March 4, 2014
Lena Dunham to write an Archie Comics story
by Nick Davies
Girls creator/writer/actress Lena Dunham will soon turn her attention to the world of comics to write a story arc for Archie Comics, the comic publisher announced yesterday. Albert Ching reports on the website Comic Book Resources that the Golden Globe winner has signed on to pen a four-book series in the Archie flagship series that will come out in 2015.
In addition to Girls, Dunham wrote (and directed and starred in) the 2010 film Tiny Furniture, and has an essay collection scheduled to be published by Random House this October. She came by this comic book gig via Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a screenwriter and acquaintance of hers, and the new chief creative officer for Archie who extended an offer for her to write for the teen series. Aguirre-Sacasa is also the writer of Afterlife with Archie, a zombie series (because pop culture properties aren’t allowed NOT to have a zombie element these days), part of the publisher’s recent efforts to explore less conventional stories — also including the Life with Archie magazine (which follows the adult lives of the characters in parallel stories where Archie marries Betty and Veronica) and the introduction of gay character Kevin Keller.
Jon Goldwater, Archie co-CEO, is enthusiastic about bringing on a hip writer to work on the series. Of Dunham, he said, “She’s the voice of her generation… To have someone like that say, ‘Not only am I a fan, I’d love to write something,’ it just epitomizes all the hard work we’ve put in for the last five years.” Ching points out in the piece for CBR that Dunham is on the record as an Archie fan, having publicly “expressed her affection for Archie comics last November during a Q&A event with J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst in New York City,” and Tweeting this January:
Reading Archie comics in bed like the grownup woman I am.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 26, 2014
Aguirre-Sacasa says that Dunham came back with a story pitch a week or two after receiving a box of Archie comics, and it’s an arc that will take place within the comic’s continuity. “I’m not going to spoil it, but it’s really, really funny,” he told CBR, “It’s incredibly contemporary. It’s a classic Archie story, with a definitely unique, Lena spin… She brings a unique point-of-view to all these characters, but she also loves them, and knows what makes them work.”
No word on any plans for a Girls tie-in with a special animated episode featuring the Riverdale gang.
Nick Davies is a publicist at Melville House.