Born in Florida in 1967, he studied political science, philosophy, art history, and English lit at Columbia University for four years. Besides Artesia, Smylie has also done numerous illustrations for role-playing games and other media. He has done interior illustrations for Dungeons & Dragons manuals, including Faiths and Pantheons, Epic Level Handbook, and Complete Warrior. After first working with Sirius Entertainment, he founded Archaia Studios Press in 2002 to publish Artesia and eventually comics from other creators. The setting of Smylie's novel The Barrow is the same as his Artesia series.
Smylie was nominated for the 2006 Russ Manning award for most promising newcomer, and his Artesia series was nominated for several comics awards.
- Cornog, Martha (July 1, 2011). "Graphic Novels: Archaia's A-List", Library Journal 136 (12).
- Pen & Paper listing for Mark Smylie archive
- Reid, Calvin (March 29, 2010). "New Books, New Deals at Archaia", Publishers Weekly 257 (13).
- Pierce, Jennifer Burek (September 2008). "Novel Encounters", American Libraries 39 (8): 66.
- (December 23, 2013). "Fiction Reviews: The Barrow", Publishers Weekly 260 (51).
- Archaia Studios Press
- Talking with Archaia Studios Press' Mark Smylie, April 24, 2006, Comic Book Resources
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