Ed Hillyer, or Ilya, is an artist from the British independent comics scene. He has been working in comics since 1987, the year he started self-publishing BIC. This comic was later reprinted by Tundra as 'Skidmarks'. He cooperated with Eddie Campbell as an inker on the 'Deadface/Baccus' opus, and as a penciller on 'The Eyeball Kid' series in Cheval Noir. He has worked for publishers in Europe, America and Japan, but he is mostly associated with the indie publisher Slab'o'Concrete.
Mostly using the signature Ilya or iLYA, he is best known as the creator of 'The End of the Century Club'. Hillyer also works on an animated comic strip for BBC Online, called 'Jean Genii', and he published the weekly 'Dick' strip in the gay paper Boyz. Together with Woodrow (Sugar Buzz) Phoenix, he is a founder member of the Detonator studios. In 2005, he created the 'Manga Drawing Kit' for Thunder Bay Press. In 2006, he was editor of the 'Best New Manga' anthology, published by Carroll & Graf in the USA, as well as the Constable & Robinson's Mammoth line in the UK.