"Artesia" is Finalist for Best Graphic Novel of 2003

Official Press Release

Fort Lee, NJ -- March 23, 2004 -- Archaia Studios Press (ASP) is pleased to announce that Artesia (ASP, $24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-00-9, 192 pages) is a 2003 Graphic Novel Book of the Year Award finalist for ForeWord Magazine's annual prize. Gold, Silver and Bronze level award winners will be announced at this year's BookExpo America in June. This is the first year Graphic Novels has been a category recognized by ForeWord's annual award.

Mark Smylie, creator of Artesia: "It's exciting to have ForeWord Magazine's selection committee include Artesia on their list and I'm thrilled to be on it with such notable creators as Craig Thompson. It's nice to have something I've worked so hard on even be acknowledged amongst such a group of standout small-press books."

Six years ago, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards was established to bring increased attention to the literary achievements of independent presses and their authors.

Written and painted by Mark Smylie, Artesia is a comic book rich in fantasy, mysticism, and mythology, an epic and strange tale of war and magic set in the strife-riven realms of the Known World. Both Artesia and its sequel Artesia Afield (Archaia Studios Press, $24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-02-5, 192 pages) are available at finer bookstores and comic book shops everywhere.


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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