As the co-CEO of Archie Comics I see our company’s products proudly displayed in bookstores throughout the entire world. I call it “Riverdale Cool.”
Archie comics became a global voice and presence, and it’s that image that defines the concept of the “COMIC BOOK,” which leads my mind back to the founders. I think about how 70 years ago two businessmen created a school, a town and a tight community with various disparate friendships, all by publishing millions of stories centered around a teenager with red hair, freckles and a friendship with two very different girls.
No matter where we stand on this planet, the Archie Comic stories welcomed us into the fantasy of Riverdale High School. These strong narratives developed characters with personalities that had translated globally, archetypal forms that could easily be utilized to identify such human behaviors; i.e. “You are such a Betty” or “You’re such a Jughead”, and everyone would know what that meant.
For Archie Andrews, though, I always say, there is only one Archie: it’s the Archie Andrews we can only know as we turn the pages in Archie Comics. The Archie business, and the mission to entertain quickly evolved into a deep personal connection to the brand and drew us more and more into the Archie fantasy world, allowing us to become emotionally invested in these characters and care about them. I call this phenomenon the “I ♥ Archie.”
For 7 decades, millions of Archie fantasy stories cultivated a deep passion for the brand and a resource for inspiration. While entertaining us, they were giving us a model of lessons around values, common to all.
Archie Comics became a business that expanded more than its founders ever expected to see, gained exposure in all cultures! As I travel and meet those cultures and hear how this brand has not only brought happiness and touched people’s lives but made a difference for them, it makes me extremely proud of my company and the Archie brand. There is something that transcends “right” about these stories, a universal experience of positive values and goodwill cultivated by Archie and his friends in the minds and hearts of a global set of people.
There were many smiles when Warner Brothers made the announcement of an Archie movie. Today, we are talking about a lot of popcorn! Jughead gives his thumbs up! I will now be able to ♥ Archie & Friends on the big screen…..
For me, yellow / blue M&M’s with only one Archie Orange M&M in the bag! How Sweet!
Are you a Betty or a Veronica?
Both of the iconic characters have their own personalities, style and even scents.
Veronica Lodge has always been described as rich, fabulous and spoiled. But her capabilities run much deeper. She has seen the world and been everywhere. She sees a side of life many do not and she shares the opportunity and access with her friends. She uses her position to better the world.
Veronica Lodge is a model I follow. She is capable, smart, and organized. She has C.I.A.: Confidence, Intelligence, Allure!!!
Veronica shows great facility in her fathers business transactions, she is a leader of the future and she will do what ever she chooses in her career path. … and she changes it often. She is a character that allows our writers to make her complex, vibrant and lovable. She has the determination to follow her dad’s business sense but challenges him where needed. Mr. Lodge has been often influenced by her insights.
Veronica’s scent fills the air with determination, and a passion for change.
Betty defends equal political, economic, and social rights for women. She reaches for the stars and keeps her feet on the ground. She is the quintessential girl next door but with oh’ so much more.
Betty is self reliant. She has tremendous patience and is grounded. She has strong ethics and strives to succeed and help others without compromising her morals. Betty gracefully and creatively gets the right results.
Betty is the most feminine “tomboy” the world has ever seen. She is not shy to take on what was once considered traditional men’s interests and do it in dresses or jeans. She can rally Archie, Reggie, and Jughead, or beat them at their own game…. if it is not getting done she will get it done. Betty represents the core belief of dreams that extend beyond gender limitations and social boundaries, and propels those dreams to soar out into the world from her own front porch.
Betty’s scent is how a woman gets things done. Now that is an attraction.
My words below were written a week ago for Rwanda news media after my visit there. I went on a literacy promotion and was so moved by the Rwandan people’s progress. I thought I would share the message again, in light of what has occurred in Boston.
The majority of humans who live on planet earth respect human life with all of our differences. We do not seek power but seek peace, respect, compassion, laughter, love, knowledge, friendship, beauty and health.
Those values and our desires unite us around the Globe. The mass of our young people, who are the fruit of life are upping their acts of kindness like they never have before; they embrace peace. Today’s young generation are global thinkers and explore their interests outside their communities purely to connect with all types of cultures and experiences to build one world.More than ever the majority needs to be vigilant and call out behaviors or acts in question before harm occurs.
