Mark Crilley is an American author and illustrator best known for manga and children's books. Some of his publications are the "Brody's Ghost" series, "Mastering Manga" and the "Akiko" novels.
Crilley is a native of Michigan and former English teacher who began drawing in the manga style while teaching abroad in Japan. As a writer, his major breakout hit was the "Akiko" series inspired by his time there. The first "Akiko" comic was created in 1992 and published in 1995. The first "Akiko" novel was published in 2000 by Random House. The novels are targeted at children in middle school and chronicle the extraterrestrial adventures of a girl named Akiko on the planet Smoo. His other publications include the "Miki Falls" and "Brody's Ghost" graphic-novel series and the "Billy Clikk" novel series. He has also published an instructional book on illustration entitled "Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley" and has worked on a re-illustrated version of Oliver Butterworth's "The Enormous Egg." His work is generally intended for young readers.
As of 2014 he regularly does appearances at libraries and schools in which he does live drawing demonstrations and attempts to draw a subject suggested by the audience in just 30 seconds.