It was only recently that I’ve become a Spotify user. And yes, I am late to the party, but what can you do? Listening to awesome playlists has been my thing, but now Spotify is promising more, especially for comic-lovers.
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Although Riverdale has become a hit TV adaptation of the Archie Comics, the sales for the actual printed books haven’t shown as much success lately. Now, Archie Comics have a brand new plan and we’re loving the idea. According to Entertainment Weekly, the publisher is pairing up with Spotify in order to create their original comics with motion and sound tailored into the panels. There will be movement, music, and even actors giving a voice to each character.
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The first few episodes will bring to life the first six issues and ongoing comics. The writer and artists will translate them and group them on a playlist called “Spotlight: Archie- The New Riverdale”. Publisher and CEO of Archie Comics, Jon Goldwater, explains his feelings towards the new project:
“Archie has always been about trying to find new ways to get comics to fans and readers… And when the opportunity to work with Spotify arose, it was a perfect match. Being able to reposition these modern classics for new readers in this unique, motion comic format makes perfect sense and we can’t wait for fans to experience these beloved Archie stories in a new way.”
We’ll have to wait and see how the fans react to this new way of reading the classic comics. It may only be a one time deal, but so far it sounds great. DC Comics is also doing something similar by giving readers the ability to scroll through panels on their phone. Even if it’s through technology, this might get comics back in readers’ hands.
When Keirnan Shipka was announced as Sabrina in the new Netflix Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I thought ‘cool.’ When Ross Lynch was cast as Harvey, I thought ‘wow, he looks really like Keirnan Shipka.’ So much so, in fact, that I wrote an article on it, illustrating my point with several comparisons of the pair’s faces, including the following:
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Weird right? But this is not the case anymore, it seems. In a photo tweeted by the show’s creator Robert Aguirre Sacasa, Lynch’s hair appears to have been dyed, and he’s looking a lot less like his on-screen love interest, which can only be a good thing.
Aguirre Sacasa, who is also the creator of hit show Riverdale, the same universe in which The Chilling Adventures will be set, tweeted the photo with the caption “Well, it’s out there. A 1st look at Harvey and Sabrina from the “Chilling Adventures of #Sabrina.” ADORBS, right?”
The pieces are puzzling themselves together for the newest Sabrina the Teenage Witch adaptation, and the latest piece is the casting of Aunt Zelda! Miranda Otto of Lord of the Rings fame is the newest name attached to the upcoming Netflix series based on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Zelda, the more serious of the Spellman aunts, is the family’s disciplinarian. Described as proud and devout, she believes there is no greater honor than serving the Dark Lord as a member of the Church of Night.
With Otto joining the series, the Spellman family’s casting is complete. Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina, the lead role, while Lucy Davis will play Hilda, Chance Perdomo will play warlock cousin Ambrose, Michelle Gomez will play Mrs. Wardell (aka Madam Satan), and Jaz Sinclair has been cast as Sabrina’s best friend Rosalind Walker.
The newest Sabrina the Teenage Witch adaptation is getting more skin on its bones with the recent announcement that they’ve cast Aunt Hilda. And who’s the lucky lady? None other than Lucy Davis! Davis’ filmography includes roles in the BBC’s The Office, Shawn of the Dead, and most recently, Wonder Woman, so she’s definitely got the chops for this role.
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Caroline Rhea, who plaid Aunt Hilda in the iconic television show, took to Twitter to offer her congratulations to Davis.
Hilda has a “motherly nature and warm sense of humor” that “belie a wicked, ghoulish streak,” and is “as adept at brewing spite jars against her family’s enemies as she is at concocting love potions for the students at Baxter High.”
Hilda was also my favorite, because she was the goofy one, loved a joke, but fiercely loyal and heartfelt. She also had the best lines of the entire show.
Davis has quite the shoes to fill, but I’m excited to see how she makes the iconic role her own. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is expected to premiere on Netflix later this year, and as the streaming service is producing the show, you can expect it to be incredible. Seriously, props to Netflix for the content they’ve been putting out.
This may sound weird to many Archie Comics fans and those who watch Riverdale religiously should watch their backs, too.
We already know the Riverdale gang has gotten into some serious trouble while investigating the death of Jason Blossom, but now there’s a more monstrous turn in the story. Just like Jughead has been portrayed as a werewolf in a past series, now Veronica gets her turn.
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In a new branch of the Archie Comic series, Vampironica, the dark-haired beauty gets bitten after a party and is transformed into a blood-sucking vampire. She’s now caught in middle ground; wanting to quench her thirst for blood, but also trying to help her friends fight off the monsters taking over Riverdale. So what are we to expect from her in this series? Megan Smallwood, the co-creator along with her brother Greg, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the revamped character:
Veronica’s character has always had this brevity to her, you always know where she’s coming from — usually a place of selfishness or vanity… As a fan, I’m used to her playing opposite to Betty’s good naturedness but Vampironica will be a little different in that aspect. The story and supporting cast is seen through Veronica’s perspective and that lends itself well to building more complex aspects of her personality.
This sounds like its going to be a good one. Until its release in stores on March 14th, check out some previews below!