"Artesia" wins Best Self-Published Comic Series, Plus Movie News

Official Press Release

Fort Lee, NJ -- October 5, 2004 -- Archaia Studios Press (ASP) is pleased to announce that the 2004 DIY Book Festival has chosen Artesia as the best entry in their self-published Comics and Zines category. Specifically, the entire Artesia collection (Artesia, Artesia Afield and Artesia Afire) was voted as the category winner at this year's festival, announced last week. This is the third award Artesia has won this year, following the Gold in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Graphic Novel Book of the Year Award and BrokenFrontier.com's Paper Screen Gem for Fantasy Award.

The DIY Book Festivals consider self-published or independently published works in a variety of categories and are part of a series of annual festivals sponsored by L.A.-based DIY Conventions that look for the best in self-published and self-produced literature, music, photography and film (http://www.diyconvention.com). The winners were selected by a panel of publishing industry experts and were required to meet a single criterion: General excellence that exhibits the author's passion for telling a good story.

Also, in a bit of product placement news, keep an eye out for Artesia comics and trade paperbacks making a possible appearance in next year's New Regency/Fox film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The film is being described as a spy adventure-romance in which Pitt and Jolie play John and Jane Smith, an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret -- unbeknownst to each other, they are actually both legendary assassins working for competing organizations.

According to Mark Smylie, creator of Artesia: "Apparently the character played by Brad Pitt reads and collects comics, and the production company has asked to use issues of Artesia as part of the set dressing in a scene or two. So if Lady Luck smiles, we might get to see Artesia lurking in the background as part of Mr. Smith's comic book collection..."

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 ($24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-00-9, 192 pages), Artesia Afield ($24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-02-5, 192 pages) and Artesia Afire ($24.95, ISBN: 1-932386-08-4, 240 pages) are available at finer bookstores and comic book shops everywhere. A new roleplaying game, Artesia: Adventures in The Known World, (ISBN: 1-932386-10-6, Stock# ASP1010, $29.95, 192 pages, full-color, 8.5" x 11") is slated for a December 2004 release.


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, Artesia Besieged, is slated for a spring 2005 release.

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