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Archie Comics: Kevin Keller #1

Kevin Keller MTBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

Well, well, well, it certainly has been a big week for Homosexual Americans, now hasn’t it? 1st the pro-hate Prop 8 outlawing same sex marriage is deemed unconstitutional by The Supreme Court. Duh. Incidentally, I also find bad hair unconstitutional. But, then again, I don’t think of myself as very political. I don’t think I could even pick Laura Bush out if a police line up.

The other big push in the bush for the gay world is the release of Kevin Keller’s ongoing series from Archie comics. Archie gained much fanfare after introducing an openly gay student amongst the students if Riverdale.

Kevin is a well-adjusted, army brat, nice guy with a great family and no visible signs of an eating disorder or any chemical dependence. The real crux comes in when we learn Kevin is a lousy dater. (Finally, something I can relate to!) It’s a little Leave it to Beaver, it gets better (after a lot of pain and torment I promise you!), but you really have to give credit to a comic company as established as Archie for trying to convey a positive gay character as part of the normal cast. Marvel’s an on again off again, Northstar is in and out of the closet, so often it may as well have a drive-thru window attached.

Personally, I would have called it “Kevin Keller: Archie’s Girlfriend.” But, then again, I sometimes wear glitter. Flag on, Miss Liberty!

If that isn’t enough to make you want to read it, I should mention that Kevin does appear in leather pants at one point in the story. (I thought it was nice to give a shout out to the leather community.)



Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure ( Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (, A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (, and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!





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