Dave Wachter has been creating comics since childhood, but his career began in earnest in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they once again collaborated on the epic Western webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley which was nominated for an Eisner Award for “Best Digital Comic” and a Harvey Award for “Best Online Work”.
His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave’s work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012 he teamed with writer Bobby Curnow for the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, also for IDW. That same year brought a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in comics. The next year brought a collaboration with famed horror writer Steve Niles titled Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse Comics. The Guns of Shadow Valley returned with a very successful Kickstarter campaign and the oversized, hardcover, collected edition was released by Dark Horse in 2014. Dave returned to IDW and took on his most iconic character yet as the artist on the mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm, and most recently the artist and writer of the final issue of Godzilla in Hell.
After having moved around for a while, Dave has settled permanently in Pittsburgh.