Mark Crilley

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Mark Crilley
Born (1966-05-21) 21 May 1966 (age 48)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Occupation Artist, illustrator, cartoonist, and fiction writer
Nationality American
Notable works Miki Falls, Akiko, Brody's Ghost

Mark Crilley is an American manga creator and children's book author/illustrator. He is the creator of Miki Falls, Akiko, and Brody's Ghost. He is also noted for his instructional videos for drawing on YouTube in various styles, including manga-styles.[1] He was at one point an English teacher in Fukushima, Japan, as well as Taiwan.[2]


Main article: Akiko (comic book)

Akiko is an American comic book series written and drawn by Mark Crilley and published by Sirius Entertainment. The series ran for fifty two issues and was a thirteen-time Eisner nominee. The comics have spawned a series of ten children novels from Random House Children's Books. The collection includes:

Akiko on the Planet Smoo (March 2001) Akiko in the Sprubly Islands (September 2001) Akiko and the Great Wall of Trudd (March 2001) Akiko in the Castle of Alia Rellapor (September 2001) (ends adaptations from comic) Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo (April 2002) (original stories begin) Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000 (March 2003) Akiko and the Journey to Toog (September 2003) Akiko The Training Master (February 2005) Akiko Pieces of Gax (November 2006) Akiko Flights of Fancy Akiko and the Missing Misp (November 2008)

The story has been described as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars, centering on the adventures of Akiko, a Japanese American girl, on and around the planet Smoo, and other whimsical lands. She is accompanied by her alien friends, Mr. Beeba the well-read professor, the courageous but impulsive Spuckler, Gax the worn down, kind robot, and Poog, the Toogolian, floating, purple head.

Miki Falls[edit]

Main article: Miki Falls

Miki Falls is an OEL manga series created by Mark Crilley and published by HarperCollins under its HarperTeen imprint. It is structured as a four-volume series, each book taking place during one of the seasons over the course of a year. It follows the main protagonist Miki Yoshida in her senior year of high school, and she plans of making it the better year yet. However, a strange new boy arrives in town and Miki is going to find out what he's up to. It has been optioned for development as a feature film by Paramount and Brad Pitt's productions company.

Brody's Ghost[edit]

Main article: Brody's Ghost

Mark has announced in recent videos a new comic book series that is going to be published by Dark Horse Comics. The story, set in the near future, is that of a young man unaware of his Psychic abilities. Only when he is approached by a ghost girl named Thalia in need of his help he begins with a training process to awaken and master his powers.

Book One in the Brody's Ghost series was released 14 July 2010. Book Two was released in 2011. Book 3 was released in May 2012. Book 4 was released April 2013. Upon release, the series received positive feedback including a grade B+ from Detroit News's Eric Henrickson.

Brody's Ghost contains several differences from Crilley's previous work, Miki Falls. The story follows a male main character and contains more action and fighting sequences.

Personal life[edit]

Crilley distributes drawing advice to artists via YouTube videos and his DeviantArt account. His YouTube videos teach beginners how to draw manga and anime characters. In August 2010, he starred in some how to draw videos for Funimation on demand. Mark Crilley's wife is Miki Crilley who is from Japan, and he named Miki Falls after her. The two have a daughter, Mio, and a son, Matthew.

Common Phrases[edit]

Mark Crilley has many notable phrases and words, he tends to go through "word spurts" using words like "Indicate" and "blushies". His common opening phrase is "Hey there, everybody! This is Mark Crilley, here back with another how to draw video.." and after doing his final monologue he ends with putting his pencil down and says a form of the following, "'s time to lay the pencil down" then after thanking people for their support he says referring to his videos, "Thank you all for watching [this video] and I'll be back with another one...real soon!". Whenever he is drawing he always likes to note that "This is not the way this is simply a way!" sometimes adding "...there is no real way, I'm sure there are many ways."

How to Draw Books[edit]

Mark Crilley has two how to draw books: "Mastering Manga", and Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley.


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