Artist David Roach joins ICE 2016 Line-Up

David Roach. Image via ICE

David Roach. Image via ICE

Comic artist David Roach has joined the line up for this year’s ICE convention in Birmingham in September, joining the likes of Guy Adams, Charlie Adlard, Carl Potts, Declan Shalvey and many, many others on an impressive guest list.

ICE, which takes place on Saturday 10th September, organised by Shane Chebsey and team, offers a full day of exclusive talks, star interviews and panels, plus the chance to meet and chat to over 50 top artists, writers and editors from comics like The Walking Dead, All Star Batman, Doctor Who, X-Men, Judge Dredd, Superman, Punisher, Green Arrow, Wolverine, Hellboy, plus many more, as well as scores of indy and small press creators.

All of this – plus signings, book launches and a large dealer room full of bargain back issues rare silver age comics and cool merchandise – costs just £12 admission.

Cover art for the Doctor Who: The Good Soldier collection

Cover art for the Doctor Who: The Good Soldier collection

David Roach was born in Cardiff in 1965 and from an early age he was consumed with both a passion for drawing and writing and a deep seated love of comic books. 

After studying fine art and Philosophy in art college he was fortunate enough to start work on the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000AD, where he drew the Nemesis and Judge Anderson strips for a number of years. When US comics publishers actively sought out British creators in the 1990s, he worked for DC (Batman, Star Trek), Dark Horse (Aliens, Star Wars) and Topps (Cadillacs and Dinosaurs).  

For many years, David has also provided illustrations for advertising and games including many Dungeons and Dragons series.

As a writer, he has contributed to numerous magazines and is the author or co-author of 17 books including The Art of Vampirella and The Art of Jose Gonzalez (both published by Dynamite) The Art of War (Carlton),and The Warren Companion (Two morrows).

Little known facts about David Roach: he was the model for this intergalactic taxi driver in this Doctor Who strip by Mike Collins!

Little known facts about David Roach: he was the model for this intergalactic taxi driver in this Doctor Who strip by Mike Collins!

For the best part of 16 years he has been a regular artist and inker on the Doctor Who comic in Panini’s Doctor Who Magazine and is the cover artist of the Doctor Who Graphic Novel series. The latest, Evening’s Empire, has just bee released.

He is also an occasional artist on Judge Dredd for both 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine.

Recently, he has become closely associated with Vampirella, drawing covers for Dynamite, compiling several Vampi artists editions for them and drawing countless commissions.

He is currently writing his magnum opus (or, a jolly big book if you prefer); Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art for Dynamite, which should hopefully be out by the end of the year. I’m looking forward to that.

Currently on the drawing board he has a very special strip – “Judge Anderson“, written by Alan Grant, for the eagerly-anticipated 2000AD Prog 2000, which he will be bringing along to the convention, if he can find a portfolio big enough!

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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