Ilya Milstein is a Melbourne-based sequential artist who is the sole creator of Happy Times Comics & Stories. He is very much a boy. Milstein's work features byzantine scenery with thin-tip pen work with stylised characters that can either be relatively realistic or simpler, more dynamic comic characters with some similarities to that of American artist Justin Madson.
Milstein's work demonstrates the range that Australian sequential art has. Rejecting prepubescent tales of sword-fighting, vampire pirates and Lucifer-reincarnated-as-a-highschool-student tales, Milstein's short stories cover unlikely topics for comics. Examples include an aged ornithologist sharing stories about favourite bird species, or a young man's quest to find the identity of a mysterious figure in a photo of a Parisian street in the 1950s.