Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose credits range from writing comics for Marvel and Archie to working on the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the TV series Glee and the recent movie Carrie, has joined Archie Comics as its new chief creative officer.
Aguirre-Sacasa is making a splash as he joins, announcing that Lena Dunham, the acclaimed writer, director and star of the hit HBO series Girls, has signed on to write a four-part Archie story for the publisher due out in 2015.
“It’s no secret I’ve been an Archie fanatic since I can remember, I grew up reading these books — they’ve inspired me and my writing in so many ways,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “My top priority is to find new ways to showcase our great lineup of properties – from the Archie gang to Josie to Sabrina to the Red Circle heroes – to current fans, to new fans. We have the best characters in the world, and I want to make sure everyone knows it.”
“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity,” said Dunham.
“Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena’s coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, it’s going to be fantastic,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”