Betty & Veronica #1 cover artist Rian Gonzales signing at Filbar’s UP Town Center
Greetings from Riverdale! The new Filbar’s UP Town Center is celebrating the release of the relaunched Betty & Veronica series, with Filipino cover artist Rian Gonzales, on July 24, Sunday, 2 – 6 PM.
A fine arts graduate from University of Santo Tomas, freelance artist Rian Gonzales’ candy-coated works caught the eye of Archie Comics. She was chosen to illustrate one of the variant covers for Betty & Veronica #1, alongside international artists Mahmud Asrar, Tom Bancroft, Cliff Chiang, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Tut Lotay, Audrey Mok, Ramon Perez, Ryan Sook and Chip Zdarsky. Adam Hughes is writing and drawing the regular cover and interior pages.
“It felt surreal, to be honest!” shared Gonzales, who could not believe an email she received from Archie Comics last year. “They chanced up on my rendition of the famous trio (Archie, Betty and Veronica) and liked it so they thought I’d be perfect for their then soon-to-be released title, “Betty and Veronica”. I had to make sure the email was for me, I reread everything more than a couple of times! It’s probably the biggest project of my career so far as an illustrator.”
Aside from signing copies of her Betty & Veronica #1 variant, Gonzales will also treat Filbar’s customers with free quick sketches, on a first-come, first-served basis, on the blank cover variants of the comic book. She will also be raffling off a Veronica original art and art prints.
To reserve copies, please order at www.filbars.com.ph/comics before Tuesday noon, July 19. Please indicate Filbar’s UP Town Center as branch if you are picking the comic book during the event.
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