Compiled by comic artist ILYA, whose stories are published in the US (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse), Japan (Kodansha) and Europe, The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics brings together for the first time in a single volume lost classics from recent decades of underground and independent British and American comic strip art. It includes the miraculous-in-the-mundane diary comics of John Welding (Goathland), and Paul O'Connell's chilling yet darkly funny cut-ups, The Sound of Drowning. Also Through the Habitrails, the little-known masterpiece by Jeff Nicholson. A chance to catch up on previously unseen hidden gems.
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.