Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer, best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of The Kubert School, Dan began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. Dan has also written and/or illustrated for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, IDW, Felix the Cat Productions, Mattel, Disney Adventures, Valiant Comics, HarperCollins and BOOM! to name a few.
Dan is credited with giving Archie Comics a relevance with contemporary artwork and innovative story lines. One example is a modern, fashion magazine-style revamp of the long-running Betty & Veronica Spectacular. Another example was a 2010 storyline in which Parent wrote the first bi-racial coupling of Archie and Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats.
Archie then introduced their first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, in Veronica #202, who was written, drawn and created by Dan. Kevin Keller has become Archie Comic’s most popular character in decades. Kevin Keller was given his own solo book in 2011.
In 2016, Dan launched the hugely successful series “Die Kitty Die” with partner Fernando Ruiz. The series spawned a second series, “Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust” and has been picked up for publication by Chapterhouse Comics.
Other notable series Dan has worked on are Archie Meets Kiss, Archie Meets Glee, and Archie vs. Sharknado! Dan won the 2013 GLAAD award for Outstanding Comic Book (Kevin Keller) and is also a Harvey Awards nominee.
Archie Comics, Archie Meets Kiss, Archie Meets Glee, Archie vs. Sharknado, Die Kitty Die, Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust, Love Showdown
Dan Parent will be attending Awesome Con on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.