As if we weren’t inundated with enough of Lena Dunham, between “Girls” on HBO and its creator hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, now Dunham is extending her influence to a whole new audience: comic book nerds.
The writer/director/actress will be penning a new, four-part story for Archie Comics. Dunham’s story arc will see Archie and friends encounter a reality show filming in their town.
The actress couldn’t be happier with her new gig. “I was an avid Archie collector as a child–conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity,” said Dunham.
Dunham was asked to write for Archie Comics by their new Chief Creative Officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It was, in fact, the first thing he did when he took up his new post.
Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater said, “When we found out Lena was a fan, the first thing I did was call Roberto. And he said, instantly, ‘Let’s try to make this happen!’ And here we are. It’s been a magical confluence of events, and it further cemented why Roberto is the ideal person for the CCO role, and why this is the next logical step in Archie’s evolution as a real pop culture company – a place where the strongest, most unique voices can come and contribute to Archie’s world. The best part is – we’re just getting started.”
“Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena’s coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, it’s going to be fantastic,” said new CCO Aguirre-Sacasa. “Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
Will you be picking up Dunham’s Archie run?
J-Connection: “Girls” creator Lena Dunham is Jewish.