Hello, my name is Edward Welch, but I also go by the artist name ‘Rohkova’ and ‘DreadLévi Studios’. I am a self-taught manga artist and illustrator who is based in London, and I am currently producing new art and comics full time. Previously I worked with the British Museum in its ethnographic collection. Much of my work is inspired by the art and cultures that I researched while studying the Art History of Asia and Africa at university. This includes my Yokai March series inspired by Japanese folklore, and the original comic series that I am working on called East of the Moon.
As well as producing manga and art for selling at conventions I have also created comics for the Manga Jiman competition, which is hosted by the Japanese Embassy in London every year. In 2019, when I first entered, I came 7th in the competition, and then in 2020 I came 4th. With the most recent competition in 2021 I came 1st place and I have been recently responsible for creating the new poster for the latest competition. After the success of Manga Jiman I am now focusing on the big international manga competitions, while working hard to create original manga that I have always dreamed of.