Gerry Canavan

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Out-Raj-ous. I’m offended less by the transparently cynical attempt to “diversify” Riverdale High by adding token characters like Raj Patel, Chuck Clayton, and “Veronica’s friend Ginger Lopez” and more by the idea that there’s anyone anywhere buying Archie Comics in 2007.

According to Ruiz, Raj has just moved into Riverdale High and likes sci-fi movies, building models and making films. And, he’s just as impulsive as Archie.

Coming up with Raj’s look was one of the biggest challenges of creating the whole character. I wanted a character that reflected his background without looking like a caricature and still fit in seamlessly with the other characters.

Ruiz has given Raj a perky appearance. He’s a bit smaller than most of Riverdale’s males. His lively, optimistic personality is portrayed as much through his wardrobe, bedroom and expressive face, as it is through his words.

As for the rest of the family, there aren’t much background details but they do look good. Raj’s father Ravi Patel is a doctor and his character is along the lines of Mr Lodge, only younger and Indian.

Thank God they aren’t caricatures. Via MeFi.

I couldn’t decide whether a Simpsons or Clone High clip was more appropriate here, so you’ll excuse me for going with both.

Written by gerrycanavan

August 7, 2007 at 3:49 pm

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