"Artesia" Wins Best Graphic Novel of 2003

Official Press Release

Fort Lee, NJ -- June 7, 2004 -- Archaia Studios Press (ASP) is pleased to announce that Artesia (ASP, $24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-00-9, 192 pages) has won the Gold in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Graphic Novel Book of the Year Award. Gold, Silver and Bronze level award winners in various categories were announced at this year's BookExpo America this past weekend.

Artesia was up against nine other books in the graphic novel category, including books from such publishers as Dark Horse Comics, Tokyopop, and Top Shelf. Mark Smylie, creator of Artesia: "I really can't believe it. I was just proud to have Artesia picked as a finalist and be mentioned in the same category with such outstanding books. And now for it to be chosen as the Gold level winner... It's both gratifying and exciting to have my work honored by ForeWord Magazine's selection committee."

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. More information about the Awards can be found either in ForeWord Magazine itself, or at its website, www.forewordmagazine.com.

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. Artesia and its sequels -- Artesia Afield ($24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-02-5, 192 pages) and the just-released Artesia Afire ($24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-08-4, 240 pages) -- are available at finer bookstores and comic book shops everywhere.


Mark Smylie founded Archaia Studios Press (ASP) in 2002 as the 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 installment in the Book of Dooms, is the most recent storyline and the first one published under the ASP label. The next installment of Artesia, Artesia Besieged, is slated for a winter 2004 release.

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