Prabha Mallya is an illustrator and comics creator. She is known for pasting insects in chapter margins,  pressing flowers into endpapers, populating spines with kittens and seeing the world through dystopic-tinted glasses. She is at her happiest when fussing around with inks and stubby pencils, and frequently has black fingernails.

She has illustrated for Salim Mamoo and Me (Tulika), Lori’s Magical Mystery (Puffin), Beastly Tales from Here and There (Penguin), The Jungle Book (Rupa), The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness (Aleph), and several book covers. Her graphic short stories have appeared in Mint, ForbesLife, and Brainwave magazine, and anthologies like SPRING Magazin #13, This Side That Side:Restorying Partition and the Obliterary Journal Vol II.  She art directed at Manta Ray Comics, and now works as a consultant art director with Studio Kokaachi. She is a recurring contributor and art editor at Current Conservation magazine and Dakshin Foundation.

Her first book, The Alphabet of Animals and Birds (Red Turtle) is a collection of illustrated collective nouns for children, and is available hereThe Alphabet was awarded The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award 2016 for Best Picture Book – Illustrations.

Here is her other blog.