After a petit delay between epis 5 and 6, we’re back! Welcome to the Drake-approved 6th edition of the Riverdale Auxiliary, Cana(u)da edition! In this issue, Archie and the gang explore everything Great White North, stereotypical or otherwise, and Evan and I have loads of fu(u)n discussing it. Check out our fave panels from north of the 49th parallel. (u)
The following three panels are from the Prologue, the narrative setting for the rest of the issue.
We witness the beginnings of the origin story of Archie’s lifelong passion for Canada, and it involves a snowstorm and procrastinating on homework. Can relate.
We absolutely do not have cheeseburgers here. But we do have businessmen. We keep them in the Moose & Beaver Memorial Financial Cabin.
We made fun of these outfits in the epi, but I wonder if I saw people wearing these duds IRL, if I would even register anything weird. Maybe if I saw them all together, Like, “Are they off to play a free concert at Yonge/Dundas Square??? Let’s catch the next blimp and check it out!” in typical Toronto exuberance.
Oh, Canada, Parts I & II
The writers did a decent job of introducing a First Nations character, if bulldozing right over white colonialism.
Shyster. ←I think we’re okay.
I like Mercy a lot; she knows her shit & can take care of herself. I went camping for the first time (!) this past fall, and if being able to identify the difference between bear and raccoon tracks is the one major survival skill you need, well, then I have nothing to worry about.
It’s a dance, dance evolution. A lil saccharine, but what isn’t in the world of Archie, n’est-ce pas?
Canada, Here We Come! Parts I, [ ], III, IV
Imagine if they were raising money today?! They’d already be here by now. The exchange rate, amirite.
Please Tell Your Daughter to Watch Out for Me is my new favo(u!)rite horror flick.
It turns out, you have to book several months and up to a year in advance to secure ice time to curl (if you’re a civilian curler), so I’ll probably never go curling now.
Similarly, my brother has exactly one phrase he remembers from French class:
Monsieur de la Fontaine, est-ce qu’il y a de la moutarde dans le frigo?**
**Mister de la Fontaine, is there any mustard in the fridge?
He’ll be an ambassador one day.
Canada Calling, Parts I & II
Micro now works for Urban Outfitters.
First Nations boatmen, or, like, don’t mention their assumed race at all???
But, Mom! We need to culturally appropriate whatever they’re doing for the magazine!!
B & V went to Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. Now I want them to visit the rest of the provinces and territories and have adventures! More espionage, spies, and intrigue, s.v.p.
Vancouver is beautiful! Well, most parts… Maybe Ronnie will pony up for this beauty of a dream house.
Well, that’s the round-up of Archie and the gang’s exploits in our various necks of the woods. Who knows where they’ll end up next!