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.
Lost classics from underground and independent comic strip art
No prior knowledge is required to enter and enjoy these tales across a spectrum from biography and autobiography to uninhibited comedy and fantasy. Prepare for the real and surreal to blur and blend, as a despairing office worker fits a jar over his head full of beer and young lovers fight after a wispy succubus steals the man's seed. Here's to a second volume -- Paul Gravett Independent
Author and editor ILYA's comic strip stories have been published internationally - across America (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse), Japan (Kodansha) and throughout Europe. Recent book titles include the graphic novel Room For Love, his daring adaptation of Manga Shakespeare's King Lear, and noir anthology It's Dark In London (all titles from SelfMadeHero). Between 2006-8 he masterminded 3 volumes of the groundbreaking Mammoth Book of Best New Manga. Next up is the all-ages epic KID SAVAGE, in collaboration with Ben10 co-creator, Joe Kelly. His virtual rolodex bulges with contacts from the worlds of comics, manga and illustration.