David A Roach was born in Cardiff in 1965 and from an early age was consumed with a passion for drawing and writing and developed an insatiable love for comics.
After studying Fine Art and Philosophy in Art College he joined the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic; 2000AD where he drew Judge Anderson, Judge Dredd and Nemesis the Warlock. With American comics welcoming British creators in the ‘90s he drew and inked numerous series for DC (Batman, Star Trek), Dark Horse (Aliens, Star Wars) Topps (Cadillacs and Dinosaurs) and Marvel (Wildcards). For many years David has also provided illustrations for advertising, records and role-playing including the popular Dungeons and Dragons series.
As a writer he has appeared in numerous magazines and has written, co-written or contributed to over 30 books including The Warren Companion (Twomorrows), AArrgghh It’s War! and The Art of War (Carlton), Lifestyle Illustrations of the 50s and 60s (Fiell), The Fleetway Companion ( Book Palace) The Art of Jose Gonzalez, Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art, the Art of Vampirella and The Art of Luis Garcia (all for Dynamite).
The Eisner nominated Masters of British Comic Art was published by Rebellion in 2020, Followed by the Brian Bolland and Mick McMahon Apex Editions.
His latest books are A Very British Affair, published this year by Rebellion and David Roach-Artwork devoted to his own art.
In recent years David has diversified into storyboards and games working on the Warhammer movie, and the Dr Who Infinity computer game. In 2000 he returned to British comics working for Rebellion (Judge Anderson, Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Misty and the ongoing series Saphir in 2000AD), Panini (Dr Who) and producing a mountain of commissions for fans.
In parallel with his comic career, he also works in fine art and is looking forward to his first solo exhibition (one day…) and a long-awaited book of his life drawings. He has curated and participated in group exhibitions in the UK and Poland, has been a keynote speaker at academic conferences and lectured on the art of comics. He still lives and works in Cardiff with more books, comics and magazines than is entirely sensible.
He occasionally sleeps.