James A. Owen founded Taliesin Press in 1992. The company's debut publication, a Dickensian comic book titled Starchild, sold poorly in its first two releases, 1200 and 600 copies, respectively. The entire company went into hiatus shortly after he crushed his drawing hand in a car accident, but rebounded with the release of Starchild #0, a book James laid out left-handed and had finished by other better known artists. It eventually sold 45,000 copies, firmly establishing the book and Taliesin in the marketplace.
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. On July 17, 1995, Taliesin Press was renamed Coppervale International.
During the fall of 1995, Coppervale negotiated a marketing arrangement with direct market distributor Capital City which pushed the company to international prominence, which led to an invitation by industry leader Image Comics to co-publish the new Starchild series, Mythopolis. At that time, Coppervale also secured publication rights to relaunch the century-old arts magazine International Studio, which debuted in the spring of 1999.
To date, in addition to numerous illustration and design projects, James has written and illustrated two dozen Starchild comics and books and has almost one-half of a million publications in print; and those books, prints, and licensed items are sold all over the world. The comic books remain in print as the six-volume Essential Starchild set. 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, and was nominated alongside books by Stephen King and Michael Crichton for the prestigious Phantastik Preis for Best International Novel.
In September 2006, a new prose novel, Here, There Be Dragons, was published by Simon & Schuster, with illustrations by the author. Dragons, a fantasy adventure set in the early twentieth century, is the first volume of The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, which will run for at least three volumes. Book Two is titled The Search for the Red Dragon, while the third is The Indigo King.
All of these projects are being developed at the Coppervale Studio, a 14,000 square foot, century-old restored church in northeastern Arizona.