Friday, April 29, 2022

Comics Review: BITE SIZED ARCHIE Vol. 1


STORY: Ron Cacace
ART: Vincent Lovallo
EiC: Mike Pellerito
COVER: Vincent Lovallo
ISBN: 978-1-64576-913-2; paperback; 6 3/8” x 8” (March 2022)
112pp, Color, $12.99 U.S., $16.99 CAN (April 27, 2022)

Rating: All-Ages

Bite Sized Archie is a webcomic, the first for the classic Archie Comics character, Archie Andrews.  The series is published as weekly episodes, with each being comprised of four panels.  Bite Sized Archie is drawn in a style similar to chibi (a Japanese style of caricature) and with a 1960s retro Archie Comics aesthetic.  The creative team is comprised of writer Ron Cacace and artist Vincent Lovallo.

Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1 collects the first year of the webcomic.  The book contains 52 strips, beginning with Strip 1: “Jughead's Game of the Year Awards” from December 20, 2020 to Strip 52: “Plenty to Digest” from December 3, 2021.

Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1 hopes you’re hungry for laughs.  Jughead Jones hands out video game awards and also ponders diners, drive-ins, and dives online at “Jughead's Diner Reviews.”  Archie is so bored that he doesn't notice the infinity war just outside “Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.”  Reggie Mantle deals with a black eye – one online and one on his face.

Jughead struggles with a “TV dinner” and with a failing printer, but Sabrina Spellman and her magic can only help him with one of them … maybe.  Archie offers Josie McCoy (of Josie and the Pussycats) some professional advice.  Archie finds himself trapped between Betty Cooper and Veronica LodgeToni Topaz, Kevin Keller, and Jughead warn us about the dangers of tweeting.  Cheryl Blossom meets Spider.  And Chuck Clayton has the comic book convention blues.  It's all in a day (or year) in the life of Archie Andrews and friends.

THE LOWDOWN:  Bite Sized Archie is basically a daily newspaper comic strip, but produced for the digital age.  It's cute and one can say that the creative team of Ron Cacace and artist Vincnet Lovallo is doing something nice for people who can never get enough of the wonderful world of Archie Comics.

Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1 is not something I would normally search out, but I would (and did) enjoy it once I found it.  In fact, the quickest way to make me interested in any Archie Comics publication is to include anyone from Josie and the Pussycats.  And Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1 is the perfect way to introduce young readers to the world of Archie Andrews.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Archie Comics will want Bite Sized Archie Vol. 1.

[This book contains an afterword by Ron Cacace and “Behind the Panels,” which focuses on the process of artist Vincent Lovallo.  Extras include bonus features, character sketches, and behind-the-scenes conversations from the creative team .]


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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