Having recently started writing for the good folks over at Archie Comics, I was invited to the opening of “The Art of Archie Comics” exhibit at New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art this Thursday evening past (curated by, among others, old friends Alex Simmons and Arie Kaplan). It is a great exhibit, full of fascinating art and memorabilia from the 65+ years of Archie and the gang, and the comics industry came out to see it, from Archie execs to DC Comics honchos, including Paul Levitz, to scads of old friends, from Charlie Kochman (Abrams Books) to Heidi (The Beat) MacDonald, to Michael Uslan, writer of the ongoing “Archie Marries Veronica” storyline, and many others. I even got to meet the granddaughter of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson…he was the man who pretty much invented the comic book industry and started that company which would one day become DC Comics.

On hand to help raise much needed funds for the richly deserving Museum were Archie artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz. They spent the entire evening behind a table banging out sketches for donations, to which I was happy to contribute, especially as I was rewarded with the following for my generosity:

If you’re going to be in the Lower Manhattan area any time between now and the end of February, I hope you’ll check it out.

Oh, and while I was in the neighborhood, I chatted with the Archie folks about my participation in what promises to be a major new project for the company from Mamaroneck, NY coming in 2010! Can’t wait to be able to share the news and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be playing a part in the exciting things to come.

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