Riverdale and Sabrina

December 12, 2017 0

You’ve heard me talk about Riverdale on the podcast. It never fails to astound me that comics which amused me only slightly as a child, and didn’t amuse me at all as a teen have now become cutting edge phenomena. Consider the following.

Archie Comics has undergone a cutting edge renaissance, albeit one might argue that they are merely peripherally the same comic. In 2015, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples modernized the classic Archie into a relevant comic about today’s teens. Before that, Life with Archie explored Archie’s adult life in two separate timelines, one in which he married Betty, and one in which he married Veronica. In 2010, Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first gay character was introduced.

And then things went really dark. Afterlife with Archie deals with the Archie gang as zombies. Thanks, Sabrina! The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is currently one of my favorite comics, and it is SUPER creepy and twisted. This isn’t your parents’ Archie anymore, that’s for sure.

So, the television show Riverdale has been cranking hard since the beginning of 2017. It’s the lovechild of Twin Peaks and Beverly Hills 90210. In much the same vein as the teen shows of the 80s, many adults are pretending to be high schoolers, but it’s the show’s strange vibe, in the little town with ridiculously big town concerns (whaaatttt??? Riverdale has two high schools and still calls itself the town with pep???? And has a Chok’lit Shop? And two gangs????) that captures the audience. Hey, I’m captured. I am in love with the new take on Veronica Lodge and the enigmatic Betty Cooper. I like Archie and I adore Jughead, the literary, misunderstood writer who comes from a sketchy background (yeah. No identifying with character going on here. Nope.)¬†Even juicier is a cast of Dynasty like parents who are all…well, most of them…kind of revolting that the kids have to work around. Sure. It’s hard to believe the town of Riverdale is besieged by the epidemic of a drug called jingle jangle served in pixie sticks, or has a serial murder called the Black Hood purifying the town, but remember, we’re in television cult territory here. The villains would get away with things, if it weren’t for those darned kids. Go with the flow, and buy your merch at Hot Topic. You’ll be happier if you do.

And…Netflix will soon be airing a Sabrina show along the horror lines of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. While a companion show, I do not think they can go as far as they do in the comic on television, but given that it’ll only be streamed, I could be proven wrong. We also do not yet know if the show will cross over with Riverdale. I’m happy either way. Mid season finale is tomorrow night, kids. Then you gotta wait until January to get your Riverdale on.

122 – Return of the Bride of Pick of the Week

December 11, 2017 0

Unreliable NarratorsWe’re at it again with our sporadic Picks of the Week! They range from books to TV to movies to comics this week: The Punisher, FIYAH magazine, All the Birds in the Sky, The House of Laughing Windows and many, many others. Stocking stuffers, one and all.

BONUS: Chris checks in with Unreliable Alum Ken Scholes following the release of his latest book, Hymn, the final volume in the Psalms of Isaak series.

121 – Author Spotlight: Ben Aaronovitch

December 4, 2017 0

un_aaronovitchMuch excitement at UN Headquarters! Earlier this year, Chia and Cath devoted an episode to their love of the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. Hold onto your seats, because author Ben Aaronovitch joins us from across the pond! We embarrass him with too many Doctor Who questions, and he shares details about his writing process and plans for the future. Can one show contain all this merriment?