Archaia Entertainment

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Archaia Entertainment
Parent company Boom! Studios
Founded 2002
Founder Mark Smylie
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Hollywood, California
Key people

P.J. Bickett - CEO 2008-2013 Aki Liao - Co-Publisher 2002-2008

Stephen Christy - Editor-in-Chief 2010-2013
Publication types Comic books, Books
Official website www.archaia.com

Archaia formerly known as Archaia Studios Press is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios.

Archaia Entertainment, LLC was originally an American comic book publishing company established by Mark Smylie in 2002. On June 24, 2013, Archaia was merged into BOOM! Studios and became a wholly owned imprint.[1]

History[edit]

Mark Smylie formed the company as a home for his comic book series Artesia. The original Artesia publisher, Sirius Entertainment, published the first 6 issue mini-series "Artesia" in 1999 and the second 6 issue mini-series "Artesia Afield" in 2000 in full color. But in an attempt to keep costs down, Sirius wanted to print the third series "Artesia Afire" in black and white.[2] Smylie decided to take his series back from the publisher and open his own publishing outfit to finance the full color publication of the third series.

In April 2006 the company announced they would be expanding their publishing to encompass projects from third parties that were not created by original founder Mark Smylie. "It wasn't long - out of equal parts necessity and entrepreneurialism - before the New Jersey based painter realized that simply putting out his own work, regardless of how critically acclaimed it was, simply wouldn't be enough, and, along with business partner Aki Liao, began actively searching for both new and existing material to publish under the Archaia banner."[2] The first three titles were Mouse Guard, Robotika and The Lone and Level Sands.

In May 2008 Smylie announced they would be restructuring to address late-shipping books. Aki Liao, ASP's co-publisher, decided to depart from the company for personal reasons. "We want to make sure we come out of the reorganization with a better workflow and solicitation process model," Smylie said. "We also want to make sure we emerge in the next few months from our reorganization with a release schedule that we can hit on a regular basis, as guaranteed as possible." [3]

Bought by Kunoichi in October 2008,[4] Archaia Studios Press was relaunched in 2009 as simply Archaia.[5] Smylie was installed as Publisher while Stephen Christy was brought aboard as Director of Development. Kunoichi principal P.J. Bickett took over as CEO.[6] In April 2010 Christy was named the company's Editor-in-Chief.[7]

In 2013, Archaia was acquired by Boom! Studios[8] and converted from a stand-alone company into an imprint at the publisher.

Titles[edit]

Comics published by Archaia Studios Press include:

Archaia has also published a role-playing game based on Artesia:

Awards[edit]

Films[edit]

Two comics series were optioned for adaptation into films early on: The Killer and Starkweather.[11] These were later joined by Tumor. In March, 2012, Warner Bros. announced it has picked up Sean Rubin’s upcom­ing graphic novel Boli­var for an intended ani­mated fea­ture film. Irish film­maker Kealan O’Rourke has been attached to write and direct the project. Akiva Golds­man and Kerry Fos­ter will pro­duce the film through their Weed Road company.[12]

The graphic novel Rust was also picked up by Fox. It has Aline Brosh McKenna attached to write and Simon Kinberg to produce.[13]

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