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While The Barrow marks his first published prose novel, Mark Smylie has worked as a writer, illustrator, editor, and publisher for over a decade.

His epic military fantasy comic book, Artesia, was first published by Sirius Entertainment in 1999, and then later by Archaia, a publishing company that he founded. He was nominated for the Russ Manning Award for Best Newcomer in 1999, and for an Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition in 2001. His illustrations have appeared in works from Wizards of the Coast (for Dungeons & Dragons), White Wolf (for Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse), Brigand Publishing (for Avlis), Kobold Quarterly, and collectible card games from AEG (L5R and Warlords). He contributed a short s
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Mark Smylie Hi, Pavel -- My apologies, I did not see this question until today. I am still working on the sequel ("Black Heart"), and hope to have it finished by …moreHi, Pavel -- My apologies, I did not see this question until today. I am still working on the sequel ("Black Heart"), and hope to have it finished by the end of the year (meaning that it will likely be published in 2016). Sorry about the delay (it's turned into quite a long book, longer than "The Barrow").(less)
Mark Smylie Hi, Brent -- Apologies, I don't think Goodreads ever notified me that your question was waiting. At the moment I'm working on the sequel to The Barrow…moreHi, Brent -- Apologies, I don't think Goodreads ever notified me that your question was waiting. At the moment I'm working on the sequel to The Barrow, titled Black Heart, and then there'll be a third novel. Black Heart introduces Artesia as a character, and the third novel will tie into and cover the events of the first graphic novel. Once the third novel is finished then I'll be sitting down to figure out if I can get back to doing art again on the comics, or if I have to continue the story in prose format instead. That might not have been the answer you were hoping for.(less)
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BLACK HEART Part Two on Kindle, etc.

Part Two of BLACK HEART (sequel to THE BARROW) is available now on the Kindle (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DKFLT88) and fully formatted in pdf and epub at DriveThru (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/...).

Part Three is in the works via my Patreon and should be out by the end of the year (though of course past experience should make me temper such a prediction). Thanks for your patience! Read more of this blog post »
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Back in the Sirius days the first issue of the comic sold 12k+ and then as is the nature of most series it dropped after that. The first graphic novel (ARTESIA) sold about 9k copies in TPB and HC, the sequels about 6k each (they've been more-or-less See Full Answer
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Felix Thanks for adding me to your friends list.
"The Barrow," was backstabbing - bloody great!


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