Preview: Social Media Sensation ‘Bite Sized Archie’ Collected In Trade

by Brendan M. Allen

This Wednesday, Archie Comics is bringing their weekly tales from social media together for a big moment in the spotlight in publishing its first-ever webcomic collection, Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1. Filled with jokes, commentary, and artwork, the collection features Archie and the gang from Riverdale, as they take a bite out of pop culture. 

These relevant and sometimes irreverent tales send Archie and pals head-first into modern culture, allowing one of the most iconic entities in Americana to flawlessly assimilate on today’s most meme-worthy trends and social savvy topics. The webcomic collection features the first full year of stories from writer Ron Cacace and artist Vincent Lovallo as they originally appeared on Archie Comics’ social media platforms, along with bonus sketches and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

“Bite Sized Archie started out as the answer to a question: “How can we create new, original and relevant content for our social media audience on a weekly basis?” said Ron Cacace, Archie Comics writer and director of publicity & social media. “Our series is all about continuing the amazing legacy of Archie Comics, which is telling topical stories that reflect on pop culture trends featuring relatable characters and delivering them in an easy-to-digest format. By publishing as a weekly webcomic, we’ve been able to jump on topics faster than ever before while remaining uniquely ‘Archie.’ And thanks to Vincent’s adorably authentic art style, we’ve been embraced by everyone who has read our stories. It’s a dream come true for us to see our series make it to print and be delivered to an entirely new audience in comic shops and bookstores.”

“I never would have guessed that a lunch-time sketch and a friendly conversation would turn into a social media phenomenon,” said Archie Comics Art Director Vincent Lovallo. “Working alongside Ron on this series has been an absolute joy. His wit, comedic timing, and understanding of the Archie universe shines through with every script. Bite Sized Archie is truly a labor of love and we’re ecstatic that the series has been received so well by the fans. We’ve received countless requests on social media for a physical edition of Bite Sized Archie and it’s so exciting to reveal that it’s finally happening! And, despite having ‘bite sized’ in the title, we’re loading up this print collection with the complete first year of strips, concept art, and other goodies that will surely satisfy all our readers!”

Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1 provides readers with a meta, satirical and sarcastic look at the world through the lens of Archie and friends, as they reflect on the latest in internet culture and the world at large. Both sardonic and charming at times, Bite Sized Archie takes the iconic characters in a new direction for the modern age while holding nothing back in the comments section.

Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1 is set to hit the spinner racks on April 27, 2022, and should be in bookstores May 17, 2022.

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