Ed Hillyer – also known as ILYA – is a British writer and artist. His 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 (2009, Manga Shakespeare series) and, most recently, the graphic novel Room for Love (2013), for SelfMade Hero. Illustration clients include the BBC, the Royal Academy of Arts, andThe Times and Guardian newspapers.

Hillyer has edited three volumes of The Mammoth Book of BEST NEW MANGA (2006, 2007, 2008), 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 (2010), his debut prose novel, was selected as one of Waterstones’s New Voices for 2010. Hillyer has also visited Indonesia with the British Council and been a guest of the Sharjah International Book Fair.


Room for Love
The Clay Dreaming
King Lear
The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga Volume 3
The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga Volume 2
The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga Volume 1
Time Warp: the End of the Century Club


UK Comic Art Convention Award