The "Archie Comics: Zombies, Heroes, Cartoons, Movies and More!" panel on Saturday, October 12th at NYCC was a standing-room only event. The panelists (Dan Parent, George Donovan, Jon Goldwater, Michael Murphey, Mike Pellerito, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, Michael Uslan, and Victor Gorelick) were introduced to much fanfare and in turn also introduced a prop of Veronica's head on a burger.
Included in the discussion was the new turn to horror for Archie Comics, Afterlife with Archie (see Giaco Furino's review for more on the comic). The talk of Archie and zombies received an enthusiastic response. Francesco Francavilla, the artist for Archie Meets Kiss and the Afterlife with Archie series stated, “I'm a big fan of horror. Whenever they give me a chance, I go to horror.” He also mentioned the famed horror comic publication Creepy, saying “Doing covers for Afterlife is like doing covers for Creepy.”
Afterlife with Archie has received a tremendous response, and during the panel they said alternative covers will soon be unveiled. There's also an Afterlife with Archie app, which has been featured as one of the best new apps to have.
The panel also included a short clip of the new Sabrina cartoon, as well as an animated trailer for the new The Fox comic book series. In addition to that, It's Archie, another new cartoon series, hits next fall on Fox. The panel showed a short preview of Archie and the gang as youngsters, battling monster aliens in a scary old house. Good stuff.
Last but not least, it was confirmed that a live-action Archie film is in development. They're in the beginning stages and want to make sure that the film will be quintessential Archie. It'll be interesting to see how it unfolds, especially now that zombies are a part of the Archie world.