Archie Comics Introduces Riverdale’s First Deaf Character

Archie Comics and the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) have collaborated to introduce the first hearing-impaired member of Archie’s increasingly diverse cast of characters.

Grace Alondra, who according to Archie Comics is the first character living with neurofibromatosis (NF) or schwannomatosis to appear in the pages of a major publisher’s comic book, will make her debut in an eight-page short titled “Sounds LikeMusic”. in Archie Jumbo Digest #329 on sale April 20.

The story can also be downloaded or read for free on the CTF website at

From ‘Sounds like Music’ in Archie Jumbo Digest #329 (Image credit: Archie Comics)

In the story, Archie and the iconic Riverdale gang meet Grace, the “brave and smart” young Latina. Grace loves music – especially her favorite band, The Archies – and she doesn’t let her journey with hearing loss define her. Instead, “she can’t wait to hear all the good music she can, while she can.”

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