New York Comic Con is underway. Running through tomorrow, it is one of the country's biggest comic cons. I will be "On the Beat" meeting celebrities and creators of all sorts.
Comic book artist and writer Dan Parent is a regular stop on my Artist Alley circuit at comic cons. Somehow though, I have never gotten Parent for an interview. I hope and plan to change that soon, now that comic cons are starting to return.
Parent started working for Archie Comics right after graduating from the Kubert School. He might be best known for introducing the first openly gay character in Archie Comics when he created Kevin Keller in 2010. In 2013, he was given the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book.
Parent also started the Die Kitty Die comic series. The comic features young witch Kitty Ravencraft, who stars in her own comic book. Her greedy publisher wants to increase sales and plots to kill her in the comics and in real life.
There's so much content for an interview just in that paragraph. Actually, his work on Archie alone is enough for an interview. Archie recalls simpler times, when comic books were part of every kid's life. While Archie would seem to be a dinosaur in today's larger-than-life comics world, he remains popular. That's a major credit to Parent and all involved. I'd love to pick his brain a bit about Archie and the rest of his work.
Go to DanParent.com for more info on Dan and his latest projects. Check NewYorkComicCon.com for updates and scheduling on NYCC.
Dan Parent and me in New York, NY-October 2021.