Dave King worked as both a cartoonist and scriptwriter for companies including Marvel Comics UK (later Panini Publications), D.C. Thomson & Co. and London Editions Magazines, creating comic strips for licensed characters including Count Duckula, Barbie, Dennis The Menace (for The Beano), The Spice Girls (for BBC Publications) and Rugrats.
In 1990, King became a scriptwriter and artist for Warner Bros. Worldwide Publishing (working under editor Katie Main), creating strips for licenses such as Animaniacs, Beetlejuice, Looney Tunes, Pinky and The Brain, Taz Mania and Tiny Toon Adventures. In the US DC Comics published the comic books, but the programme also worked with international publishers like Italy’s Rizzoli Egmont and the UK’s Newstand Publications.
King’s strips in the DC Comics Looney Tunes and Animaniacs titles often featured parodies of film and television series, including Pulp Fiction and The X-Files (which was illustrated in part by the artist Charlie Adlard, then drawing the licensed X-Files comic for Topps).
King worked on several newspaper strips, pencilling Nickelodeon’s Ren & Stimpy, in The Times, and provided both scripts and art for Warner Bros. syndicated Looney Tunes and Taz Mania strips. He also co-created The Workers with cartoonist and animator Stik), for the UK tabloid the Daily Star. The strip was written by King, drawn by Stik, and ran from 1993 to 1996.
From 1990 to 1991 King served on the committee of the Comics Creators Guild. He was also one of the artists invited by the London Cartoon Centre to draw the world’s longest comic strip at an event held at London’s Trocadero shopping mall in 1991. The strip, by writers including Alan Moore, Garth Ennis and Neil Gaiman, was published in 1999, by Slab-O-Concrete.
In the mid 1990’s, King began to move away from comic books and into the animation field. He co-art directed a music video promo for the band U2, ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’ (featured in the movie Batman Forever), for Manga Studios in 1995. The following year he developed a live action feature film screenplay (with his Warner Bros. editor, Katie Main) for New Line Cinema.
Working as a storyboard artist for UK animation companies such as Collingwood O’Hare, Pepper’s Ghost Productions and Cosgrove Hall Film Productions saw him working on TV series including Pond Life, Magic Key Adventures, Eddy and the Bear, Tiny Planets, Rubbadubbers, Rotten Ralph, Andy Pandy and Engie Benjy and Fifi and The Flowertots.
In 1999, King began working with UK broadcaster Cartoon Network, and was animation director of their first in-house production, VBirds. He has also worked as a scriptwriter for the same channel's Skatoony.
King frequently works with the UK’s Touchwood Animation, on projects including ‘Spheriks’ a ½ hour CGI TV series for FIFA, to promote the 2001 World Cup, and has developed an animated TV series for the company, ‘I’m A Teenage Superhero’. He also works across the television, music and film industries for companies including the BBC, Jetix Europe and Nickelodeon, and is a guest teacher for the animation course at Volda University College, Norway.
Date of Birth:
12 February, 1964
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