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
Mike Kennedy[disambiguation needed] - Publisher 2011–2013
Publication types Comic books
Graphic novels
Official website

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 acquired by Boom! Studios and became a wholly owned imprint.[1]


Mark Smylie formed the company as a home for his comic book series Artesia.[citation needed] 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 the series back from the publisher and open his own publishing outfit to finance the full color publication of the third series.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In May 2008, Smylie announced they would be restructuring the company in order to address late-shipping books following the departure of Archaia's co-publisher Aki Liao. "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]

Archaia was brought by Kunoichi in October 2008,[4] who relaunched the company in June 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 and converted from a stand-alone company into an imprint at the publisher.[8]



Two comics series were optioned for adaptation into films early on: The Killer and Starkweather.[10] 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.[11]

The graphic novel Rust was also picked up by Fox. It has Aline Brosh McKenna attached to write and Simon Kinberg to produce.[12]


  1. ^ Yamato, Jen (2013-06-24). "BOOM! Studios Acquires Archaia, Merges Comics IP Library". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Talking with Archaia Studios Press' Mark Smylie". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "Archaia Studios Press update on restructuring, delays". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Archaia Studios Press To Be Acquired by Kunoichi, Inc., Not Devil's Due". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  5. ^ Reid, Calvin (2009-06-02). "Archaia: Back In Business". Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Subscription Center". Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  7. ^ "C2E2: ARCHAIA - Announcements Galore! New Series, Digital". 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  8. ^ Heidi MacDonald (2013-06-24). "Boom! Studios Acquires Archaia Entertainment". Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
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  10. ^ "Paramount, Fincher catch ‘Killer’". Variety. 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  11. ^ Minovitz, Ethan (2012-03-07). "WB picks up "Bolivar" novel for animated feature | Big Cartoon News". Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  12. ^ "Fox Buying Graphic Novel 'Rust' With 'Devil Wears Prada,' 'X-Men: First Class' Alums Attached". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 

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