Art by Joshua Middleton
I can‚Äôt recall if I was contacted by @alexsegurajr or @mpellerito to do a variant cover for LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 - but I‚Äôm glad they did. This cover was to commemorate the death of Archie.
Hands-down, this is my favourite Archie cover I‚Äôve done. Perhaps even my favourite cover I‚Äôve done - period.
I was honoured to be a part of this momentous moment in Archie comics history.
I wrote a little something that was supposed to go along with the cover in a collected edition - not sure if it made it in. so I thought I‚Äôd share it here:
Archie is one of the first comics I enjoyed in my youth. Archie, and crew (especially Jughead) moulded my psyche during those formative years, which in turn may explain quite a bit. He‚Äôs like the brother I never had‚Ä¶ but the friends I eventually would.
‚ÄúThe Death of someone close is never a happy thing. So, when I was asked to contribute a cover to the final momentous issue of ‚ÄúLife With Archie‚ÄĚ that ends with the passing of its title character, I wondered what I might do. I have only attended a handful of funerals in my life. While a sombre occasion, as the loss of someone always is, it really hit home how we, their friends and family, are the legacy they leave behind. How in we carry their memory, and ourselves, forward.
The title of the book amply states; LIFE WITH ARCHIE. That‚Äôs the message I wanted to send forth; celebrate life. So, here at Pop‚Äôs Chok‚Äôlit Shoppe, we have just that; friends gathered, reminiscing and sharing stories and memories of their absent friend, celebrating his life.‚ÄĚ
Really proud of this one.
Done with brush and ink on 13 x 19 in. Strathmore 3-ply board. I‚Äôve included the preliminary sketch, and a variant of the variant cover - as I originally was thinking to render it in ‚ÄėBlack & White.‚Äú
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