G. Willow Wilson

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G. Willow Wilson
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G. Willow Wilson in 2009
Born Gwendolyn Willow Wilson
(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


Gwendolyn Willow Wilson (born August 31, 1982), known professionally as G. Willow Wilson, 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 writes Ms. Marvel, a comic series starring a 16-year-old Muslim shapeshifter superhero 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] Additionally, Wilson released a memoir titled The Butterfly Mosque about life in Egypt during the Mubarak regime, which was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010.[3]

Wilson's writing career began from her work as a freelance music critic for DigBoston.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Her first ongoing comic series, Air, launched by Vertigo in 2008[6][7] reunited her with Perker, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for 'Best New Series' of 2009.[8] NPR named Air one of the top comics of 2009,[9] and it also received acclaim from the Fairfield Weekly, Comic Book Resources,[10] Marie Claire,[11] and Library Journal.[12] 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,[13][14][15] 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.[16][17][18]

In 2014, Marvel debuted a new Ms. Marvel series written by Wilson. The book stars Kamala Khan, a Muslim teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey, who takes up the mantle after the previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, took up the name Captain Marvel.



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DC Comics[edit]


  • Cairo (graphic novel, with M.K. Perker, hc, 160 pages, November 2007 ISBN 1-4012-1140-2)
  • Air (August 2008 – August 2010)
    • Volume 1: Letters from Lost Countries (tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2153-X) collects:
      • "Letters from Lost Countries" (with M.K. Perker, in #1–3, 2008)
      • "Masks and Other Memories" (with M.K. Perker, in #4, 2008)
      • "The Engine Room" (with M.K. Perker, in #5, 2008)
    • Volume 2: Flying Machine (tpb, 128 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2483-0) collects:
      • "The Secret Life of Maps" (with M.K. Perker, in #6, 2009)
      • "The Picture of Zayn al Harrani" (with M.K. Perker, in #7, 2009)
      • "Her Own Devices" (with M.K. Perker, in #8, 2009)
      • "Mass Transit" (with M.K. Perker, in #9, 2009)
      • "Place of the Egrets" (with M.K. Perker, in #10, 2009)
    • Volume 3: Pureland (tpb, 168 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2706-6) collects:
      • "Sweet as the Tongue" (with M.K. Perker, in #11, 2009)
      • "Pureland" (with M.K. Perker, in #12–14, 2009)
      • "Air Heart" (with M.K. Perker, in #15, 2009)
      • "Infinite Shades" (with M.K. Perker, in #16, 2009)
      • "The Picture of Blythe Alice Cameron" (with M.K. Perker, in #17, 2010)
    • Volume 4: A History of the Future (tpb, 168 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2983-2) collects:
      • "Reveille" (with M.K. Perker, in #18, 2010)
      • "A History of the Future" (with M.K. Perker, in #19–21, 2010)
      • "Wild Blue Yonder" (with M.K. Perker, in #22, 2010)
      • "Dogfight!" (with M.K. Perker, in #23, 2010)
      • "The Last Horizon" (with M.K. Perker, in #24, 2010)
  • The Unexpected vol. 2, "Dogs" (anthology, with Robbi Rodríguez, October 2011) collected in The Unexpected (tpb, 160 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4394-0)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Girl Comics vol. 2 #1, "Moritat" (with Ming Doyle, March 2010)
  • Women of Marvel #1, "Thrones" (with Peter Nguyen, November 2010)
  • Mystic vol. 2 (4-issue limited series, with David López, August–November 2011, collected in The Tenth Apprentice, tpb, 96 pages, 2012, ISBN 0-7851-5608-9)
  • Ms. Marvel vol. 3 (February 2014 – present):
    • Volume 1: No Normal (tpb, 120 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-9021-X) collects:
      • "Garden State of Mind" (with Adrian Alphona, in All-New Marvel NOW! Point One #1.NOW, 2014)
      • "Meta Morphosis" (with Adrian Alphona, in #1, 2014)
      • "All Mankind" (with Adrian Alphona, in #2, 2014)
      • "Side Entrance" (with Adrian Alphona, in #3, 2014)
      • "Past Curfew" (with Adrian Alphona, in #4, 2014)
      • "Urban Legend" (with Adrian Alphona, in #5, 2014)
    • Volume 2: Generation Why (tpb, 136 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9022-8)
      • "Healing Factor" (with Jacob Wyatt, in #6–7, 2014)
      • "Generation Why" (with Adrian Alphona, in #8–11, 2014)
  • X-Men vol. 4 (January 2015 – April 2015)



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