Be it ethnic competition, economic level, religious beliefs, envy, or enragement, whatever the germ may be to carry out the mass killings of humans or even a single annihilation of a human life can be stopped by reversing the formula of Minority/Majority as Rwanda has. “Tensions between Rwandan the minority Tutsi, who had controlled power for centuries, and the majority Hutu peoples, who had come to power in the rebellion of 1959–62 erupted on April 6 1994. By mid-July over 500,000 people were killed according to a Human Rights Watch estimate, with the total death toll reaching possibly 1,000,000.But Rwandans rose from the ashes through belief in the country Rwanda could be… Would be. Women have taken their place in government and a new peace and safety graced the land. Their future is their faith.
With that, I ask all of you to harness and embrace the importance of life and to stand up with respect forhumanity. Let the people of today’s Rwanda be a model on how they as a country demonstrate forgiveness and respect, with inclusion for all of mankind and the commitment to speak out to stand strong against the horrific act of genocide. Rwanda is the voice of the century; walk with them as they mourn the crime against humanity that took place April 7, 1994. And all other lives lost to acts like yesterday’s in Boston.
Teach our young.
Before considering humanity, be Considerate of humans.
A month dedicated to women, as we come together, many of our interests focus on education, inspiration, empowerment and shaping the future. For centuries women continually come together 365 days a year in ways that are fitting for the era. The voices that spoke loudly and quietly all embraced visions, and the passion to change society for the better. Women who came before us are not forgotten. We embrace their words, actions and let their spirits be known. We continue their marks in history, past, present and to support the future.
The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Commerce is commended for their loyal recognition of women. I personally pass the grain of sand on to the girl child with the encouragement to start now to build their paths and when the time is right, and not before, her voice will awaken and she will have created her personal castle.
BALCONY (Business and Labor Coalition of New York) recently celebrated ‘Women’s History’ with me and other influential women in NYC. I was honored to receive my first award. It is symbolic that the plaque is made out of glass as I ‘break the glass ceiling’ and explain what my personal platform is about. When faced with obstacles, I look at my award and can see beyond the glass. I say to all women and girls to go for it and find a way around your obstacles because that original grain of sand will just be in need of other grains and pebbles until you finally build yourself your own personal castle.
Education+Location= Global Education
Reshape our thinking, provide our world with the opportunity for all communities to have access and support to education where one’s mind is no longer hindered by race, gender, class, or location.
There is a huge waste of capital when we do not consider minds from all economic levels. I say no human capital is to be wasted! We need to redefine and explore where talent lies. The individual with the seed of ideas may come from anywhere – be it economically or globally. The motivation is in need of both opportunity and access to a proper education. We need to allow individuals to realize their talents and allow education to further their personal strengths, so that our global society does not miss the amazing opportunities their imaginative minds can offer!
As a former public school art teacher, homemaker and mother I place great value on the importance of reading. My personal motto is “Children + Comic Books = Reading, Knowledge, Confidence and Creativity”.
Comic books can be used to engage a variety of learners, while promoting literacy, reading skills and fostering the love of reading. Comics teach children the art of storytelling through illustration and enable them to explore their artistic abilities. It is a natural progression for children, as a bridge to the next level of reading from the picture books of their younger years. I see comic books as an academic resource for communication in today’s world. The power of the graphic image is a language in itself that encourages one’s own interpretations, thoughts and personal values.
I often see text books in the school curricula as dull and boring, and as a result sometimes failing to sustain a child’s attention. Attending the ‘One Globe 2013: Uniting Knowledge Communities’ conference in New Delhi last month, which deliberated on the sustainability, quality and affordability of educational reform in congruence with a growing knowledge society, propelled me to take this thought further to educators, government officials, investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, universities and NGOs in the South Asia region. At my talk at the session on ‘storytelling’, we concurred on how introduction graphic novels and comics in the curricula could serve as a means to stimulate young people in developing a love for their academia books.
While I shared my perspective on the need for this aspect of educational reform, it was also encouraging to note that there is a very strong awareness and commitment to provide the young girl child the right to proper education. Historically it is the mother who is the matriarch of the family and the one who creates an environment that fosters education. By providing a girl child with education, we empower her to raise a family, in which her children inevitably seek higher education and reap the benefits that stem from it.
To me, Globe One was a great endeavor in connecting knowledge societies and uniting them to find answers to the future of education and the skills requirements for the growing youth population in areas that have so far been neglected.
I reach out globally with the message Let us all bond relations,support our sisterhood’s dreams and encourage those dreams to have a ripple effect for our world.