Dave Roman

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Dave Roman
Roman at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1977-05-26) May 26, 1977 (age 45)
Area(s)Writer, artist
Notable works
Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden, Teen Boat
Spouse(s)Raina Telgemeier (divorced)

Dave Roman (born May 26, 1977) is an American writer and artist of webcomics and comics.


Roman attended the School of Visual Arts in New York.[1] He started working in comics as an intern at DC Comics, then got a full-time job at Nickelodeon Magazine as a comic editor for 11 years, until the magazine ceased publishing in 2009.[1]


Roman is the co-creator and writer of Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden, a webcomic co-created and drawn by John Green. The webcomic was first published in 1997;[citation needed] two books of the webcomic were published, subtitled Borrowed Magic and Separation Anxiety respectively.[2] Roman also co-created Teen Boat with John Green.[3] Two stories were published in print, while three are available online as a webcomic.[4][5][6]

Roman has published two books in his "Astronaut Academy" series,[7] which started as a webcomic.[8] The first, Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity (First Second, 2011) is about a young boy who leaves behind life as an intergalactic superhero to go to middle school.[1]

Roman created the graphic novel Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery, and in 2008 Paramount Pictures optioned the film rights. In the novel, the title character turns sixteen and inherits an estate and an ability to see and communicate with the dead.[9] In 2009, Del Rey Manga released X-Men: Misfits, which Roman co-authored with his then-wife, Raina Telgemeier. It spent at least five weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for Paperback Graphic Books.[10]

Other works include writing a comic adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, co-writing a prequel comic for Avatar called Zuko's Story, and creating a collection of comic strips for Rugrats.[11] He has also designed a CD cover for the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters.[citation needed] Roman has contributed to a number of anthology comic books, including Flight 3,[12] Nursery Rhyme Comics (First Second, 2011),[1] Not My Small Diary,[citation needed] and Bizarro World.[citation needed]

According to a 2011 article, Roman mainly earned a living "by touring the country and speaking to children in schools, libraries and bookstores about the joys of making comics."[1] He has said that he loved to draw and tell stories as a kid and is now "trying to inspire that passion in other kids".[1]

Awards and reviews[edit]

The webcomic Quicken Forbidden #12 was nominated for a Harvey Award in the Best Single Issue or Story category in 2004,[13] while Astronaut Academy won a Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding New Character Design in 2005.[8]

The webcomic Teen Boat #6: Vote Boat won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut in 2004.[3] A reviewer for Geek Dad said that they "thoroughly enjoyed" book one of Teen Boat.[14] However, a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews criticized book one, saying, "[Its h]umor is often sophomoric, and most of the girls—with the exception of Teen Boat’s best friend—are busty caricatures. While some of the jokes will indeed induce a chuckle or two, many are stretched to the point of exhaustion".[15] Of the second book, Kirkus said, "Bright spots aside, this parody of self-obsessed teen protagonists is so successful it gives readers no cause to root for the hero."[16]

Keith Mayerson, a professor of comics and illustration at the School of Visual Arts, said that Roman was one of the school's "most successful and beloved alumni” and that "many of our students were familiar with their work long before they ever met them."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Roman was born on May 26, 1977. He grew up in North Babylon on Long Island, and has lived in Astoria, New York.[1]

Roman was married to fellow cartoonist Raina Telgemeier;[1] they were married in 2006[citation needed] but they filed for divorce in 2015.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mallozzi, Vincent M. (2011-10-14). "Drawn Together by a Love of Cartooning". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  2. ^ "Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden Series by Dave Roman". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  3. ^ a b "2004 Ignatz Award Recipients | SPX: The Small Press Expo". Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  4. ^ Asselin, Janelle (April 24, 2015). "'Teen Boat' Graphic Novel Sequel To Be Serialized Webcomic". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  5. ^ "Teen Boat Comics". 27 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07.
  6. ^ "Teen Boat! Series by Dave Roman". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  7. ^ "Astronaut Academy Series by Dave Roman". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  8. ^ a b "Outstanding Character Design". CCAwards. Archived from the original on 2006-06-27.
  9. ^ "Paramount books 'Agnes Quill'". Variety. October 29, 2008.
  10. ^ "Paperback Graphic Books - Best Sellers - Sept. 27, 2009 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  11. ^ "Dave Roman". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  12. ^ "Flight, Vol. 3 (Flight, #3)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  13. ^ "2004 Harvey Award Nominees Announced". CBR. 2004-04-21. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  14. ^ "Teen Boat: Angst, Thrills, Barnacles". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  15. ^ TEEN BOAT! | Kirkus Reviews.
  16. ^ THE RACE FOR BOATLANTIS | Kirkus Reviews.
  17. ^ Alter, Alexandra (2019-10-21). "How Raina Telgemeier Faces Her Fear (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-11-22.

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