideal person for the CCO role, and why this is the next logical step in Archie’s evolution as a real pop culture company — a place where the strongest, most unique voices can come and contribute to Archie’s world. The best part is — we’re just getting started.”
“Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena’s coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, it’s going to be fantastic,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
We like the hint that these kinds of mash-ups are just the beginning for Archie Comics. One wonders what Vince Gilligan or George R. R. Martin would produce in such a brightly colored universe.