Alex Segura, who's writing the Occupy Riverdale story in Archie comics, gave an interview to CBR
, and predictably, he remains superficial about the seriousness of the real life issue he's alluding to:
Robot 6: Can you give me an idea of the storyline?
Alex Segura: Sure! It all starts while Archie and Jughead are walking to school — they come across a protest at Perkins Park, lead by new student Andy Martinez. Andy and his fellow Occupy Riverdale protesters have set up shop in the park to decry the current financial system, similar to the current Occupy movements across the country and the world. You see a lot of the classic characters choosing sides and Archie’s kind of stuck in the middle. When your friends are divided, what side do you take? It’s relevant and important stuff, but told in a very Archie way.
Uh uh. That's not why or what OWS are protesting. They're attacking the stockbrokers and businessmen whom they accuse of "stealing" their money, this despite how they seem capable of affording iPhones
and even rooms in hotels
. And telling this in an Archie way only trivializes the seriousness of the darker issues taking place
in the movement, which is exactly why such a political topic simply doesn't belong in Archie - it only gives an airbrushed picture of everything, as will surely be the case.
Robot 6: Have you consulted with any members of the Occupy movement in writing this story?
Alex Segura: I have a friend who actually started his own, small Occupy movement in his suburban town, so it was nice to pick his brain and get a sense of the issues and goals of the movement, around the time I was pitching for the assignment. I also consider myself a bit of a political junkie, so I keep tabs on a lot of what the Occupy movement puts out there. I’m by no means an expert, nor should this issue imply that. I’ve taken the general aspects of the movement and integrated them into Riverdale to create a fun, entertaining and—hopefully—informative Archie comic.
Robot 6: Have you visited Occupy Wall Street yourself?
Alex Segura: I’ve been down there, yeah, but I haven’t spent a significant amount of time talking to Occupy Wall Street, beyond keeping up with them through the news and their own channels, like Twitter and their newspaper.
Well then clearly, he hasn't done any research nor does he intend to, and their news rag isn't going to tell anything much. Reading this doesn't make me form a very high opinion of Segura at all.
Robot 6: Will this be in the regular Archie continuity, and if so, how familiar do you think the audience will be with the Occupy movement?
Alex Segura: Yup, this is a regular issue of Archie.
I don’t imagine everyone who picks it up will know the ins and outs of the Occupy movement, but you don’t have to. This issue isn’t preachy, not does it take sides. It brings characters we know and love face-to-face with something a lot of Americans and people around the world are facing or discussing, and we see how it affects them. At the end of the day, it’s an Archie comic, so all the things readers expect are there: humor, entertaining characters and Jughead being hungry. If you have no interest in politics but still want a fun Archie story, this serves that purpose as well.
But there's nothing fun about a movement that's already degenerated into cursing and inciting against police
, and vandalism in Oakland
. All of which will obviously not occur in the story, but that's just the problem - it only paints a dishonest picture and insults the intellect. And I don't buy for one second his claim the story isn't preachy, and if it's not willing to take a clear side, that only makes it worse by using moral equivalence as a cover. Segura is clearly quite lost in direction.
Labels: Archie, dreadful writers, politics