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Archaia Studios Press
Parent company Boom! Studios
Founded 2002
Founder Mark Smylie
Country of origin  United States|United States
Headquarters location Hollywood, California
Publication types Comic books, Books
Official website [1]

Archaia Entertainment, LLC is an American comic book publishing company established by Mark Smylie in 2002.


Mark Smylie formed the company as a home for his comic Artesia because the publisher, Sirius Entertainment, wanted to print the third series in black and white. He quickly realised he might as well publish other titles and early titles included Mouse Guard, Robotika and The Lone and Level Sands.[1]

In March 2007 ASP hired Joseph Illidge, formerly at Milestone Comics, and announced a dozen new titles.[2] Revere joined from Alias Comics, after they moved to an all-Christian line-up, and ASP will publish the trade paperback.[3] Starkweather (based on a story by Piers Anthony) moved over from Arcana Studios for better "product positioning".[4]

Pauline Benney joined as Art Director in late 2007 after a decade working in the same position at White Wolf, Inc.[5]

In May 2008 Aki Liao, ASP's co-publisher, decided to depart from the company for personal reasons. This started an ongoing commitment to make ASP capable of releasing new titles on time and according to schedule retailers and fans would like to see.[6]

Archaia was bought by Kunoichi in October 2008[7][8] In 2013, Archaia was acquired by Boom! Studios.[9]


Comics published by Archaia Studios Press include:

Main article: List of Archaia titles

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

  • Artesia: Adventures in the Known World
  • Universities of the Middle Kingdom (by A. David Lewis, forthcoming)



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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