Thursday, April 19, 2012

Archie, Betty and Veronica Get a Gender Makeover

In an issue called "The Great Switcheroo," Archie Comics will gender-bend.  And how.  In the August 22 issue, Archie will turn into Archina, Betty becomes Billy and Veronica will be Ronnie.

The town of Riverdale is not experiencing a frenzy of gender-reassignment surgery.  It's experiencing something much cheaper—magic.

"Upon overhearing the guys and gals of Riverdale grumbling over how the other half has it easier, (Sabrina the Teenage Witch's) mischievous cat Salem turns the town upside down when he dishes out the ultimate genetic makeover," Archie comics explained in a press release.

So the issue will hone in on gender and gender roles.  Should be interesting.  It seems to me, though, that the ultimate switcheroo in Riverdale would be turning Jughead into a vegetarian.