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Singapore Bans Archie Comic Book for Depicting Gay Wedding

ArchieState media censors in Singapore have banned the sale of an 2012 Archie comic book that features the marriage of gay character Kevin Keller – part of the country’s recent crackdown on any publications discussing homosexuality.

TIME reports:

Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) censored the comic book, first published in January 2012, earlier this year, but the ban is only just now coming to light — a week after another state agency removed three children’s books promoting tolerance of same-sex relationships from the national library’s shelves. […]

In its guidelines for imported publications, the MDA prohibits comics and other illustrated material that depict or discuss “alternative lifestyles or deviant sexual practices,” listing homosexuality as an example of such (alongside “group sex and sadomasochism”).

In other “Archie” comic news, this week’s conclusion of the “Life with Archie” series found Archie Andrews shot and killed during an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller.  


Archie Shot Saving Gay Friend Kevin Keller in Final Installment of Comic

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Archie Andrews takes a bullet during an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller in the final installment of 'Life with Archie' which hits newsstands this week. Andrews' death was announced in April, the AP reports.

"The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie," said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. "He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It's what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years."

'Life with Archie' features grown-up versions of the Riverdale gang:

In "Life with Archie," Keller is a married military veteran and newly elected senator who's pushing for more gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Writes Archie Comics of the issue:

History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 & #37.


Archie's Gay Pal Kevin Keller Does Not Approve Of 'Looking' Star's Indecision

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If you’ve been watching gay director Andrew Haigh’s HBO series Looking, you know that the character Patrick is having a hard time choosing between his love interests Richie and Kevin.

Well, Archie’s openly gay pal Kevin Keller has had enough! And hunky, openly gay Looking actor Russell Tovey shared the image above — brilliantly illustrated by Archie artist Dan Parent — on his Instagram.

It’s like the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle all over again… but gayer!


Archie Comics' Kevin Keller Kisses His Boyfriend for First Time in Front of an Outraged Mom: VIDEO

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Archie Comics' first gay character Kevin Keller has his first kiss in "Kevin Keller" Issue No. 10 which is released today, August 7.

Creator Dan Parent told HuffPost Live that One Million Moms' outrage over previous comic book issues were what fueled the scene you see above.

Watch Dan Parent talk to HuffPost Live about the kiss, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Archie Comics Character Kevin Keller Joins It Gets Better

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You might not know it, but today is Kevin Keller day: Archie Comics's first gay character has teamed up with the It Gets Better project to speak out against the bullying of LGBT youth.

Kevin joined the Archie universe on September 1, 2010 as the strip's first gay character.  The comics also included a storyline that featured Kevin joining the military (in his father's footsteps), being injured in Iraq and later marrying the doctor who helped him rehabilitate.  In the face of pushback from the conservative group One Million Moms, Archie Comics CEO John Goldwater said, "Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people."

Check out a video of Archie's involvement with It Gets Better, featuring GLAAD award-winning author and illustrator Dan Parent.... AFTER THE JUMP...

(image via It Gets Better's Twitter page)

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