Comics – Festival Time

Betty-and-Veronica-256
Writer: George Gladir
Pencils: Jeff Shultz
Inking: Jim Amash
Colors: Digikore Studios
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: Betty and Veronica, No. 256
Cover Date: December, 2011
On-Sale Date: October 26, 2011
Length: 5 pages

Veronica walks into…some room at Riverdale High (I assume) with her friend, a redhead named Karyl. Veronica heard Betty and the Green Girls are planning a festival to raise money for “worthy causes”. The Green Girls is an environmental group that Betty is involved in, although it isn’t brought up very often. Anyway, Veronica and Karyn want to participate, and Betty welcomes it. Veronica suggests a festival on the Renaissance; her dress designer could help; she shows a picture of a girl in a dress. Betty says the Renaissance was a “magnificent” period, but festivals about it have been overdone, so they selected another period: female pirates. Um, that’s not a period; that’s a theme. Anyway, Betty says it hasn’t been covered fully.

Veronica was somehow completely unaware of the existence of female pirates. The story turns into a poor history lesson for a bit as Betty brings up Mary Read, Annie Bonnie [sic], and Chin Shih [sic]. Veronica says her dress designer could make the costumes for the pirates and their victims. Betty is appreciative.

On the day of the festival, there’s a big turn-out, which makes the girls happy. Veronica and Karyl show up. Veronica and Betty exchange compliments. Karyl whispers to Veronica that Betty, Nancy, and Ethel aren’t believable as cut-throat pirates. Veronica agrees.

Veronica and Karyl persuaded Archie and Reggie to dress up as escorts to protect them. Betty and Veronica get into a debate over who will kick whose asses. Archie and Reggie just wanna check out the display of pirate weapons, so Veronica lets them.

Veronica and Karyl check out the festival’s other booths: pirate flags and pirate fries (the fuck? were they fried in rum or something?).

Suddenly, Karyn takes back her earlier comment. The girls have stolen their boyfriends. Betty has Archie, and Nancy has Reggie. So…Karyn was dating Archie and/or Reggie?

Anyway, Veronica looks worried. The end.

Wow, not much to this story. I can’t really tell what the point of it was. The most interesting thing that I noticed was a Punisher shirt on one of the guys in the bottom panel on page 4.

Tune in next Wednesday!

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Author: markmooreauthor

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12 thoughts on “Comics – Festival Time”

  1. You posted

    “Nancy has Reggie” and “Karyl persuaded Archie and Reggie to dress up as escorts to protect them”

    So wait Reggie is dating both some character I don’t know about AND Chuck(AKA Token Black Guy)’s (Token Black) girlfriend(I’ll give them credit for the couplings as this was the 70s, then again we are living in Trump!America now)?

    I thought Reggie’s whole gag was he only THOUGHT he could get women and every girl saw him as the sexist loser he really was, hence his jealousy of Archie?

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    1. Wow, good catch. I didn’t even notice the oddness of Nancy going after Reggie.

      Occasionally, in the comics, Betty and Veronica do go out with Reggie, so they’re not completely repulsed by him, I guess. Hell, Betty and Reggie wound up together in one of the possible futures in the “Life With Archie” comics a few years back.

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      1. Is Chuck in this issue, was there a prior issue covering a breakup with him and Nancy?

        My limited understanding was the girls sometimes would give in and go out with Reggie, only for him to blow it by doing something stupid/selfish/vain. I’m pretty sure I remember a Betty&Veroncia cover, where Betty asked how Veronica’s date with Reggie was going and the latter said “The only person Reggie should date is himself” whilst Reggie was admiring his reflection in a nearby window.

        Reggie’s sexist right, at least for a significant amount of the series if not currently? I specifically remember a scene from some episode of Archie’s weird mysteries where Reggie was fantasizing about “Buying Veronica and Betty.”

        Surprising, but I guess it is because readers(probably?) don’t want to read about an adult Betty still going on about losing Archie and Reggie is more memorable then Betty’s one shot love interests(plus they were partners in crime when Betty was evil).

        Come to think of it, there’s a character in Ranma 1/2 that is kinda like Reggie with a bit of Jason Blossom ? Maybe you can check out an episode/chapter of that series, see if you can spot Archie similarities?

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      2. Regarding Chuck and Nancy breaking up, I don’t think there was. I think this is just a case of “everyone likes everyone at one time or another”. Hell, Cheryl used to go out with Dilton.

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      3. Ok, glad I got that right.

        Is Karyl the red headed girl on the cover or is that Cheryl.

        Also is that an Elmo doll on the bed.

        Want a link to a ranma chapter just for the heck of it.

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      4. free view comic.com/ranma-12/chapter-59-110/

        Link if you wanna check it out.

        I’m wondering if you can see any Reggie, Betty, Archie, and Veronica in the characters.

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    1. Ah I see it now. Karyl isn’t on the cover then, huh?

      I wonder what the doll above Betty’s head is supposed to be, is it a reference to anything, maybe an old Archie Comic property?

      By the way, seems that other link doesn’t work. This one works better.

      manga park dot me me/manga/ranma-1-2/s1/v7/c1/10-1

      Connect the manga and park as well as the park and the .me into one url.

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      1. I knew that plushie was too specific to be something the artist made up.

        By the way, tell me if you read the link, maybe you can comment on the similarities in a blog post, IDK?

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