By Melissa Ford
Remember Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead?
These juniors at Riverdale High School were four of my favorite comic book friends when I was growing up. Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Archie comics were extremely popular with young girls and even my best buddies, Mary and Jenny, were fans.
We’d save our allowance, then ride our bikes down to Larry’s (the precursor to 7-11) and splurge. Quickly pedaling home, we’d sprawl out on Mary’s front yard, reading, swapping comic books, and sharing the adventures of Archie and his friends.
Sharing these memories with Iris Yipp, co-owner of Magic Tree Bookstore, brought us both to laughter because even Yipp admitted to enjoying this brain candy as well as reading Mad Magazine!
According to Yipp reading comics and Mad Magazine only means you have a diverse reading life.
“When I was growing up, I’d be reading three and four books at a time. I was always reading something and comics were just a part of it,” she explained. “It’s great to have a variety, whatever you enjoy. It’s important to remember that fun is good. It’s good for learning and, in fact, it’s good for anything.”
True to her words, fun will be the theme this Saturday, September 3rd from 1 - 4 p.m. at Magic Tree Bookstore when the Archie Comic folks bring their 70th Anniversary Literacy Tour to Oak Park advocating fun, literacy and arts in education.
At the Archie Comic Blast there will be:
- Music by Josie and the Pussycats (just kidding!)
- Birthday cake for Archie and the gang
- Workshops on comics from draft to finish
- Educators, learn more about using comics in the classroom
- Free comics (think of the swapping!)
- Archie Van, parked in front, that has been touring the US
- Come dressed as your favorite Archie character
If you plan on stopping by, please contact Magic Tree at 708.848.0770.
Come celebrate with Archie and the gang, and the folks at Magic Tree Bookstore this Saturday, September 3rd 1 - 4 p.m.