The Salt Lake Tribune takes a look at Archie and the gang’s upcoming visit to the Salt Lake City library:
Library Director Nancy Tessman is quoted and the library’s anti-shh buttons are given play.
The writer of the six-page story, George Gladir said in a Monday interview from his Carlsbad, Calif., home that he chose the library after reading about it in USA Today.
“It intrigued me. It’s tremendous. The design of the library, the facilities,” said the 80-year-old, who has written some 40,000 pages of script in 47 years for Archie Comics. “Archie – they’re always interested in promoting libraries and promoting reading.”
Gladir sketched thumbnails for the story with help from Mimi Cruz, manager of Night Flight Comics. She knows Gladir from comic-book conventions and sent him dozens of photos of the building after getting clearance from Tessman.
Cruz is featured prominently in the story. Her character leads a tour of the library to help the teens find ways to improve their fictitious Riverdale branch. The fictional characters are awed by the actual library – its architecture, fun atmosphere and emphasis on all arts.
“We are thrilled beyond belief that we are featured in an Archie comic. We’re just giddy with delight,” Cruz said.