James A. Owen is founder and executive director of Coppervale International, an art and design studio that also published the periodicals International Studio and Argosy Quarterly, develops television and film projects, and is redesigning an entire town in Arizona, among other ventures. James has written and illustrated two dozen StarChild comics, the award-winning MythWorld series of novels, the bestselling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, the inspirational nonfiction trilogy The Meditations, and more. More than a million copies of his publications are in print, and are sold all over the world. He has worked with Image Comics, IDW, Desperado Publishing, Caliber Press, and (writing an introduction to the collected ElfQuest) DC Comics.
James founded Coppervale (then called Taliesin Press) in 1992, both writing and illustrating the comic book titled StarChild. In both 1994 and 1995, James was named to trade magazine Hero Illustrated’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the Comic Book Industry. During the fall of 1995, Coppervale negotiated a marketing arrangement with direct market distributor Capital City that pushed the company to international prominence, and led to an invitation by industry leader Image Comics to co-publish the new StarChild series, Mythopolis. The two dozen StarChild comics James produced remained in print as the beautiful limited-edition one-volume hardcover, The Twentieth Anniversary Nearly-Complete Essential StarChild.
The first book in a series of prose novels written by James titled MythWorld (Kai Meyer’s Mythenwelt in Germany) won the 2003 AI award for Best Novel. MythWorld Book One: The Festival Of Bones and MythWorld Book Two: Invisible Moon are available in English from WordFire Press, with additional volumes to come. James has also written and illustrated seven books in the bestselling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here, There Be Dragons; The Search For The Red Dragon; The Indigo King; The Shadow Dragons; The Dragon’s Apprentice; The Dragons of Winter; and The First Dragon. The series is now being published in more than twenty languages, and remain in print in English in both hardcover and paperback from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. An eighth volume in the series, The Dragon Knight, is being released by Coppervale Press in the summer of 2017. Additionally, Saga Press has released three omnibus editions reprinting the seven Simon & Schuster books: Dawn of the Dragons, Time of the Dragons, and Fall of the Dragons, and during 2015, via Kickstarter, Coppervale Press published All The Colors Of Magic, four coloring books featuring the cover art and select illustrations from the novels.
Often asked to speak at schools, James rarely discusses his books, instead choosing to focus on stories drawn from his own life ¬¬– examples of overcoming obstacles and adversity, about how making choices in life is like drawing a Dragon, and how he came to do what it is that he loves most in the world for his job. These stories were made available to James’s readers in Drawing Out The Dragons, the first in a series of three nonfiction books called The Meditations, which also includes the volumes The Barbizon Diaries, and The Grand Design. All three are available as hardcovers and e-books.
James is also in discussion with the executive producer of The Lord of the Rings movie franchise, Mark Ordesky, and his producing partner Jane Fleming, to develop several of his projects for both film and television, and previously wrote a screenplay for Warner Brothers (under the guidance of David Heyman and David S. Goyer) adapting his own novel Here, There Be Dragons, for the screen.
All of these projects are being developed at the Coppervale Studio, a 14,000 square foot, century-old restored church in Northeastern Arizona, which is managed and run by James’s brother Jeremy.