Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of The Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles. Parent is credited with giving Archie Comics a relevance with contemporary artwork and innovative story lines that wouldn't have been seen in years past. This includes a modern, fashion magazine-style revamp of the long-running Betty & Veronica Spectacular comic. Most notable were changes in 2010, when Parent wrote the first bi-racial storyline featuring Archie, teaming him with Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats. Reviews were glowing for the storyline. Archie then stepped into uncharted territory by introducing their first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, in Veronica 202. The story was written and drawn by Parent. Despite minor backlash from a few conservative groups, the character received national attention, positive reviews and became the first Archie comic book to sell out in its 7-decade history, prompting the company to announce a four-part solo series featuring Kevin Keller in 2011.