Adrienne Roy was born and raised in Verona, New Jersey and graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Patterson University as a Fine Artist. In her early 20's she discovered fan conventions--just surfacing as a mainstream phenomenon in New York City (a mere 20 miles from her home town in New Jersey). She attended the first New York Star Trek conventions, Warren's Famous Monsters of Filmland Conventions, and many others. It was at the second of the FTM conventions that she met Anthony Tollin, then-current staffer with DC Comics.
After her marriage in 1976, she moved to New York City, where she heard about DC's need for a color artist. She applied for the position and was hired by DC Comics, enjoying a 19 year career. In 1986, she and Anthony moved to a house in Fairfield, New Jersey and became parents to a baby girl, Katrina Tollin.
After the era of hand coloring ended and digital coloring took over, the Tollin family moved to Boerne, Texas where Adrienne obtained her divorce. Adrienne returned to New Jersey to care for her aging father and was certified as a Hypnosis Consultant through The National Guild of Hypnotists. Her hypnosis website is called The Guided Mind.
After a brief fight with cancer, she died at her home in Austin, Texas on December 14, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.
Adrienne applied for an open DC Comics color artist position and was trained by Jack Adler, DC's Production Supervisor. Adrienne Roy began her comic book coloring career in 1977, and quickly became DC Comics' most popular interior colorist. During the next two decades, Adrienne colored nearly 200 issues each of Batman (Volume 1) and Detective Comics (Volume 1), and also had long runs on The Brave and the Bold (Volume 1), Batman and the Outsiders (Volume 1), Batman: Shadow of the Bat (Volume 1) and Robin (Volume 1). She also colored the Batman and World's Greatest Super-Heroes Sunday strips. Adrienne was also the original colorist for New Teen Titans (Volume 1) (working with Marv Wolfman and George Pérez), and colored more than a 150 issues of the hugely-popular series. She also had long runs on Mike Grell's Warlord (Volume 1) and Superman (Volume 1), and colored "I, Vampire" in House of Mystery (Volume 1) and Paul Gulacy's Slash Maraud (Volume 1) miniseries.
- Adrienne's name has appeared on more Batman comic book credits than anyone except creator Bob Kane.
- Adrienne Roy was featured in a scene with Wonder Woman in Tales of the Teen Titans #50.
- Adrienne's daughter Katrina Tollin became the youngest-ever comic book professional when she colored two pages of the Ambush Bug Nothing Special #1 at four years of age.
- Adrienne Roy's long tenure on Batman (Volume 1) and Detective Comics (Volume 1) continued through six editors, beginning with Julius Schwartz and continuing for 16 years through Dennis O'Neil.