Writer and artist ILYA draws on more than thirty years of professional experience - as an internationally published comics creator and author, but also as an educator. Since 1990 he has designed and delivered workshops on the art of drawing for schools, colleges, galleries, museums, libraries, youth groups and prisons, across the UK as well as abroad. His Manga Drawing Kit (2005) was an international bestseller, resulting in co-editions in French, German, Spanish and more. How to Draw Comics is a new title for 2016. Other book titles by ILYA include the award-winning graphic novel series, The End of the Century Club, Manga Shakespeare's King Lear, and Room for Love; as compiling editor: The Mammoth Books of Skulls, The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics and three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, also Colour Me Bad. 2017 sees the debut of the all-ages sci-fi action adventure, Kid Savage, produced in collaboration with a co-creator of Ben10, Deadpool/Spider-man wrangler Joe Kelly.
Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author and trainer. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (www.balancedminds.com), a London-based organisation providing compassion focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He is the author of a number of books, including The Compassionate Mind Workbook.