Ed – also known as ILYA – is a British writer and artist whose books include the award-winning graphic novel series The End of the Century Club, an entry in noir anthology It’s Dark in London, a daring adaptation of King Lear (Manga Shakespeare series) and, most recently, the graphic novel Room, for SelfMade Hero. Illustration clients include the BBC, the Royal Academy of Arts, and The Times and Guardian newspapers.
Hillyer has edited three volumes of The Mammoth Book of BEST NEW MANGA, curating a host of international talent. He also designs and tutors workshops and courses on the art of comics and manga for colleges, galleries, libraries, schools and prisons, across the UK as well as abroad.
The Clay Dreaming, his debut prose novel, was selected as one of Waterstones’s New Voices for 2010 (see Hillyer’s interview in the Waterstones Books Quarterly). Ed has also visited Indonesia with the British Council and been a guest of the Sharjah International Book Fair.
• A (fumetti) comic strip Alex Fitch commissioned from Woodrow Phoenix has just gone up on Electric Sheep’s website:
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.