Ed Hillyer – also known as ILYA – has more than 30 years experience as a comic book writer, artist and editor, published internationally by Marvel, DC and Dark Horse in the USA, Kodansha in Japan, and numerous independent companies worldwide.
Book titles include award-winning graphic novel series The End of the Century Club, Manga Shakespeare’s King Lear and Room for Love and Kid Savage co-created with Ben10’s daddy and Deadpool magister, Joe Kelly. Ilya has also edited Mammoth Books of Best New Manga, and Colour Me Bad.
Designer and tutor of workshops on the art of comics and manga for prisons, colleges, galleries, museums, libraries and schools across the UK as well as abroad, his How To Draw Comics is a recent title in comic strip format. His title How To Draw Absolutely Anything is new in Paperback from Robinson.
The Clay Dreaming, his debut prose novel (published by Myriad in 2010), was selected as one of Waterstones’s New Voices for 2010 (see Hillyer’s interview in the Waterstones Books Quarterly). Hillyer has also visited Indonesia with the British Council and been a guest of the Sharjah International Book Fair.