Writing Archie Comics' first-ever mature-readers title was a major accomplishment for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Afterlife with Archie, a story that brings zombies to Riverdale in a very real and scary way, has been a hit for the publisher, letting them reach out to readers less common for them. He's also going to be writing a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch ongoing series this year, and that's while working on Broadway, the Chicago theater scene, Glee, Carrie, and more.
After introducing a gay character, showing weddings, the future, crossovers with real-life personalities and a mature readers book, Archie has now hired on Aguirre-Sacasa as their new Chief Creative Officer.
The role will see the writer leading Archie's expansion into other media like TV, film, and animation, but will also use his existing ties to those industries to bring new people to the comic book division. First up? Lena Dunham, creator and star of Girls, who will write an original four-issue Archie story within that series in 2015.
Aguirre-Sacasa said the new role at Archie is thrilling and an honor, and that he's "been an Archie fanatatic" for his entire life. "My top priority is to find new ways to showcase our great lineup of properties – from the Archie gang to Josie to Sabrina to the Red Circle heroes – to current fans, to new fans. We have the best characters in the world, and I want to make sure everyone knows it."
Correction: We originally reported Dunham would be working on an independent mini-series based on wording in the press release, but as reported by CBR, her story will come in the "Archie" title.