G. Willow Wilson

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G. Willow Wilson
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G. Willow Wilson in 2009
Born (1982-08-31) August 31, 1982 (age 32)
New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Area(s) Author, Comic Book Writer, Journalist
Notable works
Cairo, Air, The Butterfly Mosque, Alif the Unseen


G. Willow Wilson (born August 31, 1982) is an American comics writer, prose author, essayist, and journalist. She lived in Egypt during her early twenties; her first graphic novel, Cairo (Vertigo, 2007), was based there and was listed as a top graphic novel for teens by both the American Library Association and the School Library Journal. Her comic series Air was nominated for the Eisner Award, and her first novel, Alif the Unseen, won the 2013 World Fantasy Award.

Wilson is herself Muslim, and is currently writing a Ms. Marvel comic series starring a 16-year-old Muslim shapeshifter named Kamala Khan.


After converting to Islam while attending Boston University, Wilson moved to Cairo, where she contributed articles to the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and the National Post.[1] She was also a regular contributor to the now-defunct Egyptian opposition weekly Cairo Magazine. Wilson was the first Western journalist to be granted a private interview with Ali Gomaa after his promotion to the position of Grand Mufti of Egypt.[2]

Her first graphic novel, Cairo, with art by M.K. Perker, was published by Vertigo in 2007,[1] and named one of the best graphic novels of 2007 by Publishers Weekly, The Edmonton Journal/CanWest News, and Comics Worth Reading.[3] The paperback edition of Cairo was named one of Best Graphic Novels for High School Students in 2008 by School Library Journal, and one of 2009's Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens by the American Library Association.

Her first ongoing comic series, Air, launched by Vertigo in 2008[4][5] reunited her with Perker, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for 'Best New Series' of 2009.[6] NPR named Air one of the top comics of 2009,[7] and received acclaim from the Fairfield Weekly, Comic Book Resources,[8] Marie Claire,[9] and Library Journal.[10]

Other works for DC include fill-in issues #704 and 706 of Superman, the five-issue mini-series Vixen: Return of the Lion, starring the Justice League member Vixen with art by CAFU,[11][12][13] and The Outsiders.

Wilson then wrote Mystic, a four-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics with art by David Lopez. Although a CrossGen revival, Willow's Mystic bears little resemblance to its previous incarnation.

Her debut novel Alif the Unseen (Grove/Atlantic) won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for best novel.[14][15]

In November 2013, Marvel announced that Wilson would be writing a new Ms. Marvel series, starring a new character, Kamala Khan, a young Muslim girl living in New Jersey, who takes up the mantle after the previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, took up the name Captain Marvel.



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