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Ilya is a comic book writer and artist, whose work has been published by Marvel, DC and Dark Horse in the USA, Kodansha in Japan, and numerous independent companies worldwide.

His previous books include the Manga Drawing Kit (Thunder Bay Press); award-winning graphic novel series The End of the Century Club; It’s Dark in London for Serpent’s Tail; and Skidmarks, a charming kitchen-sink drama. Illustration clients include the BBC, Royal Academy of Arts, The Times and the Guardian newspapers, and most recently East End Life, for whom he crafts a regular strip.

Ilya edits the Mammoth Book of Best New Manga series. His first novel, The Clay Dreaming, is published by Myriad Editions.