|Name Rob Davis|
Role Comics artist
|Books Don Quixote|
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Rob Davis is a British comics artist, writer, and editorial illustrator located in Blandford Forum, Dorset. British comics magazines and features to which he has contributed include Roy of the Rovers, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Adventures. He has also created the graphic novels Don Quixote (based on Cervantes' novel of the same name) and an original story, The Motherless Oven.
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Davis' first strips were seen in the self-published Slang comic, which he published with Sean Longcroft. Davis' first professional work was on the football comic "Roy of the Rovers" relaunch as a monthly title in 1993. The original title was concluded in March 1993 with Roy Race having crashied his private helicopter, readers were left not knowing if he was alive or dead. In September 1993, Roy awoke from a coma to find his famous left foot amputated after the crash. The new Roy was 'Delroy' of the Rovers, Paul "Delroy" Ntende, a ragamuffin who played for Nigeria. The new approach by Davis and editor, Stuart Green, was committed to the Kick Racism Out of Football Campaign. Davis also designed posters for the campaign featuring Delroy and Rocky. The strip itself dealt with issues of racism in the game, among other subjects. Green and Davis introduced many other innovations. Among these, he split the history of Roy Race into three generations of Race: grandfather, father and son. In addition to the monthly stories in Roy of the Rovers, Davis drew another Roy strip in Shoot magazine as a two-page spread every week. Many of the changes made during Green and Davis' tenure on the strip were dropped in later revamps of the magazine.
Davis went to work for 2000AD, drawing "Judge Dredd Lawman of the Future", a more child-friendly Judge Dredd spin-off based on the 1996 film. Davis then became disenchanted with comics and pursued a career as an illustrator before returning as a comics writer on "Bus Stop", "The Woman Who Sold the World" and "The Widow's Curse", published in Doctor Who Magazine. He work on other stories for Doctor Who Magazine solely as an artist, rather than a writer.
Davis submitted a four-page comic strip to a 2010 graphic short story competition sponsored by The Observer. The submission, entitled "How I Built My Father" failed to win, it generated interest and Davis returned to comics with another short strip for the anthology Solipsistic Pop.
In 2011, Davis conceived of the idea of a collaborative graphic novel which would showcase the talent of the UK comics scene, made up of chapters by many creators. The result was Nelson, co-edited with Woodrow Phoenix. Phoenix and Davis guided a team of 54 creators to produce 54 chapters of a single story about a woman named Nell. As a storytelling experiment, it won huge critical acclaim. The Observer newspaper awarded it its Graphic Novel of The Month, November 2011. The Times newspaper awarded it Best Graphic Novel of 2011, it was nominated for an Eisner Award and was voted Book of The Year in the British Comic Awards 2012.
He then began work on a graphic novel adaptation of Don Quixote, which he made in two parts. The first volume was published in 2011 by SelfMadeHero and featured in many best of the yearlists. Davis released the second volume in 2013. The Complete Don Quixote (ISBN 978-1906838317) contains both parts. The collected was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2014.
The Motherless Oven, a surreal coming of age story based on "How I Built My Father", was published by SelfMadeHero in 2014. It was nominated for the Best Graphic Album – New Eisner Award. A sequel, entitled The Can Opener's Daughter, was published in December 2016.