Archaia Entertainment was originally established as a comic book publishing company by New Jersey-based Mark Smylie in 2002 as a home for his comic book series Artesia (formerly published by Sirius Entertainment). In 2006 the company expanded to publishing projects other than Smylie's, going on to have over 50 titles to its credit. Archaia was bought by Kunoichi in 2008 and in 2013 was acquired by, and converted from a stand-alone company into a wholly owned imprint of, graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios.
In August 2011 Archaia Entertainment published Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, an illustrated original novel based on the classic Planet of the Apes film pentalogy, written by Andrew E.C. Gaska, adapted from a story by Gaska, Rich Handley, Christian Berntsen and Erik Matthews, and with illustrations by Jim Steranko, Andrew Probert, Timothy Lantz, Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira, Dave Dorman, Chris Scalf, Brian Rood, Chandra Free, Dan Dussault, Ken W. Kelly, Colo, David Hueso, Miki, Matt Busch, Dirk Shearer, Barron Storey, David Seidman, Sanjulian, Chris Moeller, Thomas Scioli, Scott Hampton, Leo Liebleman, Lucas Graciano, Erik Gist and Patricio Carbajal. A planned follow-up novel will explore what happened to Taylor after he disappears at the beginning of Beneath the Planet of the Apes and before he reappears at the end. A further four parts of a six novel arc have already been plotted, depending on sales of the first two books.