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'Riverdale' Adds Vanessa Morgan as Bisexual Archie Comics Character Toni Topaz

Started by Archiecomicxfan215, July 22, 2017, 04:22:14 PM

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She was on some Canadian tv shows according to her Wikipedia page.



PTF

 "Toni Topaz is a character who was added on a little more recently in the comic books and she's always been very, very vivacious, exciting and a bit of a disrupter."

Yeah in all of two stories and the gazillion covers she was on that didn't include her in a single panel. :)

At least tell me they have casted a Midge.

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Quote from: PTF on July 24, 2017, 02:15:17 AM
"Toni Topaz is a character who was added on a little more recently in the comic books and she's always been very, very vivacious, exciting and a bit of a disrupter."

Yeah in all of two stories and the gazillion covers she was on that didn't include her in a single panel. :)

At least tell me they have casted a Midge.

If they really wanted to make things interesting they would have cast Midge as the bisexual one.

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Quote from: PTF on July 24, 2017, 02:15:17 AM
"Toni Topaz is a character who was added on a little more recently in the comic books and she's always been very, very vivacious, exciting and a bit of a disrupter."

Yeah in all of two stories and the gazillion covers she was on that didn't include her in a single panel. :)

She sometimes appears in panels in an I'm-here-too capacity - though those might or might not be stories in which she's included on the cover. But, yeah, my point is she makes a ton of pointless cameo appearances - as if someone at Archie Comics was yelling "Don't you dare let the readers forget her!"

Seriously, though, how many actual Toni Topaz stories have there been?
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Quote from: Tuxedo Mark on July 24, 2017, 09:14:44 AM
Seriously, though, how many actual Toni Topaz stories have there been?

Why, is there some kind of magic number of published stories before you're allowed to screw up a character with a distorted TV adaptation?

The way I see it, there's a pretty limited selection of pre-existing characters to pick from to cast as "the bisexual one" while still containing the backlash to a minimum. Might have even been some meeting between the TV people and ACP where they said "Oh all right, I guess you can have... Toni Topaz."

The point here is that the TV writers wanted to add a bisexual character to the show, and that's what ACP hopes people find buzzworthy -- the juxtapositioning of "bisexual character" with "Archie Comics" are the key words here. After that, "Vanessa Morgan", if her name can draw any of her fans to the show.

"Toni Topaz" is practically an afterthought. The thinking there was probably something like "let's pick a character who hasn't appeared in so many stories that has a fan-following that we might alienate, and that nobody can prove isn't bisexual", because if the character they pick to make bisexual is Moose Mason or Melody Valentine, then it's probably going to irk some people.

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