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Kevin Keller may have just entered Riverdale High last fall, but he's made such a splash that he's getting his own series. As you may remember, Archie Comics introduced Kevin, its first-ever gay character, last year. His debut in Veronica, No. 202 was apparently so popular that it prompted a re-printing of the issue, the first time ever in the history of the comic. And now he's getting his own mini-series this summer. Let's face it, there hasn't been this much excitement in the whitest-of-white-bread cartoons since, um, ever.
The story arc is set to include flashbacks of Kevin's childhood and will even address his coming out. But is the inclusion of a gay character really that big a deal in 2011? According to Dan Parent, the author and illustrator of the four-part series, "as time marches on, gay characters in comics will become more commonplace and it won't be a big media event every time a gay character is introduced." Let's hope he's right. In the meantime, I'm waiting for Kev to duet with Kurt in an animated-crossover episode of Glee. Fingers crossed.