Paco Roca is one of the main representatives of the new wave of Spanish comic artists. Born in Francisco Martínez Roca in Valencia, he began his career as a regular contributor to the magazines published by La Cupula in 1994. He made erotic comics starring Peter Pan and Aladdin for Kiss Comix with his pal Rafa Fonteriz, and he created the experimental 3D comic series 'Road Cartoons' with Juan Miguel Aguilera for El Víbora. Several of Roca's early works were deeply rooted in Spanish culture and history, such as 'El Juego Lúgubre' ('Lugubrious Game', 2001), his fictionalized story about Salvador Dali, and 'El Faro' (2004), about the Spanish Civil War. It were these comics that meant Roca's breakthrough in other European countries, such as France, Italy and the Netherlands, through distribution by Strip Art Features.
His 'Hijos de la Alhambra', the first and only book in his series 'Las aventuras de Alexandre Icaro' was published directly in France in 2003. His critically acclaimed graphic novel about old age, 'Rimples' ('Rides'), was published by Delcourt in 2007. It won him several awards, and was adapted into an an animated film in 2011. 'Rimples' was followed by new graphic novels like 'Las Callas de Arena' ('Streets of Sand') and 'Emotional World Tour', the latter in cooperation with Miguel Gallardo.