Archaia Studios releases "Artesia: Afire" Trade Paperback

Official Press Release

Fort Lee, NJ -- May 27, 2004 -- Archaia Studios Press (ASP) proudly announces its third collection in the epic Book of Dooms, Artesia Afire (ASP, $24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-08-4, 240 pages). The acclaimed Artesia series featuring the ongoing adventures and exploits of the warrior-witch will hit stores on June 2, 2004.

The war to save the Middle Kingdoms from the Thessid-Golan Empire continues! With magic coursing through her veins, the whispers of ghosts in her ears and an army at her back, Artesia, self-proclaimed Queen of Dara Dess, confronts the temptations, limits, and consequences of power. Artesia Afire contains all six issues of the Artesia Afire miniseries, a short story from Artesia Annual #2, and the "Into the Dark" story from Dork Tower #16 – 18, here printed in color for the first time.

The Artesia Afire miniseries has received glowing reviews. Christopher Moeller, creator of Iron Empires, has said, "Artesia is one of the great characters in comics.... Whether you're a fan of fantasy, political intrigue, historical spectacle or just great storytelling, Artesia will set you afire. Greg McElhatton (iComics.com) said Artesia Afire "is bound to enthrall anyone who reads it." And Alexander Ness (PopThought.com) gives Artesia Afire an "A" and said, "It will rock your world."

The first book in the series, Artesia (ASP, $24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-00-9, 192 pages), was recently selected as a 2003 Graphic Novel Book of the Year Award finalist for ForeWord Magazine's annual prize. Both it and its sequel, Artesia Afield (ASP, $24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-02-5, 192 pages), are available at finer bookstores and comic book shops everywhere. The next series, Artesia Besieged, will begin winter 2004.

Artesia Afire is intended for mature readers and contains graphic violence, nudity, and strong sexual content.


Mark Smylie founded Archaia Studios Press (ASP) in 2002 as a new home for his epic fantasy comic book, Artesia. Artesia was first published by Sirius Entertainment beginning in 1999 and was followed by the sequel series Artesia Afield. Artesia Afire, the third six-issue series, is in stores now.

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