About Archaia

Founded as a niche publisher in 2002, Archaia Entertainment, LLC has become a world renowned graphic novel publisher and media rights holder, with of over 50 titles to its credit, including Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, Awakening, Mr. Murder is Dead, Lucid, Tumor, Artesia, and An Elegy for Amelia Johnson. Additionally, Archaia has built unmatched co-development relationships with some of the most recognizable brands in Hollywood, including The Jim Henson Company where Archaia has built an entire graphic novel product line.

At the core, Archaia is known for its great content. From its unparalleled reputation for publishing innovative, imaginative, and indelible stories, to its numerous industry awards and nominations (including the most recent 2011 Eisner Award for “Best Album of the Year” with Return of the Dapper Men), Archaia has proven time-and-time again that it has built one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. This sentiment has also been shared by countless industry news sources, including Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, which all honored Archaia as “Best Publisher” of 2010.

Beyond the halls of publishing, Archaia continues to emerge as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending its popular titles into film, television, gaming, and digital media, with its most recent deal with 20th Century Fox to make Archaia’s Rust into a major motion picture. Archaia continues to seek properties that are active in other mediums, including Bleedout (video game), Immortals (film), and Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes (film).

As Archaia continues to build bridges across all mediums, the one true constant remains: above all else, Archaia is great content.

Executive Team

Jack Cummins
Jack Cummins  President & COO
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Cummins is an entrepreneur and attorney who focuses on intellectual property driven companies in sports, entertainment, and IT. He has extensive experience in assisting companies from inception to funding to successful exits as a founder, advisor, CFO, and General Counsel.

Mark Smylie
Mark Smylie  Chief Creative Officer
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Smylie, a multi-award winning creator for his epic military fantasy comic book Artesia, founded Archaia as a self-publishing venture that quickly expanded to include a select line of comics and graphic novels from up-and-coming creators. His illustrations can be seen around the world.

Mike Kennedy
Mike Kennedy  Publisher
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Kennedy is a 20 year veteran of the video game industry, producing original titles for Electronic Arts, Namco, Activision, and Microsoft. He has also written multiple high-profile graphic novels for DC, Dark Horse, Lucasfilm, Fox, and MTV.

Stephen Christy
Stephen Christy  Editor-in-Chief
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Christy opened Archaia's Los Angeles office in 2008, after working as Development Manager for Devil's Due Publishing. Prior to his comics career Christy worked in development and production for shows such as America's Next Top Model and The Real World.

Allan Grafman
Allan Grafman  Advisor, Board of Advisors
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Grafman has over 30 years of experience leading public and private media companies. Executive roles monetizing content include: President of Archie Comics, EVP/CFO of Hallmark Entertainment, VP of Tribune Entertainment, and VP/GM of Capital Cities/ABC Cable.

Steven Scott
Steven Scott  Advisor, Board of Advisors
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Scott has over 18 years of experience in building and leading high-performance management teams as a CEO, COO, SVP, Regional Director, and Executive Director. He recently served as the President & COO for Matrix Medical Network a privately held national management company.